Woodstock Chimes | Tuning Inspirations

Some of the most memorable Woodstock Chimes are the ones tuned to melodies and scales heard throughout the world from ancient times to the present.

The very first Woodstock Chime was created because of a tuning inspiration. Garry had read of the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century musical scale from a Greek flute player, but couldn’t hear it, because the notes could not be played on modern instruments. He cut aluminum tubes to the exact frequencies of the notes of the scale and thought what better way to hear music from this scale than to have the notes be played randomly by the wind? Garry created the Chimes of Olympos and a business was born. Not only is the chime’s music beautiful, it turns everyone who hangs it into a musician!

There are Woodstock Chimes tuned to scales from Asia; our Magical Mystery Chime – Taj Mahal is tuned to a scale from Northern India, the Chimes of Kyoto, which is tuned to an ancient Japanese scale found on early zither instruments, and the Chimes of Java which is tuned to the scale of the gamelan degung, a traditional Javanese musical ensemble.

You can also find Woodstock Chimes tuned to famous songs and melodies, like the Woodstock Happy Birthday Chime, the Woodstock Ode to Joy Chime and the Star-Spangled Banner Chime.

Famous composers also serve as inspirations for Woodstock Chimes tunings. The Chimes of Mozart, Pachelbel Canon Chime and Chimes of Bach are three examples of chimes tuned to music by great composers.

Woodstock Chimes have a rich, pure sound quality that comes from premium materials, expert design and fabrication methods and, of course, precise tuning. The length of each tube is honed and the sound is checked using an electronic tuning system to ensure the note is correct and the sound is pure. Some call this “precision tuned,” some call it “musically tuned.” We simply call it beautiful.

Want to see more of our Famous Melodies collection? Click here to view more!

Add a Personal Touch

Blog post written by DEMDACO

Walk through your local crafts store aisles or flip through your social media feed and there’s a trend in home décor and gifting right now that’s hard not to miss—Personalization.

What began as a novelty in home DIY projects with the introduction of chalkboard paint is now a full-scale home décor accessory and party theme component. Chalkboard easels, big and small, are popular for labeling the buffet table or making a Welcome sign at the party entrance. And mini chalkboard signs on a stick are being tucked into everything from gift bags to flower bouquets to add a personal message. Chalkboard products are versatile and reusable, and certainly appeal to our sense of whimsy and nostalgia.

Art Hearts

DEMDACO Art Heart

A new Art Hearts gift sculpture from DEMDACO comes with chalk to write and draw a custom message on its chalkboard surface. Using the key feature as an easel stand for the heart, it becomes the perfect place card for entertaining.

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DEMDACO Color Me Art Heart

Even the adult coloring craze has influenced the personalization trend. If it’s okay for adults to break out the crayons once and awhile, think of how we can use that artistic license to personalize the decorative items around us.

The Color Me Art Hearts gift sculpture from DEMDACO is like a three-dimensional coloring book, complete with colored markers so the recipient can truly make it their own.

Personalized gift giving is extremely important to consumers today, as well. As gift givers, we want our recipient to know we put special thought into the gift we selected. Products in the marketplace are catering to this philosophy with designs and packaging that tell a story or share a message. Fashion jewelry embossed with inspiring messages is a popular example, as well as artistic pieces of home décor that express emotions and portray relationships.

DEMDACO Giving Shawl

DEMDACO Giving Shawl

DEMDACO’s Giving Shawl, described as a giftable hug, and Giving Pins, designed as gifts of encouragement, are personal apparel accessories to give someone in times of comfort and need.

DEMDACO Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banner & Pin*It Monogram Pins

DEMDACO Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banner & Pin*It Monogram Pins

Monograms come in all shapes and sizes. There’s painted wood monograms in script fonts to decorate front doors. Galvanized metal letters—with or without lights—are popular to hang on the wall or embellish a bookshelf.

Unfinished alphabet letters pepper the crafts store shelves, begging for your creativity. And many decorative products come with monograms to add that personal touch.

Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banners from DEMDACO can be accessorized with a monogram for personalization. The Pin*It Monogram Pins from DEMDACO add a custom touch to the City Wrap and other fashion scarves and wraps.

Serving up Great Wine Display Ideas

Wine 1Originally posted 3/12/2012; Updated 5/2/2016

The endless possibilities of CORKS. Alison Dodson of A. Dodson of Suffolk, VA posted this picture on the OneCoast Facebook wall (left side). They were able to create a wine wall just by asking our customers to collect their corks and bring them into their store. Roughly 5,000 corks later, they were able to cover an entire wall! Aren’t A. Dodson’s customers so kind for drinking all that wine just for us? What a great backdrop for displaying all their wine accessories.

wine 2Debbie Hardey of Local Vines & Gourmet in Cohasset, MA shares her display idea (right side). Here she showcases some of their wines along with gift baskets posing the thought to her customers to always think of wine as a great gift giving item.

At the Atlanta show in January 2012, Mud Pie was creative in displaying their new Bacchus Wine collection* using a striking burgundy red color with contrasting lime green colored wine bottles. This is a great way to make any display pop by just stray painting empty wine bottles and showcasing wine accessories like candle holders, bottle toppers or wine tags. And don’t just stop with one color. Try stray painting several bottles in a variety of shades for one eye-popping rainbow of colors.

wine 3Light up your store using recycled wine bottles. Here’s one we posted to the OneCoast Pinterest board showcasing a string of lights worked within the bottle itself. Suggestion….check the internet for instructions on doing this project yourself. You will need to drill into glass and you will need to use proper safety procedures when doing this project. But…wow what a stunning presentation! Also, use LED lights instead of standard string lights. LED lights will produce less heat and therefore the bottle will be cool to the touch.

Onto yet another great way to use all those corks! Create a beautiful centerpiece display with pillar candles surrounded by an abundance of used wine corks. By utilizing the corks, you create a rustic, yet elegant look. Not only would this look great in your store, but try it out at home too.

 

*Specific collection is no longer available. Click here for the updated Mud Pie wine collection.


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For other wine inspired display ideas, check out our wine themed Pinterest board.

Adventures in Miniature Gardening Classes

mini garden 1Brown Dog Gardens is a unique, beautiful, and rustic gardening center located in Alpine, Texas. Last summer, they hosted two Fairy Garden classes. For families and young customers, Brown Dog Gardens offered one morning class just for this particular group. A second class was offered in the afternoon to adults only where they offered yummy Sangrias. From the photos below, you can see that Brown Dog Gardens set up long tables for customers to work from. This allowed for customer interaction between each other and their staff.

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Here are some additional tips on hosting your own Fairy Garden Event:

  • Make sure your inventory is well-stocked and ready for sales with all the planters, accessories, soil, pebbles, and tools.
  • Invite local artists to be a part of your event and have them on hand to help your customers with creative ideas and direction.
  • Consider charging one fee that would include one planter, soil, and pebbles. Then sell the Studio M Fairy Garden accessories separately.
  • Request your customers to register for the class so that you can plan for space and seating accordingly.
  • Serve up small appetizers and beverages to your customers such as fresh fruit and vegetables, lemonade, and iced tea.
  • Take plenty of pictures and post them on your Facebook page.
  • Lastly, set up a “clean-up” station for your customers.