Monday, January 30, 2017

Wolff's Flea Market: Elemental Fusions- A Vendor Success Story!

By Sharon Wolff

Have you met Tom and Casey of Elemental Fusions in Palatine? 

We congratulate them on their vision and attention to quality, detail and reasonably priced offerings. This successful husband and wife start-up business recently celebrated its one year milestone anniversary!

Homemade soaps, Valentines gifts, lotions, bath products, candles, uplifting home fragrances and special rocks.

Read more HERE

Visit Elemental Fusions Saturdays & Sundays at 
Wolff's Flea Market Palatine
1775 N. Rand Rd.
Palatine, IL 60074

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's a box! I think? Wait. What is this?

By Guest Blogger Candice lee Conner

Last week, my friend sent me this photo of a very interesting box that had bellows on the side, asking me what in the world this thing was. Surely it's some type of accordion, I thought. But where are the keys to play the music? And why are there a bunch of circles? I consulted the most knowledgeable data base I have in my arsenal - my musical Facebook friends with You Tube as confirmation. 

This, my friends, is Shruti box. The Shruti box's creation was based off the Harmonium, a keyboard instrument in which the sound is produced through reeds and bellows. The more humble shruti box is keyless and was invented so that one could create a perfect droning sound. Pitch controls are on the top or on side.

Today shrutiboxes, or shruti petti, are electronic and have recently been making a come back throughout the world.

There's even an app for that

If you are looking for that unusual gift for a musician friend, the boxes are affordable. You can find older ones on Ebay for $50-$300. Electronic boxes go for $30-$200. 
This one in particular was made by Music International