Lady Lamps from Greece now at Grumbles House

One thing I always seem attracted to when I shop are unique lamps. I guess because we all need them to see and I like practical things that are pretty. Some are great for reading, others light the way for meandering through our homes and add ambiance to a room, sometimes the needed pop of color or piece to fill a blank space that needed to be “cozied up” a bit. . SO, this past fall we brought in 12 of these wood and fabric “Lady Lamps” and have recently brought in another order. Each one is named after its own personality. They are hand made in Greece from fabric & wood. The importer tells us the collection is inspired by the northwest wind Vardaris, which I googled and learned is the nearly constant cold wind in northern Greece. That explains the blown backwards parasols the ladies are holding which I just attributed to my Winnie-the-Pooh vocabulary of “a blustery day”. Eash lamp stands about 3′ tall and the skirts can be manipulated to be fully blown back or not so much. They are pricey at $235 each but when you want a unique piece for a certain space or a great gift for a nursery, a girly girl or someone familiar with the northern winds of Vardaris, we’ve got it for you.
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Unqiue Jewelry Keeps Finding It’s Way to Our Boutique

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Bees Wrap – New Alternative to Plastic Wrap

THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC WRAP FOR FOOD STORAGE — BECAUSE GOOD FOOD DESERVES GOOD CARE

Wrap cheese, half a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, and fruits and vegetables. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap is washable, reusable and compostable. We’ve all seen the images — of cast-off plastic bags suspended in the oceans, of beaches strewn with plastic debris. Plastic waste is one of the most important environmental crises of our time. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean each year — adding to the estimated 150 million metric tons already circulating there. Plastic already outweighs plankton in our seas, and if we don’t shift course, plastic could outweigh fish in the ocean in 30 years. It’s our duty to choose change — choosing to reuse, to conserve, to protect. We created the staggering problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. But we, too, can stem the plastic tide.  If we don’t act now, the waters that surround us may never recover.  So every time you go to reach for a baggie or some plastic wrap, think twice and reach instead for some Bees Wrap.
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Books to inspire, educate & empower!

We always have a few good books hanging around here.  From antique books to gardening books and my favorite, children’s books.  As often as we can feed good information into the sponge-like brains of little people,  the better chance we have of helping them become eager learners, good students and eventually kind, capable adults with the tools to make positive contributions to the world. These new books from Papersalt align with that goal.  They address different people and phases of life so they make good gifts for adolescents & teens, newleyweds, new parents and really anyone who wants to feed their brain & heart (Mr. Rogers) with good stuff.   Read More
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