Archive for May, 2016

q1Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 on April 21, 2016 setting off weeks of celebrations in Britain leading up to her “official” birthday in June. So there is still plenty of time to celebrate and the best way I know to mark this impressive milestone is with the limited edition Solar Queen from the fine folks at Kikkerland.

About the limited edition 90th Birthday Solar Queen from Kikkerland: “Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday with the special edition Solar Powered Queen. Powered entirely by solar energy, the royal solar figurine will wave with a subtle twist of the wrist, the same rehearsed gesture she has perfected for 63 years! Queen Elizabeth II became the longest – reigning British monarch on September 9th 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great great grandmother. Her majesty is outfitted in the Queen’s best, a red dress, a crown and a diamond broche. This is the 5th solar Queen designed by British designer Chris Collicott who has created the Original Solar Queen, followed by the Wedding, the Royal Jubilee, the Derby edition and her best companion, the solar corgi. This limited edition solar Queen will be a delight for the admirers of the Queen and UK history.”

q2Of the course the Queen need her little friends, which is why the fine folks at Kikkerland have also introduced Elroy The Royal Solar Corgi: “The Queen of England has 5 Welsh corgis: Emma, Linnet, Monty, Holly and Willow. Her Majesty loves corgis so much that designer Chris Collicot created Elroy, a corgi companion for the Solar Queen.”

Check out the Solar Queen from Kikkerland here.

Find Elroy the Solar Corgi from Kikkerland here.

See all the fun items available from Kikkerland here.

…honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


I really love this travel poster promoting the great city of Kansas City, MO by Michael Korfhage & Joel Anderson from Anderson Design Group:


About the Kansas City Travel Poster from Anderson Design Group: “Anderson Design Group has created an award-winning series of classic travel posters that celebrates the history and charm of America’s greatest cities and national parks. Founder Joel Anderson directs a team of talented Nashville-based artists to keep the collection growing. This print celebrates the beauty of downtown Kansas City. Printed on heavy gallery-grade matte finished paper, this print will fit any standard 18″ x 24″ frame and look great on any home or office wall.”

Find the Kansas City Travel Poster from Anderson Design Group here.

Find all the great art from the Anderson Design Group here.

FF: The Portable Charlie Fire Pit from Dot & Bo

fire1I have mentioned my love of outdoor fires, and there are many options to choose from these days, but I am really loving the Portable Charlie Fire Pit I recently found from the fine folks at Dot & Bo.

About the Portable Charlie Fire Pit from Dot & Bo: “This portable fire pit is an essential artifact for the backyard camping experience—whether you’re sleeping outside, or just entertaining guests on your lawn, this easy to carry and clean device will allow for a safe, raised fire perfect for s’more making, hot dog grilling, and storytelling without the mess of a dirty campfire or the risk of summer mosquitoes.”

Find the Portable Charlie Fire Pit from Dot & Bo here.

See all the fine home products from Dot & Bo here.

FF: The Starlite Garden & Patio Torche from ATG Stores

fire2Like I said, I love all manner of outdoor fires, from fire pits, to bonfires to simple torches. Which is why I love the Fire Pot collection from ATG Stores, which includes the Starlite Garden & Patio Torche.

About the Starlite Garden & Patio Torche from ATG Stores: “Starlite Garden & Patio Torche Co. is a manufacturer of Pole, Table Top, and Sconce Torches, as well as Solar Lanterns. All of their torches are constructed using the highest grade materials. Their Aluminum Die Cast, Copper & Nickel, and Solar Lanterns are tested in the most extreme conditions and are graded against a very strict, and high level, of standards.”

Find the Starlite Garden & Patio Torche from ATG Stores here.

See ATG Stores’ full Fire Pot collection here.

See all the cool home products from ATG Stores here.

kid1OK, today’s find is really cool and I can’t wait to check them out in person on my next visit to New York – it’s the fine folks at West Side Kids.

About West Side Kids: “Since 1981, West Side Kids has been the neighborhood toy store for Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Founded by Alice Bergman and now run by Alice and her daughter Jenny, NYC’s West Side Kids carries a comprehensive selection of well-chosen toys and gifts for children of all ages. With thirty years of experience, we can confidently say we are toy experts. We can assist you in selecting the proper toy for each age and stage of a child’s development. Make your toy shopping effortless by shopping at New York City’s toy store, West Side Kids.”

Now there are toys stores galore and many options to procure your toys, but how many of those places have things as cool as Domino Tulips (above right)?

About Domino Tulips: “This beautiful dominoes game plays like the classic game. When you are done, store the dominoes on the wooden poles and finish it off with a tulip bulb on top. Put the flower stems in a sunny window and see them glow in the dark later on. A must for any design minded household.”

kid2Or for a local treat, West Side Kids has a series of wooden New York City subway cars

…like the NYC Subway A Train.

West Side Kids is located at 498 Amsterdam Avenue (at 84th Street) on the West Side of the great city of New York, NY USA.

But thankfully for us…

…West Side Kids also has an online store – check it out here.

kongOk, I love King Kong and I love flipbooks, which is why I love the King Kong flipbook from the fine folks at Fliptomania. I’ve had this flipbook hanging around for years, thanks to a gift from my brother who totally indulges my King Kong fanboy behavior – so it is easy for me to about

About the King Kong flipbook from Fliptomania:

“This flipbook features one of the all-time great scenes from one of the all-time great movies. The mighty Kong perches high atop the Empire State Building, swatting at bi-planes as he vainly attempts to escape a hostile, ignorant world.”

The best part of the Kong flipbook is that it is a low-tech throwback to a simpler time and it is as fun as ever.

The King Kong flipbook from Fliptomania, interestingly enough is NOT available from Amazon, but can be found directly from the fine folks at Fliptomania.

See all the awesome flipbooks offered by Fliptomania here.

I was just looking at some of my old posts and realized that is has been three years since I’ve visited London – one of my most favorite places in the world.

But the fine folks at Rifle Paper Company are helping me get my fix with this illustrated art print of London created from an original gouache painting by Anna Bond.


Check it out here.

Find all the fine products from the Rifle Paper Company here.

billOk, hyperbole aside, this is one the coolest finds I’ve had in a while, the Bill Murray Bottle Opener I found from the very fine folks of Meriwether of Montana.

About the Bill Murray Bottle Opener from Meriwether: “Wood and stainless steel merge to form this sturdy and unique hand held Bill Murray bottle opener. This is a lovely alder handled bottle opener with the legendary face of Bull Murray engraved in the wood. It is a well known fact that Bill Murray fans and beer fans are usually one and the same. So this makes the perfect Bill Murray gift as well as the perfect beer lover gift. The opposite side of the Bill Murray bottle opener can be engraved with a name, initials or or any other saying that you can come up with. Adding an engraving is a fabulous way to personalize an already ujnique and thoughtful gift. As a bonus, our Bill Murray bottle opener ships in a lovely and carefully prepared gift box.”

Right Lynda?

Find the Bill Murray Bottle Opener from Meriwether of Montana here.

See all of Meriwether’s cool products here.

ghI like one pan recipes for a complete dinner that aren’t casseroles. And I love every ingredient in this recipe for a Honey Mustard-Glazed Chicken Bake I found from the fine folks at Good Housekeeping magazine.

A hand tip from the recipe for Honey Mustard-Glazed Chicken Bake from Good Housekeeping:

“You can make this glaze a day ahead of time, so when it comes time to get cooking it’s just a quick pop in the oven to chicken perfection.”

This recipe had me at “make ahead.”

Find the recipe for Honey Mustard-Glazed Chicken Bake from Good Housekeeping here.

See all the other fine recipes and household tips from Good Housekeeping here.

heifThe fine folks at Heifer work to help the world’s poor find sustainable income streams so they may prosper for the long term.

About Heifer: “We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.”

Learn more about Heifer and how you can support their important work here.