The Dandelion Patch

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swoon-worthy Stationary

When you find a design you love, don't you just want to put it on everything? With Hampton Paper Designs, you can do just that!

Join us for a Hampton Paper Trunk Show this weekend!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Where / When?

Vienna location from 12PM - 2PM

Reston location from 3PM - 5PM

And, we'll give you free return address stickers for free with every purchase! A perfect gift for teachers and grads!

See you on Saturday!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Heidi's Picks for the Week of April 27th!

Like mother, like daughter . . .

In the days preceeding Mother's Day, some of us are awash with guilt about purchasing the PERFECT gift for our own mothers. Now that we share the same title with our own kiddos, we know the importance of acknowledging the ONE day dedicated to being an official nose-wiper, generous hugger, consummate cheerleader and general craft-queen. Thus, we are determined to find that extra-special something to say "thanks for being my mom," and hope that our offspring will follow suit. Well lucky for me, this year I hit pay-dirt as I stumbled across Trollbeads. These beads have it all -- part charm bracelet (circa 2010), part unique artisan culture (each irresistable bead is individually crafted by hand), and part personal love story (each interchangeable charm has a story). Trust me when I say these are MAGIC beads that will leave every mother spellbound for years to come. (Now, can someone make sure to share this post with my kids!)

If wit and a bit of humor is more your speed, then add this "been there, done that" book to your Mother's Day bundle. With chapters titled "The Fake Cupcake Problem," and "Oh my god, I don't want to color right now," this self-help guide will share the secrets of moms across the country (but of course, not mine!). With the goal of diagnosing the craziness and offering practical solutions to the madness called motherhood, I am convinced that the authors must have put video cameras in my home to witness my life and decided that it was funny enough to print. Thank god they changed the names to protect my privacy! (Just kidding, dearest family!). In any case, "I was a Good Mom Before I Had Kids" is sure to hit a chord or two with every mom this season. If not, then they are probably not "Modern Moms," are they?

For that end of day "happy hour," what mother doesn't need a Lilly Pulitzer cocktail shaker in either "Juice Bar" or "Shaken Up" patterns. I must admit that ever since Sex and the City introduced me to a fabulous liquid concoction called the Cosmopolitan, I have been enamored with cocktail shakers. With their perfectly preppy color palette, Lilly Pulitzer has made the "Lilly-things" count this time. Add a bottle of her favorite vodka, a coupon for a Girls-Night-Out baby sitter, and you will have one happy, hot momma! Who's in?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Super Scout Savings for One Day Only!

Join us this Saturday, April 25th for the Scout Trunk Show from 10AM - 4PM at both of our stores, Reston and Vienna! You won't want to miss these trunk show savings!
  • Buy $75 and get a FREE 'Lil Slim Laptop sleeve or Doggie Bag Lunch Tote
  • Enter to win a rolling duffle bag worth $95 with every Scout purchase
  • Buy 5 items and get another of the same style FREE!

See you this Saturday, for the One Day Only Super Scout Savings Sale!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heidi's Picks for Earth Day

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! To celebrate, I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite to give (and receive!)

For your favorite administrative professional:

This year, Earth Day (April 22) falls exactly one day after Administrative Professionals Day. Usually my husband purchases the "standard" floral arrangement for his assistant. But this year, I talked him into giving "green" flowers. These darling packages provide everything you need to start a beautiful windowsill or patio garden and are made with high-quality eco-friendly components. From lavender to sunflowers, you won't go wrong with a gift that comes with its own rice hull pot and to / from tag. They are even made in the USA, so we can be patriotic too!

For the special lady in your life:

Ok, fashion divas . . . this green product has your name written all over it (literally)! As I've mentioned before, I am a complete sucker for anything personalized but these bags are not your average fashion statement - they are also a mission statement! Queen Bea bags are woven from a plant that kills the rivers in Thailand, and thus the eco-system of the area. More importantly, these straw bags are made by Thai women who have taken the opportunity to improve their weaving skills and financial independence without leaving their communities. So you see, this is a gift that keeps on giving. (Hint: that's the story you need to tell your husband when you buy one for your friend, and one for you!)

For that greeting card you need to put in the mail TODAY:
We all do it. We procrastinate on sending well wishes through the mail. So I thought that if perhaps I could offer ONE additional reason that sending a card is good (other than the obvious of making someone happy), maybe we might all get off our sofas and actually mail some positive vibes across the globe. Green card products are "green manufactured to leave the smallest possible environmental footprint. Plus, 10% of the profits are donated to organizations that protect our environment and fight global warming. But honestly, my favorite part of this greeting card line are the "green tips" on the back. For instance, Tip #17. Put green plants in your office. Plants cheer the place up, improve air quality, absorb toxic gasses from office equipment and maintain humidity. (Did you read my #1 pick yet?) Hope is in the cards (get it?). Send some today!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Attention Brides - Your Carriage Awaits!

Leave for your honeymoon in style!

Purchase your wedding invitations between April 19th - April 30th, 2010 and you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE rountrip transfer to the airport from Reston Limousine.

Qualifying purchases include:
  • Wedding invitations
  • Save the dates
  • Envelope addressing
  • Programs
  • Placecards, menus, table cards
  • Caligraphy services
  • Favors
  • Bridesmaids' gifts

Make your purchase today for a chance to win!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Heidi's Picks

Every week, I make special gift suggestions for I Am Modern Magazine. I hope you enjoy my picks for this week!

For a co-worker, teacher, someone in the hospital or simply someone who needs a smile:

These darling flowers don't just dance from side-to-side, they bring good cheer to anyone who watches them. I have on sitting on my desk as I write this and the rythmic swaying is quietly relaxing (thank goodness!). However, the best news is that they operate sunny-side up (solar-powered), are allergy-free (contain no pollen), and require no watering! Don't worry, bee happy with these adorable dancing flowers!

For me!

I have never met anyone who enjoys doing the dishes and I am no exception. But, with this brightly-colored flower brush dish, I can convince my kids to "help me out" with this chore! Talk about Flower Power! Ahh, so smart for me, so fun for the young ones! It even looks pretty sitting on your kitchen counter and doesn't collect germs like your weathered sponge.
For the wee ones:
As the days get warmer, and your grass begins to need a little extra water, try this "sprinkler" on for size. This blossom bright sprinkler toy has a dozen little flowers that move with the water and guarantee to soak any bystander. Perfect for a warm (and wet!) day, this toy will make a big splash as a kid's birthday gift or a sanity gift for any parent needing a summer activity for their offspring. Just hook it up to any water hose, turn on the faucet and listen to the favorite noise of the season - the squeals of delight from children of all ages. (WARNING! This toy may bring every child from within a 2-mile radius to your yard. Make lemonada accordingly).

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Monday, April 12, 2010

A Perfect Gift for Mother's Day!

Simply Create Photography returns to take spring portraits at The Dandelion Patch in Reston this Saturday, April 17th, 2010 from 10AM - 3PM. This is a great opportunity to get a professional portrait done for only $50!
But, you need to act fast - there are only 5 appointment slots available. Each portrait session lasts about 20 minutes. To reserve your spot, please email us at
We hope to see you this Saturday in our Reston, VA store.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Celebrate your Administrative Professional!

Win a Fabulous Prize for your Favorite Administrative Professional!

Submit a letter stating why the person you're nominating deserves to win the honor of Best Administrative Professional!

Does she go above and beyond on a daily basis?

Is he extremely reliable and able to step up to the plate at a moment's notice?

How to enter:

Submit your letter of recognition, Attn: Admin Contest by email to or by fax to 703-471-0184.

All submissions must be made by Thursday, April 15th, 2010. The winners will be notified on Friday, April 16th. Prizes may be redeemed on a day of the winners' choosing.

Grand Prize:

Limousine for 4 - to / from lunch

Reston Limousine

Lunch for 4

Morton's The Steakhouse

Vera Bradley Bag

The Dandelion Patch

First Runner Up

Catered lunch for up to 10

Celebrations Catering

Flowers for conference table

Karin's Florist

Second Runner Up

8 person outing at Dulles Fun & Golf

Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heidi's Picks for the Week!

Each week, I make special gift suggestions for I Am Modern Magazine. I hope you enjoy my picks for this week!

For the hostess:

This weekend as I came home from spring break, I was scared that I might have missed my favorite time of year in DC - the time of the cherry blossoms. As if to thank me for returning, the delicate white flowers celebrated my arrival along the roads home. Because of my fondness of the icon, my all-time favorite hostess gift is a Mariposa napkin box with the cherry blossom napkin with the small bird weight. These napkin boxes are a simple, yet beautiful way to display Caspari cocktail napkins for every party and for every season.

For the "tween" gal:

I can't believe my little girl is one small foot away from growing into an official "tween." Gone are the princess tea parties and the Barbie dolls. Hello to Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez! So, when I am looking for a perfect gift for any of her gal pals, I have gotten the "approval" from her that these mini spa wraps from Three Cheers are "cool" enough to give to her friends. Getting the perfect gift for a tween = $34.50. Becoming a "rock star" gift giver in the eyes of your daughter = priceless!

For the little one:
I must admit that I am somewhat of a sleep-nazi when it comes to my kids sleep. Anything that makes them ease into slumber is a winner in my book. These Twilight Turtles are part night-light, part education on endangered seal animals, part constellatio tutor. With a 45-minute auto shut-off, these turtles display the night sky and its' starry glory onto the ceiling giving your child a soothing educational display to look at while he's winding down for the night. Not into Nemo's friend, Crush (the turtle)? Not to fret. These award-winning nightlights also come in a ladybug design so she'll be snug as a bug until morning.