Deer Antler Holder Mercury Glass Bowl

Have you ever walked into a store and saw something that made you just stop? It made you stop because you felt a connection with it and that someone had read your mind and made something especially for you?

This bowl was that moment for me. I am a huge fan of anything antler/deer related. Not to mention I recently discovered my love for mercury glass! So when I saw this I had a “you have got to be kidding me…” moment of shock and pure admiration.

It is made and distributed specifically by Target for the holiday season for $29.99. The only downfall to this bowl is that it is not “Food Safe” which can be a deal breaker for some. But, there is a solution to every problem! You can easily get a smaller (the inner part of the bowl is around 4 inches wide), cheaper (maybe even from the Dollar Tree) glass bowl to sit on the inside to fill with some goodies.

 

 

Bodum Bistro Universal Knife Block

Since I have gotten knives that don’t have a knife block included… I had to go on the hunt for one that would “match” the knives and also obviously bring joy into my life. Well… I found it. The Bodum Bistro Universal Knife block in red is mine!

It’s this fantastic knife block that has tiny little tightly packed “plastic” sticks in it so that you can fit a number of knives into it. You can arrange them in any order so that you don’t have to worry about if they are in the “right” slot.

I bought mine from Zappos for $50 with free shipping. This lego reminiscent knife block also comes in white, black, orange, brown, and green to fit anyone’s fancy.

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These knives…  these knives… are a fantastic set of 10, all in different colors so that you can easily distinguish them not only by shape, but color too. I bought them at a decent price of $28 dollars on Fab. Alas, since Fab is a temporary sale site, you can also purchase and these may no longer be available,  you may purchase these delightful knives at Amazon for less than $10 more at $32.50 (not to mention free super saver shipping!).

This set includes: Set of 10 knives includes:
3.5″ green paring knife
4.5″ pink tomato knife
4.5″ navy cheese knife
5″ yellow utility knife
6″ pink all purpose knife
6.5″ red sandwich knife
6.5″ purple Santoku
8″ blue chef’s knife
8″ white bread knife
8″ orange slicing knife

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I really hate the idea of disposable utensils.  Why use something that (you know as well as I do) can leave splinters in your mouth or on your fingers, get soggy, and make you frustrated when they don’t break apart the way they’re supposed to?

To help sate this frustration with general “disposable” chopsticks, I bought these amazingly graceful chopsticks from Pier 1, for only $2.95 a set. They even come with that cute little stand so you don’t have to sit it on the table and have them roll!

It’s all in the details! Out of all the silverware I have looked through, the grace and weight of these were the reason I chose them. However, I think the best part about these is the little mod diagonal line at the root of the fork tines. That’s what really grabbed my eye, and made me grab them. These utensils range anywhere from around $25 at Walmart to $50 at the creator’s site, Cambridge SilverSmiths.

Speaking of place settings… I just bought these fantastic dishes for only $59 from Walmart. I could not pass that price up! It’s way too good of a deal. The shipping was only $4 and could have been free if I had chosen to do an in-store pick up.

These dishes are simple and clean. My kind of design aesthetic! They are my first complete set of dishes and will surely help grace my table with streamline beauty.

I would absolutely adore about four of these wonderful Reclaimed Wood Boards from Poketo. I would want to use them as display pieces (instead of place-mats) for a rustic dinner setting. They are however, a little out of my price range at $32 a slice, so four would be $128. I also feel like I could probably make them if I had a chainsaw and some sandpaper. Supa Buff! But even though they are pricy, they are still extremely lovely!

A woman after my own heart. With this meticulous line work and inspired wave shapes she knocks me off my feet. I’m going to need at least one room covered in this gorgeous wallpaper! Abigail Edwards Seascape wallpaper goes for £59 (about $100) a roll. If you can’t afford all that fanciness then get the lovely tea towel for only £10 (about $15).

Ohhhhh my! The abacus’s history is so rich and a base learning tool to many contributing members of history.  “The abacus, also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool used primarily in parts of Asia for performing arithmetic processes. Today, abaci are often constructed as a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires, but originally they were beans or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of wood, stone, or metal. The abacus was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants, traders and clerks in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. ” (thanks wikipedia!) I’d like to think that this would be a great conversational piece for all ages. Sells for $40 on Snoozer Looser.

Simple, pretty, and functional. This kitchen timer is pretty neat. It’s nice because you tell from a distance how much time you have left at a glance. It only comes in one nice shade of purple and sells for $15 on Patina.

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