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My pottery lessons: knitting pottery mug

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
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Yarn Skeins Kup Kap on ceramic mug.

My pottery mug may not have beauty but it has uniqueness and function! Filled with a delicious brewed tea, it helps keep me warm throughout the cold months.

Having worked for a potter I have a very good idea of the skill and creativity needed to build a beautiful piece. After completing my pottery class, I learned to appreciate the art even more. If you think the price tag is too high on a pottery piece, my guess is that it isn’t high enough!

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4 Bag Teapot Stand crafted with painted recycled tea bags
preserved under resin from Original T Bag Designs.

My husband came with me to the last class to help pack up the pieces I had made. Perry saw this teapot in the studio’s shop. He pointed it out to me because he really liked the coloring and the bamboo handle.

While he was busy packing, I secretly bought the teapot to add to our collection. I packed it and stowed it in our car. When we returned home and unloaded, I gave it to him for an unexpected surprise!

My pottery lessons – Post 7 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 

Post 6. Can you pick out my pottery piece?


Cherry Blossoms, Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery in Washington DC

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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On a recent visit to the Smithsonian Institution, one of my favorite areas of Washington DC, I bought this souvenir mug at the American History Museum because my daughter is living in Japan teaching English at a private school. In 1912, the people of Japan gave 3000 cherry blossom trees to the city of Washington DC as an expression of friendship. Every year the city celebrates a cherry blossom festival.

I decided to add a Cherry Blossoms Kup Kap to the online store. Who doesn’t think cherry blossoms are beautiful?


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I toured the Freer Gallery, the Smithsonian’s first art museum opened in 1923. The founder, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) was a Chicago business man who made frequent trips to several countries in the Far East. He loved the art. He began purchasing and bringing back pieces to the United States for his private collection which now fills the Freer Gallery.

I loved the art exhibit called Seasons which showed the importance of seasons in Japanese art. Artists changed their creations throughout the year according to the season. For example, a pottery artist changed clays each season. Tea utensils were made in rough stoneware that conveyed warmth for winters while porcelain is cool to the touch for summers. During Spring a painter would create pictures of foliage that grew in that season then change to plants that grew in the Autumn later in the year.


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This tea caddy in the Spring and Summer collection is for storing tea. The artist is Kashu Mimpei (1796-1871) from Awaji Island in Japan. It’s made of porcelain with iron décor under a cobart-tinted glaze which gives it the unique blue tone.


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The tea bowl is Koto ware from Hikone, Japan made in the mid-19th century of porcelain with white slip and cobalt pigment under a clear glaze. The design is a quick sketch of three blossoms and three leaves from the yuzuriha, a small evergreen tree which blooms in early summer.

Thank you, Mr. Freer, for founding this lovely museum as part of the Smithsonian Institute!


Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Garden Floral Kup Kap

In the Dollywood souvenir gift shop, I chose this mug because it’s glitzy with butterflies. She’s well known for her sparkle and shine saying, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.”

I saw butterfly replicas all through Dollywood. Butterflies represent freedom and beauty to Dolly. She enjoys the loud colors, gentleness, and movement of the insects. When she was a child, she followed butterflies from one flower to another. She often got lost and her mom would have to look for her!


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There were framed photos of Dolly with celebrities in the Chasing Rainbows Museum. Some of you will remember actor Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in the TV series “Magnum, P.I. Or you may know Mr. Seleck as Monica’s doctor boyfriend in “Friends”.


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Many of her costumes are displayed. Dolly quote, “I’m no natural beauty. If I’m gonna have any looks at all, I’m gonna have to create them.”


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This colorful quilt was sewn in 1974 by Aunt Dora Valentine. It’s made from Dolly’s costumes.


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Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. On the CMT Artists web site, it takes five paragraphs to list her awards. Along with winning many awards, she’s also won many hearts throughout her life.

Dolly says the statue of her standing on the courthouse lawn in her hometown is her “greatest honor because it came from the people who know me.”


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!


Vegetarian recipe: Avocado Lime Deviled Eggs

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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Red Bandana/Blue underside Kup Kap on 8 ounce wine glass.

Summer time + picnics = deviled eggs served in Tupperware! I have my own deviled eggs recipe but I make this Avocado Lime Deviled Eggs recipe for my son. The Kup Kap on the wine glass keeps flying insects out. My son is a vegetarian and eats nothing with eyes! 


1 dozen hard cooked large eggs, peeled

2 medium avocados, seeded and pulp scooped out

¼ cup reduced fat, light mayonnaise

4-­5 teaspoons lime juice

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon salt

cilantro leaves and/or green onions, chopped, for garnish


  1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out the yolks and place in a medium bowl. (Be careful not to damage the white halves).
  1. Add avocado to bowl, and mash yolks and avocado thoroughly with a fork until fairly smooth. Add mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic powder, cayenne and salt. Stir well to blend all ingredients.
  1. Place filling in the whites using a small spoon or pipe in with a pastry bag and decorative tube.
  1. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a tightly covered container.

Recipe Created By: Kim Galeaz

Recipe From: My Indiana Home


Prairie Thyme Raspberry Jalapeno Ambrosia condiment

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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Golden Notes Kup Kap on 8 ounce wine glass.

It’s time to move outdoors to your deck, the neighborhood park, or a balcony. When you do move outside, remember that flying critters are waiting for you. Put a Kup Kap over your glass to keep the insects from taking a swim in your favorite drink!

For a quick snack with your wine, spread Raspberry Jalapeno Ambrosia condiment by Prairie Thyme on a cracker and top with a cheese cutout. We’ve used Prairie Thyme condiments for years. The great taste comes from all natural ingredients. There are recipes using the condiments on their web site.


Mister Donuts in Osaka, Japan

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

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Colleen traveled by highway bus from Tokushima to Osaka, Japan to explore the area. She stayed in the new Hankyu Hotel which has a unique feature.

Reporting from Japan she writes, “I’m on the “Ladies Floor” at the hotel, with a ladies room with ladies things. Because I’m a lady!”

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A lady needs a cup of hot tea to bring calm at the end of her day.

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Colleen travels with her own cup lid so she used it on her mug of hot tea. She knows a Kup Kap designed with Thinsulate insulation by 3M used in Arctic clothing holds in heat longer than a ceramic lid.

Colleen writes, “Winding down with some Mister Donuts (very popular here!), some note-jotting on my pretty new memo pad, and some herbal tea with a Kup Kap on the cup.”

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A lady needs a colorful bed pillow on her neatly made bed.

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A lady really enjoys full-sized bottles of nice smelling products in her shower!


Herb Tea Echinacea from Japan

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

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My daughter Colleen gave me Herb Tea Echinacea when she came home from Japan. She knows I take Echinacea tablets if I feel a cold coming on. She also chose a tea cup for me with colors that I love.

The Echinacea tea has a mild celery taste. I stirred a splash of raw honey from a local bee keeper into the mug for more health benefits. The Kup Kap keeps the tea hot so I can sip it. Slowly drinking hot Echinacea tea is much more fun than swallowing tablets!


Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Coffee Drinks Kup Kap on 20 ounce glass mug.

You can get your caffeine fix in liquid form or in a solid form. I call Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans “portable coffee” easily carried and stored. When you pop one in your mouth, you’ll taste chocolate then coffee when you bite into it!

These espresso beans were made by using the panning process. The dark roasted 100% Arabica coffee beans are covered with hundreds of layers of rich dark chocolate which is finely sprayed onto the beans in huge copper bowls. The tilted bowl turns like a rock tumbler and makes the candies shiny.

Only $4.49 will get you a 14 ounce tub of kosher certified Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans at Trader Joe’s!


Where to find Girl Scout Cookies

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Espresso Medley Kup Kap on 16 ounce mug.

The first Girl Scout cookies were baked in their families’ kitchens under the supervision of their moms. In the 1920’s and 30’s, one dozen cookies cost 25 – 35 cents. Today ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers are licensed to produce the cookies for the annual sale. There are eight different kinds including vegan cookies.

If for some reason you can’t eat the cookies, buy for gifts or donate cookies to a community senior center or teen center for their next event. Your support = her success!

Click the link to learn the nearest locations to buy cookies.