Lakeside Selection: Product Picks to Flirt with Style

Spring is near! And that means it’s time to take inventory of our closets. We need to let go of some of our old sweaters and tights to make room for some new, sassy items. With that in mind, here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks to Flirt with Style.

2-ferWomen’s Cowl Neck 2-Fer Top is effortlessly stylish! Instantly achieve a dressed-up outfit in this colorful top with a cowl neckline and attached white insert. Pair with a skirt, pants, or jeans. Polyester and spandex. Machine care. Made in the USA.

shark-shirtThe Women’s Printed Shark Tail Hem Top will make any outfit pop. The drape neck creates a soft, feminine look, while the shark tail hem flatters your figure with jeans, slacks or a skirt. Polyester and spandex. Machine wash. Made in the USA.

new-maxiGet ready for admiring attention when you wear this Women’s Striped Maxi Skirt. It features crossover stripes near the waist for a stylish touch. Made of a stretchy knit fabric that provides softness and elegant draping, it also has an elastic waistband for an easy fit. Wear this trendy maxi from spring through fall. Length is 38″. Polyester, rayon and spandex. Machine wash. Made in the USA.

kimonoCreate a long, flowing silhouette with this beautiful Kimono Fashion Scarf. It features an all-over floral print and is embellished at the bottom with tassel fringe. It’s lightweight and versatile and can be casually thrown over any outfit to add some easy style. Also works as a cover-up. 39″W x 71″L. Polyester. Imported.

hair-jewelsThis dazzling Set of 2 Jeweled Hair Clips helps you accessorize any hairstyle in no time for any occasion. Each clip has pretty gems and sparkling rhinestones highlighting a delicate design. It has a strong metal spring that opens and closes easily. Metal teeth on top of clip help keep it securely in place. 4″W x 1″D x 2″H, each.

9 Things to Make Your February More Cheerful

February is a tough month — with the gray skies and snow-covered ground, we need a little bit of sunshine to get us to March — even if it’s metaphorical sunshine! Here are 9 things to make your February more cheerful.

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Cats We love how our cats pounce, lick and purr — by instinct, that’s how they communicate with each other. To us, they communicate using a special language developed only for humans: meowing!

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Raccoons Raccoons love water so it’s not much of a surprise that this one’s not afraid of the sprinkler. They almost never build their homes more than 1200 feet from a water source.

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Lions Lions are very affectionate creatures. In their downtime (they spend up to 20 hours a day lounging!), they rub heads and groom each other. If they were average house cats, they would purr, but lions don’t purr. They prefer to roar to communicate vocally, which can be heard five miles away!

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Sea Otters Otters are funny little mammals that can live their entire lives without leaving the water. They survive on marine life like sea urchins and shellfish. But sometimes getting the fish out of the shell is tough, so they have to use rocks to crack them open. And if they find a useful rock they like for hunting, they keep it in their built-in underarm pockets.

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Elephants While these little guys are using their trunks to splash water on themselves to keep cool, elephants can use their trunks for snorkeling, drinking and, most importantly, smelling, too. Because they’re so big — trunks can weigh up to 400 pounds! — they have plenty of olfactory receptors. In fact, they have so many they can sniff out a water source from twelve miles away.

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Bunnies Bunnies love companions! They’re very social creatures and, generally, they should always be kept in pairs. Rabbits tend to get lonely and can develop weird behaviors if they don’t have playmates.

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Hedgehogs Those little spines on hedgehogs make them slightly similar to porcupines, but the are not related. However, like porcupines, hedgehogs do use the spines as a defense mechanism; they keep predators from taking a bite out of them. Each hedgehog can have up to 7,000 spines all over their backs but their faces and bellies remain soft.

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Goats Goats are always up for a little bouncing around. While this is just a wobbly sheet of metal, goats are known to ride around on the backs of bigger animals with their signature bounce. And that bounce is, indirectly, how we get our morning boost. Coffee was discovered when goat herders noticed the goats had a lot of energy after munching on coffee beans.

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Dogs Dogs are amazing creatures! They’re about as smart as two-year-olds and can understand more than 200 words as well as count up to five. And, of course, we can’t forget their noses! We all know they can smell well, but a fun fact about their noses is that they stay wet so dogs can tell which direction a scent is coming from.

At The Lakeside Collection, we have products and ideas to make every month bright! Whether you need pet toys in February to stave off your dog’s cabin fever, or you need beach towels for your June road trip to the beach, shop Lakeside for unique products at reasonable prices.

Pinteresting Picks for January

January is over and with February being such a short month, it’s time to start thinking about spring! At least it’s that time for our Pinterest followers. According to our top pins, they’re thinking about all the pretty things that come along with spring and we think you’ll like what they like! Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.

seed-ballzWith Drop & Grow Seedballz, planting a flower bed has never been so easy! All you have to do is place each Seedballz in the soil and watch it grow into a cluster of flowers. Each ball is full of seeds! Do not bury deep; keep moist. Store SeedBallz in a dry, cool place. Each set comes with 8 SeedBallz. They are hand-rolled by individuals with developmental disabilities in the USA. Grow flowers easily in the garden or containers with these “truffle-like” clay balls.

sea-lampThis Wood LED Candle Lantern brings a oceanside touch to your home. Can be used indoors or outdoors. It has a wood frame with acrylic panels to withstand the weather. A thick rope handle and shiny stainless steel accents complete the look. The battery-operated plastic LED candle offers the glow of a real candle without the risk of fire or mess of melted wax. A hinged door makes it easy to access the candle. On/off switch. Requires 3 “AAA” batteries. Small, 6-1/2″W x 6-1/4″D x 16-1/4″H, with a 3″ dia. x 4-1/2″H candle. Large, 7-1/2″W x 7-1/4″D x 20″H, with a 3″ dia. x 6″H candle.

mason-jar-candlesThe Fresh ‘n’ Fruity Mason Jar Candle is a wonderful way to liven up your space. The paraffin and soy wax blend candle is scented in a fun fragrance. Its colored glass jar is decorated with a flower charm tied with jute ribbon. The metal lid has a coordinating design. 12 oz. Burn time, approx. 100 hours.  note-booksJot down quick reminders, appointments and other notes in the Sticky Pad Portfolio. Decorative booklet holds 7 sticky notepads in different designs and sizes. The portfolio is compact enough to take with you. 5-3/8″W x 7-1/4″L. 60 Sheets, each, for 420 sheets total.

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Save the music from your favorite cassette tapes with this Westinghouse Cassette Converter. Preserve your music by transferring it to a digital format. Simply pop a cassette into the converter, connect it to your PC, and then use the included software to export and save it in MP3 format on your computer. From there, you can turn it into a CD or download it to your music player. The converter also serves as a listening device using your headphones. Requires 2 “AA” batteries for portability when using as a player, or use the included USB cord (20″) for power and transferring data. 3-1/2″W x 1-1/4″D x 4-1/2″H. Plastic and metal.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Favorite Items for the Week

Snow storms and cold temperatures are keeping most of us inside this week! We’re working on staying busy and staying warm! With that in mind, we put together a list of items we think you’ll find useful this week.  Here is this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Favorite Items for the Week.

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You’ll find many uses around the house for this 2-Tier Cabinet Basket. It has a removable basket on each level for storing spices, office supplies, toiletries and more. 8″W x 10″D x 14″H, overall. Each basket, 7-1/4″W x 10″D x 4″H. Steel.

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Kids can build cabins, forts, stores or a whole frontier village with these Wood Log Building Sets. The construction options are endless with these gigantic sets. Pine wood and plastic. For ages 3 and up.

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A Set of 2 Fashion Scarves keeps you on-trend without breaking the bank. These vibrant designs are sure to make you stand out. They spice up any outfit. You can also wear them as head wraps or decorative belts. Fringe on the bottom. Polyester. 16-1/2″ x 65-1/4″, each. Imported.

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The unique shape of this stoneware Cozy Hands Mug is designed to warm your hands when you hold it. There’s a place on the side of the mug that’s perfect for tucking your hand in. Ridges on the outside of the mug help you grip it. Keep it for yourself or pair it with coffee, tea or hot cocoa for a fun gift. 16 oz. Dishwasher safe.

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Indulge in the elegant luxury of the 7-Pc. Anastasia Comforter Set. Waves of glamorous ruffles on each piece will give your room a sophisticated air, while the soft, wrinkle-resistant fabric pampers your skin. Queen comforter, 90″ sq. King, 106″W x 90″L. King set includes king-sized shams. Polyester. Comforter, shams, and bedskirt, machine care. Imported.

National Puzzle Day: How Puzzles Do Your Brain Good

puzzleJanuary 29 is National Puzzle Day! We’ve been putting together puzzles for hundreds of years. The first puzzle ever made was used to teach geography lessons and it morphed into a leisure activity. Although we just do them for fun now, puzzles are actually an excellent brain booster. In case you need a reason to put one together than just the satisfaction of matching thousands of tiny pieces to create a picture, there are other benefits of puzzles. Here are 5 ways puzzles do your brain good.

Psychological Prowess As far as building cognitive skills, children’s brains benefit the most. While their brains are still growing, puzzles help kids boost their memory and recognize shapes, as well as develop critical thinking skills.

puzzleBrain Workouts The same way interval training and bicycling works your heart and muscles to prevent disease, puzzles exercise your brain to keep it healthy and thinking. Researchers even believe it can slow the brain from breaking down as we age — in one study from the United Kingdom, scientists actually found a correlation between puzzles and slowing down Alzheimer’s disease.

Social & Emotional Intelligence People of all ages can use puzzles to help with social and emotional skills. The act of putting together puzzles is designed with a definitive goal, and the more difficult it is the more you have to persevere. Young and old, puzzles are an active example of meeting goals through hard work.

Both Halves Puzzles use both sides of the brain to fit the pieces together. The right side of the brain is where we draw on our intuition. The left side of the brain uses logic to solve problems. We need both intuition and logic to fit the pieces of puzzles together.

puzzleBrain Builders Puzzles are the ultimate brain builders for kids. They help sharpen fine and gross motor skills and gives them hand-eye coordination practice. Puzzles with large pieces are a good start and when the kids master those, they can move up to jigsaw puzzles to continue to sharpen their skills.

The Lakeside Collection has puzzles for every member of your family! While away the winter and celebrate National Puzzle Day by fitting a few pieces together!

Ground Hog Day: Our Favorite Prognosticators

groundhogWe have just about a week until our furry friend from Gobbler’s Knob tells us if we can expect an early spring or endure another six weeks of winter. While Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog we look to for such an important determination, he’s not the only one with prognosticating powers. With Groundhog Day coming up, we thought we’d introduce you to some of our favorite prognosticators.

The Deep North There’s a lot of pressure on a prognosticator — they have to wake up at the crack of dawn to let the world know if the next six weeks are going to be happy or chilly.  Shubenacadie Sam has the toughest job as he makes the first prediction in North America. He lives in Nova Scotia which is farther east than other prognosticators on the continent. But being first comes with perks. He gets to go to bed earlier in his hollowed-log and he has very own bag piper and town crier to announce his awakening.groundhog

The Land of Lincoln While most Americans knew about Punxsutawney Phil before Bill Murray’s movie Groundhog Day came out, they probably don’t know about Woodstock Willie or his home, Woodstock, Illinois — which is where the movie was filmed, making it, for all intents and purposes, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for a few days. With the popularity of the movie over the last two decades, Woodstock has drawn a lot of visitors on February 2. The day is so big for the tiny town, a festival was created for it and the organizers recruited their own prognosticator — Woodstock Willie.

The Big Apple From tiny towns to big cities, a groundhog can find a home just about anywhere. In New York City, the chief prognosticator made his home at the Staten Island Zoo. Charles G. Hogg is known as Staten Island Chuck. However, he has taken a break from prognosticating for the last several years after an incident with the mayor of New York City. In 2009, he bit Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was taken off duty. His daughter, Charlotte, took over his duties in 2015. There’s no word yet on which groundhog New Yorkers will be counting on for 2016.

groundhogThe Peach State Down South, they treat their groundhogs a little bit differently than they do in the Northeast and Midwest. In Georgia, you won’t find their prognosticator — General Beauregard Lee — hibernating in a hole in a grassy knoll, rather, when he wakes up to check for his shadow, he has to crawl out of his mini mansion and look out from the verandah to make a judgement on the next six weeks. Beau (as he’s known at the Yellow River Game Ranch where his mansion is located) has been on the job for more than three decades, and he’s been rewarded for the hard work each February 2. He’s earned two honorary doctoral degrees and has been formally recognized by the National Weather Service for his accurate predictions. Last year, he gave the South an early spring. We’ll see what he has to say about 2016 on February 2.

Whether we get six more weeks of winter or we get an early spring, The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of items to make it the best six weeks of the year. From cozy blankets for the couch to breezy spring dresses, shop Lakeside for unique products at practical prices.

Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks and all the cupids and hearts are starting to pop up everywhere! At The Lakeside Collection, we want love to fill your lives so we came up with a list of products to inspire you. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Valentine’s Day.heart-candle-box

The distressed finish of this bright Wooden Tea Light Candle Box adds a touch of rustic country to a table setting or shelf. Each of the 4 glass tea light cups has its own compartment in the box. Light from the flame shines through the themed cutout. Decorative rope handles and a distressed finish add an extra rustic touch. Box, 13-7/8″ x 4″ x 3-1/2″. Candle cups, 3-1/8″ x 2-3/4″ dia., each.heart-luggage

Vibrant 2-Pc. Girls’ Overnight Bag and Crossbody Set is excellent for sleepovers and other trips. The duffel has a full-zip closure, a zippered pocket on the front and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap. It comes with a matching crossbody bag that has a full-zip closure and an adjustable strap. Pack them full of clothes, sports gear, books and more. Polyester. Imported.love-letter-art

Personalized Love Letters Wall Art makes an elegant gift to honor a wedding, anniversary or engagement. It has photographed letters that spell out the word “Love,” and it’s personalized with names and a date of your choice below. This romantic print by artist Scott Kennedy makes a lovely gift for anyone. The wooden block mount is a contemporary way to display art without using a frame. Arrives ready to hang. Each line can be personalized with up to 25 characters.heart-pendant-scarf

Update your look with a fashionable Fringed Pendant Scarf. Wear it over a T-shirt, sweater, or even a dress to add a finishing touch. Just tie it on and you’re ready to walk out the door. Scarf, 13″ x 69″. Pendant, approx. 4-1/4″ x 2-3/8″. Polyester and polypropylene. Imported.heart-charms

Carry thoughts of your little ones on a Birthstone Heart Handprint Charm. Heart-shaped charm (3/4″) has an embossed handprint and a sparkling crystal in their month’s birthstone color. It comes with a touching message printed on a card that accompanies the charm. Charm attaches to your own bracelet with a strong, lobster-claw closure. Add a few charms to the Silver Link Bracelet (8″) to start a collection of your loved one’s birthstones and your own. The more charms you add, the more meaningful your bracelet becomes. Bracelet has a spring ring closure that adjusts to fit comfortably around your wrist. Metal.

Valentine’s Day: Why We Give Sweets to Our Sweethearts

Valentine-CandyWe’re busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day! We’re swimming in red hearts, cupids and roses. There are only a few things we really associate with Valentine’s Day and at the top of the list is candy. Like Halloween, it’s almost impossible to make it through the holiday without eating a bonbon or two. But how did we start making that connection between candy and love? Here is a breakdown of why we give sweets to our sweethearts on Valentine’s Day.

Forbidden Fondness In the third century, St. Valentine was a Roman bishop who secretly granted marriages to soldiers and their sweethearts when it was banned. He was imprisoned for the crime and in his cell is where the Valentine as we know it was born. As the legend goes, St. Valentine sent a letter to the daughter of his jailer and signed it “Your Valentine.” There was no candy included, but this where the valentine tradition started.

Candy-Coated Love For hundreds of years St. Valentine’s tradition lived on, but it wasn’t until the 14th century that someone put pen to paper the custom of sending love letters called valentines. Geoffrey Chaucer, known for The Canterbury Tales, wrote a poem called “Parliament of Fowls” in which the first literary reference to Valentine’s Day was made:

Valentine-Candy“For this was on Saint Valentine’s day, // When every fowl comes there his mate to take, // Of every species that men know, I say, // And then so huge a crowd did they make, // That earth and sea, and tree, and every lake // Was so full, that there was scarcely space // For me to stand, so full was all the place.”

We waited another few hundred years for Shakespeare to make the candy connection in Hamlet with the words “sweets to the sweet” and we never looked back.

Delicious DevotionThe connection between chocolate and love can be boiled down to science. There’s a chemical released in our brains when we fall in love called phenylethylamine. Coincidentally, chocolate contains this chemical. The amount found in chocolate made today is too scant to be considered an aphrodisiac, but it was one of the early uses of the cocoa bean by the Aztecs. In addition to using chocolate as wedding gifts, Aztec leader Montezuma was known for consuming it before romantic engagements.

Cartons of Confections Chocolate was originally a drink. It wasn’t until the 1840s that candy makers turned it into solid morsels of food. One of the early chocolate producers — Richard Cadbury — is widely considered the person responsible for making these solid chocolates treats a Valentine’s Day tradition. He designed elaborately decorated boxes to package his candies, but the company that still carries his name does not claim he was behind those heart-shaped boxes we send our sweethearts today. That started, according to the New York Times, in the 1890s.

Valentine-CandyDelectable Dialogue New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) started experimenting with its signature Valentine’s Day candy around the same time Richard Cadbury was perfecting solid chocolate. NECCO started using the first candy machine in 1847 and about two decades later they came up with the iconic “Conversation Candies” which later became conversation hearts. Those conversation hearts have been in production since 1902 and the company continues the conversations with new words each year. 2016 words have not yet been announced, but last year’s phrases include “BFF” (Best Friends Forever), “TE AMO” (I love you in Spanish), “JE T’AIME” (I love you in French), and “Pugs and Kittens” (for animal lovers).

Let The Lakeside Collection help you make your sweetheart’s Valentine’s Day special. From gifts to sweets, we have hundreds items to show your loved one you care.

National Have Fun at Work Day: Ideas for Having Fun at Work

Fun-At-Work-DayWe spend a lot of our time at work — 40 hours is about 23% of our entire week — if we get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night, we’re only left with 72 hours to allocate for chores, commuting and our families. At the end of the week, we don’t have a lot of time for fun, so we have to shoehorn it into our schedules. With so much of that time being thrown at our jobs, someone thought we should set aside a day for a little whimsy at work. So, for January 28 — National Have Fun at Work Day — we put together a few ideas for having fun at work.

Joke’s On You Have everyone on your team write down their favorite jokes on post-it notes (as many as they can). Pick a blank wall in the break room or common space to post them for everyone to read in their down time or when they need a pick-me-up. If you want to make it interesting, have your co-workers guess who contributed which joke, or bring other departments in to contribute jokes and vote on your favorites.

Taste Test Get the bakers and cooks in your office to bring in their favorite dishes to be judged! The cooks get to compete for a prize (fun!) and tasters get to eat (more fun!).

Have-fun-at-work#Selfie We get a lot of face time with our co-workers — maybe more than our own families! We do projects with them, eat with them, why not create millennial art with them? Have everyone on your team take pictures of themselves (selfies), print them out and make a selfie wall. Let everyone get really creative to make self-portraits that are unique. Though it takes a little bit of thought, it’s a break in the day to have fun and make work not feel like work.

Dance Party Just about everyone has a lull in the afternoon when it’s really difficult to be productive. Instead of forcing yourself to get things done, take a break with your co-workers to get silly with a dance party! Move the chairs in the conference room and turn up a high energy songs to put everyone in a good mood — think 80s, Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams — there are hundreds of feel good songs to make your dance party — and work — lots of fun.

Have-fun-at-work-dayDecorate Your Cube Contest When you’re spending 40 hours a week sitting in one spot, it should be a spot to remember. Challenge your co-workers to a cube decorating contest and see who can come up with the most elaborate and crazy themes to make Have Fun at Work Day and every day a little more interesting.

Surprise! If your office is low-key, keep your fun low-key by surprising a favorite co-worker with something special. It can be something nice like a candy bar from the vending machine, or, if it’s the right kind of co-worker, just get silly! Wallpaper her cube with post-it notes.

At The Lakeside Collection, we have hundreds of products to make a little fun! Whether you’re at work or at home, we have something to brighten anyone’s day.

Forward Thinking: Product Picks for An Early Spring

It doesn’t feel like it, but we’re not even half-way through winter! We know there’s a lot of sunshine in our future, but it doesn’t stop us from hoping for warm weather to get here a little sooner. Of course, we leave the fate of our weather up to a ground hog on February 2, but until then we’re going to keep fantasizing about sunning ourselves in the garden and spending afternoons by the pool. With that in mind, we put together a very optimistic list of product we think you’ll like. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for An Early Spring.

lak-grow-towersIt’s easy for apartment dwellers and people with limited space to start a container garden or expand on an existing one with a Grow Tower. It’s easy to use with a small plant, then add the included additional rings for support as the plant grows. The 3-Tier Tomato Tower (9-3/4″ sq. x 46-1/2″H) is self watering. Just pour water through the hole in the base, and the soil will soak it up. The Grow Cage (9-5/8″ sq. x 62″H, including 11-3/4″ stake) is great for any climbing vegetable or flowering plant. When covered in flowers, it makes a lovely display. Can be used for indoor plants as well. Easy to disassemble for storage in the off season. Plastic. Assembly required.lak-shark-tail-topUpdate your look with the modern edge and trendy print of this Women’s Printed Shark Tail Hem Top. The drape neck creates a soft, feminine look, while the shark tail hem flatters your figure with jeans, slacks or a skirt. Polyester and spandex. Machine wash. Made in the USA.

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Decorate a door or wall of your home with a Spring Floral Swag. It features colorful blossoms and foliage cascading down from a themed image. For use indoors or on a front door protected by a storm door. Butterfly, 12″W x 3-1/4″D x 18-1/8″H. Plastic and metal. St. Patrick’s Day, 8-1/2″W x 3-7/8″D x 18-3/4″H. Easter, 8-1/2″W x 3-1/2″D x 20-1/4″H. Plastic, vines and metal. Ready to hang.

spring-table-clothWelcome the joy of spring with this collection of delightful critters, eye-catching designs and bright colors.  Display appetizers, snacks and more on the Bunny Cake Plate (10-1/2″ dia. x 3-1/4″H). The Treat Jar (6-1/2″W x 10-1/4″D x 12-1/2″H) gives you quick access to a cookie or piece of candy. The Salt & Pepper Shakers (approx. 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 3-7/8″, each) are a practical addition to your dining area. Serveware and kitchenware, dolomite. All serveware and kitchenware, dishwasher safe. A Pastel Tablecloth adds beautiful colors for cheery table settings. Cotton. Machine care. Our exclusive 3-Pc. Easter Garland Set features 6 ft. of garland held on either side by 2 sand-weighted polyester bunnies (approx. 11-3/8″H, each). Add a pop of color to your walls the Bunny Ribbon Wreath (13-1/2″W x 24″L) with its wire frame that easily folds for storage. Polyester and metal. Ready to hang. All fabric items, imported.

wood-terrariumGive your herbs or flowers a safe place to grow while adding to your own decor with this Wood Terrarium Planter. Resembling a mini greenhouse, its charming weathered look will complement different decor styles. The plastic front and back panels protect the herbs and flowers from direct rain and other weather elements, while the sides are open to let them breathe. The latch hook in the front and the hinged back allow you to open and close it with ease. Herbs, 8-5/8″W x 4-3/8″D x 11-1/4″H. Hope, 10-1/4″W x 5-1/2″D x 13-3/4″H.