What is Wabi-Sabi

Cathy Zimmer
What is wabi-sabi?  No, it’s not the little green lump that comes with your Califorina Roll. Julie Pointer Adams, author of Wabi-Sabi Welcome, defines wabi-sabi as the Japanese art of celebrating the perfectly imperfect. When broken apart, wabi means simplicity, modesty, and being content with less, while sabi is effect of time passing and the progression of beauty that comes with age. Together, they are believed to create a sense of harmony and peace of mind in the home.

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Spring Decorating Ideas for Your Country Home

Cathy Zimmer

Ready for spring? We are. Pack up those snowmen decorations (which are wonderful because they keep things festive after we have to take down our Christmas décor!) and get ready for some spring decorating.

Here are some ideas on what’s “hot” when it’s cool and some country décor that can help usher in the spring season.

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Celebrating Easter with Handmade American Country Décor

Cathy Zimmer

Spring is officially here. New flowers are beginning to bloom and the warm days of summer are just around the corner. This is also Easter time, which calls for the gathering of friends and family to celebrate this season of renewal. These special gatherings often happen around dining tables with laughter and cheer, so how are you prepping your table with the “must-have” décor this Easter? 

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Country Décor Ideas for 2018

Cathy Zimmer

For those of you looking to freshen up your country design style in 2018, you’ve probably read some of the “what’s in and what’s out” magazine articles identifying the 2018 country décor design trends. We’re excited to see some of the design ideas that are being featured for 2018. What is most appealing to us, here at Treasured Country Gifts, and possibly to you the country décor enthusiast?

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Christmas Shopping…Giving in the Spirit

Cathy Zimmer
In our last blog “Give Your Gifts the Thought That Really Counts,” we explored some gift-giving alternatives that were meant to take the materialistic chaos out of the Christmas shopping season. This month, we’re focusing more on the “why” of gift giving, so we can create more satisfying experiences as both givers and receivers. The “why” may seem obvious, but it turns out the psychology of gift giving is much more complex than you might think.

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Give Your Gifts the Thought That Really Counts

Cathy Zimmer
Let’s face it. We are in the spin cycle of gift giving. We’ve given Grandma her 27th sweater, and we just can’t bear to look at another pair of gloves for Uncle Larry. We’re out of ideas, and our gift giving feels empty and thoughtless. We rush around at the last minute, buying, buying, buying, just so we can have something to hand off at the family gathering or holiday party.

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‘Round the Table from the American Traditions Series

Cathy Zimmer
Building Traditions ‘Round the Table

When we move into fall here in the Northeast, many of our outdoor summer activities are chased inside by the chill of the fall air. As our grills get covered and our picnicware gets packed away, we look forward to the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and begin planning for the big meals they bring.

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Mason Jars: Accessories, Hacks, and Recipes from the American Traditions Series

Cathy Zimmer

You may have noticed that Mason jars have had quite a surge in popularity over the last several years. You can find them in just about any environment from hand soap dispensers in the kitchen to hardware organizers in the garage. But how did this modest little glass jar become such a big deal?

The story begins as early as the 1830s, when glass jars were used for home canning of fruits, vegetables, and meats. Yes, that’s “canning,” not “jarring,” as you might expect. Tin canisters, which we call cans, followed closely on the historical heels of glass jars, and “tinning” or “canning” food quickly overtook…

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American Traditions Series: Tin Lamps

Cathy Zimmer

If you are familiar with Treasured Country Gifts and read our blogs, then you know that the products we offer you reflect our desire to share the beauty and history of American-made items. Many products, while visually appealing, also tell a story of an earlier time when Americans crafted objects out of necessity. We feel these objects are an opportunity to learn a little about our history and to blend this history with new traditions of our own.

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Why Be Part of our Community

Cathy Zimmer

Cathy and Steve Zimmer invite you to join the Treasured Country Gifts community and share their enjoyment of the beauty and history of American-made items. Many products, while visually appealing, also tell a story of an earlier time when Americans crafted objects out of necessity. We feel these objects are an opportunity to learn a little about our history and to blend this history with new traditions of our own. Look to our Facebook page for inspiring crafts, decorating ideas, recipes, and mini history lessons you’ll want to share with family and friends.

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