Comments about Product: This stool is very cute but is only decorative, not really for sitting on. I purchased one of the dog stools a few years ago. It is perfect for sitting around the coffee table and playing games or doing a puzzle. So I thought I would purchase another and chose the raccoon. THESE STOOLS ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE DOG AND CAT. They are much smaller and unfortunately they are 3 inches shorter which makes them kind of useless for what I wanted. Even my nine year old complained that it is too small. But the design is very cute. I just should have paid attention to the dimensions and not have assumed that they are all the same.
Comments about Product: Stool arrived today. Very well packaged. For some reason I thought this product was made in the USA. That is the only downside to this item. Otherwise, it is very cute and unique.
Comments about Product: The stools are really cute, and very sturdy - but I was dissappointed they were not made in USA - I originally thought they were. They are exactly how they look in the pictures, and my grandsons like using them.
Comments about Product: I am short so I have a step stool in almost every room of the house. (at least 6 total) These are sturdy and not the least bit flimsy. The legs, cross bars and even the carved surfaces are made of a thicker grade of wood than a lot of the step stools I have seen. I purchased the fox and love the looks of it. It is so cute. I like it so much I keep it in my living room so company can see it. The only possible complaint I can think that someone might come up with is that when standing on it in your bare feet, the carving feels ruff, but I always wear shoes when I am up on a step stool so the stool is perfect as far as I am concerned. I got it on sale and had a coupon to boot so I got it for a great price. It's my prettiest favorite little wood foot stool. Now I want to get more cuz I love it.
Comments about Product: This fox stool is adorable, but the artwork on all 3 I've received has been sub-standard. The first stool had sloppy woodstaining and a sloppy paint job. The 2nd stool had 3 thin cracks on the right side, above the fox's ear. The 3rd stool had one crack in the same place; it was filled with wood filler, which chipped off. The P&H staff have been helpful with exchanges and I am hoping that fox stool # 4 will be perfect. It is a nice, solid piece (solid legs and balance) and is very cute. Perfect for small behinds, to hold a book or a plant, or just as an attractive piece by the fireplace. Perhaps the fox design has an inherent flaw in that one area, and the other animal/flower stools are in better shape, as they have had glowing reviews. Bottom line on the fox: a good idea but attention needs to be paid to the details.
Comments about Product: Very sturdy and excellent workmanship. However, dimensions for the fox differ from the dog and cat (fox is smaller and not as tall); I didn't read carefully enough, and had to return the fox for a dog so the kids wouldn't pout over getting the "little stool."
Comments about Product: I bought the cat for our home. Our 2 year old granddaughter loves to sit on it. She has claimed it as hers. I also bought the dog for our granddaughter for christmas, she gets to take it home. I know she and her parents will love it. They are very sturdy, very well made.
Comments about Product: Love this little pumpkin stool. It's way too cute. Will make a nice autumn decoration. Will keep it out all year long for when the grandkids come to visit...it's just their size!
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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!