Archive for October, 2012

Golden Anniversary

A couple of weeks ago when I featured the vintage spy novel “Dr. No” as my Weekly Read, I was not aware just how timely I was. As it turns out, our collective popular culture is marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond movie, which just happened to be “Dr. No” starring Mr. Sean Connery.

It was funny, after I made that post I noticed the onslaught of media attention surrounding the Bond series marking its golden anniversary (or is that the “Goldfinger” anniversary). There was a week-long series of features on NPR’s Morning Edition, a segment on 60 Minutes, and a slew of other prestigious and not so fancy outlets marking the franchise’s anniversary. All very interesting.

Of course, this was all pure coincidence, but highlighted the presence the Bond franchise has had all these years.

I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet

With all apologies to Miss Carole King, the other night I quite literary felt the earth move under my feet. I was sitting down for dinner when I was startled by a loud rumbling noise and vibration. It is hard to explain, but it sounded like there was a ton of coal being poured down the chimney. I had no idea what it was and walked around the house – inside and out – to see what may have made that noise.

Come to find out, what I felt was a genuine 4.2 earthquake centered in Western Maine, about 50 miles from where I live in New Hampshire. I was relieved to find out it was an earthquake and not something unique and damaging to the house. It was quite the experience. There was no real damage anywhere as a result of the quake, but it served as a reminder that there are active faults around and that you really do not want to be involved in the big one.

World Nutella Day 2013’

Mark your calendars now – February 5, 2013 is World Nutella Day. The day we all come together to celebrate the awesomeness of Nutella. Part of what I call the big holiday season – bundled with Groundhog Day just a few days before – this is going to be one heck of a week.


Don’t Wait for me Argentina

Astute readers of Lost Cowboy over the past several weeks may have noticed a hint here or there that a visit to Buenos Aires was in the plans for this fall. Well, I had been planning a trip for early November, but I, along with my traveling companion have decided to wait until after the holidays. Which means come January, when it is summer in the southern hemisphere, we will be taking Lost Cowboy on the road to Argentina once again.

MERI2I have raved about the quality stationary products from Meri Meri in the past. 

These guys make the best greeting cards and related products.  Most of Meri Meri’s offerings feature very detailed cut-outs of great designs making each item a little work of art.

Meri Meri has a full line of cards and related items (“greeting cards, invitations and party ware”) for every occasion, including Halloween.

I love all of the Meri Meri Halloween products, like the Boo! Centerpiece.

About the Boo! Centerpiece: “This fabulously freaky haunted house Halloween table centerpiece comes with a range of spooky characters and accessories. The house opens up to reveal the house’s terrifying interior.”

The “Boo! Centerpiece is either named for the scary noise ghosts make, or a very special little puppy I know and love.  Either way, it’s great.

See all the great Halloween product of Meri Meri here.

See all the other great things Meri Meri offers here.

cARDBOARDI hate Styrofoam.  There, I said it.  I hate the look of it, the feel of it and mostly the noise of it.  Seriously, Styrofoam rubbing against Styrofoam is a worse noise than fingernails on a chalkboard for me.

This hatred of Styrofoam is sad, as I like the idea of those “disposable” Styrofoam coolers you buy at the store to keep your beer cool for a night.  Of course there is nothing truly “disposable” about Styrofoam, but that is a subject for another time.

Anyway, I have found the perfect substitution for the Styrofoam cooler – the Cardboard Cooler Boxes from Cascades.  These Cardboard Cooler Boxes are cool (pun intended), nice looking, and recyclable.

About the Cardboard Cooler Boxes from Cascades: “Composed of 70% recycled cardboard, the Cascades ThermaFresh™ recycled cardboard picnic cooler is perfect for quiet evenings with family or with friends around a fire, camping or simply for taking advantage of sunny summer days on the beach.  The ThermaFresh recycled cardboard picnic cooler is a good environmentally sound alternative to limited-use coolers that are not recyclable. Thermal performance is the same, but the ThermaFresh camping cooler is recyclable! It will enable you to keep your favourite drinks or your marinated meat or fish dishes chilled for the BBQ.”

I ordered a couple of these babies to keep on hand in my car for those surprise stops at the store.  Living as I do in the middle of nowhere, sometimes I make big trips to buy meat and other perishables in bulk and have to drive for a hour plus.  With the Cardboard Cooler Boxes from Cascades I can open one up and keep my food cool without having the bulk of a traditional cooler taking up space in my trunk.

Find the Cardboard Cooler Boxes in Cascades’ boutique here.

zombI found the perfect Halloween-themed accessory for my bourbon stash…  This Zombie Head Crystal Skull Shaped Liquor Decanter from Kegworks.

About the Zombie Head Crystal Skull Shaped Liquor Decanter from Kegworks: “Notice an outbreak of Zombie products lately? Us too. Mayhem, isn’t it? Whether you’re hosting a party for the Walking Dead finale, enjoying a possession-of-brains-themed movie marathon with your sweetheart, or simply sitting by the fire sipping a little something as you flip through the pages of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this glass decanter is the perfect container for you.”

See the Zombie Head Crystal Skull Shaped Liquor Decanter and all the great products of Kegworks here.

firstaidThe other day I went into my rather large linen closet to find a bandage for a scratch wound I received as a reward for trying to feed the demon cat that I have inherited – but that is a story for another time.  The cat is a story for another time, the bandage search is for today.

It took me a while to find the bandages and the antibiotic cream and everything else I needed to patch myself up.  I was thinking that I needed something in which to keep all the first aid supplies I had spread out all over the place.  Then, that very night, I came across a magazine with a picture of the White Linen Zippered First Aid Pouch from Modern Lola – to which I said “eureka!”

About the White Linen Zippered First Aid Pouch from Modern Lola: “Finally, a beautiful first aid pouch for your purse or diaper bag! Fill it with the items you most often use and a few must haves. We like to fill ours with: bandages, wipes, hand sanitizer, cotton, alcohol prep pads, scissors, plastic tweezers, gauze pads, ointments, cold packs and safety pins. Now you can contain all the supplies and essentials you will need to take care of life’s small emergencies.”

This pouch is just what I need to keep me organized and prepared for the inevitable minor emergencies.  Modern Lola is mainly a shop for young mothers, the First Aid pouch is universal.

Now only if I could find a similar pouch for cats.  KIDDING!

Visit Modern Lola here.

It is that time of fall when the foliage has passed peak up here in central New Hampshire, but the remnants of the season’s colors remain and the sun’s low place in the sky casts a unique glow…  the result: another amazing view of Lake and Mount Chocorua.



You’ve got to love the great Halloween cards from LeClair Cards.


CONSTITUTIONI feel strongly that every citizen of the United States should read the Constitution from time to time to ensure an understanding of the foundation of this great nation.  As the Presidential Election looms, and debates go on about interpretations of this seminal document are discussed, we can better make informed decisions if we come to our own individual view of what we are all about.

OK, enough of the non-partisan preaching.  Taken as just a historical document, the U.S. Constitution is an interesting read.

You can certainly find the text of the Constitution on the internet and in multiple – and free – printed forms.  However, I recommend investing in a nice bound edition like the U.S. Constitution Pocket Sized Book available from Portland OR-based Canoe (and other fine retailers).

About the U.S. Constitution Pocket Sized Book“The subject of controversial interpretations throughout its history (perhaps never more than today), the U.S. Constitution remains the chief rights and governing document of the United States. This 192 page, pocket sized, leather bound edition contains the complete Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and every constitutional amendment to the present day. Also included is an impressive array of documents, revealing the ideas, aspirations, and differing views of the founding fathers, including the Declaration of Independence.”

See the U.S. Constitution Pocket Sized Book all the really neat products curated by Canoe here.

It had been a long wait, but we were back selling at Todd Farm this past Sunday and we had a great time.

It was great to see so many of our old friends, regular customers and dealer friends while meeting new people and sharing our unique blend of vintage “smalls.”

The weather was perfect, which was nice especially after the past several Sundays being too rainy for us to make the trip to this landmark flea market in Rowley, MA.

Among the items that sold quite well were vintage buttons (from my mother’s vast collection) for which we have become known, as well as the camera-related items we have picked up at auctions.

Grabbing much attention were the glass bottles filled with old buttons which make a lovely decoration. Of course I like the work that goes into making these items – which most often includes emptying a bottle of bourbon to allow for its reuse.

It is likely that this was the last sale for us at Todd Farm this year. But keep an eye out here for any announcements should we make a surprise appearance if the weather holds out.

In the meantime, as always, do not hesitate to send us a note if you are looking for an item you think we may be able to find for you. (

Here are some images from our day at Todd Farm…

A few of the “smalls” sorted into boxes for easy browsing:



The popular bottles of buttons:


The iconic barn behind which we always try to secure a spot:


santafeI am literally marking my calendar right now for next July, I really want to experience The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.  The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a once a year event held in Santa Fe, NM and has become the single largest fair of its type in the world.

My love of markets and handcrafted artisans makes the idea of attending The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market a slam dunk, and I am going to do it.

About The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: “The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a results-oriented entrepreneurial 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a venue for master traditional artists to display, demonstrate and sell their work. By providing opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace, the Market creates economic empowerment and improves the quality of life in communities where folk artists live. It is now the largest international folk art market in the world, and its success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network.”

If you are planning ahead like me, The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market’s dates for 2013 – 2015 are:

  • 2013 July 12 – 14
  • 2014 July 11 – 13
  • 2015 July 10 – 12

I am going to make a visit to this Market the centerpiece of my long-await southwestern adventure, and of course I will tell you all about it here.

Now the song “Santa Fe” from the cult movie, now a huge hit show on Broadway, Newsies, is in my head!

Find out more about the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market here.