had a little bit of a hiccup on Wednesday when my dining room light accidentally
got damaged.Luckily, my handy man
George was over, fixing a few other things, so I ran over to Home Depot to see
what I could find to replace my damaged chandelier. I was pleasantly surprised that they did have
a few decent choices.We have a really
low ceiling in the dining room, 7 foot, and I needed something that wasn’t too
obtrusive.I settled on this simple hanging
drum shade with black trim.I really
like how it turned out.George and I
worked together to adapt it to better suit the low ceiling.We removed 3 decorative balls that were on
the cord above the fixture, and I love how it looks!Here is the link to the light, called the
Marcey Brushed Steel Pendant.And, the
good news is it was less than $100! We had light for Thanksgiving!Here’s how it looks, with a few little
Christmas accents I added today.
what arrived for me in the mail yesterday! A beautifully wrapped box from the
East India Company sent to me by a dear friend as a thank you.She knows me well, because inside this lovely
red box I found a few of my favorite things.
I have never before tasted Earl Grey tea quite
like this.The flavors are extra refined
and aromatic.The Caramel & Sea Salt
Biscuits are oh, so decadent and so crisp and yummy with the tea.They would also be perfect with coffee, cocoa
and milk.And the Dark Chocolate
Strawberries are to-die-for.The
chocolate is extra rich and luscious! What a treat! I went straight to their website, and I discovered that the East India Company has a whole line of delicacies that I am going
to share with my friends and family this Christmas.
A little bit on the “The Story of Tea” from the East India Company. This is so
interesting that I had to share it with all of you...When tea was newly
discovered, it was believed that “Tea is water bewitched”. New traditions
were established when The East India Company introduced exotic delights to
England – arguably the most famous of these being tea. Brought by The
Company as a gift for King Charles II during the 17th century, these leaves
were passed on to his wife, Queen Catherine of Braganza, who had grown up with
tea in her native Portugal. She then slowly introduced this curious drink into
aristocratic and noble societies, beginning a tradition that would last for
centuries. Initially tea leaves arrived in small quantities and were so
expensive, that only the upper class could afford them. In fact, tea was
once considered so valuable that it was kept locked in caddies.
Flowering Tea is a new discovery for me. I am going to try some myself and give some as lovely
gifts to friends. A symphony for the senses! These delicate, flowering teas gently
bloom in hot water to unfold an exquisite bouquet of colors, fragrances and
flavors. These clear glass tea pots make the tea look magical!
For centuries, The East India Company transformed tastes and social customs.
Ships and explorers returned from distant lands carrying exotic and vibrant flavors,
changing our palates forever. Chocolates, spices, and tea --‐ once new and extraordinary
luxuries --‐ soon became an indispensable part of our lives.
To make shopping more fun, I found out that the East India Company's products can be found exclusively
at Neiman-Marcus stores in California (including Newport Beach, Palo Alto
and San Francisco) and several other states.The East India Company’s delicacies can also be purchased online, for the greatest of ease!