Williams-Sonoma and other retailers continue to plot against me by having more unbelievable sales during the six-month life renovation project. After the Mauviel copper pots, the Ruffoni pots, the cut lead crystal, the barstools, the Edwardian sofa and reading chairs, the tea makers, the coffee machine, the espresso machine, et cetera, purchased mostly over the last month, another 25% off sale was announced on cookware and these beautiful $280 Staub Coq au Vin enamel Dutch Ovens went on sale for roughly $165 with free shipping after applying the stacked discounts. It doesn’t get much better than that if you are buying direct from an authorized retailer.
I almost picked up a red version of this exact Staub Coq Au Vin dish a year ago during a trip to the Country Club Plaza Williams-Sonoma but these things are heavy and I was going to be walking around for a few more hours so I put it on the “get to that one of these days” list. Then, last Christmas I considered getting them as gifts for a few people but wasn’t sure if they would appreciated for what they are so I went with a different plan, buying bottles of Creed to give away, instead.
I Blame Susan of the Between Naps on the Porch Blog for This
You know who I blame for this (I’m half joking)? A woman named Susan who runs a blog called Between Naps on the Porch, which I read. I came across awhile ago and started thinking, “there is no reason we can’t make the regular family dinners this well run”. She has a thing called Tablescape Thursday. For example, this is one of her dinner settings for a Valentine’s Day get together. I appreciate that attention to detail. I mean, look at what she did (click the picture to go to her blog and give her traffic and advertising profit, please. She deserves it!).
(On a side note, I was impressed by the business acumen behind her blog. She has it setup to not only direct sell advertising, but also boasts contextual advertising code as well as affiliate referral relationships. I hope she makes tens, or even hundreds, of thousands a dollars of year from it. It appears as if she is monetizing her fan base very well, while providing tremendous value to them. It is a triple win – for her, for her readers, and for the companies she features.)
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a company to run. I’m cranking up “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles on the speakers and going to be productive.