November 9, 2013
It’s that time of year again. The months have flown by, and we’re rapidly heading into the holiday season. And we’re kicking it off with our annual holiday open house.
Festive foxes festooned our open house postcard.
We were busy this week, arranging, moving, placing things just so, bringing some items up from the basement and taking others down. Here are some snapshots of the store dressed for the holidays.
Our front table is awash in mauve, silver and white.
Silver reindeer are ready to add sparkle to your holiday display.
Some of our lovely ornaments
Owl and glass ornaments
Pretty painted pots by a local artist—they make a great home for paperwhite bulbs.
The artist who makes our pretty pots also makes these special stamped tags.
We have Santas big and small.
It's a herd of Santas!
An adorable tomte tops a shelf.
A bevy of bells in a variety of sizes await in a big basket.
Kitchen towels and hand soap make a great gift.
This cute bird is festive and fun.
Check out our pretty tree in red.
Candles in wonderful winter white
Beth dressed up the outdoor pots with holiday fabulousness.
September 18, 2013
It’s amazing how quickly time flies. We’re already well into September. As we head into autumn, we have several fun fall finds.
These autumnal delights are part of our main display.
Nothing says fall like gourds.
And while it may be too early for many of you to even think about Halloween, we just have to share a couple of items to celebrate that holiday.
These happy little jack-o'-lanterns are bells strung together to make a garland.
Crows and owls have settled into our main display.
The owls' eyes light up!
It can be hard to say good-bye to summer, but such fun finds help make it easier. Stop in soon to see these items and more. We look forward to seeing you.
September 14, 2013
Have you noticed how terraria—or terrariums—continue to be popular? Really, what’s not to like? There are just so many design options. Big or small. Open or closed—even a cloche. Green plants or blooming. You can tailor your terrarium to suit your style and your space, whether it’s a desk, a counter, or a shelf.
Terrariums can be tiny or large.
Cloches are an easy way to create a terrarium environment—they're pretty, too.
You can add a bit of whimsy to a terrarium with figurines. Check out this cute example with a deer.
Not all terrariums require dirt. An air plant is a great low-maintenance option.
If you’re interested in creating a terrarium, we have everything you need, from containers to rocks to plants. We have a great book about the topic, too.
We sell rock, sand, charcoal, and moss by the scoop.
We have a great selection of containers. Clear glass balls and cloches are just a few.
August 31, 2013
If you’ve ever been to our store, you’ve likely noticed houseplants sprinkled here and there throughout our displays. We love plants. And we know so many of you do, too. We’re pleased to announce that we’re expanding our offering of greenery.
Yesterday, we got a delivery of botanical beauties, including some of the miniature variety that are great for terrariums. We have larger options as well. Here are photos of just a few plants from our current collection.
Fabulous ficus stand at attention next to our front display.
An Australian tree fern stands tall and proud.
This bird's nest fern, flanked by two varieties of ficus and a bouquet of faux white hydrangea, is one of our larger houseplants.
- Tillandsias, which are also known as air plants, are fun and funky.
An array of terrarium plants awaits your selection.
Plants make great gifts—for others or for yourself. It’s amazing how a little bit of green can brighten a space. Stop in soon and check out our selection. We’ll be happy to help you pick out just the right plant for your home or office or to give as a present.
August 22, 2013
Join us for our Dog Days of Summer Sale!
To celebrate the fabulous Minnesota dog days of summer, we are offering 25% off everything in the store and online for 2 days, August 23rd and 24th. Of course we cannot offer the discounts on Sid Dickens and Somi tiles and Uwharrie furniture. So if you are shopping online, enter DOGDAYS13 at checkout.
We also have new neighbors sharing part of the Twiggs Home & Garden retail space. Please stop in and visit Mama’s Happy in the city www.mamashappy.com Mama’s Happy is this darling occasional shop in Independence, Minnesota open for business 4 days a month. Their second location is inside Twiggs’ retail space and they are open 6 days a week. They stock Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and sell vintage treasures. Amanda Ficek is the owner of Mama’s Happy and Terrie Carlson is the manager for Mama’s Happy in the city at 4301 Upton Avenue South. We are very excited about the great energy this “store within a store” has created for Twiggs Home & Garden and Linden Hills.
March 24, 2013
Yes, the snow is still blowing outside, but garden fever is in the air. Sprouting wheat kernels in containers creates a natural, living plant with a bright green focus. Sprouted wheat is a symbol of the rebirth of nature; Spring emerges.
Growing your own wheat grass is very easy. Seeds take a few days to sprout, and in about 7-10 days the grass will be ready to use as a decoration or a snack for Kitty. If you lack the time and seeds, two large trays of wheat grass were delivered to Twiggs on Friday, just in time for creating that wonderful Easter centerpiece. We adore fresh, organic wheat grass. The look and smell of Spring has arrived!
March 8, 2013
Do you ever wonder who is watching who? Are birds actually people watchers? Camouflaged in trees, perched along highway wires or just sitting outside a window, I often wonder if birds take breaks from their busy lives to study us similar to the way we go “bird watching”.
For over 20 years, artist Dlynn Roll has been fascinated with what birds are thinking and who or what they are watching. Dlynn would create stories about the birds, how they might interact with us and mused at what their conversations between each other must be like. So after experiencing two bouts of cancer and a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, Dlynn decided to express her gratitude for life by sharing positive energy and making people smile. Dlynn launched the You Silly Bird art line which includes paintings and note cards. The birds represent someone that has touched her life in some way, each with unique characteristics and qualities. At Twiggs, we carry the full collection of note cards featuring 14 loveable, silly birds. We also offer several of Dylnn’s 12″ x 12″ canvas Giclee prints. The You Silly Bird line just makes you smile!
February 1, 2013
Lovely Rose Vine
Cindy Teyro is an artist from La Mesa, California. Following a twenty year career as a doll designer, Cindy moved into the exciting world of sculpture and pottery. Her planters, posy pots and stemware are hand formed into heads; the faces carefully sculpted. Leaves, flowers and whimsical critters are added to complete the look. Cindy describes her style as “Alice in Wonderland meets Dr. Seuss”. Some pieces have drainage holes and all the glazes are food safe. The eyes are just magical! We adore this versatile line of tableware pottery.
We have a wonderful collection of Cindy’s work at Twiggs. Stop in at our Linden Hills store or visit us online to check out Cindy’s whimsical art. Not to mention, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
Laurel Leaf Planter
January 29, 2013
Before I opened my retail store in 2003, being approved by the Sid Dickens studio to sell Memory Tiles was at the top of my wish list. Now in 2013, I continue to marvel at this product line. The Memory Tiles definitely provide an affordable way to decorate your home with hand crafted pieces of art. The price point is far below original prints, paintings or other art objects. You can easily start with a single tile and build your collection according to your budget. Most of the plaster tiles which are backed in wood, are 6″ x 8″ x 1.25″ and are finished to a porcelain like finish. Other tiles are cracked, much thicker and resemble weathered stone to create an aged look and feel. The motifs range from ancient art, music, the Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval and Rococo periods, board games, birds and botanicals, European architecture, nature, and the 12 signs of the Zodiac. In addition the Scribe series includes the total alphabet, an ampersand, and the numbers 0 through 9. The combinations, the themes and the feelings of the tiles are unlimited. A large tile composition on a single wall, “H2O” spelled out in the vanity, or a small collection of music tiles near the piano room; the possibilities are endless! Every year, several tiles are retired by the artist which increases the value of specific tiles. Several years ago, a part time associate stated, “I just do not get Sid Dickens Memory Tiles”. Today, she is totally in love with the tiles and continues to add to her 25+ Sid Dickens collection. Apparently, she gets it!
We carry a very extensive selection of Sid Dickens tiles in our retail store. Stop in, or call if you would like to purchase a tile, need assistance with how to start your collection, or just chat about the possibilities. We always have lots of ideas.
As Sid stated, ”People like to feel they are an integral part of the story of humanity, and my tiles have the weight and feel of another era, a time when things were more permanent and long lasting. I think it’s this aspect of the tiles that makes people want to reach out. In essence, they want to touch history.”
A recent collection of tiles from our retail store.
January 24, 2013
Some designers have suggested to be “careful” of the color yellow. The eyes have a difficult time focusing on yellow, yellow is too loud, yellow has too much energy and so on. At Twiggs, we like the color yellow. It reminds us of Spring, sunflowers, daffodils, happiness and sunshine. All good things when your January includes multiple days of subzero temperatures. We recently merchandised a vignette at the store with yellow forsythia and orchids, yellow Odkin birds, yellow pots, yellow ceramic mushrooms and birdbaths. Tiny yellow concrete cottages surrounded by yellow pansies. A yellow watering can and yellow gardening gloves. We even added a Lemon Dill dip mix. Select pieces of pottery created by Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi, were worked into the display allowing her beautiful yellow glazes to pop from each remarkable piece. Yes we do love yellow at Twiggs. Who would have thought such disparate products would come together so beautifully and create a unified theme. Traditionally, yellow is also thought of as a sign of hope. We are hopeful at Twiggs, that Spring is just around the corner!
Harold the Odkin bird, loves the mushrooms and tiny yellow concrete cottages.