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HALLOWEEN FIND: The Bride and Frankenstein Dinnerware from World Market

hallow3Ok, the Bride and Frankenstein Melamine Dinnerware I found from the fine folks at World Market is by far the coolest thing I found to make Halloween 2015 the best ever.

About the Bride and Frankenstein Melamine Dinnerware from World Market:

“Spooky and simple to clean, our break-resistant serveware adds festive fun to Halloween get-togethers.”

Check out the Bride and Frankenstein Melamine Dinnerware from World Market here.

See all of World Market’s Halloween Shop here.

See all the coolness that is Cost Plus World Market here.

HALLOWEEN FIND: The Happy Haunting Halloween Characters Fabric

hallow1If you are looking for a fabric that screams Halloween to make the perfect smock, apron or goodie bag for the holiday – you can’t go wrong with the Happy Haunting Halloween Characters fabric I found from the fine folks at Fabrics.com.

About the Happy Haunting Halloween Characters fabric from Fabrics.com.:

“Designed by Deborah Edwards for NORTHCOTT, this cotton print fabric is perfect for quilting, apparel and home decor accents. Colors include purple, orange, green, yellow, black, white, grey and red.”

Find all the great fabrics of Fabrics.com here.

HALLOWEEN FIND: The Bat Finger Puppet

hallow2Bats scare the heck out of me (my hair, my hair!) but I love the Bat Finger Puppet I found from the fine folks at the Acme Party Box Company.

About the Bat Finger Puppet from the Acme Party Box Company:

“These award-winning puppets encourage imaginative, open-ended play and discovery as well as snuggly companionship. Great for gifts and party favors.”

Find the Bat Finger Puppet from the Acme Party Box Company here.

See all the cool party solutions from the Acme Party Box Company here.

bexMy search for the perfect bar cart has been well documented here in the pages of Lost Cowboy. Now, I think I may be have found the most serious contender yet – the Metal Bexley Bar from the fine folks at Cost Plus World Market.

About the Metal Bexley Bar from Cost Plus World Market: “Our truly unique Metal Bexley Bar features an all-metal industrial style at an unbeatable price. Crafted in Vietnam, it provides lasting durability and maximum storage. This showpiece bar features metal caged doors and attractive metal latch handles. Two large shelves provide additional space while entertaining. Visible metal casters complete its casual industrial appeal.”

OK, at around $500 this cart is a little pricey, but it may just be the investment piece I am looking for, so I am headed over to my local World Market to check it out.

See all the fine products from Cost Plus World Market here.

clarkI have posted before about my interest in the Lewis and Clark expedition that was an epic chapter in early days of our republic. But what do we know about Lewis and Clark, the men, before their iconic journey? This is something I really never thought about, other than the basic history of why they were chosen for their task. However, when I saw the new book The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark by Jo Ann Trogdon, I knew there was more about Mr. Clark than history had recorded to date.

In this wonderful book, Ms. Trogdon puts on her detective hat to investigate what Clark was up to in his earlier life, specifically the period between 1798 and 1801. Clark left behind journals and logs that have been largely unexplored by historians, until now. Comparing Clark’s tales with other records, Ms. Trogdon puts together a compelling story of what Clark was up to in this time period with the backdrop of some Kentuckians’ quest to be independent from the young United States – “one of the largest and most scandalous plots to commit treason against the United States”

About The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark by Jo Ann Trogdon: “In 1798—more than five years before he led the epic western journey that would make him and Meriwether Lewis national heroes—William Clark set off by flatboat from his Louisville, Kentucky home with a cargo of tobacco and furs to sell downriver in Spanish New Orleans. He also carried with him a leather-trimmed journal to record his travels and notes on his activities. In this vivid history, Jo Ann Trogdon reveals William Clark’s highly questionable activities during the years before his famous journey west of the Mississippi. Delving into the details of Clark’s diary and ledger entries, Trogdon investigates evidence linking Clark to a series of plots—often called the Spanish Conspiracy—in which corrupt officials sought to line their pockets with Spanish money and to separate Kentucky from the United States. The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark gives readers a more complex portrait of the American icon than has been previously written.”

In her book, The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark, Ms. Trogdon fills in some layers of history and allows us to better understand the motivations and past of one of early America’s most iconic figures.

The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark by Jo Ann Trogdon is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

austI have posted many times in the past about artist Carol Aust. However, I fell in love with her all over again on my last trip to Wellfleet, MA where her work is shown at the Left Bank Gallery.

I particularly love her work “Couple Reading” which is currently on display there.

About artist Carol Aust: “Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her studio in Oakland, California. Her figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Sometimes celebratory, sometimes lonely and disturbing, her paintings express a wide range of human desire and yearning. Aust’s work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with figures that are both engaging and vulnerable.”

The Left Bank Gallery is located at 25 Commercial Street in the charming seaside village of Wellfleet, near the tip of Cape Cod.

Learn more about Carol Aust and find a gallery of her work here.

cb2It is time form my semi-annual rave about the art from CB2. Over the years I have loved many of the limited edition original artworks commissioned by CB2, like today’s find, the great New York City composite work by artist Richard James: Empire and New Yorker.

About the Empire and New Yorker Print from CB2: “Empire and New Yorker expresses the essence and energy of New York in a stylized view of the city’s most iconic buildings. Artist Richard James is continually inspired by the architecture of New York, the city he calls home. To him, the composition of the Empire State Building illuminated in neon colors, the Hotel New Yorker marquee and the surrounding noir cityscape is “all of New York City in one frame.” Originally captured as a digital image, James enhanced the photograph with digital and hand-drawn textural elements, replicated here in precise detail.”

One of the great things about the limited edition series from CB2 is that they really are limited editions. The Richard James Empire and New Yorker Print is limited to only 300. Like many of the other past works offered by CB2, this could be highly desirable in the years to come.

Find the Empire and New Yorker Print from CB2 here.

See all the art currently available from CB2 here.

See all the coolness that is CB2 here.

tjcWell, autumn is here for sure. If you could not tell by the chill in the air, you could definitely tell by the onslaught of “pumpkin spice” flavored everything. Now most of those seasonal treats don’t have anything to do with pumpkins – just the spices that traditionally go with pumpkin pie and the like. But the pumpkin itself is a hardy treat and deserves to be used more in recipes – like in the recipe for Fall Turkey Chili with Pumpkin I found from the fine folks at Trader Joe’s.

About the recipe for Fall Turkey Chili With Pumpkin from Trader Joe’s: “When the weather starts to cool down, and TJ’s Organic Pumpkin cans make their debut in the grocery aisle, you’ll know it’s time to make this chili. Tender ground turkey, savory seasonings and velvety pumpkin puree make this dish a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.”

Pumpkin? Chili? Yep – Fall Turkey Chili with Pumpkin makes the perfect treat for this weekend before Halloween.

Find the recipe for Fall Turkey Chili with Pumpkin here.

Find all the treats Trader Joe’s has up their sleeves here.

w2gbThe threat to the world’s wildlife is one of the things that keeps me awake at night. Thankfully, there are folks like the National Wildlife Federation out there trying to make a difference.

About the National Wildlife Federation:

“National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists.”

Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation and how you can support them here.

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.

xanI love browsing the great website, Limited Runs, “the Source for Original & Vintage Posters, Print Art, and Photography.”

Seriously, you can get lost for hours looking over the thousands of original posters, photos and other artwork available on Limited Runs. I particularly like looking at the movie posters – that run from the earliest days of cinema right up to today.

About Limited Runs: “Limited Runs is here to help you find what you are looking for and discover what you didn’t even know you needed. It is our mission to help you buy with ease and confidence as everything we sell is 100% original. We’re working with some of the most knowledgeable and respectable dealers in the business that collectively have over 100 years’ experience buying and selling original vintage posters to bring you a diverse offering of high-quality original and vintage posters, print art and photography. You’ll never have to worry about buying reproductions or fakes because when you buy from Limited Runs, you can rest assured that you are purchasing from reputable dealers.”

In the movie poster realm, how can I resist forking over the $110 for an original poster from 1980’s Xanadu?

In music, you have to have a vintage Johnny Cash concert poster, right?

And there are the classic travel posters, like this colorful yet somewhat dark, TWA poster promoting London from 1960.

But then there are the posters that are more history than pop culture curiousities, like the “Careless Word” propaganda poster from World War II.

See all the “Original & Vintage Posters, Print Art, and Photography” available from Limited Runs here.