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Monsoon Season

August 2, 2013
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July and August in Arizona bring the monsoon season. Dusty, hot and humid and totally unpleasant! It is when most residents of the state head for cooler places (almost anywhere else) and business slows down to a crawl. Other than the economic downside, it gives us time to do inventory, clean and test out new ideas.

This past year we bought a new machine and this summer we have had time to play with it and make samples and put together ideas for marketing them. We knew we could make small banners but the beauty of it is we can make decals and stickers. This has proved to inspire us to add new items to our capabilities.Roland

We can do short runs of stickers to promote your event or program. We can do bumper stickers for your school or organization and you don’t have to order thousands of them. Bling The stickers can be used on medals and pins to make something unique for your team or employees without spending a fortune or ordering enough for twenty years. If you need years of service pins and only have a few employees, it is very difficult to find something to fit your needs. Now you can! There are even pins and dog tags with bling!

Pinsbut getting something in a quick time frame has been very difficult. Now we can do them in house and turn them around in just a few days if necessary. What a nice way to honor a loved one.

On another note it is time to plan for Autumn events and that means getting ready for The Great American Bake Sale. This will be our third annual and we are planning it for October 10th. Mark your calendars and plan on coming by for some amazing treats. I got a great recipe for snickerdoodle bread from my sister-in-law that I am dying to try.snickerdoodle bread

I am positive that our new machine is amazing!

I am positive that the Annual Bake Sale will be better than ever!

I am positive that you should use whatever skills God gave you to the best of your ability and share them whenever possible!

Gini DeWolf,

hjtrophiesginid@aol.com

H J Trophies & Awards, www.hjtrophies.com

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Awards Galore!

July 17, 2013
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This has been a very busy year for the AZ Trophy Wife and everybody at H J Trophies and Awards. That is no excuse for being a bad writer and ignoring my blog for so long. You have my heartfelt apologies!

We went to the annual International ARA trade show in Las Vegas in February and are brimming with new ideas and products for you. We have been attending seminars and education events to make sure we are keeping up with the latest advancements in technology and marketing. We also are very pleased to report that we won an award there. We were awarded second place in the Best Plaque division for our innovative use of a new product and laser engraving!winner

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We have a new machine that will allow us to do short runs of decals, bumper stickers and medallion inserts. This is very cool and lets us to offer a service that we never could before.

There are new products to be personalized such as a cell-phone cover and Ipad holders. These can be done with a minimum of just one piece. Perfect for any occasion when you was something personal or special.RR acrylic

Crystal and acrylics are always great for awarding a job well done. There are new pieces and even new processes in making custom acrylic pieces that are absolutely fabulous.

We know you want to make your presentation the best ever and we are here to help your awards dream come true.

I am positive that attending trade shows and education seminars keeps you on the cutting edge.

I am positive that this year will be better than last.

I am positive that networking will bring new business.

Gini DeWolf,

hjtrophiesginid@aol.com

H J Trophies & Awards, www.hjtrophies.com

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Elder Angels

December 30, 2012

We tried a new holiday program this year. We sponsored Maravilla Care Center in their efforts to make sure all of their “neighbors” received a holiday gift. Through the vast generosity of our staff and customers, we fulfilled the wishes of twenty ladies and gentlemen. I must say, this was more fun than buying toys. Elders are so often forgotten at this time of year. Next year we will begin earlier and sponsor more.

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Great American Bake Sale

October 31, 2012

Great American Bake Sale

Join us for an amazing selection of homemade goodies. The cause is very worthy and the fabulous bakers have been working their culinary magic just for you!

Alcohol is Amazing!

September 12, 2012

Alcohol is absolutely amazing!

Last weekend we were at the cabin with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson. The menfolk were all doing outdoor woodsy things and when they came in, Rick, the Trophy Man, discovered he had sat on something with pine sap on it and had sap all over one of his favorite pairs of jeans. They are beige and it really showed. By the end of the weekend we discovered all of the guys had fallen victim to the sap monster.

Laura did a little online research and discovered that alcohol was the answer. No, we didn’t commiserate over martinis, although that has its own appeal. You just put rubbing alcohol on the affected are, rub a bit and almost immediately it starts to dissolve the sap. It did not discolor the fabric or leave any residue. I just washed them as usual and they were good as new. Amazing!

I knew you could use vodka to correct mistakes while painting with acrylic paints but had no idea rubbing alcohol was a washday miracle worker.

On another note, the Annual Great American Bake Sale has been scheduled for November 8th this year. A little cooler and it will kick off the holiday baking season. Look for more updates soon but mark your calendar for that date to come and gather up homemade goodies and to help Share Our Strength end childhood hunger. If you are interested in baking for the event just contact me. View our event page at http://join.strength.org/site/TR/Events/DD-IndieRaiser?px=2043546&pg=personal&fr_id=1220

I am positive that alcohol is amazing!

I am positive that the Annual Bake Sale will be better than ever!

I am positive that you should use whatever skills God gave you to the best of your ability and share them whenever possible!

Gini DeWolf,

hjtrophiesginid@aol.com

H J Trophies & Awards, www.hjtrophies.com

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Irish for a Day!

August 9, 2012
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    Top of the day to you! Rick, the trophy man and I just got back from an amazing cruise  around the British Isles. Visiting Ireland has always been high on my bucket list and this year my wish came true. One of the shore tours offered was to be Irish for a day and visit Causey Farm and do a lot of the things you would never have a chance to do ordinarily. Along with herding sheep and cutting peat in a bog (more about these in future blogs) we made Irish soda bread. It was easy and fun. Even Rick helped to make it. They baked it for us so I am not exactly sure how long it took but the recipe below is almost identical to what we made so I have to believe the time is good too.

    Irish Soda or Brown Bread

    1 cup of wheat flour
    ¾ cup of white flour (do not use self-rising as it already contains baking powder and salt)
    1 egg

    ¾  cup of buttermilk (pour in a bit at a time until the dough is moist)
    ½ teaspoon of salt
    1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.

    Method:

    Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees.  Lightly grease and flour a small loaf pan.  In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Stir in the egg until the flour is crumbly.

    Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough.  Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape). We just kind of patted into shape and put it in the pan, no real kneading. Putting a cross or some design on the top of the loaf is a tradition. Bake 20 – 30 minutes.

    The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped to show it is done.

    Let cool and you are ready to have a buttered slice with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

    We went off to do other fun things and when we came back for lunch, our bread was ready for us to claim (we put a little flag in it with our names on it) and enjoy with a yummy potato soup, salads and apple tart.

    All gone!

    There is method to my madness. It is time to start to get ready for the Great American Bake Sale. We are going to hold it again this year but not until October. We are in the planning stages and just want you to get excited by trying the Irish soda bread. We are raising the goal this year and will keep you posted as to the date. This is in support of a great charity, Save Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger in the United States. http://gabs.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GABS_homepage

    If you want to help out by baking, let me know.

    I am positive that taking a cruise is a great way to recharge.

    I am positive that being Irish for a day was one of the best tours we did!

    I am positive that The Great American Bake Sale be successful and help ease childhood hunger in America.

    Gini DeWolf,

    hjtrophiesginid@aol.com

    H J Trophies & Awards, www.hjtrophies.com

    Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Phoenix-AZ/HJ-Trophies-Awards/150638488304356?ref=ts
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Strawberry and Copper Quilts

July 6, 2012
Patterns of Grace - Quilt of Gratitude

This time of year in Arizona it is HOT! 110 degrees plus is hot no matter how dry the heat is! To escape the heat we head to the mountains and our cabin in Strawberry. It is about 25 – 30 degrees cooler there and so very peaceful. Being a small (read tiny) town, they are always looking for something to spice things up. They love festivals and craft fairs which are held in Pine because it is a much (LOL) larger town.

Recently they celebrated the Strawberry Festival and along with the craft fair and strawberry goodies, they held the 16th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show. The AZ Trophy Wife is in heaven! The skills and creativity were amazing. They charge a small admission fee and divide the proceeds among ten local charities. What a fabulous win/win situation. Well done ladies! They have more on their website at www.strawberrypatchers.com

“A Little Splash of Lime” by Sandy Salmans

“Red Chilies” by Pat Jonz

Many of our customers are quilters and it is always good to have a bit of show and tell when they come in to place their orders. Recently we were privileged to be part of an unique “quilt” project. This memorial piece is made out of copper patches, which we sublimated names onto, and is stitched together with copper wire. The artist, Eileen Ripsin, bent and shaped the copper pieces and “sewed” them onto a 5 foot x six foot grid with a mesh backing. So totally amazing! It is called Patterns of Grace – Quilt of Gratitude.

Patterns of Grace – Quilt of Gratitude

Pattern of Grace – Quilt of Gratitude

I am positive that quilting helps to patch the world together!

I am positive that people have amazing skills and should be recognized for them!

I am positive that you should use whatever skills God gave you to the best of your ability and share them whenever possible!

Gini DeWolf,

hjtrophiesginid@aol.com

H J Trophies & Awards, www.hjtrophies.com

Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Phoenix-AZ/HJ-Trophies-Awards/150638488304356?ref=ts
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