IT’S A SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP!

For all my very loyal and wonderful subscribers and followers:

A last minute, pop-up sale, is now taking place in
MY ETSY SHOP

 

Hop on over to
OneNumberEight
where you will find a 40% discount on many items.

The calendars come in a clear jewel case; each month on a separate sheet; perfect for your desk.

 

 

I am offering FREE gift wrap.
Just specify if you want a)natural kraft paper or b) hand stamped white paper.

A shot from my show two weeks ago in Chapel Hill.

 

Maybe a set of 4 gift tags, twine included:

 

This sale ends at midnight, Wednesday, December 13 so be quick about it!

And for local followers, don’t forget to come see me at
The Carolina Inn
this Saturday from 3-8 PM for the
Holiday Market!

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SHOPPING FOR SMALL PLATES

What do you think of when I say “small plates?” Just how small is small?

I am thinking of 6″-7″ diameter!

These are not generally called “Dessert” or “Salad” plates as those are about 8″. So, having researched this a bit I now realize they are classified as “Canapé” or “Appetizer” plates. And most are 6.25″ diameter.

Why am I searching for these you may ask. We use them almost every day! They are perfect for a piece of toast in the morning. Or a leftover piece of quiche warmed up in the microwave. Or a few cookies for afternoon tea. In general it seems they are a perfect alternative to the more standard, and larger, dessert/salad plate.

This is what I want to replace:

Boring does not quite describe these! Utilitarian, yes. Indestructible, yes. Interesting..no, no.

Here are some of the alternatives I have found. These are the brighter, more colorful choices. I thought you, too, just might be curious as to what is out there in the market place:

 

 These are perhaps a bit more high end; almost all are solid color and several are from Etsy.

 

Just which set is “mine?”
I am loving these cute plates from the
Jacques Pépin Collection for SurLaTable!
Very “breakfast” and perfect for my daily toast, don’t you think?
They are a little larger than most of the others, measuring a 7.25″ diameter. But I can live with that. And maybe I need to add to the collection with other pieces, right?

 

Let us know your thoughts!

P.S.   To my subscribers: I have had problems with the system I use to send out the Blog Post Updates as regularly scheduled. Sorry that this one was late today!

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FRIDAY FLOWERS: FLASHBACK TO THE COTSWOLDS

This just came across my Facebook feed:

This is Andrew and Elizabeth Guppy, founders and owners of
Cotswold Walks

I cannot say enough good things about these lovely people or the tours they operate. I am dreaming, right now, of those wonderful gardens we saw during that very hot week last June! It was magical.

If you navigate to “Guided Walking Tours” and scroll down you will see “Cotswold Gardens.”

 

 

I know…we’re all thinking about the holiday season right now..but take a few minutes to savor these images of some of the loveliest gardens anywhere. Sit back, close your eyes, and breathe. And file this away to come back to in January when, perhaps, you are planning your next summer’s holiday.

If you look down below at Related Posts, you can read more about the tour!

Hope you have enjoyed this mini-break from holiday madness…

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