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The best sympathy card I've ever received

The best sympathy card I've ever received

November and December can be extra hard months for anyone who has lost a loved one. For me, it’s hard not to see my sister at the dinner table during the holidays or hear her laughter filling our house. November 18th is her birthday too, so I always feel extra nostalgic and melancholy this time of year.

For this blog post, I wanted to share the best sympathy card I’ve ever received and give you some ideas on how to comfort others with a handwritten note when they experience a loss.

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5 things you don’t have to do to succeed as a small business

5 things you don’t have to do to succeed as a small business
October 21, 2017 was the day I clicked “publish” on Etsy to officially start my small business, Alison Rose Vintage. As I reflect back on these last 5 years, there are a few things that many say you should do to be successful, but here are 5 things I don’t think you have to do to succeed as a small business... Continue reading

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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Recovery gift ideas to prevent feelings of isolation

Recovery gift ideas to prevent feelings of isolation

As I lay here, two weeks into my foot surgery recovery, I’m thinking about the many types of recovery—post-surgery, cancer, addiction, mental health—and how each of them can result in a similar feeling: isolation. If we can’t be in person with our loved ones or coworkers who are recovering, there are gifts and gestures that can make them feel less alone, like a handwritten note or a care package. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas to help prevent feelings of isolation.

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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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