Archive for October, 2017

The fine folks at Ibu, which is actually “a movement of women around the world growing into economic self-sufficiency through the art of their hands” offer some great items, like the very colorful and unique San Andres Cocktail Napkins.

About the San Andres Cocktail Napkins from Ibu:

“Handwoven in the hills of Chiapas, in the village of San Andres Larrainzer, these beautiful cocktail napkins come in a riot of colors. In sets of four, each will add pizzaz to your simplest nibbles and drinks.  Look at the dizzying choice of colors for your home!  A  fiesta waiting to happen.”

Find the San Andres Cocktail Napkins from Ibu here.

Learn more about the Ibu movement here.

I found the perfect seasonal treats that are as much fun to make as they are to eat – the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting I found from the fine folks at Good Housekeeping magazine.

About the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Good Housekeeping:

“Satisfy all seasonal pumpkin cravings with these easy-to-bake cupcakes.”

Pairs nicely with your pumpkin spice coffee, Cheerios and everything else!

Find the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Good Housekeeping here.

See all the recipes and other great tips for your home from Good Housekeeping here.

There are children dying all over the world from drought and family, the fine folks at ChildFund International are working tirelessly to help.

About ChildFund International:

“ChildFund helps children break the generational cycle of poverty and achieve their full potential. ChildFund promotes societies whose individuals and institutions value, protect and advance the worth and rights of children. We work in 30 countries, helping approximately 18.1 million children and family members. We focus on helping children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood so they can thrive in the world. We also work with families, local partner organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to succeed.”

Learn more about ChildFund International and how you can help here.

I have more than a few globes in my house (the best are the kind that light up) and I always have my eyes open for more. Today I present just a couple of the many options out there.

FF: The Desk Globe from Linley

Most of my globes come from flea markets and yard sales, but if I had my way I would have a high-end version, like the gorgeous Desk Globe I found from the fine folks LINLEY – which, ahem, goes for more than $4,000!

About the Desk Globe from Linley:

“The Desk Globe has been exclusively crafted for LINLEY by expert globe makers Bellerby & Co. Carefully hand-painted using Sennelier watercolours, the Desk Globe features a solid walnut round base. The globe itself spins on its axis on a sleek steel arm.”

Find the Desk Globe from Linley here.

See all the great designs from the world of David Linley here.

FF: The Replogle Globe from Staples

If the $4k+ price tag of the Desk Globe from Linley is a little too high for you, the fine folks at Staples offer a variety of options at all price points like the Replogle Globe Explorer Political Raised Relief Classroom Globe.

About the Replogle Globe Explorer Political Raised Relief Classroom Globe from Staples:

“12″ blue ocean explorer political raised relief classroom globe offers a vibrant contrast to a metal gold-colored base. Replogle Globe ‘Explorer Political Raised Relief’ Classroom globe with plastic gold colored base has blue color map and measures 16″ x 13″ x 12″. Globe includes more than 4000 place names and political distinctive boundary markings. Explorer contains more than 4000 place names and distinctive political boundary markings.”

Find the Replogle Globe from Staples here.

Many of you have been following my quest to find the perfect bar cart for my humble home on the Kansas prairie (just across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO). I have found many contenders but just haven’t pulled the trigger on committing to one yet.

I think I may have been going about the search all wrong – it is a wall mounted bar I need not a rolling cart. Well, this is just because I have fallen in love with the Loll Wallbanger Bar I found from the fine folks at Horne.

About the Loll Wallbanger Bar from Horne: “All Loll Design products are made from 100% recycled high density polyethylene (plastic milk jugs). Since 2005, Loll Designs has kept over 18 million milk jugs out of landfills. The Harvey Wallbanger was invented in the 1950’s by world champion mixologist Duke Antone. This wall mounted bar is named appropriately after his famous mixed drink. Designed with Darin Montgomery of urbancase, the Loll Wallbanger is intended for outdoor cocktail parties. A hinged panel door doubles as a work surface and interior magnets hold it closed when not in use. Although you can cut right on the poly door we include an Epicurean Handy Bar Board for slicing limes or whatever. The interior will store bottles and a built in shelf will hold tools, glassware, and other bar tending equipment. Cheers!”

Find the Loll Wallbanger Bar from Horne here.

See all great ideas for your home from Horne here.

Like all great cities of the world, London has inspired artists for centuries. In his wonderfully curated book, London in the Company of Painters, Richard Blandford treats us to some amazing works of art that show how the city has changed, evolved and remained the same over the years.

About London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford:

“This sumptuous visual history explores London as depicted by artists over the last few hundred years. Although the first city of London was established in the Roman period, the story of London in art really begins in the 17th century, with the rise of the panoramic city view as a painting genre, and continues to this day. Organized around nine areas or districts, the chapters move roughly from west to east across London, as does the River Thames, which acts as the city’s spine. Within each area, works of art are grouped around specific locations or monuments, providing a glimpse of the city’s changing and unchanging topography through the ages. Despite London’s tumultuous history – the rise and fall of Empire, attacks from above in two world wars, relentless expansion into the surrounding villages and suburbs – it nevertheless becomes clear that many of the city’s landmarks remain surprisingly constant.”

Worthy of any coffee table, London in the Company of Painters would be particularly special to anyone who loves London and masterworks of art – like me.

London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


I was stunned by the pure quantity of pumpkins for sale outside of my local Hen House (my favorite grocery store chain in the Kansas City market) – there were so many lined up across the whole front of the store. I want to buy a few but was sure if I picked one up there would have been a pumpkin avalanche.

Ever since I purchased a sewing machine several months ago (no, I still have not used it) my eyes have been catching all sorts of great fabrics that could find their way into the various projects I have in mind. Great fabrics like those I found from the fine folks at Maresca Textiles.

About Maresca Textiles:

“Maresca Textiles are luxurious, hand printed fabrics designed by Kathryn Maresca, available to the interior design trade through the studio and showrooms nationwide. In addition to fabric by the yard, the studio offers a selection of pillows that are hand printed and/or embroidered and available exclusively through the Maresca webstore and select showrooms.”

Although Maresca Textiles deals mostly with the design trade, lucky for us they also offer a sampling of their great fabrics on their website – like the Charcoal version of their gorgeous Pisa design (above right): “Pisa is a modern interpretation of the ceiling of the cathedral in Pisa, Italy. The decorative ceiling is ornate yet geometric in its layout and planning, and has become rustic with age. The print mimics a block printed design, but is screen printed for consistency.”

See all of the great fabric designs from Maresca Textiles here.

Check out all the great textiles (and pillows) from Maresca Textiles here.

I am really digging the Laptop Messenger Bag I found from the fine folks at Leatherology – the perfect combination of form, function and quality construction. Now only if I convince myself that I can pull off carrying around cobalt blue leather bag.*

About the Laptop Messenger Bag from Leatherology:

“The Laptop Messenger Bag takes the ever popular messenger bag and upgrades it, giving it tons of functionality for anyone from a student to a busy professional. If a sleeve or regular computer bag just won’t cut it, this might be just what you’re looking for! Made from top quality leather, the centerpiece of our Laptop Messenger Bag is a padded sleeve that holds up to a 15″ laptop. We also include a zippered slip pocket at the back for placing bag over a trolley when traveling. There are even 3 pen loops inside, so you’ll never find yourself asking to borrow one again! To top it all off, we include an adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying. Whether it’s for school or work, you can keep everything you need in our Laptop Messenger Bag!”

*If not I can settle for the more traditional chocolate brown version.

See all the fine leather products from Leatherology here.

Just in time to bake a lovely loaf of bread on a lazy autumn Sunday afternoon, I found the beautiful – yet functional – handmade clay loaf pot from the fine folks at Cook on Clay.

About the Loaf Pot from Cook on Clay:

“Craft a favorite family-size meatloaf, bake gorgeous crusty yeast breads. Roast an herb infused pork loin, bake savory and sweet batter breads. Built for durability and performance, designed for the art of cooking from the kitchen to the table. Bake, Roast, Braise, Oven Sear, Broil, Grill. Each pot is handmade and may vary slightly in surface and size.”

Ok, well, maybe not just in time for today – but I am sure you can order one in time for next Sunday.

Find the Loaf Pot from Cook on Clay here.

Learn more and see all the handmade ovenware from Cook on Clay here.