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Giveaway :: Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics

Monday, June 11, 2012

{please visit Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics here}

I have an odd compulsion. Whenever I am given a bouquet of flowers, I inevitably wind up breaking it down into smaller vases and scattering them throughout the house. It is my way of bringing the sunshine indoors and sprinkling it around my home. Granted, I am no florist. Yet there is something inherently fulfilling about arranging tiny groups of flowers in the way that I feel looks just right. I also pull a few single blooms and stems out to place in bud vases in special places like the kitchen window, the bathroom counter, and random bookshelves. Needless to say, I also have a serious fascination with well-crafted vessels for such projects.

Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics is the benchmark for stunningly crafted and fantastically designed ceramics. These handmade vases and bowls (and garden markers and magnets and jars!) are shaped exquisitely and adorned with texture and color in the most deliberate and fascinating patterns. This Bud Vase in Peacock and Turquoise is so incredibly beautiful, I find myself rearranging my home in order to accommodate it (and I don’t even own it.) And these dishes? Yes, I want them. All of them. Here Comes the Sun(shine) and I’ve finally found porcelain worth holding it!

Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics is giving away one Small Black and Red Vase to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, June 18th. Comments now closed…Good luck!
What is your favorite thing about the town where you live?
Start checking the winners’ box on Monday, June 18th. Good luck!
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  1. 1
    Kate B says:

    I did not plan on staying in the city I’m living in for long. In-and-out, I told myself. Get your masters degree and then hightail it back to Washington DC, the city where I spent my undergrad years and had fallen utterly in love with. That was the plan.
    Until I met the man. Honestly, it sounds like a rom-com but…the first part, before some hilarious, life-upending conflict happens and the heroine spends the rest of the movie sloooowly getting together with her soul mate. Instead, I just met Tim and we shyly started dating and discovered we were basically perfect for each other. The plan to high-tail it back to DC got set aside. The thing is, Tim is lovely and would have moved to DC with me (we toyed with it for a long time, but it was clear that he’d be moving there ONLY for me and I wasn’t crazy about the idea, even though I suspected he’d love the city in no time, the same way I do). But our life here was so delightful and sweet and easy, and the cost of living doesn’t make me want to hide under the couch. So we stayed.
    My favorite thing about the town where I live? It’s Tim. He’d be my favorite thing about any town where we live. (But also, the restaurants in our city are pretty fantastic, too.)

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    echo says:

    I love the sense of personality and community. How active the people are, both physically and socially. I love the bike trails and the lakes and the farmer’s markets. I love that I can be so close to nature and still enjoy the perks of a city. 

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    Luisa says:

    I love the many many many wineries that surround my town. Fields and fields of vinyards is a beautiful sight that i never take for granted.

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    Beverly says:

    I live in Chicago, and I absolutely love the summers. Sure, the winters are tough, but I think this helps us appreciate warmer weather and really take advantage of it. There’s always plenty to do outside, whether it be a scenic walk/bikeride on the lake front, or visiting one of the many parks for a concert, movie, or other event. And with summer’s arrival, so comes the summer festival schedule! In fact, just this past weekend I spent every day outside, at a blues festival, at a street art festival, a farmers market and at a barbecue. Summers in Chicago are the best, and the whole city knows how to celebrate! It also doesn’t hurt that we have the most beautiful skyline in the world :)

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    Lauren says:

     The farmers market on Saturday mornings and also the quiet peaceful Sunday mornings walking through town.

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    heather f says:

    It’s small enough that you can walk Main street in just a couple of minutes and it sits on the banks of the Willamette River

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    Ruth Tillman says:

    I live in a small town right next to a big city. The fact that I can see the sun setting behind the skyline of SF on our little beach is my favorite.

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    Natalie says:

    I love the fact that San Francisco is so bicycle friendly.  My car was recently stolen (one of my least favorite parts of living in the city: the crime).  I found that I am able to get around to just about anywhere using my bike.

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    Becca says:

    Seattle. It’s just something about the way the rain–how it cleans the streets, makes everything green, and comforts me when I’m lying in bed and listening it hit the windowpane. 

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    Anne says:

    You can sometimes meet our local zoo keeper walking an elephant down the main street

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    Courtney says:

    I live in Sunnyvale…in Silicon Valley, California, so we have lots of computer companies all over the area. My favorite thing about the town I live in is it’s easily accessible to several freeways! Since I work as a substitute teacher for several school districts, I sometimes have many distances to travel within a week, so having access to those freeways (I can get to three different ones) is really helpful and actually cuts down the time it takes for me to drive.

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    Stella says:

    I moved to Bucharest after having lived in the Andes mountains for 3 years. It’s definitely tough. The people here have been through a lot and parts of the city can look like it’s falling apart before your eyes, but all the streets in my neighborhood have beautiful flowers planted in every space available making the city smell like lilacs all spring. This was a surprise as it’s my first spring here!

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    Stephanie C says:

    I’ve lived in the same small suburb of Chicago for my whole life.. and I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else. I love the proximity to the city so I can go whenever I want.. then coming back home to the suburbs for cheaper food and gas :P

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    Jennifer says:

    that it’s nickname is “the jewel city.”

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    Emma says:

    That it is full of gargoyles plus impossibly smart and odd people, has a ton of great eateries, and is equipped with great libraries; besides, there are happy, tail-wagging dogs everywhere, taking their humans for walks everywhere – an important testimony to how awesome my town is! Dogs always tell the truth.

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    Bernie says:

    My favorite thing about my town is the beautiful green of the summertime trees and fields. Also a restaurant with my favorite sandwich: bacon, tomato, cheddar, mozzarella melted together. Mmmmm.

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    Chryselle says:

    I live in Goa, on the west coast of India. It is a holiday-makers dream destination with its beaches and spicy sea-food. What I love most about though, is the colours on the houses – rich cobalt blue, sea green, bright sunshine yellow, even fire engine reds occasionally. The churches, of course, are bathed in luminescent white. It’s a little slice of Europe, a little bit of South America and still very Goan at the same time. Come visit!

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    Sarah P says:

    The River Wall ~ I live in Jacksonville, FL on the St. Johns River & love sitting by the water to clear my head, eat a picnic, or play at the park with my kids. It’s soothing and beautiful!

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    sam says:

    still has a the same small town feel that it had when I moved here 13 years ago though there has been lots of commercial and housing projects it is still feels small and is so friendly

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    Ana M says:

    What I love about Austin?! The music festivals, great food, nice people..there’s always something to do and I love that.

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    Tiffany says:

    i love the festivals we have in town! the donuts are the best..

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    Jennifer says:

    Where I love, Riverside, RI, there is a carousel that was built in the 1800s. It still runs on the weekends and is right on the ocean. It’s a very cool thing to be able to be able to say that you live around the corner from the carousel!

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    megdwyer says:

    I love that I can look out my window on any given day and see people building the most beautiful wood boats in the world against the backdrop of a quaint Maine Harbor full of seals and osprey. Wow – right?

  24. 24
    Linnea says:

    Saint Paul is a decent size city, but near the Mississippi River, there are plenty of places where I feel like the only person around. I get the best of both worlds! 

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    Ella P. says:

    What I love about Hickman is the beautiful landscapes, sceneries plus the best pecans I’ve ever tasted!

  26. 26

    Most people are very friendly for the size of my city and the desert sunsets are magnificent

  27. 27
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i love the fact that it’s becoming a foodie city!

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    Lubaska says:

    I love medieval castle in the centre of  my town, built in 14th century. It serves as national gallery exhibition place, as well as place for outer theathrical performances at the beginning of summer.

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    Kellie says:

    Mountains, mountains and more mountains!

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    Rebekah says:

    our proximity to our nation’s capitol – it such a beautiful and important place! i take it for granted but every once in a while i am reminded of our how lucky we are to live where we live.

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    Melinda K E says:

    I love that my town has great food, beautiful parks, an appreciation for art and is full of interesting neighborhoods. I’ve lived here for 14 years and there are still a ton of neighborhoods that I’ve never explored!

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    Erin says:

    I moved to Portland 4 months ago and I love being able to walk everywhere and all the culture and activities available.