weekly wrap up

Weekly Wrap Up & Fishs Eddy Vintage

by Stephanie

Every Thursday our team takes a break from the office and works from home. Amy and Max spend time working with their pets and loved ones while I split my Thursdays between the radio station and working on the couch next to my cat. But this week we had a fun change of schedule. Early in the week I heard from Fishs Eddy about an in-store project happening this week. Along with Todd Oldham, Susan Brinson and others, we were invited to come style table settings using their extensive collection of vintage plates, cups, saucers and accessories. Amy had a big photoshoot for her new book planned, so Max and I decided to team up and head into the city to take the challenge. Along with Susan, Max and I spent our afternoon searching through stacks of vintage plates, cutlery and odds and ends (Max found some awesome gold Jacks to use, and I went with something pink) to create our own unique table settings. Fishs Eddy documented the process, and the photos will be displayed in the store, but we took photos of our own to share here today so you could get an idea of how things turned out. I’ve been a regular Fishs Eddy shopper for years, but was pleasantly surprised by how vast their vintage collection had become. I’ve got my eye on Susan’s plate (if she doesn’t buy it), and Max went home with a huge vintage painting, so it was definitely an inspiring afternoon.

Before we head out, I also wanted to share a sweet video that our own Stephanie Todaro made to celebrate the joy of pet adoption (she adopted her sweet dog, Harvey). This month’s family theme applies to fuzzy family, as well, and as a team full of rescue-animal owners, we thought it would be nice to share this as well as some links to great rescue organizations across the country. If you’re looking for a new pet, I hope you’ll consider the little guys just waiting for a chance — and a good home — around the corner from you. Best wishes to you and your furry ones for a wonderful weekend. See you next week! xo, grace

*PS: This weekend is the last chance to sign up for our egg decorating class, so if you want to grab a spot, sign up here. Also, our newsletter goes out at 5pm today, so if you’d like this week’s edition, you can sign up here.

Some of our favorite Rescue Groups:

1. PAWS Chicago — Chicago, IL
2. North Shore Animal League — New York, NY
3. Bidawee — New York, NY
4. New Leash on Life — Los Angeles, CA
5. Bill Foundation — Los Angeles, CA
6. Friends For Life — Houston, TX
7. Paws 4 You — Miami, FL
8. Best Friends Animal Society — Nationwide
9. Villalobos Rescue Center — New Orleans, LA
10. Kitten Rescue — Los Angeles, CA
11. FIV+ Cat Rescue Resources — Nationwide

*We highly recommend you check out Petfinder.com, Adoptapet.com or the ASPCA Shelter Finder, as well. Even if you can’t bring a pet into your home at this time, your support in spreading the word truly helps the cause.

The week’s wrap-up links plus more images from Fishs Eddy continue after the jump . . .

Image above: Details from Max’s place setting

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

Image above: Details from my place setting

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  • We got our boxer from the Oregon Humane Society, a wonderful no-kill shelter in Portland. I highly recommend them. After our two other boxers died, I found myself constantly boxer window-shopping online, with no intention to adopt. But, he was too beautiful to resist, and was bursting with the love of life, once he had a home again.

  • Agreed. I definitely would include the Humane Society on that list. The Seattle chapter takes in thousands of dogs from kill shelters all over the state, and has great programs like low-cost vet care for fixed income seniors who adopt older pets, a dog running volunteer group, and foster families for animals with special needs. And they’re not like some breed specific rescues who go overboard trying to find the ‘perfect’ owners – they are just happy when an animal finds a loving home. The Humane Society is awesome.

  • I love the vintage mix and match feel of the two place settings, especially the Maxwell. It gives me good ideas on how I can use the partial set Grandma gave me and match it with some other dishes I have left from a restaurant that closed decades ago. Oh, and my vintage embroidered tea towels would make great napkins! Thanks for all the ideas!

    Billie, my cat says all the best kitties come from shelters!

  • Awesome executive collection. I would love to buy this crockery. BTW I’ve also got my eye on Susan’s plate . I need some more snap shots for this sort of crockery. My wife would definitely be rushing over here. This link is marvelous.

  • We just adopted the most adorable maltipoo from a local shelter. He’s still learning the rules, but is amazingly smart, incredibly cute, and the best friend our other dog never knew he wanted!

  • love love love the video of harvey and completely agree that furry friends make every single day better (our pup G is my ultimate life counselor and my greatest little friend). yes please, adopt these littles that need a home !

  • Love it when you post articles relating to pet adoption…it’s reason 5,687 why I love this website…and great video too!!! I just shared it to the Al-Van Humane Society Facebook page in South Haven, MI…

  • It was a magical moment when we discovered Fish’s Eddy. Every time I’m in the city, I have to stop there… family and friends know they always will receive gifts from there….the only issue is that we often stop in after lunch and brews at Eatly’s Birreria and are a little tipsy…talk about feeling like the bull in the china shop!! Love that place!!!

  • These are real nice settings but I like Maxwell’s more. I love the gold jacks. All matching gold colours makes it classy for me. And nice one with the pet rescue info. These pets need some loving too. Unfortunately, my schedule won’t allow me adopt one right now but am sure my momma will love to see this.

  • Thanks so much for the mentions Grace! A pleasure to see you there. What a seriously fun day, I could stay all day and make place settings. :)

    @Carolyn We are boxer lovers too! Once you get one, you just can’t stop. Nero is a rejected show dog, unfit for the show ring. So we thought he could live we us. He’s our second boxer, we had Caesar in college. We’ve also had rescues stay with us while they find a foster, just to get them out of a kill shelter. So difficult to see.

    Thanks for all the awareness around dogs who need a home!

  • I love your place setting! I was in NYC last week and randomly walked by Fishs Eddy. Unsure of what it was, I went in. Left happily with a giant bag of goodies. Haha. Surprisingly they all survived the plane trip. If I’m ever back in New York, Fishs Eddy is definitely on my list of shops to hit.

  • Fabulous article!!! I definitely need to stop by Fishs Eddy in New York City today. Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday and it will be a positively dashing event when I use Design*Sponge tips to style the tables. Thanks for the images; this will help me very much in setting my tables. I am going to be seen as a home decor professional and I think adopting a puppy will be a lovely idea for a birthday gift. BTW sorry I missed the egg decorating class, when can I sign up for the next class?

  • I love the video on pet adoption. We have adopted all three of our dogs and they are beloved family members. We couldn’t imagine our house without them. It doesn’t matter how bad things get our dogs always make us feel better. They are an essential part of our home.

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