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Favourite Things - Tea Towels from inspirati

I am a lucky girl who gets gifts from my sister coming from inspirati in Calgary, in fact all my sisters are so lucky, and we are always excited to see their signature hot pink ribboned bags come into view. Our favourite gift is always Le Jacquard Francais tea towels. If you have never used/owned one then you have not lived! Gone are the days of streaky half dry dishes - these will rock your world! ( OK, we are talking tea towels but stay with me! ) These tea towels are made from long staple cotton threads are THE best at drying anything, and by the way, stunningly beautiful. So beautiful is the wall display of tea towels at inspirati - I think I counted about 40 different ones on display. And did I say beautiful? Every colour in the rainbow to match any kitchen or desire, with incredible impeccable tiny detailed designs, whether a scene in Paris, a countryside of grape vines, or fancy ABC's for children.

Not only do they look amazing, they perform, and they get better each time you wash them and throw them in the dryer. Now I have never cared for tea towels until I got my first one of these little beauties and now I never touch my old ones except as rags. When I travel, I have been known to have one in my suitcase in case a hotel or rental property does not have a "proper" tea towel: I even take them camping: they are in every picnic hamper - instant mini elegance outdoors: i use them regularly to proof my bread:

to cover warm baking or food from pesky flies in summer: as an instant splash of colour on our black bar top when setting down dishes: one of my sisters used them to brighten up old seat covers on an outside patio ( see photo at beginning of Blog ).

They are highly functional mini pieces of art! Mix and match away, they all play nicely together! I have only just started to discover just how wonderful and purposeful they are, let alone how they make my kitchen pop when on display. try them, you will be hooked, and do not forget they make incredible hostess gifts or sister gift : )   by Anne Corey

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CANADA'S 150TH BIRTHDAY and OUR CANADA 150 COMMEMORATIVE TEA TOWEL !

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CANADA'S 150TH BIRTHDAY and OUR CANADA 150 COMMEMORATIVE TEA TOWEL !

It started with a Big Leaf Maple leaf found on the beaches of Tofino by the owner of inspirati, Wendy Brownie. She sketched the leaf and handed that over to the creative team at Wax Partnership where the design evolved into a perfect example of the diversity and inclusiveness of our provinces and territories. A true representation of our country's values and traditions!

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Spring is on Our Brain

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Spring is on Our Brain

Spring has not quite sprung yet but we anxiously await it! As I write this the snowflakes are light, big and fluffy outside. But the sun is peaking through!

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10 Things Karen Miller Loves

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10 Things Karen Miller Loves

Karen Miller moved to Calgary 29 years ago with four university degrees under her belt: one in linguistics, one in fine arts and two in law. But, after eight years of practicing law in Quebec, she opted for other passions. She started a catering business with a friend before moving on to managing Inspirati, a fine linen store in Mission.

But, just as things always do for Miller, it developed into something more, and now she is a go-to source for tips on entertaining, cooking, home decoration and just about everything in between.

Here are 10 things Karen Miller can’t live without.

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

We are now happily settled into our great location on 4th Street in the Maxwell Bates building in Mission.

Welcome to inspirati's new website!

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Brie Caramel Thyme Crostini

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Brie Caramel Thyme Crostini

Brie Caramel Thyme Crostini 

An easy recipe for Mother's Day celebrations or summer entertaining! Take toasted crostini and place a wedge of your favourite creamy Brie cheese. Drizzle with a small amount of our Poor Boy Caramel sauce and some fresh chopped thyme. Toast in oven until Brie is melted and is starting to caramelize on corners. Add another drizzle of caramel sauce and more fresh thyme!

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Poorboy Rich Caramel Nut Banana Bread

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Poorboy Rich Caramel Nut Banana Bread

( This is the excerpt. ) For those of you who have had our Poorboy Fleur de Sel Caramels you know there are rarely any left. However recently I found a box hidden (from myself for restraint purposes ) with about a dozen left. They were edible but not their usual luscious selves. Hence, into the Banana Bread they went! I cut the Poorboy caramels into small pieces and put them in the freezer. Once the dough for the banana bread was ready I swirled the frozen caramel pieces and some of the chopped nuts into the top of the batter. The result is RICH gooey goodness just as fantastic as the caramels themselves.

Feel free to use your own banana bread recipe or use this simple one I rely on...

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