Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for St. Patrick’s Day Products

Spring is so close we can almost feel it! We’re decking out our homes in spring hues: yellows, pinks and, of course, green. And as the calendar states, St. Patrick’s Day is heading our way, too. That means green is doing double duty with our decor. But it’s getting us excited for the season change, so here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for St. Patrick’s Day Products.

st-pats-door-decorDecorate 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.

green-storageUtilize space in your closet or under your bed with this 3-Pc. Storage Organizer Set. The set of Closet Organizers gives you more ways to store shoes, sweaters, jeans and more. Each easily hangs from a rod using the fabric-magic closure on top. Each Storage Box includes a window for labeling and an attached lid for easy storage. A handle on front makes it easy to grab. Nonwoven polyester.

pub-plaqueNEW! The Personalized Irish Plaque proudly puts your heritage on display. This charming wall decor features fun and traditional sentiments along with your family name. The wooden plaque is adorned with Celtic symbols, shamrocks and vibrant shades of green. Irish Pub and Shamrock Pub Sign, 10″W x 15″L. Irish Blessings, 15-3/4″W x 11-3/4″L. May Your Pockets, 15-3/4″W x 10-1/2″L. Ready to hang.

 

wall-clockBuy them all for a charming display, or select your favorite and hang it as a focal point. Each Vintage Metal Wall Clock is designed to resemble a pocket watch with a distressed painted finish and a delicately detailed face. Requires 1 “AA” battery. Small Pink Clock, 6-1/2″W x 1-1/2″D x 6-1/4″H. Small Teal Clock, 5″W x 1-5/8″D x 5-1/2″H. Small Black Clock, 3-3/4″W x 1-3/4″D x 6″H. Large Green Clock, 8-1/4″W x 2-1/2″D x 11-1/2″H. Ready to hang.

monster-feetSoft and adorable Toddler Monster Feet Slippers will delight any child. They can stomp around and pretend to be a huge creature! Plush furry slippers have scales down the back, as well as big monster toes. Nonslip grips on the fabric soles provide traction. The fabric-magic closure adjusts for the perfect fit. Polyester and PVC. Imported.

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.

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.

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.

Pinteresting Picks for May

From garden gadgets to seaside decor, our Pinterest followers are getting ready for a fabulous summer. Our top pins have sunshine written all over them. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for May.owl-throw

Fanciful Accents Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow. The multicolored tapestry artwork brings the 50″ x 60″ Throw with a fringed border to life. It’s a soft cotton/polyester blend that’s machine care. Imported. The 17″ Sq. Pillow has piping trim, and its cotton/polyester/rayon exterior is plumped with polyfill for extra comfort. The owl design is on the front while the back is solid-colored, so you can reverse it for a bit of visual variety.casserole

Cute Carriers Effortlessly transport delicious homemade treats with this stylish 2-Pc. Cooler and Casserole Carrier set. Secure food or beverages in the single-strap cooler. The casserole carrier has two handles that can be made into one using the fabric-magic closure. Both pieces zip closed, are insulated for cold or hot use and collapse for easy storage.bird-feeder

Feed Your Feathered Friends Give your feathered friends a cute place to eat or bathe with this adorable Umbrella Bird Feeder or Birdbath. It hangs from the umbrella’s handle, which is decorated with a 3-D garden friend that coordinates with the print on the umbrella.coastal

Seaside Settings The Coastal Gift Collection adds a touch of the ocean to any room. The wind- and water-weathered look of these pieces will create a tranquil, beachside vibe. Greet visitors with a Welcome Sign that features seahorse and seashell accents. The Sailboat has a tropical fish and captain’s wheel on its sails, and the hull looks like it was carved from driftwood. The charming Pelican figurine also looks like driftwood with curling feather accents. The Lighthouse has an LED light on the top, so it glows like the real thing.tie-backs

Let the Sun Shine In A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains. The design features a circle with a coordinating stick. Gather the curtain in one hand, lay the circle over the front, then push the stick in on one side, behind the curtain and out the other side. Works with any type of fabric without damaging it.

March Pinteresting Picks

April is just about to break which means our homes need a spring refresh. Our Pinterest followers are feeling the season change! New decor with a splash of sentiment is what our pinners seem to be looking for this month. Here are our March Pinteresting picks.

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   Set a trendy table with pieces from the Owl Tabletop Collection. Each piece is decorated with the same owl design in various colors. The 3-Section Server lets you bring 3 different foods to the table in a single dish. The Set of 3 Serving Bowls is graduated in size and nests together for easy storage. Serve coffee or tea in the Set of 4 Mugs, and use the Set of 4 Dinner Plates for the main course. Earthenware. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

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For the die-hard sports fan, Faith, Family…Sports Wall Art puts your favorite game in proper perspective! Created by artist Marla Rae, it shares your values as well as your athletic enthusiasm. Box-style print requires no additional framing.

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Our wooden Ladder Shelf Storage suits your contemporary style. Its clean and simple lines make it ideal for display or storage. The 5-Tier Ladder Shelf has five spacious shelves for holding books, board games, DVDs and more. The Ladder Shelf With Wine Rack combines shelves with storage for up to 12 bottles of wine. This versatile shelf also has a rack for wine glasses and a pullout drawer for corkscrews, coasters and more.

patio-curtain

Give your home a modern makeover with a 140? Lose the Louvers Patio Curtain. Contemporary textured woven panel and valance adds style and sophistication to any large window. Use them to replace a standard 78″ vertical blind. The panel includes 25 evenly spaced, reinforced buttonholes that easily clip in the existing track. Use the 11 fabric-magic squares on the valance to position over the existing hardware.

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A Sentiment Plaque spreads a positive message through stylish typography. The wooden plaque has a distressed background with cream-colored text that will complement any decor. Stand it on a table or dresser to remind yourself of the important things in life.

Learn About Butterflies Day: Fun Facts About Butterflies

ButterflyThe days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising and birds are singing the sweet songs of spring! Pretty soon we’ll start seeing butterflies fluttering around the trees and flowers and,  since, March 14 is also dedicated as Learn About Butterflies Day, we dug up few fun facts about butterflies to get you excited about the season.

Eating and Drinking According to the San Diego Zoo, there are a few ways butterflies get their nutrients. Before they transform from from caterpillar to butterfly, they eat leaves to survive. After they go through metamorphosis and change from a squirmy insect to a beautiful flying bug, they only sip on liquids — juice from fruit, nectar from flowers and sap from trees. Those things give butterflies most of what they need, but they don’t provide minerals, so male butterflies sip water from mud puddles — it’s called “puddling.” They share those nutrients they get from puddles with females during the mating process.

ButterflyAfter mating, when butterflies are ready to lay their eggs, they scope out leaves and plants by tasting them with their feet! If they find leaves tasty enough for their offspring, they’ll lay eggs on the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will eat the leaves on which they are born and the life cycle begins again.

Flying While we usually just see butterflies fluttering from flower to flower without urgency, they can fly quite fast. Most butterflies fly about 5 to 12 miles an hour, but some skipper butterflies can reach speeds of up to 35 miles an hour! Skippers are a little bit different from other butterflies — you can tell them by their antennae; they look like little crochet hooks.

But butterflies can’t fly all the time — they are ruled by the weather — which isn’t a surprise since we usually only see them during the spring and summer. Temperature is very important in their travels. They don’t take off if the air temperature is less than 55℉ and if their body temperature is less than 85℉.

ButterflyLifespan Butterfly life span varies. The brimstone butterfly lives the longest with an average of 9 to 10 months, but some species live only a week or two. But that is over-simplifying the complicated lives of butterflies. There are many things to consider when calculating the lifespan of a butterfly: how long they’re in the larval (egg) and pupal (cocoon) stages, hibernation, and weather conditions. Butterflies and Moths of North America goes into detail about how long butterflies live.

Defense There are many ways butterflies protect themselves from predators. As caterpillars, they either roll themselves up in leaves or burrow into fruit or wood to hide — some even make themselves look like twigs. As winged adults, they can hide the brightly colored side of their wings and show only the dull side to make them less visible. Some butterflies can even disguise themselves as dead leaves. The more beautiful butterflies — like the Monarch — don’t taste very good to predators — of course one has to die for a predator to learn its lesson, but the death of one beautiful butterfly means many more will survive.

We’re excited about all the life spring brings to our gardens! Butterflies, flowers and birds — we’re working on making homes for them in our yards and The Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make your garden attractive for all your favorite critters.

Pinteresting Picks for January

Connecting with friends on The Lakeside Collection’s Pinterest boards was a real hoot in January! Trendy owls got a lot of attention, whether they were on cozy throws and pillows or fun and functional hobby organizers. Some of our followers already are looking forward to creating whimsical miniature gardens or adding colorful decorations to their yards. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Add a fanciful touch to your living room or bedroom with this licensed Milo Owl Throw or Pillow.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Clean up the clutter in your crafting space and help your creativity flow with these handy Owl Print Craft Organizers.

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Set of 2 Solar-Lighted Balloon Stakes helps you decorate your garden with whimsical delight!

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

Each Fairy or Gnome Garden Kit gives you the miniature accessories you need to create your own magical spot.

Pinteresting Picks for April

April is over and we have so much to do now that May is here. The catalog is giving us and our Pinterest followers ideas on what we need to gear up for summer. Here’s our list of the products most pinned for the month — our Pinteresting Picks for April.

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The Folding Deck Tables is one of our favorites and a favorite of our pinners. It’s the perfect space-saving table for a deck, porch or balcony — great for cocktails and snacks outside on a summer night.

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Today is a New Day Wall Art adds decor and inspiration to your home. The uplifting messages are printed on wooden box-frame with an antiqued looked.Every time you walk by it, you’ll be delighted with art and encouragement that will make you feel good all day long.

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Personalized Self-Inking Stamps let you put your mark on anything you want. With a choice of “round square,” “square block” and “round monogram” you can personalize all of your outgoing mail or anything paper you want to label as your own.

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Space-Saving Bathroom Organizer maximizes storage for a small bathroom. It’s tall and thin and features multiple storage areas where you put all of your bathroom products and appliances. It even has a pullout drawer and a lower cabinet, which has a hinged door and magnetic closure.

 

The History of April Fool’s Day

 

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It is not a national holiday, but April Fool’s Day is observed, revered and feared all over the world. It comes with tricks and no treats at the same time every year, so why do we keep up with the tradition? There is no clear evidence on the origin of the holiday, but there are a couple of ideas surrounding the history of April Fool’s Day pranks came about.

Calendar Confusion

Some believe April Fool’s Day started when it Pope Gregory XIII’s calendar – now referred to as  Gregorian Calendar — went into effect. In 1582, Pope Gregory decided to reform the Julian Calendar moving April 1 back to January 1. Most people followed the new calendar, but the news of the calendar change moved slowly so some people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day in April. Considered fools for missing the holiday celebrated four months before that, they became targets of pranks and tricks.

Gullible Guppies

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In France, fish hatched in early April – a bait and hook were an easy lure for the young fish who were easily caught. To mark this time of year, people play pranks on other people – the ones who are tricked are referred to as poisson d’avril (April Fish) – a fish that’s easily caught or a gullible human being. So if you ever see someone in France on April first with a fish taped to their back, they have been marked for the whole world to see that someone fooled them.

Citizen Con

In 13th century England, a road was declared public property when a king stepped on it. When word spread to a small town that the king was coming, the town refused to let him in in order to maintain control of the main road. The king’s minions were sent to the town to sort the visit, and when they arrived, the townspeople pretended to be insane so the king would not drop by. The king fell for it, but was alerted to the trick and declared the town too foolish to punish, hence April Fool’s Day.

Chaucer Chicanery

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Another theory goes back to the 14th century and links it to a book — Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales. In Nun’s Priest Tale is set on the date March 32 – March having only 31 days, the text would translate to April 1. The main character is tricked by a fox and so April Fool’s Day was born.

Or not.

Weather Wiles

Another believable theory is related to spring. Because it’s so close to the vernal equinox, the thought is people are fooled by Mother Nature’s unpredictable weather. And she has certainly made fools of us this year.

While it’s unclear where and when the idea of April Fool’s Day originated, it is celebrated by many cultures all over the world. In India, jokes and pranks are played during the festival of Holi. Sizdahbedar is observed by Iranians with gags and high jinks.

Fool or be fooled on April 1st, while we don’t know exactly why we do it, it makes for a fun way to welcome spring – even if Mother Nature keeps tricking us with the occasional snowfall.