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updated 7/5/2012 9:38:34 AM ET 2012-07-05T13:38:34

Consumer patriotism is at an all time high, manufacturing jobs are on the rise and the Census Bureau reports U.S. exports have increased about 20 percent. Buying American employs Americans, so next time you're in the market for a few things for your home, take some cues from chef and cookbook author Kathleen Daeleman as she dishes up the season's hottest home-grown housewares.

Homer Laughlin: Fiesta Dinnerware
The 1950s saw a large increase in imported dinnerware produced in countries with very low labor costs. The competition took its toll on American potteries and many didn’t survive. The Homer Laughlin China Company, the maker of Fiesta Dinnerware, reinvented itself to focus more on restaurant grade china and survived. Today they employ more than 700 people in a mile-long factory located in the tiny town of Newell, West Virginia. Known for their generosity, community support and outreach, it’s not uncommon to see three generations of family members working at the factory.

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American-made: The bright and fun Fiesta Dinnerware.

About Fiesta Dinnerware: Fiesta Dinnerware has been made in America for more than 75 years, is lead free, offers a 5-year chip replacement warranty and comes in 15 different colors (homerlaughlin.com. $4.99 and up).

Liberty Flatware 
The last standing American flatware manufacturer, and the only flatware made in the USA! Founded in 2005, Liberty Flatware in Sherill, N.Y. uses 18-10 stainless steel, also made in the USA. Five star quality, with a nice heavy hand feel, Liberty Flatware knives are made with hollow handle construction using the same manufacturing process as for fine sterling (libertytabletop.com, 20 piece sets $99.95).

Loon hardwoods
Handcrafted kitchen utensils made using renewable wood from the Michigan Glacial Hardwood region, an area world-renowned for producing the finest hardwood lumber. Michigan's forests are managed, harvested and regenerated to maintain their status as premier forest land, making Michigan hardwoods a truly renewable resource. All products finished with food safe mineral oil(loonhardwoods.com, $5 and up).

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ArtGoodies
These are modern housewares with vintage flair — a dash of the 1950’s and a splash of nature in every design. ArtGoodies tea towels, aprons and pillows are handmade and hand printed by Lisa Price in her Grand Rapids, Mich. home studio using organic cotton and vintage fabrics (artgoodiesonline.com, $8 and up).

Mainstreet Revolution and Overstock.com
Overstock.com created Main Street Revolution in June 2010, with economic recovery in mind. Main Street Revolution allows smaller, U.S. based companies and minority-owned businesses the opportunity to offer their products to a mass audience and garner exposure in the national market place. All pet-pampering products featured in today's segment are "Made In the USA" by small U.S. based companies. A few standout items:

  • From Ruff Stuff USA, Certified organic Kosher catnip sachets (set of 4, $13.69)
  • From Bone Bons Organic Dog Treats, 100 percent organic doggie chocolate hearts ($7.99)
  • From Foppers Pet Treat Bakery, dog bone treats (pack of 20, $32.99)
  • Fabric pet beds from Mozaic ($89.99-$109.99)

Kittypod 
A lifestyle collection for pets and people who care about good design. California-made and eco-friendly, Kittypods are conversation pieces in the home. Supa Plush beds are made of organic cotton sherpa and hemp canvas, prewashed for a relaxed beachy-chic look with removable covers. Partially recycled, industrial grade and constructed with super dense cardboard, habitats and scratchdecks are handmade and built to last longer (kittypod.com, from $26).

Liberty flatware, Kittypod, Stickley furniture
Finding American-manufactured products for your home isn't always easy, but a number of companies are making home-grown goods for your domestic needs.

Stickley Furniture
Since 1900, Stickley has been handcrafting some of America’s finest solid wood furniture in New York State. A few standout items:

  • Ellis Rocker —Harvey Ellis rocker originally designed by Gustav Stickley in 1901 ($799, oak or cherry)
  • Bracket clock — crafted from solid oak, and a great gift item ($236)
  • The Stickley collector’s edition cabinet — this collector’s edition cabinet, with its intricate inlay of Mother of Pearl, along with pear, maple and magnolia wood on its door, is being manufactured only in 2012 ($999, oak or cherry)    

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Preserve
Eco-friendly products for the home including a full line of kitchen products, tableware and storage containers using 100 percent recycled plastic that are BPA free and made in the USA. They're everyday products that are good for people and the planet (preserveproducts.com, $2.99 and up).

Method
The vast majority of Method's green cleaning supplies are made in America (only 4 of their over 200 products are not).This line of people and pet-friendly cleaning supplies is also packaged in 100 percent recycled plastic (most of which is sourced in the U.S.), and specially formulated to put the hurt on dirt without harming a hair on you or your loved ones’ head (methodhome.com, $3.99 and up).

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  1. Acadia

    Acadia National Park in Maine boasts the highest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic Coast and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Visitors beware: temperatures can vary 40 degrees -- from 45 degrees to 85 degrees in the summer and from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in the spring and fall. (Gareth Mccormack / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Rocky Mountain

    Bear Lake, with mountainside aspens changing colors in mid-autumn, is one of the popular attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Badlands

    The climate in South Dakota's Badlands National Park is extreme. Temperatures range from minus 40 degrees in the dead of winter to 116 degrees in the height of summer. Visitors are drawn to the park's rugged beauty as well as the area's rich fossil beds. (Mark Newman / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Yosemite

    One of the nation's first wilderness parks, Yosemite is known for its waterfalls, scenic valleys, meadows and giant sequoias. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. North Cascades National Park

    The North Cascades National Park complex offers something for everyone: Monstrous peaks, deep valleys, hundreds of glaciers and phenominal waterfalls. The complex includes the park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Zion

    This spectacular corner of southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Redwood

    Created in 1968, Redwood National Park is located in Northern California. Today, visitors to the national park can enjoy the massive trees as well as an array of wildlife. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeast California. The area was made a national monument in 1936 and a national park in 1994. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Great Smoky Mountains

    Straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than 800 square miles in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can expect mild winters and hot, humid summers, though temperatures can differ drastically as the park's elevation ranges from 800 feet to more than 6,600 feet. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Arches

    More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, many of them recognizable worldwide, are preserved in Utah's Arches National Park. Temperatures can reach triple digits in the summer and can drop to below freezing in the winter. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Grand Teton

    The Snake River flows through Grand Teton National Park, and the jagged Teton Range rises above the sage-covered valley floor. Daytime temperatures during summer months are frequently in the 70s and 80s, and afternoon thunderstorms are common. (Anthony P. Bolante / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Haleakala

    Visitors watch the sun rise at 10,000 feet in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii. If weather permits, visitors at the top of the mountain can see three other Hawaiian islands. (The Washington Post via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon National Park is perhaps the most recognizable national park. Nearly 5 million visitors view the mile-deep gorge every year, formed in part by erosion from the Colorado River. The North and South rims are separated by a 10-mile-wide canyon. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Yellowstone

    Yellowstone National Park, America's first national park, was established in 1872. The park spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk live in the park. It is well known for Old Faithful and other geothermal features. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Mount Rainier

    Glaciers. Rainforests. Hiking trails. Mount Rainier National Park, located in Washington state, offers incredible scenery and a diverse ecology. The park aims to be carbon neutral by 2016. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Hawaii Volcanoes

    Two of the world's most active volcanoes can be found within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In 1980, the national park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve; in 1987, it was added as a World Heritage Site. (David Jordan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Everglades

    Everglades National Park covers the nation's largest subtropical wilderness. It is also a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance. Visitors to the park can camp, boat, hike and find many other ways to enjoy the outdoors. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Glacier

    A view from atop the Grinnell Glacier Overlook trail in Glacier National Park. With more than 700 miles of trails the park is known for its glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and beautiful lakes. (Matt McKnight / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Bryce Canyon

    Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its distinctive geological structures called "hoodoos." (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Crater Lake

    The brilliant blue Crater Lake, located in southern Oregon, was formed when Mount Mazama, standing at 12,000 feet, collapsed 7,700 years ago after a massive eruption. Crater Lake is one of the world's deepest lakes at 1,943 feet. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Olympic

    Washington state's Olympic National Park offers visitors beaches on the Pacific Ocean, glacier-capped mountain peaks and everything in between. Keep the weather in mind when visiting, though, as roads and facilities can be affected by wind, rain and snow any time of year. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Sequoia and Kings Canyon

    A woman stands among a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park in Central California. The trees, which are native to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, are the world's largest by volume, reaching heights of 275 feet and a ground level girth of 109 feet. The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on its ring count is 3,500 years old. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Denali

    Alaska's Denali National Park spans 6 million acres and includes the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak. Many park visitors try to catch a glimpse of the "big five" -- moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bear. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Kenai Fjords National Park

    The National Park Service considers the 8.2-mile round-trip on Harding Icefield Trail in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park to be strenuous, saying hikers gain about 1,000 feet of elevation with each mile. (National Park Service via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Death Valley

    California's Death Valley encompasses more than 3.3 million acres of desert wilderness. In 1849, a group of gold rush pioneers entered the Valley, thinking it was a shortcut to California. After barely surviving the trek across the area, they named the spot "Death Valley." In the 1880s, native peoples were pushed out by mining companies who sought the riches of gold, silver, and borax. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Wind Cave

    Bison graze in Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Millions of bison were slaughtered by white hunters who pushed them to near-extinction by the late 1800s. Recovery programs have brought the bison numbers up to nearly 250,000. (David McNew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Canyonlands

    The Lower Basins Zone is outlined by the white rim edge as seen from the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Shenandoah

    Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah National Park, drawing tourists to Skyline Drive to view the scenery. (Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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