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).
Bliss Leaf's design consultants work with furniture manufacturers to recreate pieces from the drawing boards of the best contemporary designers. They've pulled together an ultra-modern collection of furniture inspired by the pragmatism of Zen Buddhism and the clean lines of contemporary architecture.
During complimentary consultations, the design consultants share their savvy to revamp homes and reimagine blanket forts to express each homeowner's style. They draw from an assortment of furnishings, artwork, and accessories in design traditions such as Swedish style, Italian contemporary, and loft.
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.