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Nice things from Pottery Barn
December 4, 2008, 9:42 pm
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I’ll admit that I actually didn’t know of Pottery Barn until the Friends episode “The One With The Apothecary Table” aired in 2000. Of course, I was 14 at the time and didn’t have a need to buy furniture and home décor, so I think I that’s a somewhat valid excuse. But ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan, and this year is no exception. Below are some current products from the store I love (and most likely can’t afford):


Bedford Photo Bookend, $19


Emery Clock, $29.99 (on sale!)


Faux-Fur Throw, $99 (on sale!)


Sullivan Rectangular Ottoman, $849


Chase Bedside Table, $399


Etsy Find: Ukrainian Pysanky
November 30, 2008, 3:41 pm
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Pysanka is the Ukrainian art of writing on raw eggs with hot wax using a stylus, or something similar, and then dipping them in a series of dyes. The symbols and colors used convey different meanings, such as joy and beauty for poppies, and fertility and health for the color green.

Last week I filled up my new Target-bought advent calendar with small ornaments so that each day I can hang a new one on my tree. I didn’t have a nice one for the large 25th day slot, so my mom gave me a pysanka ornament we had given my great-grandmother several years ago. It’s quite lovely, and now I am glad to have a special ornament that is representative of my heritage. (Coincidently, both my great-grandmother’s parents and my great-grandfather’s family left Ukraine at about the same time before the turn of the 20th century, and settled in North Dakota.)

Below are a few pysanky ornaments I found on Etsy:


By DandylionEggs, $30


By CarltonARTfactory, $15


By CarltonARTfactory, $35


By DragonflyTrail, $10 each

Update: Below is my fantastic little egg, by Char Thomas.