Welcome to Friday Faves , a weekly blog feature in which I present two of my favorite things. One of the items is personal, the other is publishing related (but not promotional). You can expect lots of anecdotes and pictures.
This week’s personal Friday Fave is…DISHES!
Maybe because I’m a homebody and a nester, I love dishes. If I had the storage space (and the money) I’d probably become the Imelda Marcos of china. Alas, I’m maxed out at four sets. My husband and I have been married for almost twenty-three years and we’re on our fifth set of everyday dishes (they break). My most favorite set of everyday dishes was a blue and green palm leaf pattern that we had when we first got married. But we broke some, and JC Penney discontinued the set. The most versatile set we ever had was plain, unadorned white. It was so easy to change the look of a table setting. If you only have one set, I highly recommend plain white.
Right now, my everyday dishes are yellow ones from Crate and Barrel. The color has been discontinued, but I learned from the JC Penney experience and bought extra for replacements.
Years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a white tablecloth embroidered with gold thread. It inspired a whole tablescape. I bought gold and white china, gold rimmed glasses, gold flatware, and crystal and gold candle holders.
For years, I “made do” with an everyday set and my gold-and-white china. A couple of years ago I decided to collect mismatched china for a “shabby chic” look. If you break a dish, it doesn’t matter, and it’s fun hunting at antique stores.
I had needed a platter to go with my mismatched set. My husband and I were at a flea market when I spotted a beautiful platter. Unfortunately, it was part of a entire set. The complete set was $15. I started to walk away. I didn’t need another set. My husband said,”Are you nuts? It’s only $15. Buy it and get rid of the other dishes.” Well, I bought it, and kept all the dishes. And that’s how I ended up with four sets.
Do I entertain a lot, you ask? No, what would make you think that?
Tell me about your favorite set of dishes. Does it have a story? How many sets do you have?
This week’s publishing fave is…Canva!
Canva is a design site that allows you to create graphics for social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. I have to thank author Lisa Medley for cluing me in about Canva. Until she told me about it (and gave me a quick 5-minute tutorial), I didn’t know it existed.
If how to login to Canva is a question on your lips then read on – you won’t be disappointed. Canva is SO easy to use. It has predesigned templates for all the major social media sites (but you can also do a custom size). All you have to do is drag and drop backgrounds, images, and text. You can use your own photos or find one on Canva. Adding text is a cinch. If you use Canva’s photos, it costs $1 per photo. They also have some free ones. If you use their freebies–or your own–the completed graphics are free. If you’ve been using Photoshop to make your graphics, Canva will probably be too limiting for you, but if you’re stumped by Photoshop, Canva is just the thing. I think I’m addicted to Canva. I want to create a graphic for everything now.
By the way, I did my Friday Faves graphic (the leaves) stumbling through Photoshop. I plan to do a better one using Canva.
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