Archive for March, 2016

ShedOK, I have a nice shed in my back yard, but it is a very traditional tool shed. You know the kind – a place to house lawn mowers, rakes, and all manner of other things meant to help keep the yard well groomed. I would be hard pressed to spend any time IN the shed – other than retrieving what I need to do yard work. However, my shed is clearly not a shed from Modern-Shed, fine folks who make “bonus rooms” in which I would love to spend a ton of time. Heck, I think I could live in one of their great shed.

About Modern-Shed: “Modern-Shed provides solutions for limited living and storage space problems. You might be considering a home addition, converting current space such as a garage, bedroom, attic, basement, bonus room or even enclosing a carport in order to give you the extra space you need. You may not have even considered a detached separate structure in your yard. Modern-Shed provides the ultimate solution, as it provides not only more room, but private space only steps from your main home. If you need more room for a home office, an exercise room, craft space, art or music studio, man cave, diva den, photography studio, hobby room, writers den, meditation room, a play room or just a place to hang out and relax in your garden, Modern-Shed was the first and is the highest quality structure of its kind. Pre-fabricated panels can be carried into or around tight spaces for fast assembly. Instead of converting your garage or transforming your carport or turning your spare bedroom or basement into your new, needed space, consider a new style of shed – from the originator of the Modern-Shed concept, completely separated from your home. Imagine a quiet space for yourself or a space to send the kids to play.”

I think I just decided I need a Modern-Shed home office!

Learn more about Modern-Shed here.

dogistI have dreamt about creating a book of dog portraits over the years, but for one reason or another I never got around to it. But the good news is that there are people out there that do follow through on their similar ideas, like Elias Weiss Friedman who has brought us The Dogist – Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs.

About The Dogist – Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman: The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention. Whether because of the look in a dog’s eyes, its innate beauty, or even the clothes its owner has dressed it in, the photos will make you ooh and aah, laugh, and fall in love. Photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, every portrait in the book tells a story and explores the dog’s distinct character and spirit. Themed sections include Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.”

The Dogist is the perfect book for any dog lover and would be photographer of dogs and other pets.

The Dogist – Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

ffaI like playing (and playing with) dominos, but I have never seen a set of dominoes as cool as the Dominos designed by artist David Shrigley I found from the fine folks at Michele Varian.

About the Dominos by David Shrigley:

“There’s rarely a dull moment when you’re playing games with David Shrigley. Instead of the traditional uniform of matching dots and tiles, you’ll find characters like skulls, grumpy old men and raggedy cats on each piece. A perfect diversion for when you or your partner are plotting your next move. Shrigley is a Glasgow-based artist best known for his cartoon-like drawings which rely on satire and dark humor to disarm shyness and let out laughter.”

The Dominos designed by artist David Shrigley are available from Michele Varian.

FREDI talk a lot about my love of bourbon, but the reality is I drink way more water than bourbon. Funny, it just seems more sensible. Well, my dear friend Lynda recently sent me a bottle of Fred Water – which is perfect, because it is water that comes in a flask – so I can have (almost) the best of both worlds.

About Fred Water: “We started Fred because we love water, and we want to make it cool and easy for people to drink more water and less of the other junk. We put Fred water in flask-shaped bottles so it can go wherever you go, not to simply freak people out (though we do admit the freaking-people-out thing can be fun). And we designed our bottles to be both refillable and recyclable so they stay in use, not in the ground.”

Learn more about Fred Water here.

Easter2016

…or well the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.

I am just back from a little end of winter holiday in Orlando where I visited the Disney parks and – as manufactured as it is – I just couldn’t resist taking this shot.

I am a sucker for a good bicycle picture all day long:

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FF: The Kentucky Rose Cheese from Pastoral Artisan Cheese

FF1I suspect the perfect cheese pairing for the good Kentucky Bourbon I fancy is the Kentucky Rose Cheese from the fine folks at Pastoral Artisan Cheese.

About the Kentucky Rose Cheese from Pastoral Artisan Cheese:

“This cheese is buttery and complex with mild notes of pecan. The earthy savoriness is couples with a hint of citrus in the finish. Added cream gives it a palate coating richness.It has the slight funk that is perfect for people looking to expand their cheese repertoire.”

Find the Kentucky Rose Cheese from Pastoral Artisan Cheese here.

Check out all the cheese bread and wine from Pastoral Artisan here.

FF: The Pony Express Postcard from Rifle Paper Co.

FF2I like sending postcards, they are a great throwback to a time before instant communication and I find that people really appreciate something special that they can file away in their treasures. Now I have found the perfect postcard to capture the time gone by – the Pony Express Postcard I found from the fine folks at Rifle Paper Co.

About the Pony Express Postcard from Rifle Paper Co.:

“Pay homage to the history of letter-carrying with our Pony Express Postcards – perfect for a quick hello or a thank-you to a friend. Requires less postage than a standard card in the United States.”

Find the Pony Express Postcard from Rifle Paper Co. here.

See all the great ephemera of Rifle Paper Co. here.

PWI can’t even tell you how much I love today’s find. PhotoWeights.

PhotoWeights is the result of one woman’s passion for vintage paperweights and her desire to bring back the artform.

About PhotoWeights:

“PhotoWeights specializes in the sale of glass paperweights designed to display photographs, artwork, crafts, and small mementos. All of our paperweight kits are beautifully handcrafted in America.”

As a huge fan of small vintage items that are hard to display, I really like the idea of preserving them with a paperweight – a great way to make a mini assemblage and one that is practical.

The other great thing about PhotoWeights is how easy it is to take something special to you and customize it – even easier with PhotoWeights’ helpful step by step instructions.

I am confident that once you see how cool the fine folks at PhotoWeights are you will be ordering up a few kits to make your own little treasures.

Learn more about PhotoWeights here.

Visit PhotoWeights’ online store here.

Visit PhotoWeights’ design blog here.

fosseI have often said that I like books about creative people and the creative process. One of the great creative forces of the last century was Bob Fosse, whose contributions to American entertainment still reverberate today. To help us fully understand the contributions of Mr. Fosse and the complicated man that he was personally and creatively, we are fortunate to have the excellent biography, Fosse by Sam Wasson.

About Fosse by Sam Wasson: “More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse’s fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style — hat tilted, fingers splayed — that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety. Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse’s untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources — friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before — Wasson illuminates not only Fosse’s prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse’s insatiable appetites — for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson’s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was — after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.”

There is a classic film, All that Jazz, which is based on the life of Mr. Fosse. It is a great movie but only scratches the surface of who he was and what he accomplished. Mr. Wasson’s book is the perfect companion to that film and the many lasting works of art left in Mr. Fosse’s considerable wake.

Fosse by Sam Wasson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

TabIt is getting to be that time of year again when I start thinking about how I am going to embrace outdoor living when the weather gets warmer. I have had a nice patio table and chair set for several years now, but I am thinking about getting something new, like the classic Bistro Dining set I found from the fine folks at Horne.

The Bistro Dining set from Horne: “This all metal folding chair with curved slats and folding table is made of powder-coated lacquered steel and is the perfect set of outdoor furniture. They are all together surprisingly comfortable, beautifully colorful and incredibly durable. This traditional design was originally created in Europe in the 1800’s and has since gained notoriety around the world. The bistro series can now be found in numerous US locations including Times Square, Bryant Park, Hollywood, numerous parks, universities, wineries, stadiums, resorts, and museums.”

Of course you can find less expensive bistro sets like this, but I consider the purchase of outdoor furniture to be an investment for the long term, so quality is at a premium, and this set fits the bill.

Find the Bistro Dining set from Horne here.

See all the fine offerings from Horne here.