Shop Hop!

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Sis is thinking about her new treats...

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.

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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. 

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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.

November 2010 010Lastly, 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!

November 2010 011This 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.

We wrapped up the evening at Siips, a local wine bar that has become a great friend to the League.  One lucky shopper won a free ticket to our big fundraiser, the 2nd annual casino night.  

Mistletoe Market Logo

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?

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12 comments on “Shop Hop!

  1. Anniebananie says:

    Next Sunday as is November 14? I’m in if the ticket is still available!

    Oh, and I LOVE those slippers. How much were they? How can I get a pair?

  2. Wonderful shop posting! Our shop hop looks a bit different, so I was curious to see yours…We have a bunch of Yarn/Knitting stores from here to Tahoe who all have a special deal once a year, with a passport and everything…prizes if you make it to every shop, etc. Yes, of course I volunteer! Many, many folks I know do too. Wonder where they held their poll? PSG Boutique begins anon, and needs many volunteers each year, for a month (or so) and always gets them.

  3. gMarie says:

    Those slippers are adorable.

    I’m thankful I have good friends I feel comfortable pouring my heart out too 🙂

    Shop hop sounds fun. And I guess, while I don’t actively give time, I do. In making and donating dog beds to Old Dog Haven. that counts too, right? g

  4. Sue says:

    I used to volunteer my time more than I do now. It was more convenient when I didn’t have a house full of demanding dogs. Now I make various things for the organizations here that are having raffles or need prizes.

    Your shop hop sounds like fun. Sometimes I miss the city where fun events like that happened.

  5. Amy Darsie says:

    That little get well card is adorable!!!

  6. AlisonH says:

    Brownie panfuls were designed for sharing, definitely. That’s half the fun! Here, hand me those giant chopsticks of yours and I’ll see if I can get some out without mushing them…

  7. Marjie says:

    I have a pair of bamboo tongs that I keep between the toaster and the waffle maker. It’s handy for taking toast out without trying self-electrocution (or instant perm) and it’s great for taking the waffle off the iron without scorching little (or big) fingers!

    I have never eaten a pan full of brownies, because I love chocolate straight, but not cooked into foods. But my horde can rip through a pan in about 12 seconds.

    Looks like you had a fun Shop Hop, and poor Sissy needs those treats now!

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    I normally volunteer at the school, but that’s about it. I’ve always wanted to knit premie hats for charity, too, but just never got around to doing it.

    Love all the goodies you got at the Shop Hop!

  9. Nichole says:

    What a FUN haul there… I especially LOVE that get well card, of course. OMG, adorable! The slippers look chic and comfy.

  10. Kathy says:

    Sounds like you had a great time :).

    Love the slippers, pretty fabric. Is bamboo a traditional anniversary gift? If not, you can make it one ;).

  11. Anita says:

    Love those cards! Totally cute. 🙂

  12. I wish I could come to the Mistletoe Market. That is quite an awesome graphic. Hmmm bamboo utensils sound interesting. Google-fu!

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