Here are a few more gift ideas for you. Time to get cracking on your Christmas shopping!
The Shona are a diverse people who live in parts of Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. Known for their stone carving, many Shona artisans quarry their own rapoko soapstone, which they chisel and polish with hand tools. This graceful pair represent the endangered wattled crane, a symbol of longevity whose habitat in Zimbabwe and throughout Africa is dwindling. Expect variations in coloring and carving as each is handmade and unique.
Small ($69) and large($79) sizes available or save a few bucks and buy the pair for $139.
If you have a spot that needs a bit of color…
Talavera-style pottery techniques have been passed down through generations of Mexican craftspeople since the style was first introduced by Spaniards in the 17th century. The bright colors of this placid frog planter are part of the traditional color palette. Handcrafted in the talavera style in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico.
Only $75 and click the links here for details on free shipping – NO Minimum!
Know someone who loves silver and who also likes bracelets with a bit of weight AND style?
Only $32 each!
European art during the Renaissance was highly influenced by the goods coming from China along the Silk Road. Natural motifs of flowers and leaves decorated exquisite Chinese porcelain and began showing up in European furniture and jewelry designs. These silver-colored metal bangles borrow from the same cross-cultural tradition, referencing classic East-West patterns. Individual links strung on elastic give the appearance of a solid bangle, but have a universal fit that makes these a great gift idea.
Choose Persia (top), Fergana (center), or Yellow Rivers (bottom) Bracelets. Buy all 3 for only $79!
I moved this cactus to a larger pot about 3 months ago and it looks like it is returning the favor! There are buds all over it and a few blooms already open – much more activity than usual for this particular plant.
Most Christmas Cactus come in fairly small containers. Not sure why that is but it is obvious they can become large showy plants for winter months if given room to grow and increasing light and water from late summer on.
And they were blooming nicely Thanksgiving Day!
I had to use some plant ties to get them to stand up – sort of. These bulbs put out very long stems before flowering:
I’m sure there is a more showy or professional way to do it but this works fine for me. As they continue to bloom, I’ll make some adjustments to try and get them on the straight and narrow through the rest of the bloom period.
Some have/had good luck getting these to bloom a second or even third season. I might do some research on how to properly store these bulbs and see if I can get “Year Two” out of them!
Here’s a link to the last 6 weeks’ worth of growth posts and images.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
I’m not leaving my home today but I’m just like everyone else and want to take advantage of any deals on this now somewhat notorious shopping day! I’m sharing some links below that are to web sites with good values, or free shipping, and that have great products for your shopping list requirements. Have fun, stay home, save money – and plan on a nap early afternoon!!
Many specials for today or for this weekend only are only advertised on the merchant’s web site so don’t be afraid to click through to look for extras…
++ 10% OFF any order at Exterior-Accents.com! Click here to get 10% OFF
++ Win $250 Duncraft Shopping Spree – Enter here at duncraft.com.
Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I’ll be posting a photo of my Turkey Day Paperwhite blooms a bit later this morning. I love it when plans come together!!
Found this vintage Thanksgiving image which is most like my home environment – where animals seem to rule!
Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
If you know someone who likes feeding outdoor birds, you’ll likely find a lot of great gift ideas at Duncraft Wild Bird Superstore.
Choose from feeders and food, birdbaths – and don’t forget to check out the “deal of the day” via the link at the right of this post. Birds need our help more in winter than in warm weather months.
Feeders they located and count on for food during the summer will be important to their survival once cold temperatures arrive.
Duncraft is the leading resource for wild bird feeding products in the USA.
Since 1952, Duncraft has manufactured Duncraft brand bird feeders, mails the Duncraft catalog nationwide and its www.duncraft.com website offers hundreds of the best wild bird and nature-related gifts, birdfeeders, bird foods, pest solutions and garden décor.
Blooms have appeared! Looks like I timed it just about right to have blooming bulbs for Thanksgiving!
The plants themselves are about 26″ tall. I’ve had to tie them together to keep them from falling over and pulling themselves out of the bowl.
You can track the last six weeks’ growth here.
If you’ve pre-purchased a turkey to cook for your Thanksgiving dinner, today is about the right time to get it out of the freezer. I mention this because one particular year I got sidetracked – having purchased my turkey early – and it was Thanksgiving Eve before I remembered all 14 pounds of it was still in the freezer!!
Nasty weather on tap for much of the country this week. Please keep up-to-date on weather that may impact your travel plans and allow extra time to safely get where you want to go.
If you think your US rent or mortgage payment is high, spend a bit of time on House Hunters International on HGTV and you may find yourself scratching your head AND counting your blessings.
I haven’t had too much time lately to watch episodes but last night I did manage to catch two I’d recently recorded.
In the first, a couple was moving from Arizona to Mougins area – Provence, France. I didn’t expect this area to be cheap. A quick look at the local real estate listings does confirm, AND it’s part of what is known as the French Riviera, so…
What was their budget? $1.4 million US dollars.
Seems a decent budget to me!!
I was glad they had a LOT of money which should make their options more interesting but I still figured they’d get some (fairly) palatial property. NO! Granted, two of the properties had nice gardens and one actually had “acreage” but the houses were nothing spectacular and one was even a “fixer” with no working bathroom. I nearly fell off my sofa!!
In the second episode, a couple with a newborn was moving from Brisbane, Australia to Papua, New Guinea. You can read what the US State Department has to say about travel and safety issues in “PNG.”
This couple’s monthly rental budget was $7,500. I’m guessing this must be some work subsidy required to get anyone to move from beautiful Brisbane to totally “different” PNG. Even that would not have made ME leave Brisbane!
They ended up with an apartment – granted a large apartment with three bedrooms – but the final selection was made based on it being in a gated, secure compound with 24/7 security.
Wow. $1.4 million purchase with no working bathroom or $7500 rent to live in a closed compound. For at least this one month, I will be somewhat thankful to write what now appears to be my puny little check for my housing accommodation – with bathroom.
I haven’t been able to post much lately. It seems that about 75% of the leaves have fallen so raking has become part of a nearly daily routine! But, there are quite a few left ON the trees as evidenced by this colorful example:
For once there is a bird feeder without a squirrel on it!!
As for the Paperwhites…
I came down this morning to see several of the bulb stems bent over – meaning the top-heavy buds are starting to form. Right on track for some Thanksgiving Day blooms this year…