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limited edition: dragon cups

Comparable to zodiac signs, the Chinese calendar includes 12 animals—however each is matched to a lunisolar calendar year which approximately equals a Gregorian calendar year instead of 4 weeks plus/minus a few days.

Each animal has a unique personality and traits which are believed to influence events—and those born—within the year they represent. Generally, dragons are a symbol of good fortune, and are considered powerful—possessing great strength and capabilities—the greatest of the 12 animals.

Depictions of them often incorporate characteristics of other animals—such as claws like the eagle or scales of fish—but its the only one of the 12 that never existed. Ancient stories include details about the dragon’s 9 sons—each of them having a specific personality and duty.

As part of the dragon tea cup set and from left to right, the yellow dragon represents San Mi, Suan Ni or Suanni—depending on who you ask. He’s fond of fire and smoke and is often found on incense burners, especially in temples. He’s also the guardian of homes perched at doorways. The red dragon with fish fins represents Gong Fu. He’s believed to reside in pools of water, since he’ll fight against water disasters, and he’s often found in balustrades of the Emperor’s palace.

The other red dragon represents Ya Zi or Yazi—with the strong, powerful and brave fight of a tiger, his image is often carved on weapons to make them more powerful. Representing Bi Xi or Baxia is the green dragon. His tortoise shell symbolizes longevity and he’s also incredibly strong so he’s often found supporting building elements.

Lastly, the red symbol on the backside of each cup means dragon and is comparable to a traditional Chinese cinnabar wax stamp signature.


holiday favorites: kate

varanasi stool
great lines and I love the weave of the cushion—easily pulled up to a table for any seating need.
origami pup ornament
hypoallergenic and doesn’t bark—
he’s going on all of my packages this year!
orissa brass owl
love his squat shape and texture—works in any vignette, shelf or bookcase.

Thanks to kate, assistant buyer, for this submission.


watch: halloween


independence day, 2012

photo by: aa7aeHave a safe and very happy 4th of July!


summer party hints

sandra first, summer parties are usually casual and outdoors with plenty of room—so invite everyone! I have a neon ‘open’ sign that goes on the front deck so neighbors can take a break from their evening walk. Second, make guests feel welcome with icy cocktails, light small bites, comfortable chairs and lively conversation.
ashley retro cocktails and Bingo!
joyce micheladas: if you like beer and spicy food, it’s the best drink ever.  Tecate, Lime, Valencia hot sauce, a dash of Jugo Maggi (Mexican soy sauce) and salt on the rim and you’re good to go.
lauren grill—that is, someone grilling.  I’m not a cook, nor do I pretend to be, so I love when people offer to grill.  That smell is so intoxicating; nothing says summer like burning charcoal.  Some grilled shrimp and carne asada go great with lighter, juicy drinks.
sara music, music, music—I love making a mix specific to a party. When I go back and listen to it I can think of the good times that day. Always make sure to make room for an impromptu dance party. Roll up your rugs, put your breakables away and let the good times roll!
megan it’s gotta be outdoors—on a deck, at the beach or a park—to take advantage of the amazing but brief Chicago summers. Nothing’s better than having a cold one with friends outside in the summer—day or night.
april easy breezy is what it’s all about—fill one side of the kitchen sink with ice and use it as a bottle chiller and prep a small table as a bar so guests can serve themselves.
anna a lake and a floating raft… with beer tethered in the cool water…and we’re good for the day!