Monday, December 12, 2016

Deck the Trees with Artist Cheer!

Guest Post by Sydnie Long!


Deck the Trees with Artist Cheer!

This year at The Lady Jane Shop, Sara had the goal of decorating her Christmas tree with ornaments made locally by Virginia-based artists. And may I say, she succeeded!



Support our local artist community and show your holiday cheer by purchasing some ornaments from these artists. You can do this at The Lady Jane Shop, of course, or by visiting the sites of our artists. Check out their contact information below:


Handmade Shop Ornaments:
@theladyjaneshop

Sara made this group of ornaments herself. (That’s right, she’s a triple threat—business woman, wonderful lady, and artist.)

Wooden VA State Ornaments


Party in a Bottle glass jar ornaments



Into the Woods: Forest Scene in a Jar



The One: Christmas Tree on Sled


Mineral + Stone Ornament



Katy Napotnik: RICE DESIGNS
Harrisonburg, VA
Wood Slice Ornaments (made of cedar)
@knapotnik

These cute and inspirational items are the only other slice you need this Christmas--the other being pie, of course.



Vicki Bahr: True Heart Goods (Lady Jane Shop Artist)
Norfolk, VA
VA Ornament Pillows w/heart over Harrisonburg
@trueheartgoods

Your head isn't the only thing that could use some comfort and love this season. Let your tree have a a little bit of that too. Bonus points for showing Harrisonburg how much you love it.



Virginia Johnson: Virginia J Art
Harrisonburg, VA
Felt Cacti + Felted Wool Animal “Taxidermy”
@virginia.j.art

You've already got the pine needles from your tree. Why not add cactus needles to the mix? Except these cacti are anything but spiky.



And check out these cute stuffed animal heads--much less gruesome, and way more cuddly than the real thing:




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Just What Type of Gift Should You Give this Christmas?

Guest Post by Sydnie Long!

Gifts are a form of communication, of telling someone how you feel about them. And while gift-giving is an activity done all year long, there’s something about the traditions and expectations of Christmastime that put gift-giving on a whole new level.

Close the year out with a bang by presenting the perfect gift to your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or even yourself. Show someone you're loving, serious, humorous, or appreciative of what they do. And that all starts with knowing which type of gift to go for:


Store-Bought



Specializing in locally made art, The Lady Jane Shop is the perfect place to get gifts for the people in your life! Store-bought gifts are all about the experience of going from store to store until you find that one gift that makes you think of someone. Gifts don’t need to cost a lot of money to be a good one, so all the better if you’ve got an eye for sales or bargain—especially during all the Black Friday and holiday sales going on this time of year. Custom gifts are always a thoughtful option, though it helps to have a pretty good idea of what someone wants when you go shopping for their gift, as you want your gift to be money well spent.


Homemade



Homemade or DIY gifts tend to mean more both to the giver and the receiver, most notably in situations of kids giving gifts to their parents. This gift type is the perfect opportunity to show off your creative talents. Take the time and thought to create something meaningful, because it’s not just the thought that counts here—it’s the effort, too.


Meaningful



And speaking of meaningful, gifts of this type don’t have to just be homemade. All that really matters is that you show that special someone just how much you know and care about them. Listen and look for clues about things they might want or need, or think of gifts that can represent the qualities you admire about them, and you're sure to get them something they’ll appreciate.


Service



Service gifts can be a great alternative to spending money on gifts by promising to do a service for someone. This could be anything from agreeing to clean their kitchen to driving them around town for the day to giving them a foot massage because their feet always hurt. Performing a service from someone can certainly be meaningful—pay attention to their needs and show them you care by making their life just a little bit easier.


Concept



Take an idea and transform it into a gift—the concept gift, to be exact, which is another way you can save money. Give your significant other the day off from chores to show how much you appreciate how hard they work. Even just taking time out of your own day to spend time with someone you love can mean the world to them, especially if you don’t get to do see them as often.


Pleasantry



Pleasantry gifts are simple and work well in situations in which you may not know the receiver very well, but still want to express your appreciation. Maybe you’ve got a handyman who always completes home projects in a timely and efficient manner, or your kid has a teacher who never hesitates to help them when they’re struggling in class. Think about your co-workers whom you see and work with every day, or the host who invites you to their Christmas dinner. People will be grateful for you recognizing their kindness and hard work, and may even return the favor.

Gag



Gag gifts are great for a laugh and can put everyone in a silly mood. Last Christmas, for example, I gave my dad a Batman baby bib because he’s a bit of a messy eater, and happens to like the elusive superhero. Don’t be afraid to poke fun at the people you care about, and you might even start a new tradition.


Regifts



If you’ve ever received a gift you weren’t crazy about yourself, but wanted to pass on to someone else who might enjoy it more, you’re familiar with the concept of regifting. Although this type of gift-giving is generally considered taboo, sometimes it’s the best way to go about doing things, as long as you do so with honesty, respect, and the best of intentions.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday + Small Business Saturday

Special Hours This Weekend:


Wednesday, 11/23: 11am-2:30pm
Thursday, 11/24: Closed, Happy Thanksgiving!!
Friday, 11/25: Open 10am - 7pm
Saturday, 11/26: Open 10am - 7pm
Sunday, 11/27: Open 11am - 4pm

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Feast on These Tips for Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Guest Post: Sydnie Long

Thanksgiving may be mostly about friends, family, and food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together an attractive tablescape to give your guests a solid first impression. Before their taste buds get to work on the turkey and sweet potatoes, let them feast their eyes on the beautiful arrangement of plates, napkins, candles, and perhaps mini pumpkins and more decorating your table.

Here are some tips to help you make your dining table look like it came out of a magazine:


Set Your Table Right
Nothing says fancy quite like knowing which side of the plate to put the fork. If you’re anything like me, you grow up setting the table for your parents, but have since forgotten where things go.

This diagram can help you figure out how to properly arrange every utensil, dish, and glass on your Thanksgiving table.

Source: Pulte Homes


Name Cards
Seat your guests in style by putting name cards in the spots where they’ll chow down. They’ll appreciate this personal touch, and may even want to take their name cards home with them.






Pinnacle Centerpieces
Centerpieces are the icing on the cake, the place on the table where everything convenes. And there are many ways to top it all off in grand fashion.

Flowers are a classic tool for decoration, and whether fake or plucked from a garden, they’re beautiful no matter what time of the year—Thanksgiving included. Embellish your table by placing a big, beautiful bouquet in its center.


But flowers are just one of an ever-increasing list of centerpiece options. Keep things classic with a cornucopia, or perhaps place an abundance of earthy items on a pedestal.


Source: Stone Gable


Liven Things Up
Bring the outdoors indoors by adding natural elements to your tablescape. Pumpkins are particularly festive this time of year, but gourdes, pinecones, and even oranges can add a brightness and vibrancy unmatched by any other décor.





Complete Tablescapes
We’ve looked at place settings, name cards, centerpieces, and natural décor, but now it’s time to look at how these elements and more come together. Here are a few of just about a million ways to hook up your Thanksgiving tablescape.

Source: HGTV Home





Source: Eddie Ross

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spice Up Your Home with Fall Décor

Guest Post: Sydnie Long

The season of fall may start outdoors, but you can bring it indoors by decorating your home with lovely seasonal décor. From wall art to lighting to fabrics and more, you, your friends, and your family will be loving your home this season!

Make sure you stop by The Lady Jane Shop for a range of beautiful home décor items made by local artists.

Comfort through Fabrics
Your home is the place to be comfortable, and by adding cozy fabrics to the decorative items in your home, that sensation isn’t too far away. Blankets and pillows don’t just have to be for your bed, curtains can do more than keep the light out, and seat cushions can pull double duty—comfort your family’s bottoms and add a pop of color to your dining room.




Warm up Those Walls
You don’t need to paint the walls to rejuvenate a room, but regardless of whether they’re the standard white or another color, styling them with wall art bring flare to your home. From paintings to family portraits to wreaths and more, wall art is a beautiful way to accessorize.




And check out this cool wall art sold by The Lady Jane Shop:




Picture-Perfect Plants
What better way to bring life to your rooms than with plants? Whether real or fake, flowers or big leafy greenery, plants can be the perfect form of décor.




Light It Up
Nothing creates an ambiance quite like lighting your fireplace, or even a few candles. Not only do they cast a comforting glow throughout the room, they bring all kinds of warmth.

 L | R



Cement It All with Scents

The feeling of fall is in more than just what you see—it’s in what you smell. Apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice are just two favorites of the season. Whether your fragrance comes from candles, plug-in air fresheners, fresh flowers, or something else, adding a scent to your home is a sure way to cement that autumn feeling.

The Lady Jane Shop has got you covered with it's fall scents: