This is one post I don't expect TAG, Senior Hiker, Bilbo, Cynical Bastard , Asphalt Blogger, or Brad to comment on, but I've been surprised before...
I don't frequent malls as I don't really enjoy shopping. However, lately I've been doing a bit of browsing on several on-line sites where I've been able to purchase the filters for our HVAC unit, liquid hand soaps we love that Trader Joe's (and everyone else) has stopped carrying, Clorox floor cleaner refills, a wonderful green tea-scented diffuser from Botanicus (the diffuser is not so sickeningly cloying as many are -- it smells very light and refreshing), and lately several pairs of earrings on Overstock.com. I happened onto their site accidentally --at least that's what I'm saying...anyway I purchased several pairs, three of which were featured by Novica about which, until that time, I'd never heard. I like the idea of supporting local artisans - this was a real win-win situation.
Novica is a group that works in association with National Geographic to encourage master artisans in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The photos of the jewelry I purchased did not do the products justice. The earrings are exquisite and I should have had an inkling to the quality when I saw the handmade boxes in which the earrings arrived. The earrings in the white boxes (the paper is pressed from sustainable wood as the trees are not felled to make the paper, but are pruned instead) are from Thailand; the black box is from Bali.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three grand mother of four, and have been married to the same man for 48 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.