Friday Finds

FF: The English Muffins of Stone & Skillet

stoneIf you think you have ever eaten an English muffin and have never had an English muffin from the fine folks at Boston-based Stone & Skillet

…then I can honestly say you have never really had an English muffin.

Seriously, the English Muffins of Stone & Skillet are THAT good.

Find the English Muffins of Stone & Skillet here.

So did I win a prize for the post with most uses of the words “English muffin”?

Learn more about Stone & Skillet here.

FF: The Wooden Pelican Stir Stick from the Lettered Olive

peliMeanwhile, the fine folks at Lettered Olive produce some very fine Letterpress Invitations – which is their core business. However, they also make a line of wooded “stir sticks” – like the Wooden Pelican Stir Stick – which I just love.

About The Wooden Pelican Stir Stick from the Lettered Olive:

“These rectangle wooden stir sticks feature a custom hand drawn local pelican printed in grey. Every hostess needs them on their bar. Sold in a set of 6.”

Find the Wooden Pelican Stir Stick from the Lettered Olive here.

See the Letterpress Invitations and other fine products from Lettered Olive here.

FF: Flic – “the Wireless Smart Button”

flicOk, I don’t know how to describe this find, just that I think it has the potential for being really cool or being a total bust – the “wireless smart button” called Flic.

Basically Flic, from the Sweden-based Shortcut Labs, is a button that you can program to do just about any function your smart phone operating system (or other operating system). Thing like – hit the Flic button and dim your lights, take a picture, unlock your doors, or whatever else is controlled by your various devices.

Like I said, could be really cool…

Learn more about the “wireless smart button” Flic here.

Excuse the alliteration, but I can’t help myself…

…here are a few Fun Furniture Finds for a Friday.

FF: The Union Jack chest from

UJCI have featured furniture in the past that has been decorated with the Union Jack – a motif I really like. I have seen many treatments for the Union Jack emblazoned across a chest of drawers and even considered painting one myself.

However, like most things on my “to do” list there is always a better option… buying one. For example I love this “distressed” Union Jack small chest I found at

…and its companion Union Jack cabinet.

See the Union Jack small chest from Overstock here.

Find the Union Jack cabinet from Overstock here.

FF: The Butler’s Table from Baker Furniture

bttbttStaying on the furniture theme, one of my favorite things is a vintage butler’s table that I inherited from my parents’ collection. It is a lovely piece and I use it all the time – mostly to help with my art show displays. I get a lot of comments about my butler’s table and have even had offers to buy it – but I decline them all. But now I can steer folks to an almost exact reproduction – this Butler’s Table from Baker Furniture.

About the Butler’s Table from Baker Furniture: “The Butler Table is one of those practical forms that is not only popular but finds a new application for every generation. Aesthetically clean, this version offers two flip-top panels essentially tripling its width, a removable tray, and the option to fold it up for storage in a closet. The top is a crisply-quartered walnut. Stylized brass horns, in lieu of brackets, soften the look. Brass feet. Embroidered felt sleeve with Baker logo included for storing removable legs.”

Visit Baker Furniture online here.

FF: The Spice Arlo Barstool from World Market

arloMeanwhile, my love or stools, and industrial-inspired pieces, led me to the Spice Arlo Barstool from World Market.

About the Spice Arlo Barstool from World Market:

“Crafted of metal with a vibrant spice finish, our Spice Arlo Barstool puts quick comfort in bar seating. Simple and sturdy, it’s a perfect dining or additional accommodation solution.”

The Spice Arlo Barstool is currently on sale at World Market.

FF: The Garden Stools of Décor Décor

ddsMoving outside, every garden needs a stool. The folks at Décor Décor have a nice selection of Garden Stools.

I like Décor Décor’s Hexagon Garden Stool:

“Hexagon garden stool with classic lattice design. Use as a decorative accent indoors or outdoors. Perfect as a stool, side table or outdoor patio accessory.”

Find all the Garden Stools of Décor Décor here.

See all the home and garden décor of Décor Décor here.

FF: Cape Grim Water

GRIMI love a good spring water and none comes better recommended that that of Cape Grim Water from Tasmania of all places.

About Cape Grim Water: “Rain is nature’s main way of cleaning the air. The air purity at Cape Grim (N. West Tasmania) is recognized by both governments and scientists as being the cleanest /purest air on Earth. Cape Grim is located North of Antarctica and receives air that has travelled 16,000 kilometers across nothing but the freezing Antarctic Ocean only to reach the warmer land and turn into rain. On average it rains 187 days per year. You wouldn’t want to live at Cape Grim, but the rain water is worth bottling.”

Learn more about Cape Grim Water here.

See all the products of Cape Grim Water here.

FF: The BINK media table

binkI am constantly looking for a surface to rest my laptop and other devices on. I am inevitably balancing things awkwardly which leads to many an accident. I think I have found the perfect solution to this problem: the BINK media table.

About the BINK media table: “A convenient mobile media table, BINK is the perfect companion anywhere you work or this convenient table goes anywhere you want. With a soft, contoured shape, BINK creates a comfortable workspace for a laptop or tablet or is an attractive resting spot for your favorite libation. Constructed of aluminum and steel, BINK is perfectly at home inside or out and is available in an array of tasty colors.”

Learn more about the BINK media table here.

FF: The wood bicycles of Masterworks

DEFENDERI have often gone on and on about the art of the bicycle. Although I think all bikes are amazing works of art and design, I think the wood bicycles of Masterworks are truly masterpieces. I like the Defender model.

About the Defender wood bicycle from Masterworks: “The Defender is Masterworks’ first wood bike, and shows the true depth of the artisans’ passion for woodworking. The contrast in woods allows for the subtle curves of the bike to give it its timeless look.”

See all the wood bicycles of Masterworks here.

The wood bicycles of Masterworks are available exclusively from Bespoke Global.

FF: The designer home furnishings of Milan’s Spazio Rossana Orlandi

SUITCCOK, queue the critics, my high-end tastes are about to be displayed again with this find: The designer home furnishings of Milan’s Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

About Spazio Rossana Orlandi of Milan: “Spazio Rossana Orlandi opened in 2002 in a former tie factory in the Magenta neighborhood. The spaces wind around a green courtyard and they are divided between the 2-floor store, where you can find contemporary and vintage furniture and the gallery, established in 2008 , a space dedicated to limited editions and unique pieces. Since from the start the aim was to forecast and promote young and upcoming designers, discovered all around the world.”

Spazio Rossana Orlandi is loaded with gorgeous design pieces like the amazing suitcase chest of drawers from designer James Plumb.

Check out the products and designers offered through Spazio Rossana Orlandi here.

FF: The Pebble Watch

peppleI love watches and gizmos. The Pebble is a combination of both – a watch that works with your smartphone to pass along all manner of fun information on the go. One step closer to the promise Dick Tracy made us all those years ago.

About the Pebble watch: “Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watch faces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.”

I like the Pebble used on the handlebars of the bicycle!

Read more about the Pebble here.

FF: Issi Tumblers

issiI also love my barware (almost as much as what I put in it) and I think the Issi Tumblers I found at Teroforma are really cool – like wine glasses without the stems.

About Issi Tumblers: “Mouthblown non-lead crystal tumbler employs the S-curve theme of the Issi series to a functional effect. The tulip-shaped rim makes a unique aesthetic statement while also accentuating the sweetness of the beverage inside. Dishwasher safe.”

Issi Tumblers are handmade in the Czech Republic and available in the US from Teroforma.

See all the great product of Teroforma here.

FF: Caskers Fine Spirits Service

CASKTo fill said glasses there is Caskers, a great service that will send you hard-to-find craft spirits to members. That means small batch bourbon and the like sent right to your door! Where do I sign up?

About Caskers: “Caskers introduces you to amazing craft spirits that aren’t available at your local liquor store. Our experts work to bring you the finest artisanal spirits that are sourced from fresh, local produce and are a celebration of the passion and dedication of the master distillers who make them by hand. Craft distilleries are creating unique spirits and redefining the traditional cocktail. Our goal is to introduce you to these spirits, which will challenge your preconceptions with extraordinary aromas and flavors that you simply aren’t used to experiencing.”

Learn more about Caskers services here.

FF: Deyrolle of Paris

DeyrolleOn my next trip to Paris I have made a note to stop in at Deyrolle, a world-renowned taxidermy shop that puts most natural history museums to shame.

About Deyrolle of Paris: “Depuis 1831, Deyrolle rassemble dans une atmosphère de cabinet de curiosités d’importantes collections destinées à tous les amateurs de la nature. La boutique propose des collections riches et variées d’insectes, de coquillages, d’animaux naturalisés, de curiosités naturelles, de livres et de planches pédagogiques. Aujourd’hui, la boutique est plus belle que jamais. Des mammifères de grande taille aux splendides oiseaux naturalisés, des papillons multicolores aux insectes étonnants, l’univers de Deyrolle incite au rêve, à la curiosité, aux découvertes.”

Don’t worry, I can’t read French either. Translation = Very Cool!

Visit Deyrolle of Paris online here.

The other day I posted about my recent daytrip to Portland, ME and promised to bring you a few finds from a visit to the city’s Old Port district. As a man of my word – I present a special edition of my Friday Finds – Portland, ME edition…

FF: Sea Bags of Portland

SBHI’ll be honest, before my visit to Portland I had never heard of Sea Bags, but my traveling companion Lynda sure had. Sea Bags is a Portland-based company the upcycles old sails (as in from boats) into a wide range of bags. While walking around the Old Port, Lynda spotted a sign for the home of Sea Bags, right on one of the city’s historic wharves. We made our way to the Sea Bags building and it turns out it was the actual place where they make the bags and they sell a few items out front – a true factory outlet.

About Sea Bags: “At Sea Bags we design and handcraft tote bags and accessories from recycled sails in the heart of Portland, Maine’s working waterfront. Our trademark is registered throughout the world and the quality and the craftsmanship of our bags, as well as the fact that our sails are truly recycled, is unparalleled to any other sail product. Visit us at one of our stores in Portland or Freeport to learn more and browse our unique Sea Bags collection.”

VHTI like Sea Bags’ Vintage Hinckley Tote: “Hinckley sailboats are a piece of Maine heritage and history. The sailboats are known for their advancements and innovations in the yachting world since 1928. They have classic shape, dramatic lines, and inner strength of a Maine boat building tradition. Hinkley manufactured many war designed boats and at the end of World War II, Hinckley’s contributions totaled nearly 40% of all war boats built in Maine. Made with recycled sail featuring hand-spliced rope handles, clasp closure, designed for shoulder carry.”

Sea Bags are available at many fine retailers and on their website.

FF: Portland Home Furnishings Shop: Asia West

ASIAWESTPortland’s Old Port is full of great shops. One shop that I enjoyed poking around was Asia West – which offers great decorative pieces from all over the world.

About Portland’s Asia West: “Asia West offers unique furniture, accessories, antiques, and one-of-a-kind accents and treasures from around the globe. Now in our 20th year of business, we continue to operate with the same objective as when we opened in 1992…searching countries like India, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, and Indonesia for beautiful artistic furniture and crafts and bringing them back to our customers in Portland. Asia West heartily supports fair trade and is proud to offer our customers great value. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like us to help you find that special something. In addition to our large store, we also have a 6000sq foot warehouse filled with an ever-changing collection of eclectic furnishings.”

Asia West has many cool items like these Assorted Iron Trunks.

Asia West is located at 219 Commercial Street, Portland, ME.

FF: Motifs of Portland

motifsAnother great shop in Portland’s Old Port is Motifs, which offers a great selection of “home accents” and is great place to find the perfect gift for just about anyone.

About Motifs of Portland: “Motifs’ shelves are filled with distinctive and affordable home accents, such as pillows, glassware, storage containers, clocks, and decorative signs and hooks. We carry gifts for the special people in your life, including jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, and rings), watches, scarves, books, Maine products, and an extensive array of greeting cards. Are you searching for a new look? Motifs also features a fabulous selection of women’s dresses, skirts, pants, sweaters, sandals, heels, and flats!”

See the large selection of items Motifs offers here.

Motifs is located at 221 Commercial St., Portland, ME.

FF: Reisenthel Bags

REISSea Bags are great and are a nice way to shop local (well, if you are in Maine). However, another great way to shop is to use a bag or basket made in Germany from Reisenthel. I first spotted a Reisenthel shopping basket at a shop in Portland and it was the perfect gift I was looking for to send to a special friend.

After doing a little research, I discovered that Reisenthel has a great line of shopping baskets and other bags and carryall items for just about every activity.

I like Reisenthel’s original and traditional Carry Bag: “Unique in form and function – the carrybag has hit its mark since 2003. To the market, the park or the office: No matter where you take it, the carrybag is a true classic.”

See all the great products of Reisenthel here.

FF: The Martone Cycling Company

FFMCYou know I love bikes and I love the high fashion and design of the bicycles from the Martone Cycling Company.

About the Martone Cycling Company: “Martone Cycling Company is a fashion- and design-driven bike company. Our bikes are a bold statement of personal style: city bikes, created with passion—with a red chain on every bike we make. We believe that, if you’re like us, you’re always carrying something: a tote, a gym bag, groceries, a dog…who knows? That’s why all of our bikes have a basket built into the handlebars, to make your life easier, in style.”

See the cool bikes of the Martone Cycling Company here.

FF: Chicago Theater – “The Jungle Book” at the Goodman Theatre

TJBChicago is a great theater town, mostly due to the many resident theater companies that call the city home, like the Goodman Theatre, who are currently presenting a new production of The Jungle Book.

About The Jungle Book at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre: “From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, this dazzling new adaptation of a timeless favorite is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. The jungle springs to life in a music-filled spectacle that chronicles young Mowgli’s adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Based both on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s tales and the classic Disney film— and with a score featuring the movie’s best-loved songs and original Indian-inspired music and dance—this spellbinding world premiere is the theatrical event of the season.”

The Jungle Book continues at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre through August 11, 2013.

FF: The Dry Cured Salami of Olympic Provisions

ff6It’s been a while since I have posted about my love of cured meats. I think a perfect summer meal is a platter of sliced meats, cheeses and grilled vegetables. For the meat part, I fancy the salamis of Olympic Provisions.

About the Dry Cured Salami of Olympic Provisions: “This is what started it all. Olympic Provisions was Oregon’s first USDA approved dry curing facility and salami producer. First and Best. Under the guidance of salumist Elias Cairo, Olympic Provisions has garnered numerous accolades and recognition. Saveur magazine included us in their exclusive top 100 list. Olympic Provisions’ charcuterie has also been awarded more Good Food Awards than any other food company in the country.”

Learn more about Olympic Provisions here.

FF: “Postcards from Vogue”

FFPVI love a good postcard book, like the Postcards from Vogue book that is a “collection of one hundred postcards from the classic covers of Vogue.”

About Postcards from Vogue: “Launched in 1892 and acquired by Condé Nast in 1909, Vogue has been setting fashion trends and writing cutting-edge social commentary for over a century. Described as ‘the world’s most influential fashion magazine’ by the New York Times, Vogue pioneered the art of fashion, publishing timeless classics by acclaimed photographers such as Irving Penn and Erwin Blumenfeld, iconic imagery by modern masters including Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino, and classic illustrations by famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Erté, and Eduardo Benito. Over its remarkable one hundred and twenty years, Vogue has served as a photographic and literary authority for its readers: the stylish and culturally sophisticated women of the last century. This selection of one hundred of Vogue’s most iconic covers is not to be missed.”

Postcards from Vogue is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.