Giveaway :: Freundeskreis

Thursday, February 13, 2014



Abundant love, folks. One way to celebrate the love in our lives is by surrounding ourselves with symbols of life and beauty. For me, this is simply done with home decor. Think about it. The objects you surround yourself with daily are a direct reflection of your wants, your needs, your passions. Ceramic pieces, of course, are a perfect way to create a beautiful environment. From vases to plates, the art of ceramics is one that brings a natural fluidity to your environment that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Sarah Ritz is a treasure, friends. Her line of ceramics, Freundenkreis, is a “one woman show” of handmade ceramics in Brooklyn and I’m not sure I have the words to adequately express my love for Ritz’s work. The “Horizont Planter” is a personal favorite and just might be the perfect visual representation of everything I love about home decor. A handmade planter that is natural and organic in design and created for holding a gorgeous piece of greenery? Yes, and yes. Freundenkreis is my gift to you.

Freundeskreis is giving away two medium sized Frühling Landschaft planters to two winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, February 20th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Freundeskreis and tell us: What is the greatest advice you have ever been given about love?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 24th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    heather f says:

    Love does not remember wrongs and does not stay angry.

  2. 2
    rachel says:

    Be humble and gentle — you are not always right!

  3. 3
    Trisha says:

    never stop having fun. Keep courting the other person, and the relationship won’t grow stale. 

  4. 4
    Lindsey says:

    The Beatles said it all – Love is all you need – in all situations if you act from a place of love and compassion it will change you and those around you for the better. The worst situations can be helped by acting out of love! (Caveat, I don’t mean to imply I am able to do this all of the time or even most of the time, but I believe it’s right and I try every day!)

  5. 5
    Juliet Farmer says:

    love is in the little things, not the grand gestures. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Your significant other is a PARTNER in life. That means being civil, cooperative and calm when trying to work through whatever problems may arise. I have been with my husband for 14 years and we have never had a fight because we approach problems together, side by side and with a quiet gentleness.

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    Susanna B. says:

    Don’t try to control your partner. Let them be them.

  8. 8
    Heidi says:

    Marriage is not 50/50, it’s 100/100. If you each put all your efforts into making the other happy, you’ll both be happy!

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    Emma L says:

    Those planters are breathtaking – such extraordinary talent!

    “Love is like an education: you have to invest yourself it to understand how much it can empower you.”

  10. 10
    Amie A says:

    My mama always told me to love myself first…then you’ll be in a better position to bestow love to others.

  11. 11
    Elizabeth says:

    “Where there is no love, put love – and you will find love.”  Juan de Yepes, 16th century Spanish mystic

  12. 12
    cindy says:

    The best advice on love I ever got was in a Hafez quote: 
    “And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
    “You owe me.”
    Look what happens with love like that.
    It lights up the sky.”

  13. 13
    Courtney J says:

    You need a lot of patience!

  14. 14
    Nikki says:

    On married love, “The seven year itch is a myth, that’s when it finally starts to get good…and by year 10, yeah, you have a lot to look forward to!” told to me by a new acquaintance who became a good friend in year five. She also said “feelings aren’t facts,” which is also invaluable in keeping perspective because love is easy but relationships are hard–especially because there are so many feelings involved!

  15. 15

    Love is not a 50/50 relationship. It’s 100/100%.

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    Jennifer says:

    That marriage isn’t 50/50 100% of the time. This helps me keep things in perspective and reminds me that it’s ok for me to be weak sometimes and other times it’s ok to feel like I’m doing it all. 

  17. 17
    Sparrow says:

    I remember my great-grandmother had cross-stitched Corinthians 13:4 and it hung on the walls of my home growing up: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” Pondering this through my youth helped me to temper all of the ideas about love I saw everywhere else: the passion, the fire, the romance. All that is good, but the best part of love is the quiet moments, the moments that refine both people and bind their minds and hearts together.

  18. 18
    Joann says:

    Love yourself always before loving someone else~ it will make it easier for them to love you and you will always be at your most beautiful self. 

  19. 19
    Susan F says:

    that love can sometimes be blind and you should not always listen to your heart as sometimes others see things you may not

  20. 20
    Tiffany says:

    That it’s important to love others but you shouldn’t forget that you also need to let others love you.

  21. 21
    Rachel says:

    If you’re going to truly love someone, go all in.  Don’t hold back or you might lose the person you would have loved the most. 

  22. 22
    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    Make sure you know them as a friend…regardless of what comes in life if you are on common ground with similar outlooks you can survive.

  23. 23
    Erin says:

    I didn’t have to think about this one for a second. When I was pretty young… maybe 14… my best friend and I were on vacation with a friend of the family. She was one of those really cool older women that you just immediately looked up to. Honest, funny, smart, and incredibly kind. To this day she still has a marriage I admire, and I’ve ALWAYS remembered what she told us about love. She said that the person you marry should be someone you can walk across the bedroom to pick up the phone in front of… naked… and with all the lights on. I didn’t fully understand this at the time, but now that I’m in my 30’s, I totally get what she was trying to tell us. When you are with someone special you feel completely comfortable with them. Maybe even beautiful 🙂

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My advice is to truly love someone is to love them unconditionally.  I have said this to my family and  friends and will pass along to my children.

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    megan says:

    Love – it will not dismay, betray, or enslave you – it’ll set you free.