Friday Favorites: The PG Girls Personalized Gift Picks

There are 4 more days to order personalized PillowGrace gifts in time for Christmas! We’ve rounded up our favorite personalized gifts to help inspire you as you shop!

 

Julie’s Pick: Best Grandmother Ever

A personalized “Best Grandmother Ever” is definitely my favorite gift this Christmas! I made the one you see here for my mother, who we fondly refer to as Gigi. Her pillow says “Best Gigi Ever” with her monogram behind it and my children’s names across the bottom. It was the most perfect way to show her how special she is to our family and she absolutely loved it!

 

Heather’s Pick: Confetti

Our Confetti design is just too cute! I absolutely love it for kids of all ages. The verses are in bright, fun fonts – perfect for memorizing! Choose a standard size pillow case for them to read each night before they rest their head on it to go to sleep. Or choose a boudoir size throw pillow great for traveling and snuggling up with. The monogram gives kids a sense of ownership, which they love!

 

JaneAnne’s Pick: Silk “Happy Heart” Pillow Case

A silk pillow case is the ultimate luxury gift! Our Happy Heart verses are my favorite because they are great for anyone on any occasion, plus they bring a smile to my face every time I read them. Adding a monogram makes the recipient feel truly special. Choose elegant script fonts for a feminine look or simpler block fonts for a masculine look. You can even choose the colors to match the recipient’s personality or bedroom!

 

Santa: God’s Messenger

We had the absolute pleasure of having Santa (yes, THE Santa) join us for our Christmas photoshoot with Lindsay Stewart Photography. Many of you from the St. Simons area have grown to know and adore him over his many years visiting the Golden Isles.   

Santa has acquired many nicknames over the years… Jolly Old St. Nick, the man with the bag, the “wonderworker”, Kris Kringle just to name a few. How about God’s Messenger? We had never heard this one before, until Santa shared it with us. He proudly showed us the license plate on his red car and said “See right here it says Santa GM. Can you guess what that means? God’s Messenger!” Santa’s mission is not only to brings joy to children all over the world with gifts, but also to share the true meaning of Christmas with everyone he meets. It’s completely fitting since he is Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Santa always has Jesus with him, carrying a baby Jesus figurine in his suit pocket; and his suit is not complete without his “Happy birthday Jesus!” bracelet.

Who better to remind us that Christmas isn’t about presents or parties, but the birth of our Savior? Thank you, Santa, for being God’s Messenger and sharing the spirit of Christmas with the world!

Santa’s “Happy Birthday Jesus!” bracelet

In the off-season, when he’s not driving the sleigh, he’s in his red car complete with a custom license plate (GM being God’s Messenger)

Thankful

We have so much to be thankful for- our families, our health, the beautiful place we call home, and God’s unending love and grace. We are abundantly blessed. One of the things we are most grateful for is you, our customers.
You share your heart, fears and concerns and allow us to pray for you. We laugh and cry together. We know you by name, even your pets and grandchildren. You let us celebrate milestones and mourn losses with you. You allow us in your homes…even to spend nights at a time.
Without you, we wouldn’t get to do the job we love to do every day. With grateful hearts we thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Gift Guide: For Teens

Teens can be extra tough to buy for. If you are looking for something meaningful to put under the tree this year, we have a few ideas for you! (These also make great graduation gifts!)

Integrity

Our Integrity verses were compiled by PillowGrace founder, Julie Rowland, when her son was headed off to college. As he was entering a new chapter where he would be making his own decisions, she wanted him to have these verses there to guide him. This design begins and ends with verses about purity, and also includes verses about setting an example for others and trusting in God.

Game Day Collection

Pair the mascot of your choice with our Happy Heart verses in our Game Day Collection. Perfect for your teenage sports fan – making a great addition to their bedroom now and their dorm room later! Available mascots include a bulldog, elephant, paw print, palmetto and crescent moon, rebel, and shamrock. Have another team in mind? Just let us know and we would be happy to help!

Gift Guide: For the Newlyweds

“Wedding Season” has passed and “Engagement Season” is upon us. We’ve got just the thing to make Christmas extra special for the newlywed or newly engaged couples in your life. (Of course, these make beautiful wedding gifts, as well!)

Mark 10:9

Our best-selling wedding gift is sure to delight the new Mr. and Mrs. Behind the scripture, you’ll see our Duogram, which is the bride and groom’s first name initials interlocked. These intertwined, inseparable initials symbolize their new life together, never to be separated. Their wedding date can also be added beneath the scripture. Pricing starts at $74.

Love & Marriage

This design features scripture about what it means to love and what God says about marriage, meant to encourage and inspire husbands and wives. Verses include Ecclesiastes 4:12, 1 John 4:16-18, and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 just to name a few. We love it personalized with their married monogram. Purchase a single boudoir size throw pillow for anywhere in their home, a single pillow case to accent their bed, or a pair of pillow cases for them to rest assured on each night. Pricing starts at $74.

Gift Guide: For the Hostess

The holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and Christmas is right behind it. With the many gatherings this season brings, you are sure to need a little something to thank your hosts for their hospitality. We’ve gathered up some of our favorite hostess gifts for you below!

Linen Christmas Pillow

Gift your Thanksgiving hostess with this beautiful linen and velvet Christmas throw pillow that she can put out as soon as the feast is finished! Pricing starts at $80.

 

Is It Well

This beloved hymn personalized with a single initial is the perfect addition to any home. (No additional charge for single initial personalization.) Pricing starts at $58.

 

Joshua 24:15

This verse is a great gift for the whole family. Customize the colors to fit your hostess’ décor for a special touch. Pricing starts at $58.

Friday Favorites: Custom Anniversary Pillows

A beautiful pair of custom PillowGrace pillow cases in the Ginn’s master bedroom.

One of our customers, Fain Ginn, recently came into our shop on St. Simons Island looking for new pillow cases as a joint anniversary gift for her and her husband, Brian. What we came up with was really special!

Each PillowGrace is made-to-order and one of a kind. You choose every detail from the size and fabric to the fonts and colors. Since Fain knew she wanted standard size pillow cases, the next decision to make was the fabric they would be made of. We offer 100% ultra-sateen cotton, 45%/55% cotton/silk blend, and 19MM silk. Did you know the traditional anniversary gift for the second year of marriage is cotton and the fourth year is silk? It just so happened to be the Ginn’s second anniversary, so she opted for the cotton (so sweet!). Also, with plans to use her new pillows as more of a decorative sham, we thought the crisp cotton would be best.

With the size and fabric of her pillow cases decided, it was time to pick the verses that would adorn them. Our “Love and Marriage” design instantly came to mind for the occasion. Fain read the verses and instantly fell in love, noting that several of the verses were used in her wedding ceremony. It was very important to her to have all of the verses from their wedding incorporated. She decided to customize the design, using the Love and Marriage verses as the foundation, then adding in their wedding verses. Now, they have a custom set of verses to commemorate her wedding day!

The next (and most fun!) step was deciding what the pillow cases would look like by choosing the fonts and colors. Fain has a classic, elegant design style, so we kept that in mind. She chose our “Champagne” font for her verses, which is a lovely cursive script. For her monogram, she chose the “Vine” font for her and her husband’s interlocking initials. This traditional, elegant font is a popular choice amongst our customers. When selecting colors, she wanted to pull in some of the coloring in the oyster painting in their room. She chose “shell”, which is a soft minty color. To add dimension, we outlined the monogram one shade darker for a two-tone look. She chose “Ash” (light gray) for her verses which is a great, transitional neutral that matches her headboard. Ash and Shell pair beautifully together!

Two days later, Fain came in to pick up her pillow cases and couldn’t have been more pleased, texting us later that day: “Enjoying my new pillows! Thank you for all your help in making them. A great keepsake for our anniversary!”

Looking for something unique and meaningful to commemorate a special occasion (anniversary, wedding, new baby)? Let us help you create your own custom PillowGrace!

A custom twist on our Love and Marriage design. Verses: Champagne font in Ash, Monogram: Vine font in two-tone Shell.

Friday Favorite: Pedigree Collection

The righteous care for the needs of their animals. Proverbs 12:10

We can learn a lot from our dogs. Dogs are great listeners, steadfast friends, and truly embody the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (OK, that last one may be tough for a lot of dogs!) There is a lot of truth behind the old saying “Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am”. Dogs see the best in us and love us unconditionally, even on our worst days.

Our Pedigree Collection featuring the silhouettes of 15 different breeds can be found on our website.

All of us here at PillowGrace are self-proclaimed “dog people”. Our dogs are our family and the inspiration behind our Pedigree Collection. Just as God’s word brings us joy and comfort, so do our furry friends. Both decrease stress, anxiety, and depression and are good for the heart. It seemed perfectly fitting to pair the silhouettes of some of our favorite dog breeds with our Happy Heart verses. These verses encompass all of the virtues our dogs possess (Galatians 6:9, 1Thessalonians 5:11, Romans 12:10). We currently have 15 breeds in our Pedigree Collection. Don’t see your pup there? We are always open to adding new breeds! Add a special touch by personalizing your pillow with your dog’s name beneath the scripture. We can even create a custom design with your dog’s silhouette and coloring!

Our Golden Retriever design given in memory of a sweet dog who passed away, personalized with his name and dates.

Beautiful custom design featuring a stoic golden retriever and a playful chocolate lab.

You’ve probably seen our resident PillowGrace pup, Princess Silly Goose, on our Instagram from time to time. Our office just wouldn’t be complete without her! We would love to see your PillowGrace pups – tag us on Instagram using #pillowgracepup!

Our Princess Silly Goose. Her favorite quote is “Always look up, there are treats beyond your imagination waiting.” Well said, Goose!

Thank you for reading our blog! Please enjoy 20% off your purchase from our Pedigree Collection using the code GOOSE.

Riddle answers

1. A Shampoodle
2. A pet-degree
3. Because they have 2 left feet.
4. A friend you can count on

Friday Favorites: God’s Unchanging Word

Change… sometimes it’s an answered prayer. Other times it’s the last thing we imagined in God’s plan for us. Change can bring growth, renewal, and inspiration, but also uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability. Regardless, it is part of life.

PillowGrace has changed quite a bit since Julie started this business back in 2015. It has expanded from Julie’s home to over 2,000 square feet of warehouse, office, and retail space. What used to be a team of Julie, her husband, and a kindhearted friend who worked for no pay is now a team of 4 employees (we even had a summer intern!). We used to have our fabric printed on the west coast, which caused our pillows to take 4-6 weeks to produce. Now, our entire production process is under one roof and a PillowGrace takes just 7-14 days to make.

Our fabrics, colors, monogram choices, and designs have all changed over the years. Some of these changes were without a doubt answered prayers, while others required a leap of faith. With all of this change, one thing has remained the same and that is the Word of God. His Word proves true yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Often times, we find ourselves at a loss for words. We don’t know what to say to comfort our friend, encourage our child, or just to thank God when it’s hard to be thankful. When you can’t find the words, let the Word do the talking. God’s promises are unchanging. Life circumstances will change. Trends and personal preferences will change. PillowGrace designs will change. The colors and monograms we offer will change. But, the Word printed on our pillows will remain constant.

 

Caption: It used to be just Julie running PillowGrace with the help of her husband and a friend. Now, we have a whole team! (Some not pictured here.)

PillowGrace started with a pillow case for our friend, Luke, to comfort him during his cancer treatment. Our look has changed, but we are still inspired by that first pillow case.

Our designs have transformed to our signature lines of scripture with the name or monogram within them.

We used to rely on outsourced printing, making our production time over a month. Now, our printing is in-house and we can produce a PillowGrace in a little as 7 days!

Friday Favorites: Meet JaneAnne

We are proud to introduce you to the newest member of the PillowGrace team, JaneAnne Purser. Ready to add another member to the team, but not sure where to find the right person – Julie and Heather prayed for someone smart, sharp, dynamic, and sales-driven to come along. God certainly answered our prayers when He connected us with JaneAnne!

JaneAnne comes to us with a Public Relations degree from Georgia Southern University and sales experience in the collegiate industry. With her awesome skillset and involvement in Phi Mu Sorority, JaneAnne will be heading up our Greek Collection.

Tell us about the Greek Collection from PillowGrace.

College alone can be very stressful and tiring, and then you add the nerve-racking thought of choosing the one sorority, out of ALL of your options, that fits you perfectly. The first few weeks of college involve a lot of decision-making and force you to grow up quick! These years become the best memories; you gain the best friends and learn the most about yourself. The PillowGrace Sorority collection is the perfect reminder to a new member, senior, or even Alumnae of such a fun and symbolic time in life. You can add a monogram for a little personalized touch or keep it classic with the Greek letters.

 

What are you most excited about?

This Monday we are launching a Get One, Give One, Greek Giveaway. All you have to do is follow PillowGrace on Instagram, tag your friends in the comments, and you are entered to win TWO of our Greek designs- one for you and one for someone else! This is a very fun way to gift something meaningful and special to one of your friends or sisters. Be sure to look for our Instagram post on Monday to enter!

What would you like to ask God?

If I could ask one question it would be how does he decide that a person should be a twin?

Are you named for someone? Who?

My middle name is Allison, named for my maternal Grandmother’s maiden name. Since she was an only child and could not continue the surname, she asked that my mother give me the name to continue the tradition, which makes me a 16th generation Allison.

Sunrise of Sunset?

As much as I would like to say I love to wake up early and catch the morning sunrise, I am very much a sunset person. I love to go to the beach with friends to unwind and talk about how everyone’s days went.

JaneAnne with her Phi Mu sisters after graduation day.