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My pottery lessons: Can you pick out my pottery pieces?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Can you pick out the piece I created in my pottery class? :-)

One of these pottery pieces I bought in the Blue Ridge Pottery studio, a family owned business in Virginia located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Their pottery is functional and beautiful.

I found the other piece in The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It was created by artist Lori Katz, who had her first table top pottery wheel when she was twelve years old.

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One of these mugs is made by a potter in Colorado Springs who sells locally at holiday gift shows. Can you guess which one I made in my pottery class? :-)

My pottery lessons – Post 6 of 7

Post 1. Beautiful pottery

Post 2. The Slab Method

Post 3. Throwing on a wheel

Post 4. The drying and glazing steps

Post 5. The kilns                                


Lipton Tea new packaging

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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I store my new Lipton tea bags in tea tins that I’ve collected over the years. Each time I take out tea bags, I enjoy a fond memory about where I bought the tea tin.

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Enjoy Lipton tea hot. Keep it hot with a Thinsulate Insulated Kup Kap!


Free Shipping & Handling until December 31, 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Free Shipping & Handling until December 31, 2014!

You can shop at home 24 hours a day without even getting dressed. If you’re ordering a gift, we’ll ship it directly to your special someone – for free.

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Traveling on FrontRange Express (FREX) buses

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Silver Starbursts Kup Kollar on a 24 ounce Contigo Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler.

“It beats driving by a mile” when you board a Frex bus  in Colorado Springs and travel to downtown Denver. While the friendly driver expertly drives the smoke-free bus, I enjoy knitting and sipping a hot drink in my leak-proof Contigo Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler. I slip a cup sleeve on it to hold in the heat even longer during my 90-minute bus trip.

Settle into a Frex seat and relax! If you have luggage, you can put it on racks above your seat.

Frex buses take the hassle out of driving even on cold snowy days. One of the passengers attached his bicycle to the front of the bus. It rides for free!

We passed though Greenland, CO nestled in the mountains. If you blink, you’ll miss it!

There are several designated stops in downtown Denver. If you want to get off the Frex at a different block along the regular route, tell the driver. I find the drivers very helpful!


Contigo Autoseal Hydration Bottle needs two cup wraps to keep water cold

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Before filling my 24 ounce Contigo Autoseal Hydration Bottle, I slip a cup wrap onto the bottom. Next, I turn a second cup wrap upside down and slip it over the top. The bottle’s wide mouth is easy to fill with ice cubes and water. It’s dishwasher safe, made of BPA free plastic, and meets all FDA standards.

The water bottle is made of Tritan™ so it’s high-impact resistant, won’t stain, and doesn’t retain odors. My iced water tastes great from the first drink to the last!

The unique lid on the Contigo Autoseal is 100% spill proof. With one hand, I press the button on the lid to drink. Push the carabiner open to clip the water bottle to a backpack, tote bag, or belt loop. It’s available in several colors. Mine is lime green!


Cup sleeve and single tea brewing travel tumbler accessories for RV

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
The cup sleeve on the tumbler will hold in the heat longer, while brewing tea.

Using the Trudeau Tea-Riffic travel tumbler and insulated Kup Kollar is a great way for tea drinkers traveling the world in an RV to enjoy their brew. 

Slip a washable Kup Kollar onto your double walled San plastic tumbler while waiting for the water to boil. Fill the tea infusion basket with loose tea or tea bags. The basket fits on the inside rim of the tumbler for brewing.

After brewing your tea, remove the infusion basket and put it in a small plastic bowl to cool.

After the infusion basket cools, empty the tea leaves or remove bags, then rinse the basket under the RV sink faucet.

Screw on the lid with slider for drinking, take the 16 ounce tumbler to the front of your RV, place in cup holder, and enjoy freshly brewed tea and the scenery!


The Cup & Crumpet at Fibersmyth in Woodstock, VA

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Woodstock VA The Cup & Crumpet

One afternoon Perry and I walked to The Cup & Crumpet in Woodstock, VA for lunch and tea. We ordered a Pot for Two of their house blend loose tea. It was delicious and well brewed with no bitter taste. The tea was served with the proper equipment – tea strainer with holder, cream pitcher, and sugar bowl. The Asian floral Kup Kap was my tea equipment!

Woodstock VA The Cup & Crumpet

We ordered a hot bowl of tasty tomato bisque soup with chunks of tomatoes and onions floating in it. I felt adventurous and ate the sardine quiche. It was a nice blend of flavors and very moist with a flaky crust. Soups and quiche are made from scratch on site with the owners’ grown vegetables or bought organic vegetables.

Woodstock VA The Cup & Crumpet

Our tea was still hot when we ate our desserts because it was served in a teapot covered by a tea cozy. This was a real treat because tea cozies are rarely used in tea shops or restaurants.  The desserts change daily and are baked on site. I enjoyed a piece of Hummingbird Cake, a popular southern cake which may have originated from Jamaica. It’s a frosted banana cake filled with pineapple chunks and layered with cream cheese filling. Perry loved the traditional Bread pudding with rum sauce, one of his favorite desserts!

Woodstock VA Fibersmyth

I experienced a second dessert when I walked into the next set of rooms and found a yarn shop called Fibersmyth. There is always room in the suitcase to take home new yarns!


Steampunk Sally mug by Chaz Kemp

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Kap Steampunk Sally

This beautiful Steampunk Sally mug displays an original Art Nouveau illustration by Chaz Kemp. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction–often featuring elements of fantasy, which became popular about 20 years ago. Literary and artistic works are set in a world where steam power is widely used either in Victorian England or around the 19th century.

If you or someone you know is into Steampunk, Art Nouveau, fantasy, engineering, science fiction or just like the beautiful art, I recommend this quality 11 ounce mug. The art work reproduction is excellent. Put a Golden Notes Kup Kap on Steampunk Sally because music expands all centuries.

Chaz didn’t use Steampunk to design the Herb T. Awanna and Louie Latté graphics on my web site. Instead, he listened to what I wanted then put his artistic talent to work creating these fun characters from a photo I shot of two mugs and Kup Kaps!