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I was on one of my phone conversations with my mother the other day, and she had mentioned that she had gone onto my blog page and read a few of my blogs posts. She had this great idea to blog about and make it a part of my ‘regulars’. She knows how much I love architectural history and how much I am always talking about furniture and architectural elements from certain eras. So, the idea… each week talk about one new design era and discuss the trends and share pictures for all my readers. What a GREAT idea! Why hadn’t I thought of that? Thanks mom!
I would love to talk about Egyptian architecture, Victorian, the Modernism movement, Art Nouveau, and all the in betweens! I find something fascinating in each and every Design Era.
Now, my dilemma: What should I call this new blog post? I will ponder on the idea. I would like all of you to do the same! What should I title the blog posting for architectural history? Please write in my comment section on what you think.
Thanks, as always.
It has always bothered me that people always make resolutions to do something for themselves…loose weight, work out, stop drinking, stop eating ice cream, etc.
Why can’t people make a resolution for themselves to help others more, volunteer, etc. Why does it always have to be ‘all about me’.
My thought is… make two resolutions… one: loose weight and work out more, two: volunteer more. Or even better, to combine the two… take part in 5k’s or 15k races that benefit cancer causes or environmental causes.
This Sunday I am taking part in a 5k to help raise money for our environmental causes. The race is called the Revolution Run. This takes place in Mission Bay and Fiesta Island. No only am I burning the calories that I need to use up, I am also helping the environment. What a great way to give back and also take for yourself.
I know all of you have already made your resolution this year, but I challenge you to make one more… one that benefits someone else.
Today is no usual Thursday. I have a Christmas party to attend.
So this means that I have been stressed for since yesterday. Lots to do!
Yesterday I made a side dish to bring (Creamy Spud’s- my mothers recipe) and had to clean my house. I usually clean my house every Thursday, but no time. Today, I need to make sure that I get a good workout in my boxing class today before I eat everything at this party. I also had to get a toy for the Toys for Tots drive. Today, I need to find a hostess gift as well. You should always bring a hostess gift to e new persons house in which you have never been before. Which brings my to my Thought:
Hostess gifts. Here are some top ten ideas….
1. Guest Book: Many hostesses enjoy keeping track of their guests by having them sign a guest book. It’s fun to look back, read the comments from past guests and remember the good times had while entertaining. Target or Hallmark carry a nice selection of classic and contemporary styled Guest Books for around $20.
2. Picture Frame: Almost every hostess would enjoy a beautiful picture frame. If you know your hostess well, choose a frame that will compliment her décor. A beautiful beveled silver 5×7 frame from Target is only $14.99. If your hostess is a bit more whimsical, try a desktop memo and picture holder. For $9.99 the “Posey” desktop frame/memo holder can hold either pictures, notes, recipes or all 3 at the same time.
3. Candle Set: Illuminations online and brick and mortar stores carry a nice selection of high quality candles and gift sets. If you live near a store, I highly recommend stopping in to pick up the vanilla candle and potpourri set for $19.99. This delightful little gift set comes with a sculpted wood dish, with 3 square, vanilla scented candles and some vanilla potpourri. Your hostess will enjoy this gift every time she uses it!
4. Chocolates: You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and one of my favorite places to get fine chocolate is Sees Candy. Their 8 oz. Gold Truffle gift box is $8.05 and comes with 24 mouth watering truffles. Your hostess will enjoy Dark Chocolate Chip, Café Au Lait, Lemon, Light and Dark Chocolate, Key Lime, Café Hazelnut and Raspberry.
5. Coordinating Dishtowels: Dishtowels may not be the most heart felt gift you can give, but when they come from Williams Sonoma, they can be. Your hostess will appreciate your good taste and sense of quality. A set of 4, thick, waffle weave dishtowels costs $16. These are Williams Sonoma signature cotton towels and have a classic look.
6. Homemade Gift: A homemade gift will truly be something your hostess will appreciate. Whether you make a cookie or soup mix in a jar, throw together a recipe of spiced nuts, or create your own bath products like bath salts and bath bombs, presentation will really add to your gift’s charm. Put your bath products in a stainless steel wire caddy or a handcrafted basket. A cellophane bag tied with a big silk ribbon will dress up your spiced nuts. A wide ribbon and swatch of fabric covering the lid with hand made gift card will be the perfect presentation for a cookie mix in a jar.
7. Small House Plant: Fresh flowers may seem like the perfect gift for a hostess, but actually, they are not. Your hostess gift should treat the hostess, not create a crisis for her to deal with. If she is rushing around to take care of last minute details for her party, having to stop and find a vase and put the flowers in water may cause her undue stress. Instead, pick up a lovely house plant at your florist or even the florist department at your grocery store.
8. Kitchen Soap Gift Set: Williams Sonoma makes luxurious essential oil liquid hand soap and lotion sets in a contemporary looking stainless steel wire caddy for $29.99. These sets look great next to a kitchen sink and will be a very useful, but generous gift.
9. Cookbook: If you know a little bit about your hostess, try selecting a cookbook geared towards her interests. If she enjoys Italian cooking, look for an authentic Italian cookbook. If she likes to bake, there are lots of great cook books to choose from. A cookbook that was specifically chosen to reflect her interests is a very thoughtful way to show your appreciation to your hostess.
10. Hot Cocoa Gift Set: Nothing is quite as comforting as a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter night. Red Envelope has a decadent hot cocoa gift set by New York City chocolatier MarieBelle. For $26 you get 6 packets of Venezuelan cocoa in a lunchbox style tin. This sinfully delicious cocoa comes to life with hot water, but when refrigerated, becomes a dark, silky smooth Crème de Chocolat and can be eaten by the spoonful!
Your hostess will appreciate your thoughtful gesture when you come to her home bearing gifts.
Since it is the Holiday season and being a Christmas Party and all I am bring a poinsettia plant, which falls under the house plant category.
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I thought that I might follow-up with you on last weeks Thursday’s Thoughts. I had discussed with you about notes, lists, and journals. Then I posted a poll asking my readers which type of journal I should start: Type it or, Write it. The majority of my voters told me to write it since it would be more personal.
I started my journal on Monday, November 1, 2010. I have written one page everyday since then and my hand hurts (might also be because I have been boxing/kickboxing everyday too and punching a heavy bag is not the easiest thing in your knuckles). Even though my hands are killing me and I had to take glucosamine this morning, it is well worth it. I am glad that I have taken this opportunity to write my life down for my future children and grandchildren.
So, after my long and hot day (it has been 90 degrees in San Diego these past few days) I will enjoy a nice glass of wine and jot away.
The past few months I have been keeping a very small journal for personal use. Now, when I say small…I mean SMALL. This journal is called One Line A Day. I purchased it online and have been using it everyday to sum up the previous day in a nut shell.
Since I have been recording my days, I am reminded about my fathers journal. He has written a journal entry, one 8-1/2″ x 11″ page, everyday since 1978. My brothers nor I have been allowed to read this journal, my mother has not even been allowed to read his life’s memoir either. He has told us that we will each get our chance after he passes. Each of his family members have been ‘characters’ is his life story and I cannot wait to read it (well, I really can wait because that would mean that my father would no longer physically exist :(. I am inspired by this in a way that forces me to think about writing my own journal that requires more that one small line or any sort of nut shell. My father had started this journal in 1978, that is one year before my oldest brother was born. Perfect timing. Considering how my life is going right now and my near future plans…I think that now is the perfect time to start (or January 1, 2o11). Not sure yet if I want to type it…or hand write it. Hand writing a journal might be a more personal way to share my life. What do you think?