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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November 9, 2009

Thanks!


Thanks plate, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

Pass It On Plates travel from friend to friend, carrying treats and telling a story as they travel. This "Thanks" plate makes a unique and fun hostess gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties!

Each plate has a number on the back that helps you find its online plate diary.

Every time you or your friend leaves a plate diary comment, we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org to help feed hungry people across the USA.





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November 1, 2009

Would you like a free PlateWrap?

We'll send you a free PlateWrap when you purchase a Complete Pass It On Plate or Pass It On Plate Lite with any holiday-themed PlateWrap in our online shop!

This means you can get any Autumn, Thanksgiving, Winter, Christmas, or Hannukah PlateWrap with your order, and we'll send an extra PlateWrap for use after the holidays. Just let us know which extra PlateWrap you want with your order.

This sale is good from November 1 through December 31 to cover all the holidays during the next several weeks. To qualify for this offer, your purchases made between 12:01am PST November 1, 2009 through 11:39pm PST on December 31, 2009.

All holiday themed items will be shipped out on the first business day following our receipt of your payment. We want you to receive your holiday orders in time, so we recommend ordering at least 10 days prior to the date you need it.





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October 31, 2009

I {heart} U plate


I {heart} U plate, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

Pass It On Plates travel from friend to friend, carrying treats and telling a story as they travel.

Each plate has a number on the back that helps you find its online plate diary.

The comments left here are special messages left in the plate diaries when someone loads their plate with treats and passes it along to another friend.

October 1, 2009

30% off all Halloween PlateWraps

This is a nice savings whether you're getting an extra PlateWrap for your Pass It On Plate or if you're getting a Halloween PlateWrap along with a traditional one with your Complete Pass It On Plate.

Hurry! This offer is only good through Oct 15, 2009 in our online shop - and yes! we will ship your order out immediately (upon receipt of your payment) so you will get it with plenty of time to spare.

Please use the following coupon code when ordering: OCT2009

Offer good for all purchases made between 12:01am PST October 1, 2009 through 11:39pm PST on October 15, 2009.




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September 1, 2009

Free Paint Pen

Oh my goodness, time flies by so quickly! Would you believe that Halloween is right around the corner?

Of course, we LOVE Halloween and are so excited that it's near - so to celebrate, we have a special sale just for you in our online shop:

Get an extra paint pen free with the purchase of any Signature Pass It On Plate or Pass It On Plate Lite and get an extra paint pen, free.

This is a $10 value and is good from September 1-30, 2009

(You can use the extra pen for all kinds of other fun projects, too! Click here for ideas.)

When ordering, please use coupon code: SEPT2009

Offer good for all purchases made between 12:01am PST September 1, 2009 through 11:39pm PST on September 30, 2009.







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August 24, 2009

Chocolate

What do you suppose this is?
...or was?

"...it was chocolate" plate

...it was chocolate...

"...it was chocolate" plate

One of our fun new hand-painted plates. This design gets all kinds of attention at the Salem Saturday Market.
(I think it's one of my favorites, too!)

"...it was chocolate" plate



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August 17, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Isn't this fun?

Happy Birthday plate

It's one of our new hand painted plates.

Happy Birthday plate

You could start a new family tradition with this Happy Birthday plate. Each person gets this plate on their birthday, and after a year or so you'll have a totally unique family history documented in this plate's online Plate Diary.

Happy Birthday plate



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August 8, 2009

Come see us at Salem Saturday Market

We'll be there again today, from 8am-3pm. Stop by to say Hi to Pam and Frank!

Mention this blog for 10% off your purchase.
Today's Market also includes – Salem Friends of Felines. Friends of Salem Saturday Market (FSSM) will continue with their food preservation classes. Old Time Fiddlers will entertain from 10 am to 2 pm.
Other upcoming events:
August 15 Marion County Dog Shelter and the Salem Chamber Orchestra are the non-profits. FSSM food preservation classes continue. Oregon Valley Boys will play from 10 to 2.
August 22 Habitat for Humanity will be our non-profit; FSSM will hold our annual Tomato Tasting. Andrew Kendoll and Madison Hall will be the entertainment from 10 to 2.
August 29 Master Gardeners and YWCA will be our non-profits. Roundhouse Band will entertain from 10 am to 2 pm
September 5 Hope’s Haven will be our non-profit. Bluebonics will play from 10 am to 2 pm.





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August 1, 2009

Anniversary Sale!

Today is Pass It On Plates's 3rd Birthday!



To celebrate, we're sending out a free Birthday PlateWrap with every purchase of $40 or more.

This special is good all month long or while supplies last.

Just use promo code: AUGPW2009 at checkout.










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July 27, 2009

Traveling Neighborhood Plate



Last weekend I came across a message board at The Amish Cook, where a few ladies were talking about what to put on a traveling neighborhood plate. My gosh, I was impressed with the variety of treats they were putting on one plate:

One gal said she put blueberry muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies and a mini loaf of banana bread on the plate. She was going to include some Amish Friendship bread but the starter for that takes 9 days and she didn't want to wait too long.

Another lady said her plate had rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies and a cranberry nut bar on it. (And here I am, giving my own plates to people and cheating with one variety of bakery made cookies... )

One lady mentioned us! (Thank you Maggie!) And there was also a mention of Boo-ing or Ghosting at Halloween. That is so much fun - I'll tell you more about that later.

The picture above is a Traveling Neighborhood Plate that one of the ladies bought. It's nice, but it's plastic and no tracking number like Pass It On Plates has. Regardless, these plates are fun to pass along. And if you're ambitious in the kitchen, they're fun to showcase your baking skills!




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July 23, 2009

Plate #0803011

Tropical Batik Print with Primary Curls Doo Dad

The PlateWrap is a fun, re-useable cloth "gift wrap" for your Pass It On Plate.

This particular plate started its journey in northern California and you can track it here:
Plate #0803011






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July 21, 2009

Just listed: Oh My Stars!


Introducing a brand-new category of Pass It On Plates: handpainted designs!
These new handpainted plates are ready to be loaded with treats and passed around to your friends. This particular plate is listed here in our Etsy shop and is available for $15 (USD.)

This plate is the "Oh My Stars!" plate. My Gram used to exclaim "Oh my stars!" when she learned about something wonderful or amazing.



This plate has red and yellow stars scattered all over the surface and the words "Pass It On... Pass It On... Pass It On..." around the inside of the rim. On the back is a unique tracking number that goes to its online diary. This plate is also part of the Plate Diary Dollars program, and we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org every time a plate diary entry is made and the plate is passed to another person.

All you have to do is Pass It On!




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July 20, 2009

Happy Birthday PlateWrap

Happy Birthday with Pink & Green Satin Bow


Going to a birthday party?

Wouldn't this make a great gift for a co-worker?

You could give this to your sister, who has everything.
(Ok, throw in a gift card for her favorite shoe store and you'll be her favorite sister.)

It's a perfect gift for one of your girlfriends or for a good neighbor...

July 16, 2009

More new hand painted plates

This is literally fresh out of the oven.
I love these new Pass It On Plates, don't you?
You probably know by now that I have a thing for swirls...


Swirly dots, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

Don'cha just love it?

This photo was taken on my dining room table as soon as it came out of the oven. I couldn't wait to set up my photo equipment to show you what's new.

I think this next one is a favorite. I have a new PlateWrap coming up that would be PERFECT with this one.

Cherry Stripe, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

These plates have their number on the back and the Plate Diary is active and ready to go.

And of course like all our other plates, when you pass them on, we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org to help feed hungry Americans. This year the need is greater than ever, and they need all the help they can get.





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July 11, 2009

Featured in a Treasury!

Here's a bit of excitement from my email inbox this morning - Pass It On Plates are featured in their first treasury!

That's our red plate right at the top! (And our "invisible" friend Libby has her soap featured, bottom left.) How cool. NOW we're finally sitting at the grown-up's table on Etsy.

Thank you thank you to LittleStudioJewels.etsy.com for curating the treasury.





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July 9, 2009

Look what's new!

This is literally fresh out of the oven.
I love these new Pass It On Plates, don't you?


Oh my Stars, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

I think this is one of my favorites. I can think of several PlateWraps that this would look great with, too.

This one is understanted and simple...

Climbing Vines, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

These plates have their number on the back and the Plate Diary is active and ready to go.

And of course like all our other plates, when you pass them on, we donate money to FeedingAmerica.org to help feed hungry Americans. This year the need is greater than ever, and they need all the help they can get.



I've got more brand new hand painted plates to show you, so check back next week to see more!



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July 6, 2009

Recipe of the Week

Do you have a perfect food gift idea for a Pass It On Plate? I'd like to invite you to share your photo and recipe with the Flickr group pool "Recipe of the Week" and it will be featured as a recipe of the week in the Plate Diaries blog.



No purchase necessary; you don't even need to have a Pass It On Plate to participate. Plus, you get full credit for the photo and recipe, with a link back to your Flickr photostream/blog!



 Recipe of the Week. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr


Visit Pass It On Plates' Recipe of the Week

Who gets the 160 bowls of food?

In a recent post about our Plate It Forward helping feed hungry people, Robert asked, "Who actually gets the food?"
Good question.

Feeding America supports food shelves and distribution centers throughout the USA. In my town, they support the Marion-Polk Foodshare, which is our county's food shelf. So the food provided through this program goes to people being helped by these kinds of local food programs.

I bet if you asked your local food shelf if they are affiliated with FeedingAmerica.org, the answer would most likely be "yes."

When I initially set this up,
I wanted to find a charity that did two things: I wanted one that didn't waste a lot of contributed funds for administrative costs, and it had to help people across the entire USA, not just in my community. Feeding America fit the bill.

Next, I toured our Marion-Polk Foodshare and saw a huge warehouse of food provided by various places.

Quoted from the Marion-Polk website,




Marion Polk Food Share is part of a statewide food banking system of 20 regional affiliates of Oregon Food Bank, a member of Feeding America national food bank network (formerly Second Harvest).

Through this network, Marion-Polk Food Share receives portions of large, national corporate donations
and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) surplus commodities. These foods supplement what Food Share collects locally from individuals, corporations and community groups who donate food and support food drives.



I hope that helps to explain where the money goes and where the food ends up.

This year the need is greater than ever before, so if you have a Pass It On Plate --
Pass It On!





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June 24, 2009

Plate Diary Dollars for May 2009

I have been posting these on our Plate Diary page, but decided you may be missing some of these updates. I'm so excited about how this has been going that I just have to share our good news about Plate Diary Dollars. Here is May's report. For the previous months, you can check them out in our Plate Diaries page.

In May 2009, where there were 6 Plate Diary comments. Pass It On Plates donated $1 per comment to FeedingAmerica.org

This $6 donation was matched by Kraft Foods and provided 192 bowls of food to hungry people in the US. That's amazing!


Let's keep those plates moving and see how much more we can donate for June.

Remember, there's no charge for you give a Pass It On Plate to anyone, and you will not be asked to pay anything or donate any money.

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June 22, 2009

Signature Plates

Many times, when chatting with my friends about Pass It On Plates, they ask, "Why don't you just have people take the plate to a birthday party, have all the guests use the ceramic paint pen to sign the plate, and then guest of honor keeps the plate? Like an autograph platter?"


First Love Wedding Signature Platter Signed - Solange and Carlos, originally uploaded by SerendipityCrafts.

That's a great idea, and anyone could do that with a Pass It On Plate if they wanted to, although with the tracking number on the back of our plates it's fun to pass them along and see where they end up.

If you like the guest book on a plate concept, where people sign their names on a plate or platter , then give it to someone as a gift that they can keep, you might be happy to know there are other plates available that are designed specifically for this purpose. An example is Serendipity Crafts.

Serendipity makes over 75 different plates for various occasions. Want a plate for a birthday, graduation, anniversary, baby shower, wedding, bridal shower, vacation, hostess gift, soccer coach, favorite teacher, etc? They've got it.

You can even send them a photo and they'll paint the image onto a plate.
Click here to see the reference photo for this platter, and click here to see a closeup of the portrait.

Neat stuff. Take a look: http://www.serendipity-crafts.com/


Photos used from http://serendipitycrafts.blogspot.com/ with permission.


June 15, 2009

Thanks


Gingham with Thanks tiles, originally uploaded by passitonplates.

Can you see the iced apple fritters under the cover? For some reason, I always think of apple-based treats when coming up with baking ideas as a think you gift. Maybe because we had wild apple trees on the back 40 on the farm where I grew up and Mom would make the most amazing apple spice cake from them, then give the cake away as a thank you gift.

Anyway, I'm carrying on the tradition this year. Today's the last day of school (how odd that it's on a Monday, but with all the snow days they have to make up, that's how it worked out.)

I'll be putting apple-based treats under this gingham cover with the T-H-A-N-K-S tiles, and giving it away to one of the teachers at my daughter's school.
...As an end of the year Thank You gift to one of her teachers.
(I'll post a link to the plate diary here when I add my comment.)

Apples... school... thank you gift...
I guess apples are doubly appropriate here, aren't they?





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June 8, 2009

Blue Plate Special...

Isn't this a pretty color combination?

When setting up for the art show in Lincoln City, my hubby was helping to set up plates with treats. He asked what plates go with which PlateWraps and I said,
"You can just pick and choose. Whatever you think looks good is fine with me."
This was one of his color selections.

Not too long afterwards, a lady stopped by and wanted to buy this. The whole thing, muffins and all. She didn't care that it was a display, she wanted it.

The muffins are long gone, but this plate is now circulating back and forth between two cafe owners on the Oregon coast. Their Plate Diary comments are here: 200705300001

...They never mention what cafes they own or what town(s) they're in. If they'd just give a little hint, I'd make the road trip over there in a heartbeat just to stop in and say hi.
(And have lunch, of course!)




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June 1, 2009

Buy One Get One Free

Whoo Hoo! June is here!
Whew, after last winter I think we really earned a great summer this year.

What better way to kick it off by having a 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 June 1, 2009 through 11:39pm PST on June 30, 2009.




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May 29, 2009

#1 on tomorrow's to-do list

Tomorrow I'm on a mission to check out local farmers' and crafters' markets in the area. Hopefully I'll find a suitable venue to sell Pass It On Plates in person.

I'll keep you posted on upcoming locations where you can get Pass It On Plates (without having to pay shipping!)

Wish me luck...




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May 25, 2009

New plates!

What do you think of this?

It's a 9 inch plate, a little smaller than our usual plates, but perfect for a snack.

Actually, the price is perfect. We're going to be selling these plates exclusively at craft shows and Saturday markets in the Salem area all summer long
...for just $5 each!

And it's less complicated, since it's just an Original Pass It On Plate - one of our popular numbered plates - without all the frills and doo dads to mess with.



So... should we call these the Snack Size Pass It On Plate? How about a Mini Pass It On Plate? Or should we go with Small Pass It On Plate and Large Pass It On Plate?

Actually, I think we should have a contest and sent out a set of these to whoever comes up with the winning name. What do you think?






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