mom's day gift idea: bone china bird

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I was browsing through British Elle Decor’s May issue the other day, and spotted this little bird, which they dubbed a “future classic.” That may be, but I immediately thought it would be an amazing Mother’s Day gift, and did a little seplaceing to find a site we (us Americans) could order it from. Log onto Portia (the home of fine porcelain) and scroll down till you spot this paperweight from Royal Crown Derby. It’s a new addition to their long line of figurines — a long tailed tit! (Stop snickering, that’s the name.) Order soon and allow a couple of weeks for delivery. About $100, plus shipping and handling. — Angela M.

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mom’s day gift idea: bone china bird

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I was browsing through British Elle Decor’s May issue the other day, and spotted this little bird, which they dubbed a “future classic.” That may be, but I immediately thought it would be an amazing Mother’s Day gift, and did a little seplaceing to find a site we (us Americans) could order it from. Log onto Portia (the home of fine porcelain) and scroll down till you spot this paperweight from Royal Crown Derby. It’s a new addition to their long line of figurines — a long tailed tit! (Stop snickering, that’s the name.) Order soon and allow a couple of weeks for delivery. About $100, plus shipping and handling. — Angela M.

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countdown's over: send in your taxes now!

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We thought we would end our countdown-to-taxday with a bit of a splurge. By now you should have filed your taxes, and are hopefully banking on a nice refund. And since all office products will be a write-off for next year’s deductions, why not invest in what we think is sure to become a modern day classic: the Kikkerland Flip Clock ($125 at AlaphabetsNYC). An electric wall clock with digital precision, it will count away the minutes of your day in such a boldy graphic manner, that those eight, nine, ten hours on the job will just fly by.

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countdown’s over: send in your taxes now!

kk_wallflip.jpg

We thought we would end our countdown-to-taxday with a bit of a splurge. By now you should have filed your taxes, and are hopefully banking on a nice refund. And since all office products will be a write-off for next year’s deductions, why not invest in what we think is sure to become a modern day classic: the Kikkerland Flip Clock ($125 at AlaphabetsNYC). An electric wall clock with digital precision, it will count away the minutes of your day in such a boldy graphic manner, that those eight, nine, ten hours on the job will just fly by.

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new obsession: cast metal doorstops

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One of the things I discovered last weekend, when we visited FDR’s house, was a new appreciation of doorstops. Perhaps because we have so few doors to worry about in our place, I had never really thought of them before. But in the historic mansion, each of the rooms had a door that was propped open by a cast iron doorstop. Some were animals, some were little two-dimensional cottages, some were dancing girls. A quick seplace on eBay shows that these are quite common — especially if you’re looking for one of the canine variety. But this week, while perusing through a weighty pile of mail, I came across this little guy in the Sundance catalog. How cute is he? Made of cast iron brass, I’m sure he could hold his own against the heftiest of doors. Now all we need is a few more of those, and I’ll have a good excuse to buy one of these. –Angela M.

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