Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother's Day 2014 - Gift Ideas + 20% Off!

Mother's Day is right around the corner and we've got some great ideas for gifts and some awesome news about how to get our C.R. Gibson line for 20% off your entire purchase!  

I know, I know, if you're reading this, then YOU are probably "the mother!"  So we suggest you share, Facebook, Instagram or tweet the people in your life who MADE you a mom - they might appreciate some hints on what to get you!  

Or for even more immediate results you could just yell, "Ho-ney! C'mere a minute - I want to show you something!" (Then show hubby this post!)

And if none of THAT works, well who's to say you can't buy YOURSELF something for Mother's Day?!  YOU'RE the one who did all the hard work, right?!  You deserve it. :-)

Click on the photo below to shop our new line with C.R. Gibson called {Enjoy} the Little Things and be sure to use the 20% off code: MOM20!

Another way to find awesome Mother's Day gifts is by shopping our Demdaco line, "This Thing Called Family!"   If you head to this post called  "Our favorite Mother's Day Gifts, you'll find a great round-up of all of the best stuff from TTCF and links to several trusted online resources.  Our Mom Rules are always a fun choice, but there are a ton of fun and useful products as well!
Here are two great resources for "This Thing Called Family:" 

Here you'll find LOADS of cool home decor from TTCF like the alphabet program,  our word blocks, a magnetic family tree for all her favorite photos, and the family mobile.

 Here you'll find all of the Mom Rules - even one for Dad and Grandma!  You'll also find a weekly chalkboard to stay organized, wall hooks , a very popular magnetic perpetual calendar  and much more.

Another great option for Mom that you'll want to check out is our new MatMates with Magnet Works!  Head here to find out all about these rugs!

For even more Mother's Day inspiration and gift ideas from all kinds of sources,  check out our Mother's Day Pinterest Board!

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Gifts-to-Go" with Magnet Works

Magnets Works has a great blog about all of the fun things they're doing! Check out their most recent post about retail displays and merchandising.   We're thrilled that the post features a few of our favorite new MatMates!

One of their great suggestions for retailers is to create easy and fun"gifts-to-go" for their customers by pulling related items together.  For example, below they've rolled up MatMates, (I see our "Hello/Goodbye" mat and our "Creativity Takes Courage" mat!) tied them with twine and then added another corresponding gift.  

photo courtesy of Magnet Works

Here's what the two mats {featured above}* look like when unrolled:
Hello/Goodbye mat available here!

Creativity Mat available here!

*There are 8 different MatMates featuring Things With Wings designs.  Come check out the entire collection!

Leave us a comment - If you were giving our hello/goodbye mat as a housewarming gift, what would you pair it with? We'll share your awesome suggestions!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Atlanta Market 2014 + C.R. GIBSON

Our new collection for C.R. Gibson is called "{Enjoy} the Little Things!"   It's a combination of paper goods, journals in various styles, photo albums, miniature blank cards and more. 

It debuted in January at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.  We had this cool display right inside the door, in the front window of the C.R. Gibson showroom!

The collection has a variety of sizes of photo albums, journals, and burlap wall art.

These aren't the greatest photos, but the burlap pieces are cool because they have some dimensional pieces to them:
burlap wall art

burlap wall art

Here they are again on the backside of our display.

On this cute little table they had our trinket boxes on display with the gift enclosure cards.  

Intermixed here and there were some old cameras as props!

I don't know why, but I didn't get any photos of the insides of the trinket boxes! The messages continue on the inside of each one!  (Lucky for you, you'll be able to peek inside each box on the C.R. Gibson site!)

Here's a better look at the little enclosure cards.  They are 2x2 inches, blank inside, and come with a coordinating envelope.  They are just darling!

Here's what the backside of the display looked like:

journals, photo albums, and that yellow book has sticky notes inside!

these cubes are for a few of your favorite snapshots

photo frames

Lock and key diaries

tiny sitting blocks with messages

view from the hallway, looking in the window

We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with this great company!

If you are a retailer interested in adding this brand new line to your store, visit the C.R. Gibson wholesale site or find/contact your local sales rep.

Customers, wonderful news for you!  This entire collection is now available for purchase directly from the C.R. Gibson website!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Studio by DEMDACO 2014

Here's a fun video that DEMDACO put together of all of their 2014 Studio Lines!

(This Thing Called Family makes an appearance at about 2:35!)

Let us know if you have any questions about our new kitchen collection or the new mini Mom Rules blocks!

Retailers- if you're interested in adding the newest pieces from This Thing Called Family to your store contact your local DEMDACO rep ASAP - Mother's Day is right around the corner!

Customers- tell your local gift and specialty shops that you want them to carry our new kitchen line!  We cannot tell you how important and valuable your word of mouth has been - it's what's made TTCF such a success!  We are so grateful for your enthusiasm and support of the line!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine Sale!

We're having a little sale of some love - themed originals over on our Facebook page!   Look for the album entitled, "Valentine's Sale."   There you'll find further directions on how to claim something!

There are still just a few pieces left - and in time for Valentine's Day, or just "because."I mean, who really needs a reason?!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Atlanta Market + DEMDACO

We've been sort of taking a little break after our visit to the Atlanta Gift and Home Market.  We've spent a lot of time thinking, dreaming and scheming too! Reflecting on what God has done, where we've been, and where we'd like to go in the future.  Good conversations about the Things With Wings "brand" and our mission to reach as many people as we can with encouraging messages that celebrate family in all its messy glory/reality.  It's been a really, really good period of thanksgiving and perspective!

But now we're realizing we never really posted here on the blog about our trip!   If you follow us on Facebook, (we hope you do!) then you're probably already up to speed.  But it's always good to put everything in one place though too, because who knows, maybe you missed some of it!

Today we'll show you the DEMDACO showroom.   Many of the new January products for "This Thing Called Family" are kitchen - related.  Cute, colorful and still containing encouraging messages, but also serving a purpose.  Double duty! 

So the DEMDACO design team built a 360 degree pillar "kitchen" right in the middle of the showroom!

Look at those scallops at the top! Do they know us, or what?!

We finally got to meet Corey, the leader of the Demdaco design team, and thank him for all of his hard work and creative vision.  He told us that he went to every Target in the Minneapolis area to clear out each store's stock of colored rolling pins when he discovered them in the dollar section!

Us with Corey

One of the many cool things that Corey and his team did was to take some of our new wall art and turn them into cupboard doors for the display.  
New kitchen art: "My Kitchen [where all the good stuff happens.]"

Also new, there are a number of small chunky block versions of our mom rules!  Some of them are brand new designs/messages!

There's a new magnetic menu board with a variety of choices like "Fend for yourself" and Mom's night off."
that's a cutting board in the lower left corner!

This house design reads, "We are an amazing, unique, one-of-a-kind, loyal, tight-knit, hug it out, kind of family." You can now find it on a kitchen floor mat and on a set of 4 clear vinyl wipeable placemats.  There is another equally cute set of placemats that has a meal time prayer on it, but we somehow missed getting a photo of it!

More useful items in the new kitchen collection:
melamine tray, oven mitt, pot holder

silverware caddy and trivet

Laura's husband got to join us this year for the first time!  Here he is modeling our new apron and we'll just pretend like he's giving it a thumbs up!

Other new wall art, (upper left + lower right) mini mom rule block and a small house cutting board:

The alphabet program has it's own cute displayer that we love!  The pieces in this collection can be personalized to create your own message.  There are frames, individual letters and key words to help you create a unique family welcome wall.

Our christmas collection had its own featured section:

And a whole other section with lots of tried and true favorites!

We feel blessed beyond measure to be doing this job and to have this kind of presence in the DEMDACO showroom.  There are so many incredible lines at DEMDACO and the design team does a wonderful job of giving them each their own "spotlights" and making them all shine.  Then there are bazillions of other companies out there, with all of their collections.  How anyone ever finds or picks ours is incredibly humbling.

If you are a retailer interested in ordering "This Thing Called Family" you can visit Demdaco's Retailer website to find your local rep or get 2014 showroom info.

If you are a customer wanting to find some of these new items, you should start to see them showing up in gift, home decor and specialty stores very soon!  You can use the store locator to find retailers in your area who carry TTCF.  Also, we never underestimate the power of your "word of mouth!"  YOU are what has made this line a success, and we are so grateful for you!  Tell your favorite gift shops about us and the new kitchen collection or share this post with them! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

MatMates with Magnet Works!

We are so excited to announce our new collection of MatMates with Magnet Works!

MatMates are an interchangeable mat system that can be used as welcome mats or kitchen mats on their own, but they really come to life when they're framed out by the trays.

You could use the indoor tray with our "Creativity Takes Courage" mat in your craft or art room!

 Our hello/goodbye mat would look great with the outdoor tray at your front door!

The really cool thing about these is that you can change out the mat insert anytime you want!  And we think you're really going to want to do that.  Because how will you ever decide?!


You can find our new MatMates in the Magnet Works showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas or Minneapolis.    We'll be heading to the Atlanta market the end of this week!  Will you be there?

Don't forget, Magnet Works is where you'll also find our Christmas set of Drinkblots!