• Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer

    By Diana on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    ​As the holidays draw nearer, to-do lists, shopping lists and grocery lists only seem to grow larger. So why not add a little fun to the holiday hustle and bustle by creating one-of-a-kind wrapping paper? Below, we offer three methods for turning every day present wrapping into an enjoyable (and economical) endeavor. Grab your scissors, tape and holiday-themed markers, and start wrapping!

    Materials:
    • Brown craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Metallic markers
    • Bows, ribbon, string and other present décor
     
    Steps:
    1. Grab your craft paper and roll out a nice, long sheet, big enough to cover your entire gift
    2. Cut a straight line at the far end to separate your piece from the roll
    3. Grab your markers and choose one of the three designs below
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      Design One: Dancing the Polka  

      Simple, clean and oh-so-trendy, gold polka dots will add fun and festive flair to your favorite gifts. Start by randomly placing gold dots throughout your empty sheet of paper. Keep the dots spaced somewhat evenly and, for the tidiest look, uniform in size. Once you’re comfortable with the look of the sheet, wrap your present the standard way—by folding the ends and taping the seams. We added tan and green garden twine for a naturally-pretty finish.

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      Design Two: Not-So-Fine Lines

      This playful design will let your creativity run wild. Start by drawing a straight line across the center of your sheet. Continue to add other horizontal line elements—from dots, to festive arrows, to holiday-inspired text—without trying too hard to keep your designs straight and even. Your “freehand” will add a homemade twist! Finish wrapping with a bright bow (we chose red for a fun pop of color).

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      Design Three: Holiday joyride

      Fun to make and to receive, this colorful design works with virtually any combination of holiday markers. Start at the top of your sheet and let your hand do the work, creating mismatched “hoops” in a diagonal fashion. Much like design two, you’ll want to focus on random spacing and uneven lines—this approach will add a creative touch to your gift! Once you reach the bottom corner of your sheet, wrap your present and add a simple bow; we chose white baker’s twine.

      There you have it! Three simple solutions to take care of your holiday wrapping needs. Happy wrapping—and happy holidays!

       

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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    The holidays can be both a joyful and chaotic time of year. Families get together—a lovely experience, but when we’re hosting relatives and coordinating gift exchanges, a sense of obligation can crowd out some of our jollier feelings. There’s often so much doing that we don’t make time for being together.
     
    Here are a few simple ways you can mindfully plan your holidays and spread feelings of kindness and compassion liberally this season:
     
    Have A Mindful Potluck
    Cutting down on cooking is not a cop out. Extending the invitation to family and friends to bring their favorite recipes into your home is a great conversation starter—after all, we all have a few recipes passed down to us from our grandparents. Potlucks also cut down on worries you might have about guests not enjoying the food. You can extend your generosity a bit further by coordinating your potluck with the fundraising efforts of local food organizations.
     
    Dodge The Dogfights
    Getting together with relatives can be a real joy, but it can also create many challenges. There are lots of unspoken expectations about the holidays. And sometimes when we visit relatives, we feel like we’re a teenager again and not an adult. And the personalities! When with family, stick to topics you can all agree on. 
     
    Have A Gift-Light Holiday
    For some of us, giving gifts is as essential as the star on the top of the tree. But the stress of looking for the right “thing” can eclipse actually seeing and talking to the people we’re buying for. Happiness can’t be wrapped up in a bow. Instead of obsessing over what to get someone, consider that the perfect gift might be your presence. You can also give a gift as a family: do some volunteer work together, or take some time at the year’s end to send donations to organizations you care about. 

    By practicing a few of these quick-and-simple suggestions, you can make the most of your family time—and holiday time—this winter.
     
    Visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. Happy holidays!
     
     
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  • Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In

    By Diana on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    When the leaves begin to fall, the air starts to turn bitter and the holiday hustle and bustle emerges, we can’t help but savor the season. Why? Because the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to eat, travel, socialize and, for many of us, uncover our inner crafter.

    Now just days before the heartiest holiday of the year, we decided to embark on a fun and festive decoration celebration. Looking  to “spice up” your home for Thanksgiving? Take a look below—and start crafting!

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      A Warm and Welcoming Wreath

      Before your guests eat your food, sit at your table and see your decorations, make them feel welcome with a handcrafted holiday wreath. We decorated ours with a collection of materials from our own backyard...and you can, too! From bright-red berries to fluffy wheat grass, your surroundings offer a never-ending supply of DIY materials. Let’s get started.

      Materials: Grapevine wreath starter, ribbon, foam board, door hanger, berry twigs, wheat grass

      Tools: Scissors, cutting knife, hot glue
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Gather Loose Materials. We chose bright-red berries for a playful pop of color.
       
      2. Arrange Your Pieces. For a strong hold, trim berries and leaves from the bottom of your branches before sticking them into the wreath. As long as your materials have a formidable stem, you should have no problem keeping your décor in place.
       
      3. Trim Your Ribbon. Remember to cut more ribbon than you think you'll need; long, flowing tails work best!
       
      4. Tie Your Bow. Make two bunny ears, loop them together, pull tight—you know the drill! Don’t forget to tie the bow around your door hanger so it perfectly slides onto the top of your wreath.
       
      5. Cut and Glue Your Letter. Grab a piece of foamboard and trace a large letter for the center of your wreath. Then pick up your cutting knife and follow the edge of the letter. Once finished, your letter should slightly overlap the inside edge of your wreath. Secure your freshly-cut foam by dropping a dab of hot glue on the overlapping pieces of your letter; hold firmly until dry.
       
      6. Hang and Enjoy. Fluff the ears of your ribbon, hook the door hanger under your wreath and display your creation for the world to see!
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      ​A Table for (More Than) Two

      Of course, the food that will be eaten on your table means more than the table itself. But why not add a little personality to your display? Before gathering and arranging a few household decorations, and building your very own tablescape, join us in creating a festive pinecone placeholder. 
       
      Materials: Pinecones, spray paint, cardstock
       
      Tools: Cutting knife, printer
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find the Right Fit. Scan your yard for a perfect set of pinecones—plump, skinny, short or tall. Gather one for each guest.

      2. Spray-Paint the Tips. Start by choosing your desired color (we think metallics work best). Head into a wide open space in your yard and lightly spray the ridges of your pine cones. Let each dry for 25-30 minutes.

      3. Design Your Namecards. Pick a font, type in your guest’s names and print away. Then grab your cutting knife and trim each card into a 4” x 2” rectangle.

      4. Arrange Your Table. Place your namecards into the ridges of each pinecone. Then finish your table with a host of fun accessories: string lights, vintage lanterns, mason jars, acorns...
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      A Taste of the Outdoors

      Before we wrap up our crafting extravaganza, we have a few loose ends to tie. What's next? Bring the outdoors in with a pair of adventurous terrariums. Grab your scissors, head outside and start cutting—you have some last-minute crafting to do!

      Materials: Glass containers, berries, twigs, pumpkins, wheat grass, other outdoor finds
       
      Tools: Scissors
       
      Steps:
       
      1. Find Your Container. We repurposed an existing “mini greenhouse” and round terrarium, but don’t worry—almost any glass container will work as a substitute. Grab a Mason jar, flower vase or tall bowl instead.

      2. Collect Your Materials. We chose pumpkins, moss, red berries and anything else we could find while roaming our campus.

      3. Arrange to Perfection. Take your time arranging your items. We went for an asymmetrical approach in the greenhouse, using a pumpkin to frame the display, and simplicity with the terrarium, pairing our bright-red berries with a subtle "Baby Boo" pumpkin.

      4. Find the Perfect Spot. From the center of your dining room table to the edge of your counter, these terrariums will bring a taste of fall into your holiday-ready kitchen.
       
      From everyone at Dansko, we wish you a Happy Holiday! Whether you make a pinecone placeholder, a red-berry wreath, an inventive terrarium or all the above, we hope you find joy in the craft-making process.  
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  • The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape

    By Meghan on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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    ​This summer, showcase your party-planning passion with a jubilant tablescape, ready for a memorable Fourth of July celebration. From American flag pennants to decorative fireworks, and from strawberry and blueberry shortcake to watermelon hors d’oeuvres, turn your Independence Day into a fun and festive bash.

    How, you may ask?

    For starters, we recommend pairing your favorite summer outfit with a pair of sandals from our Vista collection, complete with a cork footbed, adjustable uppers and countless color options (like red crackle, ivory, and blue). While decorating, cooking and entertaining your guests, you will experience all-day comfort and support, made possible by our long-wearing Vista sandals.
     
    Once you’re dressed for the big day, jump into action by setting your table. Below, we offer a few decorating tips to help you along in the process. But don’t take our word for it—find your table and decorate away!
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      Mix patterns and shapes
      On Independence Day, stars and stripes cover anything from tabletop decorations to summer t-shirts. So why not mix up your palette with an assortment of red, white and blue patterns—like polka dot or plaid? The result: a Fourth of July tablescape with a bold, eclectic flavor.

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      Add a vintage touch 
      Sort through your attic—or your local flea market—for antique decorations with a summer flair. We’re talking old soda bottles, wooden milk crates, worn-out baseballs, vintage mason jars and other fun novelty items. Pair your classic decorations with modern tableware for a perfectly-balanced display.

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      Uncover your inner crafter
      Think like an artist and turn simple decorations into creative summer staples. Paint thick, solid stripes on a traditional tin vase; turn patterned scrapbook paper into playful pinwheels; or use fun buttons and letters to create hanging pennants. Regardless of your craft, delight in the accomplishment of attractive (and festive) homemade decorations. 

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      Incorporate subtle summer flowers
      To counter your red, white and blue color scheme, handpick a bouquet of simple-yet-elegant summer flowers, including daisies, hydrangea, lilacs, assorted greens and other light-colored fillers. Your bouquet will radiate refreshing summer colors, creating beautiful symmetry with your bright and bold decorations.

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      Decorate with food
      While decorations play a pivotal role in bringing your table to life, no party is complete without delicious summer food. Add festive hors d'oeuvres to your Independence Day display by making a flag design out of cheese, watermelon and blueberries. Or, for a savory twist, toss a salad with goat cheese, strawberries and blueberries. 


      Whether you go utterly classic, completely modern or somewhere in-between, we encourage you to make the most of your Fourth of July party. Plan well, work hard, and have tons of fun—all the while sporting your comfy Vista sandals. Happy Independence Day!

       

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  • Mother's Day 2014: Why Do We Celebrate Mom?

    By Nick on Thursday, May 08, 2014

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    ​On Mother’s Day, we celebrate mothers, grandmothers, mentors, mothers-to-be and every other hard-working mom. Why? Because they deserve recognition on Mother’s Day—and all-year round!

    This year, we sat down with three Dansko employees to ask one simple question: “Why do you celebrate Mother’s Day?” We heard stories filled with emotion, gratitude and excitement, though each response came back to one common thread: at Dansko, we see Mother’s Day as an opportunity to stop, reflect, and recognize mom for her steady support. 

    Below, we share a few of the reasons we will celebrate mom this year:

    Terry H., Sales: "On Mother’s Day, I celebrate my wife, Amy, for her tremendous work as a loving and caring mom of our two energetic girls. Because the three of us probably don’t express our gratitude enough, we will take this day to say ‘thank you’ for her hard work, dedication and sacrifice.”

    Deb C., Customer Service: “I’m thrilled to celebrate my daughter-in-law and her family. Between school, work, sports, fundraisers, and community service events, they constantly find themselves on the run, so we like to relax with great company and a delicious meal. I thought being a mother was enjoyable—but being a grandmother is even better!"
     
    Jessica B., Accounts Receivable: “This year, I will celebrate something new—the miracle of being a mother-to-be. Every time my baby flutters, flips or kicks, I can feel my anticipation rising to meet her. I am filled with unbelievable excitement about the joy she will bring to my family.”
     

    We encourage you to answer this question for yourself—and then spread the love to the mother figure in your life.

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