window in the skies

U2I’m really inspired by U2’s latest release, Window In the Skies. 

The shackles are undone
The bullets quit the gun
The heat that’s in the sun
Will keep us when there’s none

The rule has been disproved
The stone it has been moved
The grain is now a groove
All debts are removed, ooh

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Love makes strange enemies
Makes love where love may please
Soul and its striptease
Hate brought to its knees

The sky over our head
You can reach it from our bed
If you let me in your heart
And out of my head

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Please don’t ever let me out of here

I’ve got no shame

Oh can’t you see what love has done
What it’s doing to me

I know I hurt you and I made you cry
Did everything but murder you and I
But love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize

Oh can’t you see what our love has done / To every broken heart
Oh can’t you see what our love has done / For every heart it cries
Oh can’t you see what our love has done / Love left a window in the skies
What it’s doing to me / And to love I rhapsodize

our staff christmas party

PartyIt takes about 20 people to keep our catching fireflies locations and a.i. paper design studio running smoothly through the bustling holiday season.

Each year we have a little party to show appreciation to our dedicated and hard working staff.  This year we hosted at our home. Samson is just waiting for his new playmates to arrive along with our cheerful snowman made by Carol Roeda Studio.

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Our staff kicked back with some drinks and dined on delicious gourmet pizza from Amici’s.Food

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I also made some other simple goodies including this tasty Creamy Parmesan Pup-percorn dip that we carry in our store from Dippy Chicks… paired up with Snyder’s new Pumpernickel & Onion Pretzel Sticks…. deee-lish!

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Samson kept busy throughout the evening making stops at each plate to see if anyone might give him a little treat.

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We ended the evening with an amusing gift game and everyone got a little something special to take home.

mistletoe surprise

Mistletoe_newsiteHere’s a clever Canandian commercial that keeps you guessing about what happens under the mistletoe.

sloppy joes a-la nicole

I love when our customers send us photos or stories about gifts they received or memorable experiences they’ve had at catching fireflies.  Here’s one that warmed my heart.

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"I just wanted to let you know I really love your store and website!  Everything is so creative and I can always count on a visit bringing a smile to my face.  My husband also loves browsing your store, which is not always the case in stores I like to go to. 

A while ago I purchased an a.i. paper design  recipe stand and lucky me a recipe for Sloppy Joes came with and I just so happened to have some ground beef defrosted and I didn’t know what I was making for dinner.  So I used my new recipe and we loved it!"

A big fan,

Nicole Dula

Sloppy Joes

2 lb. ground beef

1 C. diced onion

1 C. diced celery

2 T. vinegar

4 T. brown sugar

1 T. mustard

1 ½ C. catsup

1 C. water

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ C. oatmeal

Brown the first three ingredients, then add other items.  Simmer one hour, stirring occasionally. Serve up with sesame buns and potato chips for an easy meal!

elf yourself = lots of laughs

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When I first stumbled upon this site it perked my curiosity. So I pasted my head in the ‘elf-o-matic’  and in matter of seconds I was dancing a jolly old jig to celebrate the season.

My husband and I were laughing so hard; we immediately uploaded pictures of our store managers (because they just love the spotlight) and decided to spread the holiday cheer to all of you!

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Here are our silly jigs…

Danielle – Berkley catching fireflies

Dena – Rochester catching fireflies

and me and Steve.

WARNING: this site is very addictive and will put a smile on any Grinch’s face.

detroit free press – twist feature

Twist_12906_b_1I’d like to thank Kristin Bull of Twist for writing this lovely feature about us for the holiday season.  You can find the stiletto cake server, wine tasting kit, hot chocolate mug set, pedicure foot cozy and fireplace dvd on our website.

berkley lights parade

FloatThe lanes of Twelve Mile were lit up with lots of bright floats for the 2nd Annual Lights Parade last Saturday.  Here are a few shots of the festivities that passed by our storefront.

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tabitha clog

TabithaSteve and I took a stroll downtown Rochester last Saturday evening to enjoy the Big Bright Light Show and I stopped in one of the new shoe stores, Sole Sisters… when I saw these warm & cozy clogs.  They only had a couple of pairs left and lucky for me one of them was my size. They were so cute and comfortable… I couldn’t resist.  Plus, they’re perfect solution to keep my toes warm and toasty during these frigid days.

signature 48309 magazine – holiday 2006

Signature_1206April McCrumb’s whimsical gift gallery, Catching Fireflies (she opened her Rochester store last April and a Berkley location in 2000), features an eclectic mix of artsy trinkets and one-of-a-kind finds. McCrumb’s home in Beverly Hills is, not surprisingly, much the same. “I’ve loved making art ever since I was a child,” the self-taught artist says. And through trading her work with other artists, she has amassed a unique contemporary folk art collection.

In her TV room, on top of a well-worn turquoise chest of drawers, a charming wooden cat (with bottle caps for eyes) by Kansas City artist Anthony Pack shares space with a floralpatterned eyeglass-shaped picture frame and a red wooden dog, balancing on his two front legs and holding a yellow ball. A black-and-white photo of McCrumb’s grandparents nestles in a frame she created out of stained wood, handmade paper and grosgrain ribbon. “I love putting things together,” McCrumb says.

Signature 48309 Magazine  By: Judith Harris Solomon – Photo by: Daniel Lippitt

crazy and creative christmas lights

Light_houseAll I have to say is… these people obviously have a LOT of time on their hands and must LOVE Christmas.  Thank goodness they’re not my neighbors, but I have to appreciate the abundance of creativity that has gone into these quite amazing light shows.

And you wonder what goes into displays like this…  pure craziness (as you’ll see below)  I mean, I get frustrated when only half of my light strand lights up!

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