A few weeks ago I presented a series of quick finds centered around things that could help us enjoy the balance of the winter season (especially those of us up here in the snow belt). Many of you mentioned that you like the posts that featured a few “finds” at a time.

So, starting this week, and with inspiration borrowed from my friend Lynda’s blog, I am starting a new weekly post: Friday Finds.

Each Friday I will be presenting a collection of Lost Cowboy’s signature Finds that may otherwise not have made their own posts. Some weeks there may be a theme, but for the most part the featured finds will be as eclectic as the rest of the week. Enjoy!

FF: The work of artist Elly MacKay

FF1I have featured similar artists in the past, but there is something special about the innocent and whimsical illustrations of Elly MacKay that makes me happy.

About Elly MacKay: “My work often tells a moment in a story, and often plays with the themes of childhood, and the ephemeral. I look to my own childhood, my experiences as a mother, Victorian curiosities, vintage book illustrations, set design, and the land and weather here. At times I work on a larger scale, creating installations. In the future I hope to do some animation as well.”

Visit Elly MacKay’s website here.

FF: Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray

ff2I have written about the culture of oysters many times before, mostly due to my love of Wellfleet, MA, a famous center of oysters in New England – which is why this book turned my head:

About Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray: “In March of 2009, Erin Byers Murray ditched her pampered city girl lifestyle and convinced the rowdy and mostly male crew at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to let a completely unprepared, aquaculture-illiterate food and lifestyle writer work for them for 12 months to learn the business of oysters. SHUCKED is part love letter, part memoir and part documentary about the world’s most beloved bivalves. An in-depth look at the work that goes into getting oysters from farm to table, SHUCKED shows Erin’s full-circle journey through the modern day oyster farming process and tells a dynamic story about the people who grow our food, and the cutting-edge community of weathered New England oyster farmers who are defying convention and looking ahead. The narrative also interweaves Erin’s personal story—the tale of how a technology-obsessed workaholic learns to slow life down a little bit and starts to enjoy getting her hands dirty (and cold). This is a book for oyster lovers everywhere, but also a great read for locavores and foodies in general.”

Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

FF: The SVT-RS40 Collection of watches from Tsovet

FF3This Find needs no explanation… I just love fine watches.

About the SVT-RS40 Collection of watches from Tsovet: “Early aviators relied on timepieces as flight instruments to aid in navigation and planning. The need to synchronize second hands with radio time signals and then coordinate these readings with compasses and flight charts was a daunting task. Because the first navigator and aviator watches utilized larger pocket watch movements, they were oversized and cumbersome devices. Effortlessly operating this indispensable tool was always obstructed by shortcomings in design. As onboard avionic instrumentation advanced and reliance on timepieces as backup instruments declined, pilots still found a need for their timepieces no matter how much sophisticated equipment surrounded them in the cockpit.”

Check out the SVT-RS40 Collection of watches from Tsovet here.

FF: Shackleton Whiskey

ff4What would my first collections of Friday Finds be without a post about bourbon or whiskey? Shackleton Whiskey is a great find as it refers to the most interesting history of the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition which always fascinated me.

About Shackleton Whiskey: “In June 1907, the Glen Mhor distillery in Inverness, Scotland, received an order from the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton for a total of 46 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt – one of the more indulgent items included among the provisions designed to sustain his British Antarctic Expedition of 1907.”

 Check out more about Shackleton Whiskey here.

FF: The Wellfleet Sea Salt Company

FF6Finally today, the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, a great story of young entrepreneurs harnessing two of my favorite things: salt and Wellfleet, MA.

About the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company: “The sea and sunshine: that’s all we need. Wellfleet Sea Salt Company was born from the waters of Cape Cod. Our salt is as pure and simple as life on the Cape, the way it should be. We don’t add anything because nothing could be better than what the ocean gives us. Our salt is natural, eco-friendly, and has a flavor all its own. Bring home a dash of Cape Cod and experience natural flavor in every crystal.”

Visit the Wellfleet Sea Salt Company shop here.