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Friday, June 13, 2008

A New Centerpiece

My box arrived from Orvieto! There is something about getting a shipment that brings back wonderful memories of a trip. Kind of like when Jerry got the box he mailed home to himself~ full of dirty clothes.

My box was way better than that!

I have a new centerpiece for my kitchen table. Every time I glance that way, I will be filled with memories of my wonderful trip with Gail's Great Escape .

We went shopping with PalmaBella, the queen of Italian ceramics. She took us to her favorite shop in Orvieto. They gave us a special discount and he shipped for free! (which in any language translates to 'you spent plenty and I can afford to throw in a little shipping')

On the internet you are always reading about bad experiences with ceramic shops in Italy that either don't ship, or ship the wrong things... Frauolini's is a small shop across from the Duomo in Orvieto. This shop is FULL of beautiful quality pieces. He was so nice and patient while we debilitated over our decision making. I bet you can guess why I wanted this pattern. These are close-ups of my bowl.

My sister, Holly, also got this beautiful plate.

There were a few other things... but Mrs. Claus may want to keep those a secret for now.

Y'all don't forget to send in your centerpieces this month.



Anonymous said...

Sandi, what beautiful purchases. I bet it was difficult to choose from so many beautiful pieces. Love the ones you both picked.
Barb Cabot

PAT said...

Gorgeous bowls, Sandi!


Sandi McBride said...

How beautiful...I know you love it, I love it myself...covet it, that is what I do lol

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh Sandi! So wonderful! I have a bowl from San Gimignano in Tuscany. It always brings back such great memories.

Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Oh, so rich with color and possibilities! I myself have become obsessed with china and things for my kitchen and table. As a young wife and mother, these things never mattered. But after turning 51, it's like I've suddenly discovered the need to acquire and hand down such heirlooms.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful bowl, the colors are wonderful. I've seen the shop where you bought it but never have gone in. Will need to do so on my next trip to Orvieto.

Donna Kay said...

Sandi -
Absolutely incredibly beautiful bowl!!! what a great reminder of a wonderful time in your life!!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Barb~ I found the one I loved right away.
Pat~ The hard part was only getting ONE!
Sandi~ I understand
Pat~ There was a ceramic shop in San Gimignano that was very similar.
Brenda~ This piece I just couldn't resist.
Sweetea~ You've been warned!
Donna~ It makes me smile everytime I look at it.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh my! Exquisite.


Anonymous said...

It's BEAUTIFUL. When I was in Portugal I had a shop send me many ceramics and they all arrived in perfect condition. Glad yours did too.

Anonymous said...

Its truly gorgeous!!!
Thanks for coming by my blog and smelling the lilacs!!

Lori Lynn said...

I would be in heaven in that shop.
Beautiful, lucky you!

wheresmymind said...

That's one beautiful plate...I totally dig!

Andi said...

Your Italian pieces are absolutely beautiful Sandi.

Stop by my blog...I posted about WhistleStop products!!! And a couple of posts back is about my nieces trip to Italy.

Justabeachkat said...

Hi Sandi

Remember me? I've been so bad about blog reading lately...not because I don't want to read, but because of my crazy life recently. Lots of company, which has been wonderful and then all the medical tests, etc. You've been a busy, busy girl. I've really enjoyed reading all your posts I've missed and seeing all your photos.


Steffi said...

Very beautiful bowls!Really nice!

Sally said...

Oh. My. God!! I LOVE that bowl! I want one. Do they have an internet site???

Carla said...

They're gorgeous. Really, absolutely lovely.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Noble Pig~ Fun memories!
Andi~ your blog is invitation only... invite me in.
Kat~ Remember you? I am praying for you daily. I hope you call when you come to birmingham.
Sally~ I've looked and can't find anything. You'll just have to go to Orvieto.

Tonja said...

Beautiful pottery! Good for you!
WhAT a treasure~

Anonymous said...

Fantastic bowl. I have never been brave enough to buy one to ship home since the one time I shipped something breakable, it broke. I'm so glad it arrived in one piece and now you can have wonderful memories of your trip each time you use it.

Naturegirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I sure hope I have this opportunity to send something home when I am in Italy this summer!

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