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Easter Entertaining

Following-up from our Easter Decorating post, I’ve been looking through some blogs and images for entertaining ideas.
We’re having a neighbours only get-together barbecue in our backyard, I’m thinking maybe a simple Easter themed table setting will set the right mood for a fun evening.

Here’s some ideas that I liked and would like to share.

EggPlaceCards

This idea is simple and easy if you pretty much have a printer and toilet rolls oh and of course a few egg.
This can double up as a egg painting activity among your dining guests too!

From a great blog called Our Vintage Home
From a great blog called Our Vintage Home

BunnyNapkinFold

This bunny napkin fold is just adorable and it’s EASY. Instructions can be found here…. Or here.

EggAlpha

Yes simple and easy, yet not too overwhelming.

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Why I Love Instagram

I LOVE Instagram and I have to say a little addicted to it now. Facebook and I are kind of in an open relationship now. I mostly use it to browse and share eye opening videos from the internet that completely make me rethink our capability humanity. (I hope my friends don’t start thinking that I’m an introvert activist… I’m not really). I just do my bit and “share” these videos to pass on the gilt so I can clear my mind and feast my eyes on these Instagram Hotties!

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Urban Kandy Dining

I can’t believe we’re a week away from it being February already. Where are the days going?!?

Very exciting time for us though as we unveil our latest range of Dinner Plates exclusively within Urban Kandy.

What’s so special about them?
Each piece are individually hand painted by our very talented local artist Janet Lin. More about Janet Here.

Table Setting

We were very excited to “break” them in (for display purposed only) during our formal Christmas dinner party.

At the moment, we have 20pieces of 3 designs. This are our Palm Tree motif plates.

Palm Tree

…our Fern Leaf motif

Leaf

…and our Flower Bud motif.

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Flower Bud Motif

Palm Leaf Mofif

Palm Tree Motif

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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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Projects

Every once in a while I embark on something very exciting and new. I love learning and exploring new directions when it comes to product manufacturing. This excites me most and also scares me most too.

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I hope I look into my business as this great big adventure, where you’ll only enjoy the experience when you focus on working hard to make it work and having fun with the journey.

Creativity

Understanding that everything requires risk and without it, nothing big can be accomplished.

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Dinner

All images from here.

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New @ Urban Kandy

Something different to add to your dinner party this year.
Our set of six napkin rings are the latest addition to our store.

Elephant

Leopard

Giraffe

Zebra

Rhinoceros

Lion

We’re very excited about these little carved critters. All of them hand made the Zebra, Leapord and Giraffe are hand painted while the others are in their natural skin colour. Carved from teak wood, they make a very interesting mix to your table setting.

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Setting Tables

Finally, we’ve settled into our new digs. It’s been a hair raising couple of months with working on the move, packing, shifting, contractors, unpacking etc. etc.

…but we’ve made it, we’re officially moved-in and everything has found it’s space. A self proclaimed organised freak, I’m glad for the opportunity to access the amount of junk we’ve accumulated and managed to clear a lot of the unwanted clutter whilst unpacking.

I don’t want to talk about the amount of money we’ve spend with the move/construction work/purchases… lets just say we’ll be dining in a lot more. With that, I just love the idea of hosting dinners in with friends and family a lot more now.

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First image from here. Outdoor table setting image from here. Kettle On image from here. Forth image from here. Fifth image from here. Last image from here. Tuscany table setting from here.

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Bring on the Celadon

Yippie! We couldn’t be more excited with our latest addition of Celadon and Terracotta Earthware here at our Urban Kandy web store. I absolutely love them. Especially since they’re so “solid” and very pretty and of course not to mention, Dishwasher / Oven and Microwave safe! What’s also special about them is that they’re hand made. None of that factory produced nonsense this Celadon craftsmanship is something passed on from generation to generation originated thousand of years ago from China.

Check out our web store here

We look forward to introducing more soon.

Maybe it’s the tone or maybe the texture but I can’t get enough of terracotta. We painted our New York apartment walls to the shade of terracotta. I’m still not over it. I want more!

Second image taken from here. Third image taken from here.