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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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Maison Parfaite

The Maison Parfaite silicone steamer basket. Available on Amazon.

It’s also great for washing up just a few strawberries. And as a cushy protection for boiling eggs. Super easy to store. The Maison Parfaite claim: “You’ve found the ONLY 100% Silicone steamer basket on Amazon”. 

This review follows the review I did for Piranha Fish, a company that also sells their 100% food grade silicone steamer baskets on Amazon.  FYI- the baskets from both these companies appear identical aside from the color. This item, as did the identical Piranha Fish steamer basket, passed my “pinch test”. (meaning it hopefully does not contain harmful fillers)

Maison Parfaite 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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Piranha Fish

Piranha Fish Inc. is a brand new company that sells quality products on Amazon.com

Steamer Basket. 100% food grade silicone. One color option. Feet allow the basket to be about an inch high. Handles are useful for lifting out of a hot pot. I had been using a metal steamer- since forever- and prefer this silicone style. I also use the Piranha Fish steamer basket for quickly rinsing off (colander) small amounts of fruit. This item passed my “pinch test”. (meaning it hopefully does not contain harmful fillers)

Collapsible Lunch Box. One size. One color. Two compartments. This is a nice option for those needing a lunch box. We aren’t in the to-go lunch bunch, so we haven’t gotten to try this more than one time.

Piranha Fish 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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Earlywood

“a selection of heirloom-quality wooden kitchen utensils that are both highly-functional and beautiful.” I found it super easy to love Earlywood Designs. Functional. Beautiful. AND Sustainable.  

At Earlywood, we know it is important to start at the beginning when determining the sustainability of any product. In most modern kitchens you will find an assortment of metal, rubber, plastic and silicone utensils.  Before those items showed up in your kitchen, the metal was mined, processed and melted, the rubber was polymerized and vulcanized, the plastic was processed from petroleum that was drilled, transported, refined, combined, and pelletized, and the silicone was synthesized.  Before your Earlywood utensils showed up in your kitchen, they were busy sequestering carbon, creating oxygen, reducing erosion, creating shade, housing birds and other animals, filtering water, cleaning air, reducing flooding, and generally looking good.

So your wooden utensils are off to a pretty good start, but at Earlywood, we don’t settle for pretty good. We know how valuable of a component trees are to our world.  That is why for every 1 tree that Earlywood uses to make products, we plant 100 to replace it.  We call it “100 to 1”. It is how we make sure that the forests that grow the woods we use end up healthier because of us.  Some of the trees we use grow in the tropical climates of Central and South America.  That is why we have chosen to plant our trees in the endangered Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.  Visit http://www.plantabillion.org/ to learn more about the forest and the impressive efforts that are being made to save this vital piece of Brazil.

The Coffee Scoop

It holds 3 tablespoons. I use it as it’s named, for coffee beans, but it can be just as handy for other measurable pantry items, too. Leave it on the counter; no reason to put something this pretty away. This scoop made from hard maple. 

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The Trifecta
A flat saute, a scraper, and a spreader make up this group of all-you-need utensils. My son’s favorite is the scraper because of how it feels (weight and size). Choose your wood type. I appreciate the beauty of each one – jatoba, ebony, and maple. 
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the WOOD  The website is amazing, showcasing the different woods used in the Earlywood collection.  take a look 
 
Notes From Dawn received the coffee scoop and the trifecta from EarlyWood in exchange for 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 Coin Laundry

Aprons, towels, and napkins for the kitchen. Onsies and tees for little people.

Shop this brand and enjoy vintage graphics. Love their eco efforts. 

My review-

a Towel. The “Beat it” kitchen towel has a vintage hand beater image on a flour sack style towel. Measures 30″ by 30″. I use a flour sack towel cause they are lint free, quick drying, and useful for a multitude of household purposes. 

a Tee. An acorn graphic with “I will be mighty” on a green tee. Sweet little shirt with a positive message!  Available in 2, 4, and 6T.

Beat it Kitchen Towel

I Will Be Mighty Toddler Kids Tee

both are 100% cotton and hand screen printed in Montana with earth friendly, water based inks and solvents. 

my Two Cents. Knowing that conventional cotton uses a ton of pesticides, the better choice would be using organic cotton or bamboo. 

Notes From Dawn received a towel and a tee from The Coin Laundry in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Company Info

Our Fabric Tortilla Warmers are great not only for heating tortillas and keeping them warm, but for many other foods as well. Since 2005, La Tortilla Oven has pioneered the design of the fabric tortilla warmer. We have also successfully established our own brand “The Tortilla Oven” and slogan “Guaranteed to keep tortillas fresh and warm for over 1 hour!!” Even though there is no such thing as a Tortilla Oven, we are ecstatic to have introduced our own brand name with hopes that it will carry on for years to come. Our mission is to provide a simple working product at an affordable price for every home.
Simple kitchen helper- Heat tortillas directly in the warmer or (what I do) is put already heated tortillas into the warmer to keep warm. The Tortilla Warmer also keeps rolls, flat-breads (I’m a Naan fan), and pancakes warm, too. 
They are available in two sizes- 10″ or 13″- and several different patterns.
10″ Singing Chili Peppers shown below.
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Example: Helpful when making fish tacos. (Bonefish Grill style Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Chimichurri Sauce.)  After I pan warm my tortillas, I keep them warm in the Tortilla Warmer while I move on to cooking the fish and preparing the rest of the meal.

The Tortilla Warmers are 100% polyester with a plastic inner lining. Corporate offices are in California with products made in China. Of course, I’d rather this be made in the USA with Eco-friendly materials. 

Notes From Dawn received Tortilla Warmers from La Tortilla Oven™ in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

 

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