03 August 2011

Things I'm loving...

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter

As the end of summer quickly approaches (Alas - it is August already!) my cerebral energy has been rerouted and refocused on preparations for the new school year.  The long and leisurely days of July have been reluctantly replaced by the frenzied dance of curriculum development and departmental chores.

With so much work to be done, what better time for a gratitude break? Anything to eek out a few more moments in the carefree spirit of summer (feel free to chastise my innate ability to procrastinate - I am truly great at it).

Without further ado, here is what I'm loving this week:

Mary Lake Thompson, Ltd. - unique home goods, hand-made and gorgeous!

Beautiful kitchen towels with my favorite theme: wine!
Hand-made natural soaps
I love giving these to house guests - a nice way to welcome friends!
These personalized napkins were designed by Mary herself for my friend's wedding. 
The bride had a lot of input and Mary was masterful with her artistry!

Other things I'm head-over-heels for...
Pomona Body Lotion - in an assortment of scents. Available at Cost Plus World Market.
These trial-size bottles are perfect for traveling!
Loose-leaf tea from Alchemology: the Shango Banana Spice is my favorite!

"My Cure for Everything" pillbox from Crate and Barrel -
such a pretty place to keep the ibuprofen. :)
And last but not least, this decorative pillow from Pier 1 Imports -
the colors match my bedroom perfectly! 
Hope you're finding pleasure in the simple things as well. 
Warm wishes,


  1. With a little imagination, a stop at Cost Plus feels like you are at some foreign bizarre. I love that you can pick up a flower pot from Vietnam, an end table from Thailand, and wine from Italy without having to purchase a plane ticket.

    Best of luck with your preparations for school. It seemed like it was just yesterday when you announced the end of school. Enjoy your day.

  2. Like your choices!
    The pillow is fab.

  3. love the pillbox-- so cute

    trying to savor every bit of summer left :)

  4. What a beautiful blog...loved those personalised napkins and the pillows!! Lovely pics.

  5. Gratitude is the perfect antidote to the blues. Love your pics!


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