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Show me state

We just had really old and dear friends visit us in L.A. We met about 18 years ago when we all lived in NYC. Back then the four of us were young and unmarried. Today we’re married, have kids and I think we look pretty good for our age. Our friends have been living in Columbia, Missouri for several years.

The new Missourians came baring wonderful chocolates from The Candy Factory in Columbia, MO. They brought the shop’s signature katys (which are like turtles) as well as some adorable chocolates in the shape of Missouri. Too bad they got gobbled up before I could take a photo.

In honor of our Missourians, here are some fun things available from the Show Me state. You don’t even have to get in the car.

Missouri State Pillow by lovecalifornia etsy shop:

Missouri Pillow by lovecalifornia

Missouri Pillow by lovecalifornia

i heart Missouri necklace by Missouri transplant truche

i heart Missouri necklace by truche

i heart Missouri necklace by truche

1canoe2 Columbia, Missouri etsy shop’s Missouri Print (unfortunately sold out)

Show Me State

Show Me State by 1canoe2

Tonight I also read about a Missouri Chocolate maker named Patric Chocolates. David Leibovitz describes Patric Chocolates, which is based in Columbia Missouri.

Patric Chocolate

Thank you friends. Sad to see you go. Hope to see you soon.



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2011, are you on the calendar?

Today is Tuesday January 4, 2011. How did that happen? Are you the type of person who bought your 2011 calendars before Thanksgiving?

Nantucket Mermaids Calendar, available on etsy by the nantucketmermaid shop

When I was a kid one of my mother’s friends always gave me the same Christmas gift – a calendar for the coming year. I’m sure I was polite upon receiving it but inside I was totally flatlining. A kid needs a calendar like a fish needs a bicycle. What kid wants something practical? What kid has any real concept of measuring and managing their time? That’s the whole point of being a kid…don’t you miss those blissful days? I certainly do.

If you have to grow up and keep track of your time, then you might as well have a calendar or two that make you smile. One of my favorite gifts this year was a sweet little calendar my sister bought for me on Etsy by the nantucketmermaid shop. It’s hanging in my kitchen. It makes me happy and reminds me of my sister and many happy days we’ve spent on the island of Nantucket.

April Nantucket Mermaid

If you’re still looking for a 2011 calendar here are some ideas.

Cicada’s Tea Towel Calendar, from Cicada etsy shop:

2011 Tea Towel Calendar

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, from brookewooley on etsy.

Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit, available from brookewooley on etsy

Sick of seeing your realtors’ faces on your frig but still want a magnet calendar? How about a mustache on a bike? From zeppiprints on etsy.

Mustache on a bike, 2011

Mustache on a bike, 2011

Or perhaps you want the illustrator and internet darling Camilla Engman’s 2011 calendar.

Camilla Engman 2011 Calendar

Camilla Engman 2011 Calendar

Spoonflower has a ton of 2011 tea towel calendars such as the Japanese one below.

Kokeshi Calendar

Do you have any favorite calendars to share? I’m still looking to buy one or two more.


Filed under calendars, gifts