Archive for September, 2017

Well, it looks like my 2017 garden will not have the longevity of my 2016 garden which produced well into November. I think the relatively wet summer and the early ravaging of the albino possum sealed this year’s garden’s fate – but I am still having some nice production of various kinds of peppers and tomatoes:

FF: The Mural Collection from Finest Wallpaper

I recently posted about the wallpaper from the fine folks at Finest Wallpaper – which I love. They also have a great line of wall murals that can provide a dramatic backdrop to enliven even the dullest room. Images range from stunning landscapes and giant fish, to cityscapes and graffiti walls.

I love the mural that shows London’s Tower Bridge at night:

“’Tower Bridge’ by Rebel Walls is a dramatic image of London’s famous Tower Bridge at night.  Your mural is supplied in easy to install 18 in wide wallpaper strips – choose a mural size slightly larger than your wall to give the best finish.”

See the entire mural collection from Finest Wallpaper here.

See all the great looks from Finest Wallpaper and find your own design inspiration here.

FF: The Cat Nap Pillowcases from Xenotees

I recently posted about some cat pillows and then I came across the Cat Nap Pillowcases from the fine folks at Xenotees and just had to share.

About the Cat Nap Pillowcases from Xenotees:

“It’s always a good idea to take a catnap! This is my original charcoal drawing of a modern kitty cat, hand-screened onto incredibly soft pillowcases. These make a great gift for any cat lover in your life and look adorable in kids rooms, and grown-ups rooms alike! Along with being silky and soft, these pillowcases are durable and machine washable.”

Find the Cat Nap Pillowcases from Xenotees here.

See all the great finds from Xenotees here.


Finally! A subscription box service that is perfect for me – the fine letterpress cards and stationery from the fine folks at Mail More Love. As a huge fan of fine ephemera and sending personal notes to folks, the idea of having cool new designs sent to me each months is perfect – unlike the boxes of accessories, cosmetics samples and fruit other subscription services offer.

About Mail More Love:

“A curated subscription box of the highest quality paper treasures for you to send into the world to connect with your loved ones. It’s a reminder to them of who they are – someone special enough to receive real mail; and a reminder to you of who you are – someone who loves them enough to send it. Each month, when the box arrives, it is also a reminder for you to spend a few moments sharing a little piece of your life with someone you love. Now that you have the perfect card in hand, to whom will you write?”

Sign me up!

Not up for a subscription? That’s cool – try one of their finely curated theme boxes, like The Cat Box (above right): “The dream gift for yourself if you are a cat lover or for the cat lover in your life. Three just because cards, a birthday card and a concern card… plus a roll of salmon striped washi tape to adorn all your outgoing mail. It’s downright puurrfect! Ships immediately.”

Learn more about Mail More Love and how to subscribe here.

Sometimes books intended for children can make you see things in a way that your adult mind knows but just can’t seem to focus on. Such is the case with the wonderful Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (writer) and Shawn Harris (illustrator). This colorfully illustrated book focuses on one of America’s greatest and most iconic symbols, the Statue of Liberty, and, well, her right foot. The result is a wonderfully observed love letter to Lady Liberty and our great country.

About Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris:

“In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.”

In these divisive times it is great to have reminders of what binds us together – by exploring Miss Liberty’s right foot, this book does just that and becomes an instant American classic.

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.



A couple of weeks ago I posted about my kayaking trip on Echo Lake in Conway, NH. The lake is small but it boasts a gorgeous backdrop – the majestic Cathedral Ledge. The picture I took from my kayak (right) shows the ledge from the lake – but it is really hard to get a feel for just how big the ledge is – it is something like 600 feet high.

Anyway, while going through all of my pictures from the trip the other day, I realized I took a shot of the Echo Lake from the top of Cathedral Ledge and it put things into perspective. That little spot of water in the middle of the picture below is what the lake looks like when you are on top of the ledge. Stunning scenery no matter what side you are on.

My grandmother, the infamous Nana, used to make tuna sandwiches for us when we would visit. Somehow she made like a dozen sandwiches from one can. I could never do that as I like a lot of filling in my sandwiches. Anyway, I say that just to lead up to today’s find – the Pole & Line Caught Skipjack Tuna from the fine folks at BELA – which is clearly not your grandmother’s canned tuna.

About the Pole & Line Caught Skipjack Tuna from BELA:

“Our meaty, fresh, tuna fillets are a newer addition to our BELA family. Our Skipjack Tuna Fillets are: Sustainably pole and line caught off the non-industrial European coastline; Packed fresh within 8 hours of catch for ultimate taste and quality; Packed in organic extra virgin olive oil and organic Piri-Piri; Wild caught, dolphin safe. Every BPA-NIA jar is packed with 5-7 hand cut, meaty fillets to deliver gourmet, European quality and taste. And the taste isn’t all our Skipjack Tuna has to offer. Like our sardines, BELA Skipjack Tuna is protein-packed, rich in Omega-3s, low calorie and zero carbs. Plus, our tuna is great for Paleo diets. Win, win, win!”

By the way, Nana use to put celery salt on her tuna sandwich (nay) and cut our sandwiches diagonally (yay).

Find the Pole & Line Caught Skipjack Tuna from BELA here.

Learn more and see all of BELA’s fish products here.

I just spent the weekend looking after the two cutest pooches on the planet. However, as cute as they are, it occurred to me that they weren’t very useful. Whatever happened to the St. Bernard with the flask around his neck? Anyway, I think that we should start having our pets earn their keep – and they can start by carrying their own toys and snacks with something like the Charlie’s Bag Backpack I found from the fine folks at Dog & Co.

About the Charlie’s Bag Backpack from Dog & Co.

“Charlie’s Backyard builds fun, functional products for pups, with the belief that life is better with a dog! Charlie’s Bag is a must-have accessory for any fashion-forward pooch.  This lightweight, easy-to-wear backpack features functional zips so that your pup can tote all of their most valuable possessions along with them on all of their adventures.  Designed to be worn as a harness, a lead can even be clipped to the top of the pack (though not recommended for heavy pullers).”

I think a bottle or two of bourbon would fit quite nicely in one of these.

Find the Charlie’s Bag Backpack from Dog & Co. here.

See all the great products for your little furry friends from Dog & Co. here.

I like beans, but have never really been a fan of traditional baked beans, which is why I was thrilled to find this recipe for Cheesy Italian Baked Beans from the fine folks at Better Homes & Garden magazine.

About the recipe for Cheesy Italian Baked Beans from Better Homes & Garden:

“Traditional Italian ingredients like onion, garlic, tomatoes, cheese, and rosemary put a spin on classic baked beans.”

They had me at “cheesy Italian” – I am all in!

Find the recipe for Cheesy Italian Baked Beans from Better Homes & Garden here.

See all the recipes and other great tips for your home from Better Homes & Garden here.

I love this picture courtesy of the fine folks at the Conway Daily Sun featuring a wide angled aerial shot of charming North Conway Village with Mount Cranmore in the background with just a hint of the glorious fall colors to come:

FF: The Dog Pillows from Tweed

I like dogs and I like accent pillows, which makes the Dog Pillows from the fine folks at Tweed the perfect thing for me to throw on my couch.

About the Dog Pillows from Tweed:

“These canvas pillows are perfect for every dog lovers home! Each feature a different sentiment: ‘Home is where my dog is,’ ‘Dogs welcome, people tolerated’ or ‘Be The person Your Dog Thinks You Are.’ sentiment. Zipper closure with removable insert.”

Find the Dog Pillows from Tweed here.

See all the great finds from Tweed here.

FF: The Peruvian Wool Cat Pillow from Oeuf

Not to be outdone, the fine folks over at Oeuf offer a really cool Wool Cat Pillow which would make a perfect companion for your real cat – or your dog pillow.

About the Peruvian Wool Cat Pillow from Oeuf:

“For cat lovers only (isn’t that everyone?) 100% hand-loomed wool pillow, 16″x16″, with faux down insert. Our wool pillows are each hand-loomed by a single artisan, using techniques passed down through the generations in a family-run workshop in Peru. Each piece is therefore a unique work of art. The process starts with the flocks of sheep found in the highlands of Puno City. Their wool is used for the 100% wool yarn, which is hand-dyed in small quantities using non-toxic dyes. The highly-skilled weavers then work on a traditional loom to hand-make each piece with care.”

Find the Peruvian Wool Cat Pillow from Oeuf here.

See all the other great find from Oeuf here.