'Gifts'

Perfect For Halloween From Out Of Print

October 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There’s perhaps no way better to get into the Fall and Halloween state of mind than to read a good book, a good Horror book that is. But, if you don’t have the time to sit down and read maybe you can wear your favorite horror novel, poem, or short story, especially with the amazing collections of t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and so much more at Out Of Print. Out Of Print has lots of great merchandise with different themes, today we are going to look at what’s available in the “Spooky” category as we charge on towards Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of Dracula, Edgar Alan Poe or Mary Shelly’s monster there’s something here for you and any of these would be great gifts for October birthday people with a sense of wonder and macabre. Join me today for a little frightful shopping spree and check out all the awesome merchandise from Out Of Print here at their website. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! 

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Alphabet Legend Books

October 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently began seeing ads on Facebook for the Alphabet Legends books and was very intrigued. I went to the website for the books and am so happy I did, the story of the creation is simple and timeless and I love the art and message the books convey. Alphabet Legends was started by Australian author and illustrator Beck Feiner when she was trying to teach her oldest child, Levi, the alphabet and there wasn’t anything fun or unusual for a parent to use at home. In her words, “it’s hard to bond over B is for Banana.” This led to Beck creating an A to Z that she could use to teach her son and she centered it on things about Australia. Immediately Beck’s Instagram followers wanted a copy of the list and that led to books and posters and now today there are several books available on a wide range of people with amazing artwork that lets you teach your child, not only the alphabet but also about certain people associated with places and occupations known as the Alphabet Legends, there’s even a book for the Manchester United Soccer Team in the UK. Today we are going to look at five of the Alphabet Legend books, ranging from Alphabet Legend Americans to Legends in Fashion and Little Legends. These books will make awesome gifts for kids and grandkids, shower presents, baptism gifts, Christmas, you name it and these will be perfect. I love something that’s not only fun and artistic but is also educational…but not in a way that you feel like you’ve just attended a college lecture on a topic. Join me for a peek at Alphabet Legend Books and to see more of the selection visit the ALB website here. Enjoy!!! 

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Harvest Pumpkin Collection @ Williams Sonoma

August 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

School has started back here in Oklahoma and it’s only two weeks until Labor Day, a time when our thoughts turn to all things Fall and Pumpkiny. With that in mind, we are going to look at a gorgeous new collection of dishes from Williams Sonoma, the Harvest Pumpkin Collection. The designs for this collection are based on Dutch still life paintings with their vibrant colors of oranges, greens, whites, reds, and purples all on an elegant and timeless black background. All of the pieces in the collection are porcelain glazed in black and with a hand-painted 14-karat gold painted rim. In addition to plates for eating there are also serving pieces and a gorgeous cheeseboard. All of these would be amazing to mix with your existing dishes and as always they would be gorgeous decorative pieces hanging on the wall. Join me today for a look at several pieces from the WS Harvest Pumpkin Collection, I’m anxious to hear what you think, Enjoy!!!

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Out Of Print ~ Inspiration From Literature

July 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

As you may know, I LOVE books and I was really excited to find out recently about the Out Of Print company and website. Out Of Print is dedicated to celebrating literacy and stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities, each purchase made on Out Of Print helps support literacy programs and book donations to those in need.  Out Of Print has an amazing choice of things you can buy, all of them inspired by great works of literature and their cover art. I particularly love all the t-shirts available with some of my favorite books on them, both children’s books and novels. There’s everything from British works like Jane Eyre and Jane Austen to American novels 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird. There are also great kids books like Are You, My Mamma, and Curious George and everything is available in both men’s and women’s styles of t-shirts. If you’re not into t-shirts they also have tote bags, socks, boxers, jewelry, mugs, and much, much more. I will definitely be placing an order in the near future to celebrate literature and help those have better access to literature who don’t know. I hope you enjoy this look at t-shirts and pay Out Of Print a visit soon. Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide ~ For Chef Mom

May 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to get something special for Moms who like to cook, whether they’re a baker, grillers, chefs or just all around awesome cooks there are plenty of awesome things to get Chef Mom. We are going to look at five different companies today who offer awesome products for cooking and dining, all of them great American companies with awesome, fun and sometimes unusual choices. Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018~ Pamper Her

May 7, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Mom. This Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day and I’ve gathered together some fun and beautifully designed ideas of things you can get the Mom(s) in your life. Today we are going to start out by pampering mom with something comfy to wear around the house at the end of the day as well as make things smell wonderful and help Mom relax and sleep better. Join me for Day 1 of the 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Keds & Rifle Paper Co.

April 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I love a great collaboration when two creative entities come together and make each other better. Today we are looking at the current collaboration between the Keds Shoe Company and the Rifle Paper Co. and the awesome shoes that came out of these two companies working together. I’ve talked about The Rifle Paper Co. several times on the blog before, whether it’s about their beautiful stationery, Christmas Cards, and wrapping paper or the amazing wallpapers they are now making. Keds has been making tennis shoes since 1916 and are a leader when it comes to women’s and children’s fun and stylish footwear. Join me today for a look at these fun, beautiful, and whimsical shoe creations that will be awesome gifts for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays or maybe just to treat yourself, and remember they also come in kids sizes. Enjoy!!!

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Pinnochio And Bartolucci In Florence.

April 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Once upon a time, we were walking the streets of Florence, Italy when we came upon a charming store, a store focused on the art of wood carving and the timeless Italian story of Pinocchio. The store is Bartolucci and is run by the Bartolucci family who has been in woodworking since 1936. The Bartolucci store in Florence is gorgeous and will be enjoyed by adult and children alike, the store is filled with beautiful creations in wood that are painted in bright colors and have the most wonderful faces. The focus of the store is Pinocchio, the puppet made of wood who wants to be a real boy. Francesco Bartolucci made his first Pinocchio in 1981 when he took a carpenter’s bench outside so tourists could watch him work, it is from that day on that Francesco says he had found his true path. Along with Pinocchio, you will find clocks, growth charts, toys, and even Christmas decorations. I have some photos to share with you today and if you would like to visit the Bartolucci website you can click here and as always Enjoy!!!

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Italian Chocolate Easter Displays

March 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With this weekend being Easter this is the perfect time for me to share with you photos of the amazing Easter displays in chocolate and candy stores we saw on our recent trip to Italy. The displays are gorgeous and involve not only amazing pieces done in chocolate but also gorgeous papers and ribbons. We saw beautiful displays in all the cities we visited with perhaps the most beautiful being in Florence. Join me today for a look at how candy and chocolate are used to celebrate Spring’s big holiday in Italy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter to all. Enjoy!!!

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The Jewels Of Mish

January 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

During this time of year thoughts often turn to jewelry for both men and women, men are thinking of giving baubles for Valentine’s Day and women are thinking of receiving them. I recently became aware of the beautiful jewel work of Mish Tworkowski of New York City. Mish has created beautiful and sometimes unusual designs using amazing colored gemstones, diamonds, and metals. Elegance is the word that comes to mind when looking at the work of Mish, sometimes simple elegance and sometimes over the top. Join me today for a look at the beautiful creations of Mish of New York, perhaps you’ll see something for that special someone…or for yourself. Enjoy!!!

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