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!

Smiles Always, 


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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

A Parisian Affaire

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!

Au revoir!

Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist


Because life is better at the Lake!

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!

Smiles always,

Happy 4th of July!

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!

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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!

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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 Do!”

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.

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To Brides:

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!

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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 orders@carvedsolutions.com 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.

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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




Happy Father’s Day!

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.

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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!  

Smiles always,


Spring has sprung! Finally!

The sunshine has blessed us in Vermont today.  The snow is melting and there is a warmth in the air that we’ve been missing.  Funny thing is, when it hits 40F many of us actually open our windows to let the “warm” air in and clean out the stale winter air from our homes and offices (40F! HA – I admit I do it too but it is so funny!).

Spring is filled with many new beginnings, holidays, the opening of trout fishing season and an opportunity to celebrate!  We all have our own family traditions and they are all special to each of us.

My Daddy passed in December 10 years ago this year and I was thinking last night that the coming of spring feels a bit bittersweet.  While I’m excited for the newness and warmth she brings I’m reminded, with the passing of yet another winter, that life goes on.  Nothing stops in the grand scheme when things in our personal lives change.

With that knowledge, after I air out our home and the office, for me the next big thing is opening day of Trout Fishing in Vermont; time to celebrate my beloved Daddy!  With a bundle of roses in one hand, a fishing pole in the other and my family in tow, it’s always a memorable occasion to head to that special fishing spot.  We toss in each rose with a memory and a wish followed by casting our lines to celebrate my Daddy’s memory!  Below…my Daddy, summer fishing on Lake Champlain years ago.

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After celebrating Daddy comes Easter for us.   For me Easter was always fun growing up.

My Daddy loved to color eggs with me and it was always at least 3 dozen.  For those of you who don’t know, by the time I was 10 I was the only child left at home and 36 eggs were a lot of eggs to find! I think most of all Daddy really just loved all the egg salad sandwiches my Mom made for him for his lunches (yes, Mom made his lunch every single day)!  Daddy and I kept this tradition for years; even when I was 19 years old, a college graduate,  engaged, and still living at home we colored eggs! The Easter Bunny even hid them for me and I spent the next morning searching…sometimes I didn’t find all 36 which made me very grateful for Bear, our Airedale!

I think that is why this year’s Carved Solutions Easter Egg tribute touches my heart so. Being chosen as an O, The Oprah Magazine “O List” item is the sweetest icing on the cake!   I am beyond humbled for this (our FOURTH feature) in this coveted publication!

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Whether you are looking to create decor for your own celebration or looking to spoil the hostess with the mostess in your life, our individually carved and decorated eggs are perfect for spring and perfect for Easter!

Enjoy our geometric carvings – Chevron,Waves, Stripes, and Polka Dots!  Even our Spring Flight, Limited Edition Happy Easter Eco-Luxury Courtesy Gift Set and our adorable Bunnies & Chicks are ready to pamper a deserving soul!  What fun!



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Carved Solutions “Eggs” are not only MESS free they are:

  • Made in Vermont
  • Triple-Milled (also known as French Milled) for long lasting luxurious lather
  • 100% Plant Based
  • Non-GMO
  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Phosphorus Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Cruelty Free (never tested on animals)
  • Individually Custom Carved

Remember, if searching for Easter Eggs is part of your celebration you can call me if you don’t find them all … I still have a dog who can come help find the missing eggs!

Happy Spring!

Smiles always,


The S.D. Ireland Parade starts at 3 pm today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is always sentimental for me.  In fact last night, a day early, my 79 year old Mom (Shirley) prepared corned beef and cabbage for dinner so we could have a family meal together.  It was a great treat and a wonderful surprise.  Mom was always a great cook but as time has removed many recipes from her mind it’s quite something when she does.  Mom made the funny statement last night of “When I cook now, I don’t know how it will turn out.” 


My late Daddy used to love corned beef and cabbage.  Fortunately for our family tradition, my Mike loves it as well.  The  Food Network has a great recipe very similar to my Mom’s!

As we sat around the table in my Mom’s quaint apartment I couldn’t help but reminisce how much I miss returning to my childhood home, dinner around the table, sounds of voices of beloveds no longer walking on earth’s soil.

St. Patrick’s Day always reminds me of my Grandpa, Bert Doane (my Mom’s Dad).  He passed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1998.  I remember leaving my place of work in downtown Burlington, VT.  As I walked towards the door, I felt empty and alone yet as I opened to door to the street I instantly felt a part of something so much bigger than my grief; our great community!  You see, in Vermont, we are all neighbors.

For as far as my eye could see, with my ears filled with the honking of a mass amount of cement trucks there was love being spread!

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S. D. Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Burlington, VT — look how far the trucks go behind the pink S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund mixer!  

SIDE NOTE: This is a great link from 2011 on YouTube touching part for me of this particular parade is at 1:05 (note that truck is sponsored by Charlebois  my great-grandmother was a Vermont Charlebois, but that’s another story!).

All the noise was the annual S.D. Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  As my feet hit the street and I discovered the trucks and the smiles of celebration, my heart couldn’t resist the warm feeling of community. I wasn’t alone after all.

The comfort this experience gave me made me do my homework.  I discovered that the S.D. Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a vehicle (pun intended) to save lives.  After Kim and Scott Ireland   battled cancer as a family they decided to be proactive and make a real difference with the creation of the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund.  It’s thrilling to know that 100% of all donations go to cancer research – not to administrative costs! Every dollar given goes to work fighting cancer!  They have an amazing team researching and sharing discoveries.

S.D. Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade reminds us that we are all in this together.  Through the rest of the month of March every Irish, Celtic, St. Patrick’s Day gift purchased, Carved Solutions will donate 50% of the purchase to the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund … who knows, maybe it will turn your Grandpa into a Survivor!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with Carved Solutions and support S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund TODAY!

Witness this great parade for yourself? It starts today at 3PM check out the map.  We’ll be cheering them on in the Williston loop (right near Carved Solutions).

Oh, and in case you are wondering…dinner was awesome last night!  Thanks Mom!!!

Irish or not (or maybe just for today) I leave you with a little Irish love…

 May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends by yours, wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.

May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

Smiles always,


2014 The Gift of a Clean Slate!

Happy New Year!

If you are like me you are probably wondering where in the world 2013 went?

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Every year holds its own highs and lows.  Knowing me as you do, you know I will always focus on the highs.  However, do you also know that it is in the lows that I find my most grateful moments?  I find the depth of my character and strength, I discover true friends, I witness the generosity of spirit that others are willing to share and I discover myself – ultimately my determination to rise to the occasion.  We entrepreneurs are strange folks!

One of the really great things found in a New Year is the gift of a clean slate.

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Day one – is a magic moment to “clean house” and start over, to build from what you have learned and make it better (personally and professionally).  I’m excited about “what’s new”  at Carved Solutions for 2014.  I can’t tell you everything because that would ruin the surprises .. and we all know how I love a surprise!

Our year always starts out with the Trade Show Season!  Atlanta’s AmericasMart is our first stop and our first “what’s new” starts here!

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NEW LOCATION: Carved Solutions, Building 3, Floor 4, #616A

Join us for great show specials, new product offerings, and meet a new face (which goes with the British voice you’ve heard on the phone at Carved Solutions over the last year).  Clare, our Business Development Specialist, will be traveling with me for the first time in Atlanta.  I have a feeling she is going to love this new experience and everyone in Atlanta is going to love her British charm (and accent – I love her accent!).

If you are headed to Atlanta, travel safe!  We are looking forward to seeing you and hearing about all the endless possibilities you are going to celebrate and accomplish for 2014!  If you aren’t travelling and would like information just let us know.  Our trade show specials run the entire week.

As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Let’s discover what we can accomplish together!


Smiles always,


Oceans of love!

This time of year I find myself extra grateful, even though it often brings on the overwhelming feeling of painfully missing my beloved Daddy.

Nine years ago…tomorrow, I was still in my 30’s and had the silly thought that time was on our side.  I feel fortunate that Daddy and I never left things unsaid; that we celebrated even the everyday moments together.  I find that I live for the everyday moments now.   I’ve never been one to hold back my feelings of appreciation, love or gratefulness.  Those in my everyday life “suffer” through my hugs, admiration, and my endless gushing for the great things they do and bring into my life.

You can never go wrong when you share your heart and when you honestly connect with another.  The simple things, like a note from a client that I received yesterday signed “Oceans of love,” touch my heart so very deeply and reminded me that we are all so connected.  Those connections quickly become the catalyst to re-energize my gratitude amidst the sense of missing.


It’s that feeling that I hope you find when you give something personal from Carved Solutions or when you open the package and discover someone asked us to make something just for you!   Even if it is those crazy cat videos that tickle your fancy!  We will make something perfect just for you!SSCGS-G Kitty

Everyone deserves to be spoiled and validated.  Those are two moments Carved Solutions proudly participates in every day; it’s a pretty great feeling to know we are helping to create those feelings.

SSTG Vine mono

All of our gifts are individually hand-addressed and custom carved at the time of ordering, nothing is pre-carved and sitting on the shelf.  Which also means, besides being one-of-a-kind, our Vermont made soaps are the freshest bars in the marketplace.  When you have the opportunity to enjoy one of our triple-milled bars you’ll discover the lather is rich and creamy, that the scent is never over-powering or “perfumey”!  You’ll also have the confidence in knowing that our soaps are non-GMO, 100% vegetable-based, phthalate free, paraben free, phosphorous free, gluten free and cruelty free.

Personalized Giving

Our custom carved candles are made in Vermont too.  Each candle is individually hand-poured and made with 100% natural, non-GMO and biodegradable palm and soy waxes.  We use unbleached, all-cotton wicks and the highest quality essential oils because we care about your health and air quality!  Of course each of our personalized candles are phthalate free, dye free and additive free!


We even think about quality when it comes to our personalized pendants!  For all of us at Carved Solutions, making something special has to start with responsible materials and finish with a quality you can trust.

JSS Mono on Wood SRM Cropped

Our Argentium Sterling Silver pendants are so different from the rest.  Each pendant is handcrafted  with eco-source certified Argentium .935 (vs .925) sterling silver; our pendants are beautiful and heirloom quality.  Argentium offers performance not found in regular sterling.  This nickel-free, responsible silver, is highly tarnish and scratch resistant.  The brightness outshines white gold, platinum and traditional sterling silver.  Plus, once you have this pendant in hand you’ll discover how different it is.  Handcrafted by our in-house jewelers we create a pendant that is twice as thick as industry standards.  We want your pendant to last a lifetime and to be beautiful enough to be cherished by future generations.


Even our personalized Acrylic Pendants stand the test of time.  With 20 stylish and trendy colors to choose from, each pendant is custom carved to your desire.  Our in-house jewelry artisans, hand finish each piece with silver or gold leaf.  Carved Solutions created our wear-resistant style to allow you to personalize with confidence.


Tabletop Wine and Strawberries

If you love acrylic tabletop you will be beside yourself with our personalized US MADE unbreakable beverageware.  Each one of our unbreakable products are BPA free, dishwasher safe and virtually unbreakable.  Celebrate in style with quality you can trust!  Even our glass beverageware is US MADE!

Celebrate champagne (2)

Wrap up your gift giving and celebrating with our Vermont made cutting boards and serving trays.  Each piece is handcrafted,  eco-friendly (no bamboo and no formaldehyde), responsibly forested  and personalized to your desire!  Every detail is thought about; even the handles on our serving boards are handcrafted pewter by a New England family!



Carved Solutions’ style is to create and personalize in a way that you can feel great about! From initials, monograms, names and phrases to capturing special fonts, icons and even custom graphics and logos.  We do it all, just for you!

So…here is to celebrating the holidays!  Please be brave and remember to not leave anything left unsaid and remember to celebrate even the everyday moments together because time really is the most precious gift we can give.

Oceans of love,

☼♥ Dawn


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