Friday, December 31, 2010

Tree of Life leather blank book from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Tree of Life leather blank book now available from Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Bedecked in Celtic imagery, this 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" leather-bound journal portrays the tree of life, with its far reaching branches snarled in a twisting canopy of Celtic knots and leafy foliage. Beneath this, the tree contorts into an ancient warped trunk and deep roots that spread out into a wide design of Celtic Knotswork weaving in and out of itself to create a wondrous, tangled pattern.

Each page within the journal is made from sturdy, earth-friendly paper shaped from cotton scraps found at the floor of garment factories and recycled biomass, such as fruit and vegetable husks.

The blank book is approximately 300 pages in length, with its pages stitched into the binding.

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Holiday: Oshogatsu

The most important and elaborate holiday in Japan is Oshogatsu -- the celebration of the New Year. The holiday usually lasts for a week, beginning on December 28 and running through January 4.

Japan officially adopted a solar calendar in 1873 and the New Year starts on January 1, but in rural Japan villagers continue to follow the lunar calendar and Oshogatsu is the Lunar New Year.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Electric Snow Thrower in Home & Garden Center

Electric Snow Thrower now available in the Home and Garden Center

The Toro 18-Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow Thrower is lightweight and hardworking. It is designed to throw snow farther and cleans right to the pavement.

This snow thrower is maintenance free - no gas and oil to mix. Simply plug it in and go - starts everytime.

Since it is lightweight this electric snow thrower is easier to maneuver than a gas unit. Cuts up to 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep in one pass and throws up to 30 feet

Weighs 24 pounds.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Outlet: Beatbox™ iPod® Dock

This heavy-duty, streamlined boombox gives digital recordings a boost with its four built-in speakers: two bass drivers and two high-frequency drivers. Whether it’s rock, jazz or hip hop that’s on the menu, the Beatbox delivers up crisp and booming sound.

An accompanying wireless remote allows for volume adjustments, as well as pause, skip, replay and scanning through tracks. A mini stereo jack on the rear allows for connections to other devices, such as a satellite radio, for playback through the Beatbox.

Kitchen Supply: Citrus Juicer

Citrus Juicer now available in the Small Appliances section of Kitchen Supply.

This juicer has a quiet, yet powerful motor designed to get the highest extraction results. It features a fine stainless-steel screen to prevent clogging and a high clearance stainless-steel spout that ensures continuous operation.

The spout has a locking mechanism to prevent drips after juicing.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Home Grown: Alternative Evergreens

Just a handful of species make up the majority of evergreens planted. This lack of diversity is starting to be a real problem in areas where diseases are decimating both Scotch pine and Austrian pine, the two most commonly planted pine trees of the last 50 years. Fortunately, there are several less-common types of evergreens to consider.

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Abies concolor

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Barbecue Sauces and Rubs from Montgomery, Texas.

Barbecue Sauces and Rubs available direct from the maker in Montgomery, Texas.

It was a holiday tradition for Bob and Terri Blalock to share Bob’s secret rubs and sauces with family, friends and coworkers.

Everyone always said, “We love it, how do we get more?" So they decided to make their dreams come true by sharing Bob’s creations with the world.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Craft Supplies: Plush Farm Animal Pattern

Plush Farm Animal Pattern now available in Craft Supplies

This pattern includes detailed directions to create eight different 17-inch stuffed farm animals.

The pattern includes the body styles and clothes for a Cow-Texas Longhorn, Pig, Mouse, Cat, Bunny, Horse, Rooster-Chicken and Sheep.

A classic handmade toy, these plush animals make great gifts.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Plant of the Week: Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is a popular holiday gift plant. But this plant is also the subject of frequent debate among gardeners with regards to care, maintenance and how to get them to rebloom.

While they are indeed a cacti, they are actually tropical plants that thrive in conditions not usually associated with cactus.

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Home Grown: Hold the Salt and Save the Plants

Salt can cause problems for gardeners, especially if they live in a northern climate and use salt to clear ice from driveways or sidewalks.

There are many de-icing compounds on the market, and while they all set out to do the same job, there are some that are more friendly to lawns and other plants growing in the garden.

When shopping for de-icing agents, read the package label for ingredients. It may not be wise to choose the cheapest one on the shelf.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pet Supplies: Organic Catnip Toy

Eco-Friendly Organic Catnip Toy made from recycled plastic soda bottles now available in Pet Supplies.

Small enough to bat around, yet big enough to really sink some claws into, this hand-crafted Mouse carries all the signature characteristics of authenticity that cats will go crazy for. Filled with USDA-certified organically grown catnip and a tinkling bell. Genuine leather tail.

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Home Grown: Tabletop Christmas Trees

Not everyone is able to enjoy a full sized Christmas tree in their home. For some, budgets may be stretched or space can be at a premium. Others may not have the time to put up a tree this holiday season.

Whatever the reason, an alternative to full sized Christmas trees are tabletop plants that can be decorated for the holidays, offered as holiday gifts, and in some cases can be used for several years.

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Nature and landscape photographs direct from Phoenix, Arizona

Nature and landscape photographs now available direct from the photograher in Phoenix, Arizona

Unique images available for purchase in print sizes ranging from 5"x7" to 16"x20". Limited Edition prints available in 24"x36."

Standard prints are double matted with 4-ply white acid-free matting in order to accommodate any decor. Limited Edition prints are single matted with a white, double thick 8-ply museum grade matting giving a deep, rich, gallery look to the print.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday: Lucia Day

Lucia Day -- or St. Lucy's Day -- ranks importantly on the Swedish calendar. It honors a young Christian girl, martyred in ancient Rome, who is always portrayed with her head encircled by a halo of lights.

Though not officially part of Advent, for many Swedes Lucia Day forms the gateway to the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Home Grown: Protecting Evergreens in Winter

Evergreen plants can be harmed by the snow and ice of winter.

Inspect your plants for winter damage. Snow can cause
excessive bending down of evergreen branches to the point of breaking. These broken branches will always be weak if you try to bend them back up or tie them back up.

Consider cutting them off and, if possible, train neighboring branches to grow and fill in the gaps.

To avoid breakage or other injury, brush the heavy, wet snow off of the plants as soon as it stops snowing or even while it is snowing. Do not beat on the branches to remove the snow. Use a broom to lightly push or brush the snow off the branches.

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Artwork: Snow-Covered Evergreens in a Winter Landscape

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Home Grown: Brighten Winter With Holly

How can we brighten up a bleak winter landscape?

One way is by incorporating evergreen and semi-evergreen shrubs into landscape plantings.

For centuries Europeans have been using hollies to dress up their winter landscapes, indoors and out. To brighten up your surroundings, consider these holly and holly-look-a-likes in your landscaping plans for the coming year.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Red Velvet Cake from Sacramento, California.

Red Velvet Cake now available direct from the baker in Sacramento, California.

Red Velvet Cake has long been a traditional American dessert.

During World War II, it is reported that the rationing of cocoa lead bakers to get creative with their recipes, forcing them to use boiled beets to enhance the color of the cakes.

Luckily, beets are no longer the ingredient of choice, and cocoa has been brought back to give a rich color and a delicate chocolate flavor.

This red velvet is a light, moist cake with a dash of cocoa to add the subtlest hint of chocolate. Frosted with a creamy, melt in your mouth cream cheese icing, this American favorite is the perfect way to send birthday greetings, holiday cheer, or just a simple and sure to be appreciated "thank you."

Freshly made at an artisan bakery, this 7-inch cake serves 6-10 and comes with 24 spiral candles.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Peach Christmas Cactus from Medina, Ohio

Peach Christmas Cactus now available from Medina, Ohio

This Christmas Cactus commonly blooms between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Makes a great holiday gift.

The plant prefers morning sun or very bright, indirect light. Should be watered when dry.

Plant is shipped growing in a 4" pot.