Archive for January, 2019

I love the simple elegance of the Cheers! Embroidered Cocktail Napkins I found from the fine folks at Dot & Army. These are a perfect hostess gift, or to help make your cocktail time at home just a little more special.

About the Cheers! Embroidered Cocktail Napkins from Dot & Army:

“These are the cocktail napkins you want to pull our for special occasions or for someone special! Available in red or black. Set of four cocktail napkins edged in gold and embroidered with “cheers!” Made from a linen blend, so they have that linen feel yet are easy to care for. Skip the paper cocktail napkins, and use cloth. Less waste and they make your friends and family feel a little more special.”

Find the Cheers! Embroidered Cocktail Napkins from Dot & Army here.

See all the fine linens from Dot & Amy here.

During the dark days of the London Blitz when the city was under constant bombardment from Nazi bombers during World War II, an unlikely hero emerged, the British fighter plane known as the Spitfire. Ever since, the aircraft has gained iconic status and is still beloved all these years later. Now, in the wonderfully presented book, Spitfire: A Very British Love Story, author John Nichols explores the history of the great plane and its long lasting legacy.

About Spitfire: A Very British Love Story by John Nichols:

“Bestselling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit.”

Spitfire: A Very British Love Story by John Nichols is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I absolutely hate mice, but I adore the Standing Mouse Light I found from the fine folks at Aria.

About the Standing Mouse Light from Aria:

“Seletti are synonymous with seamlessly blending art with everyday design. This table lamp conveys the playful personality of the charming mouse holding his brightly coloured blue LED light bulb. Made from Resin, this indoor lamp will add bags of personality to any home setting.”

Find the Standing Mouse Light from Aria here.

See all the cool products from Aria here.

FF: The Marvel Water Bottles from Nalgene

OK, I’ll be right back, I need to run out to get me one of these Marvel Water Bottles I found from the fine folks at Nalgene. The Captain America model for me of course!

About the Marvel Water Bottles from Nalgene:

“Face forward true believers as we present one of the greatest team-ups of all time! Nalgene and Marvel have come together to battle the greatest threat to mankind yet – thirst! This leakproof BPA free water bottle is tougher than The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor, and the Invincible Iron Man combined!”

Find the Marvel Water Bottles collection from Nalgene here.

See all the fine bottles from Nalgene here.

FF: The Mitsubishi Cleansui Water Filtration Pitcher from Designed

Meanwhile, to make sure my Captain America bottle is filled only with the cleanest water possible, I need the Mitsubishi Cleansui Water Filtration Pitcher I found available from the fine folks at Designed.

About the Mitsubishi Cleansui Water Filtration Pitcher from Designed:

“Top selling water purification system in Japan. Cleansui delivers safe, reliable water through a unique, state of the art, filtration system. Each filter combines the standard activated Carbon method with a Hollow Fiber Membrane that is added to the end of each filter.C leansui’s revolutionary Hollow Fiber Membrane technology removes fine, invisible particles up to 0.2 micrometers that are present in your water, such as turbidity and cysts.”

Find the Mitsubishi Cleansui Water Filtration Pitcher from Designed here.

See all the cool finds from Designed here.

I have a real problem. Well, I have many problems, but the one I am posting about today is my love of puffy winter coats. I have, at last count, six of them. You know the quilted nylon jackets that seem to be everywhere this time of year? That’s enough about me. Anyway, I wish I had a dog, because I love the Quilted Nylon Puffer Jacket I found from the fine folks at Love Thy Beast.

About the Quilted Nylon Puffer Jacket from Love Thy Beast:

“Ideal for those rainy, windy and snowy days. Our quilted nylon jackets blocks the wind and rain while the thick shearling lining keeps our pets cozy and warm. Each jacket features a navy contrast trimming detail.”

Find the Quilted Nylon Puffer Jacket from Love Thy Beast here.

See all the great finds for your furry friends from Love They Beast here.

Sir Michael Caine is best known as an iconic actor, but he has had quite a career as an author, penning books on acting and his own autobiography. Now, Sir Michael takes on the self-help book, of sorts, with his wonderful new volume Blowing the Bloody Doors Off – and Other Life Lessons.

About Blowing the Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine:

“One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s blockbusterDark Knight trilogy. Caine has excelled in every kind of role–with a skill that’s made it look easy.”

Now 85 years old and still going strong, Sir Michael has a lot of wisdom to share and I for one am taking him and it (his wisdom) seriously.

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

I have several ceramic pots and I like them, but I can honestly say I have totally fallen in love with the charming and whimsical Adam, Rory, and Manuel Ceramic Pots I found from the fine folks at Coming Soon New York.

About the Adam, Rory, and Manuel Ceramic Pots from Coming Soon New York:

“These charming painted face pots are cast in a light tan clay and hand painted with colorfast matte glazes. Available as Rory (upside-down), Adam (right-side-up), and brand new Manuel (parts all over).”

Find the Adam, Rory, and Manuel Ceramic Pots from Coming Soon New York here.

See all the great finds from Coming Soon New York here.

The fine folks at Local Vintage Prints produce a cool collection of prints on vintage paper, and they are all very cool. However, since today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S., I thought I would feature Local Vintage Print’s commemorative MLK Quotes Print.

About Local Vintage Prints:

“Handmade, made-to-order, local vintage prints that are the missing piece to your beautiful home. Whether you are a local, new to town, or even a world traveler, Local Vintage Prints brings quality and localized art to your doorstep.”

Find the MLK Quotes Print from Local Vintage Prints here.

See all the cool prints from Local Vintage Prints here.

FF: The Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds from Botanical Interests

Winter won’t last forever (although it has been very cold and snowy here on the prairie just across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO) so I am already looking forward to planting my garden in the spring. I plan to get a head start, but I am also going to try growing some herbs inside which I am told is an easy and good thing to do in the winter. First up is growing basil, like from the Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds I found from the fine folks at Botanical Interests.

About the Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds from Botanical Interests:

“There is nothing like the aroma of basil in the summer! There is no more useful herb; use in a number of Italian dishes. Accent fish, poultry and rice, add to mild vegetables and salads, serve with fresh mozzarella, or make basil vinegar! In a warm, south window, basil can grow indoors in the winter! A good container variety.”

Find the Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds from Botanical Interests here.

See all the herb seeds from Botanical Interests here.

Visit Botanical Interests online here.

FF: The Giant Peach Iceland Poppy Seeds from Floret Flowers

I never had good luck growing flowers from seed, so this year I am determined, and I think the trick is to start early. I hope to grow some cool flowers, like the Giant Peach Iceland Poppies I found from the fine folks at Floret Flowers.

About the Giant Peach Iceland Poppy Seeds from Floret Flowers:

“One of the most exquisite cut flowers we grow, these peachy tissue paper-like blooms are heartbreakingly beautiful. A citrusy scent and abundant flowering habit stretching from early spring through midsummer make them a highly prized cutting garden addition. Technically considered a hardy perennial, poppies can survive even the coldest winters, but because they don’t do well in high heat, they are often grown as an annual or biennial.”

Find the Giant Peach Iceland Poppy Seeds from Floret Flowers here.

Visit Floret Flowers online here.

I have posted a few times with follow-up from my trip to London last November (and still me to come). However, let’s not forget I made a side trip to France and have a few loose ends to tie up from that as well.

Like today’s find, the fine folks at Paul Marius, designers and curators of fine bags and accessories, like their collection of School Satchels (right).

About the School Satchels from Paul Marius:

“The school bag is a timeless object, PAUL MARIUS revisits this bag in a soft leather with ample storage space. You can proudly wear your satchel vintage look.”

Here’s a shot of the Paul Marius shop I visited in Lille:

Visit Paul Marius online here.