I can tell you about one store I went into and show you what I bought. We popped into Pier 1 Imports. I rarely buy anything in there, unless it's on sale as I think the place tends to be over priced on most things. However we saw this and I knew we had to have it:
It's a dried "flower/twig" decoration that is made in the Philippines. Here is a similar one. I have it in front of the fire. Obviously I will have to move it to the side when we have the fire on, but it's the perfect size. There was a taller version and another the same height in a different colour.
Those ribs look good on the tv don't they? We were watching the Food Network when I took the photo. I know we need a bigger tv, but it's not in the budget at the moment, maybe for Christmas.
I have been busy reading with it being so hot and have read the following two books:
Both are great books, I just haven't had a chance to write up a review.