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Fresh Botanical Displays

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I recently came across the Dutch blog, Vtwonen, and found their botanical displays to be very inspiring! Although, the use of assorted glass bottles isn’t entirely original, the way they displayed them in glass cases, and with a random assortment of florals seemed rather fresh.

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And in this vignette, it’s the pops of color that really stand out in an otherwise neutral palette. This would be easy to recreate in our own homes, with seasonal flowers, and a few pieces of colorful pottery. As they say, it’s in the mix, not the match.
Hope you found them to be inspiring as well!

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Packaging Supplies & Sources

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One thing I’ve been trying diligently to do, is simplify. I’ve slowly been going through cupboards, closets and drawers to sort through all my stuff. One of my recent projects was tackling all my packaging supplies. I’ve decided less is more, and have curated my collection down to the few items I use most frequently. The rest will be sold, donated or recycled. It feels like freedom.

I thought I’d share with you what I decided to keep and their sources. Nearly everything, I am able to store inside an antique tool box. I find it very convenient with the cubbies and handle. Plus, it limits the amount of things I can add to it.

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The following items can be purchased at just about any grocery or discount store. These are supplies I like to keep on hand for homemade goods or other food related gifts:
Brown paper lunch sacks, waxed paper, parchment paper, paper sandwich bags, waxed paper bags, muslin bagsbutchers twine and this natural hemp twine.

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My favorite shipping tags can be bought at any office supply store. I leave some plain, and others I dye various shades. This gives me options without having to buy more.
And Martha makes my favorite labels. Their simple, classic, and gender neutral. They also provide convenient online templates for them. Sometimes I use them in lieu of a card.

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Tape, a hole punch, pencils, and a felt tip pen are great basics. I find I usually don’t use much more than this. I do like to keep an eye out for vintage scissors, and I also really love these.

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And having a roll of clear cellophane comes in handy, as well as, flat and square glassine bags in assorted sizes, and clear cellophane bags. Some of these are from bulk suppliers…you could split an order with friends, or there are lots of Etsy sellers offering similar, if not the same items, in smaller quantities. Not pictured are kraft boxes, a couple rolls of ribbon, and a few rolls of wrapping paper, that’s about it!

What about you? Are you a pared down kind of gal or more is better?

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NYC – Fishs Eddy

You know what they say, better late than never, right? I’ve been meaning to share my trip to NYC with you and completely forgot. So let’s just pretend I got back last week instead of in December. We’ll begin with the shopping first, starting with Fishs Eddy. I’m not sure a trip to NYC would be complete without a visit here…there’s just so much good stuff.

When you walk in you’re greeted by this enormous display of waving ceramic hand molds….

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And in the window they have a creative display of broken china…

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And everywhere you look there are stacks, upon stacks, upon stacks of dishes. There are new and vintage pieces here, making for a great place to pick up lost pieces of a collection or begin an entirely new one. I’d start with the cake pedestals or white china.

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And for you color lovers, there is plenty to choose from as well.
Like this tower of rainbow mugs or pile of colorful berry baskets…

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And I thought this Brooklynese Cawfee Set was a crack up!

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If you can’t make a trip to NYC, Fishs Eddy has a great website and their prices seem very reasonable. I know the next time I’m in the city, I’ll be spending more time here. It’s one of those perfect sources for prop inventory, and home goods!

Fishs Eddy
889 Broadway at 19th Street
NYC, NY 10003
Phone: 877-347-4733

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