Fuller Brush 1906 line

1906  Line of Fuller Brushes

I remember my grandmother buying brushes from the “Fuller Brush Man” who travelled door-to-door. I thought they were very old-fashioned.  Now the company has reissued its original, made-in-USA, line of products from 1906 for modern homeowners to enjoy. My first thought on seeing the re-released line was, “Wow, so THAT’S how you clean a carafe!” The brushes seem so utterly practical to me now, I wondered why I never saw that before!

So THAT’S how you clean a carafe!

Tobacco in a Candle? It’s All-American.

My husband so enjoys the smell of tobacco that he’s been threatening to take up pipe-smoking. I suggested trying out a tobacco-scented candle instead. After a quick Google search, I found the Pomme Frite Candle Company, which produces its products in California and carries a Teakwood and Tobacco candle.

We ordered it and, so far, he’s happy. The candle has a wonderful smell and the tobacco part of the scent is very subtle. If someone in your house has a similar hankering, here are some other candles you can try:

Portland General Store’s Beeswax Tobacco Candle 
Archipelago Botanicals Bergamot Tobacco Candle
Black Tea and Tobacco Candle Sweet River Candle Co.

Tobacco and Patchouli candle from Paddywax


Five USA-Made Treats to Keep You Sane ‘Til Spring

This has been a nasty, never-ending winter and most of us are more than ready for the spring thaw. While you’re waiting and longing for warmer weather, here are five ideas that will lift your spirits.

Buy a new outfit for spring:

High Socie-tea Dress, Pull Up a Cherry Dress
and Traveling Cupcake Truck Dress at 
Shirts from Hucklebury

Toss some bright pillows on the furniture:

USA-made pillows from Zazzle.

Get ready for spring with some fun backyard furniture:

Recycled designs from Loll Furniture

Throw on a colorful scarf or tie:

Takuyo Silk Scarves
Bentley Cravat’s Silk Critter Ties

Get ready for gardening season:

Sloggers boots from Garden Shoes Online
Mullers Utility Carts



Riding a Bike Made Easy With Rollicoaster

When we were getting ready to teach our daughter to ride a bike, we got some advice that was totally new to us. First, we were told, find a grass-covered, slightly sloping area. Second: Lower the bicycle seat so your daughter’s feet touch the ground. Third: Tell her to lift her feet off the ground and let the bike roll ever-so-slowly forward until she starts to feel unbalanced, then she should put their her back down. Repeat.

This worked wonders compared to the way I learned; on concrete, first with training wheels, then swerving and falling until I finally got the feel of it.

Now, though, there’s something even better. It’s called the Rollicoaster. Not only is it an absolutely beautiful piece of design work, it’s specially-created for the coasting phase of learning to ride. The idea was first pitched on Kickstarter and, in only twelve days, the venture was completely funded, plus an additional 78% of the goal!

Here’s what the makers have to say:

“Do you remember your training wheels or notice how slowly kids pedal on a bike with training wheels? A balance bike does what training wheels cannot – it teaches kids how to balance. As early as two years old, a kid on a balance bike can learn the most important skill of riding a bike – BALANCE. You’ll be a believer when you see your three year old carving turns like an expert skier. Balance brings confidence, and a confident child is a precious lifetime gift. You’ll be glad to know that we are also customers. Our kids are learning or have learned to ride using a balance bike.”

The company expresses on its web site its hope that, for your child, the Rollicoaster could be, “the beginning of a lifelong experience that values American-made products.”


One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle