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REALthings

REALthings

Bigger. Better. Beautiful.

It has been a long search to find my zafu (floor sitting cushion). But here it is and meeting all my expectations.

Handmade in Canada, it is made with a 100% cotton cover and filled with buckwheat hulls. This zafu comes in three sizes and Julie with REALthings helped in determining the best one for me. I use my zafu for meditation/stillness but mostly for floor time with a toddler. This cushion makes it so I can sit straight and comfortable by lifting the hips higher than the knees and letting the back straightening naturally. I am happy to avoid the posture of collapse (slumping).  With thought and care in its making, it does its job perfectly . 

 

Mountain Zafu Blue Smoke

The website is easy to navigate and contains really helpful reading.  The start here tab will direct you to Meditation Cushions 101 (where you will see this cute illustration along with the info).

There are other cushions options for you including one called the Runa that Julie designed herself. The design looks pourposeful and I’d love to try this cushion style. 

Key points about REALthings cushions
– we make them bigger so they fit North American bodies really well 
– we make them by hand so they are durable and leave a wonderful impression 
– we make them beautiful so you will be inspired to create your own oasis of calm and find moments of peace and beauty in your day
– we make them portable and versatile so people can use them for many purposes – comfort at work, travel and relaxing.
– we make them locally in eco-friendly ways  – we use natural materials, recycle our scraps and use biodegradable plastics and have minimal waste.
For all our American customers  – the prices are about 20% cheaper than listed because of the value of the Canadian dollar against the American dollar.  So for example a cushion that is $90.00 CAD is $72 USd . The same applies for shipping which is also shown in CAD dollars.

REALthings provided a zafu 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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Shop Earth Creations for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fashions for the entire family. Super stylish. Earth kind. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also dye the clothes with natural clay avoiding the use of chemicals from synthetic dyes. 

Eco. Pure. Simple. That’s why I love Earth Creations! I’ve featured them on the blog many times & today’s feature is for their fun imprinted top.

Happy Dragonflies on organic cotton. True to all Earth Creations clothes, the cotton is noticeably soft. This design was made for Earth Creations by a local artist.  And get this !, the tee is also rated UPF 50+ (the actual test was over UPF 90). It is the natural property of the clay that makes it block so effectively the UV spectrum of sunlight. Earth Creations is always a win シ

 

Get 15% for a first time online purchase. Visit http://www.earthcreations.net and use the discount code “welcome”. 

Made in the U.S.A.Southern Craftsmanship.

 

Earth Creations provided the happy dragonflies tee 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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The Birdhouse Chick

Birdhouses, Wild Bird Feeders, Bird Baths & Garden Art.

Their mission:

“Promote stewardship of conservation – getting more people into their yards and gardens. By offering uniquely fun products, we hope to entice more folks to the fast growing, rewarding and relaxing hobby of backyard birding!”

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Durable poly-lumber will not crack, split, warp or fade. The bird-friendly tail-prop design lets birds land and perch easier as they actually “prop” their tails on the long bottom portion of the feeder for leverage. Ideal for cold weather, suet is packed with fat and calories to help keep birds warm in freezing weather.  Can be used for year-round use with No-Melt suets for warm-weather feeding. This feeder fits all standard suet cakes, features stainless steel screws and twisted wire hanger.

Recycled. USA Made. The birds in my yard have taken to it right away. 

Check out The Birdhouse Chick’s interesting Facebook page, too.
Beth at tThe Birdhouse Chick 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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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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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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Back Home

Traditional Hooked Rugs and Accessories with a Twist

 

Round hooked mug rug, polar bear, approximately 5 in diameter, gift, stocking stuffer , cottage, ski house

Polar bear mug rug/ coaster. Handmade in Maine by Ellen Skea Marshall. I LOVE this!  Completely handmade, Ellen even hand dyed the blue for this piece. And this is her own created pattern.

While this is truly the best ever coffee cup companion, I really enjoying looking at this guy & decided to use him for my eyewear care {Polar Bear rug to place my reading glasses}.

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Ellen Skea Marshall

I have identified as many things in my life. A daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a teacher, a wife, a mother, but now, along with those things I am a fiber artist.

Living in the mountains of Western Maine, I am surrounded by beauty. Having lived in many parts of the country I have lots to draw upon when I sit down to draw, design, color plan and finally hook.

My mother’s mother, who was gone before I was born, was a rug hooker. My grandfather used to muse that he was afraid to leave home because his clothes would be turned into rugs while he was away. I am fortunate to have grown up walking on her rugs, not imagining at the time that I would be carrying on her tradition of hooking while giving it a modern twist with design elements and a use of fabrics that she didn’t have access to.

I love what I am doing now and hope that you will enjoy my designs, my work and want to stop by my ETSY shop and see the  patterns and finished pieces.

Please share this with others. The art of traditional rug hooking is making a comeback and it is very exciting to see. I am fortunate enough to be able to hook along side very talented women in Maine and continue this very important heritage craft.

Two Cats and Dog Hooking provided this product 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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Pinch Me

Charles Viancin

Review Update: I’ve since purchased a few other lids from Charles Vianin and sadly some have not passed the “pinch test”. (meaning it contains harmful fillers) 😦

February 2013 review: A good thing for your home and family! Easier to use than clingy plastic and cheaper over time, this lid is a “green” way to store, reheat, and present your food. It has great suction and seals tight to the top of my glass and stainless bowls. I have the 10″ lid and it works perfectly on several different size bowls. The hibiscus flower look is nature inspired and contemporary. In addition to reheating, storing and serving, I like to use of the lid while entertaining outdoors as an attractive way to cover food.

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Review from February 2013 https://notesfromdawn.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/the-hibiscus-lid/

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