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Bite-sized Easter cookies

Tuck one of these in their Easter basket and you’re guaranteed to be their favorite grandma.  Bite-sized chocolate chip cookies are crisp and delicious.  Pick up a colorful quart-jar of Ann’s favorite cookies, $14.95.

Chocolate chip cookies are bite-sized and come in quart jar with colorful ribbons.  $14.95

Chocolate chip cookies are bite-sized and come in quart jar with colorful ribbons. $14.95

Anniversary Gifts: 3 years means Pearls

Thinking of giving her jewelry for your 3 year anniversary?  Pearls are the traditional gift.   (See the chart, here.)  Pearl jewelry always makes a thoughtful gift because pearls are timeless.  (That’s why pearls are listed early on the chart…what you give her in year 3 can be enjoyed for many years to come.)   She can wear a strand the traditional way or mixed with other materials for a more modern look.  We love Majorica pearl jewelry for its quality and beauty.  Pearls should be a special gift.  Why not make it Majorica pearls from Ann’s?

See more Majorica at Ann’s:  click here.

9th Anniversary Gift: A Beautiful Ring

Looking for something special for your 9th anniversary?  Our chart suggest LAPIS for the gemstone.  This gorgeous ring from Andrea Barnett is lapis with an elegant sterling silver setting that is as pretty as the stone it features.  Size 7.

Andrea Barnett oval studded ring features lapis and is set in sterling silver with 14k gold bezel, $495

 

 

Scent attracts, pleases buyers

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal describes the use of custom scents by developers and realtors to entice buyers of high-end properties. Read or scan the article, here.  In a nutshell:  pleasing scent attracts buyers, making your property memorable and more appealing.  The kicker:  custom scents cost thousands of dollars.

Too bad they didn’t interview Ann for this article.  Ann’s has helped Houston realtors and agents sell houses for years!  The secret?  Lampe Berger home fragrance.

Are you selling a house?  Have you worked hard to keep it clean, spent money painting, renovating, and clearing out your possessions to make it appealing?  Create a memorable impression when you use Lampe Berger during showings.   You don’t need to spend thousands to develop a custom scent.   Lampe Berger’s “Fresh Linen” will do the job nicely for $19.95 a bottle.  Read more about Ann’s Lampe Berger Fragrances here.

The bottom line:  you can make your home appealing to potential buyers with Lampe Berger from Ann’s Fine Gifts.  Come sample some at Ann’s!  And the only sign you’ll need in your yard is this one:

Lampe Berger home fragrance from Ann's will help you sell your house.

Lampe Berger home fragrance from Ann’s will help you sell your house.

Order Lampe Berger from Ann’s online!  Click here.

Lampe Berger for Easter

Beautiful Lampe Berger lamps in Easter colors are perfect for Spring!  Soft peach, pink and yellow swirl lampes are $48 each and available exclusively at Ann’s.  Each one comes with all the Lampe Berger trimmings:  cap, grill top, wick, funnel, instructions and a sample bottle of fragrance.   You can buy these sherbet-colored swirls in our Houston Store or order them online, here.

 

New Fantasia Jewelry is here

Just received a new shipment of Fantasia Fine Jewelry!  Come by and see new rings and earrings, like this:

Fantasia ring is man-made coral with lab grown diamonds surrounding it; mounted in sterling silver covered in white gold.  $399.50

Fantasia ring is man-made coral with lab grown diamonds surrounding it; mounted in sterling silver covered in white gold. $399.50

See more Fantasia Fine Jewelry at Ann’s, click here.

Garden Art and Birdhouses

Add some colorful, weatherproof artwork to your yard, garden, or patio!  These are reproductions in PVC material of hand-painted and hand-etched art pieces designed to withstand fading.  They come with installation hardware that is super easy to use and reposition.

"Gardening (is) food for the soil!" art piece, 3 feet high, hardware to install included, $119.50

“Gardening (is) food for the soil!” art piece, 3 feet high, hardware to install included, $119.50

"Sing your song and sing it loud!" Garden art, 4 feet high, includes installation hardware, $139.950

“Sing your song and sing it loud!” Garden art, 4 feet high, includes installation hardware, $139.95

Or choose one with a birdhouse attached! These include a fledgling ladder, universal 1.5″ hole, and holes for ventilation and drainage. Remove the rooftop screws for easy cleanout.

"Love each other" Garden artpiece with birdhouse, 6 feet high, $279.50

“Love each other” Garden artpiece with birdhouse, 6 feet high, $279.50

"Friends" garden art piece with bird house, $279.50

“Friends” garden art piece with bird house, $279.50

We have more styles in our store.  Do you know a garden enthusiast who would love one as a gift?

Name that umbrella

Ann’s new umbrellas are decorated with images from famous paintings.  You know these…can you name the artist, too?

Ann's folding umbrella in the style of Monet's "Water Lilies," $32.50

“Water Lilies” folding umbrella, $32.50

 "Starry Night" folding umbrella, $32.50

“Starry Night” folding umbrella, $32.50

"Mona Lisa" folding umbrella, $32.50

“Mona Lisa” folding umbrella, $32.50

ANSWERS:

Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci, artists whose influence reaches far beyond their lifetimes.

Leonardo da Vinci defined the term “Renaissance Man,” and not just because he painted in the Renaissance.  He was a multi-talented painter as well as sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.  Born in Italy (1452), he died in France (1519) and left behind a huge body of work.  His Mona Lisa is a well-known painting that hangs in the Louvre in Paris; it’s a portrait of the wife of a wealthy merchant whose name was Lisa del Giocondo.

"The Mona Lisa" by Leonardo de Vinci

“The Mona Lisa” by Leonardo de Vinci

Vincent Van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter ridiculed in his lifetime but venerated today.  His paintings sell for multi-millions and hang in prestigious museums.  He was Dutch born (1853), died in France (1890) and has a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art.  He painted Starry Night in 1889, a view of the night sky from his window in a sanitarium.

"The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh

“The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

Claude Monet is the best-known Impressionist painter, born and died in France (1840-1926).  He is famous for his paintings of nature and is considered the father of French Impressionism.   You’ll recognize the soft colors and blended strokes of his Water Lilies  (he painted 250 versions of this scene), created in Giverny, France.

Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”

HOW DID YOU DO?

You don’t have to be an art-historian.  Just come to Ann’s and pick up an umbrella!  Ann’s umbrellas are a pretty, practical gift.

See more umbrellas at Ann’s, click here and scroll.

Meet Miss Violet

Southerners are famous for flowers, femininity and flattery.  In the South, a woman is politely referred to as “Miss” no matter her age.  And heady scents of blooms are lovingly cultivated in the warm climate and admired in abundant, beautiful gardens.

Southern Belles

If you’re a Southerner, “Miss Violet” will transport you back home.  She’s lady-like, gentle and easy company, reminiscent of languid summer days, dances, and raspberry ice-cream.

Violets

Fresh violets

Rose Petals

Soft rose petals

Raspberry Ice Cream

Sweet raspberry ice cream

 Not from the South?  Experience it anyway when you try the new “Miss Violet” Lampe Berger fragrance at Ann’s:

New floral fragrance from Lampe Berger, "Miss Violet," available now at Ann's.  Half-liter bottle, $19.95

New floral fragrance from Lampe Berger, “Miss Violet,” available now at Ann’s. Half-liter bottle, $19.95

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Silver Giraffes

Who says artwork is only for museums?   Here’s a piece you can add to your personal collection!

Two majestic giraffes rendered in modern style are so wistfully beautiful.  Abstract sculpture is metallic silver on a black base.  21″ tall, $177.50

Modern sculpture of two giraffes is metallic silver on a black base, $177.50

Modern sculpture of two giraffes is metallic silver on a black base, $177.50