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Ding ding ding! We Have a Winner!

January 27, 2012

Thank you to everyone from over at Nesting Place Blog who visited our website, liked us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter, signed up for our email list, and pinned us this week!

Hadley gives away a 2 quart pitcher

Congratulations to our random number drawing winner, #172, Kelly, who won by following @hadley_pottery on Twitter.  Kelly gets to choose a 2 quart pitcher in the Hadley pattern of her choice.  One of her posts says “Love the chicken and the log cabin and most of all the country collection,” so it looks like it’s going to be a tough decision for her!

Winner of a Hadley stoneware pitcher

Didn’t win?  Well, you’re not completely out of luck!  Here are a couple of discount codes ANYONE can use in the next month:

  • Enter the discount code “nester” on the first page of checkout to receive a 10% discount on ANY order of $50 or more at hadleypottery.com
  • During February, Pitchers are Hadley’s Item of the Month.  Save 20% on any pitcher (1 pint, 1 quart, or 2 quart) during February when you enter the discount code “pitcher” on the first page of checkout.

Hadley Pottery horse pitcherHadley Pottery Pig Pitcher     Hadley Pottery Cow Pitcher

Thanks again for your interest in Hadley, and welcome to our wonderful brand.

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Lucky Us = Lucky You: A Hadley Pottery Giveaway With Nester!

January 23, 2012

We feel so lucky to be included in Nester’s big Giveaway Day on January 24th! In fact, we’re so excited, we’re pretty much giving away the farm…as in the cow, the pig, the donkey, the chicken, and every other Hadley farm (and non-farm) pattern you can think of!

Our giveaway has TWO parts, and you’ll definitely want to participate in both.

Hadley Pottery giving away 100 bowls and a pitcher

PART 1: Get a FREE Hadley 5″ bowl in YOUR CHOICE of Patterns (Limit One Per Customer)

UPDATE: WE ARE OUT OF FREE BOWLS AS PART OF THIS GIVEAWAY.  Thanks to everyone who participated yesterday in Part 1 of our Giveway.  PART 2 (SEE BELOW) IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS THROUGH 1/26/12, so get all the entries you can between now and then!
The first 100 people to respond will get a free bowl (value $14.00) for only the cost of shipping ($4.00). Here’s how to get in on this action:

  1. Go to THIS PAGE and peruse all of the dozens of Hadley patterns. It’s really important that you choose your bowl from THIS PAGE in order for it to be free.  Pick any pattern you like, a country, traditional, beach, skier (and the list goes on…)
  2. Pick your favorite and put the bowl in your shopping bag.
  3. After you are done looking around the Hadley site and ready to check out, go to your shopping cart and in the little space marked “Discount Code” enter the code: nesting. When you enter “nesting” you’ll see that $14.00 will be taken off your order.  See our handy image below for what your shopping cart should look like.  Note: if we are out of our 100 free bowls, when you enter the discount code you will receive an error message indicating that the code is no longer value.  This will happen before you have to provide any personal or credit card information; you will know right away.  If that happens, just proceed to participate in Part 2 of our giveaway below!
  4. Select the $4.00 shipping option and proceed through the checkout process.
  5. The cereal bowl giveaway and “nesting” discoung code will be open from 1/24 through 1/26/12, and remember, only the first 100 win, so don’t wait too long to shop 🙂
  6. Any problems? email us at discoveringhadley@yahoo.com

Limit one free bowl per customer. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Illustration of Checkout Page

Part 2: Enter to Win a Hadley Pitcher! (Enter through 1/26/12 for your chance to win!)
In addition to our 100 cereal bowl giveaway, one lucky winner will take home a beautiful Hadley 2 quart pitcher, also in his/her choice of patterns (value $57.50). There are a total of 5 (count ’em 5!) ways to get yourself entered to win this signature Hadley piece:

  1. Go to our website and browse our many patterns.. Post your favorite pattern back here on our blog as a comment and voila, you have one entry.
  2. Sign up for our email list and report back that you did it!
  3. Go to our Facebook page and like us. Report back here by way of a comment that you like us on Facebook and now you have your second entry!
  4. Follow us on Twitter and (you’re getting the idea), post a comment right back here that you’re a Twitter follower, and now you have 3 entries.
  5. Do you pin? Pin something from our website on one of your pinterest boards and (you know what’s coming) tell us that you did it right back here in a comment, and now you have 4 entries to win the pitcher.
  6. The pitcher giveaway will be open from 1/24 through 1/26/12, and we’ll announce the winner on 1/28/12 right here on this blog.  Of course, we’ll notify the winner by email as well.

How easy is that? Definitely worth the few minutes it will take you!

You’ll definitely want to check out ALL of the great giveaway items from the fantastic partners Nester has on her blog today. You can enter to win as many of the great giveaway prizes as you want.  I know we will!

Exciting News Announcement for Hadley Lovers Everywhere!

December 3, 2011
Hadley giveaway on The Handmade Home blog

Big news! One of our favorite blogs, The Handmade Home, has kindly included Hadley in their most wonderful holiday “Week of Giving” next week.

We’ll actually be featured with a giveaway on the very first day of their special week, Monday, December 5th, along with giveaways from Chena Design (giving away a custom monogram and 25 notecards) and Star Fish Jewelry Design.

 

The Hadley giveaway will include one 8″ deep bowl from our new Falala collection, and five 2011 “Believe” commemorative ornaments, for a total of 6 lucky winners.

Hadley stoneware bowl falala     Hadley 2011 ornament believe

To be included, just head over to The Handmade Home on Monday the 5th to find out how you can enter!

The rest of the week includes more exciting giveaways from cool companies like Crafty Addictions, Simple Starfish, Betwixxt, Joyful Expression, and many many more; there are 2-3 giveaways every day next week! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about some very unique and creative products just in time for the holidays!

Christmas Cookie Favorites of Hadley Collectors

November 27, 2011

This week we launched a holiday giveaway program on our Facebook page; we’re going to give away a Hadley holiday item and other goodies every week this month. The first week’s giveaway was one of our adorable new Goodies Plates, accompanied by 2 boxes of Paula Deen’s Chocolate Marsh Mud cookies…yum!

Hadley Pottery Goodies Plate

To be entered into the contest, all you had to do was tell us your favorite cookie to bake for Christmas. We got LOTS of entries, and here are the three favorites of Hadley holiday bakers:

1.  Iced Sugar Cookies.  No big surprise here, everybody loves sugar cookies, and nothing is as festively sweet as those decorated in darling shapes and colors, right?  If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your holiday sugar cookies, might we suggest you log in to Pinterest and search for “Christmas Sugar Cookies…”  That’s where we found this amazing recipe from Glorious Treats blog and the beautiful designs that went with it (these are just a few of the amazing photos

           

2.  Chocolate Chip Cookies.  My personal favorite.  Everyone has at least one favorite recipe or special touch for chocolate chip cookies (personally, I rely on the old standard Tollhouse recipe), so we won’t even try to pretend we’ve got one better than yours, but we did think you might find these Secrets to the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie helpful, which came from chefs and bakery owners in NYC.

3.  Snickerdoodles.  Yum!  Again, we went to Pinterest and found plenty of snickerdoodle recipes, but especially liked this idea for a Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookie, a new twist on an old classic for this holiday season, from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens.

Whatever you’re baking, you can’t go wrong if your cookies are served on Hadley stoneware.  This year, we’ve introduced the Goodies Plate in two great sizes: the 11″ plate is perfect for showcasing and serving your masterpieces at home, and the 8″ plate, which makes the perfect (and perfectly affordable) gift idea, with a sampling of your home-baked goodies to go with it.

On Cyber Monday (11/28), you can save 15% on both Goodies Plates and ALL of Hadley’s 2011 Christmas items when you shop online.  Just make a an online purchase of holiday items and then enter the discount code: “holiday” in the box marked Discount Code during the first step of the checkout process.

Hadley Pottery Christmas Stoneware

Happy Holidays from Hadley Pottery.  If you’re on Facebook, be sure you “like” Hadley, so that you can register to win one of our upcoming holiday giveaway items.

Our Front Door…A Bore No More

September 29, 2011
If you read my Mantel Madness post, you know that I have the good fortune to live in a house that is 115 years old.  We bought it about 7 years ago and, after a flurry of home improvement that lasted about a year, at which time we ran out of patience and money on almost the same day, we turned our focus to other pursuits.

Recently, however I’ve been bitten once again by the home improvement bug. I blame Pinterest. Don’t even get me started.  Anyway, once you’ve been bitten, you can’t walk from your car to the front door or from one room to the next without noticing all that is missing from your life in the area of home decor. It’s been fun rearranging, adding a few new touches here and there, and listening to my kids make fun of me for my latest obsession (nothing new there).

I kept coming back to our front door. I don’t know if it’s over a hundred years old, but it has a lot of the characteristics I imagine a hundred-year-old door might have (doesn’t close properly, lets in a lot of cold air, and of course can’t be replaced because it’s nowhere near a standard size). Since we moved in, I don’t think we have so much as taken a sponge or feather duster to the door, let alone considered its potential if we were to apply a little creativity and TLC. I give you Exhibit A:

Front Door Before

Can you say boring?

And Exhibit B, which is embarrassing with a capital E, to say the least.

Our guests must have been impressed

Honestly, how is it possible that I walked in and out of the door every day (most days several times) without being horrified into some sort of action?  And would it have killed me to hang a wreath up for a little bit of visual interest?  Actually, when we moved in the door did have a beautiful wreath, seemingly custom-made for the window.  But it was actually more of a housing project for birds, and having them fly in the house when we left in the morning was beyond annoying, so we took it down.  I found it and kicked it to the curb (literally); hopefully it will enjoy a second life on someone else’s door.
Old front door wreath

Take note of the gobs of cobwebs...yikes!

Well, once I discovered we had a problem, I took immediate action.  Which for me means making a bold pronouncement to my husband, latte in hand. In this case:  “We are doing something about the front door.  This weekend,  if not sooner.” Lucky for me, he had also identified this problem (in fact, now that I think about it, he may have mentioned the door to me once or twice or a hundred times over the course of 7 years), and was equally inclined to act fast. Doubly lucky for me, we agreed that we did not have the necessary fortitude funds to purchase a new door, so we would address the problem with cleaning and color.

The luckiest thing of all for me is that, in the area of color selection, my husband and I are almost always of the same mind and we are VERY decisive.  When I say VERY, I mean SCARY VERY.  Within an hour, I had brought home paint samples, we had made a decision, bought the paint, and made and eaten a sandwich.  We move fast, we two.

Work in progress

Which in this case resulted in a pretty big do-over.

After one of us spent the better part of the weekend painting the door and trim in a lovely blue and gold combination, after we clinked glasses to celebrate our accomplishment, drove in and out of the driveway admiring our work several times, and most importantly after our kids declared their unanimous and strong hatred for what we had done to their house, we were finally forced to admit that we had made a mistake we couldn’t live with, probably in our haste to get the thing done.  Back to the paint store, more chips, a little bit longer deliberation, and we decided to keep the door the same shade of blue but swap out the gold for more of a grey.  One of us went back to painting.  One of us went shoe shopping.  I’ll let you guess who did what.

A few short days later, and we love love love our door!  Even the kids aren’t complaining as loudly.  Or maybe they’re just locked in their rooms; I’m not really sure.

Now would be a good time to mention (to you, readers, not to my husband) that in the back of my mind I had influenced the door color decision in a certain direction because of my strong desire to add a Hadley welcome plaque to the front door area.  My plan was coming together brilliantly, and now it was time for me to swoop in and add the final front door touches, which included:

  • Darling Fall wreath from HomeGoods
  • Large-ish outdoor rug on year-end clearance from Lowes (I find that for our large porch space the standard “Welcome” mat is just too small)
  • Pumpkins, also from Lowes at ridiculously low prices (you should check your local store, like now)
  • Mums planted in planters rescued from the backyard, where they had fallen into ruin
  • Hadley Personalized Oval Plaque, on loan from the office.  I actually borrowed a few plaques to see what I liked, but for our space, this one seemed to work the best.  I put it in a lot of different places, but thought it looked best propped up among the other decorative items.  What do you think?

Hadley Personalized Stoneware Welcome Plaque

Now all I have to do is convince my husband to change our last name to “Jones” and we’re in business.
Because no one loves a good before-and-after photo more than yours truly, I thought I’d give you a good side-by-side look before I sign off.
Hadley front door makeover
All in all, it was a fun project, and I loved doing it knowing that we’d be participating in a Fall Link Party dedicated to “Door Decor” with some truly sensational bloggers, including the party’s hostess, Rhoda from the wonderful Southern Hospitality blog, to which you really must subscribe, if you don’t already.

A Very Mary (Alice) Fall Mantel Transformation

September 26, 2011

Today is Mantel Madness Day!  I’m excited that we are participating in our first ever “link party,” joining forces with creative decorative geniuses (which we are certainly not) from across the blogosphere to feature different approaches to the Fall mantel.  Today’s link party is hosted by a couple of our favorite bloggers, Layla and Kevin of The Lettered Cottage, a great interior design/diy blog you should definitely check out.

Our backdrop today is my (by the way, I’m Jennifer from the Marketing Team at Hadley) 115-year old Victorian, home to me, my husband, our four children, 2 labs, and, since I started working here, fledgling Hadley Pottery collection, which currently consists of a few handfuls of tableware basics and a couple of serving pieces I’ve managed to accumulate from Louisville.

I must admit, I’m not much of a decorator, and when it comes to mantels, I’ve got my hands full. In addition to all of its other eccentricities and complexities, my home actually has 5 (count ’em five) fireplaces, which means, yup, 5 mantels, all of which happen to be in dire need of some serious help.

Here are 4 of them. I’m not even going to show you the 5th, because as luck would have it, it’s in a room my handy, hard-working and (he’d appreciate me saying) hunky husband turned into a media room with virtually no lights, which means a photo would be impossible and frankly, the mantel is completely bare, so I’d be embarrassed to show you. Anyway, here are the other four; as you can see, some have received more attention than others at this point.

four room mantels before

I decided to tackle my overwhelming task by knocking off my mantels one at a time.  Well, not literally knocking them off (although it’s tempting), but attacking them with every fiber of my home decorating being, which at last count was up to two fibers.  I decided to start with the dining room for a couple of reasons: 1) the fireplace tiles are a beautiful blue color (wink), and 2) dining room = food = Hadley, which means I had the perfect 1-2 punch for incorporating a few pieces of my new collection into my mantel situation.  Bingo!

First I went where I usually go when I’m looking for ideas on how to use Hadley…to our Hadley faithful, this time on Facebook.  I asked which pottery items you liked to use in your mantel-scapes, and got lots of great ideas: Hadley Staffordshire dog figurines, personalized wedding and baby plates, candlesticks, and pitchers were among the most popular.  One of you was even so kind as to post a beautiful  picture for inspiration!

mantel photo from Hadley Collector

So I decided to use the  handful of pieces I’ve been able to acquire for my collection plus a few loaner pieces from the factory to experiment with.  I spent the better part of an afternoon arranging, rearranging, bringing in pieces from other mantels and other parts of the house (including the basement and back corners of a couple of closets I’m not afraid to tell you), then putting them back.  Nothing was working until I realized that this particular mantel is actually quite huge, and could probably play the dual role of decorative mantel and convenient, beautiful, practical storage for my tableware.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  It’s not perfect, but I’m kind of liking that my plates and bowls are within reach; it lends a bit of a farmhouse feel in the middle of my super suburban formal dining room.  And while I struggled at first with putting a lot of Hadley blue in the middle of the Fall colors of orange and green, in the end I really like how all my  little gourds (I used artificial, but I think it would be better with the real deal) pull out some of the non-blue colors in the Hadley palate. And let’s face it, my fireplace tiles are blue anyway, so there’s no getting around a Fall color scheme with a lot of blue in the mix.

Dining Room mantel featuring Hadley Pottery stoneware pieces

Sorry about the chandelier reflection.  Here’s another angle. I don’t like the angle as much, but it doesn’t have the distraction of the lights reflecting in the mirror.

Dining Room mantel with Hadley Pottery plates, bowls, and pitchers

Items on the mantel:

  • 2 qt. Cow pitcher
  • 1 qt. Pig pitcher
  • Salt & Pepper shakers
  • Stack of plates (various sizes and patterns)
  • Stacks of bowls (ditto above)
  • My most treasured decorative possession, my Lladro mother and daughter figurine, a gift after my daughter Grace was born 13 years ago.  Sigh. Before taking its rightful place front and center on my new blue mantel, it was (to my shame now) hidden away in my china cabinet.
  • A few Fallish type elements, all purchased for very little moolah at Michael’s.

So, Hadley faithful and decor divas, give me your input.  What should I change, add, or get rid of?  I still have quite a few pieces of stoneware I borrowed from the factory store in Louisville that I didn’t use, and I’m happy to keep tinkering, so weigh in!

Stay tuned for the next link-em-up party later this week.  That one will be on Door Decor and will be hosted by our friend Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality.  I totally used that blogging opportunity as an excuse to talk my husband into a big home project and I’ll share it here, and I’m sure we’ll all learn a lot about decorating our doors for Fall from the great bloggers who participate.  See you Thursday!

Charger Plates…The Why, When, and How

August 18, 2011

As a relative newbie to the Hadley family, both as an employee and as a collector, I have been in awe of our customers as I’ve interacted with them on facebook and via email, their sense of style, impeccable manners, and attention to detail, among other things.

So imagine my shock when I posted a facebook survey question: “Do you use charger plates when you entertain?” and learned that only 32% of us even use this particular table accessory.  In fact (gasp!) 16% of you answered with “What is a charger plate?” For the record, in the spirit of complete and total honesty, I was forced to answer the poll myself with a resounding “never,” an answer I am planning to change now that I’ve learned a little more about this under-utilized piece.

Charger plates, also referred to as chop plates, service plates, and even underplates (sounds too much like underpants for my taste), got their start at formal events like weddings, state dinners, and the like, but have evolved over time to become an economical way for hostesses to spice up any gathering, even a casual dinner party among friends, with a little tabletop eye candy.  There are lots of different styles and types of chargers, but the one thing they have in common is that they never come in direct contact with any food. 

Examples of three different charger plates

Chargers from fancy to fun

I may be speaking for others when I say that one of the reasons I haven’t jumped into the charger game is because I have been intimidated about when they are on the table and when my butler husband should take them off the table.  Well, lucky for all of us, Manners International has addressed this very question and actually makes it sound pretty easy.  Here’s what they have to say:

The charger plates should be on the table when the guests are seated. The soup, fish or salad course are served on top of the charger. It is customary for the charger plate to be removed prior to the serving of the entree or dinner course. Some people however, prefer to leave the charger plate on the table during the entree because they enjoy the appearance of the charger. Regardless of if you remove the charge after the soup, fish, salad or entree, the charger plate should always be removed before the dessert course.

Part of what got me so interested in the subject of charger plates is that in a recent meeting with our head decorator Sue, for which we requested she bring any items or designs she had created over the years but that had never quite seen the light of day, she brought out these absolutely stunning Hadley charger plates that completely changed the look of any Hadley piece you placed on them.  I was blown away, as we placed various Hadley pottery patterns on top of the chargers, in everything from soup bowls to bread, salad and dinner plates

Hadley charger plate idea featuring anchor plate

Could you see this on your table?

Take a look, and post your comments…would you ever use a charger, or is it just too impractical to consider for any of your entertaining?  What do you think of the design?  We love hearing from you, so tell us what you think.