August 10, 2014
After I closed Twiggs Saturday night, Jake and I strolled down Linden Hills Boulevard. We walked by this darling little boy eating a sandwich on his porch with his dad; suddenly he asked his dad if ants have ears! What a curious question! His dad told his son that he didn’t think ants had ears, but they could still hear. That answer wasn’t good enough for his son, he wanted to know how ants could hear if they didn’t have ears! Well the conversation continued for awhile, with the dad finally convincing his son that ants can hear. No evidence was ever presented regarding how ants hear, but the little boy was satisfied for now that yes, ants can hear! Sometimes experiencing a simple conversation about life can be so rewarding! I chuckled and smiled all night, and wondered if ants really do have ears!
August 5, 2014
These bizarre looking plants come from the family of flora, Bromeliacea, or more commonly referred to as Bromeliads. The bromeliad family includes a wide range of plants such as the pineapple and Spanish moss. The bromeliad genus, Tillandsia, is named after a Finnish physician/botanist, Elias Tillands (d. 1693). Tillandsias are mainly epiphytic (able to grow without soil) and there are over 600 varieties. Tillandsias are considered true air plants. They vary in size, shape and texture. Beautiful blooms are another remarkable feature of these plants. During or after blooming, tillandsias produce anywhere from one to a dozen baby plants called offshoots or pups. Most pups mature to adult size in about a year. The parent plant usually dies over the space of a generation or two, and the cycle continues!
Tillandsias do not require much care. Find a bright location with good air circulation in your home. You should totally submerge your tillandsia in water every other week, and mist periodically. With those few requirements, your “tilly” will give you years of enjoyment!
April 12, 2014
Spring has arrived. Temperatures are up, robins are flitting here and there and crocuses are inching skyward with their much-welcomed greenery.
With spring’s arrival, Easter is near. This year, it’s on April 20—next weekend! And we have items ranging from cute to pretty to nature-inspired that will add a spring-y, Easter flare to your décor.
Bunnies in an assortment of sizes are ready for spring.
Peter Cottontail adorns an egg painted in Austria.
Pretty Austrian eggs hang from a favorite metal tree in our front display.
More designs from our collection of Austrian Easter eggs.
This nest with eggs is such a nice reminder of spring.
Easter and spring combine in these cute bunnies who are ready to do some planting.
Visit us in person or at our online store for some lovely additions to your holiday festivities. And whatever your plans next weekend, we wish you a happy Easter.
April 8, 2014
Right now, in Minnesota, there seems no better word than spring. After what has felt like an eternity for many residents, spring finally seems to have arrived. The season technically started last month, of course, but Mother Nature has taken a few weeks to catch up.
The masses are emerging, eagerly circling the local lakes’ miles of paths. Many folks are sans jacket. Some are clad in shorts. And who can blame them? With so many days of record-low temperatures in such recent memory and an early-April dump of snow, any temperature higher than 40 degrees pretty much feels like summer.
Pansies are an early-season favorite and a beloved sign of spring’s arrival.
And you know what spring means? That’s right: gardening. We can put the dreams and plans we’ve mulled over since last fall into action. We don’t have to just think about gardening, we can start gardening.
So, dig out your pots and tools, and let’s give a collective woo-hoo! Welcome, spring. We’re so glad you’re here.
January 8, 2014
Happy New Year! It’s amazing how quickly time flies. The holidays seem to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. Thanks to all of you who shopped Twiggs for the holidays—and any day. We’re so happy to have the customers we do. We appreciate your business. And we enjoy offering items to brighten your home or garden.
Speaking of which, Beth is heading to Atlanta this week. She’s going to the big market there to hunt for treasures. We’ll keep you posted on her fabulous finds.
As we rapidly head into the middle of January (already!), we at Twiggs Home & Garden wish you the best. May you have happy year. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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.