P. Graham Dunn Puzzle Picture Frames

A few weeks back we decided to take a local vacation since our New York City summer baseball trip plans had to be cancelled. We ended up going to Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, ON in place of our regularly scheduled trip. On the last day of our trip, we headed into Huntsville to their main shopping strip, Main St. Our main destination was a store called Christmas Thyme. My significant other is a huge fan of Christmas. He has already started purchasing his Star Wars collectible ornaments from Hallmark. So when I found out there was a Christmas store in Huntsville, it was a no brainer, we had to go.

Turns out Christmas Thyme sells more than just Christmas decor. They had some great non holiday items. What caught my eye in particular were puzzle piece picture frames. There were various colours and phrases that you could buy multiple pieces of, put in your own pictures, and hang them up on a wall joining as many pieces together as you wanted. I thought it was such a cool idea and of course this one caught my eye.

I initially looked at it and put it back thinking I’d buy it later date but when we left the store I couldn’t stop thinking about it so we went back and I bought it. I already printed a photo of the three of us and this frame should be hanging up in our house soon.

The puzzle piece frames are designed and made by P. Graham Dunn, a company based in Dalton, Ohio. They have a huge collection of various gift and home decor items. Visit their website to see the full assortment. The story about the family and start of the business is very interesting. I encourage you to give it a read. I have linked to it here for you.

If you are in Canada, Christmas Thyme has the puzzle piece frames and other items on their website for purchase. Here is the link directly to the puzzle frames.

You can view the entire P. Graham Dunn collection on their website. I can’t find any information about whether or not they ship to Canada. Their Find A Retailer option doesn’t list any Canadian stores where their product is available unfortunately.


Made By Bees

I have always been slightly bothered by what a waste aluminum foil and saran wrap is. It seems silly to spend money on products that really only have a one time use. What bothers me even more is that even if those things aren’t dirty after you use them, you aren’t going to keep it for another day. It just didn’t make sense to me or seem efficient. If there is one thing I like to be it is efficient.

So when one day at work, a coworker told me about a product she had bought that was made out beeswax and from a local company, I felt that this was a product I could see myself making a commitment to.

The product is Beeswax Food Wraps and the ones I have are from the company “Mind Your Bees“. The wraps are sold in a variety of patterns and sizes. I purchased the Small Set which includes 1 Small 7×7, 1 Medium 10×10, 1 Large 13X14 . I wasn’t sure which size I would need or use so this was a good start for me. The wraps are sticky and the material sticks to itself once you fold it and wrap it around food or a container. I currently have one in use around sliced cheese and I have used the larger one to wrap up my banana bread. The only food the instructions say not to use it on is meat. Once its done doing the job, you wash it with cold water, air dry and put it away until the next time you need it. Each wrap is good for about 100 uses and can then be composted.

The set of wraps I bought. The butterfly pattern is the large size, polka dots is the small. The blue is medium size and is shown wrapped around my cheese.

I have to say the wraps do come in handy and I am so glad I have them. I feel better knowing I’m using something more responsible to the environment and that I am helping to reduce our waste. It also feels good to support a local business, this one more local to me than some others. Mind Your Bees is made in Hamilton, ON which is practically down the street from us!

Ingredients: 100% premium cotton, local beeswax, organic jojoba oil, pine tree resin and coconut wax.