Well, I started the week with a dog-themed tray, and I am ending the week with one. I guess I am right on trend – trays with dogs on them seem to be a thing all of a sudden. I’ve seen a few dog-themed trays around, but none as nice as the Dog Birch Wood Tray I found from the fine folks at Avenida Home.

About the Dog Birch Wood Tray from Avenida Home:

“A wonderful Anne Bentley and Avenida Home creation that forms part of our Dogs Collection. This small, rectangular, birch wood tray features a selection of adorable dogs with assorted house plants, on a striking black background. This dog tray is perfect if you’re a dog lover, or have an appreciation for contemporary design. It’s ideal for sandwiches, drinks or as an eye-catching decorative accessory.”

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It is hard to believe but Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. I know this from all the horrible decorations I see going up around my neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, I like Halloween decorations in general, but a lot of what I see is cheesy and way over the top. Anyway, I like more subtle displays of Halloween cheer – like the very cool vintage look of the Halloween Parade Paper Luncheon Napkins I found from the fine folks at Caspari.

About Halloween Parade Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari:

“Caspari triple-ply napkins are both striking in design and durable in function. Thoughtfully designed to elevate any occasion, they feature artwork and designs from museums and artists around the world. Each is made of chlorine-free bleached triple-ply tissue and printed in Germany with non-toxic, water-based, food-safe ink. They are FSC-certified and made using environmentally-conscious raw materials, which ensures they are both biodegradable and compostable. Our napkins bring eco-friendly style and convenience to your tabletop. 20 napkins per package.”

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I will admit when I was looking for a light novel to read I was attracted to this week’s Read simply by its title. Not knowing anything about the novel before I started it, I am here to report London Is the Best City in America by Laura Dave is a total delight.

About London Is the Best City in America by Laura Dave:

“Emmy Everett is reluctantly heading home to New York for her brother Josh’s wedding. She has spent the last three years in a fishing town in Rhode Island and, having little to show for it, she doesn’t particularly want to answer the questions she is sure to face about her (ex)-fiance, her (questionable) career choices, her (unknown) future. But she is still shocked when her typically resolute brother Josh confesses he is having doubts about his imminent marriage – and he asks Emmy the hardest question of all: what do I do now?”

London Is the Best City in America by Laura Dave is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I bet you have someone in your life that could use a smile and would appreciate the very of our time Miss Your Face card I found from the fine folks at Elum.

About the Miss Your Face card from Elum:

“Send some social distanced love to those that are missed! Letterpress printed on 100% cotton rag paper using soy-based ink. Proudly made in the USA.”

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Everyone needs a valet tray to keeps your bits in pieces in order – like keys, jewelry, loose change, etc. But not all valet trays are created equal – some rise about the rest, like the Yellow Lab Needlepoint Valet Tray I found from the fine folks at Smathers & Branson.

About the Yellow Lab Needlepoint Valet Tray from Smathers & Branson:

“Our valet trays combine our signature needlepoint with a tapered wooden tray to organize your everyday essentials. Each needlepoint pattern is only offered with the wood color as shown. The tray measures 9.5″ x 6″ inches.”

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I spotted this bike, with a trailer full of fishing gear, parked by a pond and thought it made a nice photo.

I have many mirrors around my house, which is funny because I hate looking in the mirror. One thing most of my mirrors have in common is they tend to have funky frames and I use them like any other piece of wall art. So you can imagine what I thought when I came across the Arch Mirror I found from the fine folks at Jungalow.

About the Arch Mirror from Jungalow;

‘Whether your home is a tiny little thang or a place of grandeur, adding a few gold vintage inspired pieces to it is a game changer! This mirror made in Morocco is the perfect addition to your space!’

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With many of us spending more and more time at home these days we have been looking for new ways to entertain ourselves. Early in the pandemic home cooking had a moment but seems to have waned as we all got used to the great treat that is home delivery of just about any food from any restaurant anywhere. Anyway, we can still find those times when we can fit in a little homemade goodies – especially if it is to put off doing some work or chores. Which is why today’s Read is perfectly timed: Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible by Erin Gardner.

About Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible by Erin Gardner:

“Pastry chef and beloved blogger Erin Gardner provides the ultimate guide to procrastibaking with pride and purpose in this inspired collection of 100 recipes, from easy one-hour projects to weekend affairs. From Case-of-the-Mondays Morning Treats, to Late-for-Everything Loaf Cakes and Fear-of-Success Snack Cakes, this book has a chapter for every procrastibaking need, and recipes to satisfy any craving for distraction. Not feeling that work project? Work on some Peanut Butter S’more Bars instead. Term paper due tomorrow? Making some No-Bake Cookies-n-Cream Pie will get the creative juices flowing. Does your mother-in-law have you channeling Scrooge? This calls for a procrasti-masterpiece, like a Gingerbread House…from scratch.”

Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible by Erin Gardner is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

At this time of year, I start thinking about how to bring more plants inside. I have had great success with keeping herbs growing inside so I have them ready to add to my meals all winter long. Now I am into a decorative plant stage which is why I am loving this Ceramic and Leather Planter I found from the fine folks at Light & Ladder – the perfect way to display your favorite succulents.

About the Ceramic and Leather Planter from Light & Ladder:

“Beauty in the rule of threes. The organic and the orderly come together in this trio of porcelain vessels suspended in linear space. The graphic arrangement invites visual experimentation; the porcelain vessels could be filled with vines to play up the vertical, arid succulents for a desert-inspired installation or basil, rosemary and thyme for an indoor herb garden. Strung on vegetable tanned leather straps that will only get more beautiful with time.”

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It is officially autumn now, although it it is still very much summer-like here on the Kansas prairie just across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO, which means it hot cocoa, hot tea, and mulled cider season. I need new mugs for all of my fall beverages, and the best I have found are the Vintage-Inspired Glazed Stoneware I spotted from the fine folks at Canvas Home.

About the Vintage-Inspired Glazed Stoneware from Canvas Home:

“Our best-selling tinware mugs are now available in four packaged gift sets! Each set includes 4 mugs in assorted seasonal colors. Available for delivery at the start of each season. Mimicking vintage metal-ware, the Canvas Tinware grouping is made of stoneware, complete with realistic distressed edges and a contrasting rim stripe.”

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