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5 heartfelt wedding and anniversary gift ideas

5 heartfelt wedding and anniversary gift ideas
This month is my parent’s 44th wedding anniversary so it’s the perfect time to write a blog post about the most heartfelt wedding and anniversary gifts. Besides buying dishware or giving cash, here are 5 gift ideas that will make your favorite couple or spouse feel very loved and appreciated, including custom vows or poem print, a romantic book, themed gifts, custom painting, or a handwritten love letter. Continue reading

Poems for every occasion from Alison Rose Vintage and R. Clift Poetry

Poems for every occasion from Alison Rose Vintage and R. Clift Poetry
Have you heard of R. Clift, The Constellation Poet? She’s a well-known poet, artist, and photographer with over 80,000 Instagram followers and admirers from all over the world. After years of thinking about how she could offer prints of her poetry, I am so thrilled that R. Clift is now working exclusively with me to design and print her words on handmade paper and cards. Our hope is that the R. Clift Poetry Collection will bring light and hope to you and your loved ones for every gift-giving occasion. Continue reading

How to gift and display antique books

How to gift and display antique books
I’ve collected and admired antique books for many years so I’m very happy and proud to be able to curate and sell them in my Etsy Shop. You can gift them to loved ones (or yourself!), display them as pieces of art in your home, or use them as wedding décor. Read how in this blog post... Continue reading

New England trip recap: retail shops, restaurants, and relationships

New England trip recap: retail shops, restaurants, and relationships

One of my favorite parts of owning a small business is stopping into shops that carry Alison Rose Vintage products. We stopped at Wellfleet Marine on Cape Cod, Locally Yours in Plymouth, MA, Three Buoys and a Mermaid in Duxbury, MA, Framed in Time in Framingham, MA, Kitchen Sink Candle Co in Bolton, MA, Willow in Windham, NH, and Sea Love in Kennebunkport, ME. I got to meet several shop owners, sit for hours with people I’ve collaborated with over the years, and stop and chat with several of my fellow maker friends at the pro.found market...

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Meaningful condolence gifts for someone grieving a loss

Meaningful condolence gifts for someone grieving a loss
When I lost my sister in May 2020, I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. The weeks following felt like a fog; my brain could barely process or handle the simplest tasks. Some gestures and gifts from friends and family really comforted me at a time when I felt a deep sense of loneliness. Besides sending flowers, here are some meaningful condolence gifts for someone grieving a loss... Continue reading

Thoughtful graduation gifts for high school and college grads

Thoughtful graduation gifts for high school and college grads

Besides the most welcome gift of money and gift cards, what other thoughtful gifts can you give to a new grad to make them feel extra special? Read my 5 suggestions including a handwritten note of advice, custom artwork, custom word art, book recommendations, and a song lyrics print.

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5 visualizations to help calm your nervous system

5 visualizations to help calm your nervous system

I’ve been reading a book from the 1890s called, “The Technique of Rest” and this quote really hit home: “She lives in a perpetual sense of not being able to draw one full breath.” Do you ever feel this way? It’s why my word of the year this year is “breathe” and why I’m writing this blog post today. We can all benefit from ways to calm our nervous systems. Read this blog post for five mini meditations or visualizations to help you take a full, deep breath and remember that you can experience serenity through your own imagination.

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How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00
Sometimes people will say that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies just to make money. But the first mention of Valentine’s Day was actually in one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s poems from the 1380’s—over 500 years before Hallmark existed. In fact, way before manufactured cards and boxes of chocolate, people exchanged poems, love letters, and handmade cards for virtually no money at all. Read how to show your love on Valentine's Day for less than $1.00. Continue reading

How to choose a word for the new year (with 25 suggestions)

How to choose a word for the new year (with 25 suggestions)
As one year comes to an end and another begins, many of us put forth our New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making a resolution that puts on a lot of pressure, I like to choose a word or mantra that will help me live with better intentions for the year. But how do you choose a word that's right for you? Learn how in this blog post (with 25 suggestions for you!)... Continue reading

4 phenomenal non-profit organizations to support on Giving Tuesday and every day

4 phenomenal non-profit organizations to support on Giving Tuesday and every day
In addition to my love of words, I’m also deeply passionate about giving. Giving Tuesday is my favorite day of the year because people come together to donate nearly $1 BILLION to local and national charities, making a meaningful impact in the lives of so many people. Here is more information about 4 of my favorite non-profit organizations. Continue reading
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