Halloween got its start over 2000 years ago as a Celtic celebration marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. There are all sorts of regional traditions across the globe for Halloween, and we have our own tradition here at Brush Dance:
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We’re back with another edition of Favorite Things from the Brush Dance staff.
Today, we’re featuring Jimmy Thames, our Sales Director. In addition to road trips galore, Jimmy also offers his valuable thoughts on a multitude of topics around here. One thing he wouldn’t do, though? Choose a favorite Calendar or Planner from our 2018 line up, saying that he loves them all!
Jimmy uses Field Notes for his on-the-go notes. “I like Field Notes because they are sturdy, thin, and pocket-sized. They also make me feel vaguely engineerish – I’m thinking architectural! The new Campfire Series have color covers and shows your inner rugged outdoorsperson!”
One of our big promises to you is that we will only carry products that we ourselves use, and it’s true! From funky fab fun BlueQ Socks to hilarious Emily McDowell Mugs, everyone who works here uses and loves everything we sell at Brush Dance.
Why do we love these Notebooks and Journals? Let us count the reasons (in no particular order) . . .
Paper Quality – thick, beautiful paper with just the right amount of toothiness (this means that that paper isn’t super-slick and smooth – and this means that it’s suitable for a wide variety of writing instruments from ballpoint pens and gel pens to fineliners and fountain pens).
Options – holy smokes, the options have options!
Colors – brights (like red and orange), muted (nordic blue and emerald), and traditional black.
Sizes and Cover Choices – The handy A4 with a hardcover is my favorite. Others here prefer the bendy B5 with a softcover.
Lined? Dot Grid? We got them both.
Numbered Pages and Index – both of these things make it easy to find important notes later – love, love, love.
Special Editions – Leuchtturm regularly develops super-popular special editions, including the Some Lines A Day five-year Journal shown below.
For a very limited time, all Leuchtturm Journals and Notebooks are on sale. This is the perfect opportunity for you to give them a try. Or, if you’re like me, this is a great time to stock up on your favorite styles.
Today, our Creative Manager, Susan, shares some of her favorite items with us. In case you missed them, here are links to the other posts in this series: ShawnaKarma
Susan has such an important job at Brush Dance. She is responsible for our products from conception, through printing and production. It’s one of those positions where a person needs to be both creative/artistic and well-organized. A rare combination, and she fits the bill perfectly!
Our 2018 Dreamer’s Realm Wall Calendar is one of Susan’s top picks. She said, “Catrin Welz-Stein’s art is so magical and beautifully painted that it is a treat to look at each image for a month. I will never grow tired of her work.”
All of us love this Planner (and the coordinating Journal!). Susan says she gets lots of approving nods while carrying this Planner – and she wishes she could use it for four years instead of one!
Well. Sometimes, you just have to say it how it is, right? Susan thinks this pair of Blue Q Socks would make a great gift for all of our feminist friends. She loves the bold and colorful Girl Power statement. These socks are not just pretty – they are comfy and hold up great.
The adorable Coin Purse above would make a great gift. Susan envisions filling it with pennies and presenting it as a fun-filled (?) birthday gift! Ha!
The larger tote is, “distinctive and colorful. You can use it for your airport gear (the zipper keeps things secure!), beach stuff, kid stuff, or for anything that won’t fit in your purse. And since it’s about 15 inches wide, it’s not too big or cumbersome.”
Susan’s final favorite pick is Table Topics. She had this to say:
My family has lots of talkers. And, we all love games. Table Topics is a catalyst for interesting and lively conversations about things we’ve never talked about as a group. When was the last time you discussed:
Have you ever been escorted out by security?
Who’s had too much plastic surgery?
Would you rather spend a week in jail or serve two weeks community service?
You’ll learn a thing (or two!) about your friends and family, and have some fun in the process. If you exhaust these 135 questions, there are plenty more versions of the game you can pick up.
And there we have it! Susan’s Favorite Things! I love that she has eclectic taste and a great sense of humor!
I also wanted to let you know that we’re planning some exclusive sales for people who are on our mailing list. You can sign up on our website!
We also like the Leuchtturm Lined Notebooks for new graduates. We’ve written about these high-quality stylish books lots. Hard cover, great paper quality, two fabric page markers, and an elastic band to help your grad keep it all together. Black is shown above – and we have many other colors and styles.
Of course, there’s nothing saying you have to give the graduate in your life a serious gift. Brush Dance has you covered! The 401K Retirement Plan Coin Purse shown above measures just 4″ x 3″ – perfect for your life’s savings, yes?
Spring is in the air! I’ve been enjoying all of the great produce that is coming into season. Hello, avocados. Long time no see, strawberries!
At my house, we are trying a new recipe each Sunday. It’s so easy to get stuck in a food rut, yes? Some of the recipes are simple (we made an amazing artichoke dip last week) and sometimes a bit more complicated (have you ever made your own tofu?).
Everyone here loves items from BlueQ. We adore their sense of humor and the incredible quality of all of their items. Other than calendar items, they are among our bestselling items – we’re so glad you love them, too.
BlueQ recently started making oven mitts – and you know we had to be first in line to try those! (Beware – bad words ahead!)
These mitts are hilarious, a little bit naughty, and (most importantly) super-thick to protect your hands while you’re cooking up something yummy.
I don’t know what to say about the above. Except that I love it. Ha!
At just under $12, these FUNctional oven mitts would be fantastic, affordable, and unusual hostess gifts.