Love, Ms. Packnett

Our dearest ‘Ruby’ is a teacher by day! She goes by the super hero name ‘Ms. Packnett’ in her classroom! She loves when Valentine’s Day comes each year and her class gets to celebrate together. This year, Ms. Packnett has a few students in her class who have special dietary restrictions. Celebrating with traditional candy […]

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Tell Us What You Want!

Attention Opal and Ruby blog followers and future Opal And Ruby Gift Emporium shoppers! Plans to open our store front in Fort Wayne, IN are coming right along! Kristin leaves for the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta on Saturday, and we need YOUR input! We have a long list of products and lines that we’ll […]

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The Art of a “Thank You”

This past weekend, we sat down to write thank you notes for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts we received. Some ettiquitte sites may say we are late with our correspondence, and we tend to agree with them, but we shall fall back on the old cliche, better ‘late’ than never! Princess Diana wrote thank […]

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Thoughtful Hostess Gift

  Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, Hanukkah is right around the corner, and holiday parties are circled on your calendar! ‘Tis the season! In preparation of being a good guest at all these holiday gatherings, my eye has been open for great hostess gifts. I love these beverage tags at Ballard Designs ( – 6 for […]

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Boss’s Day

October 16th is Boss’s Day. Oh, you didn’t know either? Whether you’re prepared or not, or even choose participate in such a celebration, there is some buzz around the office water coolers. Today, my friend asked for advice on a gift idea for her boss. I took a deep breath and put my thinking cap […]

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Average Joe Artisan Bread Kit

Believe it or not, I am not a professional chef. The word ‘artisan’ would not be associated with my name! I am your typical ‘average Joe’ cook and baker who enjoys working in the kitchen. But, when a friend introduced me to the Average Joe Artisan Bread Kit, I suddenly believed I could bake a […]

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98 Days Until Christmas

The weather is finally cooling off here in Northeast Indiana, and fall is in the air. Which can only mean winter will soon follow, and Christmas will be right around the corner! The ‘planner’ in me rushed to the calendar today to see how many days until Christmas…98 days…the countdown is on! I have a […]

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