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We’ve got eggciting news today and two Easter Specials! Here’s a quick rundown:

– Purchase any pail from our regular line (we used the WHITE pail), and receive a free packet of our Junior stickers. This will help you create the adorable bunnies that we’ve posted this week! Just type in “EASTER” in the comment section at check-out and tell us if you would like the Junior Girl (pink) stickers or the Junior Boy (brown) stickers (a $4.50 value). Special ends April 15th.

– AND, be among the first five to place an order and we will GIVE YOU the bunny eggcessory props from our photo shoot (limit one per order). That includes the bunny ears, hand-made nose & whiskers, and the bunny tail. We put magnets on the back of the nose & tail, so they attach right to the pail.

If you’d like to make your own “Peter Cotton Pail” to use as an Easter decoration or Easter basket, here’s what you need to do:

1) Create a child’s face using the Junior sticker pack which is included free with your order (between now and April 15th).

2) Be one of the first five to place an order and we will include a pack of Bunny Eggcessories (limit one per order). Or, you can easily make them yourself – we purchased our bunny ears at Joann’s, but we’ve also seen them in the dollar section at Target.

3) For the nose, take a white pipe cleaner and cut it into three pieces. Gather the pipe cleaners in the center and hot glue them onto a pom-pom. While the glue is still hot, attach a small magnet to the backside.

4) For the tail, just hot glue a magnet to a white pom-pom and attach to the pail (you can also use a large cotton ball).

That’s it! This also makes a simple and fun DIY craft to do with your kids. After Easter is over, just take off your bunny eggcessories and use your Persona Pail throughout the year!


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As you can tell from the photographs, we continue to find FUN new ways to use the Persona Pail! Not sure if you can see through our clever disguise, but underneath those cute whiskers and bunny eggcessories, you’ll discover our very own Persona Gift Pail. These adorable bunnies make great Easter decorations and perhaps you can even start a new tradition and fill an Easter Pail instead of an Easter Basket!

On Wednesday, not only will we show you how to create your own Peter Cotton Pail, we’ll also offer a fantastic Easter special AND provide you with free Easter printables! Hope the pics below put a little hop in your step this Monday morning!

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A few months back, we took out a calendar and noticed that Administrative Assistant Day was coming up on April 27th. At the same time, we “googled” gift ideas and really came up dry (other than a traditional gift basket or bouquet of flowers). That’s when we came up with the idea to create a “desk party,” complete with custom wrapped chocolate, tea, and a desk banner. Then, we realized that not only does this gift design work for assistants, but also for your favorite teachers! Some additional pail filler ideas might include small desk accessories, a beautiful new pen, magnets, CD, and gift cards (maybe even to a favorite SPA!). We designed the “Thank You” Printable Collection with a retro typewriter motif and a vivid orange and blue color scheme. Of course, our Nine to Five Nancy persona from the Orange Gift Pail really does the trick in lending us her professional style.

Th entire printable collection along with the ORANGE gift pail kit is available at our NEW Etsy shop for one low price!  And, as our way of saying THANK YOU to our subscribers and followers, we’ll be providing a FREE printable to create these cute mini candy bar wrappers later this week!

Here’s a quick look at what’s included in the “Thank You” Printable Collection:

Typewriter Note Card
Convey your thanks with this retro-style typewriter note card (blank inside).  Sized to fit the same envelope which is provided in your gift pail kit.

Create custom tea by taking off the existing tag and replacing with a “T-Bag” graphic . . . we used Lipton Tusan Lemon Black Tea (20 pyramid tea bags).

T-time Cello Topper
Package your custom tea in a “T-Time” bag, complete with colorful cello topper. Sized to attach to a 5“ wide treat bag.

Chocolate Lovers Mini Candy Bar Wrappers
Print on copy paper, cut and wrap around miniature Hershey bars (6 styles). 

Chocolate Lovers Medium Candy Bar Wrappers
Five styles designed to wrap around 1.55 oz. candy bars (we used Nestle’s Crunch).

Mini Banner ( 2” circles)
Create a festive “desk party” and decorate with a mini “#1 ASSISTANT” banner or a “THANK YOU” banner — perfect to hang on a bulletin board or drape across a computer screen.

Medium Banner (3” circles)
Create a medium banner (”#1 ASSISTANT” or “THANK YOU”) for larger areas such as across a doorway, on a wall or for window decor.

NOTE: The orange retro typewriter mug was created by Circa Ceramics based out of Chicago.  You can find this great product plus lots more at their etsy shop!

We hope this collection provides some creative inspiration for your own gift giving. And, be sure to bookmark our NEW Etsy shop – we will be adding more designs in the very near future!

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HAPPY FRIDAY! We’ve pulled together a few good luck fillers for you!

1) Turn your pail into a Pot ‘O Gold! Just add some gold-foiled chocolate coins and luck will surely be on your side! Pick them up at your local candy store or purchase on-line at Nifty Nut House.

2) Everyone loves a GOOD FORTUNE in a fortune cookie! 

3) These shamrock cookies taste as good as they look! From the amazingly talented Renee Arwood, owner of Bees Knees Creative. You must check out her website to see more designer desserts!

4) Start saving pennies and use the Persona Pail to hold your fortune!

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Although we think of “the luck of the Irish” every year in March with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (and its a very good excuse to celebrate!), you can also wish a colleague, friend or loved one good luck throughout the year. With a new job, promotion, new home, graduation…you name it! That was the idea behind the creation of our O’ Lucky Day Persona…what would be a good name for her…maybe Lady Luck Lucy? (Whether she’s playing cards, Bunko or shopping a great sale, Lady Luck Lucy collects 4 leaf clovers and always has a little luck on her side.)

We used the GREEN pail kit to create LUCY; but you can also use the ORANGE pail to get a true Leprechaun/Irish feel. Just download the free printable note card and add a fun hair accessory or hat. Melinda found a cute jeweled bauble and pinned it on top of a green bow.  Check back later in the week for LUCKY pail filling ideas!

Download your Good Luck cards here.

Check out Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou!

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The Persona Pail makes an awesome personalized gift container, centerpiece & party activity . . . BUT how about a storage container for Get Well Goodies? Store “get well” items such as a thermometer, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. in a Persona Pail to brighten the day of your sick child! 

Here’s a few of our Boo Boo Favs to fill your pail!


1) Soothing Sheep Sleepsy by Haba –  Made of soft velour, Sleepsy soothes small aches & pains. Includes hot and cold packs. Purchase on-line at KangarooBoo.

2) Boogie Wipes – yes Boogie! Developed by two mom entrepreneurs, Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Available at Target & Wal-Mart.

3) Leave it to a mom to invent this great product! The Sniffle Duffle is a safe and comforting kit which helps keep germs from spreading from one person to another, as well as stop “red nose syndrome” in it’s tracks. Kit contains tissues, alcohol free hand cleanser and face & lip balm. It can hang on a belt loop, backpack, your purse or baby’s diaper bag.

4) You may have seen this adorable medicine dispenser on the Shark Tank TV series…Ava the Elephant holds up to 5 ml of medicine or vitamins and is dishwasher safe. Best of all, Ava actually says, “One, Two, Three…Open wide! GOOD JOB!” Purchase at CVS Pharmacy or on-line at www.avatheelephant.com.

5) You must check out Ouchies! From Eric Carle artwork to Groovy Blueberry and Sillybandz – Ouchies takes bandages to a whole new level. This set of 20 bandages allows kids to design their own custom look. Comes with 3 markers.

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Our affection for owls has really grown since working on the Get Well Soooon printables, so we decided to do a little exploring and found these fantastic feathered friends!

1) Send a unique note to friends and family with this super cute set of OWL notes! Each card is individually hand printed on an antique press. From Sweet Harvey Letterpress.

2)  This adorable pink owl leather hair barrette from Wishing Creek is hand carved, tooled, painted, and dyed.

3) Beautiful handmade crocheted owl hat features ear flaps and braided ties. Perfect for newborn photo props or wild toddlers. Even comes in adult sizes! From My Swallows Nest.

4)  Cute alert! Owl I-pod, I-phone, Blackberry or gadget case, handmade by Lova Handmade from 100% recycled eco-friendly felt, lined & accented with various vintage fabrics, and carefully stitched together with hand embroidery.

5)  This “green” mini flip notebook from Ecojot is designed to go anywhere and everywhere with you. Keep one nearby to jot down your big ideas, favourite quotes, to-do lists or life goals.

6) Set of 4 owl-themed sealed bottle caps . . . great for hairbow centers, scrapbooking, jewelry and more! From Ali Bug Bows.


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