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Le Creuset Apple Casserole, fruit green

Le Creuset Apple Casserole, fruit green
Don’t you love kitchen cookware and accessories that look like fruit? Here are two shiny apple casseroles, made from enameled cast iron, so you can cook your casserole in the oven, warm it on the stovetop and serve it on the table. Wow your guests!

(Click "there’s more" to see the red apple accessories: the other casserole and a couple of cute apple kitchen timers.)

Posted December 13, 2005 by Mariva in decor, entertaining, gifts, holidays, home, kitchen

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Tell a friend Kikkerland

Kikkerland Silver Ocean Globe

Kikkerland offers a variety of cute-but-sleek accessories for home and office: the Fly Wall Clock, which features a picture of a fly on a screen door imprinted onto a fly swatter; an assortment of mechanical wind-up creatures; games, including decks of semi-translucent cards; and a Foldable Bottle Holder Rack, useful for wine aficionados.

You can find my favorite Kikkerland products — the Silver Ocean Globe and the Business Card Size Tool Set — at Ship the Web.

Posted December 7, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fun, gadgets, games, gifts

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Tell a friend Hippy Chix Shop

Hippy Chix Shop

It’s a goofy name, but Hippy Chix Shop offers a collection of eye-catching, unique, almost too-beautiful-to-wear tops and tunics. My favorites include Vanilla Sugar “Autumn Song”, Gypsy Daisy “Parisian”, Gypsy Daisy “Boheme II” and Vive “Plaisir des Fleurs”. Hippy Chix also carries a nice selection of pajamas — including the always popular Nick & Nora — as well as fashion accessories and gifts.

Posted December 6, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fashion, gifts

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Tell a friend buffet plates & wine glass holders

buffet party solutions

‘Tis the season for the office soirée, cocktail party, neighborhood potluck and holiday buffet — which means a lot of standing and eating. Fun, perhaps, but the drinks can be problematic. If you’ve got a plate in one hand and a glass in the other, in which hand do you hold your eating utensil? How do you shake hands with your fellow attendees? If you set the glass down, will it get mixed up with someone else’s?

Posted December 5, 2005 by Mariva in decor, gifts, holidays, social

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Tell a friend the ultimate house

Dilbert's Ultimate House exterior south view

Scott Adams, creator of the newspaper cartoon Dilbert, designed the ultimate virtual house: an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly structure that features a "quiet room" (a soundproof room that doubles as a "scream room"), two dishwashers* (one for dirty dishes, the other for clean ones), a home theater and a mow-free artificial turf lawn.

What’s in your ultimate house? In mine:

Posted December 1, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fun, gadgets, innovations, resources

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Tell a friend The Design Patch

Kerri Hill Handbag: Red Rose on Blue Polka Dots

Art can be both beautiful and functional; The Design Patch offers an exquisite mélange of things to wear and use in your home. Viewing the collection of Goody Goody Bon Bon slippers is like taking a walk through a luscious garden in full bloom. My favorite slipper designs are Big Bow Pink, Pinky & Blue, Blueberries and Panache. If you love to match, check out the New Leaf slippers, which go with the New Leaf loungewear (in both women’s and girls’ sizes).

Other Design Patch goodies include jewelry, journals, festive glasses, light fixtures, children’s toys and accessories, pillows, romantic bed linens and fantastic furniture. One of my favorite pieces is the Cameo & Rose necklace. Vive la couleur!

Posted November 25, 2005 by Mariva in arts, decor, fashion, gifts, jewelry

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Tell a friend Decorative Things eyeglasses tray

Decorative Things eyeglasses tray

Decorative Things offers an assortment of products — tableware, powder room accessories and other useful objects — made out of sturdy plastic laminated fabric. I bought the eyeglasses tray for $18, and I use it every day. I chose the "Satellite Pink" fabric pattern, which is bright and colorful, but if I were to order again, I’d probably choose "Graphic Stripes Blue" or "Fountain Pink." If you like the eyeglasses tray, try the key tray.

Posted November 15, 2005 by Mariva in decor, gifts

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Tell a friend vintage clothing & furniture

Vintage Swank: 1950s Ford Chrome Penny Gumball Machine

Feeling nostalgic? Visit Vintage Swank to find an impressive collection of clothing, accessories, jewelry, furnishings, decor and sundry items from the 1920s through the 1980s.

If you can’t find the exact garment, furnishing or bauble you’re looking for, Vintage Swank provides a compendium of links to other vintage gear resources.

 

Posted November 7, 2005 by Mariva in decor, fashion, jewelry

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Tell a friend street freebies

street freebies

The San Francisco Chronicle has a potentially useful story about finding street freebies — both treasures and junk — in the urban floating flea market.

Along those lines:
Freecycle
craigslist free stuff classifieds
craigslist barter classifieds

Posted October 26, 2005 by Mariva in community, decor, resources

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Tell a friend HistoryShots prints

HistoryShots

HistoryShots offers a number of gorgeous, high-quality history-related prints on subjects like American history (the political parties, the Confederate Army), human feats (the race to the moon, the conquest of Mount Everest) and the chronology of western civilization. Some of the prints are reproductions of original antique artifacts; others are technological creations of graphic precision. Just the background information on the prints makes for fascinating reading. There’s even a print titled Cycles of Greatness on the PGA Tour.

I hope HistoryShots produces more of these prints in the future. In the meantime, one of these prints makes an impressive gift for your favorite wonk.

Posted October 25, 2005 by Mariva in arts, decor, education

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