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Magnetic Chalkboard Coasters and Travel Spice Kits by Purpose Design

Magnetic Chalkboard Coasters and Travel Spice Kits by Purpose DesignI  found great stuff on Etsy, which encourage me to spread the word. On the last couple days, I spot these Magnetic Chalkboard Coasters. I did not check who made it until this morning.

I glad I did because the esty seller and I live in the small city. Purpose Design creates these magnetic coasters in black chalkboard and in the green old school chalkboard. The cool thing is that you can store them on the fridge or your message center when you do not use them as coasters.

Travel Spice Kits

Purpose Design also sells framed magnetic spice kits. Her spice kits in a cool hand brushed aluminum tin makes a great idea for Father’s Day. They are ideal to take along traveling, on camping or hiking trips, or for the boat or the cottage.

Purpose Design sells their kits by flavor: everyday herbs and spices, Italian spices, Mexican spices, Indian spices, Southeast Asian spices, Thai spices and even a Chai Tea kit.

Personalized Party Favors

For baby showers, wedding showers or bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, the lid label can be personalized. The custom wedding favor spice kits is the perfect gift to or from a foodie. See her etsy shop for details.

Signature Hostess Gifts

Why not get a personalized set to become your signature hostess gift? If you opt for a signature hostess gift, change the gift every season and keep a journal. You want to avoid giving the same gift twice to the same host.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: small spice kits by purpose design [etsy] – price: $15 USD
Buy online: magnetic coasters by purpose design [etsy] – price: $15 USD for a pack of 4
Via: purpose design :: blackboard magnetic coasters [black . white . bliss]


Let the art of Paula Scaletta set the tone of your party

Paula Scaletta's coasters and paper napkins

The eco-friendly girl in me relies most of the time on linen napkins at dinner party. But I still stock some paper napkins because their drawings add an instant impact to the table.

Develop your theme from the paper napkins

If you do not know what theme to use for an event, a simple trick is to get your inspiration from the illustrations on paper napkins. From there, develop your theme by accentuating key elements.

The best way to reduce the stress of impromptu entertaining is to be prepared. Opt for motifs that create an instant mood. The jewels of paper napkins are usually found at your local specialized boutiques or the Web.

When you see one motif that really grabs your attention, think how it can fit with your dinnerware. If you can imagine a look, buy right away a pack or two. This way, you can quickly design a stunning table all the time. Build also a reserve of cocktail napkins.

A charming French baker theme

I feel romantic and definitely French these days. Yesterday, I bought Petits fours when I was in Sutton. I also felt in love with the utensils on Dinner at Eight.

Paula Scaletta is the artist behind Petits fours. I dig for more of her creations on the Web. I found that you can get affordable art prints, coasters and paper napkins with her drawings.

A stunning collection of Botticino decorative tile coasters designed by artist Paula Scaletta are available via Studio Vertu. I did not find a specific retailer.

A quick tip of how to mix and match

The coasters and the two napkins I selected complement each other. When you try to mix and match decorative items, start with items that share a common atmosphere. Look at commonalities between the epoch and the art techniques. Target a harmonizing color palette since it often looks more refined.

Learn more: The Paula Scaletta Coaster Collection by Studio Vertu
Buy online: Ruban Fleuris Linen Lunch Napkins at Plates and Napkins – price: $5.95 USD for 20
Buy online: Dinner at Eight Lunch Napkins at Plates and Napkins – price: $5.95 USD for 20


Weekly column: As seen on other blogs – 2007.08.17 edition

hostess with the mostess :: black eiffel :: cuteable :: inredningsbloggen

This week edition is a split between retro style and home decor. After a few iterations, I think I have finally found the right name for my Friday’s column. My goal after all with this weekly column is to showcase 3 to 4 posts from bloggers.

Featured blogs

Letterpress coasters are popping every day. I discovered these via retro chic at hello! Lucky published on Hostess with the Mostess. Stock up the Hostess with the Most Coasters as they make original hostess gifts. A Set of 8 assorted coasters is sold for $10 USD.

Dressing up your wall with the cute collage: krista peel mod art prints. Sold at etsy, each 6 x 6 inches art print is only $7 USD. Thanks to Cuteable to introduce me to the cute modern art of Krista Peel. Other drawings are displayed at her etsy shop.

Mix the art prints and the coasters to create instantly an affordable party theme. Check out the Hello! Lucky retro theme party invitations and you will have everything under control for a fun night with your friends.

Rachel from Black Eiffel shared her Chalkboard fantasies with us. Painting a chalkboard wall in the kitchen is one of my fantasies too. I want one even more since I read this comment. This reader named Alyssa wrote that:

I painted the back of our front door and my hubby and I leave love notes and little reminders on it every day … because really it’s the best place to be reminded to take the dry cleaning and tell someone you love them!

Before the end of summer, the Swedish blog INREDNINGSBLOGGEN presented us the Cone torches designed by Pernille Vea. Cone is made of frosted glass and top of brushed metal. This outdoor torch can be filled with standard lamp oil and burns with a cotton wick. Use a few pairs of Cone to make a great entrance for a party. A pair costs $84 USD.

Buy online: Hello Lucky Hostess with the Most Coasters
Buy online: Krista Peel prints on etsy
Buy online: Cone torch designed by Pernille Vea at