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with the celebration of winter solstice ahead we are preparing to stay warm (and dry) and enjoying the change of seasons with a new theme… our beloved Solstice theme, lovingly remodeled by hand by Yummy Wakame to take advantage of the many new features we’ve added this past year including last week’s addition of multi-image capability. Some products will still only have one image, especially items we’ve carried for awhile because it will take time to fill them all in.
Back in the old days, when this was a simple hand made site using a simple program I could use any image, any size or shape, I wanted. But when we converted to a dynamic design consistency was required and we set the image size at a puny 200 x 300 px images to keep it lean. Last year we started adding larger images with zoom function and now we can also add multiple images, per color/size, plus we can also play with formats so horizontals and squares will start appearing in addition to our traditional “portrait” orientation. I’m even going back to throwing in some more artistic shots here and there.
Not only are we adding more images to our products on the site these days, we have been showing off our images, and images we like, in places like Pinterest, Chictopia and now Instagram… which, at this time, is just my snaps though our social media Dreamers will all still be keeping an eye in there for new favorite shots and catching comments and tags that I might miss in the flurry of socks that fly by in the average day at SDHQ.
Whether or not the groundhog sees their shadow, it’s still cold and (at least here in Portland) gloomy. And it will be for a while yet! The prescription is warm things and bright things, to cheer you up and keep out the chill.
Layers are key to warmth, and the best first layer is something extra cozy, like fleece-lined tights or leggings.
Warm and wooly socks in any height also go great lengths in keeping your toes toasty.
These and other warm and snuggly styles in our Warm! collection should take care of the physical downers of the season, but what about bright and cheery things to get you through sunless stretches? Well, I’ve got some eye-dazzling options for you after the jump. Read more »
Whew, we’re in the last stretch of December’s holidays, I hope that you’ve all made it this far in one piece! If you’ve still got presents to give and no time left for them to ship, don’t forget that you can give a gift card in an instant with our email gift certificates! You can choose from five different themes, including a gorgeous Solstice design that matches the theme of our site right now!
Along with the month, we’re almost through with the year! It’s crazy how fast 2011 seemed to go and I don’t know about you, but I still can’t quite believe that it’ll be 2012 in a little over a week. I also know that I fully plan on rewarding myself with a sock or two that I’ve been coveting this winter season.
You may think you have socks you’re super desirous of, but when you are around socks all day, getting to touch them and see all of the nearly thousand styles we carry—well, you should see the wishlists some Dreamers knocked out as soon as the option was available. I asked my fellow Dreamers what socky delights they’ve been eyeing and will probably pick up before the end of the year. They were more than happy to share, ‘cause well—we all love socks here! So sit back and get ready to scroll through some delightful sock goodness. Consider it a mini vacation of pretty.
“My favorite socks this season are the Cronert Wooly Rainbows . . . if I was going to treat myself with one pair for making it through this year it would be another pair of those. . . they are super snuggly, soft and really pretty to look at. I have washed and dried mine in the machine, despite the warnings against that, and they came out perfect, soft and stretchy as ever…. they are like little wooly clouds emitting rainbows.”
“By now I have them all, but I was coveting the heck out of all of the mooses and deers.” When asked if it was because of the antlers they replied, “Yes. I must have all the power of antler.”
“I’ve been wanting to try the O Rayons FOREVER because they feel so silky soft– I just haven’t been able to decide on a color to start with; they’re all beautiful!” (I think they should go for Blueberry! It’s my favourite, though I’m also super partial to the Lichen.)
More Dreamer covets and socks worth rewarding yourself with after the jump! Read more »
Before we dive into fun and fancy present ideas, let’s give you the numbers. Based on the information we have from the United States Postal Service, International and Military mail have run out of time to get things shipped to their destinations before December 25th. But for you US residents who want to use our free First Class USPS shipping, you’ll want to get your order in by the afternoon of this Monday, December 19th to be safe. USPS may tell us the 20th is the last day for First Class shipping, but when you’re wanting to be timely, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
For things being sent via USPS Priority mail (which is an extra $5, and free for orders totalling over $50) USPS is telling us the 21st, but you’ll want to make your order by the afternoon of this Tuesday, December 20th to ensure your order arrives in time.
Extra special rush deliveries shipping USPS Express (for $22, which includes insurance) that need to arrive by December 25th need to be made before noon on December 22nd, though again you’ll be safer if you make your order on Wednesday the 21st. All of our prices and expected time for delivery is on our Shipping Information page.
So, even if you’re using our free First Class shipping, you have all weekend to browse and find just the right treats for your loved ones (or yourself). And I know a couple of styles that are perfect gifts for a winter holiday.
The Cronert Button Up Legwarmers are not only cozy and chic, they’re crazy soft and will be one of those pretty presents that a person can’t stop touching.
More snuggly suggestions after the jump and some shopping tips too! Read more »
I love doing these colour wheels, they’re such a great way to dive right into the socks of the season!
Well, not the socks, but the fingerless gloves! Arm warmers don’t quite cut it in cold temperatures, but fingerless gloves like the Acrylic Fingerless Shorties are a great way to keep those fingers warm and still stylish and free to pick up things without fumbling.
(from top right, going clockwise: Peacock, Purple, Vintage Flower, Rust, Marigold, Avocado)
Socks after the jump! And there are some totally scrumptious ones too. Read more »