Alex Apland pottery mug

Alex Apland's pottery beams with a natural love of the outdoors. Her sweeping mountain landscapes, shadowy treelines and coastal beach motifs are unmistakably inspired by the Pacific Northwest surroundings where they're created. The PNW is a region I hope to explore someday, until then, I will satisfy my wistfulness with lovely ceramic testaments to it's... Continue Reading →

Scumugs: Custom Banner planter

"Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so and hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." Robert Frost's poem published in 1923, along with S.E. Hinton's classic work, The Outsiders, serve... Continue Reading →

Birch Forest mug-Callahan Ceramics

Featuring a sea-inspired mug for my recent pottery post, I mentioned needing a tree adorned piece to complete my collection of natural elements. It felt like kismet when soon after, Callahan, the talented potter of Callahan Ceramics asked for customer requests on upcoming designs. I quickly piped up that a birch tree scene would be... Continue Reading →

Pottery by M mug

I must be succumbing to a case of handmade mug madness, hence the second pottery post this month. All I can say is, it's been quite fun following and discovering artisan potters and finding a piece that makes a joyful addition to my collection. I spotted the mugs from Pottery by M a few months... Continue Reading →

Callahan Ceramics: Constellation mug

As my forty-first birthday approached with little fanfare (we were busy celebrating other happy family milestones) the lack of festivity instilled in me the need to treat myself. With no New York City celebration to ring in my new decade as it had last year, I settled for a quiet morning sipping coffee on our... Continue Reading →

Element Botanicals Winter release: Earth perfume

Spurred on by the magic-tinged scented oils showcased by artisan perfume treasure-hunting blogger friends, I've dipped my first toes into the indie perfume world. The Winter release by Element Botanicals' wildcrafted offering, Earth. I'm in tune with the idea of a seasonal perfume change for one that embodies the characteristics of each season. This is... Continue Reading →

Jake Ford Ceramics: Rainy day Mug

Hello all. It's early on, but the way 2018 is progressing makes me want to crawl into the nook of this photo and not come out until Spring. Conceding I'm provided books, tea and plenty of pup snuggles, of course. If there's one thing I know that perks up dreary downcast Winter mornings however, it... Continue Reading →

Dessa’s Homespun Scents: Holiday order

'Tis the season for the Christmas spirit to gently fill our hearts and homes. Mine is merrier, thanks in part to this beautiful order received from Dessa's Homespun Scents.  Following Dessa's social media posts and beholding her website the last few months gives the impression that the company title is more than a name. It... Continue Reading →

September Superlatives

My monthly bests/worsts recap with a new name (thank you, Jimmy Fallon). I'm saving my favorite scents from the past month for tomorrow's Fall Fun post, so look for it Saturday morning. September's been another strange month, but not as dream like as August felt... Saltiest: That's me, after my first salt spa experience, treated... Continue Reading →

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