Wednesday, May 31, 2017

History in the Making

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." -Ursula LeGuin
Keep your loved ones close to your heart.

"Grandma, tell me again about the time when you were little..."

"Dad, will you show me that newspaper clipping again?"

We all have family stories that we treasure. We listened to them as children, amused and even awestruck that our parents and grandparents were once our age. And as parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles, we share them with our little ones. Sometimes they were illustrated, literally and figuratively. This blogger still treasures her great-grandmother's wedding portrait, her grandfather's dog tags from World War II and her grandmother's yearbook from 1944, her photo captioned "Charming, Sweet and Debonair" -- all cherished not just as objects, but for the stories they inspire.

This article from The Atlantic discusses the rich benefits of "family storytelling": the more detail and interaction, the better. In fact, studies show that when parents reminisce with preschoolers in detailed ways, the children learn to share "richer, more complete narratives to other adults one to two years later." And these enhanced narrative skills serve them well throughout their young life, from processing complex academic material to bolstering their self-esteem and coping skills.

In that spirit, we treasure our line of NanoRosetta custom medallions, capturing your stories in 3-D optical difractives. Family photos old and new. Yearbooks. Certificates. All etched in a beautiful keepsake that will last forever, sustaining family stories through every generation.

Stop in and see us for our beautiful design options, including collages and custom borders.

And stay tuned for Father's Day ideas!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wacky Wedding Round-Up!

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day!
Perfectly Pandora!

Good Ol' Mama Nature surprised us here in Rochester with hailstorms, but we hope the Sunday surprises poured upon you were more pleasant - and we hope they didn't include any spilled coffee from young hands bringing you breakfast in bed! Did you receive something special from People's Pottery from your husband, children, or mother? Perhaps a Pandora keepsake, Kiss & Dream diamond, NanoRosetta medallion, serving piece for the kitchen, accent piece for the living room, souvenir for the nursery...or a gift certificate that gives you a reason to stop in and see us? Comment below or send us a Facebook message!

Some locals believe the Lilac Festival marks the unofficial start of summer in Rochester. We love summer for many reasons, but mainly because it's wedding season. In that spirit, we've compiled the best of "Wacky Wedding" wisdom from around the Web. We'd like to raise a glass to:

Private photo originally published on Huffington Post

1. This woman who wore her wedding ring for an entire year...without even knowing it. The stone was tucked into a pine necklace that her boyfriend had made her; then he popped the seal AND the question. We believe this serves as true testament to the couple's commitment: him for crafting the necklace and her for not losing it!

2. These intrepid souls and kindred spirits who got married at the top of their game...on Mount Everest. They exchanged vows and rings at 17,000 feet and minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit. If you thought your wedding was an epic adventure...check out the Instagram feed.

3. The inventor of prosecco and Rosé popsicles. We can't think of a better refresher to serve guests who are thirsty for something new (but not old, borrowed or blue).

4. The menagerie of puppies, llamas (yes, llamas...they clean up nice) and unicorns that can attend your wedding for a that's sometimes donated to animal causes.

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Remember, we are here each day to make your engagement and wedding just as unique and memorable...even if you scale Cobb's Hill instead of Mount Everest, or decide to go with peonies instead of puppies. From Benchmark wedding bands to dazzling Kiss & Dream Diamonds, our selection offers superior craft and quality at the best prices in town. Stop in and see for yourself!