Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Every Day is Mother's Day!

Every Day is Mother's Day!


Here’s to Moms everywhere.  I know…it’s not Mother’s Day, but a few days ago we were featured in a charming treasury…an Etsy gal was honoring her mom’s birthday with a curated collection of things her mom would like.  Our magnet wasn’t about moms, but it was an upbeat magnet about retirement.

Here is the treasury that featured us:  Mom's Moxie

And here is our magnet that was selected: 

And that brought me to thinking about my mom and all that she does to help me in my business.
Just as I was thinking about all this, the phone rang and it was my mother.  She had a lead for me from a museum that she had visited.  Now you have to understand that during the 20 years we have been in business making magnets, mom has always “introduced” us wherever she travels.

Now, at 80 something (I’m not allowed to tell you exactly how old she is…LOL) and going strong, she is still my “star” salesperson!  Thanks Mom!
Two other “Mom” Etsy Treasuries that we were featured in this month are:

                                             Mother's Day  and Hot Mother's Day Gifts

both of these featured the same Mom theme magnet:


Check them out…some of the curated collection treasury items were humorous, others touching, others just plain nice gifts.  Mother’s Day is coming and there are lots of nice selections.

Thanks to the Treasury curators who selected us for their collections!

And thanks to all those mothers out there…especially mine!
xoxo Mom!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Have you ever been to Saratoga Springs?  It's a magical place!  So many things to do and see, including strolling and shopping in the victorian downtown.  I've been going there for many years.  My brother and his family have lived there for a long time and my mom moved there about six years ago and lives on Saratoga Lake .  It really has become my second home.  I've also done quite a bit of business there over the years where our magnets have been sold in gift shops, museums and farm markets.  We make quite a number of Saratoga specific designs from original paintings I have done, several of which I have posted here.  One of the shops, The Crafters Gallery, is pictured here.  We've had our magnets in their shop since they opened over 15 years ago.  They carry both our Regional Saratoga Magnets as well as our Quotes and Sayings Magnets.  Visitors love to take a memento home from their trip and our Saratoga magnets are a great little souvenir.  They also buy a lot of our Quotes and Sayings magnets for themselves and for gifts.  Here are examples of some of the regional magnets we have for sale there.

Canfield Casino

A Victorian Home
One of the original paintings
I did for a magnet of the
National Museum of Dance
 Aside from visiting the Historic Saratoga Race Course and the renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center which is a remarkable venue for the orchestra, rock concerts, and the ballet, one of my favorite places to visit is a long time customer of ours, National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame.  The museum is a program of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It was established in 1986 and is the only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to dance. Located in the former Washington Bath House, a spacious, airy 1918 Arts and Crafts-style building in the Saratoga Spa State Park (another wonderful place with many things to do and see, the museum houses a growing collection of photographs, videos, artifacts, costumes, biographies and archives comprising a contemporary and retrospective examination of influential contributions to dance available to the general public.

There is studio space on the property for advanced students in ballet and dance programs to enroll in master classes with renowned dancers, rehearse in sessions open to the public and participate in pre-performance conversation with visiting professionals. Education, residencies, and performance on the Museum campus enriches the atmosphere by representing the future of dance, as well as its past.

This grand facility is available for rental by individuals or groups, for catered weddings, gatherings and events.

This is one of the photo magnets we make for their gift shop.  We've also used this for custom wedding favors for events held there.  Below is another magnet of their logo.

I'm off to visit this week for a couple of days.  Maybe I'll see you strolling downtown, at the track, or the Dance Museum!

The Magnificent Magnet

Thursday, August 2, 2012



The Etsy Treasuries that we were featured in during the month of July are listed here.  Take a look at the collection of curated items with a central theme.  We were very pleased to be selected as part of these collections of Etsy artists.

Here's a cute treasury for "us girls."
This is the one that was selected for this treasury, but click below to see the entire collection.  Titled:  Girls Just Want to have Fun

Another Treasury that I liked is titled  Life is About Creating Yourself

And finally, Primary Lifesaver, a curated collection of art and craft of primary colors.


And our top five Etsy "Favorites" that were selected for the month were ALL for supplies of our Magnet Sheets or our Ceramic Tile Magnet Blanks.  Make Your Own Magnets is very popular for creating your own special wedding favors, party favors, and Save the Date magnets.  It's also great for turning your child's art into a magnet.  Our previous blog entry has instructions for making your own magnets.

Below is a sheet of magnet with the peel away paper that reveals the adhesive side of the magnet.

We also feature ceramic tile blanks that can be painted and embellished with your choice of craft items.  Painting can be done with glass paint or markers or you can use regular craft acrylic paint and then spray it with an acrylic gloss glaze.  A sharpie pen works well to write your message on top of the glazed magnet.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Magnificent Magnet

Monday, July 30, 2012


We're offering our magnetic sheets for sale on ETSY and instructions to MAKE YOUR OWN MAGNETS.  Purchase our magnet sheets in small quantities of 3 sheets that are each 7 x 10 inches.  Our magnetic sheets are .030 inches thick...sturdy and strong.  They DO NOT go in your printer, but rather have an adhesive backing that is peeled off and your print is adhered to it.

You can create wonderful and lasting keepsakes for party favors, photo magnets, or favorite mementos of a trip or event. Put your children's artwork on a magnet! 

You can scan your subject in and reduce it to the size you want on sites such as  which is an easy photo editing site or any other photo editing software you have, print it out and put it on a magnet!  Keep them for yourself or create wonderful event favors and gifts to give out at parties, dinners, fundraisers, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Here are the simple instructions for creating your custom magnets:

How to make a magnet

Proudly display your favorite photos, child’s artwork, or memento on your fridge!  Great party favors for birthdays, family gatherings, clubs, and other events.  Perfect stocking stuffers, teacher and bus driver gifts for end of year presents.  Use your computer to create all kinds of things to put on a magnet!

1.    To begin, select the photo or artwork you would like to make into a magnet.  You might want to crop it a bit bigger than the final magnet to allow a bit of space to trim down the edge.

2.    Cut a piece of magnet a little larger than the size of the finished artwork size, leaving the paper backing on.

3.    To make placing the artwork or photo on the magnet a little easier, place the magnet piece on a  metal cookie sheet to hold it in place.

4.    Peel back about an inch of the paper backing and place your artwork face up on the sticky surface of the magnet.  Now carefully peel the rest of the paper backing away and smooth the artwork on the magnet as you peel the backing away, to make sure there are no air bubbles.  A brayer (roller) or even a rolling pin or a glass works well.

5.    Trim the artwork that is on the magnet to desired size.  A paper cutter works well for straight edges if you have one, otherwise use a pair of sharp scissors and cut around the artwork, photo or shape.

6.    Your magnet is now ready to display, give as a gift, or even sell on!

Questions?  Reorders?  Email us at

The Magnificent Magnet...there’s a magnet for everyone!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Last Month's Etsy Favorites

Had a wonderful day in the garden.  Hope you enjoyed your day too!

Just looking at the different Etsy "Favorites" magnets for the month of June from our Etsy Shop

A "Favorite's" tag for those of you who may not know, is when someone clicks that they like a certain piece of your work or they like your entire shop. 

We thought we'd pick a few of the many tagged favorites for the month of June.   

This was the top favorite! 

It's part of our new MAGNET SUPPLIES section on Etsy.  We decided that people might like to put their "stuff" on a magnet and enjoy it on their fridge.  Others might like to create their own wedding favors, save the dates, or magnets for a family reunion.  So we are now offering our Magnetic Sheets and simple suggestions about How Make Your Own Magnet.  We also have ceramic tile magnet blanks that can be painted on and sprayed with an acrylic glaze.  We're hoping to get our decals available soon with instructions for water slide application onto the tiles.

The next most popular was this teacher magnet.  We offered quite a few teacher quotes this year, and this one seemed to be the most popular.

This humorous GOLF theme magnet came in third.  Golfers Diet...Live on Greens!  'Tis the season for golf and we do a lot of different golf sayings for golf dinners, gifts for golf partners and the like.

Stop by our Etsy Shop at and have a laugh!  Click on your favorites!

Our regular site for gift shop owners, museums, historic sites and wineries features our Regional Line, Museum Designs, and Winery theme magnets

Thanks for visiting!
The Magnificent Magnet

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Etsy Treasuries that featured The Magnificent Magnet

Here is a list of Etsy Treasuries that featured The Magnificent Magnet during the month of June.

An Etsy Treasury is a curated group of handcrafted items that have been selected by a member who has created this collection.  These are the magnets that were included, but click on any of the links to see the complete treasuries.

Ceramic Tile Tennis Magnet - Quote for game player, Black racquet, red trim

Irish Heritage Magnet Quote about luck, green shamrock design

Refrigerator Magnet - Marriage Quote about being married to your best friend, heart design

Soccer Magnet - Quote about sensational player, black and white ball

Graduation Gift Magnet, Graduate quote, Navy Blue Cap, Tassel, Diploma

Garage Sale Magnet Quote about tag sale enthusiasts, Red, Yellow, Blue Balloon design

Have you shopped Etsy?  It's a great group of artists who create amazing things as well as a Vintage collection of items sold by many vendors.  Take a look at our shop and then look around from there.

Have a great weekend!