I am always looking for new ways to enhance my outdoor space and for years I have been thinking about adding a fountain to my patio and garden. However, up until now I haven’t found just the right fountain that spoke to me. That has all changed now that I found the Royal Lions Floor Fountain from the fine folks at Lamps Plus (the “Plus” includes great things other than lamps, like, well, fountains).

About the Royal Lions Floor Fountain from Lamps Plus:

“Mediterranean inspired, this traditional fountain with light features flowing water from a lion’s head into a series of basins. This classic garden fountain from the John Timberland brand features a lion’s head and a three tiered design. Water cascades gently from one level to the next creating a pleasant look and sound, from the lion’s mouth at the top, then into the lower basin. A built-in light in the second basin from the top brightens the design at night. Ornate details include the arch top, side columns, and decorative base.”

Find the Royal Lions Floor Fountain from Lamps Plus.

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One of the first casualties of the pandemic on the movie going front was the delay of the latest James Bond film which was scheduled to hit the big screen in April 2020. Now a crazy year later we are still waiting for things to get back to normal – like being able to go to the movies worry free. Well, were we able to see the latest Bond film, we would have been able to see the super spy wearing the Seamaster Diver 300M “James Bond” Limited Edition from the fine folks at OMEGA.

About the Seamaster Diver 300M “James Bond” Limited Edition from OMEGA:

“To help protect the sea, OMEGA has joined forces with Nekton, a foundation committed to the protection of the world’s oceans. Our watch on a mission is the Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, this thrilling James Bond timepiece pays tribute to OMEGA’s favourite spy. Limited to just 7,007 pieces, it is crafted with plenty of secret surprises.”

Find the Seamaster Diver 300M “James Bond” Limited Edition from OMEGA.

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This post was originally published April 3, 2015:

Today, in honor of Good Friday, I stray from my usual Friday Finds format to bring to you one of my all-time favorite finds – the wonderful print, The Return From Calvary by Herbert Gustav Schmalz.


I have told the story of what make this a special piece of art to me in past posts on Lost Cowboy. However, every year on Good Friday I think of it especially, as it captures a moment from the day Christians the world over mark as the day Jesus was crucified.

Another great Easter weekend find?

…listening to the original concept LP of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

A remastered version of the original concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar is available now from Amazon.

And all of a sudden it is Easter. If you have not had a chance to send your far flung friends and loved ones an Easter treat yet, there is still time. The fine folks at Harry & David have a great collection of fine Easter gifts ready to ship, like their Easter Gift Basket with Plush Bunny.

About the Easter Gift Basket with Plush Bunny from Harry & David:

“A trove of Easter treasure awaits in this charming felt basket, including a plush bunny that’s made for holding onto well past the holiday. There’s milk chocolate Moose Munch Premium Popcorn from our candy kitchen, a cute bunny cookie, colorful mini eggs, and a milk chocolate bunny. There’s plenty here to fill the young and young at heart with wonder.”

Find the About the Easter Gift Basket with Plush Bunny from Harry & David.

See the entire Easter collection from Harry & David.

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Just in time to entertain the kiddies for the Easter season I have found How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace with illustrations by Andy Elkerton.

About How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace:

“Finding eggs is easy, but can YOU catch the Easter Bunny in action this year? He has a basket full of treats and tricks for staying hidden―plus that bunny hippity hops with lightning speed! Start a new tradition with this bright and funny children’s Easter book and get inspired to build STEAM traps of your own to pair with the readaloud! Educators, families, and children will love this wonderfully creative opportunity to have fun and celebrate the holiday together.”

How to Catch the Easter Bunny Paperback by Adam Wallace is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

rab3This post originally appeared on April 6, 2012:

The other day I wrote about my mother’s little career of making bunny dolls.  Well, it is a lesser known fact that my dad also got into the bunny making business, albeit for a very short time.

When my mother decided all she wanted to do was retire (early) to an old farm house in New Hampshire and make her crafts, my dad went along too.  He decided he had done everything he set out to do in his career, the youngest of his four children (yours truly) was off to college, and it sounded like a good idea to hang out in the country with the love of his life, my mom.

Well, that was the plan.  As it worked out, my mom got a bit of a head start while my dad wound things down.  By the time he joined her full time, she was well into the production of her beloved dolls and outfits.  As so often happens to newly retired couples, my dad drove my mother crazy by just being around all the time.  So she encouraged him to take up a craft of his own.  He decided on woodworking.  He invested in all sorts of table saws and related equipment and started making all sorts of things, mostly decorative items fit for the then trendy “country” décor.

He made a great Santa Claus door stop, actually a bunch of them, that he gave as gifts and they were well received and now a treasured find every year.  He made some wooden toys and other things for kids. But he made quite a few wooden bunny things to compliment what my mother was doing.

Alas, after a very intense period of this wood work he decided he just wasn’t into it and turned his attention and time to managing my mother’s growing enterprise and ultimately taking a part time job to keep himself busy and sane.

However, many of the things he made survive.  And just in time for Easter, I found a couple of sets of bunny couples which my dad made which were still hanging around the old house.  If you knew my dad you would not think of him as the creative or crafty type, that is my mom.  But looking at his work now I have a new appreciation for his skills as he designed the stencils for these things as well as doing the saw and filing work and the fishing paint job.

I can say that these things are not really my taste, but I get a great deal of joy looking at them and picturing my dad making them.  I have these displayed in the house now for Easter.  Next week I am going to put them away until next Easter, when I will pull them out and appreciate them all over again.



Pictured throughout this post are a few of my dad’s wood works that are still hanging around.

The fine folks at Meri Meri have an excellent Easter collection – which you really need to check out. Meri Meri offer so many great Easter accents, but I like the spring colors and simple elegance of their Honeycomb Spring Bunnies.

About the Honeycomb Spring Bunnies from Meri Meri:

“These adorable honeycomb bunnies make fabulous decorations for your Easter or springtime party. The set includes 4 large bunnies and 4 smaller bunnies, in soft pastel colors.”

Find the Honeycomb Spring Bunnies from Meri Meri.

Check out the Easter collection from Meri Meri



One of my favorite spices these days is Star Anise – I love the look of it and and adore the smell. You can fine star anise many places, but it does vary in quality so it pays to go to a great source – that’s why I turn to the fine folks at The Chai Box for their fine Start Anise.

About the Star Anise from The Chai Box:

“Star Anise comes from a small tree with aromatic, star-shaped fruits. Star Anise pods are often used in culinary applications in traditional Indian cooking. It has several Ayruvedic health benefits and is a cancer fighting properties. Star anise pods have a stronger flavor than anise seed and are considered warming. They can be added to infusions, mulled wine, herbal syrups, and liqueurs.”

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Few figures in the popular culture of our young nation have made such a lasting impact as has Harry Houdini. See? I didn’t have to say “early 20th Century illusionist Harry Houdini” – you knew exactly who I was talking about and he has been dead for nearly 100 years. There are many books out there about Houdini, but few about the lasting and enduring legacy of the man that is still resonating today. In his wonderful The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, author Joe Posnanski explores the impact Houdini had on the global culture by sharing modern stories tied directly back to the great escape artist .

About The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski:

“Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini.”

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

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