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Mug of Sunshine

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Just wanted to give a shout out to my friend Yan Ling for these hand made manly imperfect mugs. My husband and just love using them. They are un-identical with it’s quirky “imperfect-ness” that can only be done by hand. Appreciate the time and patience you put into making these warming earthy mugs for us. With the bamboo spoons they are just perfect for your many sips of tea/coffee or my personal preference of hot beverage at 10pm – Hot Chocolate ~ Lots of it!

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These little mugs of sunshine are from her little pottery business called Euphoramics.

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All images from here

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Celadon

Let’s talk about Celadon.

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Not many of you would know that by definition, “celadon” stands for the pale green or greyish-green glaze used to coat the classic pottery of China, although this term now denotes the pottery itself. Originating about 3,500 years ago. The finest celadon was reserved for the imperial palace. During the reign of the Sung Dynasty Emperor Huizong (1101 to 1125 A.D.), potters created Ru celadon with a sky-blue crackled glaze. Some Ru celadon still exists, considered among the finest examples of Chinese celadon.

The unique green celadon glaze is a result of iron oxide’s transformation from ferric to ferrous iron during the firing process ~ 2400° F (1300° C). The thickness of the glaze is also important. The cracks won’t form if the glaze is too thin, and they will collapse if the glaze is too thick.

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In the 15th century, Chiangmai became a new area of celadon production. However, between the 16th and early 19th centuries, celadon production ceased in Thailand during this period of conflict with Burma. In the early 20th century, celadon manufacturing resumed, replicating the ancient standards of Si Satchanalai. Today’s production remains faithful to the past, except for machines and molds for selected items like plates.

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Urban Kandy proud to carry a gorgeous range of these earthly (Oven, Dishwasher and Microwave Safe) tablewares of Thai Celadon and Terracotta serving dishes and bowls. Visit our online store here to have a look at our full range of items.

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Vase images from here. Celadon bunny from here. Flower vase image from here. Celadon plate image from here.

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Home Improvements

The before and after pictures speaks for itself.
My husband took 9hours in total over two weekend days to complete cleaning up our little communal yard.
What a difference clean bricks look compared to the grotty old weed infested version.

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Now all that’s left is to purchase our trampoline for the kids and an outdoor picnic table for evening barbecues!

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In light of all things outdoors at home, I’m seriously considering to start planting fresh herbs and growing them in my kid’s balcony! I know it sounds extremely fun, but plans like this for me usually backfire and most of time I’ll end up with too many empty pots, dead plants with motivation all lost.

I need to get into the right “positive” frame of mind. Visual. Here’s some really pretty pictures of other people’s thriving herb gardens.

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How about these sweet looking Plant Markers.

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Another brilliant planting tip using an old drawer.

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Herb pots on table image here. Kitchen DIY herb planter from here. Gardening image from here. Twinings herb image from here.