Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's Global and a $50 Novica Giveway

It all started when I received an email from Ricky of
He offered me to review one of their products and I could select anything for $100 or I could have the option to review a product for $50 and share the $50 to one of my readers. I chose the latter, to share with my readers, as an appreciation for your faithful visits.

Novica, with their association with National Geographic, has many beautiful accessories both for men and women and also for the home, exotic and exquisite works made by master artisans from Asia, Africa and Latin America. You will enjoy browsing through their products. I have known about them for years when I was searching for something I could hang below a hall mirror, in lieu of a table. Of course, I was successful in finding it there. You will see the product at the end of this post.

So, for this tablescape, my inspiration is global.

Being an avid tablescaper, I picked a set of 6 Mexican hand blown wine glasses created by Javier and Efren from Novica. Boy! Did I have fun shopping!
These hand made glasses are just gorgeous! I love the cobalt blue rims and the natural bubbly thick glass.

They are perfect, paired with my other hand blown set of margarita glasses. They also came so nicely and carefully packed, no chance of breakage at all.

My tablescape consists of a multicolored, but mostly blue and yellow, runner from Roatan, Honduras, Italian Meridiana "Ceramiche" plates and bowls, blue and yellow French toile placemats, Mexican glasses and Italian pottery jars.

Nothing here is new except for the Mexican hand blown glasses from Novica. Oh and also the 2 gold plated roses that John gave me for our anniversary. The third one was also given by him last Valentine's day. Everything else was just gathered from around the house.

I love the shape of these Italian dishes. They are like a wavy square or maybe a trapezoid. I bought the blue flatware from Neiman Marcus a while back when they were on sale. I also have them in black that I bought from Marshalls and TJ Maxx and another red set from Neiman Marcus. Do you think I like them that much? Yes, I do! I like the Frenchy pewter like things on their handles.

The white off shaped square ceramic plate chargers are made in Portugal. I say off shaped because if you hadn't noticed, two sides are pointed but the 2 opposite sides are rounded. I have had them for a while but this is the first time I got to use them.

Nothing says Italian more than olives so I added my mini olive tree (It's live!) and some olives in a matching small bowl. No, they were not picked from this tree, lol.

Food will have to be served because there is no place for food here. These jars are huge, but they make a statement, don't they?

Oh my mistake. I have something else new. We just bought these small potted rosemarie placecard holders from Pottery barn, during our visit to Charleston, SC this past weekend. They were on sale for a little over $3 each. I thought they would be perfect for a garden setting too.

I used some Mexican hand blown taper candle holders too, that I bought from Goodwill several months ago. they were really cheap, maybe $3 for the pair.

I added my Italian chef salt and pepper shaker. His body separates into 2. The bottom part is the pepper shaker and the top, the salt, and little blue Polish Pottery dishes for a dipping sauce.

To be entered in the drawing and have a chance to win the Novica $50 gift certificate, all you have to do is one, two or all of the following:

1. Follow me. If you are already a follower, leave me another comment saying so.

2. Leave a comment on this post

3. Visit and let me know what you would probably get with the $50 if you win

4. Announce this giveaway on your blog.

Each of these will give you one chance to enter for a total of 4 if you do all of them,.

Good luck!

Now, have a good time shopping. Novica has a lot of neat global and ethnic stuff. I have ordered from them in the past. Below was something I bought about 4 years ago. It's an elephant trunk shelf that is hung on the wall. I needed something for this wall but I did not want a table because the hall is narrow and anything on the floor will be in the way, so this shelf was the perfect solution for the space. This hallway is all the way in the back of the house separating 2 guest rooms and a guest bathroom.

Thank you so much for visiting. I would also like to thank Ricky of Novica for giving me the chance to offer a gift to my readers and followers.

I will pick the winner on October 2oth and announce it on the 21st.

Thanks to all our gracious hostesses for being so dedicated in their work.

Susan for Tablescape, Thursday at

Sherry's Open House Thursday at

Courtney's Feathered nest Friday at

Honey's Potpourri Friday at

Sally's Blue Monday at

Inspiration Friday at

Thank you all for stopping by!

BTW, Novica is trying to promote some accessories in their their home party division. If you have a chance, I will be very happy if you visited some of the links below. Most or all of them would be perfect for birthday or Christmas gifts and Christmas is just around the corner.
Keyword: accessories
Keyword: mens accessories
Keyword: cufflinks
Keyword: womens scarves
Keyword: wool scarves

If you want to promote our home party division, here is some further information:
Keyword: Novica Live

Thanks again!


Tardevil said...

What a beautiful table, Christine! The dishes are pretty, but I LOVE that pottery! It is gorgeous. I've never heard of Novica. Thanks for telling us a/b it. Going to check out some of your links.

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Christine, as usual, your table setting is beautiful! I love the Italian setting, and your new glasses are beautiful. I could never put a table setting like this together. Love it! And yes, your pottery definately makes a statement.

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Oh I forgot, I am a follower!

Unknown said...

I'm a long-time follower :)

Unknown said...

Love all your special touches... the polish pottery, the wonderful china, and of course, the blue trimmed bubbly glassware. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.


Unknown said...

I visited the site - tons of wonderful things there! I'd choose either the wooden spoon trio or the Talavera ceramic bowl, 'Happy Tradition' by Pedro Alba.

Have a great week!

My Dream Canvas said...

What a great Giveaway! This is so pretty! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas. I am a follower.

Icy BC said...

Those are lovely glasses, and you did a fantastic job setting up the table so pretty!

Dolores said...

Oh Christine..... my wish would be ... to go shopping at your beautiful home......

Your table looks beautiful, as usual!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Christine! I always love to see how your table is set :o)

and I LOVE what NOVICA has to offer...I have seen the beautiful glassware that you selected! (I admit that for some strange reason, glasses are something that I am drawn too! haha)

OH YES! Please include me!

Blessings & Aloha!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I follow you :o) Thank you for this great giveaway!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am supposed to be working on some art orders, but stopped for a second to thank you for stopping by! And oh! I really love looking at all NOVICA has to offer!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

It really is hard to decide what I would choose, if I was to win! so much great things! I have received a beautiful set of earrings from one of their Peruvian artisans. They are exactly what I had hoped for and more! And it arrived pretty quickly.

...but I was looking at the same blown glassware that you selected :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Scribbler said...

Very beautiful! The glasses and the flatware and the dishes -- all perfectly put together. If I am not already following I will!

Debbie said...

I can not possibly pick a favorite part to this one. I thought it couldn't get better than those gorgeous glasses, but I believe the whoppy sided plates are just as nice.

And I love the rosemary pots as place card holders.

Debbie said...

Oops. And I'm already a happy follower!

Marlis said...

Your dishes are perfect with the new glasses. I love the deep blue rim. Your urns are fabulous. Oh and I'm drooling over the roses.. they are divine! Your table is a beautiful place to be.. I wish I was..

Marlis said...

Love the new blog header too.. The picture of you and your husband is a beauty, you are such a lovely couple.. I am a follower.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Christine! I know the table in the hallway has nothing to do with your tablescape, but I LOVE that elephant head!!! That's really cool! Something like that would work out perfectly in my entryway! It's amazing all the things that are out there that you don't know about until someone blogs about it. I've never heard of Novica until now, either. I can't get over those dishes! The wavy pattern is so unique, and I really like the color combination and overall design. They have a look that could cross over (globally!) from Italy to Mexico and everywhere in between! The glasses are GREAT!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on a wonderful acquisition, and have a fantastic weekend!!!

Marlis said...

I had to go visit.. so many ethnic beauties to be found.. I think I'd have to put it towards Ceramic candleholder, 'Christmas Light'.. or the tree of light candleholder.. it's so pretty and something I can't get around here! thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway! xo marlis

Mary L said...

I love the beautiful hand blown glasses from Novica that you chose for your table setting. Great giveaway!! Thanks!
I enjoy your blog very much, you have so many beautiful dishes and accessories.

Mary L

Mary L said...

I forgot to mention that I am now a follower.

Mary L

Amy said...

What a beautiful tablescape, as you always do. I love these hand made glasses, they are gorgeous. You're so generous to share the certificate with your readers. Of course, I'm your happy follower. :)

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

Wow, there are so many gorgeous products on Novica's website. These Wine glasses, 'Chardonnay' (set of 6)really caught my eyes. They are beautiful and perfect for parties.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

Novica really got a lot of cool stuffs. I'm going to browse around more on their site. It's a nice place to start my holiday shopping early for my foodie friends. ;)

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Marigene said...

Your tables are always so warm and welcoming...I love the shape of that brown/cream vase.

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Christine! Your table is so very pretty. Love the dishes and those colors. I am not sure what I would choose, but I would love the chance to pick something.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Christine! I'm following you now--I hope you'll visit me too, because we seem to have a lot in common. I have serving pieces that are similar to your dishes, and I have glasses like your new Novica ones!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Wow, Everything is so beautiful !
Wonderful tablescape !Please enter in the give away .

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I am a follower .

Jacqueline said...

Christine, one thing I love about giveaways and I have noticed it on mine, is that someone may think they are a follower because they have been following you, but not officially! I think I haven't been a follower because I couldn't even find where you kept your followers and then I had a feeling to look at the bottom of the page and I knew for sure I was not an official person yet!

NOW I AM! Your newest though old follower!

Jacqueline said...

I visited the site and like you I headed right to the glassware. I love the cobalt champagne flutes or the red Solidarity goblets.

Your new glasses are wonderful. I just love the deep blue. All of your ceramics and pottery on the table make me feel like I have gone somewhere else. Your tables always amaze me each week as they are so different and wonderful. I love the shape of the plates and bowls and those little place card holders are wonderful.


Hi sweetie, congrats on your win, nothing better than to make us go shopping! I love the Mexican glasses you got and your Italian plates are gorgeous. Your pottery is as always a statement! You know I was always your follower since I've met you! I'm going to visit the place! Thank you for the chance on your giveaway, you're very generous. Love, FABBY

... said...

What a beautiful setting you've created! Very romantic! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I'd never heard of Novica before. Can't wait to browse through all their goodies!

Heather at Farm to Fork said...

I love this giveaway! I would get the set of 6 tortoise shell wineglasses. I LOVE them and I have been wishing for something like this for my Thanksgiving table. :-)

Heather at Farm to Fork said...

I am an official follower now. :-)

... said...

Woo hoo! I just figured out how to follow a blog! Forgive me, I'm new at this... and yours is the first blog that I'm following!

The French Hutch said...

Oh my goodness, your tablescapes are always so beautiful. I love and have a few lovely pieces of Italian Pottery I need to pull out of storage. As you know the French Faience has taken over here. I wish you would come put your magical touch to my table. I love the little tree added to your scape, and the wicker tray. Everything comes so together in your decor. Your home is gorgeous.......Great giveaway Christine, thank you.

The Fench Hutch

Traci said...

I'm a follower!!

I love this tablescape! The dishes are gorgeous!

Traci said...

OK I just realized I didn't follow directions!! The pottery is really pretty in this post too!!

Traci said...

I saw several sets of wine & martini glasses that I love. I'd have a hard time choosing what to use the $50 for!

"Blossom" said...

So stunning; and I will check them out, I've never heard of them. Thanks for sharing.

Solange Belém said...

Hi, Christine. I love your blog.
I am a follower.


Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Te?,

Another unbeatable settings & treasures.

Hope everybody is in the best of everything.

Wishing to join but I guess, I am disqualified with your gift as I am livin far beyond.

Happy TS & a great w/end to come.


andisueks said...

I am following you on GFC, andisueks.

andisue at hotmail dot com

andisueks said...

I love Novica! Thanks for the giveaway!

andisue at hotmail dot com

andisueks said...

I have been eyeing the necklaces made with natural flowers for quite some time now! I would love to get the Natural orchid leather long flower necklace, 'Exotic Sky Bloom'.

andisue at hotmail dot com

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh darlin' that is a most uniquely beautiful tablescape. I love it and those glasses are just fabulous!

God bless ya from the happy hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa!!! :o)

Entertaining Women said...

Novice sounds like a wonderful treasure hunt! Thank you for the opportunity the win the gift card. I love the Portugese dinnerware. Gorgeous! Cherry Kay

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm a follower and always enjoy your blog! Thanks! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always have so many pretty things on your table! It feels so festive and elegant! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love Novica and the last thing I bought from them was a pair of earrings! I would love to have a new jewelry box like this one...Glass box, 'Panda Family'! Thank you! ♥

Lady Linda said...

I always feel like I'm dreaming when I look at your blog.
So pretty....

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Christine,
What a nice table. Thank you for coming by and letting me know about your giveaway. Sally's going to love your blue rimmed glasses! I love the gold tipped roses from John! I've loved olives since I was a little girl! Yes, I'm a follower. Have a lovely weekend.


Anonymous said...

If I were close by I'd borrow those dishes from you in a minute. I'm crazy about irregular shapes on the table.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I'm a follower and love your blog.
XXOO Diane

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your tablescapes are always so elegant.
XXOO Diane

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I'm going over to see all the treasures on Novica.
XXOO Diane

Unknown said...

You set a gorgeous table Lady! I love the blue, my favorite color! Yse I am your follower! Sign me up please! Love you!

lvroftiques said...

You always present such a beautiful table Christine. I'm in love with the little topiary card holders, and I have the same margarita em too. But the gold roses are my favorite *winks* Of course I'm a long time follower...and I do mean longgggggg Lol! Vanna

Kathleen said...

Wow, Christine, so many great elements of the table/ I love the new glasses. The shape of the dishes caught my eyes tright away! Really nice. And the rosemary place card holders are so cute too!
Beautiful table!

Kathleen said...

I am a follower!

Kathleen said...

I forgot, I will pick the wine glasses trimmed in GREEN!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan said...

I am a follower Christine, for quite some time. Your table is gorgeous!! I love it all!

Susan said...

I would get the colbalt drinking glasses! I love cobalt blue anything!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Christine, what a fun table you set! I really like the vase with the "gathered" top, how interesting it is. I love that flatware, too. I would like to have a few sets in different colors myself; I have a cream set which I love.

One of my colors is cobalt; I am always drawn to blue. Your wineglasses would be my choice as well; they are so pretty. It's nice to know as well, that they coordinate nicely with the glasses you already had.

Debjani said...

I am a follower :)

Debjani said...

Very nice post with so many elegant things; never knew so much about Novica until I read your post. Thanks for sharing!

Debjani said...

If I win the give-a-way contest, then I would buy the 100% Alpaca wool scarf, 'Rose Winter' from Novica's website. There are 2 main reason's I'd buy this. #1 I do like the style and material and #2 some of the proceeds go to Breast Cancer research and I think this is an extremely important cause.

Terra said...

Hi Christine, it is fun being long time bloggy friends with you. This is a lovely give away, and I follow you and am leaving a comment, so I think that is two chances.
Love those gilded roses from your hubby, by the way.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I follow you in GFC!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the table setting and the dishes are so unique.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I think I would buy a purse for my daughter like this one:
Cotton sling tote bag, 'Hmong Customs'

Honey at 2805 said...

The wine glasses you selected are so nice and go so well with your beautiful, festive tablescape!

Honey at 2805 said...

I am a follower, my friend!

I am delighted that you shared this post at Potpourri Friday! You participation is appreciated!

Honey at 2805 said...

I really like the pitchers, like the confetti one and the lemon sorbet. All are very nice & they have a terrific selection of artistic handcrafted items!

Barbara said...

Christine, I always look forward to seeing your table settings. You have such an eye for detail. I find myself looking so carefully at each and every thing you place on the table.

nenette said...

I don't know where you get all your ideas but you seem to come up with really awesome tablescapes each week. You can do your own book and I bet you'll make a lot of money selling it to us. I, for one will buy it as a 'coffee table book!' I've heard of Novica before but not sure where. I'd love to enter the contest although I'm never lucky enough to win... I did check their website and fell in love with the Talavera Wilderness ceramic bowl and the set of 6 Blue Can Cun wine goblets. Should I win, it will be a toss-up
between those 2!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, I love this tablescape, and those glasses! I would really like some just like them, but I went over and found something different so I wouldn't be a copycat.

But this is a marvelous table, Christine!



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Am I a follower? You bet! :-)



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, as to goodies...

I am in love with a pair of bowls I saw that were $24+ the pair. So I figured I could get two pair and do a tablescape for St. Augustine! That would be right on the money!

Oh, and the bowls are made by a man from Junajauto (sp) which is where I was supposed to have spent my junior year in college, studying Spanish for the summer, but the program didn't make. I love Mexico! You know I fell in love with Mr. Magpie there on a class trip in high school? I did! And my parents went there on their honeymoon.




Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Christine, Your table is beautiful and I love the new glasses. I bought some jewelry last year from Novica and it was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pretty table at my party and of course I am a follower.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Christine, I would select the lemon sorbet pretty.

Magnolia Blues said...

Thank you for informing me of your "Giveway." I love Novica. They always carry very unique gifts. As you know, I'm a follower. I couldn't limit myself to one item. Truthfully, I would use the $50 gift card towards my total purchases. I adore the Buriti Palm tote bag "Riveting Rio." I would also purchase the Sahara Camel bookends. And of course, I'd buy as much jewelry my husband would allow, Ha!

Thanks again for sharing with me. I do hope I win. Those are fabulous glasses. Great tablescape jewels.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said... have shown us that you don't have to spend tons of money to set a lovely and elegant table, however..I am one that feels you either "have it or you don't" and in your case, you are just one that "has it!" so to speak.
Everything you touch turns to gold...that's how I feel!!
And by the way..the photo's of you and your husband were so nice.
You are so photogenic. NO bad pictures of you, ever!

nenette said...

Christine, I forgot to tell you, those huge horses out front reminds me of the horses in front of P.F.Chang's restaurants. Nothing like eating fabulous Chinese food and looking up at a horse's rear end...oh, did I mention it is another awesome table setting? Is this going to enter me in the Novica giveaway?
Wishing you well,
Nenette West

Simply Debbie said...

Hello Christine,
I thought I was a follower but it said I wasn't...SO NOW I AM.
I have had tremendous amount of frustration with blogger and now it is pretty much resolved except my pictures won't show up.
Have a wonderful week

Simply Debbie said...

I have always loved going on cruises with you through your beautiful pictures and vacations.
I love your plant place setting holder...I love name cards as I feel it helps make the person feel an important part of the party.
I have never heard of Novica but I am going there next to dream about what I would buy.
Loved all the textures and colors of your table setting...I feel like I was there

Simply Debbie said...

Hi Christine,
I'm back...I became lost over at Novica and I still didn't see everything.
1. I loved the stained glass cross, "Spirit of Faith"
2. I fell in love with the teapot called "Lingering Turtle. It is so very adorable
3. Ceramic teapot "lucky Koi"
It would be in honor of my husbands' 8 year koi fish named Patches that passed on this summer.
I was fascinated with the wristlet purse that was made out of the pop top of a coke can....just a really awesome place.

SmilingSally said...

What a good choice; they match your candle holders.

Happy Blue Monday to you, Christine!

Kim, USA said...

I am a follower ^_^ And I like the Celadon ceramic plates, 'Lotus Eden' (set of 5) Just gorgeous!


Farmers Market Galore

Gypsea Nurse said...

Oh my goodness...
I think I may be speechless...
How absolutely stunning your table setting is and your photos are outstanding!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Another fabulous collection Christine.

Bill said...

Hi Christine,

Your table really does have an exotic, collected over time, international sensibility. It was nice of Novica to recognize your talents with a gift and even nicer of you to decide to share that gift with your devoted readers.


Beth said...

Love the goblets you received, Christine, and I would like to enter your giveaway. Beautiful, exotic tablescape; what a talent you have (I didn't realize you made jewelry too...)
Hugs, Beth

Beth said...

Christine, I am a follower. Thanks for doing the giveaway. Whoever wins will be very lucky!
Blessings, Beth

Sue said...

I am a very happy follower, Christine!

Sue said...

When looking at your table, I feel as if I'm sitting in a wonderful, ethnic restaurant! Love those plates and the entire setting, Christine. :-) Sue

Sue said...

I'm putting your giove-away on my sidebar,Christine. :-)

Sue said...

Went to their website and found some Scarlet Temptation wine glasses that would look wonderful with my Christmas china! That $50 would pay for most of them~ :-)

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