Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Market Finds: November 2014

With Thanksgiving being only a week away, I thought this month's Market Finds would focus on some of my favorite finds that seem fitting for the upcoming holiday.  Whether you are setting a table this year for friends and family or will be a guest at someone's table, here are a few things that will set a festive and thankful touch to your gathering.  Read below for more details on these finds and be sure to click the links to discover more about the artisans behind these great products and to see more of their wonderful goods.  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

the Olive Basket Market Finds

French & Sparrow: Clay Tags
These beautifully simple clay tags are just the right touch of casual elegance for any place setting this Thanksgiving or for any gift for that matter.  I can easily see using the "Thank You" tag or "Bon Appetit" tag as a napkin ring at each Thanksgiving place setting you set.  Or if you have a hostess gift to bring or favors/leftovers to send your guests home with, these would be a lovely addition and sentiment.  These tags are made by hand using a very unique and specific process that involves only natural materials.  They are made in Australia, but their uniqueness alone would most definitely be worth this out-of-country purchase.
French and Sparrow Clay Tags
{photo credit: FrenchandSparrow}
Where to Find French & Sparrow:
Purchase from Artisan @ Etsy.com/FrenchandSparrow
Learn More @ FrenchandSparrow.com


Sunday Suppers: The Cookbook
Have you seen this cookbook yet?  I love it and I love the idea that brought it to be!!  Sunday Suppers began as a gathering of friends in a Brooklyn apartment that centered around a simple meal and a love of food with the sole purpose being the coming together.  This gathering grew into a weekly gathering and sharing of meals between friends and then became a dinner & communal cooking center for others.  Karen Mordechai, the creator behind Sunday Suppers, just recently launched a cookbook containing a collection of simple and seasonal meals that any expert chef or home cook would enjoy preparing.  There is no doubt in my mind that this cookbook will inspire anyone to gather with friends and family over a meal, so what better time than to pick this up then at Thanksgiving!  Pick it up for yourself as you get inspired about hosting your holiday meal or bring one to the host/hostess of the meal you will attend this year - they'll love it!
Sunday Suppers the Cookbook
{photo credit: Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers}
Where to Find Sunday Suppers:
Purchase from Artisan @ SundaySuppers.com
Learn More @ SundaySuppers.com
Find Locally @ Barnes & Noble or Williams Sonoma
Follow @ Pinterest.com/SundaySuppers


Owl's Brew: Pink & Black
I actually saw this at Williams Sonoma recently and was so inspired by the creativity behind it!  The Owl's Brew is the first I have seen of a Tea that is hand crafted, hand blended, freshly brewed, and then bottled for creating unique cocktails.  The blends are crafted so that they pair easily with Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka, and even Wine to give you a whole new cocktail adventure.  The Brew's come in Classic (English Breakfast + Citrus), Coco-Lada (Black Tea + Coconut + Chai Spices), and Pink & Black (Darjeeling + Hibiscus + Strawberry).  The Pink & Black stood out as an interesting flavor to try and they give you the exact instructions on the back of the bottle for pairing with the right alcohol.  This is would be great to serve your guests this Thanksgiving as they are munching on apps and waiting for the meal.  Made in small batches by hand in Vermont.
The Owls Brew
{photo credit: Owl's Brew}
Where to Find Owl's Brew:
Purchase from Artisan @ OwlsBrew.com
Learn More @ OwlsBrew.com
Find Locally @ OwlsBrew.com/Retailers
Follow @ Facebook.com/theOwlsBrew


Peg & Awl: Chalkboard Tablet
I recently saw this item come up in one of my social media feeds, and I thought it was just ingenious!  It combines three of my favorite things - chalkboard, notepad, reclaimed wood!  This husband and wife team who have created this product along with numerous others, are the clever folks behind Peg & Awl.  They live in Pennsylvania and wanted to put to use all the materials that were being tossed aside and unused and put them to good uses for themselves.  This has in turn for them become a thriving business, and out of it this clever notepad.  These chalkboard tablets are made from wood that comes from 19th century buildings, barns, and houses and finished with reclaimed black leather from WWII gun slings, chalkboard paint and tung oil.  What a great way to keep a list of reminders, grocery needs, or menu items.  A fun go-to for keeping track of your menu items or to-do-lists this holiday season!
Peg and Awl Chalkboard Tablet
{photo credit: Peg & Awl}
Where to Find Peg & Awl:
Purchase from Artisan @ PegandAwlbuilt.com


Hester & Cook/Kitchen Papers: Blackberry Harvest Table Runner
I am a big fan of all the decorative paper table runners and placemats that you see out in the marketplace these days.  I just think it is such a great idea for hosting a large gathering because of all the beautiful patterns you can choose from which lends to a great canvas for building your table setting and it sure is easy to clean up after the meal (no laundering!).  This new print from Hester & Cook/Kitchen Papers caught my eye!  The Blackberry print lends to this season of harvest and I think it would pair beautifully with a white table setting and accents of deep burgundy, pine green, silver, or even gold.  This would be great for your Thanksgiving table this year and it comes in a 50ft roll so you will have plenty leftover for other gatherings or to use as gift wrap.  This table runner is printed using soy based inks (they're food safe!) and made in the USA by Hester & Cook who are based in Nashville.
Kitchen Papers Hester & Cook Paper Table Runner
{photo credit: Hester & Cook/Kitchen Papers}
Where to Find Hester & Cook/Kitchen Papers:
Purchase from Artisan @ HesterandCook.com
Follow @ Facebook.com/HesterandCook


Potted Herbs: by YOU
As someone who attends more gatherings than she hosts, I am always trying to think of unique host/hostess gifts that will be meaningful to the recipient.  And, as someone who enjoys cooking and using the freshest ingredients she can, I am also a grand lover of herbs.  They are my favorite go-to item and they are pretty easy for this novice gardener to find some success at growing.  So, I thought I would include for this month's Market Finds, the potted herb which would make a unique and most delicious hostess gift this holiday season.  It is fairly easy to just pick up a small plant of rosemary, sage, or thyme (big fall flavors), put in a clay pot, add a tag indicating what it is, and take as your host/hostess gift this Thanksgiving. A simple, but lovely gift that can be cared for indoors and that provides for many other meals to come.  
Potted Herbs Bella Vita livebellavita

Where to Find Potted Herbs:
Stop by your local garden center or florist to see if they have herbs in stock.  If working with a local garden center or florist, you have the added bonus of asking them if they can get the herb you are seeking from their provider if they don't have what you are looking for in stock already.  Clay pots are available too and are $1-$3 at the most.  Add a tag made from black (or color of your choice) card stock, print the name of the herb on the tag, and attach to the rim of the clay pot with some gardener's twine.  Simple, easy, and a local find too!

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