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Fishs Eddy Spring Sale {50% off}

Fishs Eddy is having a tempting sale where you can save 50% on a wide range of ceramics for the home. These woodgrain plates featuring woodland critters are only $6 each, the pitcher (perfect for flowers) is $16, and the bird on a wire cake stand is also only $16 (cake stands are great for displaying pillar candles too).


Of course, my favorites are still the Dirty Dishes designed by Cynthia Rowley that have been around for awhile now but I’m still charmed by them. Also 50% off, you can view the entire Dirty Dish collection here.

(images from fishs eddy)

Posted in ceramics, kitchen, reader discounts on April 14, 2008

Kelly McKibben Ceramics

Kelly McKibben is a ceramic artist completing her MFA this semester at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In her work, Kelly uses a screen-printed slip transfer process mixing wallpaper and fabric patterns with handwritten sayings and illustrations.


As a child, Kelly moved a lot with her parents and the only comfort she had with each box she unpacked was found in her material possessions — those special objects she felt connected to no matter where she lived. She has always placed great value on the items people collect over time, they’re a part of our history and each tells a story and gives us a measure of security. It’s obvious why she turned out to be a ceramic artist, she’s now able to share special objects with others who have a certain affection for them and they are able to become a part of someone else’s journey. Nice to think about, isn’t it?

(images from kelly mckibben)

Posted in ceramics on April 11, 2008

Bon Bon Atelier

Bon Bon Atelier is a darling little business owned by creative sisters Betsy Blodgett and Emily Blodgett-Panos in Kansas City, MO with both a retail storefront and a web shop for the rest of us. Their store looks so charming, doesn’t it? Nice store, ladies. I love seeing young women in business for themselves like this, it inspires me all the more to someday open a shop of my own.


Bon Bon Atelier carries a varied mix of everything from Andrea Yates ceramics to Sheila Blodgett decoupage furniture and doors, wallets by Loop, and Japanese Decole and those iBride trays that are slowly taking over the world right now. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve seen them on!


And Bon Bon Atelier isn’t just a shop ‘n go establishment, these ladies genuinely care about their community of creatives. If you live in Kansas City, they host a monthly get together on the 2nd Wednesday called the Bon Bon Sewing Circle. They set up sewing machines and also stations with glue guns and such for those who do not sew. The goal is to get together and share ideas, gain inspiration, and hopefully finish a project. I love this idea and hope to see mini events like these spread to other cities because we all need a little support and motivation without having to drop a ton of cash on formal classes. Classes are great, but not so much if you’re on a budget and not really in need of learning anything, you just want to be around other creative types for an evening to sew and tell. Ha! Sew and Tell. That would be a cute name for a sewing group wouldn’t it?

Are there are stores in your local area that have small business events, networking events, or free (or really cheap) classes that you’ve attended? How did they benefit you (or not)?

(images from bon bon atelier)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, shopping, travel on April 09, 2008

Oscar Has Arrived!

Remember how I told you about Oscar the vintage umbrella stand that I won last week on eBay? He just flew in today. I can’t believe it. Just look at this cuteness.

Oscar is here! (umbrella stand, vintage)

He exceeds my expectations in every way imaginable. He is shown here on my credenza because the wall in my little entryway is white so his details do not show as well in a photo taken there.


Look at his little wings...Ah.

I placed alongside him some owl cups that are the height of standard tea cups to give you an idea of how very large and proud this boy really is. Look at those wings and that little flip in the back. Total cuteness. Some of you asked how much I paid for him, he was $154 shipped and insured. I found something else like it on eBay for those of you interested… Or here at Tonic Home.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in ceramics, inspiration, vintage on April 07, 2008

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