Tell Us What You Want!

smallOpalandRubyLogoAttention Opal and Ruby blog followers and future Opal And Ruby Gift Emporium shoppers! Plans to open our store front in Fort Wayne, IN are coming right along! Kristin leaves for the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta on Saturday, and we need YOUR input! We have a long list of products and lines that we’ll carry, but we’d love to know if there are any items you’d like to see us carry!

We will have gifts for men, women, and children, as well as some home decor and accessories. We are not concentrating on apparel.

Our goal is to provide clever and thoughtful gifts, as well as exceptional customer service! No better way to get a pulse on the wishes and desires of our shoppers than to go straight to the source! We’d love to hear from you! We invite you to e-mail us your thoughts and ideas at:

Stay warm!

Opal and Ruby

The Art of a “Thank You”


This past weekend, we sat down to write thank you notes for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts we received. Some ettiquitte sites may say we are late with our correspondence, and we tend to agree with them, but we shall fall back on the old cliche, better ‘late’ than never!

Princess Diana wrote thank you notes every evening. Talk about being on top of things! And our grandmother is as equally as punctual with her eloquent and personal notes of gratitude. The art of the thank you note may be lost due to technology, among other conveniences or inconveniences. But, we will say, when we open our mailboxes and find a handwritten ‘thank you’, it brings a smile to our faces. So in this brand new year, we will strive to better show our gratitude in the same fashion as Princess Di and Granny.

If you are inspired as well, here a few tips to help you start writing:

Cathy Leibow, contributor for Huff Post Business, suggests thank you notes should be: Timely, Personal, Specific, Meaningful, and Frequent (when applicable). Dempsey & Carroll, a stationary engraving company, provides a Thank-You Note Guide on their website.The guide provides great insight for content and timing.

Get the kids involved! Teach kids to write thank you letters, and let them enjoy creating a masterpiece that is sure to become a keepsake! This thank you note is from our little buddy, Joe, after he received a birthday bouquet of Coke and balloons! Wouldn’t you feel loved and appreciated if you received this?!


If all else fails, follow the styles of the great William Shakespeare (illustration by Lisa Congdon):


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Kristin and Kelli/Opal and Ruby