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Beautiful Leather-bound Journals

These beautiful journals, imported from India, are made from leather that is hand-cut and crafted using traditional methods by many artisans…leather cutters, paper-makers, binders and decorative artists. The exquisite, natural white paper is made from 100% recycled cotton. As real leather can have flaws like discolouration and wrinkles…every piece is unique. All of the stones […]

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Paper Lanterns for Instant Atmosphere

Light up your life with the warm, soft glow of these hand-made paper lanterns! With whimsical to elegant graphics ranging from antique to retro to contemporary, there is something here for everyone….for any (or every) room in any home.  Super sweet and super stylish! Also available are power cord kits…just insert a lightbulb, drop it […]

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For Serious Jigsaw Puzzle Fans

Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a panoramic painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145). Capturing the daily life of his time, it shows all levels of society from rich to poor, as well as different economic activities in rural areas and in the city. The countryside and the densely populated city are the two […]

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The Dirt on Chopsticks

Each year the people of China go through roughly 45 billion pairs of throwaway chopsticks; that averages out to nearly 130 million pairs every day. Add the export market’s additional 18 billion pairs annually, and that requires roughly 16 million to 25 million felled trees each year. Deforestation is one of China’s gravest environmental problems, […]

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Sean Drohan: Simple Forest Yogin

Like many other Cape Breton kids, Sean Drohan often vacationed with his family at the Smokey Valley Campground & Park. The meandering streams,waterfalls and calm pools invited exploration, and explore he did—he now has over twenty years experience working as a wilderness guide throughout the Cape Breton highlands. And he knows Smokey Valley like the […]

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Caring for your Cast Iron Teapot

Cast iron tea pots were created in ancient China and later adopted by the Japanese. Inpurities are removed from the cast iron during the production process, and a black enamel is applied inside to help prevent the formation of rust. Practical as well as decorative, they symbolize the everlasting strength and unity of the world. […]

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Ten Virtues of Incense

Brought to Japan in the eighth century by Buddhist monks, who used the mystical aromas in their religious ceremonies, “Koh,” as incense is called in Japanese, passed into the realm of the aristocracy centuries later as a source of amusement and enlightenment. Now, incense has become acceptable and desirable as a new dimension in gracious […]

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