Thursday, November 28, 2013

A thankful heart


Around this time of year people often ask, "what are you thankful for?". I always find myself stumbling around to find the best answer. Do I get stuck because I haven't spent enough time appreciating the daily blessings, or is it a question that requires more than just a simple response?

This evening we left for our Thanksgiving trip to Kansas (go Hawks!), and I fell into one of those deep-in-thought moments, road trips will do that to you (especially if you are driving in the dark and listening to Don Ross at midnight). I was somehow transported, and a burst of nostalgia flooded my heart. Here is a bit of what whirred through my memory:


Age sixteen, hiking through the Owens valley/Mt. Whitney base with my geology buddies, amazed at how down in the valley was warm and dry, but suddenly we were ankle-deep in snow. When you put a handful of snow-neglected Southern California teens in an unexpected snow patch, they basically turn into five-year-olds at Disneyland.

Age seven, laying down in the backseat of our car with my brother and pressing our bare feet onto the cold windows on the way to Oregon, looking at stars.

Age twelve, camping in the backyard and watching the shadow of our neighbor's cat steal an entire bag of Saltine crackers.


I think The Lord uses these moments to simply make us smile, and in a sense feel gratitude or thankfulness, intuitively.

It makes me wonder, what moments are happening right now that one day we will look back on and feel this same beautiful graciousness for the lives we have been given?


Monday, November 25, 2013

Just a little tealight...

Do you have a wedding to plan, or a small intimate dinner coming up? 

Imagine sitting across the table from your most special guests, discussing the day-to-day events, the silliest thing that happened, or even how you've been unbelievably blessed this year. And the tealight is there to cast a warm, delicate glow, adding the perfect touch, and a delightful comfort.

Recently, we added tealight candle trays to our shop, and we decided to get a little crazy and make one that could stretch the length of a standard dinner table.

This one holds 20 standard tealights, and measures approx. 65" in length.
But of course, we could make one to fit your table just right.

And a big thank you to Missy from Beach Blues for the painted mason jars that went perfectly with this photo shoot!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gift Guide for the Sentimental-Animal Lover

I love this shop! -> Handy Maiden

Doesn't it seem like we prefer the types of gifts that we like to give?

I know this isn't always true, but if you think about the types of gifts you love to give to others, it usually points to which types of gifts you like to receive. The hard part is figuring out what types of gifts other people like to give, in order to know what to get for them. (That was a confusing statement).

I have always loved giving the more surprising gifts, the ones that don't necessarily have a practical purpose, but rather a hidden story. I love gathering items for gift baskets, ones full of random knick knacks and treats. And during Christmas, I love finding interesting and intriguing items for stockings.

Below is a list of interesting sentimental gifts for the animal lover. I know this is probably not the most popular type of gift, but there surely are many out there that would love something from this list.

This penguin is made of 100% stone, and a few pieces of metal. My mom bought him this for me when she was away on a business trip. I find him to be so unique and definitely full of love. You see, I have always had a passion for geology and penguins. This gift is a treasure, and I know one day I'll get to pass it along to someone else that will cherish it. (I wish I had a link for this guy.)

This was another gift, not to me, but I inherited it. It is a hand-carved camel, it comes from Israel. I love the fabric piece as well as the nails that hold the little chain in place. It makes me think about who made this, and all of the love and work that went into every detail. {more hand carved animals}

This bird was the first of my Tonala collection. My mother-in-law gave it to me. I don't think she knew at the time, but it meant so much. This bird can be seen in many of our product listings, it is our best photo prop. I love the colors, and pattern, and the cultural lines that bring me back the Mexican markets - my favorite place to shop. 


Sometimes you stumble upon the perfect gift when you're not looking for it. My husband and I were shopping around a flea market, and I found another Tonala bird! Not necessarily a practical choice, but definitely the second piece of a new collection. This wasn't a gift from anyone, but rather will one day be a gift to someone who appreciates the intricacy and pattern found on these birds.

On the back there seems to either be a story, or some beautiful symbolic representation. These vintage birds can be found on Etsy. 

This is "Foxie" - I won it in a giveaway a few months back. Kate at Woodland Tale makes these little softies by hand all the way in Ukraine! I remember how exciting it was to open up my first piece of mail from Ukraine, and inside was this sweet little fox.

Full of personality! 

Olga from Wassupbrothers makes these plush owls by hand. Each one is a unique one-of-a-kind creation. I love her work, and hope to one day purchase one of her little creatures. 

This giraffe is awesome, and it's actually taller than it looks in the photo (about 14"). At our last craft fair I purchased it, and still don't know whom I will be giving it to. But the couple that sells these have partnered with an orphanage in Kenya and the women there hand felt these dolls. It is a beautiful story. 

Visit their Etsy shop and perhaps they will have some available. One Little World

I love this little elephant! Hand made from clay by a little shop called "Efi Warsh" in Israel. This was my very first Etsy purchase, and it sits by my kitchen widow next to my Talavera cups.

These little Sea Elves are so cute! They have a great variety of patterns and colors - visit their shop -> Sea Elves

Another awesome choice for the sentimental animal lover! Visit Mount Royal Mint.

This is one of my most favorite Etsy shops -> Two Sad Donkeys.
Their dolls have the cutest little expressions.

Buby Noa makes the best cuddly plush stuffed animals - great gifts for the little ones. 

And last, but not least. Le Animalé. This is secretly my favorite shop on Etsy (well, one of them). She has a studio in North Carolina where she makes all of her little totems by hand. I love her color choice, and her variety of the most uncommon creatures. Also, each creature comes with a little card that tells you what characteristics it beholds: this narwhal is high in exploration, adventure, and protection. Such a creative idea!

So if you're gifting for the sentimental-animal lover, there was a short and sweet list of options, and I don't think any of these will disappoint. 

By the way, if you happen to be in Mexico any time soon. Look for these little wood bobble creatures (pictured below). They are the best accessory near a window - you can watch them dance!

Who in your life is the more sentimental type, the someone who is more likely to be a collector, or a lover of little trinkets and treasures? This is the person that you will have to hunt down in an antique store, the one you'll have to keep away from her grandmother's attic.

Gift ideas for him? -> FOR HIM

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

White Christmas Coupons

Hello Fans, Followers, Friends, and Family!

The holiday season is fast approaching, and in The Honey Shack, it has already begun! We have had an amazing year growing our small business, and recently met our sales goal for the year! To celebrate with all of you, we wanted to offer some great coupons that can be used during the holiday season. 

Please feel free to share these coupons with family and friends!

Each day, beginning November 13th, we will offer a new coupon that will run for 24 hours. Check back daily for the newest coupon!

Hurd & Honey - DATES to REMEMBER

Coupons Coupons Coupons!!!

Today's Coupon
November 13th, 2013

November 13th Only ->

Purchase Any Two Mason Jar Soap Dispensers - Receive One 8 Ounce Dispenser FREE with your order! Click HERE for more details!

Coupon Code -> NOVEMBER13

Begins - 12:00 AM November 13th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 14th

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November 14th Only ->

Free shipping when you spend $75.00 or more! Click here for details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 14th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 15th

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November 15th Only -> 

Buy one get one free - mason jar dispenser attachments! Click here for details. 

Begins - 12:00 AM November 15th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 16th

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November 16th Only -> 

With any purchase of $25.00 - receive a complimentary tea light tray (your tray will hold two or three tea lights - limited stock). Click here for details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 16th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 17th

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November 17th Only -> 

Free shipping on all ledge chalkboards (Domestic Only). Click here for details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 17th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 18th

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November 18th Only -> 

Save 20% on all mirror purchases! Click here for details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 18th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 19th

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November 19th Only ->

Free mason jar soap dispenser with purchase of any chalkboard. Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 19th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 20th

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November 20th Only ->

All "Emily" jar sets - 50% off!
Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 20th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 21st

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November 21st Only -> 

Save 20% on all tables! Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 21st
Ends - 12: AM November 22nd

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November 23rd Only ->

Free Shipping on all 12 Ounce Mason Jars! Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 23rd
Ends - 12:00 AM November 24th 

November 24th Only -> 

With any mirror purchase, receive a free 12 ounce mason jar. Click here for details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 24th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 25th

November 25th Only -> 

With any purchase over $40.00 we will mail a free mason jar soap dispenser to a friend or family member. We can gift wrap for you and include a note from you. Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 25th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 26th

November 26th - 28th Only -> 

Buy any two mason jar dispensers get one 16 or 12 ounce jar free. This jar will be included in your package. Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 26th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 29th

November 29th Only -> 

Free Shipping on orders over $60.00. Click here for more details.

Begins - 12:00 AM November 29th
Ends - 12:00 AM November 30th

November 30th - December 2nd Only -> 

Save 20% on any purchase. Click here for more details.

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