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Welcome to the world's easiest system to care for hummingbirds: the patented Allura Pod System. Easy cleaning for your feeder. Leave the feeder outside. Take the nectar to the feeder. It's fast! It's easy! It's beautiful!
Our Allura feeders have been a family passion and journey, inspired by two women who were very special to us. Their love and passion for life encouraged us to design and create the products you see on this site. We hope they can brighten your day.
Allura started with an ‘ah-ha’ moment on how we could create a whole new way to feed and care for our little friends. The fundamental idea was to use something we refer to as ‘feed pods’ that sit in the feeder. The feed pods are the only part of the feeder that touch the hummingbird food and, hence, the only thing that needs to be cleaned (or replaced). This makes it so much easier to care for the feeders. We also wanted to create something that is equally beautiful and functional, with rich colors and shapes that mimic nature. We hope you like it... and maybe your ‘hummers’ will be a little happier as well!
As a family, we have worked hard to develop Allura and we plan to continue to dream and create new feeders.
Carol's Scents and Soaps
Creators of natural soaps & bath products. Soaps available in 30 amazing scents. We even have Pretty Puppy soap to keep your best friend smelling clean & cuddly.
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Chester P. Basil
Here at Chester P. Basil’s, we handcraft some of the finest wooden spoons, wooden cutting boards and wooden spatulas you can find today. In addition to our expert craftsmanship, we offer some of the most competitive pricing on the web. Our wooden spoons are designed to fit the hand comfortably without compromising functionality. Our handmade wooden spoons are crafted using premium Pennsylvania black cherry wood which offers an extra level of durability. We also offer a left-handed option on some of our pieces to fit our left-handed customers even better!
With a shop location in Lenhartsville, PA and a retail location in Kutztown, PA, Chester P. Basil’s takes pride in crafting some of the finest handmade wooden spoons right here in Pennsylvania and distributing them throughout the world. We believe that a combination of quality, functionality and form is what separates us from our competition. After purchasing a handmade wooden spoon, wooden cutting board or wooden spatula from Chester P. Basil’s, we are confident that you will return to us in the future. With that being said, we value each and every one of our customers and strive to go above and beyond whenever possible!
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Jhoi Broom is the product of our family's journey to find the quintessential broom for our hardwood floor. Jhoi Broom is named to imitate the Vietnamese word for broom - “chổi” (pronounced JOI) and to represent the joy we hope our customers will have when using our brooms.
Generations of our family, from grandparents to our little one, enjoy walking and running around the house barefoot. There is a simple pleasure in being carefree and barefoot, feeling the smooth warm grains of the hardwood floor, the porous red terracotta bricks on the porch, the cracks in the weathered wood on the deck, and the smooth cold surface of ceramic tiles. All of these floor types need a broom that can sweep up even the tiniest speck of dirt to keep our feet clean and comfy.
But what is the ultimate broom? In the age of machinery and disposables, a hand broom offers a quick clean up solution that does not require batteries or electricity or contribute to landfills each time you clean. A good broom should be comfortable to use and effective at sweeping up dust and larger pieces of trash. The ultimate broom needs to be aesthetic, efficient, and leave as light of a ecological footprint as possible at the same time. Our search began in the US, where we encountered some Asian brooms but they were constructed from plastic and were not durable. So, we traveled to Vietnam and some other Asian countries to search for the ideal broom.
There are several types of grass brooms used in Vietnam and our favorite one is a particular kind of broom made of soft grass and vines. It is durable, soft, effective, and most important of all, ergonomic. These grass brooms can last for years of constant use and they adapt to the users‘ postures and habits. But the grass brooms commonly found in the markets, sadly, contain a lot of plastic and metal parts like the ones previously found in the US, and many of them would contribute to the landfills after the brooms are discarded.
During one of our trips to find a greener way to make these wonderful grass brooms, we stumbled across an old broom made of grass and vine, resting on the side of the wall, worn to the handle and yet held together. There was no sign of plastic or wire on the broom and it was beautiful. We asked local villagers and learned that it was an old design, which is still partially used in certain parts of Vietnam.
And there it is, this old hand tied broom became the design inspiration for Jhoi Broom, a natural ergonomic grass broom. Working with artisans from different villages, we revived the old craft of hand tying a grass broom using only vine and grass. Our Jhoi Broom stays true to the old design in terms of materials and tying method but it is made in different sizes with a slight change in design to accommodate different needs.
When I was in high school my favorite time of was when I was allowed to draw and paint. As I got older, this love never faded and eventually I built my own style.
I use many different mediums, such as clay, acrylics, and pastels. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
I enjoy hiking in my spare time and many of my pieces are directly influenced by these hikes in nature. I love recreating plants and wildlife in my work.
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Philip Marc Sons of Liberty
We specialize in hand painted signs which recreate iconic symbols that appeared prior to and during the American Revolution. There are many historic images that appeared during this period, instrumental to the formation of our country, that have been lost throughout time. I believe that Americans should know the meaning behind some of these images which helped to spark the birth of this great nation. My objective is to reintroduce some of these meaningful symbols as a way to educate and celebrate our national freedom!
I utilize a seven inch tongue and groove Southern Georgia Heart Pine floor boards as the base for each image which are glued together and braced to ensure stability. Each item is finished with a rustic 2.5 inch pine board picture frame and bull-nose trim on the inside to ensure a clean appearance to the surrounding border. Each piece is distressed to simulate age. You will find find worm holes, ax markings, dents, cracked paint, and musket ball holes. Musket ball holes are simulated with a hammer and chisel to create a splintered effect to the wood. Each piece is designed to appear as if it adorned the wall of a patriot’s home during the war and, at some point in time, was very close to a British skirmish. Some signs do have actual lead musket balls embedded in them to add to the authenticity.
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We LOVE our products--and hope you buy a LOT of them--but what we really LOVE is our story. Here it is...
The women who create Timbali Crafts are all volunteer cooks at community based feeding centers, called Care Points*, throughout Swaziland, Africa. In this tiny nation with the highest HIV/AIDS rate, and lowest life expectancy in the world, the needs are immense. In spite of their own hardships, the Timbali women help to feed more than 2500 children each day. They are incredible!
(For more info on these amazing women go here.)
Timbali started in 2006 (a bit by accident!) to reach out to the physical and spiritual needs of these hard-working women. At the request of a local pastor, we started a Bible study with some of the women to encourage them in their volunteer work. It quickly became evident that something more needed to be done so that these ladies, who were serving their communities in such a vital way, could also provide for their own families.
So we started praying…and we made some really ugly greeting cards (blessings to any of you that bought those!). We didn’t have any start-up money, but a friend heard what we were trying to do and gave us $150 to buy our first little batch of fabric. Eventually we started making handbags (which also had some issues at first!) that have evolved into the beautiful products we produce today. What we first thought would just provide a little income here and there for a few women, has become a major source of income and outreach to 100+ Swazi families!
In a country where 2/3 of the population lives on less a dollar a day, what the Timbali women earn per bag is equal to a full day's wage for many jobs in Swaziland.
Timbali Crafts helps the women to purchase their own sewing machines through no interest loans with minimal monthly payments. The women are also given the opportunity to participate in a matching savings program, to help with school fees for their children and other big expenses such as home repairs.
Timbali reaches out in emergency situations with food baskets for families who have lost a loved one, or have a special need, and we also help to provide medical care when possible/needed.
The Timbali women are able to take part in regular Bible studies, and also attend our annual retreat where they are spoiled, laugh a lot, eat a lot, sing a lot, dance a lot, and have the love of Christ poured out on them! It is the highlight of our year!
Timbali means ‘flowers’ in the Swazi language, Siswatti. It’s also the word used to translate ‘lilies’ in Matthew chapter 6, where Jesus talks about how as his children, we don’t have to worry, because He knows our needs and He can meet those needs better than we ever could ourselves.
That is the heart behind Timbali Crafts: that we would see the Lord’s provision. Not just for the needs that are obvious (and extremely important!) like food, shelter, and education; but also for the deeper needs of the heart like love, acceptance, forgiveness, self-worth, joy, hope…all these things and more that are so perfectly found in Jesus Christ!
Thank you for supporting Timbali Crafts. We couldn’t be more thankful or amazed at what the Lord has done!
Be blessed and start shopping!
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