clay aching

Frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Clay Aiken nor clay making but lately, I’ve got a thing for all things pottery. So much so, I am thinking about enrolling in a pottery class (but no, I don’t want to go to Clay Café).

Here is an assortment of items that I’m loving:

Biggest regret in life – not visiting the Heath Ceramic factory when I was in California. Okay, not my biggest life regret but still… I’d love to go. I saw their stuff at the Farmer’s Market and did not buy one thing. Silly girl. Big mistake:ac-104-heath-alabama-chanin-camellia-settings-opaque-white-731by607heath_tileboard_061010-023125

Love at first sight. Everything from This Way To The Circus is amazing but palm trees and cactus will always win me over:5752-ecc940bc4e1c4c6583440a3814cd63fb 5752-5a5257f546ef4154a59f170da935d3f8

I need to make room for more hanging plants in my life. Especially this one from Orit Creative Workshop:il_570xN.856417796_p171

Shop local. The Bread and Butter Pottery studio is less than a kilometer from my house. I love her work:Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 9.16.39 AM

And speaking of local, I went to high school with Anne. Her work is dreamy and would make a wonderful Made In The Maritimes gift:il_570xN.760740329_12r3

I will admit, I actually bought some clay and supplies so I can make these Potted Succulent Magnets. Now, I need to do it and show them off. I also need to replace my fridge with one that can hold magnets:IMG_6309

I also found this Clay Cactus Bud Vase project… good thing I have lots of clay:6a01543277ddab970c01bb08ca7202970dRemember when I said you can’t have enough cactus in your life?

The colours used by Shino Takeda Ceramics is fabulous; I especially love this plant pot:
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And finally, a hot coffee in a hot mug is almost as hot as… FOTO: www.camillahey.dkthis … (you’re welcome)GHOST, Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze, 1990, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collectionpsst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg

o christmas tree

Ceramic Christmas Tree… O how I love thee. DSC_0621

I love seasonal decor… I only wish I had more space to store it and a bigger budget to buy it. Seriously, I can’t get enough. But despite all the decor I’d love to own, without any doubt, my favourite Christmas decoration will always be my Ceramic Christmas Tree.

When my grandmother passed away, it was the first thing I thought of when asked if there was something special of hers I’d like to have to remember her by. And now, seeing Nanny Kay’s Christmas Tree on my mantel, brings back so many great memories.

So yah, there’s a reason it’s so special but look at it! It’s adorable! This year, both my friend and my sister scored a second-hand Ceramic Christmas Trees from Value Village / The Salvation Army which got me wondering… WHY? Why would you donate this? Am I missing something? Are they actually tacky? I did a little Googling and discovered their heyday was in the seventies… Perhaps this is why my generation (or at least me and a few friends) love them so much. They would of been around a lot in the eighties when we were kids.

Let me know your thoughts? Do you have one? Do you want one? Do you love/hate them?

Merry Christmas and I hope y’all have a lovely holiday!

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psst. I think I said I was going to do up a DAVID wish-list post but I realized it is basically LEGO so I figured I’d skip that. BUT, exciting news! What’s a Ackerman/Rushton family Christmas without a renovation? Hopefully I can share David’s bedroom update in January. 

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water log

What could be more exciting than a Monday? How about a post about water on a Monday.

Here’s the thing… We all know you should drink lots of water and some people do but not me. Sure, after a run I will drink a glass but then things go downhill at about 7:00 am. It’s not that I am drinking a ton of juice or pop (because I am not) nor am I drinking coffee all day (because by 9:00 am I am done with that)… it is simply that I just don’t drink much at all.

Last year things changed… I developed a mild addiction to sparkling water. Honestly, it started when I saw images like this:

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Nice kitchen… I should put some S.Pellegrino on my counter… you know, for guests.

But I drank it all and kept buying more.

I briefly toyed with the idea of getting a SodaStream but figured it’d only enhance the addiction so I held off. Plus, I heard the carbonation is not great for your teeth long term. (fact check?)

I then invested in a fancy water bottle hoping the cost alone would guilt me into drinking more water (which it did!).DSC_0608

Our relationship lasted 1 week… then we literally broke up. I didn’t tighten the lid and it flew out of my hand. I was devastated for about 3 hours until I discovered you can order the glass bottle replacement online for $10. This was great but then I got a text from my sister:

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Yup… we are suckers for online shopping.

I love my new ceramic water jug. I doesn’t keep the water cold but it still seems fresh. I also love that it reminds me of Family Ties. Remember their kitchen?

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I tried to recreate this in my own kitchen but Mike vetoed that. He hates my ceramic water jug and has forced me to keep it in the office. IMG_1697On a happy note, I see it all day, which in the end has forced me to drink more water. I mean really, I don’t even need to stand up for a refill.

In the end, it is a win-win all around.

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