From The Editor
The coming of Thanksgiving means the beginning of the Holiday
Season, the busiest time of the year for our company. We are
preparing by finding more ways to make your shopping experience
as pleasant and hassel free as possible.
You may have noticed that we added a 'How
To Use Our Site' page to provide immediate support and
assistance to visitors who are having trouble browsing and
ordering, or who just want to know what our policy is on shipping
charges. We are also adding new picture Gallery pages so that
more items can be browsed through easily and quickly. You
won't want to miss our new Legends
& Tales art gallery page that includes Russian Fairy
Tales and Legends or our new Star
Trek art gallery page.
The newest addition to our site is our 'Dragons'
page. We decided to depart from the restriction of only offering
Limited Edition collectibles so that we could offer a broader
range of figurines and related products. We added pegasus
and unicorns to our 'Fairies'
page too. Look for more special treats in the near future
as we continue to expand our offerings.
We also redesigned our Plate List to make it easier to update
more frequently and we made it sortable by the artist's
last name, the plate
name, the plate
series, or the manufacturer's
name. The platelist makes it easy to search for any given
plate with your available information. It is an extensive
list of every plate in our inventory so please be patient
while it loads for the first time, it will be well worth the
Our featured artist this month is Sandra
Kuck. We hope you find her Artist's Profile
informative and interesting. You won't want to miss seeing
her two new plates in the 'Wings
of Love' series of Angel Art Plates. Her new 2005 Christmas
plate is also now available. She has a new line of Angel
figurines as well and her new Christmas
Tree Figurine is ready for delivery. She even has a line
of Christmas Angel Ornaments
that are simply enchanting. Sandra has been very busy.
We have also included a few articles that you may find interesting
or useful in preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner. There
is an article about Teddy Bears, one about
how to plan a stress free party, another
one about how to give a toast, and the final
article is about Thanksgiving traditions.
Have a happy and joyous Thanksgiving from The Plate Lady
® of Tampa Bay!!
Profile: Sandra Kuck
Sandra Kuck was born in East Liverpool,
Ohio. Her extensive collections
of art work can be found on canvas
and on porcelain. She has even designed
award-winning collections of dolls,
Sandra has the ability to create
scenes of serenity and joy with
rich colors and a delicate sense
of light. Her subjects are mostly
women and children, which she paints
exquisitely in scenes that evoke
the romantic charm of the past.
Her heavenly angels
have a playful elegance and are
much beloved by collectors.
In 1983 Sandra was awarded Plate
of the Year, Print of the Year,
and Artist of the Year by the National
Association of Limited Edition Dealers.
Since then she has had the repeated
honor of being awarded "Artist of
the Year" numerous times. In 1991
she was the International Collectable
Artist of the Year. She has also
been honored in the Plate Artist
Hall of Fame (Bradford Exchange)
and the Print Artist Hall of Fame
Sandra has been selected to be "Woman
of the Year", by the Council of
Cerebral Palsy and recently she
was commissioned by the National
Archives in Washington, D.C. for
an art series commemorating American
History of Teddy Bears
By David Chandler
Teddy bears have been around since
1902. The teddy bear came to being
when President Theodore Roosevelt
refused to shoot a black bear held
captive by his hunting party. Also
worth noting is that President Roosevelt's
refusal to shoot this captive bear
became a very popular political
cartoon by Cliff Barryman.
A Brooklyn shopkeeper was inspired
by the cartoon. The shopkeeper then
asked President Rosevelt his permission
to name a toy bear "Teddy".
Thus became the creation of the
It is also worth noting that the
teddy bear was born in Germany between
1902 and 1903.
The first teddy bears did not have
cuddly faces or smiles, in fact,
the first teddy bears had expressions
which could best be described as
stoic. Teddy bears were also quite
stiff, the bendable arms and legs
and soft, plush bodies came much
Now teddy bears are still the number
one item to give babies as their
first toy, the prize to win your
girl on your first date, and most
importantly, the toy of choice for
law enforcement to give to children
in sad, unsafe situations to help
them calm down and feel safe.
The market for collectible teddy
bears has seen significant growth
in the last several years. A collectible
teddy bear is very different than
the typical store bought teddy that
you might give a child. The industry
defines collectible teddy bears
as hard, not floppy, and fully jointed
(meaning arms, legs, and head are
moveable). The artists however,
also determine collectibles. Steiff
teddy bears and others have a very
high collectible value.
For more information, visit http://www.TeddyBearsInfo.com
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/
(Sandra Kuck used Teddy Bears as
the subject for her series "100
years of Love".)
By Lisa Hartwell
It's a fact; most of us feel immediately
stressed and harassed at the thought
of having to organize a party or
We spend hours trying to make everything
perfect, preparing the most elaborate
dishes, struggling over fiddly,
expensive decorations, spending
more money than we can afford to
impress our guests...
And then the outcome is we are too
tired, stressed and worried about
things going wrong to actually enjoy
the event and the company of our
friends, relatives and colleagues.
Wouldn't you like to be that host
or hostess at a party who seems
to sail through everything effortlessly,
remains calm, never looks stressed,
and always provides wonderful food,
good conversation and a relaxed
In "101 Best Party Recipes,"
Edith M Barber says one of the keys
to a successful party is that the
hosts enjoy the event. This makes
a lot of sense; after all, if your
guests sense you are feeling hassled
their enjoyment will be lessened.
Here are just a few simple rules
to ensure your party is a success
without the stress:
- plan your event well in advance
- attempt only what can be carried
out successfully and with apparent
- be realistic about your skills
- ensure that your time at the party
is not occupied by long spells in
- never be afraid to ask for help
- use the skills of those around
- keep notes
- always look for the easy way to
- above all, keep things simple!
Follow these guidelines and you
will be well on your way to becoming
a successful party host.
Lisa Hartwell is a writer, broadcaster and voiceover. She
is the publisher of "101 Best Party Recipes" and
webmaster at "Ultimate House and Home".
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/
Art of Giving a Toast
By Mary Gardner
Today one of my clients is throwing
one of her good friends a 40th birthday
party. She actually used to date
him and now they’re good friends.
She has the perfect dress, has supplied
the beautiful country club for the
party, and now she is considering
whether or not she should also give
My answer to her? ALWAYS give a
toast if you can!!!
First of all, whoever is throwing
the party has a responsibility of
welcoming people to the event. It’s
nice to publicly introduce yourself
and welcome everyone. It also establishes
your credibility when you speak
in front of people
Next, it’s an opportunity
to show off! When people see you
completely composed in a somewhat
stressful situation, they’re
impressed. Little do they know how
much preparation when on behind
the scenes. You can make it look
like you pulled the toast out of
When writing a toast, there are
a few things to do that will make
your job easier.
How do you want to come across?
Do you want the toast to be fun,
lighthearted and funny or do you
want it serious? This will help
you determine the “story”
that you share during the toast.
How do you feel about the person?
What do they mean to other people?
How do people respond to them as
individuals? Are they funny, articulate,
smart, a great dresser or a terrific
story teller? Be specific and write
down all of the adjectives that
you can to describe this person.
What is a funny story or a really
great story that you can tell about
this person? Is there some secret
passion that this person has that
causes them to spend excessive time
on something? Was there a time that
the two of you were together that
impressed you or made you laugh?
What story can you think of that
EXPLAINS what this person is to
you? This can be lighthearted or
serious, depending upon the tone
that you want to create in the room
and with the toast.
Lastly, what does this person mean
to YOU? Do you want to honor them?
Do you love them? Do you admire
After you’ve put together
your toast it should look something
“Welcome to the 40th Birthday
party for our friend Clyde. It’s
great to see everyone here. For
those who know Clyde, you’ll
know that he is a determined, fun
and successful individual. But there
is something that you might NOT
know about Clyde!!
Tell funny or poignant story here….
And when the laughter dies down..
“So tonight, we wish to honor
you Clyde, for who you are to all
of us. We appreciate you, we love
you and we wish for you many more
happy and healthy years to come.”
The story that you tell is extremely
important. But even MORE important
is how often you practice this speech!
Practice it in front of the mirror
dozens of times until the words
role off your tongue gracefully.
Tape yourself as you practice and
rewrite it as you go along. Practice
visualizing yourself in the room
beforehand, and practice looking
at people in the eyes so during
your speech you’ll be able
to do that with ease. During the
last part, when you’re bringing
honor to the person, look at that
person RIGHT in the eyeballs with
as much sincerity as you can muster
up, to let them know that you genuinely
If you do all of these things, you’ll
blow the people away. The response
you’ll get is “wow,
I wish I could just pull something
like this out of my hat” and
“that was such a great toast…
No one has to know that you practiced
over and over until it felt right.
No one has to know that you changed
the toast dozens of times until
you got the story right. But what
you and everyone else WILL know
is that after you’ve given
the speech and knocked it out of
the park, your status will be elevated.
By presenting an incredible toast
you will have created a great memory
for the person you are honoring.
And THAT is who its all about, after
Mary Gardner, The Charisma Coach!
is an Executive Communications Consultant
and Trainer. She works with, coaches
and trains individuals, sales teams,
executives, and celebrities. She
owned and operated one of the first
coaching institutions on the east
coast, CCI, in NYC, Philly and NJ.
Mary has appeared on ABC’s
20/20 and has self published a book
on public speaking. Mary is married
to Sway and is mommy to Jeremy 5,
and lives in Orlando, FL.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/
By Matthew Keegan
Pia Morelli loves Thanksgiving.
It is the one holiday of the year
that the Mendham mother of eight
and grandmother of eighteen sees
her entire family. Not even Christmas
brings as many people to her home
at one time.
"My children are scattered
up and down the east coast. Between
flying in and driving over, they
need several days to make the trip,
visit, and to return to their homes.
I would love to have everyone here
for Christmas, but that just doesn't
happen, especially when the holiday
falls during the middle of the week
and people are unable to take extended
time off from their jobs."
Since her husband, Joe, died in
1995 Thanksgiving has taken on an
added meaning. "Prior to Joe's
death we would get together, but
not under one roof or at the same
time. We would see some of the children
at Thanksgiving and the rest at
Christmas or get together between
the holidays. It wasn't the same.
Joe died suddenly and unexpectedly
and each of my children have insisted
on this annual reunion. What better
time than Thanksgiving?"
While her family members would prefer
to go out to eat, Pia insists otherwise.
"I'm retired, living with Cocoa
[her terrier] and have plenty of
time on my hands. I start baking
my pies on Sunday and by Wednesday
the gravy, mashed potatoes, cole
slaw, and green bean salad are done.
On Thanksgiving morning, my daughter,
Lisa, comes over and puts two turkeys
in the oven. Joe Jr. and his wife
bring the hams, while the stuffing
and other fixings are completed
by me in the morning. All the setting
up, serving and cleaning up is done
by the children. I kick back and
watch football while eating pumpkin
Kyle McGathry will be continuing
a tradition that has been going
on in his family for nearly 50 years.
With sons Kevin and Michael in tow,
McGathry will be sitting in the
stands watching a high school football
game between Ridgewood and Paramus.
"When I was a kid, it was Ridgewood-Fair
Lawn. Years later Paramus replaced
Fair Lawn and for awhile it was
Bergen Catholic and Ridgewood."
The Ridgewood native looked at the
Ridgewood- BC rivalry as hopelessly
one sided. "Most of the games
were never played on Thanksgiving
because it was a given that BC would
still be alive in the playoffs and
would have just played the Saturday
before. I think we had to wait until
Saturday and it usually meant that
Ridgewood was massacred."
At this point in the season, Ridgewood
is still alive in the playoffs with
a scheduled meeting against Morristown
on December 6th at Giants Stadium.
"I know that Ridgewood just
had a big battle with Hackensack
on Saturday, but I think they'll
be ready. Funny thing, I think this
is one Ridgewood team that could
beat BC!" After the game, McGathry
will be going to his mother-in-law's
house in Paramus. "My wife
graduated from Paramus a year after
I graduated from Ridgewood. She
isn't much of a football fan and
stays home with our youngest. Fortunately,
the rivalry isn't dividing our family,"
Anne Chomesky doesn't "do"
Thanksgiving at least in the traditional
sense. For years the single 40-something
woman served food at a soup kitchen
in Newark every Thanksgiving day.
This year she will still be serving,
but over at a friend's house in
Cedar Grove. Her friend, Clare,
lost her father, who was her only
living relative, this past Summer
and Anne felt that she could be
more useful spending the time with
her. "The holiday season is
very difficult for those without
family. Clare's father died in June
and he was all that she had as far
as family goes. Eight of us who
either no longer have family or
can't be with them will be gathering
together at Clare's home to keep
her company and to give thanks for
what we do have. I thank God for
this opportunity to be with friends
who have become like family to me."
However, wherever and with whomever
you choose to spend the day, Happy
Thanksgiving to all!
This article originally appeared
on Townstead.com, a defunct site
managed by Matt Keegan. It was part
of his "Life in New Jersey"
series of articles.
Matthew Keegan is the owner of a
successful article writing, web
design, and marketing business based
in North Carolina, USA. He manages
several sites including the Corporate
Flight Attendant Community and
Employment Board. Please visit
Article Writer to review selections
from his portfolio.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/
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