Comments about Product: I have seen other hearth crickets but this guy is by far the best because he's a lot bigger than his competition. He looks great by the fireplace and I just know he'll bring us luck!
Comments about Product: Love this little cricket. Bought one for myself, one for my parent's mountain house and three for gifts. Check the measurements, it is small, but I had checked the measurements, so it was exactly as I expected.
Comments about Product: This cricket is just perfect. I've seen them before at fireplace stores but they always seems so cheap looking. This one will take center stage on my hearth. Very beautiful and I hope it bring us the best of luck :)
Comments about Product: I put this on my hearth for good luck. I laughed, when shortly after I put it there my son yelled, "Oh my gosh that's a huge cricket!" He didn't realize it wasn't real at first!
Comments about Product: I took the catalog with me on vacation; then we went shopping to lots of cute stores. Later in the week I decided I wanted a cricket for the hearth but couldn't remember where I had seen it. So we called all the places we had visited to see if they had the cricket in stock: NO ONE HAD A CRICKET FOR THE HEARTH! Started thinking and went back to the catalog: there he is! so I ordered 2 just to be safe. Love them both and they are on the mantle and the hearth mixed with other decorative items. They make me happy.
Comments about Product: Ordered 3(!) & rec'd them 3 days ago and have already given 2 out as house warming gifts! Be sure to read Dickens "The Cricket on the Hearth" Realized I need one more so will be ordering more!
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!