March 20, 2011

Spring 2011

After about a year of focusing on family (due to serious illness), things are finally starting to return to normal. I know I've apologized for issues that have come up in the past several months, and I apologize again for my absence here. Like many small businesses, I didn't really have anyone to step in and take over when I couldn't be present. We're not out of the woods yet, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel.


So... I am thrilled to announce that we have recently gone through some changes!

First, Pass It On Plates are now available for sale at:
                    The Fussy Duck
                    887 SE Commercial Street
                    Salem, Oregon
It's just south of downtown, behind Kwan's.

The plates are in the Nesting Materials booth, just inside the front door and down the aisle to the left. My daughter and I hang out in the "Girl Cave" at home and make crafty items and sew things, and that's what Nesting Materials is. When coming up with this idea we decided to include the plates as well.

Next, you already know about the new website address of now the website and blog are redesigned to match the updated address.

Also, this past winter I was excited to receive my first commission: six plates custom made for a family who is spread out across the US. The plates turned out great.

Coming soon, this spring I will host our first ever Plate Painting Party at our studio in Salem. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. Details will follow, but if you are interested please comment here and I'll add you to the guest list.

And last, I've got a stack of new clean white plates on the worktable in my studio. Sitting next to them is an assortment of clean paintbrushes and several jars of my special ceramic paint. I'll share pictures of each new plates as soon as it is ready.

Any special requests?


July 5, 2010

New website!

After a long unavoidable delay, a big huge oops and a little tweaking, I'm happy (and relieved) to announce that we have a fresh new website for Pass It On Plates.

The new website address has changed from to

I deeply apologize to anyone with a Pass It On Plate who hasn't been able to find our website over the past month. I didn't mean for you to be left out in the cold. Yes, your plate does say on the back of it. Please rest assured that your plate diary is still there.

If you have a plate with our old website address on it, and you want your plate to have the correct website written on it, there is a pretty easy solution. Please email me at and I'll get you fixed up.

I supposed you are wondering what is happening with our little plate painting studio to cause such a big change. After all, sending out lots of plates with a website written on it just before changing the website address is pretty silly thing to do. I will let you in on what's been going on.

First: the long unavoidable delay. This spring someone in my immediate family was diagnosed with cancer and my time was consumed with doctor appointments, working long weird hours at the day job to make up for time missed (from the doctor appointments), and trying to keep family life as normal as possible. I'm sure everyone will turn out just fine in the end, but it's going to be about a year before the cancer treatment is complete.

The big oops is that while my mind and time was consumed with family and health matters, my domain expired. The domain is the The day I donated 4 plates to our local Relay For Life event was the day I realized the website was down. Unfortunately, a quick $12 renewal payment didn't fix the problem. I had been expired just long enough that there was an additional $270 in extra fees... that are beyond my studio's modest budget.

I had to decide if it would be worth it to pay the $270 in fees to keep my domain name or spend $10 with Google to buy a new, slightly different name, and then fix the plates that want to be fixed. The plate fix is simple, so I opted for the $10 new name.

A little tweaking, a new name, a pretty face-lift, and the site is up and running again.
Please bookmark our new website name: and please visit often to see where our plates have been and what goodies they have carried.

February 21, 2010


This is our most recent Pass It On Plate design.

We've got a stack of blank plates to paint up - got any ideas about what you'd like to see on a plate?

PS: This plate is part of our Plate Diary Dollars™ program.


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January 1, 2010

Buy One Get One Free

We love this time of year - the holiday frenzy is over and now there's time to relax and get together with friends for winter pot luck dinners and board games, card games, and movies!

To celebrate this time for relaxed evenings with family and friends, we wanted to treat everyone with a huge storewide Buy One Get One Free sale!

Buy anything in our online shop and we'll send you a second item free.

Just use coupon code JUN2009 and let us know your preference when you place your order.

All items in our shop are included in this sale. The second (free) item must be equal or lesser value to the item purchased. Offer good for all purchases made between 12:01am PST January 1, 2010 through 11:39pm PST on January 31, 2010.

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December 1, 2009

Christmas PlateWraps 30% off!

It's a pre-holiday pre-clearance sale in our online shop!

Take 30% off all Christmas themed, Hannukah, and winter themed PlateWraps.

Just use coupon code DEC2009 when you place your order.

Do you have a Pass It On Plate with a regular PlateWrap? Now's the time to hurry and get a holiday wrap before they're gone. (You can tuck your regular wrap under the holiday wrap so they both travel with your Pass It On Plate.)

Did you know? These PlateWraps fit over other platters, large bowls, and pie plates? They're a great way to "gift wrap" food gifts - they're easy to slip over your goodies, they are re-useable, and look a heck of a lot better than tacky plastic wrap or ugly foil.

Why not just get a couple to dress up the goodies you're bringing to the family holiday party? You can pack these PlateWraps away and re-use them next year, and the year after, and the year after that.

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