Archive for June, 2012

GOOSEI have posted about Fossil in the past.  First, I love Fossil because I am a watch-aholic and have several of their fine time pieces in my collection.  But I also love Fossil because of their brand identity that has been focused on vintage looks over the past few years.

I love the Fossil aesthetic in general, but I like the vintage thing they are going with, in particular, l love their ongoing “Fossil Finds” section of their website, a kind of online flea market of select vintage items – all well curated and present – and very cool.

The current Fossil Finds collection includes a bunch of summer themed items – including travel and vacation related things and summer sports, like croquet an badminton.  I like these Vintage Shuttlecocks which would make a nice addition to my own vintage summer yard games collection which I use to decorate my front porch.

About the Vintage Shuttlecocks from Fossil Finds: “In badminton, players score points by striking a shuttlecock (or birdie) with their racquet to pass over the net and land in their opponent’s half of the court. Made of high-quality goose feathers, these Vintage Shuttlecocks would make a sure-fire conversation starter in any home. This set contains six shuttlecocks.”

Check out the current Fossil collection here.

See the latest Fossil Finds here.

I love the whole look and feel of the “Long Live Vintage” spread in Fossil’s current catalog:

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vueToday’s find is a little different than what you have come to expect from Lost Cowboy.  However, I think is one of the coolest things out there – the remote video monitoring system from VueZone .

VueZone allows you to set up any number of video cameras around your home (or wherever) so you can monitor activity from a remote location.  For example, you can see how your pets are doing while you are at work or make sure no one is climbing your backyard fence to take a dip in your pool.  Or, as I would use it, to keep an eye on my container garden to keep that pesky groundhog away.

About the VueZone personal video network: “VueZone’s remote video monitoring system is a super simple way to check in on what matters to you, from anywhere! Completely wire-free cameras fit anywhere – and can be viewed from your smartphone, PC, or Mac. Check in on your home, pets, kids, business and more.”

I am seriously looking into this system and I am excited about having a way to keep watch on things while I’m away – even if I am just in another room.

Someone should warn my cat that I will see be on to her.

Read more about the VueZone personal video network here.

GUITMany years ago I attended the “Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar” exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).  I went with my brother, who enjoys such things, and I was amazed at how the guitars featured in the show were indeed works of art.

Likewise, the wonderful book, The Guitar Collection, which has the most awesome packaging I have ever seen in a book, highlights this great instrument and the masterpieces that it has inspired.

About The Guitar Collection: “For the first time ever, the world’s most elite guitars are presented together in this limited collector’s edition. Years in the making and featuring high-definition, state-of-the-art original photography throughout, The Guitar Collection is half music documentary and half photographic odyssey. Corralling the cumulative knowledge of dozens of guitar experts and preeminent music photographers, The Guitar Collection features the most stunning, singularly significant, coveted, priceless guitars from the most exclusive public and private collections around the world.”

Looking at the amazing photography in this book, all printed in large format, you can really appreciate the artistry in the instruments.  But be warned – this book has a hefty price tag and is for the seriously collector and aficionado only.  But it is nice to look at for the rest of us.

The Guitar Collection is available from Amazon and other fine vendors.

One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies, the original King Kong, is when the ship of explorers first reaches its destination, Skull Island.  As the ship slowly moves through the fog that surrounds the island, the clouds dissipate and you see the land that is home to prehistoric creatures, including the Eighth Wonder of the World himself.

Today, as I looked at Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH, the low clouds were quickly dissolving from obscuring the mountain’s iconic granite peak.  I can just picture the mighty Kong climbing up to the top and beating his chest as he surveys the stunning scenery below.

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ANSELI have posted in the past about the wonderful Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, MA and the great exhibitions they have hosted.  This past weekend, I had the opportunity to check out PEM’s latest major exhibition, Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge (now through October 8, 2012).

I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams and marveled at what he was able to accomplish with his camera, black an white film, and a love for the landscape of this great country.  This exhibition brings together a diverse collection of Mr. Adams’ work from his storied career, all linked together by a common theme: water.

About Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge: “Ansel Adams’ appreciation for water was never far from the surface. He was drawn to the subject in all its forms, from rain, fog, mist and clouds to ice and snow. He also photographed water’s effects in tide pools, weathered buildings and erosion patterns. His fascination with surf and crashing waves fed his interest in waterfalls and rapids in the High Sierra. In Yellowstone, it fueled his photographs of Old Faithful. At the Water’s Edge combines famous images with extraordinary but lesser-known examples, expanding knowledge of Adams’ work and building appreciation for the artist as an important and innovative modernist.”

It is great to be able to see so many of Ansel Adams’ work together in one place.  The exhibition allows you to see these great images as the artist himself wanted them to be seen.  As someone who fancies himself a bit of a photographer himself, I have to bow to the great Ansel Adams for creating a genre that forever will stand the test of time. 

As one of the placards in the exhibition says when quoting Mr. Adams view of how people may see his work: “you either get it, or you don’t.”  I get it, and it is wonderful.

The Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA continues through October 8, 2012.

See more about Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge here.

Find out more about the Peabody Essex Museum here.

My Ansel Adams-inspired shot of the glorious atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum:

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SCADLast weekend, while wandering around the Market Square Festival in downtown Portsmouth, NH (one of my favorite places) I stumbled upon Jay Schadler’s gallery.  I was drawn in by the remarkable photographs on canvas that graced the gallery’s windows, and was blow away by what I saw inside.

About Jay Schadler: “Jay Schadler is a two-time Emmy Award winning journalist, photographer and artist. He has been a correspondent and anchor for ABC News for 28 years, reporting for all major platforms including 20/20, PrimeTime, Good Morning America, World News and Nightline. His art is a natural expression of a lifelong traveler who’s seen both the grit and greatness of life. The deeper you look into reality the more mystery there is to see. Jay’s art is a lot like that.”

Walking into the gallery, I was greeted by a large print of Mr. Schadler’s iconic work, “Sweeper Man” (above right) and then by the artist himself.  Mr. Schadler was gracious and explained his process and took time to show me a few images that resonated with my sensibilities.

As a budding artist myself, and one who works with photography, Mr. Schadler’s work was very inspirational and I love most of it. 

I will definitely be back to the Schadler gallery soon.

Visit Jay Schadler’s website here.

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CBPINI have mentioned many times here how much I love CB2, the hipper younger sibling of the Crate & Barrel chain that offers “modern home design that’s clever and in the moment, that’s spare and simple but with great attention to details, that’s priced smart so we can all have it all.”  Well, maybe not in so many words.

CB2 offers great stuff, much of it way too hip and cool for me, but I love looking at their catalogs and collections for unique items and decorating ideas.  One of my favorite things CB2 offers is what they call “One of a Finds” – unique limited quantity items they have curated from all over the world.

I love on of CB2’s current One of a Finds, the Chapatti Rolling Pins set.

About the Chapatti Rolling Pins set from CB2“Historically gifted to Indian women as part of their wedding dowries, this assemblage of vintage wooden rolling pins or belan recalls the daily ritual of rolling out unleavened dough on a chakla board to prepare the traditional round breads essential to every Indian meal. Gathered from different states, this collection literally represents a culinary tour of India.”

I visit the One of a Finds section of the CB2 website often just to see what’s new.  Most of the time I am impressed with the coolness and diversity of items offered.

Visit CB2’s One of a Finds site here.

See everything CB2 offers here.

Arkansas on hold…

A few weeks ago in a post I mentioned that I may be visiting Arkansas soon.  This tidbit set of a firestorm of reactions ranging from incredulity to shock.  Well, circumstances have changed so the trip is off, at least for the time being.  But I still want the Rudyard Billet Bag from Arkansas’ Martin Dingman.

The Hills are Alive…

MWHEarlier this week I drove up to the Mount Washington area, which is just a little farther north than where I am here in New Hampshire. I went to Bretton Woods, a charming mountain town just on the other side of Crawford Notch.  I had planned to meet a friend who was vacationing with her family at the Mount Washington Resort.  We dined at the glorious Mount Washington Hotel, one of those Victorian grand hotels that has been restored to all its glory. 

If you are visiting the Mount Washington area of New Hampshire and looking for the complete resort experience, the Mount Washington Resort is the place for you.  There is a golf course, spa, and everything else you can imagine in a resort.  The setting, right at the foot of Mt. Washington, provides amazing views, and some of the area’s best ski areas are close by.

Anyway, I had been to the Mount Washington Hotel a few times in the past and was reminded on this trip how cool a place it is just to visit for a lunch or dinner.

And the Tony goes to…

On the eve of last week’s Tony Awards, I posted about some of the nominees in which I had a rooting interest.  I am pleased to acknowledge that most of my favorites went on to win.  In particular,  The Gershwin’s’ Porgy and Bess, a production which had its world premiere at the American Reparatory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, MA last summer, which I was able to see,  won Best Revival of a Musical.  In addition, the amazing  Audra McDonald won Best Performance by Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Bess in that production.  Meanwhile on the play front, James Corden, who delivers a tour-de-force in One Man, Two Guvnors, won for Best Performance/Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.  Congrats to all!

Tiptoe through the Tulips…

Meanwhile, my container garden is pretty much all set up for the season.  I transplanted all of my seedlings and so far they all seem to be thriving.  In fact, last weekend I was able to harvest some early basil to use as quick topping on some pizzas I made – and it was yummy.  So far I seem to have been successful in keeping the groundhog away, so I hope for a healthy harvest.  Another highlight of my container garden is the hummingbird buffet I have set up.  I strung a collection of five hummingbird nectar feeders out near the garden and they have had almost constant visitors from the start.  Very cool.

Have a great weekend!

Honoring our “Star Spangled Banner” on this, Flag Day…

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