Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mardi Gras & St. Pat's Day Dog Breed Stationery

I love switching things up for changing seasons and holidays. I shuffle plates in and out of my extensive collection of Fiesta®Ware so our kitchen is color-coordinated for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, spring, summer, etc. So it's no surprise that I like my envelopes to reflect the season with holiday-themed dog breed address labels. Since I'm usually focused on the bigger holidays, this year I decided to have a little fun with two of our smaller celebrations—Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dachshund Rescue of North America

Hello everyone. I have received a request from one of my favorite customers, Jade. For her birthday, she is asking for donations for the wonderful organization Dachshund Rescue of North America. I have worked with them in the past and love what they are doing for these adorable little dogs. If you have even just a little to give, it would be greatly appreciated. You can donate through Jade at the Wishes Causes website (which is a Facebook app) on this page:  Jade and I thank you for whatever help you can give.

And if you would like to adopt the little cutie you see in the photo above, you can go to this page on the website.

Mary Ann

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue of St. Louis is an amazing dog and cat welfare organization here in St. Louis. They do phenomenal work taking care of this city's injured, abandoned, abused, and stray dogs and cats. They are a no-kill shelter which takes in these unfortunate animals, gives them medical care, and then rehabilitates them in hopes of placing them in loving homes. Randy Grim, the Founder of Stray Rescue, and his crew go out daily searching the streets of St. Louis armed with food and a tremendous amount of love. Please check out for all of the details of their work.

And just a reminder that from now until Valentine's Day, Best Friends Studios will be donating 10% of all sales to Stray Rescue, a wonderful no-kill shelter in St. Louis. The winter months are particularly rough on homeless dogs and cats. Stray Rescue volunteers take to the streets to rescue and feed these animals who are literally left out in the cold. So stock up on doggy-inspired stationery and ornaments and know that your purchase will help a dog in need.

The terrier mix, named Trix, in the picture above is up for adoption right now! Please check out her bio.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    If Dogs Were Our Teachers.....

    If dogs were our teachers, we would learn stuff like...
    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
    When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
    Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
    Take naps. Stretch before rising.
    Run, romp, and play daily.
    Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
    When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
    No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends.
    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
    Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
    Be loyal.
    Never pretend to be something you're not.
    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, and sit close by.

    Mary Ann

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    Doggy-Inspired Valentine's Day Stationery

    If you're looking for a unique and fun way to show friends and family how much you care, check out our new line of Valentine's Day doggy-inspired stationery on Send hugs and kisses with customized Valentines featuring a lovable photo of your best friend… Or say "I Love You" with a little bag of chocolates finished with a dog silhouette gift or hang tag
    Pressed for time? Check out our new dog-themed Valentines just for kids. Paired with a candy treat, they are sure to be a hit with your child's classmates!
    And this year, don't forget heart-inspired address labels to celebrate Valentine's Day!