Anyone who has used Polish Pottery stoneware for baking or cooking already knows this secret: Dinner or dessert is only as good as what you bake it in! Polish Pottery is durable, doesn't easily crack or chip, cleans super easily, and is very functional. The special clay and glaze used in forming this pottery makes it second to none. And the artwork is GORGEOUS and handmade in Boleslawiec, Poland. It is Quality 1 Polish Pottery stoneware. The stoneware patterns are typically inspired by natural plants and flowers found in Poland.
Polish Pottery comes in thousands of pieces from mugs, plates, pie plates, baking dishes, covered dishes, soap dispensers, bowls, covered bowls, tea plates, ornaments, crosses, angels, candle holders, honey pots, olive trays, butter dishes, and more. Polish pottery is designed to mix and match as your collection grows of everyday serving and bake ware pieces. Some people use their pottery in every room of their home in so many ways!
All of the pieces of Polish Pottery are dishwasher, oven, freezer, AND microwave safe!
How I First Learned About Polish Pottery
I happened upon a Facebook Page of More Polish Pottery, LLC., a Midwest gift shop and distribution center for polish pottery stoneware located in Big Rock, Illinois. The photos of the pottery were stunning, but it wasn’t until I started watching the Facebook Lives with the owner, Rebecca Gengler, that Polish Pottery got my full attention. During the Lives, I not only learned about the history of the pottery and why this collection is so special, but I also received inspiration and joy from Rebecca and her staff. They share their passion for the pottery as well as recipes and ideas on how to use the collection. They share their hearts as they make everyone feel as special as the pottery…beautiful & one-of-a-kind!
And, that's the hope of Treasures For Your Heart...to encourage everyone with the reminder that they are beautiful & one of a kind! That YOU are a priceless gift that makes a heart smile!
Why I Chose More Polish Pottery To Be My Supplier
More Polish Pottery was opened in July 2011 after 10 years of dreaming! Rebecca's love affair with Polish pottery began when she was a military wife stationed in Germany. Waking up at 3am was not uncommon so she could be at the factories when they first opened by driving to Poland a few hours away. After collecting mugs and dessert plates on her first trip, she was hooked!
After moving back to the United States in 2001, Rebecca said, "One day, I will share my love of Polish Pottery with others." That dream was realized!
Rebecca is also 4th generation Polish. Her maiden name is 'Tutaj' meaning 'here' in Polish. She is proud to share a piece of her heritage with others featuring a product made in Poland.
People drive from all over to visit their place to view the wide assortment of Ceramika Artstyczna, Andy, and Kalich polish pottery. I look forward to visiting Rebecca & More Polish Pottery one day, but until then, I decided to reach out to Rebecca via email & phone to inquire about Wholesale Opportunities.
After our initial communications, we agreed that adding More Polish Pottery's collection to the Treasures For Your Heart Boutique would be a perfect fit! I am grateful for Rebecca's & her staff's willingness to work with me & Treasures For Your Heart in helping to bring these pieces into peoples’ homes & hearts.
In summary, after two months of watching More Polish Pottery’s Facebook Lives, I ordered my first Polish Pottery mug & teacup/saucer sets. As soon as I took the pottery out of the box, I was like Rebecca…HOOKED! I, too, want to share this pottery with others!
Where You Can Get Your Polish Pottery
Follow Treasures For Your Heart on our Facebook Page HERE and stay in the know about the latest Polish Pottery items being added to our boutique! Shop our soon-to-come Facebook Lives or our Facebook & Instagram posts. You can also shop the Treasures For Your Heart website!
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact me!
And, be sure to checkout a few recipe ideas using some Polish Pottery items below! YUM!
Polish pottery is a favorite bake wear because of its versatility and durability. Plates look gorgeous but are also multi-functional as freezer, oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe items. Recipes bake more evenly, stay warm, and clean easily making it a favorite for easy cooking and clean up.
Please share with us your favorite Polish Pottery meals so we can add them to this list!
3-2-1 in a Mug!
Polish Pottery Piece: Bubble Mug (or your favorite!)
Mix cake mix flavor with water until smooth. Add more water for a more moist cake mixture (careful, or it will be too runny!).
Microwave for 1 minute.
Top with your favorite cake topping!
Duncan Hines also makes single-serving, microwavable cake and brownie recipes.
Ham & Egg Breakfast Bites
Polish Pottery Piece: Muffin Pan
Line each muffin cup with a slice of round ham.
Break an egg into each cup.
(optional) Add salt and pepper as desired.
Top with a teaspoon of cream.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese and parsley (or other toppings) as desired.
Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes.
Mary's Baked Apples
Polish Pottery Piece: Large Apple Baker
Pour toppings over the apple wedges.
Bake 350° for 50 minutes.
Baking Alternative: Use one apple and one pear and mix with cinnamon for a warm, gooey fruit snack.
When you think of Polish Pottery...or Willow Tree...or gifts to make a heart smile, I hope you'll think of Treasures For Your Heart! I can't wait to be of service to you and to celebrate you! In case you need a reminder today: You are beautiful & one-of-a-kind...a priceless gift to make a heart smile!
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Information included in this article shared from More Polish Pottery, LLC.
Is there something you have been wanting to do, but for whatever reason, you haven’t?
A couple of Saturdays ago, I did something I have wanted to do for YEARS. I never did it all those years, because I either never felt well enough to do it, didn’t have time for it, or didn't make time for it. And, even more than that, I simply didn’t believe I could do it.
IT was to step onto the tennis court as a member of a women’s tennis team playing in a USTA league.
The women on this team are so much fun to play with and wonderful to know on and off the court. They have been so welcoming to this newbie to league play in showing me the ropes. I am grateful for each of them and inspired by the history they each bring of overcoming their own obstacles to play the game of tennis. The obstacles have been different for each woman, but there is a common theme thread through them all:
They didn’t quit.
It had been 35 years since I last played competitively. I picked up an old racket to hit a few balls for fun maybe a couple of times since then. I didn't pay much attention to tennis as a sport during those years, because I was busy with my older kids' sports of football, basketball and baseball/softball. I wasn’t sure if any rules of tennis had changed. I didn’t have an adequate racket or proper tennis shoes. I didn’t even have any workout clothes other than yoga pants. (And, the only reason I had yoga pants in my wardrobe was because wearing them made my lounging around seem healthier...in my opinion.)
I had been so busy being a mom doing mom things my adult life that I never gave a second thought to the importance of my health. I simply took it for granted.
Thirteen years ago, this coming October 23, I broke my pelvis and separated my abdominal muscles during the delivery of our youngest son. That first year of his life, I couldn’t walk without some assistance, or I looked like Tim Conway playing the old doctor in a skit on the Carol Burnett Show shuffling my feet a few inches at a time to get from one place to another. I couldn't sleep in a bed, so I slept in a recliner.
I blamed the chronic joint pains and fatigue that continued long after the pelvic break on the demands of caring for a newborn. Even still, my healing was taking longer than expected which led to further tests.
Three years after my son’s birth, I was officially diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, the same condition diagnosed for professional tennis player Venus Williams and as many as four million Americans.
Sjogren’s (“SHOW-grins”) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Along with symptoms of extensive dryness, other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas. Learn more at the About Sjogren’s page at the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation website.
Even though the doctors told me that Sjogren’s Syndrome is not curable, that it is something I will live with the rest of my life, they also told me to not give up. In fact, on the Sjogren’s Blog Facebook page yesterday, they shared a post with that same sentiment:
Don’t give up are words I have spoken many times to my family, friends and even strangers as encouragement when they have hit a roadblock in trying to do something. Don’t give up are words people have told me when I was facing my own adversities. Don’t give up on your dreams are words that have been heard in many motivational speeches and even in Scripture.
Was there a time in your life when someone encouraged you
I became inspired to consider playing tennis again after watching my son and daughter take lessons about 5 years ago. But I was afraid. I had become so sedentary since my diagnosis even though movement is recommended and instrumental in the management of Sjogren's. The chronic pains kept me from wanting to move, and thus, further perpetuated the cycle of fatigue and flare ups. I felt weak and completely uncertain of what my body could tolerate.
Still, my kids encouraged me to give it a try. Start very slow and see how it goes, I thought. And, I did.
I started taking 30-minute private tennis lessons off and on the past couple of years. Off and on, because every time I felt I was about ready to increase my play consistently, I allowed some ailment, time commitment, more fear, or basically, any excuse to derail this desire in my life. I even let guilt creep into my spirit for spending money on myself for these lessons.
There were days I felt I was improving and becoming fit enough to consider playing against other women to then playing extremely crappy and feeling discouraged many lessons in a row. Talk about questioning whether I should be spending my time and money playing tennis or not!
When things got tough or didn’t go how I had hoped, I started doubting and wanted to give up. And, I did for a while...until earlier this year.
I have stopped and started and given up a time or two, but not just with tennis. I have done this in other areas of my life. Business endeavors. Writing. Healthier Living. Relationships. Hobbies. Church. The list goes on.
When things got tough or didn’t go how I had hoped, I would give up.
Can you relate? Have you been there, done that?
Don't give up apparently didn’t mean a lot more than mere words to me. I could easily say these words but applying them was a different story.
Then, about 6 months ago, as I was cleaning out a box of mementos, I came across a prayer card with a poem. The poem was titled Don't Quit.
I have read this poem many times before, but this time it was different. It slapped me in the face and grabbed a hold of my heart. It changed the way I looked at my health, my desire to play tennis, and living life in general.
It made me realize that the difference between someone who is pursuing their desires and someone who isn't is not necessarily because that person has more than the other person in talent or skill; but rather, they simply haven’t quit. It doesn’t mean that the person hasn’t faced hardships. It means they have persevered through them. Their perseverance to not quit has kept them going and ultimately, growing.
After finding this poem, I decided to give Don't Quit a try in my vocabulary and apply a Don't Quit attitude in whatever I wanted to pursue, whether it be tennis, writing, business, relationships, healthier living, deeper faith, etc.
HOWEVER, I also realized something else.
Don't Quit would remain only words without action if I didn’t actually apply Give Up.
That’s right, I said the opposite of don't give up.
I needed to DO some GIVING UP in order to not quit. Like…
GIVE UP a self-limiting, self-sabotaging mindset.
GIVE UP negative self-talk and believing lies of not being good enough.
GIVE UP comparing my first tries to someone else’s experienced routines.
GIVE UP procrastination and making excuses out of fear of rejection or disappointing results.
GIVE UP worrying about what others might think about ME and MY desires.
GIVE UP spending so much time and energy on distractions: anything or anyone that pulls me away from my heart’s desires.
GIVE UP thinking more about me that keeps me from shining light onto others.
GIVE UP doing the same things over and over that are producing the same discouraging experiences.
GIVE UP looking for approval and acceptance by others while hitching my joy to their opinion.
GIVE UP letting fear dictate my decisions while holding my desires hostage.
GIVE UP (Insert your own GIVE UP statement.)
Is there something you want to make the most of?
The more matches I play, the more I realize I am pretty competitive. But, it’s short-lived, because it truly has nothing to do with the score at the end of the match.
Whatever you are wanting to accomplish shouldn't be valued by the outcome, but rather celebrated along the way with each persevering step. To me, it's about showing up, giving it your best during the current season of your life, and choosing to embrace (and hold tight to) goodness...and doing it over and over again.
Run your race, at your pace, with God’s grace.
Lastly, it's National Brave Day today!
What a fun reminder to unleash your courage to take the steps to nurture your heart's desires and don't quit...whether it be a business endeavor, a hobby, a healthier way of life, a ministry, building a relationship, deepening your faith, or (insert your IT).
Is there something you have been wanting to do?
The ball is in your court now.
What will you do with your IT?
Keep IT on the bench or put IT into play?
I hope you choose to give IT a swing & follow through with IT!
(Okay, okay, I'll stop with the tennis references...and the bold IT's! LOL!)
On this National Brave Day, the goal is to seek out ways to encourage each other to keep moving forward and to be brave about it`.
There will always be obstacles.
You can count on that.
Don't let them stop you.
Fluff out your brave cape (that you are already wearing, by the way).
Turn up your patient perseverance.
Veer in another direction as needed.
But, ultimately, let the obstacles grow you.
On this National Brave Day (and every day),
I want to encourage you to:
Have fun. Do it afraid. Rest.
Give up, but don’t quit!
Need a physical reminder to not quit?
Here are two items available in the Boutique that can help! Our Don't Quit Bookmark and Don't Quit Keychain.
More Don't Quit items coming to the Boutique soon! Stay tuned & thank you for shopping & reading Treasures For Your Heart!
In honor of National Daughter’s Day yesterday, and with my daughter’s permission, I am sharing her words she so bravely voiced in her Instagram post from a couple of days ago. Like Ashley, I, too, am sharing her story in case anyone is struggling and could use some encouragement to ask for help.
The number 100 represents energy that’s self-determined, independent, and has infinite potential.
Today I celebrate 100 days of sobriety.
100 mornings and nights that I have chosen my health and happiness over a fleeting moment of “bliss.”
100 happy hours that I have chosen to fill with things that actually bring me joy, such as conversations with friends and family, meditation, prayer, and physical activity.
100 days since I asked God for help. 100 days of daily prayer asking God to bless my life with less of me and more of Him.
100 days He has kept me sober.
I am not writing this post for you to congratulate me. Living a sober life free of alcohol and drugs is my prize. Being 100% fully present and me every second of every day is the only pat on the back I need.
I am writing this post for those who may be struggling with any sort of addiction, anxiety, or depression. 101 days ago, I was unhappy, sick, tired, and scared. I knew something had to change if I were to live the life I had always imagined. I had known deep down for years that alcohol was the root of all my problems. But it had a hold on me that I could not shake. So, trust me when I say that it gets better. Life gets better.
It’s not easy. It’s freaking work, and it’s hard! But, it’s sooooooooooo worth it!
If you are struggling, just know that you are not alone. If you know someone that is struggling, just be there for them. There is a beautiful light at the end of the darkest tunnel. If you are in the darkness and seek the light, I am here for you. You are loved and worth so much more than you could ever imagine!
All you have to do is ask for help.
My daughter's renewed smile and laughter is a treasure for this Mama's heart! Here's to another 100 days...one day at a time!
In fact, it felt as if the ladybug was offering a message of encouragement to keep looking up, every moment of every day, and…
This ladybug reminded me to not just look up but to also look around. Sometimes we just need to take our gaze off our burdened heart and off our stuck, immobile feet to look around at what is still good around us. To look up and look around at the blessings that are there, even if we must squint to see them.
But this ladybug had one more encouraging reminder. To look up, look around…and to look within.
I think we can forget what a treasure each one of us is. We can get busy and simply not pay attention to the blessing we are. Maybe we forget some of our identity along the journey of our life. Acknowledging and nurturing the treasure within us might be the most difficult to consistently live out simply because we know our every flaw. We can shrink our worth or self-sabotage our authenticity because of this flaw focus and self-neglect in truly receiving our God-stamp of approval. “God doesn’t make junk, so don’t treat yourself like you are!” Ever heard something along this line?
Ever since that day 4 years ago at the cemetery, I now notice ladybugs. They have become a special treasure for my heart. They make me stop and think of the treasures above me, around me and within me.
What do you think of when you see a ladybug?
This now leads me to a few more questions and an invitation...
Could you use a gentle reminder to recognize and celebrate the treasures around you and within you with renewed belief and application? Do you need inspiration to be present to someone and make a difference to them with your "one"...one smile, one act of kindness, one listening moment? Want a little laughter or a quick pick me up in the midst of your life's ebbs & flows?
This is the hope for Treasures For Your Heart. To be one more place in your day where you can experience a boost of encouragement or joy and create more TREASURES FOR YOUR HEART!
I invite you to enter the online doors of Treasures For Your Heart Boutique & Blog any time you want...and when you do, I hope you will always be welcomed & uplifted by the message of a product, a story, an image, our service, and of course, the heart & ladybug logo…
To look up, look around, and look within.