Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The weather here in Castine has turned nippy and the Maine Fall foliage tracker is showing color in the Northern regions. Monday we received yet another package of smile-inducing product. This shipment came to us all the way from the Lake District of England.
Katie Mawson established her business in 1991 after graduating from Camberwell Art School with a degree in textile design. She started with hand knitted sweaters (jumpers in England) and went on to create a children's wear collection. Over time, her work has evolved to her current line of felted wool gloves, hats, scarves, and home accessories Katie's husband, Chris, joined the business in 2000 and everything is made by them with the help of their knitters, Kerry and Norman. Katie carefully finishes every piece, felting them for extra softness, hand stitching, and labeling them as genuinely made in England.
Wide stripes, narrow stripes, and tipped solids in fun colors. Thanks to Katie and her team we can happily say, bring on the cold weather.....and smiles!
Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
After tiring of heavy and uninspired men's home fragrance choices, Jason Linscott worked to create a line of products with more "personality". The resulting line is comprised of four fragrances that are richer in character, deeply layered, and infused with scent aspects that more closely capture a very definite personality profile.
Joe Whiskey & rocks, a smoldering bonfire & a well-worn leather jacket
Notes of whiskey, woodsmoke, and leather overlap to create a warm, rich scent with a kick. Oakmoss and cedarwood help to round out this scrapper.
Clive Black tea, a hand-rolled cigarette & a mossy windowsill
Fragrant tobacco leaves blended with rich black tea, followed with bright green notes of bergamot and earthy vetiver- a perfectly balanced gent.
Luc Green absinthe, a cobblestone street & a dark velvet topcoat
Mysterious and deep, notes of absinthe, bitter almond, and oakmoss blend together for a multilayered experience. Rich dark chocolate, amber and flig slip in for added dimension.
Kurt A saltwater breeze, sun-bleached driftwood & a tropical beach
Smoky sandalwood and briny kelp interplay with notes of banana and coral flower. Geranium and vetiver jump in- reminiscent of afternoons in the surf.
The candles are prepared using an all-natural, clean-burning soy wax base enhanced with botanical and fragrance oils. Each candle is hand-blended and hand-poured in limited production runs to ensure consistency and quality. The packaging is fully recyclable and the glass containers and hand-roughed lids are intended for reuse as cocktail glasses or catch-alls. All 2550˚ candles are produced and packaged in Portland, Oregon.
So which one do I like? Let's just say I was quick to inform Dan I will be spending the long, cold Maine winter with Clive. I don't think he minds....after all, it's just a candle....not Clive Owen.