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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Here at the BSP, we have a deep love affair with ceramics. This love runs strong, folks, like an undercurrent. Truth be told, a house full of handcrafted goodies is a surefire way to spread a fair amount of sunshine in one’s life. We are so honored to be a part of the process in bringing more attention to some of the most amazing artists and makers out there and today’s contributor is no exception.

Michelle Smith McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics is one more artist to add to your arsenal, friends. McLaughlin’s work is all created by hand and these pieces speak to the very essence of the season. There is a natural ease to the entire catalog of Calyer Ceramics that allows the true beauty of this work to shine. The set of Teenies is superbly stunning and I want multiple sets to use throughout the house. And the Great East Platter? Sigh. Friends, spend your summer morning surfing through the Calyer Ceramics shop and thank me later.

Calyer Ceramics is giving away one set of two Brown Ceramic Mugs to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, June 18th.
Please visit Calyer Ceramics and tell us: What was the greatest lesson your parents ever taught you?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, June 24th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have terrible parents, so i learned to take care of myself because no one else will (even them!). 

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    Lauren P says:

    My life has been shaped by the lessons my family taught me, so I can’t choose just one. My mom, despite her phenomenal work ethic, has struggled financially and saved money by teaching me that “you don’t have to buy it to appreciate it.” We’re a family of antique enthusiasts, so this lesson was particularly important: we admired craftsmanship and history without emptying our bank accounts. My dad, a man who challenges the notion that we only use a small percentage of our brains, taught me to value curiosity and learning and to read, read, read. He often reminds me that “when you read, you get a person’s lifetime of knowledge in one book.” My older sister, who might as well have been my parent because of everything she taught me (braiding hair and multiplication only two of those skills), has shown me repeatedly that family comes first. There is nothing more powerful, in my opinion, than a shared history and future. 

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    ren says:

    it may sound a little harsh, but my parents taught me that i am not the most important person. perhaps a kinder way of looking at it is that we are all important, so it is each persons’ responsibility to take everyone else into account.

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    Donna F. says:

    Best lesson was that true beauty comes from within!

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    Tiffany says:

    The greatest lesson my parents taught me was how to take care of myself and become more independent.

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    Elizabeth says:

    My parents taught me to love myself and know myself.  Every time I left the house, my mother would say to me, “Remember who you are.”  I think this is no small thing. For as long as I can remember, they’ve paid very close attention to who I am, and they’ve encouraged me to pay close attention to not only myself, but the world around me.  In short:  they rock!

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    Tiffany Michele says:

    My awesome single mom of twins taught me to never let anybody keep you down! She taught me to fight for what I believe in…and that no one is better than anyone else! 

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    Jennifer says:

    Although neither of my parents are especially close to their siblings, my parents insisted that my two sisters and I put our relationship with each first. As an adult, I am so grateful for this. Each of us had the other two as her maids of honor, and we couldn’t have gotten through our father’s death without our incredible bond. 

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    iamalighthouse says:

    My parents taught me how to be hard working and not to give up! That has come in handy many times. 🙂

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    Pumpernickel says:

    To love your partner and work through the rough parts.

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    My greatest lesson I think was to travel often.  My mom really infused her gypsy spirit into me and gave me the confidence to see the world starting at a young age.

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    katevpa says:

    That change is inevitable and can bring about the greatest adventures in life if you embrace it.

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    Monica Borge says:

    This is a tough one. I would have to say to accept things good or bad when they pop into your life.

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    Sparrow says:

    My parents taught me it’s more important to be kind than it is to be right. Kindness first, always. I love them so much. They are my best friends and I feel like I am constantly learning from them.

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    Ali says:

    My dad is one of those people who stands in line at a grocery store and strikes up a conversation with the person next to him. He has this radiant joyful personality that translates to him constantly making friends with everyone around him. He doesn’t care who they are, how old or young they are, or what their walk of life is, he treats them as a special unique part of this planet we call home. This is definitely the most valuable thing I’ve learned: everyone is important, you just need to spend a little time find out how.

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    Nikki says:

    Wow!  All these entries make me thing about the kind of parent I am, and the kind of parent I want to be!

    My parents greatest lesson was probably to “take care of your stuff”–meaning not just to take care of your possessions and be a good steward of your blessings, but also to take care of your responsibilities and to be one that knows what is required and how to fulfill it.  I’ve consciously been teaching this to my boys too.

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    Susie says:

    My father, through his actions, taught me integrity. So many examples come to mind, be it returning too much change from a cashier, or never speaking badly about others who may have treated him unjustly. I’m not perfect, but I strive to follow his example. I’ve witnessed that living with integrity and being at peace with oneself and others go hand in hand.

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    Kim g says:

    honor your word…never lie, and pay it forward… 

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    respect, kindness & gratitude….I miss them both greatly

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    Angela says:

    Treat everyone with respect, kindness, and tolerance, regardless of socioeconomic position, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or race.  On the inside, we are all the same.

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    Marie says:

    Not to let anyone else’s negativity influence my positivity

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    Sandra says:

    My parents taught me to be honest and to work hard

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    Amie A says:

    My mom taught me to have faith that everything will be alright.   

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    My mom grew up severely hard of hearing and was able to get by without sign language, a transcriber, or any handicap help at all. She learned to read lips and put herself through an Ivy League education without any additional help or transcription of lessons. So what she taught me was to help yourself because the world can be a big, bad place, but it also can be whatever you decide to make of it.

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    Heather says:

    The greatest lessons my parents ever taught me were the importance of conquering fear, and that the only way to grow is to learn from your mistakes. These are pretty tough lessons for me because sometimes I find it really easy to do what’s comfortable instead of trying harder for something and risk failing or rejection. I try to face my fears whenever I can because I know that if I don’t I will be stopped from doing the things I want to do most, or I may hurt those around me. If there’s one thing I have learned (often the hard way), it’s that the reward is always worth the risk, even if the reward I get is not the one I was going after.

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    Ginger G. says:

    The greastest thing my mom taught me was that it’s ok to be unique!  I sucked my thumb when I was little, which caused a gap between my front teeth.  I used to be self conscious about it, but then I started embracing it and felt that it made me *special* haha 🙂 

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    Maria says:

    My mom was a single parent who worked 2 jobs to get my sister and I through school. She taught me to work hard, smile and find beauty in everything.