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Gift Guide: For Mom

It's not too late to find the perfect gift for Mom this Sunday! (Shop online or stop by the shop for more ideas.)

1. Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me, $15.95   2. "To Us" Hip Flask, $44   3. 1canoe2 Card, $5   4. Washington, DC Necklace by Kris Nations, $54   5. Sleep Mask by Cris Notti, $25   6. Tiny Square Studs by Adina Reyter, $72   7. Citrus and Stripes Scarf, $36   8. O-Venture Key Ring, $58   9. Venice Manicure Set, $35

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Our Garden Collection in the Post Magazine

Photos by April Greer

Our "Patio Fairy Garden" in the Washington Post Magazine last Sunday, featuring our garden collection in use: filigree lanterns, tiny tin lanterns, hanging mosquito repellent candles ... we test them all out here first!

And cheese boards, wine glasses, even the plenty boho dress -- yup, all happily test-driven here. Somebody's gotta do the dirty work.

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Eighteen Songs For Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, Peeps! We’re not going to wax poetic about our love for our home planet because we’re in a rush to get going to an Earth Day art show at Black Whiskey. Come join us if you like the Earth and good art. Or Whiskey. Here’s a link with details The Earth will be there, along with the good art. We’ll let the songs and quotes speak for themselves.

1. What Are We Gonna Do? – Dramarama
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
- Albert Einstein

2. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
“Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?”
- Groucho Marx

3. Down To Earth – Peter Gabriel and the Soweto Gospel Choir
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

4. The Gardener – The Tallest Man On Earth
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
- Henry David Thoreau

5. License to Kill – Bob Dylan
“The earth is what we all have in common.”
- Wendell Berry

6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth – Neko Case
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

7. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads
“For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now we're beating it to death.”
- Tom McMillan

8. Earth – Imogen Heap
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead

9. Traffic Jam – James Taylor
“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

10. Escarpment Blues – Sarah Harmer
“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”
- John James Audubon

11. Last Great American Whale – Lou Reed
“I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions -- those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.”
- Alice Walker

12. Gone – Jack Johnson
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
- Cree Indian proverb

13. O Green World – Gorillaz
“As crude a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.”
- Rachel Carson

14. After The Gold Rush – Neil Young
“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”
- Gore Vidal

15. I Remember California – R.E.M.
“Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”
- Evo Morales

16. Apeman – The Kinks
"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."
- Kurt Vonnegut

17. Mother Nature’s Son – Harry Nilsson
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
- Lao Tzu

18. Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
“Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.”
- Stephen Hawking

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Here’s Where I’d Wear This

Announcing Here's Where I'd Wear This, our newest parlor game! Inspired by the oft-uttered phrase around here, "omigosh, if I owned this ... " Etc.

So, it goes like this: If I owned this ___ , I would wear it to ___ and I would be ____.

Here, I'll start.

If I owned this romper, I would wear it to a very fancy lawn party and I would play croquet and sip champagne punch.

Now, your turn ... go!

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Eighteen Songs For Ireland. SlГЎinte!

Faith and Begorrah! Is it Saint Patrick’s Day already? Shakespeare warned us to beware the ides of March. Apparently he foresaw the mayhem that would accompany the day set aside to honor the patron saint of the emerald isle. We wish you well in your endeavors on this night of revelry. Have fun, tip a pint or two and don your greenest greens. We’re all a little Irish today. Remember to be careful out there, and please be kind to your fellow Fenians. We’ve compiled a play list of old classics and modern traditionals and paired them with quotes about Ireland and some wisdom from its shores. We think they'll go well with a Guinness. Sláinte! 

1. Raise A Glass To St. Patrick – The Irish Rovers
“May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.“

- Irish blessing

2. Last Ones Standing – Ceann
“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”
- George Bernard Shaw

3. Whiskey, You’re The Devil – The Clancy Brothers
“Drink is the curse of the land.
It makes you fight with your neighbor.
It makes you shoot at your landlord,
and it makes you miss him.”

- Irish proverb

4. Danny Boy – Eva Cassidy
“The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.”
- Seamus Heaney

5. Star of the County Down/The Fighting 69th – The Fenians
“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”
- Irish blessing

6. The Wild Rover – The Pogues
“You that would judge me,
do not judge alone this book or that,
come to this hallowed place where
my friends' portraits hang and look thereon;
Ireland's history in their lineaments trace;
think where man's glory most begins and ends
and say my glory was I had such friends.”

- William Butler Yeats

7. Molly Malone – Pete Seeger
“May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick's Day.”

- Irish toast

8. St. Patrick’s Day – The Tossers
“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”
- Pope John Paul II

9. The Irish Rover – The Dubliners and The Pogues
“May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.”

- Irish curse

10. Tim Finnegan’s Wake – Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers 
“When I was a kid, if you didn't speak Irish, you really wanted to. And you played Gaelic games and you didn't pay any attention to what was happening in the outside world, because really, Ireland was the center of the universe. And I don't think that's the case anymore. Although, admittedly, it is the center of the universe.”
- Roddy Doyle

11. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra – Bing Crosby
“May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.”

- Irish blessing

12. The Orange and The Green – The Irish Rovers
“When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?”
- Quentin Crisp

13. Whiskey In The Jar – The Pogues and The Dubliners
“St. Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland.
Here's toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good St. Patrick
And see all those snakes again.”

- Irish toast

14. I’ll Tell My Ma – The Clancy Brothers
“I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way, by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.”
- George Bernard Shaw

15. Almost Irish – Ceann
“May the winds of fortune sail you,
May you sail a gentle sea.
May it always be the other guy
Who says, ‘This drink's on me.’"

- Irish toast

16. The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers
“When I come out on the road of a morning, when I have had a night's sleep and perhaps a breakfast, and the sun lights a hill on the distance, a hill I know I shall walk across an hour or two thence, and it is green and silken to my eye, and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man.”
- Frank Delaney

17. Seven Drunken Nights – The Dubliners
“Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer - and another one!”

- Irish toast

18. The National Anthem of Ireland – The United States Navy Band
“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”
- Oscar Wilde

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3.14 In Your Face for Pi Day

This Saturday (3.14.15) marks the most spot-on Pi Day celebration of the century. Exactly 53 seconds after our clocks roll to 9:26 AM (3/14/15 at 9:26:53), the time will reflect the value of Pi to nine digits. Oh, and it’s also Einstein’s birthday. Math geeks of the world, divide and conquer! Or be fruitful and multiply! At least eat some pie for breakfast.

Any hat seller worth his/her salt knows what a helpful friend Archimedes unleashed upon us when he approximated the value of Pi in the third century BCE. We calculate hat size by measuring the circumference of the head, dividing the result by Pi and rounding it up to an eighth of an inch. Pi was in use long before Archimedes and has since been calculated out to more than a trillion digits. We only use the first three to calculate hat size, so Archimedes is good enough for us.

So, what can Pi do for you, you ask? Well, if you need to figure out the height of an elephant, you (carefully) measure the diameter of its foot and multiply the result by two. Then multiply that result by Pi. Boom! You know whether your elephant is tall enough to carry out your nefarious plot. If you don’t happen to have any unmeasured elephants at your disposal, you could calculate a circle the size of the entire known universe down to a proton using only the first 39 digits of Pi. Then all you have to do is find a use for that amazing bit of information. Pi is awesome. It’s employed in harmonic motion theory, superstring equations and in birthday boy Albert Einstein's gravitational theory. Making a play list in its honor is the least we could do. Except for not making a play list in its honor, of course. Math geeks are always so literal. Here are some songs for Pi Day, paired with some quotes from the immortal Dr. Einstein. We wish you infinite enjoyment. (As always, you can listen to the Play List on Spotify player at the bottom of this page, and enjoy some bonus songs we included).

1. A Song About Pi – Lucy Kaplansky
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

2. Pi Day – Chartreuse Boys
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

3. American Pie – Don McLean
“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”

4. The Pi Song – Mr. Cox
"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

5. Pi Day – Reginald Bain
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

6. Cherry Pie – Sade
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

7. 3.14 – Modulogeek
"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."

8. The Pi Song – Dude Dude Chick
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

9. Sweet Potato Pie– Ray Charles and James Taylor
"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

10. Pi In The Face – JT Songsmith
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

11. Country Pie – Bob Dylan
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."

12. The Pi Song (1234) – Jenton Lee
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."

13. I Am The First Fifty Digits Of Pi – Songs To Wear Pants To
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

14. Alligator Pie – Dave Matthews Band
“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

15. Pi Song – Mr. R.
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

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