Archive for February, 2017

aa1I am in love with the fine folks at Upriver Home, a Milford, PA-based merchant and purveyor of unique products for the home – all a perfect fit for the Lost Cowboy sensibility. Just one look at Upriver’s home accessories page and you will know what I mean – each product could be a find on its own.

About Upriver Home: “Upriver Home was launched in 2004 with the idea that the home, be it primary, secondary or even temporary, is not only a respite from the everyday but a haven for inspiration. The things we sell are a surprising mix of vintage and new from a variety of sources. We search the globe scouting the unusual to bring our customers the very best product with an eye for craftsmanship, function and form. Our collection is carefully edited and ever-changing. Our goal is to present in a simple and straightforward manner products that inspire and encourage creativity in your home.”

Upriver finds that caught my eye include, the Cedar Clove Beard & Shave Soap (above right): “Hudson Made Cedar Clove Beard and Shave Soap generates a lather that acts as both a gentle beard shampoo and an exceptional shaving cream. The exclusive formula rinses away debris while leaving behind the natural oils of your beard and skin. Those who shave will get a fine finish and smooth jawline with this soap’s extraordinary slip. The woody spice of Cedar Clove Beard and Shave Soap, derived from cedar leaf, cinnamon, allspice and clove, stimulates the skin and senses for an invigorating shave.”

aaa1This French Cafe Stool:

“Our cafe stools are reproductions of 1920s French cafe stools. What makes them unique? The use of salvaged sheet metal. Nice in the kitchen as a stool or in a studio as extra seating. Rubber-tipped feet prevent damage to floors. Slight surface abrasions, small dents and markings are characteristic of the material and are part of its industrial look. The stools will stand up to most uses, but should be protected from wet weather to maintain the finish.”

And the exceptionally awesome “Bank in the Form of a Pig”:

aa4“Bank in the Form of a Pig is a unique take on the classic piggy bank. Cast in polyester resin from a highly detailed silicone mold, the pig is then plated in a chrome or gold finish. We are told the piglet, from which the mold was made, lost its life from natural causes. The artist Harry Allen will donate $10 from each sale to the Humane Society to prevent cruelty to animals everywhere. These banks are not toys; they are fragile and should be handled with care. A collector’s item to
be sure!”

Check out all the “accessories” from Upriver Home here.

Learn more and see all the awesomeness of Upriver Home here.

It’s been a while since I have had a chance to check in on my favorite spot – the bridge at Lake Chocorua with the majestic view of Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH.

Unfortunately I am not there today, but dear friends are there staying our the family Lodge and sent back this picture just for me – the great scene in all its winter glory.


aa1I love a find that says everything you need to know about it in its name, as in today’s find, Hella Slingshots. You are probably thinking these guys make a really cool slingshot, and you would be right. Hella Slingshots is the creation of San Francisco-based entrepreneur Adam Gray, and they make an awesome line of well-crafted slingshots that blow away anything you may have had as a kid.

About Hella Slingshots: “Of all the things that bring us sheer childlike joy—the yo-yo, the jump rope, the tree swing—the slingshot is tops. Stuffed in a back pocket and taken for a hike, it leads to endless amusement and mischief. I fell back in love with slingshots while adventuring on camping trips and bicycle tours. To kill time, my buddies and I would shoot cans, bottles, and bodies of water. Being a crafty sort of person, I thought I’d try making a few unique slingshots for myself. I got a little carried away—as I often do—and as you can see, I now make a slew of wooden slingshots along with other classic wooden toys and home goods.”

The wooden slingshot and felt ammo set (above right) is great for starters: “This wooden slingshot and felt ammo is perfect for play and target practice. Each one-of-a-kind slingshot is handmade from Pine Wood. They’re lightly stained and outfitted with a leather projectile pouch using rubber bands. So grab one, head outside and cause some mischief.”

Learn more and check out Hella Slingshots’ complete collection here.

aa3It has cooled off a bit here on the Kansas prairie (just across the river from the great little town of Kansas City, MO) after enjoying a prolonged stretch of way-too-early spring weather. However, I act and eat the calendar, and as a boy from the highlands of New Hampshire, if the calendar say February, then it is very much still winter. Anyway, all of that to say that I am still making nice hearty soups like this recipe for Ham and Split Pea Soup, which I found from the fine folks at All Recipes.

About the recipe for Ham and Split Pea Soup from All Recipes:

“With the slightly sweet, somewhat salty, and subtly smoky flavor of the ham, this hearty soup is the ideal fall or winter soup — a great one for lunches, or as a starter for dinner.”

Find the recipe for Ham and Split Pea Soup from All Recipes here.

See all the great recipes and cooking tips from All Recipes here.

aa1Our history is littered with various epidemics of drug use, but none as scary or as lethal as the opioid threat we face today. The fine folks behind the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are trying to help.

About the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:

“In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. The American Medical Association and the Partnership together are committed to ensuring that physicians and families have the education and resources they need. We urge you to join us in our efforts to reverse this national epidemic.”

Learn more about the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and how you can help here.

FF: The cool fun chargers from BUQU

aa4Life is way too short to have a boring car or wall charger. Seriously, think about how often you use these things for all of your USB-chargeable devices. Well you can relax, the fine folks at BUQU have you covered with a great line of really cool and fun charging devices…

…like the Playa Dice Wall Charger:

“When your phone is beat after a full day of texts and posts, the Playa™ will get you charged back up and ready to go in no time. It works on any USB powered device so feel free to share.”

Check out all the cool chargers and related products from BUQU here.

FF: The Tattoo collection from Hartland Brooklyn

aaa1Last summer while on vacation (in the wonderful village of Wellfleet near the tip of Cape Cod) my friend Lynda applied temporary tattoos to the arms of our entire entourage. The tattoos were all seaside themed – like lobsters and shells – so it was perfect and the tattoos were surprisingly durable.

Anyway, I have been on the lookout for other temporary tattoos to bring on the next group trip and I think I have found just what I am looking for…

…the Pet Temporary Tattoos I found as part of the tattoo collection from the fine folks at Hartland Brooklyn.

Find the Tattoo collection from Hartland Brooklyn here.

See everything Hartland Brooklyn has to offer here.


aaa2I have dozens of those great Field Notes brand notebooks and I carry them around everywhere I go to jot down observations about the places I travel and the things I find. But most of the time they are loose in my bag and easy to misplace. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Holtz Leather, I have the solution – the Surveyor Fine Leather Pocket Journal Cover for Field Notes.

About the Surveyor Fine Leather Pocket Journal Cover from Holtz Leather:

“The Surveyor Fine Leather Pocket Journal Cover for Field Notes handmade right here in our shop with the finest of Full Grain American leathers. We hand-pick our leather hides from a local tannery for a rustic look and feel. This is a gift that will be used and loved for a lifetime! Perfect for the executive, professional, father, or dear friend in your life.”

Find the Leather Pocket Journal Cover from Holtz Leather here.

See the greatness of Field notes here.

aa3I have always loved good pop-up books. The best among them leave me amazed and impressed with the talent that goes into designing them. Which is why I have fallen in love with Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad Book by Robert Crowther. Mr. Crowther’s elegant artwork and ingenious designs makes this book a delight from start to finish.

About Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad Book by Robert Crowther: “Have you ever wondered how a steam engine works? Do you have a hankering to don an engineer’s cap and race a locomotive under tunnels and over bridges? Loaded with flaps, pull-tabs, 3-D trains, and a spectacular pop-up model of a bustling railroad station, Robert Crowther’s sturdy exploration of trains and how they work is a tour de force of paper engineering and a bonanza for railroad aficionados of all ages. What’s more, it’s filled to the brim with fun facts and intriguing information lurking behind, around, and even on top of its many marvelous, movable trains.”

Beyond the great artwork and clever designs, Trains is populated with facts and information for the budding engineer you may have in your life – or really anyone that loves trains and wants to learn more about them.

Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad Book by Robert Crowther is available from Amazon and wherever the finest books are sold.


aaa3Yes folks, today I present by far the best thing it has ever been my pleasure to find and share with you…

Drumroll please…

…the Bourbon Toothpicks from the fine folks at Daneson.

About the Bourbon Toothpicks from Daneson:

“Whisky is measured in years, not days or weeks.  It’s this dedication to time and tradition that makes Kentucky Bourbon sit well on our toothpicks.  Each bottle contains at least a dozen toothpicks. Because they are made with straight – barrel aged – Bourbon whiskey, our No.22s are subtle at first, building complexity when warmed in the mouth.  So take your time and give the boozy phenols a chance to speak – you’ll like what they have to say.”

Am I right?

The bourbon picks are just one of the fine flavors of toothpicks from Daneson – check out the whole collection here.

Well, I love people that do one thing and do it well, and the fine folks at Daneson only make high quality toothpicks. They also invest back into the planet, by planting 100 trees for every one they harvest to make their fine product.

Learn more about Daneson and their quality toothpicks here.