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cc2I love découpage and there is no better purveyor of fine découpage products right now than Ben’s Garden of Oyster Bay, Long Island.  I have purchased a few of his products in the past as gifts and they have been universally well received.

The other day, I was looking around the Ben’s Garden website and was attracted to two découpage trays featuring vintage images of Cape Cod.  I am looking forward to my annual vacation to Wellfleet, MA – on said Cape Cod – and these trays made me want to be there right now.  There are a few weeks left before this vacation – and I don’t want to wish away the balance of summer – so gazing at these great Cape Cod trays will have to hold me over.

About the Cape Cod 8″x 8″ Glass Valet Tray (Above, right) from Ben’s Garden: “This antique map reflects Ben’s unique aesthetic for the charming and unusual. Handcrafted in the traditional, French technique of découpage, the art of carefully cutting and gluing paper images to glass, in our Oyster Bay, NY studio. Each piece is felted to finish the backside and signed by Ben. A folded card explaining the découpage process accompanies each piece.”

The same description can be said for the Vintage Cape Cod 6″x 10″ Glass Tray (Below) which I also love. 

See all the découpage works from Ben’s Garden here.


BONBI love bikes and I love polar bears, so yeah, it makes total sense that I love this Bears on Bikes tee shirt from the L.A.-based design house, Poketo.

About the Bears on Bikes Tee from Poketo: “Cycle around town with these three lovable polar bears. Made with soft and comfy material, this shirt is made for exploring every corner of your favorite street with the same easy-going spirit as these ursine creatures. These three are definitely not your average bears.”

I do a ton of cycling around the hills and woods here in New Hampshire, and I have seen a few bears out and about while on my rides, none riding bikes themselves of course.  But contrary to the belief of some of my friends down south, the bears here are not quite the polar variety – we are pretty far north, but not that far north.  But I love this shirt just the same.

Check out all the cool products (and there are many) of Poketo here.

MONKSWIZI have no good reason to invest in high-end swizzle sticks, or swizzle sticks in general for that matter.  However, I am going to try to find a good reason very quickly as I have fallen in love with the Monkey and Palm Swizzle Stick from Patrick Mavros.

About the Monkey and Palm Swizzle Stick from Patrick Mavros: “The lively grey vervet monkey is found throughout the subcontinent. A charming and sociable animal, it has an appealing, velvety-black face and expressive white brows. This monkey has stolen some palm wine and gotten drunk. He swivels dizzily round and round the stick brandishing a coconut and mixing your cocktail at the same time!”

I love the whole monkey motif – were he wearing a fez there would be no question – I would have three in my collection already.  I have to say I love these guys and many of Patrick Mavros’ other extraordinary silver sculptures. 

I also love the ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil’ set of monkey spoons.

See all of the silver sculptures of Patrick Mavros here.

ZEBRAWhen I was a kid one of my little neighborhood friend’s parents had designed the coolest family room ever.  It was a big open modern space furnished with funky Scandinavian-inspired pieces. The centerpiece of the room was a zebra hide rug.  This was a real zebra hide and I was fascinated by it.  Although it was on the floor, we were not allowed to step on it – just look at it and when no one was looking, stroke the mane or the fur that was smooth one direction and coarse the other.

I was reminded of this little gem recently when I came across this Zebra Hide Towel from Maslin and Co. Which is described as:  “Deluxe zebra hide-shaped beach towel, crafted in 100% cotton. Design is reversible with 100% cotton trimmed edges and measures 54” wide x 70” tall. Finished with leather holster.”  They had me at holster!

About Maslin and Co.“Named after Australia’s first nude beach enclave, Maslin & Co is a new collection of well-crafted resort particulars, dedicated to sun worshippers and bon vivants. Debuting for Resort 2011/12, Maslin & Co was conceived as a tribute to the exotic ideals of seventies hedonism and draws design inspiration from the world of nature, the surreal and ultimately, beach vagabond culture. This collection is a new horizon in lifestyle accessories and covetable beach classics for purveyors of pleasure and leisure.”

Seriously this zebra towel is so cool and different.  I bet I would be the only one who shows up later this summer at my annual beach-side vacation on Cape Cod with one of these.  But then again, one of my traveling companions does fancy animal prints.

Find the Zebra Hide Towel and all the products of Maslin and Co. here.

corkcanI found these Wine Cork Candles from Vat19 (“purveyors of curiously awesome products“). 

These Cork Candles are a very simple idea that can add some fun to a summer dinner party table.

About the Wine Cork Candles from Vat19: “Put a (candle) cork in it. The next time you kill a bottle of wine, use it as a candle holder for your Wine Cork Candles. These realistic-looking cork candles will certainly make a statement. They may even confuse some of your more tipsy guests that the bottle is on fire (which should liven up the soiree).  Each set of Wine Cork Candles includes four candles. Each candle will burn for approximately 2 hours.”

Find the Wine Cork Candles and other fun “curiously awesome” products from Vat19 here.

BELVI fancy having an old-school English garden party some day.  I would have a tent, little café tables, teas and treats, and Pressés from Belvoir Fruit Farms.  Belvoir Fruit Farms makes specialty drinks, basically enhanced spring water, but something well beyond what you may think of as flavored water or juice.

About The Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes of Belvoir Fruit Farms: “We make naturally delicious Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes at our home in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside. Mary Manners, the wife of our founder Lord John Manners, started making cordials in her kitchen in the Seventies by infusing the elderflowers and pressing the fruit grown on the farm. Since then, Belvoir has carried on the same infusing, pressing and cooking of fresh flowers, fruits and spices, which are then blended with local spring water to make our delicious drinks. We never compromise on quality, and choose only the best ingredients. Everything that goes into our drinks is real and natural with nothing artificial at all.”

As someone who does not enjoy wine with dinner, I think the products of Belvoir Fruit Farms may be a nice alternative for a dinner party – and would make a nice hostess gift.  Now only if I can find a local distributor.

See all the Cordials, Pressés and Fruit Crushes of Belvoir Fruit Farms here.

woodmatchI love matches.  Don’t worry, I am not a pyro or anything, but I just love using old school wooden matches to light candles and fires.   I just love the sound of a match striking and the initial smell of the wood burning.  I am always on the lookout for new and different matches and I think I hit the jackpot with this really cool Wooden Matches Block from FitzSu.

About the Wooden Matches Block from FitzSu: “Wooden Block with 100 matches is created out of one piece of wood. To use, just break a match off the block and scratch it along the block to light. In 1680, an Irish physicist named Robert Boyle (Boyle’s Law) coated a small piece of paper with phosphorous and coated a small piece of wood with sulfur. He then rubbed the wood across the paper and created a fire. However, there was no useable match created by Robert Boyle. A great hostess gift, corporate gift or volume gift, the block of 100 matches comes in a gift box.”

I love this simple idea of a block of matches – almost a reinvention of the whole idea of wooden matches.  I love the look of this block too – almost too good to use.  The Wooden Matches Block will look great sitting on the mantel on its own and makes a nice gift.

See the Wooden Matches Block from all the great products of FitzSu here.

HAMI have mentioned before how I love visiting my friend Lynda and her husband’s home.  The have a lovely spot on a pond and it is so pretty and peaceful.  Every now and then they ask me to house- and dog-sit and I jump at the opportunity – especially in the summer, when I can really enjoy the setting.

One of my favorite things to do is to lounge in the hammock they have set up in a clearing near the shore of the pond.  I love sitting out there as the sun sets and well into the night listening to the sounds of nature, looking at the stars and maybe enjoying a spot of bourbon and a cigar.

The thought of this lovely setting has me thinking about getting a hammock of my own for the New Hampshire manse.  I think I may have found the perfect place to look – The Hammock Company

The Hammock Company has a ton of hammocks in every imaginable form and price point.  However, my inner Gilligan fancies the Classic Rope Hammock.

About the Classic Rope Hammock  from The Hammock Company: “The Captain’s Line Classic Rope Hammock is our most popular item and is truly the best value available anywhere. It is crafted with 8mm three strand twisted rope in your choice of 100% cotton or polyester. Our pure cotton is the softness rope you can find. Polyester is offered in a bright white color making it stand out in your backyard. Our polyester is nearly as soft as cotton but is less prone to mold and mildew. This hammock comes with two chains and two tree hooks so you can install it between two trees or on a stand.”

Just add cigars and bourbon.

See the Classic Rope Hammocks and all the products of The Hammock Company here.

WR1You may have noticed that aside from watches, you haven’t really seen too many posts about jewelry here on Lost Cowboy.  This is mostly due to the fact that I know very little about jewelry and leave it to others to alert you to great finds in that world.

However, every now and then I see jewelry and related items that cross my path which I find interesting.  Such is the case with Where’s Romeo.

About Where’s Romeo!: “Started in October 2006 by two best friends, WR?! from the beginning has set out to help facilitate the customer as designer. Cheryl continues this custom process today, as well as providing a weekly expanding collection of her own designs. Inspired and influenced by her many travels to far flung destinations, street fashion, and the wonderful women in her life, WR?! is jewelry for all people with signature style and a story to tell.”

I like things that are eclectic and bring pieces together that otherwise would seem strange, like Where’s Romeo’s Lucky 7 – the type of charm jewelry that I fancy I would make if I were ever to make jewelry.

Check out all the inspired jewelry designs of Where’s Romeo here.

pd1Christmas gets all the attention when it comes to food and treats.  However, New Year’s offers an opportunity to keep the celebrations and treats coming.

For example, check out the treats on display at New York’s Payard bakery with the New Year’s holiday in mind.

I like the look and sound of the New Year’s Eve White Cake, described as a “berry cheesecake with orange walnut pound cake, berry gelee, cheesecake and cheesecake mousse.”

If you happen to be in New York City, you are in luck – you can order your treats online and have them delivered or ready to pick up.  For the rest of us, we will just have to be inspired to create some New Year’s treats of our own.

Check out Payard’s New Year’s themed treats here.