Hello friends, first I want to announce the chinoiserie tole giveaway winner! Congratulations goes to- #9 Jo Stewart Love the quatrefoil planter and the idea of amaryllis in them for the holidays! Please email us your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and your prize will be on it’s way. _______________________________________ And how are you on this first weekend of October? We are having such beautiful fall weather and I am loving it! Hope you are having a great weekend, and getting to enjoy some fall weather as well. We are finally starting to settle down with the warehouse and rounding the corner, where we are finally getting organized. I am now working on my office and completing a reception area. Still a few weeks left of work but we are getting there and at last I see light at the end of the tunnel, a big relief! We are preparing for many exciting happening over here. This next week we will get both our chinoiserie tole (small shipment) and our porcelain container, then within 2 weeks arrives the first order of ornaments and holiday gift wrap along with the second part of our tabletop container….very excited about all this, its like Christmas in October. Any distraction from what a disaster of a year 2020 has been! Moving along to this weekend’s post- ___________________________________________ 1 FALL TOUCHES AROUND HERE Better late than never, I know I am a little behind the 8 ball, especially given that fall is my most favorite season of all. So, I got busy and took out my white pumpkins, my porcelain pumpkins, and went into the yard and cut fresh greens. Who said fresh greens are only for Christmas! Especially with the year 2020 has been, I say anything goes:) So here is my mantle and a side console in my foyer. I also planted white mums but they are not yet in bloom. Nothing like a trunk full of white mums:) 2 SHOP NEWS You are always the first to know about what is new and on the horizon over here. Just thrilled with the newest darker green tulipiere samples (these will be here mid Nov) How great looking are these new style hexagon planters coming in? Just in love with these new painted pagodas. I cannot wait to get these in………3 more weeks! I think I am going to need to plan something around these:) Another beautiful style just got out of production Happy to announce these are officially in production- 4 styles! I can’t wait, they will be here just in time to spruce up your homes for the holidays:) We just added a bevy of beauties to our new arrivals, click here to see all the new arrivals 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST A beautiful round up of incredible instagrams with plenty of gorgeous fall inspiration to enjoy. 4 THE CALENDARS ARE COMING!!! So incredibly excited over the new 2021 desktop calendar that was done as a collaboration with Giddy Paperie. This one knocks it out of the park. One month is more fabulous than the next, every month is so incredibly beautiful! We called it a Blutifful Life and this shows life at it’s best. Who isn’t looking forward to turning the page to a brand new year and I can’t imagine a prettier way to do it than with this amazing desktop calendar. Thrilled to announce that as of today, you can now preorder this beautiful calendar. These are due in around Oct. 20th and we will start shipping out at that time, This is a perfect gift idea/stocking stuffer, last year we sold out so don’t miss out! . Click here to preorder (We will also offer the easels as well as the darling mugs in a few weeks) 5 ONE STUNNING HOME! Smitten with this country home, which oozes such character and charm. Love all the rich woods and beautiful layers of detailing. The fact that they have a tiny Shetland pony strolling casually through their dining room makes me happy and how about that gorgeous barn! Click here to read the entire article and see all the pictures. Going country never looked so pretty! 6 CHICKEN POT PIE! Well, I cannot lie this is one of those recipes I almost wish was not that good, but it is! And it’s one of those comfort foods that just hits the spot, especially with winter coming. I have a feeling I will be making this a lot this season as I go into hibernation mode:) I made small individual pot pies (to exhibit some self control) added some mircrogreens for prettiness and dived right in. So good! 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast -cut into small bite size pieces/I sort of shredded my chicken 1 cup sliced or cubed carrots 1/2 cup sliced celery 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 2 yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup heavy cream (I used 1/4 cup) 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas (I used more as I love peas in chicken pot pie) 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 (1 top and 1 bottom) unbaked pie crusts (could use pre-made refrigerated – 1 box Make sure there is an oven rack on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add the butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, salt, garlic powder, thyme leaves, and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through, stirring often. Add the flour. Stir well, until no dry flour remains. Slowly stir in the cream, then the chicken broth. Cook until bubbling and thick, stirring often, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the peas and flat leaf parsley. Let this cool for 15-30 minutes before filling the pie.* Fit one pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Spoon the cooled filling into the pie crust. Top with the second pie crust. Seal the edges of the pie crust together. Cut 3-4 slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Place the filled pie plate on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven. Cool for 15-30 minutes before slicing and serving.** 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY Granted, the Covid situation widely varies depending on where you are but I guess because our area got hit so hard, myself and most I. know are very gun shy about being out and about as we once were. We have only eaten at a restaurant (5 times to be exact) outdoors and where tables were six feet apart and outdoor club dining. I personally have greatly changed my day to day life, I go to the market, a store if I have to, my office and home. Have gone to friends homes and that’s about it. As the weather is starting to get colder, many restaurants will not have the option to offer outdoor dining.I personally am not at all comfortable going indoors and have resigned myself to doing a lot of cooking this fall/winter (and takeout). Curious where you stand on this? Where do you stand on dining out? (check all that apply) ____________________________________ That’s a wrap this Sunday. If craving chicken pot pie at 8am on a Sunday morning is wrong, I don’t want to be right:) Thank you for stopping in, enjoying a beautiful fall day here and resting up for a very busy week ahead, our porcelain container arrives and then our chinoiserie tole! All while we continue to sort and sift our way through finalizing our big warehouse migration. It was a lot of work but so worth it…it’s so nice to be in a much larger space where everything has a proper place! I look forward to sharing the progress with you in the coming weeks and doing a little virtual “grand opening”. Wishing everyone a beautiful day, hope you are getting a taste of fall like we are:) Until next time….