Monogram It: Favorite Personalized Gifts


We made a traditional DIY planner for Darby Smart and Michaels semi-recently. The video was so fun to make. Check it out here. Our final touch on the cover of the planner was a monogram. We believe you can never go wrong with a monogram.

Monogram gifts are among our favorite things. We love everything about them. Since gift-giving season is upon us, we’re going to help you get a head start on some shopping, and every item can {and should} be monogrammed.

Mark and Graham Acrylic Cuff | Moon and Lola Acrylic Dalton Charm | GiGi New York All in One Bag Black Embossed Python {this is Jessica’s favorite clutch, thanks to her chic friend, Shannon} | Monogram Belly Mug | Mark and Graham Copper Ice Bucket | Canvas with Leather Weekender Bag | Monogrammed Garland Ring Dish | Glitter Monogram Letter | Dipped Personalized Journal | Patterned Hotel Keychain | Monogrammed Door Mat | Initial Bar Pendant | Monogram Lacquer Tray | Plaid Throw | Raw Wood Board | Monogram Tote | Monogrammed Water Bottle 

DIY Gift: Custom Candles


Not only can our kids make DIY crayon candles covered with rainbows, hearts and crayon splatter. We can make DIY candles too, but more sophisticated ones. I can see more melted crayons and candles in our near future for DIY holiday gifts. It’s a gift that’s sure to SHINE!

To see how we made the crayons with the kids, see the full tutorial on Momtastic. But basically, all you have to do is heat the crayon with a blow dryer (continuously} and draw. We found that black crayons worked the best to write words and monograms.







steal vs. splurge {bag}

I am loving the steal vs. splurge idea new to our blog! And more importantly, we hope you are enjoying it too.

Our steal vs. splurge this week is 100% bag-ulous. We love Longchamp tote bags – they are great for school bags, business bags, travel bags, and even diaper bags. You can find Longchamp at all the great department stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc for anywhere from $125-$500. New at Fleur de Lis we have look-a-like bags, and can be ordered with your monogram for only $90! These bags are versatile for every age and every lifestyle, and are available in every color of the rainbow. We also have matching (and monogram-able) make up bags. Great gift idea for holiday, graduation, teachers gifts, sororities, baby bags … and any occasion!

bags steal vs. splurge

{images via Neiman Marcus and Fleur de Lis}

it’s here…

Tre Sorelle’s Favorite Things

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”

{I can’t help it…yes, that quote is from the classic The Sound of Music}

We’ve remembered our favorite things of 2011 {all at a reasonable price…in fact, today’s list is 5 gifts under $50} to bring a little bit more joy to the season of giving!

A Favorite Things list wouldn’t be complete with giveaways! That’s right, each of you will have a chance to receive a free gift each week leading to Christmas. Every Monday you will see new and wonderful favorite things, and the following day we will offer a giveaway from the list. All you have to do is comment {look for ways to enter tomorrow}…it’s that easy!

This week, think about the lovely HOSTESS in your life…or in you {and add it to your list for Santa}

1. PSA Essentials custom stamp, $40, sold at Fleur de Lis, a paperie: Whether you customize with an address, from the library of or from the kitchen of…this is a gift every hostess will love.
2. Rub A Way Bar, $7.50, Crate and Barrel: Rub away the odors from garlic, fish and other foods with this genius “soap-like” device.
3. Casserole Tote, $48, Vonny: Carry your casserole hassle-free and in style to your next party. {They also started carrying pie totes for $68 that are absolutely adorable}.
4. Red Tartan Plaid Napkins, Set of 4 for $49, Williams-Sonoma: Give a personalized gift your hostess can use throughout the holidays with monogrammed, festive tartan napkins.
5. Onion Goggles, $19.99, Bed, Bath and Beyond: With Onion Goggles you can say goodbye to tearing, stinging and irritated eyes when preparing, chopping, dicing or mincing any kind of onion.  

{images via PSA Essentials, Crate and Barrel, Vonny, Williams-Sonoma, Bed, Bath and Beyond}