I had a very specific idea in my head on what I wanted to give my sister for her baby shower. My mom and I had already gotten several items when I met with Tom of the Bwarie Gift Basket Company. Tom is the nicest, friendliest guy you'll ever meet. He turned our things into a stunning piece of artwork in a basket, along with some other items we picked out together. My sister didn't want to disturb the contents of the basket it was so gorgeous. Tom is a master of his art and so nice to work with.
I have the most stunning piece of abalone jewelry by Moana Designs. I went to a trunk show and discovered their jewelry which is just gorgeous. It's a New Zealand inspired design that's in the shape of a flower. I get compliments whenever I wear it.
The Antique Warehouse is a fun place to shop for oddball gifts for yourself and others. They have a great collection of paintings and brick a brac for the house. I even found some great glass pieces to decorate my upper shelves. Their prices are reasonable and they even have sales from time to time.
I wanted to send my mom a bouquet of flowers for helping me plan my sister's shower and ordered a really pretty arrangement through the Encinitas Flower Shop. I found them while searching online and place my order there and then. They delivered the arrangment the next day to my very surprised and delighted mother. The flowers were gorgeous and they smelled wonderful. I made the right choice by choosing the Encinitas Flower Shop.
I was looking for some specialty paints at Ceramic Painting & Clay and was fascinated by how much they had in stock. The staff was so helpful and made a lot of great suggestions on what I needed. I thought I had the paints and glazes down correctly, but it turns out I didn't. They wound up saving me a lot of money - and grief.
Mukunda's is where I picked up some things for my sister's baby shower. This is a cute little boutique that has some really unique and one of a kind gifts. They even offered to wrap my items, which I thought was a nice touch.
The pistachio birthday cake I got at Elaine's Cake Boutique for my mom was crazy good. The cake was moist, the filling delish and the reaction of my mom was priceless. It was beyond great!
My sister and I bought my brother a set of soldiers from the Old Toy Soldier Home last month when he turned 50. We remember when we were kids and he played with his toy soldiers while we played with our dolls. The toy soldier collection at this place was absolutely incredible. I wish I could post pictures to showcase what they had. This is a collectors shop, not a children's toy shop. My brother was stunned and incredibly touched.
I turned to Marlene's Tea Cakes to do the specialty cookies for my sister's baby shower. I saw an example of her work online and had to have the baby cookies. They were expensive, but absolutely worth every penny. The artistry that went into each individually wrapped cookie was incredible. I just wish there was a way to preserve a few for posterity.
When my furnace wouldn't turn on, I turned to Cal-West Air Conditioning to see what was going on. The very nice tech was on time and looked at my old unit. He was able to get it up and running again, but gave me an estimate on replacing it with an energy efficient model. I was happy he could get the repair done so quickly.