Archive for December, 2015

HOLIDAY FIND: The Mistletoe Stamp Set from Yellow Owl Workshop

c1About the Mistletoe Stamp Set from Yellow Owl Workshop:

“Set of two natural rubber stamps with thick cushion, each mounted on a maple block. Presented in 4 x 4 inch (10 x 10 cm) heirloom case constructed of rigid recycled materials. Stamp sizes: mistletoe branch 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, bow 1 3/8″ x 1 1/4″.”

Find the Mistletoe Stamp Set from Yellow Owl Workshop here.

See Yellow Owl Workshop’s entire holiday collection here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Leather Head Handmade Football from Kaufmann Mercantile

c2About the Leather Head Handmade Football from Kaufmann Mercantile:

“Grippable and rugged, these handmade footballs are built to be caught and thrown. The concept is simple, but achieving this state of functional elegance is more involved. Paul Cunningham, who designs and makes each ball, searched years before finding the right leather, a tough American-tanned skin originally developed for heavy duty boots.”

See the Leather Head Handmade Football from Kaufmann Mercantile here.

Find some great gift ideas from the fine folks at Kaufmann Mercantile here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Naughty or Nice Tray from John Derian

c1About the Naughty or Nice Rectangular Tray from John Derian:

“Our decoupage is handmade in our New York studio using reproduced imagery from John Derian’s vast collection of antique and vintage prints. Trained artisans cut and collage our designs onto handblown glass.”

Find the Naughty or Nice Rectangular Tray from John Derian here.

See John Derian’s complete holiday collection here.

GIFT WE WANT: A membership in the Charcuterie of the Month Club from Pastoral

c2About the Charcuterie of the Month Club from Pastoral:

“Explore the world of artisan meats with a charcuterie of the month club from Pastoral! Every month club members will delight in a variety of hand selected artisan charcuterie that highlights the styles and techniques employed by today’s artisan charcuterie makers. Club members can expect charcuterie ranging from potted meats and whole muscle cures to traditional dry aged sausages.”

Learn more about the Charcuterie of the Month Club from Pastoral here.

Find all of Pastoral Monthly Clubs here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Spring Green Succulent Wreath from Olive & Cocoa

c1About the Spring Green Succulent Wreath from Olive & Cocoa:

“Eye-catchingly exotic, an assortment of hardy living succulents expertly planted in a 12″ diameter wreath form creates a naturalistic and easy to care for accent. Fresh wreath requires 2nd day delivery. Orders for this item received by 12 PM (MT) will typically ship same day.”

Find the Spring Green Succulent Wreath from Olive & Cocoa here.

See all the great holiday ideas from the fine folks at Olive & Cocoa here.

GIFT WE WANT: A Scarf from Theodora and Callum

c2About the scarves from Theodora and Callum:

“We’ve named these versatile and visually stunning hand printed linen/viscose blend scarves Tie All’s because they truly do it all! Scarves, shawls, pareos, skirts, strapless dresses, beach blankets – the possibilities are limitless!”

See all the scarves available from Theodora and Callum here.

Find all the great products from Theodora and Callum here.

HOLIDAY FIND: Balsam Fir Incense Gift Set from CB2

c1About the Balsam Fir Incense Gift Set from CB2:

“Into the woods. Venture deep into the woods with the foresty scent of fresh-cut evergreen. Concentrated into mini sticks of incense, balsam fir wood and needles burn pure and neat in a handcrafted pine holder. Packaged in a giftable gold foil-printed box.”

Find the Balsam Fir Incense Gift Set from CB2 here.

See all the Holiday treats available for CB2 here.

See everything else that is so cool about CB2 here.

GIFT WE WANT: A new Bike from Mission Bicycle Company

c2About Mission Bicycle Company:

“Mission Bicycle Company was formed in 2008 with a simple premise: to build the most beautiful, practical and customizable bikes on the market. Each bike is designed by its rider and then built by hand in San Francisco, CA. Either in person or online, we’ll walk you through every step of designing a bicycle that fits your needs and your personality.”

Check out the bike of Mission Bicycle Company here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Large Animal Tree Stocking from Paper Trail

c1About the Large Animal Tree Stocking from Paper Trail:

“New for the holidays! A delightful animal balancing act, embroidered on linen with linen lining and hanging loop. A Christmas keepsake from Coral & Tusk.”

Because everyone needs a new stocking, right?

Find the Large Animal Tree Stocking from the fine folks at Paper Trail here.

See all great products of Paper Trial here.

GIFT WE WANT: Tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway

c2About the great Broadway musical Hamilton:

“From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Synopsis: From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, an exploration of a political mastermind and scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton.”

See Hamilton’s official site and order tickets (good luck it is sold out for months) here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Classic Woody Car-rarium from the Acme Party Box Company

c1About the Classic Woody Car-rarium from the Acme Party Box Company:

“Have you ever dreamed of taking a lovely snowy drive to chop down your Christmas tree? Was it in a cool vintage car? Well, now you can capture the feeling of that chilly adventure! Perfect for stocking stuffers, these miniature scenes will delight your friends and family!”

Find the Classic Woody Car-rarium from the Acme Party Box Company here.

Find Acme Party Box Company’s full holiday collection here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Merchant & Mills Selected Notions Box

c2About the Merchant & Mills Selected Notions Box:

“Nine of Merchant & Mills’ favourite and most useful notions in one embossed box. A beautiful embossed and printed box, complete with their favourite and most useful notions. Designed with removeable inserts so can be used for life as a sewing box Contents: 25 Finest Needles, Wide Bow Scissors, Needle Threader, Dressmaking Pins ,Tailor’s Beeswax, Tailor’s Chalk, Tailor’s Thimble, Seam Ripper, and Tape Measure.”

The Merchant & Mills Selected Notions Box is available from the fine folks at Hammer and Spear.

tjWhen it comes to show business legends of the past half century, none fascinate me more than say Tina Turner and Sir Tom Jones. Ms. Turner has told her story a few times over the years, but until now, Sir Tom has not. As he says in the notes for his new first-ever autobiography: “For a lot of years, I’ve answered a lot of questions, but have never told my story before.”

Finally, and thankfully for us, Sir Tom has put his story into his new book, Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography, and it is as wonderful and amazing as you want it to be.

From humble beginning in a How Green was my Valley-ish coal mining town in Wales, to the top of the pop charts in the swinging sixties and beyond, Sir Tom’s story is the story of a man who has persevered against all odds.

About Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography by Sir Tom Jones: “Across six decades, Sir Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences. Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice. But how did a boy from a Welsh coal-mining family attain success across the globe? And how has he survived the twists and turns of fame and fortune to not only stay exciting, but actually become more credible and interesting with age? In this, his first ever autobiography, Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to LA and beyond. He reveals the stories behind the ups and downs of his fascinating and remarkable life, from the early heydays to the subsequent fallow years to his later period of artistic renaissance. It’s the story nobody else knows or understands, told by the man who lived it, and written the only way he knows how: simply and from the heart. Raw, honest, funny and powerful, this is a memoir like no other from one of the world’s greatest ever singing talents.”

Sir Tom is still going strong at age 75 and remarkably, considering his sex-symbol image over the years, has been happily married to the same woman for 58 of those years – definitely a side to him that is little known but told sweetly in this book. Thanks you Sir Tom for sharing your story at long last.

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography by Sir Tom Jones is available from Amazon and other fine book sellers.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Cider Spices Wassail Kit from Oliver Pluff and Co.

c1About the Cider Spices Wassail Kit from Oliver Pluff and Co.:

“Wassail (Middle English ‘wæs hæl’ – ‘be you healthy’) refers both to the salute ‘Waes Hail’ and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an English ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. Historically, the drink is a mulled cider, mulled beer, or mead, made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and topped with toast. A group then sings: ‘Old Apple tree, old apple tree, we’ve come to wassail thee, To bear and to bow apples enow, Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full, Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.’ Hand Blended and Packaged by Oliver Pluff & Co. in Charleston, South Carolina.”

Find the Cider Spices Wassail Kit from Oliver Pluff and Co. here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Moore & Giles Miller Standard Attache’ Case

c2About the fine leather products of Moore & Giles Miller:

“Founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia, Moore & Giles is dedicated to designing and developing the most innovative and luxurious natural leathers. In 2007, they introduced a collection of luxury leather bags and accessories as an additional avenue to showcase the inherent beauty and timeless appeal of our natural leathers.”

The Moore & Giles Miller Standard Attache’ Case is available from Haymakers and Co. – check it out here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Cranberry with Douglas Fir shrub from Shrub & Co.

c1About the Cranberry with Douglas Fir shrub from Shrub & Co.:

“This shrub is a true labor of love from start to finish. The Douglas Fir was foraged by our friends at the The Living Wild Project. We’re inspired by their desire to ‘to deepen our relationship with the land we inhabit—shifting how we eat, garden, and heal through the sustainable use of local, native plants.’”

Find the Cranberry with Douglas Fir shrub from Shrub & Co. here.

GIFT WE WANT: A pair of jeans from Shockoe Atelier

c2About Shockoe Atelier:

“Shockoe Atelier was founded in 2012 by Anthony and Pierre Lupesco. The Lupesco family has been in the luxury menswear business for over 40 years, having worked with leading European luxury brands such as Ted Lapidus, Isaia and Belvest. Shockoe Atelier builds on the tradition and craft of the great European luxury houses, but with a distinctly American point of view. We pair exquisitely constructed denim made by hand in our Richmond VA workshop, with luxury tailored goods made to the same exacting standards in Italy.”

Check out Shockoe Atelier here.

HOLIDAY FIND: The Donner Salt and Pepper shakers from Ballard Designs

c1About the Donner Salt and Pepper shakers from Ballard Designs:

“Rustic chic flavor for your holiday table. These reindeer salt & pepper shakers are sculpted in stainless steel with lustrous antique silver finish. Bases are made of clear, faceted glass that catches the light for added sparkle.”

Yes! There are reindeer salt and pepper shakers!

Check out Ballard Designs’ Holiday Shop here.

GIFT WE WANT: The Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Signature Gift Set

c2About the Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Signature Gift Set:

“Pappy never cut corners. He used the finest ingredients, believed in fine-tuned processes and most importantly—he invested in high quality barrels. At the time, Pappy paid a premium for his barrels, knowing that the high quality of the wood would bring out the best in his fine bourbon. Capture a piece of this quality craftsmanship in this limited-edition gift set, which includes: A handcrafted chest made with reclaimed Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel wood featuring a unique process that preserves the remnants of the barrel wood’s past life of aging what’s arguably the world’s best bourbon. Chests are hand-sanded and finished to seal the charred barrel wood patina; Inside you’ll find velvet-lined molds to hold and protect the crystal decanter and glassware, as well as a cigar (humidor) insert lined with ¼” Spanish cedar; and a crystal decanter and two crystal bourbon glasses beautifully hand-blown by the world renowned Glencairn Crystal Studio of Scotland.”

Find the Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Signature Gift Set here.