IT'S TIME FOR THE D. PORTHAULT SALE!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Twice a year, shoppers get in line to buy the wonderful printed bedding created by French linen house D. Porthault at discounted prices. The sale always promises good finds coupled with great people watching.  Everyone waits in line for these deals. I mean everyone. If you do not find yourself at 470 Park Avenue at 58th Street in New York City between now and February 1st,  you can always visit the Porthault website where they list the items included. Then you can ring-a-ding-ding (212) 688- 1660 to order.  Bonne chance mon petit choux.

It looks like the sale is big on towels this season-

SWEET TIDINGS: OLD TIMEY CHOCOLATES WITH A SENSE OF TRADITION

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy Martha Stewart American Made
When it comes to the holidays, I like things to be old school. My mom has these amazing little wooden elves with long beards and pointy felt hats  from 1971 that I will not let her throw away. They may be on their last legs, but that sense of tradition coupled with the fact that it is a charming German wooden toy that they don't make the way they used to makes me want them to last forever. The same thing goes for holiday candy. The more throwback, the better. This fall, when I discovered Shane's Confectioners at Martha Stewart's American Made Event in Grand Central, I knew I had come upon something special. As the "oldest continuously-run confectionery in the United States", Shane's, based in Philadelphia,  has been cranking out handmade candies and chocolates since 1863. The chocolates shown above, a precursor to the Whitmans Sampler, have an eclectic mix of fillings from a bygone era. Filled with butter creams, fruits and nuts, this tasty mix is sure to bring up some holiday memories for you. Available through the Ebay store set up for American Made, they will arrive in time for New Year's.  Enjoy the array and the old timey packaging.

GONE TO THE DOGS: FUZZY ORNAMENTS OF YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you spent part of your Thanksgiving day tuning in to The Philadelphia Dog Show like I did, then chances are you are a person that likes dogs.  Capturing popular breeds of all sizes in all their fuzzy glory, Arcadia Home's hand-knit dog ornaments, created with a fair trade group in Peru of an Alpaca wool blend, make great gifts. If your dog sits under your tree, he can gaze up and see his likeness on it, and feel very much a part of the family during the holiday season.  If you have friends with dogs, why not stock up on some barking beauties to take to your next holiday party?

 Personality plus, The Westie

A tiny treasure, the Dachshund

An attentive Beagle

A loyal Black Lab

The ever-popular Boston Terrier

The brawny Bulldog

Pug with a purpose

A white Standard Poodle who could also pass for a short haired Afghan Hound