making 2014 brighter

January 6, 2015

Now that we’re one week into the new year, there are loads of tips, ideas and solutions on how to make it better.  We are in that mode too but before we cruise full speed into planning and preparing for a fabulous 2015,  we want to take a moment to look back and celebrate the days we made brighter in 2014.

shopping spree winners

Remember that $63 shopping spree you signed up for at our stores?  This is one of our lucky firefly fan’s stash of goodies she got with her winnings!  Maybe 2015 is your year to score this happy deal?  It’s one of our favorite ways to give $3000 back to our fans every year.

cupid call

We grabbed our bow and arrow last February and played cupid by sending out 180 pretty packages to deserving souls nominated by their friends and family to receive a surprise care package.

rochester makeover

Our little train depot in Rochester got one BIG MAKEOVER and we never tire from hearing how our firefly fans are loving the new space.  I also want to thank our firefly team who took on this makeover like champs.  Nothing like 6 straight days of cleaning, prepping, painting, moving, assembling, reorganizing and displaying!


Piper may not know how to gift wrap or check someone out, but she does greet our customers from time to time and continues to delight so many of our firefly fans as she makes her way around our Berkley location.

best of detroit

Winning best place to buy a gift 8 years in a row definitely brought BIG SMILES to our team.  Thank YOU firefly fans for your love and support of our whimsical world!


Okay, this is more of a personal shiny moment for Steve and me…  This adorable little lady joined our family and has been busy bringing joy to everyone she meets.  She continues to be a curious soul who loves a good game of peek-a-book and giggles with glee when she is happy.

magical courtyard

Many bubbles were chased and fairies spotted in our purple wheelbarrow garden all summer long at our Ann Arbor location.

ice bucket challenge

We accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Seeds of Happiness and happily donated $200 to ALS and Operation Kid Equip to help send kids back to school with the supplies they needed.

loops of love

To celebrate the amazing people in our firefly fan’s lives who are fighting or have battled breast cancer we linked together over 400 pink paper loops at all our locations and donated $1500 to the Pink Fund.  We also sent out $600 worth of catching fireflies cash to surprise survivors in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.


We love all the festive activities the Rochester DDA puts together for downtown family fun and passing out Halloween treats is one of our favorites!

holiday open house

Thanks to your generosity at our holiday open house we were able to donate over 300 pounds of canned goods to Open Hands Food Pantry.

thaw fund

We’re always happy to offer complimentary gift wrapping and are thankful for your generosity during December because we raised over $700 worth of tips that we donated to the THAW fund!


We’ve sold over 600 mudlove bracelets this year which means we raised $2500 dollars to donate to charity water.

We also have given out over $3000 worth of charity gift card books throughout the year to over 50 non-profits and schools in our area to help with their fundraising efforts.

shining our light

Thank you for letting us be light in your life and partnering with us in our charitable efforts.  Cheers to another bright and beautiful 2015!

stylish succulent gardening – no green thumb required!

January 2, 2015

I have joined the succulent movement and have quite a few of these darlings in my home.  These hardy little plants need little to no care at all and are just right for indoor gardening and perfect for fairy gardens! I dug a little deeper into the history of succulents and learned that many of them originated in desert areas and are able to store water in their fleshy leaves and flowers.



If your previous plants have fallen victim to neglect–succulents are your solution! Here are just a few trendy ways to start your own sensational succulent garden…

Jessica at Mom 4 Real shares all her secrets on How to Grow and Care for Succulents.  Her best tip??–make sure you use a well draining pot, otherwise they will rot.

Make a modern version of a 70s classic…Thrifty Decor Chick will show you how to make your Succulent Terrarium. These would make a lovely table centerpiece!

Head over to Infarrantly Creative to find out how to create this Industrial Tiered Tabletop Succulent Garden that was inspired by a cupcake stand!

Another ingenious idea from Jessica at Mom 4 Real…check out her guest post on Snap Creativity where she can teach you how to turn an ordinary mason jar into a succulent planter.

Go vertical with your garden…this unique Vertical Succulent Planter takes about 2 months to get going, but as you can see-it’s well worth the wait. Take a trip over to Confessions of a Secret Crafter to get all the details.


If all green isn’t your thing, add a splash of color to your plant by incorporating some neon aquarium gravel into your container. Chelsea shares the endless possibilities on her blog, Making Home Base.


If you little plants get too big for their pots, Needles and Leaves shows you how to grow new tiny ones by simply removing the leaves from the large succulent!

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cheers to a new year

December 29, 2014

Planning to party this Wednesday evening?  Grab a few of these goodies and bottle of bubbly to bring in the New Year.

new years party hostess gifts

1.  Keep your white wine chilled with this cool pour through corkcicle.  $24.95

2.  Just what the doctor prescribed…  a shot of liquid fun $21.95

3.  Toast to friends who share your same talent  $19.95

4.  Make any drink your guests want with this super handy 10 in 1 bar tool $29.95

5.  You’ll be counting down to midnight in no time because time does fly with friends  $3.95

6.  Now here is a toast your troop can raise their glasses to.  $5.50

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April McCrumb

I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty. Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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