Thursday, March 03, 2016

2016 Product Updates!

We have continually added products each month that meet our high standards of quality and uniqueness. Each product has been selected because the cannot be found on every website on the world wide web. Products that have been added since Christmas 2015 are:

Tabletop and Serveware

We don't stop entertaining at Christmas or New Year, there are birthdays, weddings, Easter and many other celebrations that occur all year long. Bring variety to your tabletop and serveware with products that not only help serve but appeal to the eye and palate.

The Fajita Station has an Acacia serving tray with 8" ceramic tortilla warmer, 8" cast iron skillet, and three ceramic garnish dishes. 18" x 14". 11.85 lbs. This makes a serve-yourself fajita party eye appealing than just individual bowls of food.                                   
The versatility of the Symphony is truly impressive. It works with hot food, cold food, or messy food with ease. Buy it for Homegating, use it all year long for parties, family dinners and if you take out a bowl, a cute smiley face delight for your children.

We have also added slate and Acacia serving trays and bowls make the party even more festive and give the table a high class feel. Many of our tabletop and serveware are products from a Top Chef contestant Fabio Vivianni.

Since we have started raising our own chickens, we have added bird feed, peanuts, suet, mealworms, grubs, and nectar to our garden decor.  Previously, we have carried not only decorative and functional birdhouses and birdfeeders. We thought it was high time we added treats as well.

We carry nectar for hummingbirds, meal worms for birds and many other items to feed wild birds.  Click on the above Garden link to view all of our offerings. The birds will thank you!

Other products are continually being added so please visit and find everything you didn't know you needed but have to have!! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Product Spotlight -- Wrought Iron carries an extensive line of wrought iron products including: Giftware, Lawn & Garden, Home Interior Accessories, and Candleware to add charm and beauty to your home & yard.

Our vendor has been family owned and operated for over 33 years. During that time, they have made major shifts internally to make sure our Customers / Buyers are given excellent service as well as superior products.

Their products are proudly made in the USA since 1975 by American craftsmen, supporting American workers.   All products are lead free, only high quality domestic materials used. The wrought iron has a flat black powder coating that is baked on to ensure our customers will enjoy each piece for many years.

We have been carrying this line of wrought iron products for over 10 years and have rave reviews.  Try them you will like them too!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bird of the Month for October

Blue Jay

  • ChickadeeBlue Jays aren’t actually blue. In fact, the pigment in their feathers is brown. Scattering light in the structural parts of the feathers causes us to see the blue coloration.
  • The oldest known wild Blue Jay lived to be at least 17 years 6 months, which is nearly two years older than the oldest recorded Northern Cardinal.
  • Blue Jays are omnivores, but they mainly stick to vegetation, berries, acorns and more. While they are infamous and sometimes loathed for eating the eggs of other birds, this behavior is actually quite rare.
  • With the ability to mimic the calls of hawks, like the Red-shouldered Hawk, it’s believed that Blue Jays use the calls as a warning or to trick other species.
  • Sometimes, Blue Jays take ants and wipe them across their feathers – a practice known as “anting.” Scientists believe they do this to make certain ants secrete their harmful spray, so they’re fit for digestion.
  • Blue Jays form monogamous relationships that can last multiple breeding cycles. A pair will usually stay together until one of them dies.

Reference: – 10 Interesting Facts About Blue Jays by Timothy Martinez Jr.

Please be sure and visit our website for all your birding needs:

Monday, October 07, 2013

Reset your bookmarks!

It is time to reset your bookmarks! As of October 4th, our new and improved website is now on-line.  All links to have changed.

I am very proud of the new website. It has improved maneuverability, easier to see pictures, more functions such as wishlists, gift registry, gift certificates and emails to friends.  You may either establish an account so that it is easier for us to contact you. We still completely protect your identity and information, that is still paramount with me!  But if you do not wish to establish an account, you may still shop without one.

There are also new products from new companies such as cast iron cookware and home and garden decor.  Talk about lasting a life-time - these products will be treasures to hand down from generation to generation.  Collectibles from Roman, Thomas Kinkade, and Joseph's Studio are also new to the store.  Coming in the near future are blankets from Pacific Blanket and high quality bedding and bath items that I am very excited about.

I hope that you will find shopping with us even easier.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bird of the Month for August - Black-Capped Chickadee

  • The Black-capped Chickadee has a short neck and a large head, giving it a rather spherical body shape.
  • Chickadees aren't the most fluid flyers, often they bounce around while flying in flocks and on't stay long at a feeder; rather, they'll grap a seed to eat elsewhere.
  • Black-capped Chickadees also sore feed, except they don't in one place, Typically they'll hide seeds in different spots and can remember thousands of these hiding spots.
  • Chickadee calls are complex but work effectively. They have communicating information, predator alarms, as well as contact calls. The more "dee" notes in a Chickadee's call means a higher level of  threat.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tips for washing your stuffed animal!

People don’t always realize you can clean stuffed animals, but, luckily, you can!

You can put stuffed animals in a typical washing machine. First, pre-treat stains like you’d do for your clothes. Use laundry stain remover, or even upholstery/carpet cleaner. Next, if the stuffed animal has any accessories like clothes, jewelry or battery cases inside, remove them temporarily. Those can be washed separately.

Find a white or light-colored pillowcase, and insert the stuffed animal inside. Tie the pillowcase securely; use a pin if necessary. Put the filled pillowcase into your washing machine and add some cool water liquid cleaner for “delicates,” along with fabric softener. Let the washing cycle run.

When the item(s) are finished being washed, transfer them to your dryer and use medium heat. For smaller stuffed animals, run the dryer for about 20 minutes, and for larger ones, about 45 minutes. If you want to, after drying use the “fluff cycle” for an extra five minutes if needed. You can also use a hair dryer on the animal, or let it dry naturally over a couple days.

Some stuffed animals shouldn’t go in the washing machine. If they’re stuffed very firmly or with styrene foam, foam beads or excelsior, give these animals a “dry bath,” sprinkling baking soda on the animal, letting it sit for about 15 minutes, and then brushing it off. You can also use a vacuum cleaner hose and brush attachment to dust your stuffed animal on occasion.

When your stuffed animal has minor stains that don’t warrant a full wash, try using a mild, all purpose cleaner and giving the animal a gentle “sponge bath.” For tougher stains, use a soft scrub brush with the all purpose cleaner.

If the stuffed animal has plastic parts that are dirty, use rubbing alcohol to remove the spots or stains.

If you suspect your stuffed animal has dust mites, place it in a plastic bag in your freezer overnight, and use a vacuum cleaner on it the next day.

Friday, June 07, 2013

New Gnomes from Toad Hollow!

A wide variety of Gnomes from Toad Hollow have joined our collection!  Meet Hippie Chick Janice, her boyfriend Hippie Dude Jerry and other friends like Elfin Jon and Marilyn Gnome.  They are joined by the like of The Fonz, Vegas, and of course Showgirl! Babs Poodle and Betty The Drive In show off their colorful pink uniforms reminding me of the wonderful 1970's I grew up in!

Bikers on Bikes are here along with Policeman Gnomes, Fireman, and Hunters, both man and woman! Top Gun, Sailor and Speed Racer join our gang as well. And as usual, there has to be a Poindexter in the club too.  See all our collection of Gnomes from Toad Hollow at:

We're waiting for you!!