wedding day gift guide

Are flowery shower invites or letterpress wedding announcements starting to fill up your mailbox?  ‘Tis the season for “I do’s” and we’ve got you covered when it comes to giving a sentimental gift that will stand out from the blenders, pillow cases and stemware.  Shop all wedding HERE.
 

Your Girlfriend Just Got Engaged

wedding engagement gifts

1.  This book is filled with stories, questions, ideas and insights that will bring couple-hood to the next level $15.95
 
2.  Clip a favorite photo of the happy couple in this handmade frame $14.95
 
3. Add this sweet shadow box to a gallery wall or bedside table $14.95
 
4.  Keep the romance alive by sealing love letters to be read at future anniversaries 14.95
 
5.  Brush up on your wedding etiquette $9.95
 
6.  Get the bride off to a great start with 52 fabulous tips $6.95
 

Fun and Festive Wedding Shower

fun wedding shower gifts
 
1.  Create a magical moment to remember at the wedding shower with flying wish paper $11.95
 
2.  Might as well let the new Mr. know this is usually how it goes with these funny mugs $27.95
 
3. Capture a cute photo of the couple and showcase it in this handmade photo block $13.95
 
4.  Put the couple to the test with these entertaining quiz books $5.95 each
 
5. You’ll laugh and sigh when you ready this humorous & heartfelt book $10.95
 
6.  Take some stress away from the day with this handy little emergency kit for the brides $16.95
 

Gifts They Will Remember

thoughtful wedding gifts

1.  Once filled with wisdom and wishes, this beautiful box will become a family treasure $29.95
 
2.  Include this key in a card and share a few of your tips on creating a happy marriage $2.50
 
3.  A stylish personalized handmade frame that is waiting to showcase a moment from their special day $38.50
 
4.  Commemorate one of your most special days with a modern typography print $24.95
 
5.  A happy sentiment to hang in their new home $27.95
 
5.  Include this key in a card and share a few of your tips on creating a happy marriage $2.50
 
6. Crack open this deck to find 52 terrific tips on keeping relationships alive and well  $6.95
 

Surprise Your Soon-to-be-Spouse

grooms gift to the bride

1.  Write a sweet note on the back of this wooden postcard to be given right before the big day $4.95
 
2.  A most wonderful saying to wake up to every morning before and after the wedding $18.95
 
3.  Surprise your spouse by framing one of your favorite photos in this handmade heartfelt frame $15.95
 
4.  Give your mate this hand carved heart with a note saying, “It’s all your yours” $6.95
 
5.  Attach a special key to this porcelain heart ring with a note saying “Only you have the key” $5.95
 
6. This small book packs a BIG punch when filled with sweet and funny comments from you $10.95
 
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cute and creative wedding shower decorations

collageA wedding shower can and should be fun — after all, it’s an excuse to gather with friends, throw a party, and celebrate the soon-to-be newlyweds. If you’re hosting a wedding shower and need some creative and personalized ideas, read on for our top picks.5Let party-goer’s fill a memory jar instead of signing a guest book to leave special notes for the bride and groom.1Give the bride- and groom-to-be some newlywed date night ideas. Simply fill a Mason jar with popsicle sticks, display a sign, and let guests do the rest!2These little DIY tea cup planter succulents are the perfect party favor.3If you’re hosting a wedding shower, a mimosa bar that is overflowing with sweetness and color will make a great refreshment station!4For a more rustic, romantic theme, display photos of the couple-to-be…low in cost, easy, and pretty!6Great addition to any bridal shower, so cute and fun! Everyone will enjoy taking pictures with the cutest frame!

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earth friendly goodies

Make everyday Earth Day with some of these finds that are kind to our pretty planet.green goodies

1.  The birds will flock to this fabulous felted wool birdhouse which is naturally water repellant.  Each one is handmade with sustainable harvested materials in a fair trade environment $29.95
 
2.  Reduce waste by toting your favorite hot or cold beverage around in this gorgeous glossy tumbler $24.95
 
3.  Tote your goods around in this cute zippered birdy bag created from 95% post consumer recycled material (also fits perfectly under an airplane seat!) $16.95
 
4.  Fashion that is fair trade and up-cycled is always in style in our books $5.95
 
5.  Reduce wasted produce with this magical all natural fresh paper $9.95
 
6.  Your skin and nose will thank you for using this amazing smelling organic lotion $10.95
 
7.  This magical cloth designed in Europe removes 99% of bacteria just using water! $21.95
 
8.  Reduce your use of paper towel with this super absorbant all natural swedish dish cloth $6.95
 
9.  Skip the pesky plastic wrap on top of your leftovers with these clever cover blubbers $3.95+  
 
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ultra-cool upcycled plastic bottles

collageDIY recycling projects are always cool, especially when you can turn your trash into something new and useful. Check out these 6 cute crafts, so cute it’s hard to believe that they’re made out of an empty plastic water bottles.zipper caseOrganize your kids art table by making these cute zipper containers to store art supplies.Water-Bottle-Wind-Spiral-Craft-TutorialDecorate your campsite by hanging these colorful wind spirals made from water bottles.terreriumKeep it pretty – cut off the tops of empty bottles and make small greenhouses for your seedlings or cuttings.
planterUpcycle old coke bottles and turn them into cute flower pots.
flowersOne of our favorites has to be these big, beautiful, colorful flowers made from 2-liter pop bottles.nite liteMake these sweet fairy house night lights that you can use anywhere in your home, including a child’s room or a nursery.
 
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eggcellent easter treats

Make your Easter Basket eggstra special with one of these fabulous finds…

easter basket gifts

1.  What happens when you mix paint by numbers and mosaics?  Paint by sticker! $9.95
 
2.  Take your sidewalk art to the next level with this super cool giant spirograph kit $13.95
 
3.  Let your loved ones know they are somebunny special with these cute socks $6.95
 
4.  Brushing your hair has never been so fun with this sweet scented hair brush $12.95
 
5.  Pair these magical markers with a coloring book for a fun Easter activity $8.95
 
6.  Bursts of bubbles always bring big smiles  $7.95
 
7.  Get in the spring spirit by doodling flower tattoos $5.95
 
8.  Fly away to fairyland with these wonderful wings $18.95
 
9.  Join nature’s song with this classic bird warbler $1.25 
 
10.  A little extra sparkle is always a good idea $9.95
 
11.  This too cool putty is way cooler than the traditional kind you find in eggs $15.95
 
12.  This silly pig specializes in making pencils sharp $5.95
 
13.  Did you get the memo?  Unicorns are the new bunnies $21.95
 
14.  Include this cool ball for an out-of-this-world Easter basket $9.95
 
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Over-The-Top Easy Deviled Eggs

4-5-collageDeviled egg recipes are a staple for any Spring or Easter get-together. Update this classic with these new flavor ideas for you to “crack” in to!bacon jalapenoBacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs are delicious and add a kick to your meal!buffaloTry this super easy, yummy Buffalo Wing-style twist on everyone’s favorite appetizer.caper lemonCaper Lemon Deviled Eggs are a tasty appetizer that will WOW your guests!hummusAdd hummus to this recipe for added protein and savory flavor.pimento cheeseCreamy and zesty Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs are hard going to be hard to resist. They offer the yummy qualities of both classic deviled eggs and pimento cheese in one perfect bite!southern deviledClassic Southern Deviled Eggs are always a favorite…serve them at your next party, your guests will never leave!avocadoHere’s an amazing healthy version to the classic…these Avocado Deviled Eggs have no mayo!
 
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Only in Your State Feature 3.31.17

only in your state

This Is The Most Whimsical Store In Michigan And You’ll Absolutely Love It

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There’s nothing better than a day of shopping with loved ones. Whether you’re perusing your local boutiques in search of that perfect gift or simply browsing with no particular item in mind, every shopping fanatic knows the exciting feeling of stepping into a favorite store. There’s one beautiful shop here in the Great Lakes State that will simply delight you with its design, selection, and service — and it might just become your new favorite shopping destination.

catching fireflies ann arbor

Catching Fireflies is located at 419 Detroit Street in the Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. It also houses locations in the towns of Berkley and Rochester.
If you’re searching for a gift, specialty item, or one-of-a-kind piece for your home, Catching Fireflies is just about as perfect as it gets.

dogs welcome

Upon entering, you’ll find yourself delightfully overwhelmed by the variety of products that await. Catching Fireflies is stocked to the brim with gifts, toys, decorative items, and everything in between.

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Peruse a wide selection of journals, clothing, jewelry, and more. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for.

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Need some new artwork for your walls? Catching Fireflies has you covered. From the humorous to the heartwarming, there’s a decorative piece for every taste.

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Grab a mug, hand-painted bowl, or bottle of wine to add a little spice to your kitchen. No matter how many times you’ve visited, there’s always something new to see at this one-of-a-kind boutique.

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Younger shoppers will be delighted by the kids’ section at Catching Fireflies, which offers unique toys, fun books, and all sorts of stuffed animals.

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Of course, we simply have to mention the friendly staff at this beloved locale. The store’s eager employees are always ready to help, and they’ll do it with a smile.

catching fireflies fairies

Whether you’re a shopper on a mission or an interested explorer just looking to browse, one thing is for sure: Catching Fireflies will keep you coming back time and time again.

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For more information about Catching Fireflies or to browse their online inventory, click here.

 

surprise smiles

With April Fool’s Day just around the corner we couldn’t resist sharing a few sweet and silly surprises you could give someone who needs a smile.

sweet silly surprises

1.  Place this pretty butterfly in a book or card and watch the surprise on the recipient’s face when it flutters away $6.95
 
2. Who couldn’t use a good sprinkle of fairy dust every now and then? $8.95
 
3.  Write down your wish and light it on fire to see this magical paper fly to the sky $10.95
 
4.  Leave a lovely note for someone to find from this happy book $11.95
 
5.  Does someone you know need to receive a citation of awesomeness? $4.95
 
6.  Leave a little surprise for a stranger to find with one of these super cute silly stones $2
 
7.  Ever need to tell someone “Thanks a million”?  Now you can with this fabulous faux bill $.95
 
8. Tuck a little luck in someone’s lunch bag, backpack or pocket with this lovely ladybug $2.00
 
9.  Make any item come to life simply by sticking on some silly googly eyes … like everything in your refrigerator!  $8.95 
 
10.  This book is packed with loads of simple creative ideas that will delight and surprise strangers $12.99
 
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Whimsical Ways To Decorate Your Easter Eggs

working collageWhat a fun way to decorate Easter eggs – with a Sharpie marker! There are bold, to thin tips in Sharpies nowadays and you can easily use the variety of colors as well. Check out some fun, yet easy ways to decorate your eggs this year…egg1Create random designs and little doodles – gems, triangles, hash marks, lines, and curly q’s.egg2Make your own retro style Easter eggs featuring everyone’s nursery rhyme favorite.egg3Try these simple designs with some of your favorite words and this super cute way to display them in a bird’s nest made from random shredded papers.egg4Anyone can create these cute dotted Easter eggs by using craft stickers to create designs around.egg5Choose all different colors and marker sizes and let your imagination go wild! Simple enough for the little one’s too!egg6For fancier designs, dye the eggs first and then decorate with a gold or silver Sharpie.
 
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change for change

At catching fireflies we are always looking for new ways to make days brighter for those outside of our store doors.  In the month of April we are going to do that by offering the option for our firefly fans to round up their purchase amount to the next dollar and that change will be donated to a charity picked by YOU!  change for changeThere are lots of wonderful local non-profits doing great things in our area and we selected a few so you can vote on the one that speaks to you. We have an overview of each charity below.
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havenAs Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 20,000 people each year.

lifebuilders

The mission of LifeBUILDERS is to restore dignity and provide hope to the residents of Regent Park, a Northeast Detroit neighborhood.  This is accomplished in three ways:  by empowering our youth with life skills and providing opportunities to grow and learn in a safe environment, by reclaiming an entire neighborhood from the effects of disinvestment by providing high quality affordable housing, and by building a community of shared values, trust and hope for the future,  all grounded in the truth of God’s Word.

shades of pink

Many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have extra financial burdens placed on them during treatment and recovery. Common issues are insurance payments, food, transportation, childcare, and other essentials of daily life. Shades of Pink Foundation offers temporary financial assistance during their time in need.

humble design

Humble Design partners with local area homeless and abuse shelters to identify families that are emerging from shelters and into low-income housing. Many of these families are victims of abuse and have left behind all personal items upon escaping and entering an emergency shelter. Most have no beds, books, toys or furniture to call their own.

Once a partnering agency makes a referral, Humble Design designers meet with the families to do a needs assessment and develop a client wish list. From there, Humble Design designers move swiftly to: place the furnishings, toys, accessories and housewares; do any minor cleaning; and, officially move the families into their new housing. The end result is something like an extreme makeover on-a-dime.

judson center

Judson Center is a non-profit human service agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive services to children and families throughout southeast Michigan.

Since opening our doors in 1924, we have grown to provide services to more than 4,000 children, adults and families each year. We have been changing fates and restoring childhoods for children who have been abused and neglected, and others who are challenged by developmental disabilities, severe emotional impairments and autism spectrum disorder.

forgotten harvest

Forgotten Harvest “rescued” 40.9 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.  This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 250 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.
 
Thank you for taking the time to vote!  We will reveal the charity with the most votes on March 29.

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