Tag Archives: Shopping

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Ladew Topiary Gardens

It feels like I’ve been cooped up for weeks.  First in airports and hotels then in bed with a terrible cold (hmm, hard not to think there is a casual relationship there).  Oh for the cool days of spring when I could hear out of both of my ears and didn’t punctuate every sentence with a hacking cough.

The last time I was out and about was at the beginning of May for the Ladew Topiary Garden’s Rare Plants and Garden Ornaments Sale. The sale was fun  and fruitful.  I came home with more herbs,  two honeysuckle plants and a fantastic antique firefly engraving from Dongan Antiques, Ltd. Continue reading


Shopping In Charlottesville All Along Ivy Road

And George in Charlottesville, VA

Last week I finally took a break from work and spent a couple of fantastic days in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Charlottesville known for the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, rolling country lanes, horse farms and wonderful shops and boutiques.  O.K., perhaps it’s best known to me for it’s shops and boutiques. Continue reading

Celadon Pottery at Celadon House, Bangkok

Celadon garden benches from the Celadon House, Bangkok

Did you know that Celadon refers to more than just that unique green shade?  It’s the name for the glaze process used on porcelain that produces that unique “cracked” look and it’s not regulated to just green.  Celadon can be brown, blue and yellow. Continue reading

Merry Kitschy Christmas

Thanksgiving is over — let the Christmas season officially begin!  I kicked off the season today with the purchase of this sweet, kitschy Christmas wreath designed by Bittersweet Design Studio located in Paeonian Springs, VA.

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Jonathan Adler, Happy Chic Prescription

Ug, I’ve been sick.  A stuffy nose, achy ears, sore throat, used tissues and flannel pajamas — I’ve been living in a germy, dull, dull, world.  What I need is a little happy and a little chic.  Enter Jonathan Adler and his Happy Chic.

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Nell Hill’s

Nell Hill's in Atchison, Kansas

When I travel back to northwest Missouri it’s to do three things; visit my mother and shop at Bob Jones Shoes and Nell Hill’s — not necessarily in that order (sorry Mom).  I’ve skipped the shoe store before but I have never missed Mary Carol Garrity‘s home decor emporium triad of Nell Hill’s, Garrity’s Encore and Nell Hill’s Kansas City.

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French Garden Shoppe, San Diego

It’s in San Diego’s Little Italy, located on India Street and is called French Garden Shoppe — don’t be confused by this international mingle, just say Ciao mon amie and enjoy a mini tour of Europe while shopping for beautiful garden and home decor, gourmet foods, fresh herbs, candles and other lovely gifts.  I discovered this little gem of a store on a recent trip to San Diego, it’s just a few blocks from the Little Italy Mercato.

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