Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
There is a war brewing across America's patios and backyard barbecues. Mosquitoes, ticks, and all pests capable of drawing up battle plans disrupt outdoor gatherings with their bites—a nuisance that the techs at Mosquito Squad hope to eradicate. Treaters of 70,000 households using their EPA-registered all-natural spray system, they mist pest-laden areas with a control solution that repels up to 95% of tiny infiltrators. Alternatively, they can take a natural approach that eschews chemicals for bug-repelling essential oils. However, the bug fighters aren't just focused on making outdoor events more comfortable; they also hope to quell the spread of insect-carried diseases such as West Nile virus.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
Theodore Landscaping’s team of technicians travel to Norwalk’s lawns to eradicate pests, pull up weeds, and fertilize grass to create lush, verdant yards. In addition to lawn-maintenance services, Theodore also custom-designs landscaping plans to suit any property.
Family owned and operated for three generations, Springdale Florist & Greenhouses couples flower bouquets with stuffed animals and gourmet nibbles. Present a beloved with the buds and Godiva chocolate of a Pink Rose Bouquet ($49.99), or outdo miniature candy hearts’ hesitant whispers with the thunderous frosted bellow of “Happy Valentines” on a 12-inch Mrs. Fields cookie ($44.99). A stuffed bear embraces a ceramic vase of purple lisianthus and limonium in a Big Hug Bouquet ($45–$65) while bamboo curls into heart shapes in a Be Still My Heart Valentine arrangement ($49.99). The plethora of Hershey, Snickers, and Butterfinger candy bars in a Chocolate Lover’s Dream Bouquet($44.99) can satisfy a family aquarium’s sweet-toothed barracuda.