Keepsake Journal by Smythson

Posted on March 08, 2010 | 0 comments

This ivory leather journal from Smythson has the words WEDDING PLANNER embossed in gold foil on the front cover. Inside, lined pages are divided into tabbed sections with titles such as 'dress', 'invitations', and 'reception'.

A lovely engagement gift!  I would recommend couples to use and save this heirloom quality piece as a written history of the event- such a family treasure for future generations!

The journal is available through Net-a-Porter. Or, you can order directly from Smythson (based in the UK), and have the added option of customizing the journal with names or other words, also stamped in gold foil (and you know how I love "custom!").

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They're Back! Tiny Text Tiles™... with LOVE

Posted on March 07, 2010 | 3 comments

Due to the  labor-intensive crafting process and the very special type of porcelain we use to create these little LOVE tiles, we are only able to offer them a few times a year. When they're gone, they're gone, so order while you can! And don't forget, our FREE worldwide SHIPPING offer is good thru March 15th!

Text Tiles are perfect for so many occasions. Tie one to a place card, tuck one in your friend's pocket, or give them away in commemoration of special occasions and accomplishments. Show your gratitude by adding one to a bunch of flowers, a fresh baked batch of cookies, or a bottle of wine. Below, left, Kristy Rice of Momental Designs uses them to wrap candy party favors; right, we have tied a tiny text tile to a simple package as a sweet accent to any wrapping.

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Custom Order: Weylin & Ignatius in Singapore

Posted on March 05, 2010 | 1 comment

Last week I received an email full of the most stunning images from the wedding of clients Weylin & Ignatius, as photographed by Vicki and Tom of Look Photography/ Itinerant Studio. The photography team is based in Ohio, traveling to all corners of the globe, as they did for Weylin & Ignatius' recent celebration in Singapore. I love their shot of Weylin & Ignatius' custom Ring Bearer Bowl™ , and the rest of the images from this wedding are just as beautiful, charming, and fresh as the ones I have shown you here. Well worth a peek. Thank you all for sharing with us.

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Kiva: Why Paloma's Nest Gives to other Entrepreneurs

Posted on March 03, 2010 | 0 comments

[caption id="attachment_304" align="alignright" width="203" caption="Jose Benito Berrios Maravilla, a jewelry designer & businessman in Nicaragua, recipient of a loan funded in part by Paloma's Nest"][/caption]

As an young entreprenuer, sometimes it is easy to forget that the opportunities we may take for granted in the USA are not always available to other like-minded business people around the globe.

For those in countries where the yearly income is equal to what an average weeks' paycheck may be here, saving "a little extra" to open a business, make an investment, or get an education to better yourself and your family is often simply impossible.

I'd like to talk a bit about the commitment that Paloma's Nest has made to the organization Kiva since 2009.

Kiva is an organization that enables partnerships between individual lenders and recipients around the world. Kiva empowers lenders to reach entrepreneurs in countries where loans are hard to attain and even harder to repay due to sky-high interest rates.

At Paloma's Nest, we see this as an opportunity to give back what the world has given us. An opportunity to foster the growth of another small business, open a door for a shop owner, or support a craftsman wanting to better their work and expand their market. We believe in the core values that Kiva fosters- dignity, accountability, and transparency- and hope that by being a tiny part of a huge global puzzle, our contribution will help someone reach their dream.

A portion of every single sale we make at Paloma's Nest is given to a well-deserving entrepreneur, in the form of a Kiva Loan, each month. As the loans are repaid to us through the Kiva system, we then re-invest the funds in another small business to lengthen the chain and extend the reach of our giving.

We thank you, our customers and clients, for the community you have given Paloma's Nest- a community so strong and full of hope that we are able to pass on that spirit to others around the globe.

What organizations do you hold close to your heart?

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