Sweetest Day, celebrated the third Saturday in October, was originally created by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee. His motivation was to purely bring happiness to those that were less fortunate, specifically orphans, and shut-ins. With an intent to show people that they were not forgotten, in 1922, he started this holiday by giving out candy and small gifts. To create more awareness and excitement he used movie stars to distribute his gifts such as: Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, along with himself.
The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. Today, it is celebrated with loved ones and friends. However, we encourage you to follow the intent of the original holiday, and find ways to give small gifts to those in need whether with your time, service or donation.
Giving back with inspiration is easy with a Carved Solutions’ Dawn of a New Day Single Bar. There are five different scents with their respective inspiring messages; Verbena, Wild Blue Lupin, Satsuma, Green Tea & Bergamot, and Lavender. The carving of “Dawn’s Sun” is captured on the front of each bar; a timeless reminder of the gift of a new day and eternal hope.
Consider Satsuma in sensual pink a light, zesty citrus that lifts your spirits & heals your soul.
Inspiring Message: Found on back of bar packaging
“Each day is a fresh start – start something now.”
Each Vermont made bar is a generous 5 ounces, vegetable based and triple-milled for long lasting lather. Our bars are individually addressed & intricately carved with Dawn’s sun.
Our carving style, beyond engraving, is uniquely definitive with each bar elegantly presented.
Refresh, rejuvenate, and spoil with only the finest personalized soap deserving of your discerning taste. Our Signature Spa Collection is a gorgeous blend of today’s most intriguing and sought after colors & fragrances all in one! A complete sensory experience.
Soap Description: 100% Vegetable Based (Non-GMO), Triple-Milled for Luxurious Lather, Freshest Personalized Soap in the Marketplace, all presented in scent complimenting colors, with gentle yet intoxicating scents (all oils are balance-infused with no over-powering perfume fragrances). Paraben Free, Phosphorus Free, Phthalate Free, Sulfate Free and Cruelty Free!
All of the board is 100% recycled chip board material. The paper wrap (what gives the box color, about 15% of the total product) is made from 100% recyclable virgin materials. For your safety our boxes are MADE IN AMERICA. Soap is a very personal product and though it costs more, your safety is important to us. Our boxes will not expose you to any risk of contamination. At Carved Solutions we make every effort to support MINIMAL PACKAGING, RECYCLING, and creating simple packaging that is elegant yet leaves little footprint on our environment.
My CS Family most certainly outdid themselves. There aren’t even words to express how they humble me, how I am completely filled with gratitude for each and everyone of them. I wouldn’t be doing this post justice if I didn’t expose that tears of appreciation are streaming down my face from having just read the blog below that our beloved Sierra gave to me to post. There is a big part of me that just wants to keep all this love to myself. I’m almost embarrassed to share the beautiful things they have written. However, I know I wouldn’t be true to the guidance I offer, “receive a compliment, allow it to settle within and say thank you”. My dear CS Family I am overwhelmed with thank you’s as I prepare to publish this post you have offered me.
I believe that every single day my value on this earth is measured by how positively I touch another’s life. I believe in sharing love every moment I can. Whether that love comes via my words or my actions; ultimately it’s that love that matters. I know many believe that love has no place in the workplace; wholeheartedly I happily disagree with them!
There have been a few bosses in my life too. Some who have shown me who I never want to become and others who continue to inspire me today. Marshall Learned will always hold a special place in my heart. His ability to guide with humility and reverence will always inspire me. To my own husband, Mike, who I know would never see himself as my boss, has held a great leadership role in my life for 30 years! He has always given 100% of himself to guide, support and lift up my crazy dreams!
With immense gratitude for those who choose to spend their days with me I offer you Sierra’s creation for Boss’s Day!
Boss’s Day is a US recognized holiday that is annually held on October 16th. Traditionally, the day is dedicated to appreciating your boss for their compassion and leadership throughout the year.
Carved Solutions is officially recognized as a woman-owned company, with our lovely servant leader being Dawn Lancaster. Today, the Carved Solutions’ Family has taken the moment to write down stories, poems, and thoughtful notes to express with Dawn just how much we love her and are grateful for her guidance and compassion.
You Inspire Us
You inspire us, encourage us
And protect us from harm
You know when to turn up the heat
And when to stay calm
You direct us and praise us
And keep us on track
Consider this message
A hearty slap on the back
We really appreciate
All that you do and say
This comes with big thanks
To you, Dawn, on your Boss’s Day
I would like to congratulate Dawn Lancaster on this holiday and express my deepest gratitude to her for all the support, creativeness, inspiration and guidance she has always helped me with, in order to achieve great results. And this is not only related strictly to the job, but she is always there, always super helpful and caring, less like a boss, but more like a mother, or like a best friend.
She was the first person I told that my wife and I were expecting our first baby. She was very understanding when I couldn’t fulfill my tasks at work as well because of a broken wrist; she helped us when my wife was pick pocketed; she spent several hours, even days, in order to help find the right house for my family; and she is kind with me even when I make mistakes. I could go on and on with numerous examples and situations because basically she helped making my life here in the USA so easy and helpful!
I have never had any other jobs in the past where I could feel at home. But at CS—Dawn made this happen! I am happy that I have my CS family here!
Dawn always encouraged me never to give up and helped me solve many of my problems, things and situations I would never forget.
Thank you Dawn!
Ever since I started working for Dawn last summer, I realized that she would be one of my biggest inspirations and role models. Not only does Dawn always put her best foot forward, but she can handle every situation thrown at her, with grace. I am so thankful to have such a kind and caring employer who is concerned with my happiness and well being before work. Her methods only make me want to work as hard as I can and give her my best results. I will always be grateful for the opportunity she has given me at Carved Solutions as it has been the best job and work environment I could imagine.
A True Friend
It’s the way that you carry yourself
and all those little things you do,
the way your hugs reach out
shedding light upon the doubts…
that proves true worth in you.
A friend some say, is always near
to catch us when we fall;
to hold our hands, when all those plans…
come crashing down like walls.
The best of friends bring laughter,
the best of friends bring warmth,
they join us in the trying times
and show us how to love.
In case you ever wonder,
just how much you mean to me…
take the time to read these words
or remember… just to breathe.
What time may bring before to pass
or the words we never seek…
when I think of you, these words speak the truth…
Mentor, Mother, Sister, Friend
Pure of heart, generous of spirit, loving beyond words.
I am blessed to have you in my life.
E Mark Wolf wrote this poem for you, knowing how much you mean to me and in recognition of all you have done for me. You are one of God’s Earth Angels, blessing all who know you. Your selflessness is beyond compare & your strength is awe inspiring. I love and admire you dear friend.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being… my true friend!
There is an amazing, talented, positive, beautiful, supportive woman in my life. Her name is Dawn Lancaster and I am blessed to know her and enjoy her company. I recollect a story that sums up how deeply she loves and how deeply she is aware of her surroundings. One day, as we were playing (I was beautifying her nails) the lights all of a sudden went out. I couldn’t see a thing. Upon looking up she caught my startled gaze and she calmly said, “Oh, meet my father. He does this sometimes when he wants to say hi.” He is not of this world anymore, but graced us with his presence that day. So, I greeted him and then Dawn said, “Ok, dad time to turn the lights back o,n Cheryl has to get back to work.” Guess what??!! Just as soon as she said that, POOF the lights came RIGHT back on. Immediately!! It gave us both chills. Dawn is a deeply caring woman on many levels and it enlightens me. She says when I’m around she feels like I am holding her up. I am, on a pedestal. Thank you Dawn for giving everyone around you positive energy.
It’s so rare to find a woman who builds up and supports other woman. That’s what I’m all about and that’s why I’m proud to have her in my circle.
Dawn is an opportunist, but never selfishly, she only gives. She knows nothing else. She innately knows what one needs, seeks a way to help, and wants nothing more but to fulfill what is missing. In my own experience, she has brought me opportunity within my professional endeavors, she has brought me peace and forgiveness against others, and she has brought me support and guidance when I did not know where to turn. When I describe Dawn to others I often start with, ‘you just love her’. A mentor to me and so many others, her passion for people is contagious; the work place here at Carved Solutions has been the most blessing and rewarding experience I have ever had.
Dawn, I love you more than words can say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for how you encourage me everyday. Your life lessons you share with me are truly sacred and I continue to aspire to them and live by them each day.
Here at Carved Solutions we wish all those who dedicate themselves to guiding their employees to success a happy Boss’s Day! And we hope you relay your positive reception to your supervisors, managers and bosses. Surprise them with a personal token of your gratitude!
My Mom is a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR…twice. She’s been free from Breast Cancer for almost two decades now! Imagine my humble honor when I heard from O, The Oprah Magazine that they wanted to feature a Carved Solutions’ product yet again AND they wanted part of our Breast Cancer Awareness Collection.
To say I was overwhelmed with gratitude doesn’t even come close! Then to learn they wanted to share that Carved Solutions entire Breast Cancer Awareness Collection donates 50% of all SALES (not proceeds – 50% of GROSS SALES) to the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund just blew me away.
S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund is a remarkable organization that uses 100% of all donations for research only. Administrative and other costs are paid for privately by the Ireland family so when you give you know your dollars are making a real difference.
You’ve heard it said before, Breast Cancer knows no boundaries. It affects anyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. I would love to say that my Mom was my one in 8 but I now have a dear Aunt and a sister-friend fighting the battle. Breast Cancer touches all of us. So what can we do? STOP THE ONE IN EIGHT. GET A MAMMOGRAM! Give to cancer research, eat healthy, stay active, and keep a positive outlook on life!
Life is so busy these days and we all need to be reminded to check our breasts and what better way than to spoil yourself, family and friends with a little luxury. Each one of our Signature Spa Endless Lather – All Months gives you that quick reminder: New Soap = New Month = take a shower, lather and check!
I also wanted to make sure those battling cancer knew they are WARRIORS and we their family and friends are their tribe dedicated to their fight. With two very special WARRIORS in mind, I came to the office one day and described what I was hoping for, something heirloom quality, something special, something WARRIOR. Between our Emily and Mike they created exactly what I was envisioning and more. Now you can arm your WARRIOR with their very own .935 Argentium Sterling Silver pendant too!
Looking to celebrate someone special? We’ve got a way for you to do that! We love celebrating with Cocktails Curing Cancer every October too! Renee Dall is an inspiration for all of us to be dedicated for the cure – and she makes it fun too!
My Dad always said you only have one mother, take care of her, and protect her with your life. Because hugs from Grandma are priceless!
It’s with great gratitude that I share this above picture was taken 10 years ago and the love that little blond girl has for her grandma just continues to grow (just like her – now towering over grandma!).
A Beloved Friend and a Survivor
On March 13th, 2011, Augustus Conmy at the age of 16 got into a minor snowboarding accident. His father encouraged a visit to the hospital to check for a possible concussion. Fortunately, Augustus did not have a concussion. However, what the doctors did find was not only shocking it was much more severe. After many tests, and four months later, Augustus was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. This unfortunately would only be his first taste of cancer.
Fast forward two years later to 2013. Having undergone treatment, Augustus was recovering very well and was about to embark on a new journey by transferring his sophomore year to the University of Vermont from Vermont Technical College, where he was studying business. That August, Augustus went in for his routine check-up to track his progress. To his dismay, he was only given more unfortunate news and was later diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After realizing the severity of his diagnoses, Augustus had to temporarily put his college career on hold and admit himself in NYC’s Sloan Kettering. There he would he spend the next 11 months fighting for his health and his life.
“Augustus is an incredible person; he gives me strength when I feel weak. I cannot imagine a harder uphill battle to endure. Augustus carried himself with so much determination and grace. He is the MOST positive person I know and I love him so much for those reasons and more”, Sierra Thompson, Carved Solutions Social Media Marketing Specialist and a dear friend of Augustus.
On June 5th, 2014, Augustus was unofficially cured of his cancer! “Cancer had a dramatic impact on my life, but it taught me so much about myself. If I could go back, I’d do it all again”. Now recovered from surgery and healthy, Augustus gets to go back to the things in his life that mean the most. “Hopefully I will be riding dirt bikes and playing soccer soon. My greatest passion is motorcycles. You can’t keep me away from them”. Augustus has also resumed school back at Vermont Technical College. There he is pursuing a carrier as a diesel technician, and aspiring to be a successful business owner. “I hope something with a performance application. Enjoying what I do is most important to me. So whatever it is, it has to have wheels and a motor”.
Augustus would say that his fight has only made him stronger and more prepared for anything to come his way in life. “Stay Positive! The more positive the better. It makes everything much more manageable. It’s really easy to become frustrated, but there is no point in dragging it out. Make the best out of the situation and I promise you it won’t seem so bad.”
It’s experiences and stories like this that reminds us all to always believe in ourselves. No matter the challenge, to always hold on to hope, belief and faith that although these times are hard, they too, will pass and you will be able to rejoice and celebrate life’s beautiful moments once again.
“We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person’s condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.”
Carved Solutions is a proud supporter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. Giving and walking makes a difference!
I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect person to share thoughts on hometown than our Laura. For me the journey was fairly short to Vermont. You’ll discover below that Laura had a great opportunity to experience many hometowns growing up.
My dad came from Chicago, IL and my mom came the small farm town of Orwell, VT. Thanks to the Navy and the Marines, I was was born in Gary, IN! Our family returned to Vermont when I was five years old. Somehow, I’ve ruined my husband’s Vermonter bloodlines by being the mother of his child (who now doesn’t have TWO Vermont born parents…if you are a Vermonter this is very important). Our connection to our roots remains important to so many of us no matter how old we get. I’ve dropped the majority of my Midwestern twang (too much teasing from Mike in middle school) though I do still love the BEARS! Go Bears!
Carved Solutions family is a great melting pot of hometown’s too. Clare is from England, Alex is from Moldova and Emily has Canadian roots yet today we all call Vermont home.
We would love to hear what hometown means to you! Remember no matter how remote your hometown is, just ask and we’ll personalize it for you!
What does your hometown mean to you? Every hometown is special, from the most remote country town to the biggest metropolitan city. Only the locals know the true meaning of your hometown- the best slice of pizza, the café where neighbors meet, and the fastest way to get from point A to point B. Whether you’ve stayed there your whole life or traveled the world, thinking of home is likely to bring a smile to your face. It’s the place where your memories come alive. It’s the place where a part of your heart resides. Here at Carved Solutions, we have ample appreciation for how our hometowns shape our very selves, and this has inspired us to create a collection of very personal Hometown products!
For me, small talk can get a little complicated when someone asks,
where are you from?” Can anyone relate?
I was born in Minneapolis MN, a place that I have only the faintest memories of. Luckily, they are warm ones. I recall hot porridge for breakfast, and my 5th birthday party at the Mall of America. Do you call the Great Lakes region home? You’ll appreciate a personalized cutting board for carving your next hearty bone-warming roast this coming blizzard season. It will remind you that home sweet home has its special comforts even in the coldest months, when you can snuggle up and savor the joys of warm blankets and hot cocoa.
I am also from North Carolina. I lived in Charlotte throughout elementary school, and returned again for my college years at Elon University. The South has a wonderful culture of tradition, sophistication, and charm, where smiling faces are happy to strike up conversation everywhere you go. There’s nothing like the sunny summers and visits to the Carolina beaches to lift a person’s spirits. I am reminded that a part of the South will never leave me, as even today an occasional “Y’all” or “Ma’am” will sail from my lips! It’s as natural as sweet tea. Speaking of tea, may I suggest you serve it in a special home town highball glass, perhaps even from a matching pitcher!
Then again, I’ve also lived for the longest amount of time in Connecticut. Much of my school time and memories of growing up are located here. Proximity to New York City made for frequent visits to the Big Apple, yet it retained the benefits of small-town New England countryside. Connecticut is a place where each of the four seasons can be fully enjoyed, from boating in the summer to snowshoeing in the winter and all the fun in-between. My Mom still lives here, where she enjoys the glow of our Pure Aromatherapy candles in her home, making for a pleasant visit every time.
But these days, the much easier question to answer would be “Where’s home?” While I have great memories of all the places I’ve lived, Vermont is my home. This is a pretty special place. It was here that I met my husband after all! Vermont is unique in its fervor for all things local. One visit to a Vermont farmer’s market will show you, this passion extends far beyond our famous breweries and cheeses! Carved Solutions is proud to participate in this culture with our own Vermont-made soaps, candles, cutting boards, and jewelry.
What about you? Whether your hometown is San Francisco or Chicago, perhaps Saint Louis or Dallas, or ANY of our nation’s 50 states, Carved Solutions knows that there’s no place like home. Our thoughtful collection is perfect way to celebrate a move, acts as a touching hostess gift, or as a way to cherish your very own home.
-Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist
Our Laura is most definitely a connoisseur of the finer things! While she may appear to be just like everyone else, Laura has an eye for beauty, a refined palate, and a talent and desire to spoil others with exquisite recipes that please all the senses. Laura, in my humble opinion, is the Princess of Pastry. I happily walk very quickly (OK…I run) to the kitchen when she takes the time to bake fresh, homemade goodness for us. Laura also has a timeless sense of fashion, and a grand appreciation of tradition. I knew her take on our Parisian Living would be perfect! Her passion and excitement for Carved Solutions’ Parisian-inspired gifts really brings their special qualities and uniqueness to life! I’m sure you will enjoy this Parisian journey with Laura as much as I did.
Smiles always, Dawn
Say this with me in your best French accent… Ooh la la, c’est manifique!
Paris. The name alone transports us to a place of romance, style, and sophistication. Paris has long been the epicenter of all things chic. Paris’ impeccable taste can be credited in all manner of good design, from Coco Chanel’s iconic perfume to Louis Vuitton luggage and Dior’s haute couture. France is also home to some of the most lavish architecture and décor in the world. If you’ve ever marveled at the Eiffel tower or Versailles, you cannot question the supremacy of Parisian style. And did I mention the French artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas that have shaped our very understanding of beauty? It is from these rich cultural landmarks that Carved Solutions drew inspiration for our very own line of Parisian Living personalized gifts. If you’re coveting the timeless elegance of France, Carved Solutions has you in mind. From candles to guest soaps, glassware to serving pieces, we can add a little taste of Paris to your everyday life. Let’s take our minds on a journey to France shall we? Allons-y!
First, follow your nose. Lavender could be thought of as the signature scent of France. Famous purple fields in the rural countryside teem with its delicious rejuvenating fragrance. Lavender has a therapeutic effect on our senses, known to relieve stress and bring balance to a hectic mind. It’s no wonder that the French are famous for a less-stress way of life. Dreaming of lavender? Our luxurious lavender soaps are made with 100% pure essential oils, guaranteed to smell like you’re strolling through Provence in July. It’s the real deal! With this post we are offering a special offer of 20% off through the month of July on any of our Parisian Living soaps. Simply visit Parisian Living to take advantage of this luxurious opportunity! So go on, draw a bath and soak up the goodness!
If the way to the heart is through the stomach, then I know why I love Paris! What would the world be without French cooking? No culinary education would be complete without learning how to master the perfect soufflé, the delicate macaroon, or a savory coq au vin. In the winter, a comforting dish of beef bourguignon has native Vermonters praising the French masters. A balanced cup of fresh pistou soup is a perfect way to begin a lunch. Can you tell that I’m dreaming? My head is churning with croissants, brie, baguette, cassoulet, duck confit, and my all-time favorite, tarte tatin. Traditionally made with apples, this tarte is baked upside-down and results in a caramelized, flaky confection that elicits saliva from even the most discerning palettes. My ultimate favorite recipe is made with pears, and comes from the beloved Patricia Wells in her Bistro Cooking book. Served with a dollop of crème fraîche, it’s a temptation bound to crumble ironclad self-control into sweet buttery indulgence. But don’t worry, when it’s this good, the calories don’t count; Bon appétit!
Are you lucky enough to enjoy the talents of a chef in your home? They spoil your taste buds regularly, so it’s never the wrong time to spoil their passion in return. Imagine their delight in our personalized integrity cutting boards! Stylish, functional, and luxurious, they will elevate the chef’s chore of chopping, mincing, and dicing to a true pleasure.
And what better to go with that delicious food than a great glass of wine? Wine is arguably one of the greatest global contributions from our French friends (at least from my perspective!). Whether you prefer a Beaujolais or Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, your wine will taste better in our gorgeous stemless tumblers or graceful tulip stemware. Don’t forget the importance of keeping your bottle at the right temperature for optimum enjoyment. Our wine coolers handle the task with a special personal touch.
When I was a burgeoning woman at age 15, I was fortunate enough to take one of the most memorable vacations of my life with my parents to Paris. Luckily, after more than a decade, I can still recall France with such vivid detail that I feel it has never left me. The smell of golden baked treats wafting from les pâtisseries. Shopping in the Galleries Lafayette. Priceless works of art in the Louvre. Have you had the pleasure of travelling to Paris? Even if it remains an item on your bucket list, you can enjoy the dignified Parisian spirit with our pampering personalized products.
Don’t forget to enjoy your special 20% off just by visiting Parisian Living. I hope you have enjoyed our mental journey as much as I have!
Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist
Summer is in full swing and the sunshine feels so good in Vermont! I dream of escaping to a Lake House or a Beach House for some serious R & R!
Whether you have your own Lake or Beach House or are enjoying the pleasure of finding yourself spoiled at someone else’s Carved Solutions has that something special for your own use and decor or for the perfect thank you gift for those who have opened their place of respite to you!
Come discover personalized Lake House and Beach House with Carved Solutions.
No matter the season or the reason you can depend on us to serve you best!
This year Carved Solutions became woman-owned. The pride I personally have for being that “woman”, is completely overshadowed by the gratitude I feel for knowing that I was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and place where I can chase my dreams and honestly believe that anything is possible for all of us!
Having the independence to create our futures as we desire is priceless. As Americans we are very fortunate in many ways. I treasure the freedom to be “created equal”! As we talked about Independence Day in the office, Laura Martin, our Client Transaction Specialist shared some really thoughtful memories and traditions. I’m sure you’ll be able to see yourself and your family in some of her memories too! Be safe & enjoy!
Smiles always, Dawn
While the 4th of July is just one of many national holidays, this is a special time of celebration, remembrance, and national pride that many would endorse as their favorite time to wave our flag high. As we welcome the beginning of the warmest part of summer, the 4th of July is a great opportunity to remember why we love America, how this country came to be, and how much has been sacrificed so that we may enjoy the many freedoms and liberties that we hold so dear. What does Independence Day mean to you?
When I think back on my younger days, this holiday was filled with fireworks. I remember the tradition of camping out on a picnic cloth with my parents, waiting for the sun to set and the big show to begin. We would bring lemonade and share with neighboring families while we chatted together and enjoyed the warm evening air. When the fireworks finally began, I would huddle close with my parents as we ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the bangs of sparkling color. Does your family share the same ritual? Commemorate your gathering with a durable set of unbreakable highball glasses, personalized with your family name and festive fireworks. Your picnic neighbors will be jealous! But not to worry, they can enjoy that lemonade served from a matching pitcher. You’ve never been so popular!
As I’ve grown older, my traditions have evolved. In the bright afternoons before those dazzling fireworks, my focus for the 4th of July centers on food. Whether I’m a guest or hosting my own Independence Day bash, I never have to look too hard for an excuse to cook! My favorite appetizer is always a decadent dish of spinach and artichoke dip (I can vouch for this satisfying recipe), served with pita chips. Our Dip and Serve board is the perfect way to present this crowd-favorite, and you’ll find yourself using our fun “Celebrate!” serve ware for every party. Hosting a red-white-and-blue themed party can be so much fun! Pinterest has some great party ideas, such as these easy and festive lawn decorations. However, if you are attending a friend’s gathering, you can take it easy and enjoy their careful planning. Just don’t forget that a hostess gift is never out of style!
Carved Solutions is proud to be an ambassador of the American spirit. We are a family business, driven from that famous entrepreneurial spirit known as “The American Dream”. With hard work and an unwavering vision, husband and wife team Mike and Dawn Lancaster have built Carved Solutions from the ground up. We are based on their principles of integrity, impeccable quality, and unbeatable customer care. Our story is American through-and-through. As you already know, our products are thoughtfully chosen to bring our customers the best in luxurious personalized gifts. However, you may not realize the best part! Our products are always Made in the USA focused and personalized right here in Vermont. You can feel good about your purchase with Carved Solutions, knowing that you are supporting domestic manufacturing and an all-American company.
Our nation’s birthday is a good opportunity to reflect on our country. Our ability to enjoy all of the freedoms and opportunities granted in our unique Constitution is due to the dedication and service of those who protect those rights, and keep us safe. Thank you to those who serve and have served our country, and to their families. We are all very grateful and appreciative for the brave commitment you have made to support the needs of our nation. As we celebrating our patriotism on this day, we celebrate you!
So folks, I hope that you are as excited as I am to relish in this day of hot dogs, pool parties, and cherry pies.
With Liberty and Justice to All!
Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist
I can’t believe it’s been 23 years this past June 8th since Mike and I shared our nuptials. With every passing decade my fondness for this special time in a bride’s life grows. The giddy sense of wonder, the vast dreams of a future together, the moment you realize you have your whole life ahead of you and the absolute joy of surrounding yourselves with those you love and cherish most. It’s with utmost pleasure that I turn our “I Do!” blog over to our Client Transaction Specialist, Laura Martin – the newest bride in the Carved Solutions Family. As Laura and Jossip approach their one year anniversary this July, I still see a lot of “newlywed” left in them; such a delight! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Laura’s passion for everything bridal as much as I do!
Smiles always, Dawn
Wedding season is upon us! It’s this time of year when many choose to bring friends and family together to celebrate their weddings. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Vermonter, but this sunny time of year has always been filled with the most smiles and happiest memories of all, so it’s no wonder to me that so many couples choose this time of year to say their vows. Indeed, one year ago I was in the midst of planning the final details of my own nuptials. It was a time filled with love and joy, but also came with some amount of uncertainty. Should we practice our first dance one more time? What if it rains? Will my hairstyle last through the reception? Yet, my worries were for naught, as on July 27th, 2013, I became Mrs. Martin on a flawless summer day. “Flawless” not because there were no mishaps, but because after all my plans were laid, the countless details melted away. I was left to simply enjoy the day I will remember with my husband for the rest of my life, and that made my experience simply perfect.
As a bride, you have plenty to think about. Fortunately, making special time to recognize your closest contributors is one of the most enjoyable tasks on your bridal checklist. Giving gifts is one of the most pleasurable and special parts of your celebration. This is your chance to thank those who have helped on your special day and to give back to the loved ones who have shown their generosity and kindness. Choosing any of the luxurious personalized products from Carved Solutions will bring a new level of sophistication to your gift-giving with our generous selection of thoughtful and timeless items. Looking for one less thing to worry about? All of our products are made with you in mind. Our products are sulfate, paraben, and phthalate-free, never tested on animals, and all proudly made in the USA.
One of the most apparent groups to be gifted on your wedding day is your wedding party. Your bridesmaids will love sipping their favorite vintage from personalized wine tumblers, or you may consider a special bar of our deliciously scented Signature Spa soap for your ladies to pamper with! Likewise, your groom may enjoy selecting a set of unique double old-fashioned glasses, or personalized sports mugs for his groomsmen. The Mother of the Bride or Groom would be sure to feel pampered by an aromatherapy candle, or perhaps her own set of martini glasses! No matter which you select, Carved Solutions will customize your products with the recipient’s name, your wedding date, a favorite graphic, or anything you desire!
Individual soaps are a fantastic favor to distribute to your guests. It is also a special touch to include gifts for those guests who have travelled from out-of-town to participate in your wedding day. You may wish to consider a lovely set of soaps to welcome them to their hotel room along with local tourist information and a few snacks. Candles or gift sets are a kind way to say “thank you” to your photographer, caterer, or planner; a thoughtful gesture like this is very meaningful to the professionals who are sometimes forgotten in the gift list.
For Wedding Guests:
Having experienced the bride’s role first hand, I have a great appreciation for the role I play this wedding season as a bridesmaid to my husband’s wonderful cousin Danielle. Having the honor to stand beside a bride on her wedding day is a beautiful responsibility. Having the opportunity to bestow her with presents on her Bridal Shower is even better! This party is the celebration that kicks off her wedding journey; this is your opportunity to welcome her to a family, remind her how much you love her, and simply spoil her! What could be more perfect than our Argentium sterling silver monogram pendant? Any bride would love this glimmering keepsake. The bridal shower is also a great time to give a gift such as personalized champagne glasses, which the couple may choose to use during the reception itself.
As a guest at a wedding, your gift is a special way to contribute to the couple’s new life together. House wares that will last the test of time are a lovely choice. Carved Solutions is proud to introduce fun new wedding motifs to our personalization collection, including this large cutting board that will be a practical keepsake. Any new couple would also be sure to love our serving trays or pitchers for their next entertaining event, custom made with their names in mind!
In a hurry? Our standard turn-around time is just 24-48 hours. Expedited shipped is available as needed to ensure your product arrives in time for the big day. Questions? Our Client Care Team is here to help! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information from a concierge-level product specialist. We will gladly work to accommodate your needs, because gift-giving should be personal!
This wedding season, let Carved Solutions prepare you for the occasion with the perfect gifts that everyone will be talking about.
Carved Solutions is proud to offer the highest quality gifts to please even the most discriminating bride’s palette. We are here to serve you best, and we would be thrilled to guide you through your purchase from start to finish. Our experts will ensure that your gift experience is pampering. We know you have a lot on your mind, so let us take great care of you! We are warmly wishing all the brides, grooms, and wedding guests of this season many special moments, love to share, and great memories. So go on… Eat, Drink, and Be Married!
-Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist with Carved Solutions
Welcome to my favorite holiday of the year! Celebrating the men in our lives who lead, guide, inspire, empower, humor, love, cherish, challenge, teach, and set us free to fly carries a place of gratitude that I find myself leaning on daily.
In my 20’s I wrote a poem for my late Daddy which I called, “The Conductor”. He guided me daily as I learned to navigate life. Deeply ingrained in his heart was an immense sense of responsibility and a rare work ethic that drove him to financially provide for the home to offer us opportunities that were void in his life. It was that heart-felt desire that drove this Depression-born man to raise me empowered, strong, positive and believing all was possible. However, behind the scenes of what appeared a perfect life, this Korean War Navy Veteran was challenged by life-long alcoholism which taught me the priceless gifts of unconditional forgiveness and love. Though, ultimately, the alcoholic decisions he made caused him to lose his life 10 years ago, it’s his Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie filled mindset that carries me today.
Life never ceases to amaze me, how earth-born angels arrive just when you need them most. Who would have known that life would bring me an Assistant Conductor? Mike and I met when I was 12 and we started dating when I was 16. The strength, guidance and love I would go on to receive from his sober Dad would continue to build my character and belief in all that is possible even more. To this day, Dad now 79 has been sober for 34 years (my Daddy’s favorite number by the way)! This sober man has touched my life as much as my own Daddy did. To me today, he still stands not only as a dedicated family man but as an example of a pillar of strength.
Then there is this man for whom I hold immense pride and gratitude. This man, that most certainly the universe lead me to, he my very own husband, Mike. As I watch Mike raise our daughter, time and time again, I realize he is the very best of my Daddy and the very best of his. Who knew at 12 years old, I would have discovered this amazing Dad-to-be for my very own child.
Mike is dedicated to showing Sarah how to gain the same confidence and self-esteem that my Daddy wanted for me yet he balances it with the value of being a part of something bigger from his own Dad. I like to call it empathetic pride. Mike unconsciously guides Sarah to be brave socially, physically and intellectually. Mike’s own roots of character run so deep there is no storm this man cannot weather. He nurtures these same roots for his own daughter, so no future storm can topple her (with or without him). He is a man Sarah can sincerely to look up to, trust, and believe in.
My Daddy used to always say that a father of boys must be twice the man he wants his boys to be and the father of girls must show them love and respect (especially love and respect towards their mother) so they don’t settle for less in their lives.
To me Father’s Day celebrates more than the man you call dad, it celebrates the dads yet to be, the foster dads, the step-dads, the uncles and the dear friends we respect enough to call uncle. The influence of a guiding man has a powerful effect to all children’s lives.
Here is to the man that stands up to teach you right from wrong, he who guides you through the darkest of storms, he who lifts you up into flight when you’ve lost your own wings, he who beams with pride as you make your way through life. Here’s to the man who loves you more than he loves himself.
Happy Father’s Day!
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