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The Color Wheel Company

The Color Wheel Company manufactures and sells a large selection of color wheels, color mixing guides, color charts and color tools for artists, crafters and home owners of all skill levels. Review our Color Wheels, Magic Palette Color Mixing and Matching Guides, ViewCatcher, Gardener’s Color Wheel, Watercolor Wheel, Interior Design Wheel and CMY Primary Mixing Wheel, Pocket Guide to Color Mixing and others. All designed to help the user better understand color theory, color relationships and color mixing.

These are perfect for use in the art classroom. Useful for teaching and learning about color theory. Manufactured in United States.

Their traditional color wheel is available in a standard size (9″ diameter) and a pocket size.  A kids’ version of the color wheel is called the Colorsaurus. This dinosaur wheel is super cute and handy at showing how color mixing works.

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The Create A Color Wheels are designed for you to color and assemble your own color wheel. Instructions are included on how to make your wheel. I haven’t tried this yet, but looks like fun. 

🖌And very helpful for the watercolor artist is the Watercolor wheel. As a beginner in watercolor, I think this thing is brilliant.

Watercolor Wheel

 

All the wheels are a nice size and rotate smoothly. They are sturdy and should last for many uses ツ

The Color Wheel Company provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Luke's Toy Factory

Luke’s Toy Factory designs and manufactures Eco Friendly Toys, right here in the USA!

We use innovative, safe, green and sustainable materials to make fun, safe, educational toys for children ages 3 and up.

All toys are designed, manufactured and assembled in Connecticut.

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This is the Tipper Truck. It’s made from 30% sawdust and 70% safe, certified, clean plastic. No paint or glue. And battery free. This is a 4 piece toy that’s very entertaining! It rolls smoothly and has safe, smooth edges. The truck is quality built and unique in design. For all that this truck has to offer, we give it a 100% score! Luke’s Toy Factory has several other truck designs (the truck pieces are interchangeable). This is the kind of toy that I’d like to see in stores because it’s made in the US, it’s eco, and because it’s fun. Come on readers, check this out !

 

Luke’s Toy Factory provided the Tipper Truck to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Loretta Bird Feeder - Lazy Hill Farm Designs by Good Directions

(google image of the cedar roof style. copper roof feeder pic coming soon)

Just up  ~ this artful feeding station. And the birds love it. It is made in America – a Lazy Hill designed feeder- of a maintenance free composite PVC base. (sits on a 4×4 post) It arrived fully assembled, measuring 11”L x 11”W x 26”H. With a bright and cheery copper roof, this feeder holds 3 lb. of seed. The arches add a contemporary touch; all features of this design work nicely together

About Good Directions
Founded in 1982, Good Directions, Inc. designs and manufactures high-end home and garden accents for homeowners who want to raise the experience of outdoor living to an art form, including weathervanes, cupolas, bird feeders, fire bowls, rain chains, etc. Working closely with local artisans, they ensure a high quality product and an excellent consumer experience, while striving to provide innovative new products to help retailers grow within the evolving outdoor industry.

Good Directions provided this bird feeder to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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What is Home Art Studio?

This program is designed to increase students’ love and appreciation of the visual arts. The Home Art Studio program will enhance a child’s ability to problem-solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them. The art projects students will complete are designed to illustrate the elements and principles of art in an age-appropriate way.

We recommend viewing and beginning one project a week. The lessons build on prior knowledge. Throughout the school year, the student will gain greater understanding and hands-on skills.

The lessons include a variety of media. Students are introduced to drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! Students will also listen to professional artists, take a trip to an art museum, and learn about how art is everywhere in the world around them. Parents don’t need to be intimidated by their own lack of knowledge or skill as an artist. The projects are easy to follow, and a lot of fun for students!

Students will work at different paces. It’s just fine if a student wants to take a long time on their masterpiece. Please let them go at their own speed to express themselves, while also taking the time to make sure they absorb the concepts being taught in the lesson. Most importantly, keep “art time” pressure-free and encourage your student to think outside the canvas; students are most creative when they’re having fun!

Art Education worth buying! We received the Home Art Studio Kindergarten program w/supplies for review and had lots of good fun learning about lines, patterns, and shapes with different art materials. We watched the video lesson on the tv and then did the art project. I have a chrome book and was not able to use the PDF files. The DVD is reasonably priced at 29.99. The supply list for the projects taught can also be purchased and comes from Jerry’s Artarama (63.57 for a good size box of art supplies. see list below)
  • Pacon Tru-Ray Sulphite Construction Paper Pack of 50 12×18″ – Assorted Colors
  • Sculpey White Polymer Modeling Clay – 1.75 lbs.
  • RAS 2 oz Tempera 12 Color Set
  • First Impressions Complete Art Studio Set for Kids
  • Round Chubby Paint Brush for Kids – 10pk
  • Strathmore 300 Spiral Watercolor Pad 11×15″
  • Bristol Pad 11×14″
  • Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-able Tray Palette

Kindergarten through fifth grade DVD’s available as well as a holiday arts & crafts program. We reviewed this Kindergarten DVD and recommend it for home school/ home use. It was professionally done with a good variety of projects appropriate for the grade level. The presentation was calm which is a big aspect of why I enjoyed this curriculum. (not loud or hyper) Pics of some of our completed projects coming soon.

Home Art Studio provided the Kindergarten Art Education DVD to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
 

 

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Mountain Crest Gardens

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Mountain Crest Gardens™ is a family owned and operated succulent nursery established in 1995, located in the scenic Scott Valley of Northern California near Mt. Shasta.

Echeveria Collection Small (5)

Echeveria Collection

An assortment of five plants. Arrived individually paper bag wrapped healthy and ready for planting. Three were whisked away by an admirer. The two I kept are planted together in a metal container. They both have slight touches of pink and I’m wanting to find a cute little snowman or polar bear to add. We will see how they like growing at my house (a succulent newbie)

This is a hot trend for their low maintenance and wondrous variety. An individual plant makes a great (& simple) teacher gift. Or hostess gift. Or office co-worker gift. {you get the idea} Would you consider adding succulents to your holiday decorating?

Mountain Crest Gardens provided this collection to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Stylish & Organic active lifestyle wear for the socially-conscious

The Sanskrit word, Satva, is a state of mind in which the mind
is steady, calm and peaceful. Satva means pure.

Wow someone this Christmas with Satva fashion. The two Satva items I’ve reviewed below are absolutely wonderful. These are clothes that are “free from chemicals including: bleaches, toxic waxes, sulfur and heavy metals commonly used in the production of clothing.” This is so refreshing a find. {I’ve given up with most retail apparel shopping because what’s offered is scratchy, chemical smelly, gaudy-dyed stuff}

Satva Organic Warrior Bear Kids Toddler Yoga Tee

Warrior Pose Polar Bear organic cotton toddler t-shirt available in 2, 3, or 4T. Preshrunk and really soft. Sizing is right on. 5% of profits donated to WITS(Wellness in the Schools Program).

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Leah Sweater in Iris. (or black) Iris is a great color! Lightweight and super soft, the style has a low V-neckline and asymmetric body hem. 95/5 Organic cotton Lycra sweater. Easy care. Designed in NY; Made in India. Purchases of this item contribute to the “Give Back” program in India.

Very stylish and comfortable for travel, lounge, yoga, zumba- Shop Satva and save with 10% off when you sign up to their mailing list.

What are your favorite ethically made activewear brands?

SATVA provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Zen Art & Design

Artisanal Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles | Handmade in America | Zen Art & Design, Inc.

Review update: This puzzle has been completed with 7 pieces that do NOT fit into their place. They are not cut properly 😦

 


Sunrise in a Winter Forest

Zen Puzzles are hand designed, heirloom quality, wooden jigsaw puzzles crafted with beautiful images, elegant designs, and wonderful, whimsical, figural pieces.  We create giclées of our images using state-of-the-art, wide-format printers.  We mount them to FSC certified Birch wood sourced in the USA, and design and cut each unique wooden jigsaw puzzle with extraordinarily high quality standards.  We are proud to make our eco-friendly Zen Puzzles right here in the USA.  The number of pieces in our puzzles varies slightly because we hand-design our puzzles with unique cuts and figural pieces.

Zebra on a Beach

Peapod Puzzles are artisanal, wooden jigsaw puzzles hand-designed specifically for children ages 4-8. Created with vibrant images, unique designs, and wonderfully whimsical figural pieces, Peapod Puzzles inspire creativity, challenge young minds, and make the perfect gift!  We design each of our heirloom-quality, wooden children’s puzzles with unique cuts and figural pieces, craft them with eco-friendly materials in America, and contribute a portion of profits to children’s causes.

Do Puzzles that Do Good:  Mission Driven, Eco-Friendly, and Made in the USA

Green Zenso Zb300

Zen Art & Design provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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