I remember being little and in every party bag I got from the birthday parties I went to, there were always those little tiny kaleidoscopes. I used to collect them! There was something about the colors and shapes when you looked into them that fascinated me. I still get excited when I see them in the stores. But what I have never had, was a real kaleidoscope. Real? What do I mean by real? Well, I mean one that will last, that looks exceptionally beautiful, and one that really makes you feel as though it is special. Until now that is! I recently had the opportunity to check out a kaleidoscope from Kaleidoscopes To You and I am so thrilled about it!
Kaleidoscopes To You has been around for quite some time now! When Karl was just 16, his family started making kaleidoscopes out of stained glass at 1982. Karl eventually wound up going to college to get his degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Glass Blowing and Painting emphasis. After a few stores, they decided to open an online store, Kaleidoscopes To You, in 1998 and have been open ever since! Since there are so many years of experience, they can offer kaleidoscopes in various price ranges and types!
As you can tell, Kaleidoscopes To You obviously knows their stuff! They offer so many different types of Kaleidoscopes that it is truly amazing! There is no need to look elsewhere. You would think as soon as you get to their main page that everything would be so expensive because the immediate beauty is noticeable, but that is not the case. There is really something for everyone in all different styles.
Kaleidoscopes To You was kind enough to send me the 5.5 Inch long Laminated Solid Woods with Padauk and other Hardwoods Teleidoscope by N & J! I have to say, the picture does not do it justice! It is amazing in person. So beautiful and just the right size! It measures 5 3/4 inches long and has leads into the ball lens eyepiece which is approximately 1 1/8 inches in diameter. There is also a display stand to display your masterpiece that has enough room to be engraved if you so desire. And, to complete the gift feel, it is packaged beautifully in a cloth pouch and placed in a box! All of the different woods really make this piece amazing. It just gives it so much character!
One of my children (will not mention which one) did get a hold of it and dropped it so there is a slight crack in the wood that you can see in the picture. I cried! Literally cried. I was so upset. However, you cannot notice the crack if you aren't looking for it. So make sure when you are purchasing your beautiful kaleidoscope that you do not let your children play with them unless you purchase the toy ones that are made for children. Or make sure they are extra careful. They are beautiful to look through and at, but they are also crafted to be beautiful and delicate. So take extra care of them. And I would like to say that this is no fault to the company at all! It is the complete fault of me for not keeping it up on a higher shelf! But now it is displayed in the beautiful curio cabinet that my mother-in-law just gave us and it looks amazing in there!
Overall, I am so impressed with Kaleidoscopes To You! I will definitely shop there in the future for myself and for gifts! If you are looking for something beautiful for your home, you really need to check out all of your options! You could choose the one that I reviewed or possibly the Solid Rosewood Kaleidoscope Egg with Rosewood Base By N & J. There are also kaleidoscope jewelry pieces! How amazing is that! They are to die for! I especially love the Sterling Silver Kaleidoscope Necklace with Lotus Flower Design by the Healy's. Kaleidoscopes To You should be your main gift shop because I can only imagine the reaction someone would have being gifted such a beautiful piece of art that can be passed down through generations!
You can purchase the Laminated Solid Wood Teleidoscope for only $39.99! Feel free to connect with Kaleidoscopes to You on facebook and twitter! What do you think of this amazing shop? Which is your favorite piece?
Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above compliments of the company or PR firm. I did not receive monetary compensation for this post and receiving the product did not sway my opinion in any way.