Thanksgiving Blessings from MSC

Our Thanksgiving blessings are truly a representation of the personalities of our team!

As we take a break from the busyness of the upcoming holiday season, we were interested to find out what our employees are grateful for this year. We encouraged them to think beyond the first things that come to mind and to really reflect on what they are thankful for this year.  As usual with this group, some are serious, some are fun, and some are brutally honest.

Our Thanksgiving blessings are truly a representation of the personalities of our team!

Skye – I am most thankful for routine. Singing my daughter awake every morning just a little early so we have extra snuggle time. Dinner together as a family, and a book before bed. We look forward to that quality time with her, just as much as she does.

Julie – I am thankful to be employed at a company that not only supports the strength and growth of its employees but the strength and growth of WOMEN. Being run by a team of amazing and empowering women, this company understands and allows its employees to grow as confident women not only within our company but in all aspects of our lives. Working at Mainstreet Collection is something I truly treasure. I am so thankful to be an employee here and to be surrounded by such supportive women.

Sara – I am thankful for the traditions. Every year at the Thanksgiving dinner table, we throw random questions into a bowl. Questions ranging from, “If you could have dinner with someone famous (dead or alive) who would it be?” to questions like, “If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?” It’s always entertaining to hear the answers – intriguing and often hilarious. Our family is always laughing and reminiscing on funny stories when we get together. This is a fun family tradition we like to continue each year as our family grows.

Bailey – I am thankful for my customers! I enjoy getting to know not only your stores but also you and what all is going on in your lives. Thank you for opening up your stores and your hearts to me! I also am thankful that Shonda Rhimes has kept Grey’s Anatomy going for 16 seasons! I look forward to Thursday nights watching Meredith Grey create medical miracles!!

Martha – This year I truly have so much to be thankful for but more than anything I am thankful for my incredible support system of family and friends. My career with MSC has allowed me to meet a countless number of customers and colleagues who have wonderfully turned into some of these friends. Not only has this allowed me to make lifelong connections, I have also been able to visit with my extended family in my down time because of the territory that I cover. Time with family is so precious to me and I am grateful for the opportunity to see them more often!

Ashley – I am so thankful for my three little brothers! They have taught me to be more patient, how to roll with the punches, and most of all they’ve shown me the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. Nothing like brothers to keep you in check and let you know when you’re being a diva!!

Jordan – I am thankful for traditions! Being a very “type A” person, I thrive on consistency and schedules. Even with the busy holidays, I so enjoy the tradition of family; the same hand-me-down recipes, and all the silly traditions each family has. After dinner, my family always goes outside to play a few holes of golf. The laughing, made-up rules, and typical shenanigans it turns into are something I look forward to every year.

Barbara – I’m thankful for the NICU and the doctors and nurses they took care of my Granddaughter.

Allison – Thanksgiving is on its way, and the sole purpose is to realize what we truly have to be grateful for on a daily basis. While I find new reasons every single day, I am fortunate in the manner that I have more to be thankful for than I typically may remember. Though some days it is hard to see through to the positives of my daily life, I understand that I take so many things for granted. On that note, I have so many things to be thankful for! I’m thankful to have friends that are always there no matter where I go. I’m thankful to wake up every morning and receive a second chance. I’m thankful to be welcomed and accepted by all my customers. I’m thankful for the prayers passed down through my family. I’m thankful to be able to help those in need.  It’s hard to stay away from the over-used because they are what I am most thankful for!

Micaela – I’m thankful for God’s grace. Each day I am thankful for a new beginning and a fresh start no matter where I am in life. To be graciously renewed in mind and spirit daily allows me to be the best version of myself and for that, I am truly thankful!

Jackie – After a whirlwind, over a few weeks of events that my family was going through, I am truly thankful for God’s answered prayers. It’s a great feeling to know that you have an excellent support team of family and friends.

Rae Marie – So blessed this year I do not know where to begin. First, I am so grateful to my family and colleagues who have supported me through my weight loss journey this year.  It has not been easy, but things of great value rarely are. My mom has fought this battle with me and I am so blessed to have her with me and supporting me. So grateful to my family for never complaining about grilled chicken and roasted brussels sprouts.  Last, but not least, I am so thankful for my colleagues.  They have been the best and supported me all the way- I could not have done it without them!

Lilla – Finding motivation can be tough from time to time, especially when life throws obstacles in your way that you have not seen before. I am thankful for being surrounded by hard-working people who inspire me to be better each and every day.

Nancy – I am thankful for the doctors and nurses and all of the medical team at James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital, they have been great at taking care of my son. I am also thankful for my parents; they have been a great support system for my boys and me.

Tracy – I am thankful for Hobby Lobby, my new favorite place to shop for wrapping paper! On a more serious note, I am grateful for grown kids that are coming home for the holidays! Also, I am grateful for our employees! Each and every day, they come to work with the goal of delivering the best to our customers. This leads me to our customers! We are all so very grateful for our customers! We love working with you to grow your business and appreciate what you do to keep Mainstreet Collection in front of your customers. Without you, there would be no MSC! Happy Thanksgiving!

Please feel free to share what you are thankful for this year!  Tag us @mainstreetcollection on Facebook or Instagram to spread your Thanksgiving blessings!

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Gift Giving Any Time of Year!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and sharing ideas from… the kitchen!

Our Holiday bowls and spreaders, along with other various dishes, can be paired together with your favorite recipe to share with friends and family.

The bowls and spreaders can be wrapped with ingredients or mixes along with a favorite recipe for dips and spreads. This year I did my Creamy Fruit Dip which has been a HUGE hit at the office (see recipe below)!  Great hostess gifts for parties or just a cute way to display your creations for upcoming Holiday events. Another simple and sweet idea is to make a batch of your favorite sweet treat and wrap along inside the perfect bowl to compliment the gift.

I also like to use the platters and coordinating bowls for various chips and salsa or other dip recipes. They also work great for taco or salad night for all of the various toppings. There are endless possibilities to put these items to use!

Get creative in the kitchen and gift a sweet treat that anyone will love… and remember!

Happy Gifting,

Jackie

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Creamy Fruit Dip:

What you will need-

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 tbsp. Dulce De Leche or Caramel Sauce

Pinch of Sea Salt for topping

Instructions:

Using a mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill.  Top with drizzled caramel & sea salt as desired.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, sugar snaps, or even pretzels.

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Creamy Fruit Dip in our Holiday Bowl with Spreader
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Our Holiday Bowls & Spreaders
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Chips and Salsa served on our Taupe Platter and Bowl
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Peanut Brittle gifted with our Jingle all the Way Bowl and Platter

Two Products, Multiple Uses!

Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

I love it when products have the ability to be used in different ways- it just makes life easier! Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

Jewelry Cube- This item is truly a great piece for jewelry because it keeps your items from tangling by keeping them separated in the three pouches. However, it also works great for organizing your chargers! You can use the pouches the separate your phone charger from your laptop charger from your headphones! It also is the perfect size to drop in a purse or a backpack.

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Beach Towel- This product is a fabulous towel because it absorbs quickly and dries quickly. However, it also makes a stylish wrap if you get cold in church, while in a restaurant, or tailgating! It also can be used as a throw blanket on a bed or on a couch.  I even like to roll mine up and bring it into the movie theater because it gets so chilly in there! 

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We would love to see all the different ways you use Mainstreet Collection products! Tag us on IG or Facebook @mainstreetcollection with all the fun and creative uses you find for your favorite MSC items! 

Thanks so much, 

Bailey

Three tips to make your photos great!

A little glimpse into our world of photography at MSC and some simple tips that you can use for capturing great photos of your own.

I am going to share with you 3 techniques that I use when shooting.  Photography is a content practice of thinking outside the box, challenging yourself to move (literally) outside your norm.  This practice will keep your photos aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  • Rule of Third- this rule is magical. Go out of the norm when positioning your object in your frame.  Divide your frame into 3 equal sections and position your object on either outside lines.  Using this rule also allows you to have images that will be great for marketing material, for adding text.

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  • Angles- I challenge you to go beyond your normal line of sight. Kneel down and shoot object angling lens upward, grab a step stool and shoot object angling lens downward.  This allows you to capture an image from a different view.  One angle that has become crazy popular is the birds-eye view (aka as flat lays).

 

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  • Negative Space- we are sometimes wired to think more is better but sometimes less is more. Capture those small details that may get overlooked by detraction.

 

Black and white dalmation Henry looking handsome with his red and turquoise crab bow tie collar.

 

Dark tortoise necklace on white mannequin.

Stay tuned for more photography tips and tricks as this is just a pinch of information but will make a big impact with your photography and easy to achieve when taking pictures on your phone or camera.

We want to see your fabulous photography by using these techniques, stay social and tag us #mainstreetcollection.

Yours truly,

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

Meet Julie…MSC’s Customer Service Expert

“Open sales orders, invoices, links to images…This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!”

Hi everyone! Julie Marshall here with Customer Service. As you’re reading this, you might be wondering who I am. No need to wonder! If you’ve called us here at the main office, then you already know me-I am the voice on the other end of the line. It’s so nice to speak to y’all every day! I love being able to assist our customers when they call but I really want EVERYONE to know about our AMAZING new website!

In July we revamped our website to an entirely new platform. It has so many helpful features and functions for not only us but for you-our loyal customers! You can view our entire product line-our product information has become more detailed for every item and the ordering process has really, never been easier.

If you are a retailer and never ordered with us, WELCOME! You can easily create an account by going towww.gowhimsey.com, then “Sign In” and then click “Register.”

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If you have ordered with us before and have not yet logged onto our new site, it’s super easy to activate your account. Simply go to our website www.gowhimsey.com, click “Sign In,” enter your email address that’s associated with your account, click “Forgot Password.” You’ll receive an email in your inbox of a link that will prompt you to reset your password for future logins.

 

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The feature that I really want to tell y’all about is the “My Account” section. Once you log in, you can access the following:

  • Open Sales Orders
  • Invoices (orders that have shipped)
  • Links to download for images

Yep, that’s right! You can view AND print all of this information! If you need a copy of an invoice-print it! If you need a reminder of when you ordered those fabulous spring handbags last season-take a look! It’s all there! You will also see credit memos and canceled orders for your reference as well! Oh, and you can download images for your own advertising and social media-even lifestyle photos!

If you can’t tell by all the exclamation points I used, we are so excited to be able to now offer all of this to our customers. This information is available to you 365/24/7, all at the touch of your fingertips; take advantage of it!

See the screenshot below of steps to help you navigate the features mentioned above. Then, go log in and look around! If you have any questions, issues or concerns please shoot me an email: jmarshall@gowhimsey.com or call 866.319.2469, you already know who will answer 😉

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Thanks so much,

Julie

Connect the Dots…the polka dots of course!

As many of you have notice we launched a new website in July and now it is time to reveal our new blog, Connecting the Dots.  As you know we love anything polka dots at MSC, but the meaning behind this goes much deeper.  Follow along with us as we take you into our world here at our home office, on the road, and even a glimpse into what some of us are most passionate about.

We are excited to start sharing and Connecting the Dots, in hopes this inspires new adventures and interests for you.

Stay tuned for next week’s post from Tracy and Jordan about their travels to China!

Let’s start Connecting the Dots! Leave us a note or email us at mainstreetcollection@gowhimsey.com.

XOXO,

Your MSC team