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2013 Archives

12/27/13—Birch Log Pillow

Ever wanted to snuggle up with nature? You are in luck. Sabine Herrmann of Plantillo has made a pillow for you! This photo-realistic branch looks great in a group or on it’s own. Inspired by walks outdoors, Sabine snaps photos of found treasures and turns them into something to enjoy indoors.

12/20/13—Bean Boots
L.L. Bean

Leon Leonwood Bean was a businessman by the age of 9. Told he could attend the fair or sell steel traps with his father, he chose to skip the fair. In 1912, he dreamed up these beauties and they’ve been keeping feet warm and dry ever since. Made from premium quality materials, these are expertly sewn in Maine one pair at a time and will last you a lifetime!

12/6/13—Monster Match Stacks
Tree Hopper Toys

The perfect gift for your little monsters! Handcrafted with love outside of Chicago by a family owned and operated business, Match Stacks are durable, portable and fun for all ages. Made from sustainable hardwoods, these toys are earth-friendly too. We liked the Monster set best but there are ten others to choose from. If you're a grown up playing this game with a kid, good luck beating them - you're gonna need it!

12/13/13—Woodland Measuring Spoons
7 Doors Studio

Make holiday baking adorable with this sweet measuring spoon set. Baking with children? Tell them they need to add a “bunny of salt and a hedgehog of sugar”. Artist Kat Silverstein finds inspiration in the natural world around her. Other sets include Barnyard Animals, Forest Animals and Songbirds. She also accepts custom orders!

12/6/13—Monster Match Stacks
Tree Hopper Toys

The perfect gift for your little monsters! Handcrafted with love outside of Chicago by a family owned and operated business, Match Stacks are durable, portable and fun for all ages. Made from sustainable hardwoods, these toys are earth-friendly too. We liked the Monster set best but there are ten others to choose from. If you're a grown up playing this game with a kid, good luck beating them - you're gonna need it!

11/29/13—Monster Coin Purse
Woolly Mammoth
Kalamazoo, MI

Let's face it, people love to get money as a gift but it's kind of…boring. This cute coin purse takes care of that problem! Who wouldn't want to receive this little guy stuffed with cash?! This would also make a fabulous charger or headphone cord holder. These zippy little bags are made from super durable marine grade vinyl with child safe eyes AND they ship FREE! Woolly Mammoth makes their products "almost completely out of recycled and up-cycled materials" so it's a gift you can feel good about giving!
11/12/13—Wool Stormy Kromer Cap
Stormy Kromer
Ironwood, MI

Back in 1903 former baseball player George "Stormy" Kromer asked his wife Ida to modify a baseball cap to stay on in windy weather at his new job at the railroad. A legend was born. In case you're wondering, don't untie the earflaps—just lower that panel over your ears when there's a nip in the air. This hand-stitched beauty has "an unbeatably comfortable fit" and "a hundred years of time-tested durability." Happen to be in Michigan? Visit their factory tour!
11/15/13—Brooke Jeans
J Brand

You’ve got your beauteous fall boots, now you just need the bootylicious boot cut jeans to go with them. That’s where J Brand comes in. Their “winning combination of style and comfort” has been around since 2004. From dark to light denim, metallic to velvet, skinny to cropped and even “lacquered”—you’re sure to find your new favorite jeans to live in this fall!

11/08/13—Letterpress Thank You Notes
Lucky Bee Press

November is a month to give thanks. And nothing tops sending a REAL card in the mail. But to keep up with the speed of email and texts, you’ve got to have your cards at the ready! Stamps? Check. Addresses? Check. Gorgeous cards? Check! Lucky Bee prints their exquisite cards on a vintage platen letterpress in their little studio by the beach. Pick your favorite style and you’ll be ready when it’s time to say thanks! You’re welcome.
11/01/13—Day of the Dead Bracelet
Trinkets and Trifles

You’ll have skulls that jingle jangle jingle! Day of the Dead—actually two days (Nov. 1 and 2) —is a time to remember family and friends who have passed on. This one-of-a-kind handmade bracelet is full of charm—literally—and includes swarovski crystals, turquoise, bone, pearls and wood. Have a different theme in mind? Ask away, custom orders welcomed!
10/25/13—Artisan Stand Mixer

Expertly hand assembled in Greenville, Ohio, the home of KitchenAid since 1919. Choose from over 20 luscious colors—we picked “Tangerine”. This powerhouse includes “dough hook, flat beater and wire whip attachments along with a 5 quart stainless steel mixing bowl and 10 speeds”. They had us at “dough hook”. Homemade pumpkin pie, coming right up!
10/18/13—Garnet Merino Wool Scarf

If you like your accessories to be works of art, meet The Scarfguy - handweaver Fred S. Ullom. This ruby and garnet tattersall pattern is handwoven from silk and Merino Wool (known for being the softest, finest wool). Fred makes only 2 to 3 scarves a week so "...proud owners of my scarves can be assured that they will remain among an elite few." Many more beautiful, one-of-a-kind color combos available. All arrive boxed and ready to give as a very, very special gift.
10/11/13—Mini Zero Messenger Bag
Rickshaw Bagworks

Though we’re partial to red, white and blue, we couldn’t help but get in the Halloween spirit when designing our custom bag. So fun to choose the outer fabric, piping color and even the interior fabric for a completely custom look! “Made from scratch in San Francisco”, they have a variety of styles and sizes so you can find the bag that’s just right for you.
10/4/13—Black Cats Banner
D. Blumchen & Co.
Ridgewood, NJ

You simply won't believe the full on vintage Halloween cuteness available from the good folks over at Blumchen & Co. This festive garland of hissing and grinning black cats was our favorite! "Printed in crisp, bright colors, it is once again being made in the U.S.A. by the original manufacturer." Several other well-priced, nostalgic styles and products to choose from as well. Me-wow!
09/27/13—Wine Country Rub
Feast it Forward

Here's the rub. This savory blend of Sun Dried Tomatoes, Rosemary, Lemon Peel, Fennel, Black Pepper, Chili, Garlic, Citric Acid and Sea Salt makes for an UH-mazing flavoring for meats, potatoes, eggs and veggies. Giving a portion of proceeds to charitable causes, Feast it Forward prides itself on “Bringing foodies, winos and philanthropists together under one brand.” Delicious!

09/20/13—Logan Ridge Throw

Fall officially starts on Sept. 22—are you ready? Be prepared for anything with this warm and cozy wool-blend throw backed by “ultra plush Berber”. Woolrich has been around since 1830 and still makes blankets, menswear and socks in their woolen mill. Ready to get cozy?!
09/13/13—Bow and Arrow Earrings
Beach Bones Jewelry

Been searching for earrings that make a statement this fall? The—ahem—HUNT is over! Unleash your inner huntress in these golden brass beauties handmade in Portland. Imagine wearing these to go see the latest Hunger Games movie— too too perfect! Many more special pieces in their Etsy shop—stop on by!
09/06/13—Apple Basket
Peterboro Basket Company

Harvest season is upon us—are you ready? Peterboro has been handcrafting their baskets like this since 1854. This beauty spotted for sale at Anthropologie is made from Appalachian white ash and finished with leather details. Absolutely gorgeous!
08/30/13—The Runwell Watch

OK, which is cooler? Fumbling to check the time on your phone or casually glancing at a seriously gorgeous watch? Described on their site as “orange-er” than their other watches, this handsome timepiece is “engineered with an obsessive focus” in Detroit with a leather band stitched in Florida from premium American-made leather. Classy!
08/23/13—Collegiate Pouch
M.N. Davis and Son

Pick your letter and head back to school with this darling—and durable—navy blue duck canvas pouch. Sewn in a former rope factory in Brooklyn, designer Mariko’s goal is to make “fine quality items that are simple and unique, yet trend-free, so that they will be used and loved by a wide variety of people…”Mission accomplished!
08/16/13—Seabury Wallpaper
York Wallcoverings

Wallpaper adds oomph to a room like nothing else. Imagine this Seabury pattern in a beach cottage! “America's oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, York has been making wallcoverings since 1895 in its original location…” With over 15,000 designs we wish you lots of luck picking out your favorite!
08/09/13—Barnacle Planter, Minty Fresh

Reminiscent of an ocean treasure, this beautiful ceramic container is a tiny delight for your plants—or pencils. Each piece from this studio is handmade with care and the belief that tiny details and variations in a handmade piece “are where the magic happens”. Great BLOG POST about how designer Jennifer Romero does her stuff.
08/02/13—Custom Shower Curtain
DENY Designs

Create your own shower curtain (or duvet, pillow, sheets, blankets, clocks etc.) with YOUR CUSTOM IMAGE OR choose from one of the cool styles they offer. “…artists earn part of the proceeds, enabling DENY to support art communities all over the world while also spreading the creative love…” Can't deny, that's pretty cool!
07/26/13—Silent Stripes Bracelet
Tarina Tarantino

You’ll be ready for your close up in any piece from the Silent Stripes Collection—an homage to the silent film era. Black and white never goes out of style and neither will this “…adjustable cluster bracelet with Lucite and glass beads on silver plated chain…”. Tarina is our Maker of the Month for July—check out her feature HERE.
07/19/13—Lemon Room Freshener
J.R. Watkins

Mega-uber-super-duper hard to pick just ONE of their products—we LOVE every one we’ve tried! One spritz of this baby and you’re surrounded in zingy lemon loveliness. "...natural formulas create a delightful, long-lasting ambiance. Each bottle contains more than 600 sprays." Impressive that J.R. Watkins has been around since 1868.
07/12/13—Calli Twins Print
Poster Child Prints

Oodles of uh-ma-zing limited edition fine art prints at accessible prices. This one from artist Tim Biskup is our fave —though HARD to pick! “hand-pulled silkscreen print...signed and numbered by the artist...” Hurry, only 100 in the world!
07/05/13—Adirondack “Tete-a-Tete”

Grab your BFF and a couple of lemonades for some lazy, summer fun! This sweet set comes in 14 luscious colors. "Painted premium Southern yellow pine...pressure treated with environmentally friendly preservatives to increase life and durability...ships fully assembled” Ahh, this is the life!
06/28/13—Urchin Chandelier

Baby you're a firework! No, wait, you're a really, really cool overhead light! "...gold metal urchin chandelier is custom-made, adorned with hundreds of high-quality metal spines." Available with or without beads, variety of styles including silver and bright colors. Explosively cool!
06/21/13—Boat and Tote
L.L. Bean

One look at these classic bags and we want to hop on a sailboat wearing a jaunty nautical scarf! Choose from 4 sizes and 11 colors OR design your own like we did. Feeling particularly preppy? Add a monogram! "Made in Maine since 1944...Originally designed to haul ice...Simply the toughest tote you can buy..."
Tie 06/14/13—Betsy Ross Tea Dyed Flag
Flags Unlimited

Did you know Washington wanted a SIX pointed star? It was Betsy who pushed for the five pointer. Thanks Betsy! “Our historical flags are unsurpassed in quality and authenticity. 100% cotton bunting that has been specially antiqued for a rich, historic look. Finished with canvas header and brass grommets, fully embroidered star field and sewn stripes.”
06/07/13—Paper Straws
Paper and Present

These adorable straws are a fun special touch for your summer parties AND come in striped, chevron, polka dot, swiss dot or heart patterns—how will you ever choose?! “Sturdy construction…non-toxic, food-safe inks…100% biodegradable, compostable and chlorine-free.” Free straw flag template with purchase too!

Tie 05/31/13—Tender Hand Care Kit
Caswell Massey

“This kit has five essentials to make your hands as soft as your heart.” Aww, sweet. They must be doing something right to be around since 1752! Word on the cobblestone street is that George Washington gave a bottle of their cologne to the Marquis de Lafayette, and Lewis and Clark took their products on their cross-country trek. Cool!
Tie 05/24/13—Tasnim Canopy Settee

Who could resist having a seat on this amazing creation! “Our kiln-dried hardwood sette, upholstered in paprika-colored linen will send your imagination into full swing. Variegated neon panels, both tropical and charming, checker the interior of this handcrafted cove, sending an unspoken invitation to cozy right up with your favorite throw.”
Tie 05/17/13—Banjo
Deering Banjo Company

Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers loves ’em so that’s good enough for us! “We focus only on making banjos in our factory so that our staff’s 231 years of combined [expertise] is directed toward making the highest quality banjos in all price ranges and providing the best banjos in the world. We would love to have you come visit us and take a factory tour.”
Tie 05/10/13—Light Fixture
Schoolhouse Electric

Let there be light—especially when the lights are this beautiful! “Our exclusive parts are made of heavy gauge, solid American brass and hand-finished in our state-of-the-art patina shop. Once parts are finished, our craftspeople in Portland, Oregon, build each fixture to your specifications.”
Tie 05/3/13—Skinny Tie
General Knot

Love how this co. uses vintage fabrics for limited editions—only 8 of this style were produced! “With the world’s finest craftsmen right here in the U.S.A., there was never a question of where [our] products would be manufactured. Our ties are proudly handmade by men and women in the country’s most sought-after tailoring shops.”

PLEASE NOTE: The selection process is entirely subjective and companies may not pay to be included.

Our curators choose products to include based on these 3 requirements:
Quality item(s), well-made and in good taste.
Product(s) are attractively represented on the company’s website, if they have one.
Made in America—of course!