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5 Hostess Gift Set Ideas

  The holiday season is upon us once again! This year treat the hostesses in your life to eco-friendly gifts that are handmade in the USA. We've done all the work for you at Hammers and Heels, and curated a Hostess Gift Guide to help you with all of your holiday shopping needs. Artisan. Durable. Fair-trade. Beautiful. THE CROWD PLEASER GIFT SET This set is for the hostess who LOVES to be the life of the party. She wont mind sharing the spotlight this holiday season with these beautiful, hand crafted party set. Break out the wine and celebrate in style!   Included in the Crowd Pleaser Gift Set: Gold Bottle Opener: Fair trade, hand crafted out of solid metal, with a...

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Picking the Right Dinnerware: A How-to Guide.

Selecting the right dinnerware for your home can be a daunting task. *deep breaths* Dinnerware will be one of your most used housewares, and there are infinite variables in styles, sets, materials, and individual needs that will inform your unique selection process. Should you buy cheaply and in bulk? How about a vintage bright lime green set to match your kitchen back splash? Porcelain? What even IS porcelain? Whether you're sneaking your midnight snack out of the microwave in your penguin footie pajamas, or serving a formal 3-course holiday meal for 10 of your in-laws- your dinnerware should be practical, versatile, and lend itself to daily use.  Types of Dinnerware (Source)    EARTHENWARE Price: $ Durability: 2/5  Dishwasher safe: No. If manufacturer says dishwasher...

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What no one told you about buying a sofa

With so many options available how can you possibly know what makes a piece of furniture quality? Disposable furniture  seems cheaper, but  that $300 sofa l only lasts 2 years, while a  $3,000 couch will last you a lifetime. Lets pull out the old calculator on this one -  $300 x 20 replacements and that $300 sofa will cost you $6,000. So how do you know what makes a good sofa? Well, we’ll tell you.   THE FRAME Good: Corner blocks. All interior corners should have blocks for added strength. They should be glued and screwed into the frame, levitating blocks aren’t as sturdy as one may think. Good: Glued, dowelled and screwed joints. Most people don’t actually realize the...

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