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Traditional Chinese Vases and Other Vessels – Part 1

Traditional Chinese Vases and Other Vessels – Part 1

The same forms last for centuries. They can be made out of pottery or porcelain, jade, other precious stones or metal. Often they originally had lids, although lids get lost. The same basic shape has many variations, with and without handles. Hu Wine Vessels One of the earliest ceramic forms, the hu harks back to…

Laura Ashley Indigo Blue and White Lorelei Sheet Sets
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Laura Ashley Indigo Blue and White Lorelei Sheet Sets

Laura Ashley sheets have a lovely feel and seem to last. I have the Charlotte Duvet Cover and I mix other blue and white bedding with it. The Lorelei sheets have the darkest indigo blue on a white white background. The variations of indigo blue look lovely with the other shades of blue. Lorelei Sheet…

Laura Ashley Chloe Blue and White Bedding and Coordinates
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Laura Ashley Chloe Blue and White Bedding and Coordinates

Laura Ashley’s Chloe bedding is in shades of blue from cobalt and navy to a sort of sea glass color they call Cottage Blue. It is on a true white background with details in shades of grey. The top of the comforter is a lovely water color floral pattern. This beautiful blue and white watercolor…

Grace Teaware Tea-for-One 5-Piece Glass Teapot and Porcelain Cup, Saucer, Lid and Diffuser

Grace Teaware Tea-for-One 5-Piece Glass Teapot and Porcelain Cup, Saucer, Lid and Diffuser

These adorable little teapot sets brew just enough tea just for you. The clear glass teapot holds enough tea for two normal-sized cups of tea. You can use a tea infuser with teabags, but it is made for loose tea. The dry tea leaves are put into the infuser, which is then placed directly into…

Grace Teaware Tea-for-One Porcelain Teapot, Cup and Saucer
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Grace Teaware Tea-for-One Porcelain Teapot, Cup and Saucer

This lovely nesting teapot and teacup set coordinates with the other pieces of Grace Teaware’s Blue Willow. Grace Teaware Reverse Blue Willow China > The little Blue Willow teapot holds enough for two cups of tea in the cup that it fits into. This set does not include an infuser. Grace Teaware Tea-for-One 5-Piece Glass…

How do they make those lavish flower arrangements?
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How do they make those lavish flower arrangements?

Do you see those amazing flower arrangements and wonder how they did that? This is the same arrangement, looking down into it. See how densely packed the flowers are? I bought a book on flower arranging. It gives instructions to create an arrangement like this. First tape across the top of your container so you…

Lilly Pulitzer Totes and Shopper Bags

Lilly Pulitzer Totes and Shopper Bags

Have you seen Lilly Pulitzer Totes and Shopper Bags? The Reusable Grocery Totes and Shopper Bags are made of lightweight heavy duty water and tear-resistant all-weather woven polypropylene. They have wide handles that are long enough to go over your shoulder. Lilly Pulitzer Reusable Grocery Totes The Reusable Grocery Totes are a really practical size…

Blue and White Porcelain Flatware Sets
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Blue and White Porcelain Flatware Sets

Chopsticks are a very traditional Chinese gift. They are appropriate housewarming gifts or to give to family members, clients and business associates, even government officials. In Chinese, the word Chopsticks sounds very similar to the word Happiness. So giving chopsticks is like giving happiness. A lot of sets include spoons, the other common Chinese eating…

Two’s Company Staffordshire Dogs
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Two’s Company Staffordshire Dogs

Since the 1720s, Staffordshire Dogs have been displayed on fireplace mantels and window sills. Victorians loved their knickknacks and these little dog pairs might be the most typical Victorian ornament ever. Pottery factories in Staffordshire, England started making these pairs of little dogs, facing each other in the early 1700s. Soon potteries all over England…