What to Give: At A House Warming!

 Our address plaque featured here in our popular deep brown with warm accents of blue, teal and orange.  Great for a variety of styles and color pallets. 

Our address plaque featured here in our popular deep brown with warm accents of blue, teal and orange.  Great for a variety of styles and color pallets. 

What to give at your next housewarming party!

Housewarmings are tough!  They are exciting markers of friendship, adulthood and next steps in life.  There's nothing a new homeowner regrets more about housewarming parties like bad gifts.  Nobody wants more clutter.  Up your gift giving game with these amazing modern and handmade alternatives from our etsy shops below!  

 
 Click the image to visit this listing on Etsy.

Click the image to visit this listing on Etsy.

Our address plaques make incredibly thoughtful gifts for new homeowners.  In addition to housewarming gifts, these also make incredible closing gifts for clients.  We work with a variety of high end realtors across the country who offer our products to their clients as a signature gift.  Because we make all of our products to order by hand, we can customize to any of your needs or interests.  We can include your zip code, company name or special note in our packaging. 

Our house numbers come in a variety of colors ranging from neutral like the sage green address plaque featured above to beach and nautical themed designs like the raised starfish and seashell design featured in the images on the right above.  Available colors include gray, purple, black, cobalt blue, sage green, teal, brown and red.  New designs and color combinations are constantly being tested and released.  

 

Our adorable key plates are perfect gifts for new homeowners.  Give along with a gift for a locksmith or local hardware store for key copies.  In addition to being beautiful, the gift is incredibly thoughtful, functional, and serves a variety of purposes.  Display year round with a votive candle, or use as the designated 'key spot' on your counter as you enter the house.  All of our products are food safe and perfect for a quick snack!

 First home, First apartment and simple 'home' ornaments make great housewarming gifts or realtor closing gifts! Display year round or at Christmas time seasonally.  

First home, First apartment and simple 'home' ornaments make great housewarming gifts or realtor closing gifts! Display year round or at Christmas time seasonally.  

We also have adorable ornaments reading 'Home', 'First Home', and 'First Apartment' available in our etsy shop and here on our website.  These ornaments are perfect because they offer our clients our beautiful, unique, handmade touch at a more affordable price point.  Additionally, some of our larger items like the house number signs or family name signs can be difficult to gauge when you are uncertain of the recipients specific taste or home decor style.  These ornaments are the perfect in between and look great displayed all year long, or seasonally at Christmas time.  

We offer two variations in this charcoal gray sign reading 'blessed' and 'thankful' on our etsy shop!  These are made to order but we occasionally have one in stock for quick shipping.  These signs make great entry way decor or any living space.  The border is accented with our beautiful lace mosaic and distressed to reveal all of the beautiful texture.

What to give: at a baby shower!

Knowing what to give at a baby shower can a difficult decision to navigate- especially when the options seem limited and over done.  New moms can only receive so many burp cloths, binkys, blankets, copies of 'What to Expect When You're Expecting', Diaper Genies, bibs and onesies. Mix up your gift giving routine with one of our modern alternatives!

Mobiles make excellent gifts for any nursery!  The best part? Every mobile we create is one of a kind.  No two are the same! Shop available styles while they last by clicking here or the image above. 

Unlike traditional nursery name decor, our adorable name signs can be purchased in a variety of color combinations here on our website by clicking here, or our etsy shop by clicking the photo above. 

Tiffany Blue Hand or Foot Print Kit

Our baby hand and foot print kits are by far the most popular baby gift we offer.  The recipient presses their child's hand or foot into the model magic clay kit provided.  From that impression, we create these gorgeous ornaments.  Click here to see all of the available styles and colors. 


Our hand print kits come in two main styles, organic and circular.  Our circle cut prints are not to exceed 4 inches and are intended for newborns, where as our organically cut prints are suitable for prints up to 4.5 inches with an added cost of $5 per inch.  Generally speaking hand prints in our organic style design work well for newborns through toddlers.  Older children can be printed upon request at the additional cost per inch of print.  

Our organic cut prints are available in a solid or distressed finish, your choice at checkout.  They feature a quarter inch border and hang from natural twine.  Our circle ornaments are also strung from the same natural twine and feature a solid finish of color around each raised hand or foot print in the center of each design.

When you order a print kit, you will receive a package containing the following items:

  • A package of model magic clay.
  • Instructions.
  • A copy of your order.
  • A Pre-paid and addressed mailing box with which to return your prints. 

The person receiving the package will fill out the required form and create impressions of their child's hand or foot using the package of model magic clay provided.  We have a video here demonstrating the entire process!  Once the clay is removed from the package, do your best to flatten the clay into a smooth patty.  It may be best to have a friend or adult present to help you with the process.  You then press the child's hand or foot into the clay patty and set aside to dry.  

Once the print is dry, package it into the materials provided, and mail it back in the pre-paid box to us.  Once we receive your model magic prints, your ceramic prints are typically completed in a 4- 6 week period.  We tend to finish closer to the 4 week mark but say 4-6 weeks to account for our often unpredictable New England weather for drying times and humidity. 

Unlike traditional 'do it yourself' kits using plaster or homemade clays which naturally deteriorate over time, your prints will be created using a low fire ceramic and kiln fired.  Ceramic prints last a lifetime (unless of course you break them).  See below an image of our mail order print on display.  Ornaments can be Christmas related, but look great displayed all year round in any living space.   Hang in the window, inside a frame in our babies nursery, or from a tea hook down your busiest hallway. 

 Pictured on top of the commemorative photo and poem for her nephew's baptism.

Pictured on top of the commemorative photo and poem for her nephew's baptism.

Not celebrating human children? Not quite ready for human kids just yet?  Celebrate your fur babies in the same way with our pet paw print kits!  Same exact process, slightly different result (4 fingers, not 5?)- you get the idea. Our pet paw print kits are available here on our website and also in our etsy shop! Click here to see what we have to offer on etsy, or the photo to be directed to our page here at InGodWeTrustCeramics.com.

Navigating all of our Etsy stores and products!

What's the deal with all of your Etsy stores and products?!

We get this question a lot given our multiple sites for purchasing all of the hand made items we have to offer!  While we offer  variety of products ranging from baby name signs, address signs and baby hand and foot print kits to go, we also offer a number of one of a kind items exclusively through our Etsy shops.  In order to ease the experience of our clients, we've created several Etsy stores that sell specific items related to the following occasions including baby gifts for baby showers and nursery decor, wedding items like favors and wedding platters, and real estate related items like House number signs, home signs and first home ornaments.   In addition to these occasion specific stores, we also service our clients through our main etsy shop where all items are listed, and our main website here.  

Our baby name and hand or foot print kits by mail are available through our main etsy shop by clicking here, or our specific baby shop by clicking here.  

 

One of a kind items like this gorgeous wheel thrown mug can be found by clicking here.  One of our co-owners loves throwing these one of a kind beauties and sells them as she goes.  Shop while you can!  New mugs made available bi-monthly.  

There are other mugs available in our 'mug' section on our etsy shops left menu.  Click here to view all available one of a kind mug options!

 

We also offer a variety of baby name signs for nursery doors and walls on both our regular etsy shop, and our specific nursery shop!  Ceramic baby name nursery signs are available in a variety of colors and designs, including traditional pinks and blues to neutral grays, greens and yellows.  Click here to see what we have to offer in our baby etsy shop! 

Our house number signs are by far the most popular item we sell on both our main website here, and both of our etsy shops featuring the address plaque designs.  Click here to shop them in our specific realtor gift and house warming party related etsy shop!  Also visit our main shop here to view all of our current offerings. 

 

Say "I Do!" To gorgeous, one of a kind wedding favors, bridal shower gifts, or gifts for bridesmaids, maids of honor, and mothers of the brides and grooms.  Our Etsy shop dedicated to bridal related ceramic items features platters, vases, ornaments and plates perfect for every wedding occasion.  Click here to view all of our offerings in our wedding Etsy shop!

Co-Owner Bianca makes adorable clothing and home decor items!  Check out her Etsy shop and see all she has to offer!  From throw pillows to shift dresses, we've got you covered as well.  With a focus on sustainable fashion, every item is made to order or created using textile waste.  Click here to see more from Clothes Horse Clothing!

Please never hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding our handmade products!  We are always coming up with new product and posting one of a kind items on our etsy shop.  As always, visit us here 24/7 for our regular collection items!  As always, thanks for shopping small <3

Hand and Foot Print Impressions in Clay

Local? Stop by our Sister Studio in Barrington RI and let us create beautiful hand and foot print impressions in wet clay.  We offer a variety of size and design styles to compliment your home and personality.  Babies are more than pink, green or blue. We offer parent and child hand print inside handprint, and sibling prints as well.  Clay impressions are by appointment only so be sure to call to book ahead.  Wet clay prints take 4-6 weeks to complete due to drying time and multiple firings. All materials used are lead free, non-toxic and water based so they will not stain skin or clothing.  All info is available on our sister site http://www.weirdgirlcreations.com/baby-hand--foot-impressions.html  If you visit our Pinterest page link on Weirdgirl Creations you can view more design options of some of our past work.  

Choosing a House Number: Mixing Function and Aesthetics

nautical house number from www.inGodwetrustceramics.com

Friends of mine just bought a new house- it is PERFECT- it reminds me of a dollhouse!  When I drove through the neighborhood I couldn't help but notice the other homes and of course, the house numbers as I searched for hers.  I drove through a sea of generic Home Depot style house numbers.  I saw a couple of hand painted wooden signs but they were faded and difficult to read.  Then I passed one that I loved- made by US of course!  It was our nautical theme tile in cobalt. 

http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/house-number-tiles/nautical-house-number-tile

 

 

Custom house number in purple and yellow from www.inGodwetrustceramics.com

 One of the very first things I changed when we bought our 200 year old colonial two years ago was the house number.  For such a special house I felt that the house number was so.... boring.  I thought about finding some old, wrought iron numbers but all of the other hardware on the house is black and I knew that our number would not stand out from the street.  That's why love In God We Trust Ceramics custom house numbers.  There are many color schemes available and sizes to suite your house number whether it is #1 or 1422 or apartment 23C.  

 

HOUSE NUMBER MUSTS:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/400386091/family-name-sign-ocean-theme?ref=shop_home_active_1

Your house number should be:

  • Visible/readable from the street
  • Address numbers should contrast with the wall in color and finish
more info found on this blog : https://www.mailboxworks.com/blog/house-numbers-visibility-readability/

 

Thinking of Placing Your Order? 

Please visit the "house number" section of our site to view our size and color scheme options.  http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/house-number-tiles/

A house number is a great way to update and personalize your home.  This is also a fantastic housewarming gift!  If you are looking for a great housewarming gift but you don't want to order a house number, check out our name plaques from one of our Etsy shops as well!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomeAdressedSignage

https://www.etsy.com/listing/400386091/family-name-sign-ocean-theme?ref=shop_home_active_1

Photo Credits:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomeAdressedSignage

http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/house-number-tiles/

Article Credits:

  • https://www.mailboxworks.com/blog/house-numbers-visibility-readability/

Pet Prints in Clay For A Cause!

Got pets? We are offering a special Sunday workshop for pet paw print ornaments. Perfect for year round display or Christmas! Bring your furry kids down to weirdgirl and visit us at our outside booth to have your furry friend printed. Gorgeous keepsake for you and yours! All pets must be leashed or crated.. A portion of all proceeds will benefit local animal shelter's and rescues of our choice. Hope to see you there! More info click here http://www.weirdgirlcreations.com/pet-paw-prints-in-clay.html

Realtor Gifts: Break with tradition! Go handmade.

Being a Realtor is tough.  Finding a gift for clients with varying tastes, backgrounds, cultures and traditions is equally tough.  Unfortunately, most people seem to be unaware of the growing issue families face with substance use/abuse.   I'll never forget the Realtor saying 'thank you' as she handed my parents a bottle of wine in front of my recovering sister.  We don't keep alcohol in the house- we don't drink period.  We also have a house full of vegetarians which made the Italian food basket the final nail in the coffin.  'Great' I'm thinking to myself.  A bottle of booze and a basket of animal flesh.  Way to go residential properties.

Break with tradition on your next home sale and give the gift of handmade.  We have an entire shop section dedicated to Realtor closing gifts.  From family name signs to platters, small plates and generic welcome signs.  Each is made to order and is sure to please any taste or aesthetic.  They come in a variety of designs and colors- our nautical plates have been a huge success with coastal properties across the east and west coast. If you're interested in our nautical themed items, you'll love our welcome sign.  It's adorned with a boarder of sea shells and starfish.  Perfect for any entry way or front door.  Our small plates make a great dish for a votive candle or a catch all for pocket change or your keys.  Serve cheese and crackers or simply display! Looks great as is or in a set of three.  It's hard not to appreciate a hand crafted piece of art.  Are you a Realtor? We're happy to work directly with Realtors and their firms to establish unique team/business/individual specific designs.  Create a signature 'look' for your company by providing a unique product to all of your clients.  Many Realtor choose a signature house number sign design.  It's become a sign of local success and pride!

Nursery decor: ditch the D.I.Y

Struggling with choosing nursery name decor? Skip the D.I.Y and purchase handmade from the pros.  We offer an incredibly well made product with pride- each made to order in our Rhode Island Studio.  Seen here in chevron print.  All products available on our nursery name sign product page in the left menu.  Enjoy!

Woof Woof! Tails are wagging!

We had a great time working with clients at Woof Woof Dog Boutique in Warren RI.  Woof sell everything your pup will ever need from puppy to senior!  Toys, accessories, treats and carefully curated foods that are naturally good for your furry friends.  Shop local this year and skip the big chain stores like PetCO.  Woof Woof is clean, impeccably stocked, and the staff is friendly and knowledgable.  They know all about the products because they trust them enough for their own pets.  Thanks again for having us! 

Mod Mama: Making Prints and Memories

We had a lovely time doing custom hand prints and foot prints in shop at Mod Mama with our sister company Weirdgirl Creations We immediately fell in love with the staff and the space.  We feel so fortunate to work with such a lovely group of women who enjoy what they do as much as we do! Remember to shop local at Mod Mama for all of your baby, toddler and early childhood needs!  From car seats and strollers to accessories and clothing, Mod Mama has it all!  Couldn't make the work shop? No worries! Drop in to paint pottery on your own in studio at Weirdgirl Creations in Barrington at 33 Kent street.  We are located in suite B! 

Behind the Product: Hunter Green House Number

At In God We Trust Ceramics, we offer high quality, custom made, hand made to order house numbers, address plaques and address number signs. At In God We Trust, we understand that house plaques, address markers and street number signs increase the curb appeal of your home. Our personalized, made to order, handmade address plaques are created with low fire white clay and high quality underglazes. All personalized house address signs are custom-made to order by hand in our Rhode Island Studio.  Here on our blog, we take a second each day to talk about and highlight a single product, it's production and inspiration.  We hope to give our clients a better look into our process and a day in the studio!

Nursery Sings: The perfect gift for new moms.

Shopping for friends having a second or third child can be difficult.  Most parents have all of the essentials as far as clothing, bibs, burp cloths and toys go from the previous children. Naturally, many moms look to incorporate their child's name somewhere in the nursery, but name decor can be a tricky market to navigate.  Our name signs are the perfect shower gift or baby gift for new moms or moms with multiple children.  Finding a sign with your babies name on it will yield plenty of wooden letters and hand painted canvas.  Many frustrated moms and dads end up opting for single over sized letters or simplified wood letter cut outs to hang in this child's room as a last result.  None compare to the rustic and distressed baby name signs that we create in our Rhode Island studio. 

Hanging your child's name in the room or on the door can be a nice finishing touch.  Our baby name signs for the new nursery come in a variety of colors and designs and can be hung from a tea hook or screwed directly into the wall or door.  Our name signs for your babies nursery or toddlers room are available on our website or etsy shop.  Share and tell your friends! Remember to shop locally and support local businesses.  Did you know that if all consumers spent just 5% more on American made goods, they could help to create nearly one million US jobs?  Small changes in your spending habits mean big changes in your local and national economy.  Shop In God We Trust Ceramics this Christmas for your friends and loved one, and don't forget these as a gift for the new mom in your life

 Our Molly sign is shown here in our natural earth tone color scheme and highlighted with lime green, cobalt blue and light blue.

Our Molly sign is shown here in our natural earth tone color scheme and highlighted with lime green, cobalt blue and light blue.

Additionally, the nice part about our name signs is that their well considered design will grow with your child.  Eventually these name signs become great door decor, marking your child's space in the house.  Many teenagers and adults will go on to display these signs in their rooms and homes- screwing them directly into the door or wall using simple screws as opposed to the ribbon and tea hook.

Day One, The Story Behind The Product

Our new segment, Behind the Product, will give you a behind the scenes look at the inspiration for and production of our products.  We will feature one or two products a week and give you  a brief background on each.  We love connecting with our clients and sharing our process,  This week, we have highlighted our chevron print nursery sign.  Enjoy!

Choosing Decor: A Nursery that will Grow with your Baby

One of the most exciting things about being pregnant is the chance to create a nursery for your baby.   It’s easy to get to work on your nursery project now with idea forums like Pinterest and a billion dollar baby industry out there with every product imaginable.  For those who want personalized nursery décor items versus mass-produced products sold at Target, Wal-Mart, and Babies R’ U,  online shopping sites like Etsy and our own web site, www.ingodwetrustceramic.com offers a unique shopping experience with handmade items made for you by artists.

I am due with my second child in six weeks and due to exciting changes and circumstances the nursery is just now getting painted.  We moved two months ago and the nursery was last on my list as the baby will be sleeping next to me in a co-sleeper for several months.  I’ve never met a baby who comes home and says, “Wow mom, you really should have finished my nursery…..”  But like any expecting mom, I want to create that space.  There is wonderful feeling of readiness that to-be moms get (myself included) when the stage is set.  My three-year-old daughter’s nursery was done long before her birth.  I remember choosing my color palette and getting ideas for a small mural, cribs, mobiles and décor even before I found out her gender (I knew she was a girl : )

 

Nursery Product Collage

Room to Grow

I tend to be pretty frugal and practical and it was important to me then, as it is now, to have a nursery that will grow with a child – at least until pre-school or pre-k.  I can honestly say, not too much has changed in my daughter’s room except for the addition of probably 30 figurines that she has painted at our pottery studio.  These items including a horse, squirrel, unicorns, dolphin, penguins, and heart shaped jewelry box are proudly displayed on painted shelves that were repainted and once held my husband’s trophies in his childhood room.   Minor things like bedding have changed and obviously the changing pad is gone but other than that….. I think I did a pretty good job! 


Color Schemes and Themes

I wanted a classic but somewhat bohemian nursery that was feminine but not over-the-top with pink and frills.  I selected a color scheme including Tiffany blue and antique pink along with some white, gray, and lime green.  I fell in love with owls that became my theme (two months later it was the most popular nursery theme around!).  I tried to be careful not to overdo the whole “owl” thing and let me tell you it can be tough because there are so many specific products and designs out there.   Instead of getting the entire set of owl bedding, owl artwork, and owl stuffed animals, I stuck with my overall idea and color scheme and brought in a few owl-related pieces. 

 

Collecting and Combining

My mom found these awesome owl throw pillows at Home Goods- they looked hand made!  They had a patchwork feel that added a little bit of bohemian flare to the nursery and really great embroidered details.  We also created a line of rustic mobiles:  http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/mobiles/   My daughter has a three-piece ceramic owl mobile which hang from a faux white-birch branch.  This looks fantastic on the wall or hanging from a sturdy tea hook in the ceiling.  She still loves it and I actually made another one in a different color scheme that hangs in the dining room. I also found an owl canvas at Target for about $15 that I am not really in love with anymore but at least it was only $15…..


Personalizing

            I was so excited to take some of our own In God We Trust ceramic products and weave them into the nursery.  Her birth inspired new designs and products including high contrast animal mobiles, chevron prints, and wall sconces with battery operated tea lights http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/baby/   These pieces are unique, hand made, and they are available a variety of color schemes (as well as custom color schemes) to fit in any nursery theme. 

One of my favorite pieces the room is her hand made ceramic name sign.  There are so many name sign options out there- photos, wooden plaques, tiles, frames, etc. but I truly haven’t found anything that compares to our handmade nursery name plaques http://www.ingodwetrustceramics.com/nurserysigns/  You can find these on our ETSY store as well and they are favorite and pinned on many baby boards on Pinterest! There is something so unique about the texture and style and color schemes available.  My daughter has her name sign on the next to her baby hand and footprints in clay.  My husband and I brought her in at just 3 days old to press her hands and feet into clay- capturing her tiny fingers which, 3 years later, have grown quite a bit. 


Share!

Our handmade nursery items from In God We Trust aren’t just something that will stay in a nursery for a year or so.  They will grow with your child through every style phase.  Each item is hand made by one of three people- my mom, my sister, or myself.  We enjoy making each piece to order.  We also love to see REAL PHOTOS of our work in your nursery.  Please visit our Facebook page and let us see how our ceramic nursery décor fits enhances the nursery theme that you brought to life.  Please visit our Facebook page to share your nursery photos featuring our handmade ceramic nursery products:  https://www.facebook.com/InGodWeTrustCeramics   


Best of luck to all the moms and moms-to-be reading this.   Enjoy your nursery project and please share our products with a friend!

Kyla



Product Credits from my nursery idea collage:

Owl Pillow- TracyBDesigns on Etsy

Ceramic Hand and Footprint in Clay-  Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio, Barrington, RI ,  www.ingodwetrustceramics.com

"Olivia" ceramic name signs- www.ingodwetrustceramics.com

Faux Chandelier- Urban Outfitters

Owl Mobile with faux birch branch- www.ingodwetrustceramics.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/InGodWeTrustCeramics

Cityscape book case- Land of Nod

Crib Bedding- Land of Nod - Well Nested Organic Baby Bedding in Pink