News from Special Ideas

New Since Last Ayyam-I-Ha

New since last ayyamiha In addition to all of the Bicentenary materials we created this year, we also designed four new T-shirts (posted next week), two tools for helping people stay calm, two new buttons, a garden flag, a virtues coloring book, two card games, assorted jewelry, and several new prayer beads. So if you are looking for a gift that you know they didn't get last year, check out the new products described below, or just go to our New Products Page and see them all.  If you don't care if it is new, visit our Gift Ideas for Children page or our Gift Ideas for [...]

January 21st, 2020|

Martin Luther King Day 2020

No room in my Heart for Prejudice I'm afraid that I sold out of all three of my Race Unity pamphlets last year, but I've added several new "No Room for Prejudice" materials that you can hand out at any community event. This campaign is 23 years old this year, and it seems like every single year it becomes more relevant. It still has the power to touch hearts and inspire conversations.  Click here to see ALL of our materials using this theme. no room in my heart for prejudice t-shirt T-Shirts Back in Stock! Due to technical difficulties, [...]

January 8th, 2020|

Courage T & Calendar Sale

Courage is needed dragon T-shirt front design This is the third and last (for now) in my series of new T-shirts for kids, designed to promote virtues. They have all been just as popular with adults, and this one promises to be no exception. Four color options Our "Courage Is Needed" shirt reminds us that courage is more than fighting dragons. It is about being honest, forgiving, hopeful, serene, loyal, kind – and a whole lot more. Courage is about being true to yourself and having integrity when other people pressure you to abandon your values. As [...]

December 31st, 2019|

Virtues Word Search T-Shirt

Here is a tongue-in-cheek virtues T-shirt that encourages people to look for the good within themselves and others. It was inspired by those silly FaceBook posts that say “The first word you see describes you” (or describes the year you will have, etc.) Virtues Word Search T on Royal Blue The words that most people will see will be “loving” and “friendly.” This will make the reader feel good, but then at the bottom, the shirt claims the other 27 virtues for the wearer. That will make people laugh. Then comes the fun of trying to find all of [...]

December 24th, 2019|

Illumine My Heart T-Shirt

I have decided to discontinue all of my laser-print T-shirt designs, so I needed some new designs to replace them - especially for kids. I posted this idea on Face Book and the response was overwhelming, with almost 250 "likes" 130 comments and 20 shares. We discussed shirt colors, gender preferences and virtue choices and came up with something that (almost) everyone loved. I hope you do too. Illumine My Heart T-shirt Illumine my heart  Inspired by an old translation of a favorite prayer, the design reminds us that it is our virtues that make our hearts shine. [...]

December 17th, 2019|

Garden Flags

It is time to put the "Winter" side of our garden/door flag facing out to welcome all of your holiday guests - whether it is kids home from college,  family visiting from places afar, or neighbors singing carols. This "WeR1 (We are one) Family" four-seasons flag will make them feel right at home. WeR1 Family Welcome Flag, Winter colors. The Winter Colors are perfect for this time of year The red, green, blue and white are the most dramatic of the four color combinations. They really add life to the gray, white and green winter landscape. [...]

December 12th, 2019|

Teaching Courage

Teaching Courage When your kids trust you, it is easier for them to take the risks necessary to develop courage and become brave. Here's how it works: There is a difference between being brave and having courage. When you are brave, you are not afraid. To have courage is to feel the fear, but to do what needs to be done anyway because the goal is worthwhile. You can't become brave without first having courage, and trust is a big part of that step. How to Develop Courage: Imagine your child is standing at the end of a [...]

December 3rd, 2019|

Gratitude And Generosity

Thanksgiving Dinner This week many of us will take time out of our busy schedules to feel grateful for the many good things in our lives. Soon afterwards, we will begin to think about how generous we want to be towards the people in our lives. These two virtues — gratitude and generosity — form a cycle of virtue that can attract love and happiness into our families, or can become an endless cycle of obligation, disappointment and resentment. It all depends on whether you focus on the value of the THING being given and received, or [...]

November 26th, 2019|

Games For The Holidays

In the next three months there will be multiple opportunities to get family and friends together. Life Dice is a great way to get conversations rolling between generations. Two dice, six questions and six ways to answer create dozens of combinations to get you thinking, talking and laughing together. This is a nice alternative to the annual "what are you grateful for this year." All of the questions relate to meaningful experiences and will help people get to know each other better and feel closer. HOW you answer is as much fun as WHAT you answer, with "sing or chant" being my [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Twin Holy Birthdays

Happy Holy Days!  I hope that the celebrations you have already held were successful, and that the ones yet to come are inspiring. Tuesday and Wednesday are Holy Days, so we will be closed. The next trip to the Post Office will be Thursday morning. I will probably have a backlog of orders and  may not get them all out, (I will only have from sunset Wednesday till midnight to pack them all).  So if you are in a hurry, say so in the customer notes field and I will try to get your order out first. Orders sent [...]

October 29th, 2019|