When I was a kid I had a skateboard; probably the first mode of wheeled transportation I actually owned. Made from pressed wood with a sandpaper surface so your feet wouldn’t slip, it featured the worlds most unforgiving, rock-solid wheels that never seemed to miss a pebble.
Skateboards and longboards have come a long way since those days, both in design and materials. For a company called Beercan Boards the secret to success is using recycled plastic and aluminum cans and making the boards here in America. This small company out of Douglas, GA is trying, in their own words to “take over the world, one skateboarder at a time and we have just gotten started.”
Owner Joel Rawlins was a once-promising skateboarder who, at the age of 15, had a run-in with a car that made him rethink his direction in life.As an adult, he got into the automotive aftermarket and had success supplying components for classic cars, some of them showing-up in movies like The Fast and Furious. In 2012, the idea struck him that he could use the recyclable aluminum and plastics from his business to fabricate skateboards, and suddenly, he was sharing an old pastime with his kids. There was a lot of work required to design, prototype and refine the boards while trying to maintain his Made-in-America goal, but the end result was definitely worth it.The great thing about these boards ( besides the cool graphics and the company’s goal to be eco-friendly) is that you can recycle your old board and get a new one for a reasonable fee. If you want a different look, the deck of the board can be swapped out and you have the option to purchase bearings for life.
I wish I was a teenager again!
I recently saw a display of C.H. MacKellar’s jewelry and was amazed by the beauty of her creations. Stunning necklaces, bracelets and earrings are created from sterling silver and 18K gold. Patterns are impressed upon the metal with a rolling mill, hammers and engraving tools.
Beautiful materials go only so far, though. It takes a special artist with an incredible design sense to elevate jewelry to this level. And it all takes place in a studio in Brooklyn.
One-of-a-kind custom designs, like the gorgeous pendant necklace above, are also available.
I have a special place in my heart for furniture and lighting that combines modern design with the warmth of natural materials. So, when I saw this Twilight Pendant Lamp at a recent craft show, I immediately fell in love with it. It was made by Fieldstone Artistry, an upstate New York company started In 2016 by husband and wife team, B.R. Delaney & Amy Myers-Delaney.
When I went to their website, I realized that there are multiple variations on the lamp. This design is called the Chiaroscuro.
The company makes a wide variety of pieces using local materials and you can see lots of photos on both their website and Instagram @fieldstonearts.
Be sure to check out the Made-in-USA page at Huckberry, because today is your last chance to order for guaranteed Christmas delivery. I like this online men’s shop because they have so many things I’d love to own, from clothing and accessories to home goods and travel items.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The 3/4″ steel Fire Pit from Stahl adds a bit of artistry to the act of hanging out with friends and staying warm. There’s a large boot selection too.
The Travel Kit above is from General Knot and features a subtle pattern on the water resistant canvas.
The above is just a sample of what Huckberry has to offer in American made goods. Once you’re on the site, you’ll see that Made-in-USA items have an American flag designating country of origin, so check it out.
The term “Little Black Dress” is believed to have started with designer Coco Chanel, who, in the 1920’s, changed black from a mourning-only color to an everyday wardrobe look. The term is so often used today that most women know what you’re talking about if you refer to an “LBD.” The LBD is intended to be versatile, able to be accessorized to dress it up or down, and well-designed enough to last through multiple seasons.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!
I did a search on Nordstrom.com for “Little black dresses” Made in the U.S.A. and found 567 results. Most of the dresses are manufactured here using foreign-made fabric.
Women’s sizes, petites, plus-sizes and maternity wear are all available. Happy shopping, Ladies!