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  • Changes in the Gift Shop

    Hey everybody!
    Yes, it’s another blog post. We’re hoping to keep them coming every week or two if possible. With things getting busier as the holidays approach, it may be a challenge, but keep checking our Facebook page as well as the website for more updates.
    The gift shop is progressing swimmingly, just in time for the coming fall months. With Halloween being the first holiday on the way, we have the front of the store decorated with new items that will be sure to get you in the spirit and spookify* your home.

    If you’re a pumpkin fanatic (which I totally understand), then we have several options that are perfect for you. Below are some of our painted pumpkins…

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    … and then there are these nifty ceramic pumpkins. Whether painted or ceramic, they’re just the thing to put on a mantle or the coffee table this time of year.

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    If you prefer a more skeletal Halloween, we have these neat metallic skulls. They’re quite weighty, and the smaller ones also function as a bottle opener, which is pretty sweet.

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    This is only one of three varieties of skeleton cloches we got in for the holidays.

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    Maybe you have a thing for quirky Halloween candles? Well, meet these guys:

     

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    We have you covered on witches too.

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    Of course, pumpkins, skeletons, and witches aren’t the only things you’ll find if you venture into our gift shop this time of year. Part of what’s great about coming into the store is being able to see how everything is set up and arranged, which we hope will give you inspiration for your own home decor. And, of course, we’re always happy to talk with you and give advice on your creative projects.

     

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    Thanks for checking out our blog! If you don’t already follow us on Facebook, it’s an easy way to stay up to date with what we have going on. We hope to see you soon!

     

     

    PS: In case you’re concerned about the upcoming holiday food and desserts, just remember:

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    *No, spookify isn’t actually a word. Oh well.

  • The Past Week at Stem Gallery

    With last weekend having kept us busy with two weddings, we’re glad for Labor Day this Monday. One of the weddings let us showcase our new silk trees, which are fashioned to look similar to cherry blossom trees. Neat, right?  Below, you can see the two twelve-foot-tall trees that we used, first in the church, then at the Lied Center.

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    In addition to the twelve-footers, we also utilized the six-foot trees for decorating the tables.

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    These gorgeous trees are available to rent for weddings or parties, and we’ll be ordering even more of them. They’re sure to make your special day one to remember forever.

    Aside from the weddings, we still have our Summer Sale going on where you can pick up a wide variety of items for 50% off. Candles, bags, and other great gift items, all marked down.

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    And of course, my favorite buddies are waiting for someone to take them home.

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    Though it’s still summer until September 21st, we’re already getting prepped for autumn, so all of our fall planters are officially in now! We have garden mums and mixed fall planters, some of which actually have little peppers in them. Come take a look!

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     As autumn approaches, so does Halloween, and Conrad has been diligently working on the new spooky displays. We’ll have pictures and another blog post coming soon!

     

  • Spring has Sprung

     

    Conrad and I would like to thank all of you that attended our open house this past week.  We hope that you found something that will enrich your home, make your hosting easier, your Easter more festive or that you found that special gift for that special someone.

    Remember that our Kringle candles are 40% off  for the whole month of March.  These would be the perfect hostess gift for that summer hostess.

    Have you checked out our large glass jewelry case?  We are so excited to be the only shop in Lincoln to carry UNOde50 jewelry.

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    UNOde50 is a company from Spain founded in the late 1990′s by a group of jewelry designers.  The creation of each piece is unique in the world of jewelry making today.  All of their work is done in their workshops in Madrid, Spain.  I hope that you love it as much as Conrad and I do.

    For the past 20 some years Conrad and I along with 4 other friends have celebrated St. Patrick’s day at Melissa Spangler’s home.  I have to admit that it took me a couple of years to finally try corned beef and cabbage and up to that time Melissa always made me something special.  BUT once I decided to try the corned beef it was all over.  It is a meal that we all look forward to every March and next Saturday is the day and I can’t wait.  Three years ago she added Irish soda bread and we all went crazy especially when she put the honey on the table.  I hope you love it as much as we do.

    IRISH SODA BREAD

    Heat oven to 450 degrees. Make sure oven is at 450 before you start.

    4 cups……..Unbleached or all-purpose flour

    1/2 teaspoon……Baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon……Salt

    2 C……..Buttermilk.

     

    Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl and mix. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour buttermilk in the center.  Using your hands only, bring the flour in from the edges and mix with the buttermilk, until all the ingredients come together into a dough.

    It is impossible to be exact about the amount of buttermilk needed, it will depend on the nature of the flour.  Go by the look and feel of the dough, which should not be sticky but should come together easily into a soft, slightly floppy dough.

    If it is too dry and crumbly add a little more buttermilk: if it becomes sticky add more flour.  I always turn the dough out on a floured counter work it quickly, shape it into rolls or loaves and put on cookie sheet and into the oven.  Don’t wait too long as the buttermilk reacts with the soda the instant the ingredients meet.  Bake for 45 minutes for loaves or until the loaves sound hollow when thump it on the bottom, 20 minutes for rolls or until golden brown.

    This recipe doubles and triples beautifully, don’t let it scare you once you make it you will love it and will find that you can mix it together in 20 minutes.  I make it when I want a bread at the meal but don’t have time to make a yeast dough, so far my guests can’t tell the difference.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and don’t forget the honey.  The Luck of the Irish to you and yours ………….Melissa

     

  • Spring Open House 2016

    I’m so excited, Spring has arrived at Stem Gallery.  And to celebrate Spring, March 3rd thru the 5th we will be having our annual open house featuring:

    20% off 1 gift shop item.  Brighten your home with fresh spring decor or create an amazing Easter tablescape with our help.

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    We will be holding a drawing for a $100.00 gift certificate.  I would even like to win that (but Conrad said I was not allowed to enter).

    Our feature item for the month of March is our Kringle candle line with a whopping 40% off list price and NO limit on how many candles you can buy.  My personal favorites are Pink Grapefruit and Peony.  Don’t miss out I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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    We are looking forward to seeing you walk in the door at the open house.  Hours for March 3rd thru 4th 8:30 to 5:30,  March 5th 8:30 to 4:00.

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  • Come ON Spring

    This weather is just something else!!!!!!  Like you, this 60 degree weather has made me ready for spring, so it’s a good thing that Conrad and I are back from market with plenty of items for you to look forward to decorate with for Easter, with entertaining, use in your landscape, wedding gifts or just the special something for that special person in your life.

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    Conrad has been working like a mad man getting the gift shop ready for spring so we decided to try something new this season. Every other week we will be running specials on our gift items.  February 29th will be the start of a new sale so follow our facebook page so you don’t miss out.

    If you haven’t noticed, we’re dabbling in the furniture business and feel that we have a nice selection especially for those that are beginner home buyers.  I feel that we’ve gone the extra mile to be able to offer you a nice selection with great price points.  The chairs we are featuring will meet anyone’s taste with the bonus of a great price.

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    It took me awhile, but I finally talked our good friend Melissa Spangler (who owned Molan Bakery and Delicatessen) into sharing some of her recipes with you.  Don’t think she’ll cough up the Almond Chicken salad recipe yet, that will be in the cookbook that I’ve been hounding her to finish. I’ve asked her to share some of her favorite recipes Including Molan’s and she said she would.  SO STAY TUNED.