Tennessee: Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

 

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The latest concoction in our Americana Appetites series brings you some good ol’ Memphis Dry Rub Ribs from Tennessee! This recipe came from Paula Deen, the most epic mother of country home cooking.

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Virginia was once again defeated in our social media poll of which state you would like to see next. Here at Tomahawk, we are yet to visit the great state of Tennessee—despite our love of country music—but even though we may not have yet experienced this recipe in it’s hometown, we must admit that these bad boys southern-charmed the pants off us, nonetheless.

The sweet mixture of brown sugar with a hint of a kick in the cayenne pepper leaves your mouth wondering if it’s naughty or nice; and the slow cooking creates a tenderness above that of even the most comforting southern momma. Are you drooling yet? We are. Give it a go and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
TDco.

For All the MD-Lovin’ Mamas

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Spring has finally sprung here in Baltimore, and we are excited to celebrate one of our favorite holidays. This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th, and we can’t wait—we love celebrating our favorite ladies in our lives with brunch, some fresh flowers, and maybe a mimosa or two.

Below, we wanted to introduce you to some of the best “moms” in the lives of the Tomahawk team. Then, keep reading to learn about how we want to help you celebrate the Mom in your life this year!

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The Best Friend Mama

“My mom is one of my best friends! There is nothing better than being able to vent over a glass of wine with your mama and know that no matter what—through the many ups and downs of life—she will always be there for you.”

– Jill

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New Mamas

“I’m lucky enough to know a number of close friends and family that have recently become (or are about to become!) new mamas! Nothing is sweeter than seeing a new baby loving on their mama – and getting to love on them, too!”

– Raquel

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Pet Mama

“Shout out to the little guy that made me a Mom – a pet Mom, that is. Raising Ace has been a great reminder to thank my Mom for all she did for me – feeding me, making sure I had water, and cleaning up after me – all great aspects of motherhood (it’s all the same in puppy-motherhood, but with fewer “Thank you”’s and more (very) wet kisses!).”

– Allison

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Long Distance Mama

“Despite re-locating to North Carolina about 8 years ago, my Mom remains a tried and true Marylander! Berger cookies, Orioles, Ravens, Black-Eyed Susans, Old Bay….they are all a few of her very favorite things.”

– Tara

We want to see the moms in your life, and to help you celebrate them on May 10th! Join in our contest to win a Maryland-themed gift for your MD-Loving-Mama.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 (literally):

1. Follow us on Instagram @tomahawkdesignco

2. Tag us in a photo of you and your favorite MD-loving Mom (or if you are a mother and you love Maryland, share that, too!)

3. Tell  us why your Mom loves Maryland, and use the hashtag #momsloveMD

The winner will be announced on May 2nd and we will contact them to make sure the basket of goodies (shown below!) makes its way to you by the Big Day.

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A Mallet Whackin’ Good Time

No matter where you live in this great country (unless you’re in Southern California!), it’s pretty much a given that you’ve been experiencing the same cold snap that we have here in Charm City.  While we’re all about cuddling up next to the fire with a blanket and a glass of wine (or two), we’ve mostly been spending our days dreaming of the coming warmth.

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Here in MD, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a classic Chesapeake Crab Feast! We’ve come up with a list for the perfect feast with friends and family – here’s what you’ll need:

1. Set the date – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day…Any day is a good crab feast day!

2. Guest list – Invite your crustacean loving friends

3. Crab paper – You’ll want to protect your picnic table from the delicious mess – we may be biased, but think that our new paper is perfect!

4. Old Bay (We never leave home without it!)

5. Crab mallets

6. Serrated knives

7. Paper towels

8. Side dishes – Might we suggest burgers, potato salad or corn on the cob?

9. Maryland Blue Crabs (estimate 6 per person)

10. Ice-cold beer – We’ll leave this selection up to you!

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We recommend making this a full-day event – start around 2 and enjoy the festivities late into that long summer night—everyone loves wrapping up cool evenings with a bonfire. Now get to pickin’ and enjoy!

Cheers!
– J

P.S. Don’t forget to check back in our shop next month to order your crab paper, mallets and more for your feast this summer: just add crabs (and beer).

 

Like-Minded Mamas Holiday Giveaway!

 

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This has been a crazy fall for us here at TDco., but we’re happy to share with you one of our most recent projects that has come to completion!

Like-Minded Mamas

Meet Tonya, Heather and Stephanie, a group of three passionate women who make up The Like-Minded Mamas. Anything and everything natural health related, they’re on it! This fall, they have transformed almost every holiday recipe staple into healthy, nourishing alternatives that are satisfying for both the body and the mind. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, you’ll take comfort in knowing you’re staying true to REAL food when following their cookbook this holiday season.

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FallSalad

With its organic letterforms and personal touch, hand-lettering was the perfect gateway to helping the book spring to life. In collaboration of layout with Crimson Design Works, we lettered anything from the cover to section headers to recipe titles with as much care and finesse as is used in each and every one of the Like-Minded Mamas’ recipes.

Take a peek and be sure to enter our holiday giveaway to win a free printed copy—simply visit the TDco Facebook page and comment on our giveaway post!

Happy, healthy holidays to you and yours.

Cheers!
J.

Open for Business

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Happy fall, all! I’ve been crazy busy these past few weeks getting The Calligraphy Kitchen up and running. I’m happy to announce that we are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Be sure to check out the shop at www.etsy.com/shop/calligraphykitchen for some great prints and more. Here’s some highlights…

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Be sure to check in, we’ll be adding some exciting new things to the shop in the next few weeks.

Cheers!
J.

Client Gifts for Manly Men

phone caseAs a newbie to the world of business ownership, I’ve been recently venturing into the realm of client gifts. People love feeling that they’re appreciated, so it’s our job to ensure that our clients know just how much we love their business.

But finding the right client gift is harder than one thinks—at least harder than I thought—especially when that client is the complete opposite of you. After accumulating several new pieces of business driven by middle-aged, left-brain males, I realized the need for a suitable gift for this particular demographic—and I was at a loss. After a bit of research however, I’ve conquered the ultimate client gift list that is just perfect for those “manly men” of the working world.

It’s important to understand the type of person you’re working with. Getting to know someone can be a challenge when you’re trying to maintain a professional relationship; but if you pay close enough attention there is oftentimes a subtle hint as to the world in which they live. The trick? Choose something that embraces your brand while also being functional. The Tomahawk brand is rugged, natural and hardworking, so I’ve chosen pieces that are not only useful, but will remind clients of my company whenever they’re used—and hopefully bring them back to me with more business in the future!

Man Gifts

(Top image: Saddle Leather Phone Case by Pottery Barn; (1. Whiskey Soaked Campfire Jerky by Manready Mercantile; (2. Lillie’s Q Smoky BBQ Sauce by Manready Mercantile; (3. Cedar & Sage Soy Candle by Manready Mercantile; (4. Chocolate Gift Box by Dude, Sweet Chocolate; (5. Leather & Copper Key Fob by 1.61 Soft Goods; (6. Reclaimed Barn Wood Coasters in Red Pine by GrandJunctionGuy; (7. Antiqued Brass Money Clip by TheWeekendStore

Have some other good client gift ideas for business men? We’d love to hear!

Cheers,
J.

Oceanfront Office

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So, I’m on vacation and the best thing about this week has been having time to focus on TDco work instead of client work. I’m not sure if that makes me a workaholic or not, but either way I’m okay with it—hitting the “off” switch is harder than it seems. My boyfriend snapped an Instagram of me yesterday while working from the porch, with the caption, “No such thing as vacations, just oceanfront offices.” I thought that summed it up pretty well.

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I imagine that building a brand for your design business is sort of like an accountant doing his own taxes. You have to do what you do every day for other people, for yourself, and finding the time for that is generally a pretty big challenge.

Being blessed with having worked at a Marketing agency for almost five years prepared me for all that is involved in creating a solid brand. Logo, website, social media, advertising, marketing, writing blog posts (!), not to mention the business-side of things with managing finances, business development, client relations…I could go on. Maintaining it all (plus juggling the biggest portion of my time, client work) with this one-woman show? Talk about overwhelming.

But at the end of the day, one of my favorite parts of starting this company has been watching it unfold before my very eyes. In just two short months, the terrifying unknown has slowly turned into excitement as I look at how much my life and my career have changed. There is nothing more satisfying and nothing else I’d rather be doing in this moment—and that thought puts a smile on my face every single morning.

Cheers!
J.

 

Wagner Honey: Part Two

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The Wagner Honey story continues! We love building brands here at TDco., and this was a prime opportunity to do just that. With an approved logo and plenty of room to build, Beloved Bees was primed for some “buzzworthy” expansion (pun intended, obviously).

There is much to be said about a solid logo; it sets the scene for anything and everything forthcoming in your brand. Marketing collateral? Check. Packaging? Check. Website…working on it. One of my favorite things about being a designer is watching a brand blossom before me. The excitement of the client is nothing compared to the excitement a designer experiences when they see their “baby” unleashed into the wild world of commercialism; feeling as though you’ve created something strong enough to push itself through as the weak are weeded out is an incomparable high in the graphics realm.

This particular couple started Beloved Bees with the simple goal of making a satisfying product for family and friends. Just because your client has milestones that may seem easily reachable, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go above and beyond to exercise your creative potential—I take any and all opportunities to build out a brand.

We started with the mark…

Wagner-05-05Continued with a brochure that not only introduces the Wagners, but also describes both their beekeeping tactics and the farming history…

wagnerborchure…and finished off with a label that accentuates both the custom illustrated bee and the natural aspects of the company through the use of burlap and twine around the lids. Also, might I mention (randomly) that I tested out this honey pot and dipper after shooting for the project and was very impressed with how handy it was for my tea!

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I’m sure there is still plenty to come with this fun and comprehensive brand. But for now, the Wagner’s are set to sell some honey and tend to their hives. We wish them the best of luck in the expansion of their business!

Cheers,
J.

 

Food Type: Birroteca

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Live in Baltimore? Visiting soon? Be sure to check out Birroteca, a modern take on delicious Italian cuisine. Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is spot-on for a laid-back meal in its quaint Hampden locale. I’ll be heading back soon to dabble in some brussel sprouts and get my fix of the olive oil and sea salt ice cream—sound weird? You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Cheers!
J.

Americana for Designers

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It’s World Cup time and the U.S. has slowly swarmed with more and more red, white and blue. Anything that could possibly have an American flag added to it, now has one. However, as everyday, non-designer folk, many Americans don’t realize the difference between great stars and stripes and those that lack, erm…designer swag, shall we say?

That being said, for today’s post I decided to go show this great country of ours that “Americana done right” is in fact, a beautiful thing.

1. Simplicity is key: Vintage Rower iPhone case from Society 6

2. Red, white and blue prevails in this great DIY wedding table design from Homemade Bride

3. I can’t lie, corn dogs gross me out. But some package design from Williams-Sonoma might just change my mind…

4. I’m a sucker for vintage so this scarf definitely hits the mark

5. Happened to spy this flag throw at B&N yesterday. Bonus: it’s also super soft

6. Burn some apple pie scented candles in Hayneedle’s Bailey Lattice Candle Lanterns for instant Ameri-fication

7. This can design from Miller can make even the fanciest of fancy want to crack open a cold one

So if you’re planning to watch Team USA tonight, throw on some well-designed Americana and wear it with pride!

Cheers,
J.

Food Type: Candied Bacon

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Today’s Food Type is Father’s Day appropriate! Need a last minute gift? You know Dad will love something made by his favorite child—and believe me, you WILL be the favorite after he tastes this. The best part? It’s so simple! Creating the typography for this one took longer than making the actual recipe; in case you can’t tell, that is love…design love with a side of bacon.

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A special shoutout to my friend Allison for documenting each delicious step! We certainly enjoyed the final product.

Cheers!
J.

 

 

Office Mojo

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Starting a new business means starting work in a new environment. Lucky for me, I have an excellent office space available that happens to stem from the same root as that which sprouted the name Tomahawk.

My grandfather, Thomas, started his own company in 1965, successfully fostering a business realm into which I never imagined myself venturing. His building co. thrived for forty years, positioning my family in a way that I am forever grateful. Now, almost 50 years later I’m taking a page from that book and hoping I hit the gene pool jackpot and possess at least a wee teaspoon of his business sense. In the meantime, I’m at least super pumped to start designing the Tomahawk Office in the same office he once called his own.

A glimpse of what’s to come:

1. Every designer needs ampersand bookends >> 
2. Flower inspired wall mirror >>
3. There’s something remarkable about a quality drafting table >>
4. Plush gold accent pillows >>
5. Industrial-inspired fan >>
6. For practicality: iron utility scissors >>
7. Just because of a small candle obsession >>
8. Textured ceramic table lamp >>
9. Faux rose arrangement >>
10. Sophisticated wingback bar stool >>

Cheers!
J.