Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New World Arts Christmas Trees Skirts, Pillows, Stockings and More

Winter Village

I recently discovered New world Arts Christmas tree skirts and love the bright colors, the hand made quality and applique details. Winter Village with the bright cardinal is my favorite. These beautiful works of art are almost too pretty to top with presents. 

Snowman Tree Skirt

Santa Village

They also make table runners


Christmas Dogs

Three Birds Stocking

And last but not least pillows!

Santa Pillow

Reindeer Pillow

Here are a few more New World Christmas finds.

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Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Good morning! Yesterday I shared some of my favorite plaid plates which are great not only for your holiday table but also gifts for the tartan lover in your life. Today I thought I would share 15 of my favorite books for the book lover in your life as well as a few literary gifts too.


Whether you consider yourself a bibliomaniac or just someone who enjoys reading, A Passion for Books will provide you with a lifetime's worth of entertaining, informative, and pleasurable reading on your favorite subject--the love of books.

 Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.

For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them.

I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.

When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle’s delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast?

If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl.

Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage.

If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.

For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part--collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.

For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect thing for bookworms everywhere.

We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books.
We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops.
Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine.
And that's just the beginning.
From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).
The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.

The Great American Read: The Book of Books will present all 100 novels with fascinating information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more.

1000 Books to Read Before You Die

Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.

Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.

In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago

Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, forms the reader's own character.

“Stories, both my own and those I’ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I’ve become,” Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living. Orner reads—and writes—everywhere he finds himself: a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti. The result is “a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir.” Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced; Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection; Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty-three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, “working” at being crazy; and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence. Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and Václav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morris—about whom almost nothing is known

The Library is a fascinating and engaging exploration of libraries as places of beauty and wonder. It’s a celebration of books as objects, a celebration of the anthropology and physicality of books and bookish space, and an account of the human side of these hallowed spaces by a leading and passionate bibliophile.

A library is not just a collection of books, but also the buildings that house them. As varied and inventive as the volumes they hold, such buildings can be much more than the dusty, dark wooden shelves found in mystery stories or the catacombs of stacks in the basements of academia. From the great dome of the Library of Congress, to the white façade of the Seinäjoki Library in Finland, to the ancient ruins of the library of Pergamum in modern Turkey, the architecture of a library is a symbol of its time as well as of its builders’ wealth, culture, and learning.

Architectural historian James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce traveled the globe together, visiting and documenting over eighty libraries that exemplify the many different approaches to thinking about and designing libraries. The result of their travels, The Library: A World History is one of the first books to tell the story of library architecture around the world and through time in a single volume, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern China and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. As these beautiful and striking photos reveal, each age and culture has reinvented the library, molding it to reflect their priorities and preoccupations—and in turn mirroring the history of civilization itself. Campbell’s authoritative yet readable text recounts the history of these libraries, while Pryce’s stunning photographs vividly capture each building’s structure and atmosphere.

Together, Campbell and Pryce have produced a landmark book—the definitive photographic history of the library and one that will be essential for the home libraries of book lovers and architecture devotees alike.

Literary Gifts

25 individually Tagged Teabags with literary quotes from the world over.

Book Mug: Featuring 24 opening lines of some of the greatest works of literature.

And last but not least a Kindle Unlimited Subscription! I have had one for a couple of years and I love it, you can read an unlimited amount of magazine, books, etc all for $9.99 a month. 

Have a great day! 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Mad for Plaid: Plates From Pottery Barn & More

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Are you already off on a Thanksgiving adventure or will you be staying at home? We are staying home for the holiday this year and in fact are having it catered so I do not have much to do except bake a pumpkin pie and set the table. 

Plaid Trimmed Napkins Pottery Barn Kids

Needless to say that leaves me lots of time to look for Christmas recipes and decorating ideas, especially ones that include a touch of plaid.  

Plaid Chargers

I love plaid but then you already knew that as I have posted about my love for it here, herehereherehereherehere and here

Landon Plaid

I found a few beautiful place settings that you might enjoy for your holiday table featuring Plaid Chargersplaid salad plates, and of course dinner plates

Of course I found platters as well, squareround and oval to serve everything from main courses to cookies. 

Image Pottery Barn

I am in love with every places setting and can envision cinnamon rolls on this set for breakfast and lunch and dinner on this one

Denver Plaid Plates

I already have small appetizer plates and salad plates and this week at the sales I will be getting a few of the dinner plates so that I can mix and match them with my Twas the Night Before Christmas Transfer-ware

Are you as "mad for plaid" as I am? If so please share your favorite plaid plates, clothes, and more.

Here are a few more plaid plates you might enjoy!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Patricia Nash Tartan Bags

Good evening! Just discovered these great tartan bags from Patricia Nash so I thought I would share them.

If you like the bag simply click on it and you will be taken to the store selling it. Have a great night. 

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Saturday Finds: Hostess Gifts

Good morning and a happy Saturday to you. I hope that you are resting up this weekend before the "big" celebration Thursday. I am finding it hard to believe that Thursday is Thanksgiving, seriously where did the year go?

Union Square Bar Nuts

 We have a few busy weeks ahead of us,  celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and all of the parties and gatherings in between. So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite hostess gifts just in case you want to make or pick up a few on Black Friday. 

Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Personally, I love homemade gifts, like Union Square Bar Nuts, or Dark Chocolate Fudge Saucepeanut brittle or my all time favorite cranberry apple chutney. Wine and flowers are always nice too. 

Cranberry-apple Chutney

But if you do not have time to make something or you just don't feel like adding another thing to your list here are a few of my favorite hostess gifts. 

1. Chestnut Lotion 2. Marble Cheese board  3.Holiday Cookies 4. Peppermint Crunch Cookies  5. Candle 6. tea bottle 7. Hot chocolate  8. Salt cellar 9. Plaid throw 10. appetizer plates 11. tea towels 12. Mugs

You could also bring your favorite bottle of champagne and flutes, a nut dish and some of your favorite nuts, or a bowl and some truffles.

Do you have  favorite hostess gift to give or to receive? Please share your favorite ideas.

Have a great weekend and enjoy a little calm before the whirlwind of the holidays begins.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Favorites from Cooking for Keeps, Inspired By Charm, Sugar and Soul, Cosy Kitchen and More

Good morning! It has been a heartbreaking week for all of those who have lost their loved ones and everything they own in the fires in California. I am heartbroken to see so many people and animals suffering. I do not even know how to go about helping, if you know of a charity that is helping please let me know. 

Next week is Thanksgiving and then it seems like warp speed ahead to Christmas, I am really trying to savor this time as it is my favorite time of the year and I do not want to miss it. I hope that you are as well. 

At Thanksgiving dinner I typically skip the turkey, and ham and go right for the side dishes. Wild rice, broccoli,  fluffy yeast rolls and of course mashed potatoes and gravy.  If you like mashed potatoes as well and would like to know how to make the creamiest mashed potatoes check out this post from Cooking for Keeps.

These Stuffed mini pumpkins from Inspired by Charm are a great side to make for your Thanksgiving meal.

Image Sugar & Soul

Thanksgiving Punch from Sugar and Soul is fun drink to serve over the holidays.

Fall Stew and Cauliflower Mash from Cosy Kitchen

If you get tired of Thanksgiving food this Fall Stew and Cauliflower Mash from the Cosy Kitchen looks delicious. 

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate is a delicious treat for chilly days. 

Interesting Reading

Have you heard of The Cheese Nun? If not read all about her, so interesting. 


I love this series, Dream of Italy

If you think cooking Thanksgiving is a lot of work than you will like Fannie's Last Supper.


I just got this burger book for my husband. 

Pre-ordered this book from one of my favorite authors. 


Cute cape and its only $26.00. 

Or this one from Talbots which I believe you can get on Black Friday for 50% off one item.

My new favorite perfume.

These slippers are gorgeous! They are from Anthropologie. 

These cute nesting dolls would make a great stocking stuffer. 

I hope that you have a safe and happy weekend. As always, if you found a book, podcast, recipe, great gift idea or something else you think we might enjoy pleas share.