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It has been an excitingly busy holiday. I felt like a true business person, I sold several custom pillows and a few pillow pattern - I was quite thrilled. Despite the hectic holiday season, I was still able to abide by one of my resolutions for 2010 - that is - give handmade gifts for all gift-giving occasions. It was difficult - several sleepless nights - but I managed to create some handmade treasures for my home as well as a few friends homes. One of my favorite creations was a poinsettia dish towel that I made for myself and...

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Real Christmas Trees... There are approximately 25-30 million "real" Christmas trees sold in the US each year. There are close to 350 million real Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.s. alone, all planted by farmers. North American real Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent (80%) of  artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource: Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead. There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout...

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Last year I did my annual after Christmas ornament shopping and I came across some gorgeous ornaments in my local Pier 1 Imports store. They are called "Li Bien". It's a Chinese phrase that means "inside". The Li Bien ornament showcases the  age old skill of inside painting, which originated in the Qing Dynasty. It has been a respected Chinese art for over 200 Years. [caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Collection of Li Bien Ornaments"][/caption] Each ornament is delicately hand-painted through a tiny opening in the mouth-blown glass. [caption id="attachment_595" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Ho, Ho, Ho"][/caption] This Process requires great skill and...

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