My favorites folder at 1000 Markets is bursting at the seams with great new finds I’ve been squirreling away. I recently came across a new potter, much to my pottery addict’s delight. A Fine Mess is the name of Lori Watts’ wonderful shop filled with pots, mugs, bowls, and more. I saw her scrumptious purple and red ice cream bowls and fell in love. I can just picture how gorgeous a bit of honey lavender ice cream would be served in those bowls. Of course, as one who enjoys a good cup of coffee from time to time, (ok, I admit it, I’m addicted to both coffee and ice cream) I had to check out the mugs as well. Who wouldn’t love a cappuccino served in this fabulous stoneware mug embellished with swirly little tan buttons? And, of course, all Fine Mess Pottery products are lead free, food-safe, ovenproof, as well as dishwasher and microwave safe; just perfect for those of us who like to use their great pottery rather than just stand back and admire it.
Something else that I’m keeping my eyes open for these days are new pillows for my living room. I love that comfy, cozy feeling that lots of pillows bring to a room, as well as just a touch of what I like to think of as “elegant cottage”. Someday I hope my house will be a true “elegant cottage”! I was delighted to discover the luxurious down pillows in the shop of Elegant Home Decor. Each lovely pillow is hand sewn in top quality fabrics collected over the past 18 years. The shop blog describes them perfectly: “ the overall look is always comfortable, stylized, and totally affordable luxury”. Many of the pillows are one of a kind, but available in collections of coordinating fabrics and pillow shapes that look wonderful together. I’ve added this lovely full blown rose print pillow to my favorites. A perfect start for what I hope will be a whole collection to snuggle into!
And speaking of elegant – these amazing Garlande earrings from Edera Jewelry caught my eye as I was checking out the 1000 Markets home page tonight. I can just picture (a much skinnier version of) myself draped across my elegant pillows in a lovely romantic gown while wearing these earrings. Such is the stuff of dreams…… oops, back to reality here…. Ivy Long, the artist behind Edera Jewelry has been creating her stunning designs for over 10 years. The influence of her milliner mother, a love of fiber arts and historical costume combined with the use of crochet and lacemaking techniques have resulted in exuberantly beautiful designs. I’ll leave you with one more lovely pair – the Mirielle Bon Bon earrings. Perfectly gorgeous.