spooky scenes

spooky scenes

It's almost Halloween! Although this year won't be like any other and the trick or treaters will be a lot less, it's still one of my favorite holidays. I am one of those people that tries and decorates for all the holidays - pandemic or not! So of course the fall decorations were out but as it gets closer to halloween, I love to add just touches of those decorations out as well. I didn't focus as much on the exterior of the house this year due to that most trick or treating will be curbed given the virus and safety but I would like my family to feel like it hasn't been foregone this season.

This is one of the times that I really appreciate that our crates come in a variety of colors. I have found that the our black crates are perfect for creating spooky table/buffet centerpieces. How fun is the one that we did above? Super simple to come together with some simple pumpkins and things that I had around the house. This one was for our large island in the kitchen and hovering above it are witches hats dangling from the ceiling with fish wire. Once the lights are dimmed and the candles all lit, it really sets a spooky scene for a halloween dinner. While we may all be a bit too old to do any actual tricker or treating, I am hoping to have a few people over in a socially responsible way for a bit of a costume party and for some socializing. I have been researching some halloween cocktails that I think would be fun to pass around as well as some themed appetizers to serve. How will you be spending your halloween this year? Don't let 2020 stop you from enjoying the small things - halloween has always been a fun time for our family and we hope that it still will continue to be that way for others! Stay safe and have fun this year!

As always, you can find our black crates here:  amazon
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Wall Planters

Wall Planters

So excited about some of our new products in the works! We have really seen a need for offering products that were conducive to small spaces and we have some new products that are just that. So for our friends and customers who love plants and flowers but have very limited space whether they live in the city or in smaller spaces like townhomes or condos, we want to help! Take a look at our new wooden planters that easily fit into the tightest of spaces! Whether you want to grow herbs or have a splash of color with vibrant colors like ours above, this is a great way to utilize very little outdoor space while making the biggest impact. As with most of our products, this planter will come in a few different shades and stains, making it a great choice for any space/decor. Stayed tuned to see which retailers will have these up in their inventory soon!
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trays for days!

trays for days!

Can I just say how much I love our wooden trays? They are so handy around the house. I literally have them in the kitchen, both bathrooms and use them for serving trays, dinner trays...you name it! They are light weight and come in multiple colors so they are super cute and functional wherever I choose to use them. As the weather has cooled down, it literally is my favorite time to just go and relax outside with a good book. One of my absolute best ways to utilize our trays is to make myself a little snack and drink to take with me while I go and relax on my little patio. This way I ensure that I can just relax and not have to leave my little nook for anything. The best part? I can load up everything that I need in the kitchen and easily transport it all in one go. I'm also thinking that these would be awesome gifts for the upcoming holidays. I have a Silhouette paper cutter and some vinyl that I could easily use to personalize the bottom of the trays with my gift recipient's name or just a fun message for the holiday. I will definitely give that a try soon and let you guys know how it goes. For now though? Time to dive into this book that I have been itching to read for awhile now and haven't had the time! Happy hump day everyone - if you can, take some time and enjoy some fresh air and spend at least 30 minutes relaxing and doing something that you absolutely love! 

Find our wooden trays here!
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Obsessed!

Obsessed!

I just finished binge watching Get Organized by The Home Edit on Netflix...again! Just a bit obsessed. I love it so much and I love trolling for ideas on ways to incorporate it into homes using our products. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to read and books tend to be everywhere. We have a family room with built in shelves where we keep the bulk of them but every one of us always have a few books going at a time. This idea, which was presented by Better Homes and Gardens, was perfect. By hanging some shelves at appropriate kid heights for the current books that they are reading, you can create the perfect decorative place for your kids to easily access the books while maintaining an organized space. Check out their website (link below) for a step by step tutorial. Get your crates today in the sizes/colors that you need at our retail partners! 

Photo Credit:  Better Homes & Gardens
Crates:  Amazon or Lowes
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DIY All Day Long!

DIY All Day Long!

I love DIY projects! Especially if I can be the brainchild behind the idea (i.e. find DIY tutorials online) and provide all the tools and inspiration for someone (i.e. husband) to make it. Now don't get me wrong...I am as handy as the next person but doesn't mean that I love that part of it. In the garden? Absolutely. In the house? Maybe not so much. The internet is a glorious thing - so many DIY'er's out there and while surfing the web, I ran across so many cute ideas that could apply to some of our products. In particular, our main product line, our crates. The amount of DIY projects using these versatile items is unbelievable. One that I ran across I particularly liked. Especially since he created a step by step way to make it online. The picture above is his creations - the cutest coffee table compiled with large crates. 

Check out how he did it (link below!).  With just a few simple tools and some inexpensive parts, I think just about anyone at any skill level building things could put this together. The fact that it has wheels is a bonus plus all the different compartments makes this both functional as well as decorative. Now how do I slip these plans to my husband without any backlash? Maybe I will wait a bit!

Photo Credit:  Instructibles
Crates:  Amazon or Lowes
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Organization Movement

Organization Movement

You guys! This new show came out on Netflix and if you are like me during this time of pandemic, I have been watching way more TV than usual. I completely binged on this show called, Get Organized with The Home Edit! Have you seen it yet? It is so addicting and makes me feel like doing more projects around the house. Purchasing their book is on my to-do list because there is just something calming and centering about watching them completely transform a room and bring organization into it. When the world seem out of our control, it's amazing to be able to control one aspect of your life and that is your home. Their show and their company is so inspiring and I want to bring a bit of their magic into our products.

I love this one blog (the picture above is from their site) and they have some of the most creative DIY projects. I saw this picture on their site and it reminded me so much of the show. The team behind the blog are Elsie and Emma and they have also written a few books. The picture above is one of theirs that I think was featured on their book. Their use of crates was phenomenal and I can't wait to try something similar in my own home. How many of you have a space that could use some zoning (that is the term that The Home Edit uses on their show)...where things are organized into categories. Setting up a wall of our crates that are all labeled to zone out all the things that we want to keep organized and separate just brings happiness to my soul. I can totally see this happening either in our garage where the tools and supplies and backstock that we keep there is out of control or even in a craft room so that I can see exactly where everything is when I need it instead of digging things out and creating a bigger mess everything I want to work on something specific. By using crates as well, you an add it to a wall as a decorative piece to the room...effectively hiding everything in plain site. It is so genius. Check out their blog for more ideas if you get the chance (links below). And get your crates today at today so you can get started on your next project! Picture credit: A Beautiful Mess
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tight spaces

tight spaces

Are you a passionate gardener but don't have the outdoor space that you wish that you did? We hear this a lot. In fact, many retailers are responding to this and creating and selling some creative planters specifically for those that live in city spaces that have small outdoor spaces. Why compromise your love of flowers and gardening when you don't have to? I personally live in a suburban home with tons of outdoor space but I can imagine the excitement of living in a big city in a downtown space where everything is in walking distance and you are surrounding by restaurants, bars and coffee shops. How fun would that be??

Well get excited because At Home on Main is developing new products even as I am blogging today. The picture above is just one of them! How amazing is the planter above? Building up is a great way to maximize space and add color to your balcony or patio. This planter is super versatile as well...we have used this to store vegetables in our kitchens like garlic, onions and potatoes as well as fruits like lemons and limes. What a great way to get those items off of your countertops/islands! We have even used this in playrooms to hold all those stuffed animals and small toys. It is a great addition to the At Home on Main's product line where we like to create products that can be used in multiple ways! What would you fill yours with? Keep checking back to find out when this planter goes live with our various retail partners to get yours!
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quarantine cocktails

quarantine cocktails

Happy hump day! This morning I decided that I need some cocktails for a successful week so far! I have my bar cart of goodies and some fresh jalapeños from my garden that I am itching to use. What better treat today than a skinny pineapple vodka cocktail?? If you haven't tried some spicy, sweet cocktails before, this is the time. I love the combination and since most jalapeños are not super spicy (especially if you remove the seeds and membrane), it is perfect for me. I don't like to burn up my tastebuds but just a hint of spice balanced with the sweet tartness of pineapple, makes this the perfect summer sipper. You do have to infuse the vodka in advance so takes a bit of planning. I never really think about having cocktails until that day so you can do like I do and infuse the vodka in the morning for evening cocktails or if you are having a get together, you would want to infuse a big batch of it the night before to get the most flavor.

Doesn't the bar cart look cute? I love using our crates to keep everything nice and tidy and also it's easy to pull out to the kitchen island to mix up drinks and return everything in it's place. Handy and functional! Check out all of our colors - you can compliment your kitchen/bar cart to match your decor style!

Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup vodka
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and sliced
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
6 ounces sparkling water
Squeeze of fresh lime

DIRECTIONS:
1. Infuse the vodka by adding it with the jalapeño into a glass jar. Ideally let it sit overnight to get the most flavor. If you can’t wait like me, just infuse it in the morning for evening cocktails.
2. For the cocktail, combine one shot of the jalapeño infused vodka (1.5 ounces) with the pineapple juice and the sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lime.
3. Add ice, a pineapple wedge and a  jalapeño slice for garnish.

Enjoy!
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Last days of summer

Last days of summer

We are quickly shooting into Fall and I for one can't wait. This year has been challenging (to say the least!) and I am ready for a fresh new year. One of the things that I will miss is all the fresh flowers that summer brings. Having said that, I am more than ready for some cooler weather and the leaves changing colors. Plus all the pumpkin flavors to come back into my life! I am very excited about some of the things that we have been developing, particularly for smaller, tighter spaces. We are getting very close to rolling out some of our new products and I think they will be well received. As I sit out on my patio and just take in the last of the warm weather and reflect on all the things that 2020 brought, I am filled with hope. Even though it has been challenging, some great things have also developed. The extra time that we got to spend as a family for one. The ways that the world has united when faced with a pandemic or when faced with injustice is another. So while there have been times when we all just wanted to pull the covers over our heads, looking towards the future and digging our heels in to adapt to new circumstances is what makes us all hope for a better future. I, for one, am hopeful and excited to see what that brings! Stay safe and well and let's all care about each other.
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Home Schooling

Home Schooling

Many of ya'll are homeschooling these days and or doing a combo of homeschooling along with in school learning. Either way, while at home, finding the space to set up a "school" learning center for your kids can definitely be a challenge. If you don't have an office in your home already or perhaps it's already in use as you and/or your spouse now work from home when you once didn't, you are already struggling to find some space that would be conducive for learning. I am already doing this so I thought I would share on the blog in case anyone else is looking for ideas. I am using our large chalkboard crates as double duty as portable "work" stations. You could easily do this for the kids or if you have sacrificed your home office to them and find yourself moving from coffee table to dining table, then this is super helpful! Create your own little "go-to" box of office supplies or things that you are working on that is super portable. With our chalkboard sides, you can easily put names on them so that there are no mix ups! Just one more way that these handy crates can create some organization and flexibility!
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Mix and Match!

Mix and Match!

While in quarantine, if even a small percentage is like me, lots of people are cleaning and organizing their homes. The place to start for me would be the kitchen as I am using it waaaaay more than I ever have. I like to surround myself with my favorite things in the kitchen that I use every day. I like for them to be very accessible so that I don't have to pull them all out again and again for every meal that I cook. To me, that includes my cutting boards and my measuring spoons/cups as well as my go-to spices and oils that I use most frequently. A great way to keep these things out but looking neat and decorative in the kitchen is to mix and match some of our products. Our large crates are perfect for holding cutting boards if you are like me and have a substantial amount of them. I put all my essential cooking "tools" in one our trays that I keep by the stove so that it's in easy reach.

Mixing and matching things is fun and many of our products come in a variety of colors that you can coordinate with your space.  I also love using the crates in my pantry where I can keep my vegetables and fruits so that I can easily see them.  We are also a big oatmeal family - so one of my favorite ways to use one of our crates is to create an "oatmeal center" - everything all in one place that I can easily pull down from my pantry and have all my stuff together.  Cuts the preparation time in half!  I do the same thing with a baking crate.  People who rather bake from a box would think differently if they only knew that the time consuming part of baking something from scratch is getting all the ingredients out!  My baking box includes my flours, sugars, baking powder/soda, vanilla extract, chocolate/chips, etc... When you are ready to make something like homemade pancakes or chocolate cookies, it's a breeze!  There are so many ways to utilize them and the different sizes make them so convenient!  What customized crate would you make for your pantry??
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Weekday Meal

Weekday Meal

We love when we get pictures from our friends and customers using our products!! My friend who threw the baby shower for her friend started her own blog and she has cooking videos as well as recipes on there. I love that she has some of our products and promotes some of our products. She made this amazing salmon in the air fryer and I was ecstatic to see that she used our wooden wine barrel platter to plate her creation! She shared her photo with me - doesn't it look delicious? You should definitely check out her website if you get the chance - she uses a lot of our products in her photography and also has links to where to get them at the bottom of her posts. Meanwhile, she shared her recipe for this delicious, healthy and easy meal made in her air fryer. I am excited to try it!

Spicy Sweet Salmon

INGREDIENTS:
-- 2 1-inch thick salmon fillets
-- 2 Tbsp honey
-- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
-- 1 tsp garlic powder
-- 1 tsp chili flakes
-- sea salt to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat your air fryer for 400F for 5 minutes.
2. Slightly warm up honey in the microwave.
3. Wash and dry the salmon filets.
4. Mix together well the soy sauce, garlic powder and chili flakes into the warmed honey.
5. Create a small foil packet the same approximate size of your air fryer basket. This is to catch the yummy juices and keep it with the fish and also makes clean up a breeze!
6. Place both filets in the foil packet.
7. Spoon the honey-chili mixture onto each, making sure to coat the sides of the salmon.
8. Then, carefully place the salmon fillets foil packet in the preheated air fryer at 400F for 8 minutes (make sure to check on it - you may need to increase/decrease your time depending on the thickness of your salmon.
9. When time is up, carefully remove it and plate. Depending on your soy sauce (I like to use gluten free, low sodium), you might want a light sprinkle of sea salt.

Enjoy with your favorite side dishes! I like to add veggies to the air fryer right after with a simple spray of avocado oil and salt and pepper.

Easy breezy and healthy! She also has a quick video with it all coming together which you can check out here: https://www.themonskerlife.com/post/spicy-sweet-salmon
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reset. renew. repeat often.

reset. renew. repeat often.

So one of the things that I need to remind myself of (especially while the world seems not under our control), is to take moments for yourself to reset itself. I mean from the soul. We often feel like we have to be the ones to hold everything together and be the strong ones for the family. It all starts with being strong for yourself first. My favorite escape is taking a soothing bath and just letting things go for a little while. Just concentrating on quieting the mind and refocusing on myself. It sounds amazing because it is but it's also not easy carving out the time to do it. Life does get in the way and we tend to re-prioritize ourselves last.

I like having a bath tray made up of goodness to remind me that it's important to take these moments every once in awhile. I used to go and get manicures and pedicures often and used that time to slow my world down for the moments that I let someone else take care of me. With the quarantine, that hasn't been the best option so these days, I create my own spa. What is your favorite method to de-stress lately?
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A Perfect Shower.

A Perfect Shower.


So my gal pal sent me the pictures from the baby shower from yesterday. A great time was had by all and the pictures looked amazing! She went with a brunch theme and had a bunch of miniature food so that all the guests could try a bit of everything and they were a huge hit. She mentioned that some of the guest's favorites were these small French toast bites that are pictured above as well as small handmade quiches which was an easy way for her to provide vegetarian and non-veg selections to hit all of her guest's palates. She was super surprised how fun the "make a onesie for the new mom" station went and she said that the things that each of the women came up with were inspiring and fun. Pictured above was one that her mom made that she loved. As fun as the event ended up, she was exhausted afterwards but the new mom had so much fun, that it was completely worth it for her. As a bonus, my friend provided the recipe that she used for her French toast bites and she got her cute food picks from our partner at amazon. I will post the recipe for those interested in another post. The best part - you can make them in advance and put them in the oven at 200F to keep them warm. Right before serving, she just dusted them with powdered sugar for presentation. It was literally the easiest menu item that she made that day so that definitely sounds like my sort of recipe!
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French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites


Here is the recipe for the French Toast Bites. It basically starts with a good French Toast. Then it's simple to assemble - just cut each one into 9 bite size squares and stack 3 on a wooden food skewer and top with a slice of strawberry. You can serve them lined up like soldier on our cutting board and use the ramekin inserts for toppings like syrup, whipped cream and even an infused berry coulis! How fun, pretty and delicious for your next party! Check out our "Products" section for links on the bottom of the product description to retailers where you can get yours!

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
1 cup half and half (whole milk can be used as well)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 6-8 slices bread (a simple but really good soft white sandwich bread)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract Butter as needed

INSTRUCTIONS
- Whisk together the half and half, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a big bowl
- Place griddle or pan over medium heat and melt enough butter in pan to coat the surface
- Dip bread slices in egg mixture (important: only dip for about 5 seconds each, making certain both sides are well coated but not soaked)
- Carefully place the bread on the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides - a couple of minutes per side

That's it! Make all of them at once and then cut and assemble onto the skewers. You can make these in advance and line them up on a pan and keep them warm in the oven at 200F and assemble on the cutting board when ready to serve. Dust them with powdered sugar for some bling and enjoy!
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Baby Brain…

Baby Brain…

As mentioned in my previous post, a team member of mine is planning a baby shower for her good friend and it is approaching quickly.  Her brain has been stuck on all sorts of ideas for the shower and sometimes Pinterest can be a lifesaver (as much as a nightmare)! Exhibit A: giveaways. I personally love giving live plants because they last and grow and, in my opinion, is much less wasteful then flowers no matter how beautiful they are.  I think that the succulents she ended up turned out adorable. The only challenge left for her (she has a perpetual black thumb - no joke!) is keeping them alive until Sunday! Exhibit B: a make your own onesies station. I've seen this a ton of times at all the baby showers that I have attended and I love this activity because people can be creative and the baby mama can also take them home with her. I also know that she will be running around the day of the shower making sure everything is flowing and everyone is happy so she wanted to make hers beforehand. It’s also a nifty way to show guests different ways to create their own and make them really special. I saw the that she made based on her Pinterest search and I absolutely loved it! I mean...can she make me one???  Next debate she is having is whether or not to make a full cake or mini cakes or maybe even a bundt cake... It’s a brunch sort of event and normally I’m a cupcake girl but I’m kind of digging the whole bundt cake idea. I'm sure that she will work it out but she definitely wants to use a crate to elevate it on a dessert table. She says that it adds interest and height and just makes the whole dessert display pop.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with and I have tasked her to keep taking photos so that I can brag out it here!
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Celebrate the Moments!

Celebrate the Moments!

So one of the gals that works with me was an event planner in her pre-Corona life and you know what they say...once an event planner, always an event planner! This means that she absolutely loves throwing a good party and sees everything as possible party props and serving utensils. With our current products, she is like a treasure trove for me to re-think and re-imagine all the ways that they can be used for any event that I am throwing. She's currently in the process of helping to throw a baby shower for one of her really dear friends (Rona babies is a real thing guys!).

She had a great idea during this new Corona-era.  She had ordered a sewing machine (her hobby addiction is strong). While she had never sewed a thing in her life, she saw all these incredible people sewing masks for our intrepid healthcare warriors and she wanted to do her part.  Well, based on her rantings, it seems as if it is not easy.  Apparently even getting the thread through the machine is a task!  Every time I talk to her, she is literally spending all her time mastering the basics.  She finally was able to make a decent mask and had this idea to make some as favors for the baby shower.  How ingenious is that?  It also has the double benefit of having masks available for those women attending that would feel more comfortable within a small crowd. Aren't they cute guys?

Using our small crates for a centerpiece was a no-brainer.  She loves to bake so using them for a cake/cupcake/mini dessert/mini food holder is her favorite thing to do...our different sized crates had absolutely no chance not being used! Celebrating with a good party is just what all our souls need right now and what better way than to celebrate a new life coming into this world. So while 2020 is not off to the best of starts, I am still, as always, hopeful for the future.
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Father’s Day: Success!

Father’s Day: Success!

How was everyone’s Father’s Day yesterday?  I celebrated with the special guy in my life...in this home, we like celebrating each other when we can. On a pretty day, that means a manly cookout in our gorgeous backyard. It always amuses me when I literally put everything together and he turns on the grill and throws some burgers on. However, I guess it’s all about perspective...he thinks he was A) in charge and B) the mastermind behind the success of the night. Luckily he is cute and I let him shine (but secretly knowing that I’m the work horse and the brain in this relationship!).

Yet again, our cutting board/prep center saved the day so that I could load up in the kitchen and bring everything in one go to the grill for toppings. Not only are these boards beautiful but they are versatile and lightweight for carrying around. The hardest part was taking some photos while holding back the big guy from diving into the burgers. My favorite side dish rounded out the yummy meal....blistered shishito peppers with a squeeze of lime right off the grill. Yum!

Yet again, our cutting board/prep center saved the day so that I could load up in the kitchen and bring everything in one go to the grill for toppings. Not only are these boards beautiful but they are versatile and lightweight for carrying around. The hardest part was taking some photos while holding back the big guy from diving into the burgers. My favorite side dish rounded out the yummy meal....blistered shishito peppers with a squeeze of lime right off the grill. Yum!
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Eating with our Eyes!

Eating with our Eyes!

So I have a confession...while I absolutely love cooking, during this quarantine, I have cooked waaay more than I ever wanted to. There literally comes a time when I cannot even think about eating something else that I have made for myself! Do you ever feel that way?? In addition (here is where my self rationalization kicks in), I really want to support our local restaurants so that they are around once our city opens up more fully. So, takeout meals occur with some regularity. However, there comes a time in one’s life where takeaway food shouldn’t necessarily have to be eaten right from the disposable container it comes in. We eat with our eyes first right? Presented in the right way, delivery food can take on a restaurant quality meal. This is just one of the reasons that I love our handmade wooden platter. So dang versatile, you can use it for so many things. One of my favorite ways is to present food on it. Whether it’s an appetizer or main course, these gorgeous pieces make whatever you have on them shine! I mean... I could have made this prepackaged sushi at home with hours of prep work right? My eyes say...absolutely!
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Quarantine To-Do's

Quarantine To-Do's

I don't know about ya'll but I have been working from home for over 3 months now and while I have finally come up with some structure to my days, I find myself getting antsy to get out. To combat those feelings, I have been looking for all sorts of projects around the house! As many of you have done or are currently doing, organizing my life seems to be the one thing that makes me feel better! I have a bunch of recipes that I have been given me over the years and most of them are on post-it notes and random.  This is the perfect time to think about organizing them and making them more accessible. I didn't actually get around to doing it but I was reminded again as Father's Day is barreling down on me. So hence, the post today!  How cute is this organized with my thank you cards and other things that I want to keep close to me so I remember to actually use them?  I loved it so much that I think I am going to make a whole new one for future gifts.  Not forgetting the wonderful man in my life, I am going to use one of our rustic crates to create a custom BBQ gift basket for him! There are so many uses for these handy, hand-made crates and I just love thinking of new uses for them. Hopefully you will check back on our blog to see all the multiple ways that we come up with - I will post them as we create them!  Also, we would love for you to share your ideas with us - you can find us on Facebook and Instagram too!
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We Stand United

We Stand United

Since 1972, the Winship Companies have held strong that we are all equal under God's blue sky. Today and always, we stand with those who stand for fairness and justice. Let's support each other and our communities in both our thoughts and our actions. As a company, we pledge to keep learning and improving so that we can continue to do our part in fighting against racial inequality.
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Welcome to our online store

Welcome to our blog!  We love having the opportunity for you to get to know us and what we stand for as well as see some fun ways to use our products.  As exciting will be us showcasing and brainstorming with you, our loyal customers, new products that we are testing out for production!

Our website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something we think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate.  We have included links to where you can find our products so that you can easily choose from your preferred online retailer.  Feel free to browse our entire product catalog and let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within.  Our team is always ready and willing to assist our customers and we are happy for your visit!
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