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Very first Valentine’s Day was like The Bachelorette

Very first Valentine’s Day was like The Bachelorette
If you’re single this year for Valentine’s Day, ditch the cheesy rom-coms where everyone falls in love, and join the birds in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls poem as they hilariously navigate the complexities of love, courtship, and singlehood. Literature's earliest depiction of Valentine's Day is absurdly similar to The Bachelorette TV show except the bachelorette decides to stay single! Grab your favorite beverage and a copy of the poem (it’s a long one!), and let’s break down the masterful wit of Geoffrey Chaucer... Continue reading

28 Days of Love: Write a love note a day in February

28 Days of Love: Write a love note a day in February

Do you need a way to beat the winter blues like I do? Join me in my 28 Days of Love Challenge in February! The challenge is simple, yet powerful: in February, write a love note to someone different every day. The act of expressing love and gratitude will uplift our spirits and bring joy to those around us. I've created a calendar in this blog post with a different person to write to each day, and I'll be posting reminders on social media to keep you on track. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook at @alisonrosevintage.

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The most romantic gift of all time

The most romantic gift of all time
When it comes to expressing your love and affection for someone, there are countless ways to do so—from grand gestures like planning a luxurious vacation to simple acts like cooking a homemade meal. But there is one gift that stands the test of time as the most romantic and heartfelt: a love letter. Read some examples and learn how to have your letter printed on handmade paper, a perfect gift for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or just because! Continue reading

Choose a word of the year instead of a resolution (with 35 word options)

Choose a word of the year instead of a resolution (with 35 word options)

As one year comes to an end and another begins, many of us put forth our New Year’s resolutions. Although I once chose a resolution that lasted a solid 5 years (volunteering more!), data reveals that resolutions are short-lived. So instead of making a resolution full of pressure and guilt, choose a word that will help you live with better intentions for the year.

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What is GivingTuesday? A day for generosity, empathy, and hope

What is GivingTuesday? A day for generosity, empathy, and hope

In addition to my love of words, I’m also deeply passionate about giving. So it's no surprise that GivingTuesday is my favorite day of the year! What is GivingTuesday? It's a global generosity movement celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On this special day, people come together to donate BILLIONS of dollars to charities. Read this blog post to learn more about the non-profit organizations that I support and why.

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What's in a name? The meaning behind Alison Rose Vintage

What's in a name? The meaning behind Alison Rose Vintage

In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet pondered, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In this scene, Shakespeare was introducing the idea that names (and words) have a much deeper meaning than what's on the surface. This is exactly why I started Alison Rose Vintage...

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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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