Happy little friday, Thankful Thursday and Dogs on Thursday to you! I’ve already posted on the girls’ blog about an exciting new treat AND a new place to shop for doggy goodies, so be sure to check that out too.
So, what is a shop hop? Well, it’s a brilliant little mini-fundraiser for the Junior League. Several downtown shops stayed open a little later, just for us, and all had some sort of special sale, offer, and/or gave a portion of the shop hop proceeds back to the League. While some shops are owned or affiliated with Leaguers, not all were, and I really appreciate the community support. If you’re in the area and want to shop with us next year or want to find out more about being a shop in the hop, let me know!
I didn’t buy anything at Sustain or Jean Theory, but they’re great examples of the fun, funky, finding cool ways to reuse things shops you’ll find downtown. I talk more about the Blue Ridge Eco Shop on the girls blog, but I also snagged a gift for the Knight’s inner chef while I was there.
One of the green things we do at Haddon Woods is bamboo. Pampered Chef showed us that bamboo is a better alternative to wooden cooking utensils, which we both love dearly. I joke at Pampered Chef shows that bamboo saved our marriage, because the Knight ruined many a beautiful wooden spoon by ignorantly but with good intentions, dropping said spoon into standing water to soak off goo and/or until *I* could clean it. Hem.
Just so you know, bamboo is more forgiving. Always read the product literature, but a lot of Pampered Chef’s bamboo is dishwasher safe. However, PC redesigned their bamboo tongs a couple of years ago, and Chef Knight doesn’t care for the new style. These Bambu tongs are much like the original ones he adored. I don’t see them on the Eco Shop website, but here’s a link to all of the bamboo offerings on the site.
I also snapped up these darling Needham Lane slippers at Spring Street. No website, but don’t let that stop you; it’s a great boutique. A little sign in the display said “as seen in O Magazine” but since I don’t read it, that didn’t mean much to me. I just saw rubber-soled slippers in a pretty fabric that would protect my handknit socks from the doghair on my hardwood floors. They’re very comfortable. I think I need more.
Lastly, I went a little crazy in Rock Paper Scissors. I can’t share everything I bought, because there are more gifts, but here are a couple of the fun cards I couldn’t resist!
The Dogs on Thursday crowd will totally get this one. It really reminded me of Mugsy, my dearly departed, beloved male Jack Russell, who knew the “hat” as we called the cone/elizabethian collar, and he loved tennis balls too. I hate to wish any of you ill, but I’m itching to send someone who will appreciate it this awesome, sure-to-cheer card!
This one, I won’t have to wait long to send. I have a few friends who don’t love chocolate, but I think a lot of you can relate. If your screen is small, it reads “Dearest friend, I just ate a pan of brownies.” Hem. I can honestly say I’ve never eaten a pan of brownies single-handedly, in one sitting.
What about you? Anyone ever snarfed down a pan of brownies on her own?
I should also mention that each and every shop had a sweet little spread of human noms and noshes. I particularly remember RPS’s huge blackberries. Yum.
I’d be remiss if I failed to promote Mistletoe Market. I’ll treat one local to her admission ticket if she’ll meet me there next Sunday. (I also couldn’t miss a chance to use that logo. I lurvers it dearly. It too was designed by a former Leaguer.) It’s a great little market with a variety of vendors and artisans.
Thankful Thursday? I’m thankful to be a part of such a talented, dynamic, civic-minded group of women. I’m also blessed to live in a community that never hesitates to support its host of non-profits. I heard earlier this week that a tiny fraction of us volunteer our time with a non-profit, and I believe they just polled a strange or self-depreciating segment. Don’t you volunteer your time somewhere, at some point in the year?