Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kitchen Pretties Giveaway

I must admit that Kitchen Pretties are one of my shopping weaknesses.

Not that I don't love buying new clothes and jewelry, but I am much more of an impulse buyer when it comes to pretty plates and bowls. Delicate cups, and pretty ramekins definitely are a major weakness of mine.

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I am absolutely smitten with Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics. It's a lovely Ceramic store run by Cynthia, based out of Columbus, Ohio.

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Don't you just love all the detail on each piece?
Cynthia is inspired by her travels, by getting out of her comfort zone and exploring the patterns and shapes around her. Growing up around mountains and forests have really shaped her work, and her favorite colors are olive and chartreuse, colors that harken back to the nature in her childhood. She even painted her attic studio the same color as one of the trees outside, so the workspace is almost like her own little treehouse laboratory where she can create and concoct and be inspired.

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Watching documentaries and foreign films are among Cynthia's favorite hobbies, along with reading nonfiction books. Her city of Columbus makes sure that she is surrounded by friendly, unassuming people, with an active art and design community to nurture her creative passions.

With her favorite dessert being the delicate French Macaron (yum!), I can see that even her favorite dessert matches her art. Much like the macaron, her pieces are delicate, colorful and beautiful. One lucky reader will have the chance to win the Small Decorative Bowl pictured on the left below. To enter, just leave a comment here telling me what is your Impulse Buying weakness, and what dessert you would compare Cynthia's ceramics to. I will announce the winner next week.

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(PS. The winner of the Jenny N Design giveaway is Lindsay. Congrats!)

53 comments:

Sarah said...

I have a buying impulse for antiques! I believe if you find something you really love, you'll find a place for it. Cynthia's pieces remind of perfectly iced sugar cookies!

Mackenzie said...

just leave a comment here telling me what is your Impulse Buying weakness, and what dessert you would compare Cynthia's ceramics to.

An impulse buying weakness, eh? Goodness gracious, I buy everything! Buut... books and black ink pens. I love to draw with the pens and when it comes to a book I get wobblely in the knees! :)
Cynthia's dishes remind me of ice cream cones. The criss crossed tripes remind me of the cone. The left bowl's designs reminds me of vanilla ice creams when it has the black dots in it! ^^ The right one reminds me of cotton candy ice cream with tons of toppings like marshmallows or white chocolate shavings!!
Hope I get lucky!!

Tali Schiffer said...

Oh I've loved her stuff forever now!! I have her plates set on my favorites list for I don't know how long... one of these days it's going to my cart!
My impulse shopping weakness is scented stuff- soaps, creams, scented candles! Anything to make the house smell clean and fresh!
I actually think cupcakes when I look at Cynthia's work :)

AMKreations said...

Her work is absolutely beautiful!

I'm a bargain impulse buyer. I love to shop yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores and the like. I buy things that I think I can use if they're cheap...more for your money buys.

I'd have to say her plates look like fanciful decorated cakes to me. I love cake! =)

Amanda said...

I Love Cynthia's work! I have been eyeballing it for quite some time in fact and have even considered begging people to buy me some of her beautiful pieces on our wedding registry... so my fingers are crossed big time!!! I've travelled quite a bit and her beautiful textures and patterns reminded me instantly of shopping in the Bazaar in Istanbul and the gorgeous little bowls I bargained hard for and brought home, carefully wrapped in my backpack all those years ago :) And what desert... honestly, sugar cookies lovingly frosted with those little silver balls perfectly placed.

Amanda said...

opps... I forgot to tell you my shopping weakness! Etsy. I totally have a problem. I love handmade things and art in general and I can always justify supporting a talented artisan so I've spent waaaay too much on etsy - I have to restrict my looking time because I'll always find something I want to buy :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Beautiful work! I have a weakness for shoe shopping...in face just bought 3 pairs on sale at Endless.com haha.

I'd compare her work to beautifully decorated piping cakes!

emcSquared said...

I am smitten with Cynthia's work! Beautiful designs and decorations.

Serving pieces, especially trays, are my impuls buy weakness. I use trays in almost every room of my home and they have so many uses! I use them to organize my vanity, dresser and endtables.

Thank you!

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weezie said...

My buying impulse is vintage clothing. I scour vintage shops and thrift stores for any vintage dresses from the 1950s. but in reality if its vintage and cute, i will buy it.

Cynthia's work reminds me of Rum balls. Seriously!! Love love love it.

Luisa

N. Graves said...

The bright colors on white make me think of thick, brightly colored syrups across vanilla ice cream.

I can relate to loving to buy "kitchen pretties." I grew up with basic kitchenware, so the new patterns and shapes intrigue me. I'm a logical person who's very frugal, but dresses are my weakness. I love that sweet, girly feeling given by a good dress, which is hard to find. When I do find a really wonderful dress, it's hard to say no.

Joanna said...

Ooh...so pretty. I'm the person who stands in the checkout line and pulls things from the side shelves. Do I really need any of these item? Nope, but I'm bound to get it if I am line for longer than 5 minutes.

I would say that some of the pieces remind me of madeleines.

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shealennon said...

What a gorgeous blog! My impulse-buying weakness is anything that is a good bargain, especially clothes and shoes.

I would compare Cynthia's ceramics to beautiful, colorful petit fours.

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Ms M said...

Lovely ceramics! xxx

alyssa said...

My impulse buys are always books. I will deliberate for weeks over clothes and everything else, but the second I walk into a bookstore it's all over.
I think they look like pretty little petit fours!

alex twigg said...

oh goodness... what do i buy the most of? i would have to be kitchen accessories. i love looking at different cooking utensils to add to my collection! anything for the kitchen is high on my list!

her ceramic work reminds me of things you would see on ace of cakes or cake boss- incredibly intricate wedding cake designs- so beautiful!

kinsey elise said...

My buying impulse is journals. I buy pretty journals all the time and I'll never fill them up. The dishes remind me of anything with pretty icing: cookies, wedding cakes, cupcakes...yum. (:

sassy said...

so nice!
I love buying wooden blocks, the ones with letter, numbers or pictures on them. The older and more loved the better, they are so fun and simple.
There are cookies made froma batter adn then dipped in boiling oil and sprinkled with icing sugar-my Russian Grandma used to make them in such pretty designs....achappam cookiesmaybe - rose cookies here's a photo http://www.wellsphere.com/vegetarian-article/achappam-rose-cookies/802639

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

good priced dresses and tops from Anthro, I just cant stop it!
Love this giveaway beautiful!

Maki said...

Her work is stunnngly beautiful! My impulse on shopping would be kitchen and house goodies - they totally make me happy...

Her stuff reminds of me of "wagashi" and "mochi" - traditional Japanese sugar candies and rice cake...

Carey said...

Impulse buys? Eternally books and CD's. But lately have had a weakness for handmade scented soaps too. Her ceramics remind me of Italian candy wrapped in colorful paper, but also of the cookies made by Sweet Ambs.

Kaye Prince said...

My impulse buys are definitely books and fabric (especially when it's on sale)! Let's see, I know it's not exactly a dessert, but her ceramics really remind me of salt water taffy - so pretty!

mel sutton said...

my impulse buy? anything at target. for some reason, putting home decor and clothing in the same shopping cart as my groceries removes the guilt of the impulsive splurge!

and cynthia's ceramics remind me of a delicate creme brulee topped with berries!

k. davis said...

My impulse buying tends to happen when i'm in a craft/fabric store! Definitely reminds me of "Turkish delight"... it has that bazaar feel, and then every piece is unique and one of kind, like all the different flavors of "Turkish delight".

Jenny Bolech said...

My impulse buying habit is little tins and storage boxes! I need storage boxes to store all my storage boxes! The pieces remind me of beautifully decorated cakes - like wedding cakes!

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tawny. said...

i'm not typically an impulse buyer, but when it comes to clothing & shoes from target my thoughtful buying process goes out the window! :)

Cynthia's intricate ceramics remind me of beautifully decorated cakes.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

my impulse buys are almost always books. i'm addicted. I think her work looks like cookies, definitely. mmm mmm

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cornelio03 said...

I buy everything that has a "50% off" tag on it!

These ceramic pieces remind me of cupcakes!

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Melissa said...

My impulse buy is definitely crafting supplies. I just can't get enough! And I would compare her work to a beautiful and detailed cupcake. So pretty! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Silver Strands said...

My impulse buying weakness is dark chocolate! And her beautiful work reminds me of gorgeous fancy chocolate desserts found in the buffet lines in Vegas :)
oxoxo
Denalee

lisaroyhandbags said...

What absolutely gorgeous ceramics! I adore her patterns and they remind me of little decorated cupcakes!
My impulse buy would have to be cushions for my living room! I can't seem to get enough of them - I love switching them out and my closet shelves are lined up with them! : )

Mechelle said...

Her china is so beautiful and delicate! I love all the detail she adds to her pieces.

My impulse buying tends to be art supplies.

Here china reminds me of a beautifully decorated shortbread cookies.

Laura said...

my impulse buy is books, or shoes!
I cant get enough. And I love ceramics, I've taken some throwing classes... these are beautiful! :)

Kelly Irene said...

mmmm...the dishes remind me of beautifully-decorated sugar cookies!
My impulse buying weakness is fabric. It's bad.

Kristin said...

I think I might have to snatch up one of those lovely bud vases!

Nicole said...

oh, i love all of these designs! such beautiful handiwork!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Oohhh my weakness: pretty things! lol! seriously! kitchen items, clothing, shoes & purses...

the pieces remind me of decorated sugar cookies or napoleons with different colors! lol you know where you take the toothpick and pull the chocolate at the top...yum yum yum

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sEy said...

sometimes I am an impulsive buyer too but not on a particular items. I love kitchen stuffs too especially the ceramic tea set.

Kristin said...

this is such a lovely collection! thank you for sharing with us. shopping impulses? oh boy. where do I start? Probably my biggest weakness is "kitchen pretties" as you call them, followed close behind by decor books, anything from a bakery, and oh yeah, everything from Anthropologie!

Her dishes remind me of petit fours. ;)

abigail said...

I missed the give away but I love those bud vases anyway!

Kate said...

i love those bud vases!!

food is actually my impulse problem. but what i buy most of on impulse! the vases kind of remind me of lindor truffles!!

the southern hostess said...

Love her work! Her pieces are like French macarons: delicate, girly and sweet.

carmel said...

i have a buying impulse for fabric
i am a total fabricoholic!
i love cynthia's work!
truely amazing!
thanks!

Amy B. said...

My impulse buy is gum and candy. I can't resist.

Her beautiful pieces remind of fresh berries covered in cream.

Stephanie said...

Kitchen gadgets are my buying weakness and her art reminds me of birthday cupcakes!

Barbara said...

Aren't those lovely?? They look like fondant-decorated cakes!

My weakness is books. I am on Amazon constantly. The only saving grace is I buy them used!

Lovely giveaway, Dionne!

Tender Branson said...

I love how you compare these to macarons (that is exactly what I was thinking when I saw them).

Carissa said...

wow! her work is absolutely stunning! seriously, it took my breath away, I love it. the macaron comparison is pretty spot on, but if I had to pick a dessert, I'd compare it to... frosting! haha. really, her artistry is like that of a cake baker! :) the beautiful lines on her pieces remind me of a cake decorator, carefully and meticulously icing a cake.

as for shopping weaknesses, I'd say I often fall prey to impulse buying when it comes to dresses and flowy tops. I see one and I think, I gotta have it! but the same can often be said for necklaces. I have sooo many! :)

meeyeehere said...

My weakness would be candles and bath soap.I buy way too much of that stuff! The dessert it reminds me of is Creme Brulee!!!!!!!!
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Colleen Elizabeth said...

Its seems I have a weakness for buying old classic novels (I have a dream for a giant classics library someday). As for dessert, I would say the softness and delicacy of her work reminds me of sweet spring sugar cookies.

Erin said...

Wow, too cute, love her stuff!

My weakness is... well, a lot of things... haha. Shoes and purses to name a few! And probably fabric, too :)

Her designs remind me of the cupcakes at a bakery nearby... mmm mmm!

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

Jess said...

I adore all of these pieces!

My impulse buying weakness is shopping with my best friend, she always encourages my purchase of new items for my currently minuscule wardrobe.

And, Cynthia's ceramics remind me of delicately decorated petifores!