We love the pineapple. It is a timeless motif that manages to match a fascinating history with contemporary appeal
Our glitter gold pineapple garland is one of our most popular products and we have sent it as far afield as Israel.
The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcome which is why it is routinely spied as a door knocker and on welcome mats. Thanks to Christopher Columbus, it is also associated with luxury. Columbus brought the pineapple to Spain from the Caribbean. Because of its rarity and fragility and that fact it was almost two centuries before anyone in Europe worked out how to cultivate it – the pineapple fast became the must have show off fruit at the banquet table and the hostess gift de jour.
Our pineapple cutlery pouch is the way to go when you want to do some easy entertaining. You put the napkin and cutlery in the night before and put the cutlery pouches on the table - table setting done.
The pineapple motif popped up in wood carvings, brass fittings and soft furnishings in stately homes and historic buildings throughout Europe and the more recently in the Americas. King Charles II of England posed for his royal portrait in 1675 while being gifted a pineapple by the Royal Gardener, John Rose.
The pineapple really is a gift fit for a king which is why we have a number of pineapple pieces in our product range. We love the oranges and pinks of the pineapple stationery by Jessica Leigh – scrumptious pineapple posters, pineapple greeting cards and pineapple gift tags.
We have a white textured pineapple garland for a breezy coastal chic look and we shamelessly re purpose our glitter garland as a gift tag when we are looking for a bit of extra pop.
So you can guess what gift tag we are going to use to wrap these fabulous little earrings we spied recently…….
Guess the quest for fabulous pineapples will continue a little while yet.
Our sister has a property in the beautiful Brisbane Valley. She has a penchant for decorating her dam - who wouldn't? Which is why we weren't one bit surprised to see a giant flamingo floating gracefully on her dam when we drove in for a long lunch recently. Our sister has always had a thing about flamingos and she says the rest of the world is now catching up with her!
Must be the fabulous pink of the flamingo that draws the eye. That is certainly the case for our beautiful flamingo stationery from talented Melbourne artist Jessica Leigh. The A3 and A4 flamingo prints, flamingo greeting card and flamingo gift tags are too cute and among our best sellers. They make instant impact as a decorator touch.
But then again, may be its the distinctive flamingo motif that appeals. Our rose gold and silver flamingo wrap was one of the most popular posts on Facebook recently.
There are heaps of fabulous flamingo touches out there. We picked up some adorable flamingo Christmas tree lights, as well as some gorgeous flamingo skirts for two very special little girls, flamingo cushions and duvets, flamingo serviettes and even flamingo coloured nail polish.
These fabulous Flamingo skirts are available from Betty & Lola
Is the colour? Is it the distinctive shape? Is it the fact that flamingos are occasion agnostic? Is it the fact the collective noun for a group of flamingos is a flamboyance? Who knows? But one thing is for sure...the flamingo is really the go go!
When my sister and I were growing up my mother was absolutely fanatical about us writing thank you notes. It is a great habit and one that is appreciated more now than ever. How excited are you when you actually receive snail mail? In the days of electronic communication, it means so much that someone has taken the time to personally put pen to paper and write a thank you. Here are five top tips for writing thank you notes
At Stylie, all our cards are blank inside, so you can write a thank you note or use them for an occasion. Here are just a few from our range:
Just remember manners never go out of style.
Just a few weeks ago, I found myself literally in the middle of an RSPCA Million Paws Walk. I hope lots of dollars were raised for this really worthy cause.
Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds were parading around in the height of fashion from RSPCA bandanas to crystal studded collars and fancy capes that would put Batman to shame. There were Huskies, Poodles, Corgis, Vislars, Great Danes, Chihuahuas and many many Dachshunds.
A Dachshund cuts a particularly fine silhouette – there’s just something about the Doxie that’s well – adorable. That adorableness multiplies when the distinctive Dachshund is captured on stationery and home accessories.
Dachshund tea towels, gift tags and bunting are among our best sellers – purchased with equal zeal by Dachshund and non-Dachshund owners alike. The good news is that we have expanded our range to include even more gift suggestions for people who love everything Dachshund.
Dachshund Silhouette Cards
This solo Dachshund silhouette works well as a card – its blank inside so it can be used for any occasion – but it works even better when mounted in a photo frame to a stylist’s flair to any room.
Ich Bin Ein Dachshund
The ich bin ein silhouette card is also blank inside and perfect for that quirky someone or occasion. As they say in the fashion world – work your silhouette – and when it comes to the world of canine fashion, the Dachshund owns the catwalk. Or should that be dog walk?
Our dachshund garland makes a great gift for the dachshund lover. The ten individual Penny dachshunds and 3 metres of twine can be used to brighten up your favourite places and spaces. The dachshunds are packed flat, making them the perfect gift to post interstate or overseas.
Dachshund Gift Tag
Penny the dachshund is part of the Guten Tag range of tags for cool and quirky gifts. Use these gift tags to adorn gifts, as place cards, invitations, bookmarks or mini bunting.
Dachshund Tea Towel
So you can imagine how pleased we are with our exclusive range of greeting cards for men that feature clever puns on the front. We once saw a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words.
We sourced our punny cards from The Paper Empire in Melbourne. The punny cards are blank inside (making them perfect to stash away for any occasion), masculine (on natural brown kraft with a bold black typeface), clever and contemporary.
Founder of the Paper Empire Emily and her funky fellow Melbourne mates have always loved puns – the use of a word or words that either have multiple meanings or sound like other words with humourous results. It brings to mind the question “What’s the only thing more annoying than yuppie punsters? Quipsters.”
The purists will tell you there are many types or subspecies of puns (did you know there is even such a thing as a compound pun?) and enough debate on each to warrant a doctoral thesis. But we are happy to stick with the fact that a pun is a clever play on words and the good ones make you laugh out loud. For the parents of young children out there… did you know police were called to a day care centre where a three year old was resisting arrest? For the thinkers out there …I ‘m saddened to report my new theory on inertia doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum. For sartorially inclined, you need to know, I really wanted a camouflage shirt, but I couldn’t find one.
We agree with Alfred Hitchcock that “puns are the highest form of literature.”
Our exclusive punny cards for men come in a set of four with four different cards in each set or you can buy them individually.
Emily at the Paper Empire says new puns are always percolating but “No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll always be stationary”. She says she gets the best ideas from clients and readily admits “we are ambitious about puns. We’ve got plans to corny the market.”