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A Sneak Peek at Early Buy’s Best Sellers

April 10, 2017

There’s only about a month left to get those Early Buy orders in! If you’re wondering which designs are this season’s must-haves, you’ve come to the right place. We pulled together a list of Fall/Winter 2017 Early Buy best sellers and we’re giving you a sneak peek! Don’t miss out on all the great opportunities that this once-a-season sale offers, like free freight & extended dating, and the chance to improve cash flow and easily transition through the seasons.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the best-selling designs so far this Early Buy season!

Our new State of the Heart Localization Program has been very popular! Featuring all 50 states, this special program allows you to choose flags and mats in 22 different colorways. Garden flags can be customized with the name of your city or state! Learn more here.

“Pumpkin Wagon” by Susan Winget [30111]

“Autumn Bike Ride” by Tina Ledbetter [30101]

“Fall Mason Jars” by Susan Winget [30112]

“Winter Snacktime” by Susan Bourdet [30118]

“Christmas on the Farm” by Susan Winget [30122]

“Ready for Fall” by Sally Eckman Roberts [30113]

“Religious Christmas” by Susan Winget [30130]

“Thankful Turkey” by Travis Spencer [30101]

“Nose to Nose” by Susan Winget [30132]

 

“Bringing Home the Tree” by Susan Winget [31010]

Don’t let Early Buy slip away! If you’re a registered retailer, login to our website or contact your Territory Manager to place an order before time runs out. Early Buy ends May 15th!

Retail Merchandising & Display Tips – Atlanta Market July 2014

July 23, 2014

If you didn’t make it to our showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta this July, we’ve got all the highlights for you right here. Our visual merchandising team did a fantastic job once again. The showroom looked phenomenal and shoppers were stopping in their tracks to ooh and aah over the eye-catching displays. Our team let me in on some of their secrets for creating these masterpieces, and I can’t wait to share them with you! So, without further ado…

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Gypsy Garden – Mossed Couch

Gypsy Garden Moss Couch

Yep! That’s real, live moss. Spritzed with water each night to keep it looking fresh. This couch-turned-mini-garden was definitely a showstopper. A not-so-mini miniature garden planted on a couch covered in moss is certainly not something you see everyday. When you’re putting together your own displays, keep an eye out for one-of-a-kind pieces like this couch. Items like this create interest and draw shoppers in to see what you have to offer.

This couch didn’t always have the appeal that it had in our showroom. Let’s just say it had been through a lot when we found it… but our merchandising team saw its potential and was able to use it to create something beautiful. With a fresh coat of paint, lots of moss and hot glue, and a little planting help from our friends at Batson’s, this couch took on a whole new life. You know what they say… one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Gypsy Garden Moss Couch 2

The mini garden appears to be planted directly in the couch, but to give ourselves a little more flexibility and extend the life of our garden, we planted in plastic under-the-bed storage containers. This way, we can easily move the containers and use them in another display if necessary. You could use any size container to do something like this – when you’re finished planting, just hot-glue some moss onto the edges, and voilà!

 

Gypsy Garden – Snowmen

Gypsy Garden Snowman

The Gypsy Garden snowmen displays were another huge hit. Mini garden items are small and could be easily missed by shoppers. This is a great way to make a big statement and really draw some attention to these tiny pieces.

Gypsy Garden Snowman 2

To recreate this display start by finding a few bubble bowl vases in different sizes (you could also use fish bowls). Create mini gardens in the largest two vases – lay some floral foam on the bottom (so you have something to stick your pick items in), cover it with fake snow, add in some moss, tiny evergreen trees, and mini garden items. You may want to use fake plants for these gardens to avoid the condensation that would occur if you had to water any real plants. The smallest vase can be filled with virtually anything white that you have laying around. We used white packing peanuts, but you could also use cotton balls, marshmallows, etc.

Gypsy Garden Snowman 3

Next step – accessorize! Get out your hot glue gun and give that snowman a classic, cheerful face and some other accessories like a hat or scarf. We used charcoal for his eyes, flat black vase gems for his mouth and (we steered clear of any potential rotting noses here…) a rubber costume carrot nose to complete the look.

Last, but certainly not least, build your product display around the snowman. To create a festive look, paint a few differently-sized terra cotta pots red, green, white, gold, etc. We finished by laying down some polyester pillow stuffing to create a snowy landscape on the display table. This holiday display will make your product pop right off the shelf and inspire your customers to get creative with their own mini gardens!

 

Gypsy Garden – Lemonade Stand

Gypsy Garden Lemonade Stand

Our lemonade stand display was perhaps the most refreshing one in our showrooms :) Its bright yellow color made it hard to miss and the theme was carried out very well – from the lemons strung under the sign to the mini garden planted in a beverage dispenser. Our visual merchandising team really nailed this one. I loved the idea of building a life-size version of one of our mini Gypsy Garden items and turning it into a display. So creative!

Gypsy Garden Lemonade Stand 2

We used plywood and printed vinyl to build this lemonade stand, but you could recreate this look in your store using something as simple as cardboard and paint. (Plywood is more sturdy and might last longer, but cardboard would do for a short term display.) Using a table you already have, cut pieces of cardboard to fit around it like a lemonade stand and paint on the stripes. You could build the “Lemonade” sign out of cardboard too, just make sure you reinforce it well enough so that it stands up straight.

String some fake lemons under the sign with a piece of twine, paint a few terra cotta pots with bright, whimsical colors, and your lemonade stand display will be complete! If you want to create a display with a different theme, choose another Gypsy Garden piece to base your structure on. Get creative and do what works best for your store!

 


Art Poles – Painted Peace Collection

Art Poles Painted Peace

Art Poles and Peace Poles make a bold statement when they stand alone, but create a much larger impact when there are many shown together. Their brightly colored artwork and varying heights make for a beautiful display that cannot be ignored by shoppers. By pulling together your entire offering of a certain product type, it makes it a lot easier for customers to see what their options are, and an easier shopping experience is definitely a plus.

 

Art Poles – Dog & Cat Memorial Poles

Pet Memorial Art Poles

Another one of my favorite Art Pole displays was the one featuring our new Dog and Cat Memorial Art Poles. These poles are the perfect gift for someone who has lost a beloved pet. To pay homage to the dogs and cats we have lost, we got a variety of simple, wooden frames from the local craft store and placed them over pictures of our pets that have passed on. This gave our display a special, sentimental quality that supported the message of the Memorial Art Poles.

 

Art Poles – Birding Display

Birdhouses and Birdhouse Art Poles

Another great way to approach a display is to base it on a theme or hobby – like birding! Our team did a great job with this display, bringing in elements like the metal tree branch and bird, a bird-watching guide book, tree stumps, and birdseed. These subtle props don’t take any attention away from the Birdhouses and Birdhouse Art Poles, and they help to make the products feel like they’re in an outdoor setting. I love the way the “Love to Garden” MatMate is framed in weathered wood. It got a lot more attention hung on the wall than it would’ve if it were laying on the ground, and it’s a great way to cross-merchandise coordinating products.

 


Art Coasters – Bar

Art Coasters Bar

Pull up a stool and let me pour you a drink! This bar-themed display looks like a good time just waiting to happen. Our visual merchandising team did a lot of crafting to make this display look its best, and they showed that there are more ways to use our Art Coasters than just as condensation catchers :) The letters that spell out “ART COASTERS” are made of… you guessed it, Art Coasters! They draw attention to the product, quickly communicate what’s on display, and showcase many of the different bar-themed coaster decks that we offer. This theme also communicates to shoppers that these coasters are the perfect party item – whether you’re hosting the soiree, or you’re attending and are in need of a hostess gift.

Keep in mind that you could tailor this idea to fit any themed display, and use the coasters to create a word that communicates it best. With over 120 decks in a variety of themes like floral, coastal, sports, holiday, etc. you’ll find just what you need to create the perfect display.

 

Art Coasters – Holiday

Art Coasters Holiday

Art Coasters are ultra-giftable. With such a wide variety of themes, there really is something for everyone. Shoppers will start looking through the display and see one deck after another that makes them think of friends and family members. It’s the kind of gift item that doesn’t necessarily need an occasion – it’s a “just because” present. So why not communicate this with customers via your display? Our display happens to be holiday themed, but yours doesn’t have to be. Just  drop a coaster deck into one of our white or black holders and tie a piece of ribbon around it. Customers will see the bows and instantly think, “gift idea!” without you or one of your employees having to suggest it to them.

Hopefully these photos gave you some inspiration to create beautiful, unique displays in your own store! Thanks for reading, and make sure to check out our Facebook page for more display ideas and pictures from our showrooms. Let us know in the comments which displays were your favorites!

Artist Feature: Stephanie Burgess

May 23, 2014

Meet Stephanie Burgess, the artist behind our Painted Peace collection! A former nurse, Stephanie embarked on a new career journey as an artist at age 50. She ditched her scrubs, picked up a paint brush, and never looked back. When she learned about Peace Poles for the first time, Stephanie was immediately drawn to their message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Peace Pole Project inspired her to create her own style of beautifully unique Peace Poles. Since then Stephanie has created a variety of decorative poles with inspirational messaging and bold artwork.

Stephanie Burgess_Photos2

Stephanie Burgess Q&A

Get to know Stephanie and see some of the work she has done with us at Studio M!

Tell us about your family! Any pets?! 

Have an 11-year-old daughter, Izze, who is my Rock Star.  Izze actually helps me quite a bit with my art.  She is a talented, budding artist (of course I am biased, but…) She draws images that I might be having a tough time with, especially animals!  She does a bang-up job at drawing a great dog with floppy ears.  She is also much better at color than me, and I follow her lead 100% of the time when I am stumped.  And it always works. I have 2 Boston Terriers.  Stella, who is my angel – I got her when I was finishing up chemo for Breast Cancer in 2012.  Yup, she was – and is – my angel dog. She was a vital force for me and Izze at a time when we needed one. Stella never does anything wrong.  And then there is Gidget, my 6-month-old Boston who is the EXTREME opposite. She just finished eating my couch! Yup….my couch. Her nickname is “Gidget Piper” because she likes to chew on pillows, expose the piping and then pull it out like a big spaghetti noodle. Love puppies!!!!  But actually, my kid and my dogs are my life, except art of course.  BTW….I’m healthy and cancer free.  And that’s good because my color is so much better off of chemo.

 

Peace Poles

6′ and 4′ Peace Poles

 

How do you spend your Sundays?

I spend Sundays doing or thinking about ART.

 

What are your three favorite foods?

Hamburgers, pizza and pasta.  Good for my figure.

 

Are you obsessed with any one fashion item? (shoes, purses…)

I am absolutely obsessed with boots.  Big, tall, leather, EXPENSIVE boots.  I have 7 pair.  One for each day of the week.

 

20" Art Poles

20″ Art Poles

 

What are three words that best describe your Painted Peace products?

My art is colorful, unique and creative.

 

What are three words that best describe you?

I am colorful, unique and creative.  My art and I have a lot in common.  I think that’s why it works.

 

Is there a creative mind that inspires you? (artist, writer, poet…)

I’m inspired by John Lennon… used to do Peace Art way before “peace” was in and hip. I’m kinda an old ex-hippie. Much of my art is images with lyrics of his songs.”Imagine all the people, living life in peace….” was a BIG INSPIRATION for my initial efforts doing art. I started this art gig at 50 – I used to be a midwife and Labor and Delivery Nurse. Threw away my scrubs and pager, and picked up a painting brush. It was kind of a mid life transition. It’s working for me!!!!!

 

Birdhouse-Poles

6′ Birdhouse Poles

 

Do you work from life, photographs, or your imagination?

I work from my imagination!

 

Do you listen to music when you create? If so, what?

I listen to all kinds of music – from opera to rap, from indie to blues….sky’s the limit. I listen carefully to what these artists have to say because many of them help me say what I want to say.  They’re the poets.

 

What’s your favorite thing about your studio?

My favorite thing about my studio is that it is right in my home. I’m home with my kid and my Boston’s.  Then I can make sure Gidget Piper is not eating my couch!

 

Thanks for reading :) I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the artist behind our Painted Peace collection! If you’re a retailer and would like to see more of Stephanie’s work, click here to shop!

May Peace Prevail on Earth – The Peace Pole Project

September 6, 2013

Kylee Baumle of northwest Ohio has a passion for both gardening and writing. She is the book review editor for Horticulture magazine, writes for two regional gardening magazines, and contributes to a local newspaper. Here she shares the story of the Peace Pole Project, how she learned about it for the first time, and how she rediscovered Peace Poles in a whole new way at the IGC show!

Jenna on graduation day, 2005

Jenna on graduation day, 2005

When our younger daughter Jenna (mother of sweet pea Hannah) attended Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., in 2001-2005, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, I learned about peace poles.  One of the residence halls where she lived was located directly across the street from the Gladdys Muir Peace Garden, home to two of North Manchester’s many peace poles.

Manchester College (now Manchester University) was where the first recognized undergraduate Peace Studies program in the U.S. was born, with its BA in Peace Studies first offered in 1948.  The Gladdys Muir Peace Garden was established in 2001 and is adjacent to the 1929 Meeting House, used today for gatherings and classes.

Gladdys Muir Peace Garden at Manchester University

Gladdys Muir Peace Garden at Manchester University

Peace pole in front of the meeting house at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.

Peace pole in front of the meeting house at Manchester
University, North Manchester, Indiana.

Peace poles first originated in the mind of Masahisa Goi of Japan in 1955. They are made of varying materials, but each has the phrase, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in the language of the country where it’s placed, as well as three other languages which hold meaning to the place in which it’s erected.

For example, one of the peace poles at Manchester has the phrase in English, of course, and Miami, which is one of the Native American tribes to inhabit the area. (Eastern Miami tribes.)

Magnet Works, Ltd. / Studio M booth at IGC, Chicago.

Magnet Works, Ltd. / Studio M booth at IGC, Chicago.

Today, The Peace Pole Project is overseen by The World Peace Prayer Society, a non-sectarian pacifist organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The first peace poles outside Japan were constructed in 1983 and there are now more than 100,000 around the world in over 180 countries.

I never gave the peace poles or the peace garden another thought until a couple of weeks ago when I attended the IGC Show (Independent Garden Center), held every year on Navy Pier in Chicago.  As I was walking the aisles of the large trade show, these modern peace poles at the Magnet Works, Ltd. booth caught my eye.

It was love at first sight.  Coming in both 4′ and 6′ sizes and numerous colorful designs, I wanted one of each.  The first intelligible words out of my mouth when I spied them were, “I have to have one of these.”  And before I left the show that week, I’d purchased one to have shipped to Our Little Acre.

The peace pole arrived last Friday and on Saturday, we put it up.  The installation was so easy (and brilliant) that I didn’t even take photos of the process.  It took just five minutes and then I spent another five admiring it.

KB peacepole

KB peacepole2Artist Stephanie Burgess is the creative force behind the peace poles, with these being reproductions of her original wooden designs.  These are printed using special fade-resistant methods and are laminated onto PVC, making them lightweight for shipping, yet durable.

I chose the “Peace Garden” in a 6′ size.  The “Peace Pole” style is a colorful version of the original peace poles with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” printed on each of its sides in four different languages.  A portion of the sales from this particular style are donated to The World Peace Prayer Society.

KB peacepole3Studio M, the division of Magnet Works, Ltd. that makes the Peace Poles, is the wholesale source for purchasing, but they are available for retail sales at various venues throughout the country.  Here is a search tool for finding a retailer near you.

With ever-new awareness that we have not yet achieved world peace, and with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace approaching on September 21st, perhaps we should reflect on this:

MISSION STATEMENT of THE WORLD PEACE PRAYER SOCIETY

The Power of Thought
Thought forms create an energetic field strong enough to empower the course of planetary destiny.

The Power of Words
Words carry vibrations strong enough to inspire, heal and transform the human heart as well as the Kingdom of plants, animals and all creation.

The Power of  “May Peace Prevail On Earth”
“May Peace Prevail On Earth” is an all inclusive message and prayer. It is a meeting place of the heart, bringing together people of all faiths, backgrounds and culture to embrace the Oneness of our planetary family.

Our Mission is Simple
To spread the Universal Peace Message and Prayer, ” May Peace Prevail On Earth,” far and wide to embrace the lands and people of this Earth.

It couldn’t hurt.

This article was originally published by Kylee Baumle on her blog, Our Little Acre. Read more here: http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/


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