Time for Our Favorite Gift Giveaway! November 07 2014, 1 Comment

It's Friday, do you know what that means! Sure, weekends are fabulous, but you're really excited for Periwinkle's Favorite Gift Giveaway. The contest will post at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon-- visit our Facebook page to enter! Just comment before we draw a winner on Monday, November 10 for your chance to win.

Happy National Nachos Day! November 06 2014, 0 Comments

Yay! Today is National Nachos Day. I don't really think anything more needs to be said… I really should be eating nachos instead.

Coca Cola fixes my stud finder November 05 2014, 1 Comment

 So, this isn't exactly the usual Periwinkle post, but I'm super excited and just needed to share. Most of the store is pegboard and hanging up things is a cinch. We can put things up most anywhere (as long as it conforms to the 1 inch grid!). In that little box closet up front, though, there is not pegboard on the walls, though. I went to hang a shelf bracket and realized it would be rather important to hit a stud -- or I might be replastering a wall rather soon!

 I keep my tool boxes all together, easy to find. I'm often going through them, too, but while some things (hammer and Phillips screwdriver) I use most all the time, other things, not so much. Sadly, the stud finder is one of those things that I don't use too often. (Pegboard, remember?) So, I was rather gleeful when digging down to the bottom of the tool bag with my power saw and it's battery pack, I found that stud finder. The glee was short lived however. I don't know how long ago I last used it, I really can't remember using it in this storefront. It wouldn't turn on and I quickly realized it was because the batteries were corroded.

Ack! So sad, right? I packaged up the batteries for the next hazardous waste disposal and turned my attentions to the stud finder. It looked okay ish, but even with new batteries, it just didn't work.

Which is when I turned to the computer. After a little bit of searching, I found that Coca Cola is not just a yummy drink, it also eats right through corrosion. Just love a good multi purpose product! So I set up.

I poured just a little soda into the cup and drank the rest. I didn't need much to work with and activities like this are most always better with refreshments.

Just painted it on! Sort of daintily to be honest, I was afraid everything would get sticky! And then, guess what --

… it works? Woohoo! Now, I just need to hang the shelf bracket.

Are you thinking of holiday gifts? November 04 2014, 0 Comments

 Our selection of message wall hangings, desk blocks and frames are so popular here in the store. All in black and white, they blend well into a variety of decorating styles and there is a message just right for nearly everyone. Whether silly or inspirational, one of these affordable decorations makes a perfect gift. In store, our selection is extensive.

 The Periwinkle team has selected 16 favorites to list here on our website, we hope that you love them!

Periwinkle flooded one month ago today! November 03 2014, 0 Comments

So, I was thinking how fun it is to be decorating for the season and busy with so many guests each day and then I remembered that just one month ago today we had quite a mess! October 3rd a water pipe above our ceiling and below the floor above burst and made quite a yucky mess!

Fortunately, there were lots of people to help! We stayed open out front and now, a month later, everything is as good as new! Thank you to all of you who helped with the clean up and to everyone who visited and shopped while we put it all back together-- I so appreciate you all!

Beautiful Photo Cards from Judith Heinrichs-Harmon November 02 2014, 1 Comment

Just wanted to show you some of the beautiful cards by local photographer Judith Heinrichs-Harmon.

Visit Periwinkle for a full selection of her work!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! November 01 2014, 1 Comment

Halloween may have been just last night, but here at Periwinkle, we're decking the halls. Stop by this week to see the garland go up and the trees be decked. If you stop in at just the right time, there may even be a few Christmas Carols sneaking into the play list! We're elves at heart!

A Not So Scary Halloween Surprise! October 31 2014, 0 Comments

It's time for our Favorite Gift Giveaway! Be sure to visit our Facebook page and comment on our contest post beginning at 2:00 p.m. today! It would be a treat to win our prize. Our drawing is held Monday, November 3 at 12 noon -- enter before we draw.

Trick or Treating in the Glendora Village Friday, October 31st October 30 2014, 0 Comments

It's almost here, the event you've been waiting for nearly all year! Bring your little ghouls and goblins downtown from 10 am - 2 pm on Friday, October 31st for trick or treating fun in the village. Merchants pass out goodies up and down Glendora Avenue and fun photo opportunities are set up in the bus plaza. A perfect Halloween celebration for preschool and elementary school children-- hope to see you here!

Looking for a Last Minute Halloween Decoration? October 29 2014, 0 Comments

Paper pom poms are fast and easy to make! All you need is are a few sheets of orange tissue paper and some green ribbon and you can make our cheery decorations.

You'll need 4 sheets of orange tissue paper. Stack them up and lay them out flat.

Cut through the entire stack, in half the short way, like this:

Put both stacks together. Now it's time to fold! You'll be making accordion style pleats, folding back and forth every inch. It doesn't have to be precise, but the folds should be roughly the same size.

When it is all folded, use scissors to round the edges on both ends. Careful! The paper will be a bit thick.

Now, tie the center, tight. I like to use twine, because it makes a tidy knot.

Now start fluffing up the tissue. You can pull surprisingly hard on the sheets and give it a good crumpling. 

Use the twine to tie on a little piece of ribbon to be the stem and leaves. Then just fluff a bit more. Done!

Halloween Sale October 28 2014, 0 Comments

Need some last minute Halloween decor? A little this or that to finish up your costume? Maybe a scarf -- so you can be a little dressed up, but not all out Halloween? Well, you're in luck. Be it procrastination or thought out strategy, there is now the opportunity for fabulous deals! Periwinkle has a selection of Halloween merchandise now at 40% off-- frighteningly fabulous, no?

Win a Halloween decoration pack! October 03 2014, 0 Comments

Just visit our Facebook page and comment "boo!" beneath the entry post to be entered to win this charming Halloween decoration pack. Included are our tissue paper honeycomb orbs in three sizes and fun kraft paper Happy Halloween garland. You'll be all ready for a Halloween celebration! No purchase necessary, contest ends Monday, October 6th at 12 noon PST.

Win a Gathering of Friends Cookbook! September 26 2014, 1 Comment

Enter on our Facebook page beginning at 2:00 p.m. today to win a gift set from Gathering of Friends. No purchase necessary, just a comment (we're looking for your favorite autumn dinner party dishes!) and you will be all set to win the fifth book in the Gathering of Friends cookbook series, a set of paper placemats and napkins.

Guess who visited us today at Periwinkle? September 22 2014, 0 Comments

This guy did:

That's a Southern Alligator Lizard! He just strolled on in ahead of two other customers and began admiring our Halloween decor. Sadly, we had to ask him to leave. Something he was not too happy about.

So, Southern Alligator Lizards are found throughout California -- as far north as Sacramento. They like chaparral, grasslands, and oak forests. This guy apparently likes historical shopping districts, maybe he was on vacation? I've been fortunate to never run into one before today; while I like wildlife in theory, he was startling big and bites!

Big thanks go to Glendora Village Pets for coming to the rescue with a net and know how. They escorted him to a lovely new home. If you'd like to meet him, please visit Glendora Village Pets -- they've set him up with fantastic new digs and diet heavy on crickets.

45 days till Halloween! September 16 2014, 0 Comments

Do you have a countdown going? There are only 45 more days to prepare -- costumes, decorating, party preparations! I'd love to have you visit Periwinkle to see our a selection of Halloween goodies.

Periwinkle Painting September 15 2014, 1 Comment

So, I've been feeling nostalgic and looking through old photos lately. It seems to happen every once in awhile that you just want to find that one picture of whatever it may be and then an hour passes as you look back, strolling through the photos. Amongst the photos were lots from the Summer of 2005 when Periwinkle was just getting put together. 

Looking through reminded me that with a wee bit of work, really big things can be accomplished. My family helped me put Periwinkle together in just a few weeks -- looking at the starting pictures, it's amazing it all came together.

This is how it started out.

Just cleaned the walls...

a little paint...

made all the difference.

I need to start a project!


We're getting ready for a Talk Like A Pirate Day party September 14 2014, 2 Comments

This Friday night, September 19th, we be celebratin' Talk Like A Pirate Day me hearties. Aye, and if ye want to be participatin' here be some Pirate Talk Tips:


Aye! = yes!

Avast! = stop!

Ahoy! = hello!

Yo ho ho! = a pirate's laughter



ye = you

yer = your or you're

me = my

that = there


Useful Words & Phrases

booty = treasure

me hearty = friend

scallywag = bad person

shipshape = neat and tidy

swab = to clean


Today is National Peanut Day September 13 2014, 0 Comments

Need a reason to celebrate today? It's not just a beautiful Saturday, it's National Peanut Day! Our suggestion for celebrating comes from The Gathering of Friends Cookbooks-- make a batch of delicious Crispy Peanut Butter Squares...

Enter our Favorite Gift Giveaway September 12 2014, 0 Comments

Our Favorite Gift Giveaway begins today at 2 pm -- visit us on Facebook to comment and enter to win Christmas Gift Wrap! Hurry, we announce a winner this Monday, September 15 at 12 noon.

Christmas Sneak Peek Tomorrow! September 11 2014, 0 Comments

There are boxes everywhere! Our Christmas goodies have been arriving all summer and we're so excited to share them with you. Visit us this Friday, September 12 to get an extra special sneak peek-- peer right into the boxes and have first looks at this holiday season! We'll be open from 10-8 and serving hot cocoa to celebrate festively.

How to Tie a Scarf Like Our Display Scarves September 10 2014, 1 Comment

It's still a wee bit warm here, but very soon the weather will be crisp and cool and we're all going to be looking to bundle up! It's hard to imagine right now, but, soon enough. The perfect item to add a little warmth and style all at once? A scarf! Periwinkle carries a wide selection from gauzy and dreamy to fuzzy and knit, there is sure to be something perfect for every outfit.

Many of our scarves displayed here on and in store are tied in the same way. Our signature knot looks fancy and complicated but is so easy to tie!

Step 1: Start with a longish scarf and fold it directly in half. Drape around your neck so the fold is on one side and the loose ends on the other:

Step 2: Choose one of the two ends and pull it through the loop of the fold. Take hold of fold and pull it away from the end that was brought through:

Step 3: Give this loop a twist. A full twist should separate the fold from the end that had been brought through. Take the other end and pull this through the new loop:

Step 5: Just a little styling, fan the lower end out and give the higher end a little tug towards center before fanning it out as well. You're done! So easy -- if you are careful, this will slip over your head to take it off and can be slipped back on again!

Have You Seen Our Toy Selection? September 09 2014, 0 Comments

Periwinkle loves toys! We have a fabulous selection of Melissa & Doug toys. Melissa & Doug make quality, durable and educational toys and value pricing. They stand behind their product, too -- should something not last as intended, please return it, either here to the store or to the Melissa & Doug customer service team.

Many of the toys feature vintage styling -- crafted from wood to last through years of use. They look like the toys Mom and Dad enjoyed -- or Grandma and Grandpa!


Many feature multiple play options, so that the toy may hold up to extended play time! The packaging helpfully suggests alternative ways to play with the same toy.


We have a selection offered here in our Toys SHOP, a ever-changing representative sampling of the Melissa & Doug line. Or stop by the store to see all that is available!

September is National Sewing Month September 08 2014, 0 Comments

We here at Periwinkle think there is always something to celebrate! So, we seek out fun holidays and commemorations to share. September is National Sewing Month! It's easy to appreciate sewing, you're quite likely wearing something right now that results from this art. Where would we be with out skillfull sewing?

If you'd like to try your hand at this art rather than just appreciate it's completed works and you live near us here in Glendora, you're in luck! Just across the street from Periwinkle, in the downtown Glendora Village is the Sew-N-Sew. This amazing fabric and quilting store has a broad selection of beautiful fabrics and trims, as well as all the equipment needed for sewing. From the simple needle to a industrial looking sewing machines, it's all available. And they offer classes! Visit them online at to see their very full calendar! 

Don't let National Sewing Month pass by uncelebrated -- you simply must take a little time for some cheer!

Do you like celebrating? Follow us on Instagram, we post a holiday everyday! 

Visit the Shop This Friday for a Christmas Sneak Peek! September 07 2014, 0 Comments

We've been busy at work here at Periwinkle turning our back room into a Winter Wonderland! Stop by this Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 to see a sneak peek at our Christmas goodies! You can start checking of that list really early.

For easy shopping, Friday, we'll be open late… till 8! Saturday, we're open from 10 - 4.

While visiting the downtown village, be sure to stop by Undercovers -- Carol has been putting together holiday fun, too!