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Two New Dresses, An Awesome Coat, and Cool Halloween Earrings

Easy Elegance is my motto at MaJe Gallery, and the two new dresses, the awesome coat and even the cool Halloween earrings all fit the bill to a T. With Easy Elegance, I want to make it easy for you to look great and feel confident in your wardrobe and accessories. Because I’m also well aware that each of you has a distinctive style, I’m always looking for ways to fill in missing gaps in my collections.

This week I am finally filling one of those gaps. See if you can figure out which gap that is by looking at the photos.

Two New Dresses

I’m so pleased to welcome San Francisco designer Gr.Dano to the MaJe fold this week. The designer, Jill, creates sleek, sophisticated style in the most comfortable fabrics imaginable. Check it out.

Two new dresses like this Miro Dress by Gr.Dano
The Miro Dress by Gr.Dano

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A little asymmetry is always fun, and this “Miro” dress captures that with flair. Believe it or not, this classy dress is made from cotton knit fabric so you can easily wash it in your machine. This fits slimmer in the shoulders and breasts, so if you’re between sizes, go up one to ensure a good fit. Just $178.

Two new dresses include this Sydney dress/coat by GrDano
The Sydney dress can also be a coat

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This terrific dress, the “Sydney”, can be unbuttoned to wear as a coat as well. Charcoal gray is always sophisticated and elegant. You’ll be the power woman in the room wearing this piece. Just $198.

An Awesome Coat

As you’ve heard me say before, our jackets and coats are our signature pieces here in the northwest. We wear them a lot because of our temperature ranges. We are the queens of layering. I’m on a one-person mission to provide awesome coats, jackets and sweaters for that very purpose. There are simply too many boring coats, jackets and sweaters out there, assisted ably by our own northwest designers who are, sorry to say, boring. Take this next coat, for example…

Two new dresses need an awesome coat like the Rogue coat from InsideOutEveryday
The “Rogue” coat, complete with velvet collar and cuffs

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

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This lovely coat first arrived about two weeks ago, and promptly sold out. More are expected to arrive in ten days, so if you want one, you can let me know before they even arrive! I’ll set it aside for you. Available in sizes Small to Extra Large, this coat fits like you’d expect those sizes to fit. Just $158.

The stretchy rayon fabric is a mid-weight, perfect for our chilly evenings. Velvet cuffs, collar and covered-buttons, the A-line cut of the coat is very flattering. It even has nice big pockets. If this doesn’t fit the “Easy Elegance”, then I don’t know what does.

Cool Halloween Earrings

Halloween is second only to Christmas in terms of what we all spend on decorating. You’ve gotta admit – it is a super fun holiday that brings out the kid in all of us. But of course, I strive to make it elegant also.

Two great dresses need jewelry like these Halloween earrings by Jem's Jewelry
Earrings for Halloween and beyond

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Made in Seattle by Mary Freiberger, these fun earrings are the perfect, classy accessory for your October shenanigans. But hurry, they are going fast. The red pair are already gone! Just $30.

SAVE THE DATE!

I have to face the facts. I’m getting older. Or at least MaJe Gallery is! We enter our 18th year in Edmonds next month! Come help us celebrate on Sunday, November 12, from 1 – 4 pm. There will be prizes, treats, a store-wide sale, and lots and lots of fun! Mark your calendars and join us!

Four New Tops, One Outfit, New Jewelry This Week at MaJe

This week, we unpacked some great new clothing and jewelry include four new tops (actually one top in four colors), one entire outfit, and new jewelry from two of your favorite artists.

You might recognize the top style as we’ve had it before. When I realized how pretty it looked on sizes 14 and 16, I decided to get more. It can be really tough, you’ve told me, to find pretty tops in that size that truly flatter your figure. Check it out:

Four New Tops

four new tops that look great on plus size women from Zen Knits
This top looks great on plus size women up to size 16

These four tops are now available for you to try. Please swing by to try one on in your favorite color so you can see for yourself. If you order it online and it doesn’t work, I’ll pay for return shipping! Go to the end of this post to order your favorite color.

One Cute Outfit

Four new tops and one cute outfit like this fall colors trio from Testimony Los Angeles and Angelrox
This cute outfit features fall colors

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Testimony Los Angeles has this new color for fall: mocha. The ever-popular pocket pants and the Gilet vest shown here are both in mocha. It’s perfect for those of you who look great in warmer colors. I paired it here with the Angelrox ballet tunic in brick. To bring it all together, a one-of-a-kind jasper necklace in various shades of brown by Susanne deCillia. Get yours online or stop by to try it on!

New Jewelry By Favorite Artists

Four new tops need new jewelry like this necklace and earring set from Christophe Poly
Mixed metal with aqua necklace and earring set by Christophe Poly

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Our top-selling jewelry artist is Montreal’s Christophe Poly. We just got a new collectioon that includes this mixed metal beauty with aqua accents. Necklace is 17″ long with a magnetic clasp. The earrings are 2″ long. Made of aluminum, brass and cat’s eye, it is light-weight, contemporary, and affordable. $42 – $58.

Four new tops need new jewelry like these earrings from Christophe Poly
Two new earrings by Christophe Poly

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Very cool earrings by Christophe Poly. On the left is another shot of the pair that coordinate with the above necklace. In mixed metals of aluminum and brass in a brushed finish, it has an aqua cat’s eye stone. On the right is a pair of brushed brass with olive cat’s eye stones. Both are 2″ long and $42 per pair.

Four new tops need new jewelry like these unique earrings from Poppy Design
Eclectic earrings by Poppy

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Poulsbo’s Poppy makes one-of-a-kind jewelry that draws from both vintage and contemporary inspiration. On the left, vintage abalone buttons have become classy mis-matched earrings. In the center, red vintage plastic loops take on a very contemporary look attached to sterling chain links. On the right, all sterling silver hoops dangle freely for a classic ambience.

Four new tops need new jewelry like this unique pearl and chain necklace by Poppy Design
Fabulous champagne pearls on gunmetal chain

This long necklace by Poppy features large, gorgeous champagne pearls interspersed on a vintage-looking gunmetal chain. Wear it long or double it up (as shown). Even hook the clasp into a higher loop for a lariat. SOLD!

Four new tops need new jewelry like this red jade and sterling necklace by Poppy Design
Poppy’s red jade necklace



This unique necklace is adjustable at 18″ – 20″. Featuring red jade stones and a sterling centerpiece, it is simply classic. Pair it with black or red tops.

Four New Tops – Individually for Purchase

Four new tops - here's the black - from Zen Knits
The Top in Black

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Four new tops - this one is maroon
The Top in Maroon

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Four new tops - this one in teal
The top in teal

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Four new tops like this one in turtle
The top in “turtle” (mustard-olive)

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Lots of fall items are arriving weekly, so stay tuned and drop by frequently!

I look forward to seeing you,

Manya

How To Take Over a Room

Ever wonder how to take over a room?

Wear red!

Think about it.

  • The red carpet treatment.
  • A red tie on all political candidates.
  • The “lady in red” song.

It captures feelings of prestige, confidence, and even sexiness.

Studies have shown how red influences both the wearer as well as the viewer.  It’s an emotionally intense color. It symbolizes action and courage. It makes the wearer herself feel confident. People stop and take notice.

On the other side of the spectrum, red signifies danger, anger and oppression (think fire trucks and Communism).

So, finding the best balance for the situation is called for. Is a touch of red enough? Or do you need the whole hog – a gorgeous red evening gown? Even choosing the best shade of red makes a difference (think pink vs crimson).

Let’s take a look at some examples, all from MaJe Gallery’s current collection of recent arrivals.

How To Take Over a Room

how to take over a room - wear this wine red jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
Power jacket in wine red

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Testimony’s popular Reba jacket now comes in this gorgeous shade of red: wine. This results in a softer reaction from others (as opposed to the vibrant crimson), yet still commands attention. No one will say this is too manly because of the feminine styling and rich color. This jacket exudes confidence without feeling overbearing. Perfect!

how to take over a room - wear this striking red, black and tan wrap from Inside Out Everyday.
A softer red mixed with black and tan

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This wrap has splashes of red along with black and tan which soften the intensity of this brighter Venetian Red. Wear this over all black in order to cut a stunning figure in any room you care to enter. It’s subtle, yet cannot be avoided.

how to take over a room - wear this cranberry top over a multi-color Marcia Bloom skirt.
Cranberry top over mixed reds and blacks skirt

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Add pizzazz to this mixed-color Marcia Bloom skirt by choosing to bring out the cranberry tones. Sure, you could wear a black top with it too, but wearing the cranberry casts the outfit in a whole new light. Picture it with tall black boots this fall! This is an excellent outfit for weddings, class reunions, or holiday parties. Not only will you be extremely comfortable, you’ll feel generously powerful as the entire room takes notice.

And just for fun…

how to take over a room - wear these awesome SolMate socks called Mars
Newest from SolMate Socks: Mars

Named after the red planet Mars, this newest color palette from our favorite sock company, SolMate, is also called Mars. Paired with turquoise from the opposite side of the color wheel, and accented with black, this fun new color combo is quickly selling out. But never fear! More will come before it’s time to get them for stocking stuffers. Still just $19.95.

We have even more red clothing items to choose from, but you’ll have to stop by to see them in person. I look forward to the visit, and helping you put together the best red outfit for the next situation in which you need to instill confidence in yourself as well as the audience.

Cheers!

Manya

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Four Tops, Three Skirts, Ready for Fall

New this week at MaJe Gallery are four tops and three great skirts. Actually, there are twelve new skirts – each one of a kind. But only three have pictures here. You have to come in to see the rest!

Let’s start with four tops

These are all made in California by Necessitees – a popular brand that’s been around for quite a while. 94% cotton, 6% spandex ensures a long-lasting shirt. Machine washable.

four tops like this cotton crew in ruby from Necessitees
Cotton Crew Neck T in ruby

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We’ll start with the love fall color of ruby. This T-shirt features a crew neck, 3/4 sleeves, and a relaxed fit – perfect to hide any extras in the torso. $48.

four tops like this cotton U-neck in wine from Necessitees
Long sleeve U-neck T-shirt

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Here we have a long-sleeve T-shirt in the beautiful wine color. It features a U-neck that’s not too deep. It’s just right.  This one is more form-fitting. If you like it, but don’t like too form-fitting, choose one size larger than your usual and all will be well.  $39.

four tops like this cotton Morocco neckline in beryl from Necessitees
A beautiful shade of blue

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This neckline is called the “Morocco” – it’s a soft V, a little rounded as it hits the neck. It is particularly flattering. The V is not very deep, perfect to show off you pendant. This is one of the more form-fitting styles, which makes it particularly good for layering. It has 3/4 sleeves in a color called “Beryl” – a lovely blue with a hint of green. $37.

four tops like this cotton Morocco neckline in black from Necessitees
Your favorite black T-shirt

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This is another with the Morocco softened V-neckline, but this time in black. This is one of the more form-fitting styles, which makes it particularly good for layering. It has 3/4 sleeves. It’s sure to become your favorite black T-shirt! $37.

And now for Three Skirts

Marcia Bloom creates funky one-of-a-kind skirts that are extremely comfortable to wear, and a whole lot of fun. Dress them up, or dress them down. Pair your skirt with a solid color top and you are set to go. I’ve seen them paired with a T-shirt and jean jacket for a casual look. Or go for a dressier solid top and a drapey jacket to get more dressy. Pair it with boots in the winter!

four tops might go with one of these one-of-a-kind skirts from Marcia Bloom
Three new skirts for fall

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All of these fall just below the knee. The magic waistband works on sizes 4 – 16. Seriously. People sometimes struggle to figure out how to style themselves with these awesome skirts. Here’s a suggestion.

Four tops could be worn with your Marcia Bloom skirt
One idea on how to wear your Marcia Bloom skirt

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This pretty skirt in shades of blue is another one from the latest collection. I paired it here with a simple black T-shirt (like the one above) and a short Testimony jacket in mineral wash blue. If you’re in Edmonds, you’ll see this on the mannequin in the window for a few more days.

Come on in and try on one of the skirts. I’ll show you several ways to wear it – from casual to dressy. Add a bit of fun to your wardrobe!

Four Tops need a great hat! Check out our newest selection from Nicole Flood, floodclothing.com
New hats! From Portland’s Nicole Flood

We are so pleased to announce a new artist – Nicole Flood from Portland, Oregon. Nicole makes awesome, one-of-a-kind hats from recycled fabrics. We’ve got everything from brights to neutrals, so come on in and choose your favorite. Just $44 each.

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Hot Stripes At MaJe Gallery

Hot Stripes Are Fun and Bold

Hot stripes are featured in this Megan Wrap from Florida's Inside Out Everyday.
Hot stripes in multi-colored splendor

The Megan Wrap from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is now available in this colorful striped fabric. Yes, it’s great in summer, but it might also be just the thing for the dreariness of February. Circular hem is shorter in front and longer in back, reducing the appearance of hips. Manya’s modeling it in these photos above showing the variety you can get when pairing it with different colored tops and black leggings.

Hot stripes from Inside Out Everyday's Megan Wrap.
Instead of leggings, how about a blue skirt?

Pair it with a long, blue skirt and white top for a refreshing look that will be perfect for your next outing. All three items now available at MaJe Gallery.

Hot stripes on the diagonal are slimming in this Jude tunic from Inside Out Everyday.
Diagonal stripes!

Also from Inside Out Everyday is this blue tunic with diagonal stripes and two front pockets. The perfect length to wear with your favorite leggings.

Hot stripes are subtle in the Lynette top from Inside Out Everyday.
Soft and Sassy Lynette Top

The ultra-light weight of this fabric is perfect for your next hot weather event. The slightly rounded hem is flattering to view. Pair it over black or white as shown here.

Introducing Our Newest Jeweler

When Christine Busch Lyons was still in college she found some old circus animal stamps in her grandparents’ basement one summer afternoon. As an art major with a specialty in metal work she found the stamps inspiring and used them in her work. These charming shapes can now be found at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds.

Hot stripes need accessories like these zirkus shapes
Octopus and Wild Stars Earrings

Light-weight and shiny silver, these are sure to attract admiring comments from complete strangers.

Hot stripes need accessories like the Puss She earrings from Zirkus
The Puss She earrings!

According to Christine, “I had the idea for the PussShe Cat design early one morning when I was half asleep. I got up and did a drawing and told my husband Glenn “we’ve got to make this!” I was so inspired by the Women’s March and the whole “Pussy Hat” phenomena. Also I love the design and quite frankly thought it might sell. Because of what we believe in, a portion of our sales of PussShe Cat jewelry will be going to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Pendants also available.

A new box of the awesome basic T-shirts from Halo is arriving any day now, so stay tuned! Find out first by following us on Facebook!

Spring Style 2017 Brings Easy Elegance

One great new wrap can rejuvenate your entire mood, like this multi-colored piece that offers spring style 2017 with easy elegance.

Spring Style 2017

Spring style 2017 brings easy elegance in a multi-colored wrap from Inside Out Everyday
The multi-colored wrap looks great over many colors.

Easy elegance looks like this: solid colors with an artsy wrap over the top. This wrap looks great over all black, but pair it with a teal tunic for a brighter effect. Pair it with magenta, olive or heather gray as well and you’ve got a versatile piece that minimizes physical insecurities, travels well, and is easy to care for. Just $89. (Sold out)

Spring style 2017 is embodied in this colorful sassy top by Maggie Rose
Sassy colorful spring top

Spring style 2017 brings you this sassy flirty top with a delightful multi-colored print. 3/4 sleeves cover winter arms while the flared ends hide winter tummy issues. Super soft rayon jersey fabric feels great against the skin, too. Just $84.

Spring Style Handbags

Spring style 2017 handbags like these beauties made in Maine by Erda
Great choices for a new spring handbag

Spring style 2017 handbags never looked as good as these great choices from Maine’s Erda, maker of legendary handbags. Whether you like small, medium or large bags, we’ve got you covered. Materials include waxed cotton and tapestry fabrics, so they are light-weight to begin with, which preserves your shoulder strength.

On the left is the “Princeton,” made of brown waxed cotton with adjustable cord. It’s a sculptural shape with a functional soul featuring a wide mouth for easy opening. It has a back slip pocket and inside credit card pocket, measuring 6.5″ x 9.5″ x 2″. $80.

In the center is the “Hillary,” the perfect bag for those of you who like a nice, large one. It’s a zippered hobo with ample room for anything and everything, yet slouches elegantly on the shoulder (1″ wide adjustable micro-fiber strap) while staying upright when placed on a surface. There’s a large split zippered pocket inside with a key fob as well as a smaller interior credit card pocket. It’s even fully lined and measures 14″ x 17″ x 5″, for $168.

On the right is another great, versatile smaller bag, the “Lovell”. This one features a subtle tapestry fabric with black waxed cotton accent. It fits flat to the body with an adjustable strap with a zippered top, zippered side pocket, and back slip pocket. Another slip pocket inside holds credit cards perfectly. It’s 10″ x 8″ x 2″ and $80.

Valentine’s Day Is Nigh

Spring style 2017 includes fused glass heart dishes
Pair of fused glass hearts

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, so make your wishes known. These beautiful fused glass heart dishes are fully functional – perfect to hold chocolate! Or of course they can also be displayed as a work of art on an easel. Made in Bellingham by Heidi VanderWerff, the thick glass feels great and the hand-made nature means no two are alike. $34 each.

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The Newest Artistic Jewelry at MaJe

You could wear jewelry that a million other women are wearing.  Or… you could wear some of the newest artistic jewelry that just arrived at MaJe Gallery this week. And the best part? Frequently, the price would be the same as you paid for a mass produced item.

Take these popular earrings by Northwest artisan Passiko, for example.

newest artistic jewelry at MaJe includes these "best friend" earrings by Passiko
“Best Friend” earrings by Passiko

According to Passiko, these earrings are like best friends.  Why? Because in the same way that your best friend has many similarities to you, you are also not exactly the same.  Rather, you compliment each other perfectly.

Made uniquely of sterling silver wire and hand-made glass beads (also made in the northwest), no pair is like any other.  More colors and shapes now available at MaJe Gallery.

New Artist Brett Mathewson

the newest artistic jewelry includes this larimar set by new MaJe jewelry Brett Mathewson
Sterling silver and larimar jewelry by Brett Mathewson

For those of you interested in the metaphysical qualities of stones, larimar is said to awaken feminine power and soothe emotions.

The pendant includes a 24″ sterling silver snake chain.  The ring is a size 8.

Bretth Mathewson's "trillium" earrings are among the newest artistic jewelry at MaJe Gallery
Brett Mathewson’s unusual and beautiful “Trillium” earrings

Elegant simplicity characterizes Brett’s jewelry, as seen in her “trillium” earrings. Very light-weight, yet creating a stunning presence on your ears, her “trillium” collection is not only easy to wear, it is also simply beautiful. You can even watch this video about how to put on these lovely earrings.

Master Faceter Bill Booze

Two stunning new rings from Bill Booze highlight his expertise in faceting - the perfect addition to your artistic jewelry collection
Two new rings from our master faceter, Bill Booze

No jewelry collection is complete without at least one ring from Bill Booze. Striking in their simplicity, Bill’s expertise lies in his 30+ years experience faceting colored gemstones. Bill includes additional facets beneath each stone to elicit maximum sparkle in his line of artistic jewelry. Naturally, he chooses only the finest stones to begin with as well.

On the left, we find a large amethyst from the Four Peaks mine of Arizona, noted to be among the finest producers of amethyst in the world. Noted for their deep color, while also having vibrant notes of red and magenta, these are lively stones indeed. This particular amethyst is set in a curved sterling band. Let us know your size, and we’ll get it to you in a size that fits.

On the right, you’ll find three tourmalines: seafoam, sage green, and olive green. What a gorgeous sterling setting it is, too. This is a glorious ring. I do hope you’ll stop by to see it in person. Just let us know your ring size, and we’ll get it to you in that size.

Outfit Of The Week

Our outfit of the week is a bit sassy
Outfit of the week

Marcia Bloom is noted for her funky skirts, and this one is no exception. Marcia can combine the most disparate of fabrics together to create a wonderful combination that is fun and light-hearted. This one-of-a-kind skirt is perfect for summer and is paired here with a lavender Luxe Junkie tank, you could totally change the personality of this outfit by exchanging the lavender tank for a coral, lime green, turquoise, or royal blue one.

And check out that incredible pearl and sterling super long necklace by Poulsbo’s Poppy Design. Wear it double, as shown here. Or triple it. Or quadruple it. Simple fantastic.  Another example of our artistic jewelry, only to be found at MaJe Gallery.

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Wedding Gifts To Cherish

MaJe customers resist buying wedding gifts from the bridal registry.  Why? Because it’s too boring and meaningless.  MaJe customers want their gifts to be remembered and cherished for many years to come.

Enjoy our specially curated selection of wedding gifts for the coming onslaught of summer weddings.

Wedding Gifts like this fused glass tray and bowl
Fused glass tray and bowl

Made in Renton by Covey Designs, this fused glass tray and coordinating “leaf” bowl are a perfect example of a unique, functional art gift. The tray measures 11″ x 9.5″. The bowl is 7″ x 4″ and 1.5″ deep – perfect for a dip for whatever’s on the tray.

Wedding Gifts like this fused glass wall vase with copper
Tassled Vase of fused glass with copper

A particularly stunning piece to help decorate the home of the newlyweds is this wall vase. Made in Mill Creek by Charlton Glassworks, the ancient technique of fusing copper between two pieces of glass is what creates the colors and textures. It can hold water and real flowers if you wish, or a simple dried flower arrangement such as is shown here.

Wedding Gifts like this 10" mosaic mirror
10″ mosaic mirror

This gorgeous mosaic mirror was made in Seattle by Angie Heinrich. Angie studied mosaic making with masters in Italy and Spain. She says the biggest lesson she learned from them was craftsmanship.  You’ll notice the excellent finish work on each of Angie’s mirrors – a testament to her lessons learned. Angie’s mirrors come in a wide range of colors and styles. The particular one shown here uses colors present in a wide array of Northwest home decor.

Wedding Gifts like this space needle candle shield
Space Needle Candle Shield

A lower-priced gift that would be both fun as well as cherished is this fused glass candle shield featuring our beloved Space Needle. A combination of translucent and dichroic glass makes this a compelling art piece that has personality both day and night. Made in Kirkland by Celeste Stuhring, this is another wedding gift to cherish.

Wedding Gifts that are fun to use, like this salad set
Beaded Salad Sets – fun and functional

One of our very most popular wedding gifts are these beaded salad sets. Fun and functional, this is a perfect gift because it’s something unique and special that people really enjoy using, but rarely buy for themselves.  Beaded in Seattle by Chantal Trandafir on high quality stainless steel.

Wedding Gifts like this matching pair of wine glasses
A matching pair of wine glasses for the new couple

For a low cost but effective gift, a pair of stemless wine glasses with heart charms is just perfect.  At $15.95 each, this is both fun and light-hearted.  The glass charms are made or opaque and dichroic glass for a bit of sparkle. Many choices of hearts available in store.  Can’t come in? Let me know and I’ll email you pictures of the current selection.

These excellent ideas are awesome for wedding gifts to cherish. And of course, many more ideas can be found in-store as well, so stop by and check it out!

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