Archive for June, 2017

I discovered London-based artist and designer Robin Lucas when I spotted a really cool lampshade he created featuring a jungle tiger (right). When I went to explore where this really cool piece of art came from, I discovered the whole world of Mr. Lucas’s illustrations and fell in love with them.

About artist and designer Robin Lucas:

“Robin Lucas is an artist and designer. From an early age, he has always had a sketchbook on the go and holds a particular fascination for the natural world, history, gardens and interiors. A keen collector of books, art, and curiosities; Robin uses these interests to create a natural dialogue between interiors and his work.”

Learn more about artist and designer Robin Lucas and see a collection of his work here.

A couple of weeks ago when I was back in New Hampshire over the Memorial Day weekend, I stopped by the Remick Farm in Tamworth and posted about it. While at the farm I snapped this photo across the fields where you can just see the trademark peak of Mount Chocorua poking through. I thought I would share this as it is a different view than the shots across the lake I usually present. Still stunning from all angles.

The fine folks at Vet Tix exist to provide tickets to sporting and entertainment event to veterans and active service members (and their families) so they can relax, destress, and feel honored for their service.

About Vet Tix:

“Give Something to Those Who Gave. Vet Tix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.”

Learn more about Vet Tix and how you can help here.

FF: Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

I love that small distilleries are popping up all over – which in many cases means more bourbon for us. The fine folks at Tom’s Town Distilling Co. right in downtown Kansas City is leading the charge and has some fine offerings.

About Tom’s Town Distilling Co.: “Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is downtown Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast, Tom’s Town brings to life the glamorous magnetism of the Gatsby-era. Rooted in a deco optimism, Kansas City flouted Prohibition under the Pendergast machine. ‘King Tom’s’ irreverence for federal statutes in favor of bare-knuckled local capitalism allowed his town to emerge as the ‘Paris of the Plains.’ Spirits, money, and jazz flowed like water in the city’s world-renowned fountains. Legend has it that when a newspaperman asked Pendergast how he justified ignoring the federal statutes behind Prohibition, he shrugged and said, ‘The people are thirsty.’ Today as Kansas City experiences its second cultural rebirth, the people are still thirsty. Welcome to Tom’s Town, where free spirits reign.”

Try Tom’s Town Distilling Company’s Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon.

Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is located at 1701 Main Street in the great city of Kansas City, MO.

FF: Holladay Distillery of Weston, MO

Just northwest of Kansas City in the charming town of Weston, MO you will find the historic Holladay Distillery still running after more than 150 years and showing the new kids how it is done.

About Holladay Distillery: “160 years in the making, the Holladay Distillery is the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi River still located on its original site and is the proud home of McCormick Distilling Company. Nestled in the rolling hills of Weston, Missouri, the distillery is rich in history and full of surprises. We are proud to introduce you to Real Missouri Bourbon. At the Holladay Distillery you’ll find our original 160-year-old bourbon recipe cooking in a stillhouse that dates back to the mid-1800s. The grains are sourced right here in Missouri and cooked with water from the same limestone spring used by founders Benjamin and David Holladay in 1856.”

Holladay Distillery is located at One McCormick Lane in Weston, MO.

The world is full of note cards, and I have featured many right here on Lost Cowboy, but I have to say I am totally in love with the note card collection from Alexa Pulitzer, which includes this “Lucky Elephant” Note Card:

Check out Alexa Pulitzer’s note card collection here.

See all the fine stationery and related products from Alexa Pulitzer here.

Just in time for Father’s Day I offer the sweet, touching, and thoroughly amusing memoir of fatherhood, Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola.

About Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola: “This #1 Italian bestseller, offering a father’s observations of the everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, has struck a chord with readers around the globe. Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.”

What’s great about the observations Mr. Bussola makes about his everyday life in this fine book is that it gets you to think about your own life and maybe memories of those moments you just want to savor.

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast by Matteo Bussola is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

Do you know a Dad that loves to BBQ? Who doesn’t? That would make the Dad’s BBQ Sign I found from the fine folks at Daydream HQ the perfect Father’s Day gift – part of their Wile E. Wood Art collection.

About the Dad’s BBQ Sign from Daydream HQ:

“This piece is made out of 4 individual cedar boards, giving it unique coloring, grains, and knots. You can hang the piece inside or outside year round in all weather, no coating needed! Our process is environmentally friendly, since our inks are non-toxic and we use a excellent renewable resource for our canvas… WOOD! The vertical wood boards are mounted to 2 horizontal cedar boards with an industrial strength polyurethane exterior construction adhesive. The piece has hanging hardware secured on the back and is ready to be put up on any wall!”

Find the Dad’s BBQ Sign from Daydream HQ here.

See all the great products available from Daydream HQ here.

I have been hanging around the fine site of New York City’s William-Wayne & Co. looking for some inspiration to spice up my outdoor dining and picnics this summer.

I am really digging the Dragon Fly Food Dome (right) I found from William-Wayne & Co. The dome, designed to keep pesky bugs off of your picnic, is a classy upgrade from more kitschy versions from days past. It also comes in Bumble Bee and Lady Bug versions.

Meanwhile, William-Wayne & Co. also have these great American Tall Ship Tin Picnic Plates – perfect for a harbor-side picnic when the Tall Ship visit Boston in the big Sail Boston event next week.

For a more elegant and intimate event, splurge on William-Wayne & Co.’s Blue Lace Tea for Two set.

William-Wayne & Co. is located at 846 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY – but lucky for us they are a great online store.

Sail Boston with tall ships from around the world runs June 17-22 in the great city of Boston, MA.

Seriously, we need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, a truly devastating affliction for those who have it and those who love them. The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is the public charity of the Alzheimer’s disease Research Foundation and worthy of our support.

About the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund:

“Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research, and it does so without any financial gain for its founders or donors. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research — the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses. Our Research Consortium is an all-star team of scientists working at premier research institutions across the country, regularly conferring with one another on the progress and impediments in their research and constantly sharing their data. Our goal is to stop Alzheimer’s disease through early prediction, prevention and effective intervention in those patients who have become symptomatic.”

Learn more about the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and how you can help here.