Imparting crafty knowledge since 1968, the imagination mavens at Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts supply and enhance hands-on projects with a surplus of gluable provisions and creativity-inspiring displays. Jazz up uninteresting surfaces such as blank binders or grandpa's face with a pad of stickers ($0.99), or help illicit documents and aspiring confetti meet their fates between the blades of shredder scissors ($2.97), which sunder paper into skinny strips. Ceramcoat acrylic paint ($1.37 each) unfetters painters from their canvas shackles, allowing masterpieces to work their way onto fabric, ceramic, and plastic surfaces. Kind-hearted customers can give orphaned scones and tiny cups of coffee a home by putting the value of their Groupon toward a three-piece bistro set ($149.99) or sponsoring a tiny artist's studio with the Melissa & Doug kids' easel ($59.99).
From the warm glow of their craft-filled atelier, Stella Luna's enlightened illuminators fan the fires of artistic potential with their mosaic-candle-making sessions. With the help of a seasoned wickspert, would-be light shapers start by choosing from more than 30 shapes and 40 scents, creating an ebullient blueprint for their fledgling flame holder before piecing together each wax-based mosaic masterpiece (starting at $16 per candle).
Many of FoamOrder's organic mattresses swaddle sleepers in Natural Sense organic foam crafted from rubber-tree sap and free-trade clouds. The all-natural fibers of the mattresses—which come in five levels of firmness—encourage restful, stress-free slumber by resisting dust mites, mold, and the temptation to cheat on the SATs. Customers can clothe skinny twins ($850.07–$1,698.50) in certified-organic-wool mattress protectors with water-resistant, needle-punched fibers ($59.95–$98.85 for a twin), and teens sleep in style with full bed sets that include a headboard ($129), box springs ($195), and a bed frame ($54.95). Floorboard-phobic foam-lovers can hoist beds out of harm's way with a Captain’s bed frame ($780.80 for a queen), which stands 15.25 inches off the ground, eliminating the need to memorize lengthy levitation spells.
After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.