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Coffee cups #5

The mug stays at Mom and Dad’s. It’s been around for years and when we get together to celebrate a birthday, we get down the birthday mug for the birthday boy or girl to use. It’s the only time anyone drinks from it. It’s a “magic”...

Coffee cups #4

I probably first heard about Dean & Deluca about the same time I picked up The Silver Palate Cookbook. It was the 90s and these two things were basically the last word in sophistication: in Manhattan and gourmet, which was all I needed to know. Dean & Deluca...

Coffee cups #3

The first daily painting project I heard of was when Jolie Guillebeau was interviewed on this podcast. She talked about her painting a day project, where she committed to making a piece of art every day for 100 days. Every morning, Jolie sent out her newsletter with a...

Coffee cups #2

I bought it at T.J. Maxx. It was during my first year at a job, right out of college. It was probably on a Friday, pay day. It looked sophisticated. The cloisonné-esque look reminded me of the living room of friends of my parents we’d visit when I was a kid, all navy...

Coffee cups #1

Last year, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I Marie Kondo’d my closet (not a big deal) and my books (very big deal). It freed up shelf space around the house, and also changed the way I thought about things, products, merchandise. When I’m at Target or...