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.

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!

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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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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.

Alaska: Drunken King Crab Legs

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We’re back at it with the newest recipe from our Americana Appetites series! The people have spoken and Alaska has defeated Virginia in our social media survey for the next state delicacy. This week, crab meat, beer and butter triumphantly reign in The Last Frontier’s go-to dish.

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So today we’re venturing through cold waters and beautiful mountains to whip up some drunken king crab legs. I’m happy to say that I’ve had the unforgettable opportunity to visit this great state and feast upon some of these beauties in their freshest environment. As a Marylander, I may be a seasoned crustacean lover, but I can certainly advocate that people should venture outside their comfort zone to try some king crab legs at least once in their life—unless you’re allergic to shellfish, in which case, stick to the land dwellers.

This week’s recipe is fairly straightforward; easy to prepare even for those of us that may struggle in the kitchen. So enjoy our hand-lettering, give it a whirl and feel free to share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter—we’d love to see your delicious results!

Cheers!
J.

Alabama: Fried Green Tomatoes

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Our first recipe for Americana Appetites is complete! Alabama’s Fried Green Tomatoes—people really eat these? Apparently! Their salty sweetness creates a combination unlike any other. If you’re looking for the best ones, make a lunch stop at the Irondale Cafe where they serve ’em up with their homemade remoulade sauce.

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We’ll be leaving the next recipe choice up to the masses. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tomahawkdesignco to participate in the survey!

Cheers,
J.

Introducing “Americana Appetites”

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Design AND food? I’m in heaven and happy to introduce today: Americana Appetites. As I’ve started to do more hand-lettering and launched the official opening of The Calligraphy Kitchen, I’ve found that recipes are an amazing execution of design practices. This new project will be slowly evolving into a series of homegrown and hand-lettered recipes for each of the 50 states’ most beloved cuisine—practicing both my culinary and creative skills, simultaneously!

While this may seem a bit like designing the cover before you write the book, I decided to look at this project as more of a developing brand. And where does a brand begin? With the logo.

This introductory image for the series captures both the culinary and artistic detail of every piece by highlighting the humanistic, hands-on connection between cooking and art—two of life’s most simple pleasures. I hope you’re as excited as I am to begin this delicious journey through the 50 states. Check back later this week for our inaugural recipe—Alabama!

Cheers,
J.

 

The Calligraphy Kitchen

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Hello, world! I know, I know, it’s been quite awhile. It’s been a crazy summer here at TDco., with me trying to wear too many hats and accomplish everything I’m hoping for. Now that I own my own business I’m realizing how much creative freedom I really do have; I get so many great ideas and want to execute all of them! But there are only so many hours in the day, unfortunately, and I have too many “visions” to do it all at once…which, I do believe, is quite a good problem to have.

Anywho, all of these recent ideas have basically stemmed from my newfound love of hand lettering. At fist I didn’t think I was very good at it—and believe me, compared to some hand letterers out there I am sufficiently mediocre, if that. However, I think the joy of creating a hand-drawn piece lies in the fact that it isn’t so much about how perfect your letterforms are, but the time and patience and calligraphic love that goes into it; and the touch of humanism that can be seen no matter what.

So I’ve gathered all of these recent brain-children and come up with the umbrella brand of “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’m happy to say that I will soon be opening an Etsy shop to house these little guys and more! Stay tuned for the announcement of my shop opening and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of some things I’ve been working on recently…

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Who doesn’t love a good quirky saying? We’ll be visualizing some #overheard rants to turn them into beautiful imagery—no matter the connotation.

Wine, Wine, WinebelieveGuacYou may have seen some of my Food Type on the blog before; it truly was the inspiration for the name “The Calligraphy Kitchen.” I’ll be creating these fantastic hand-lettered editions of family recipes as keepsakes. We all know how important family truly is, and I think these recipes that are oftentimes passed down through many generations, are a wonderful way to artistically remember those that mean the most.

MD shapeMD SilkscreenAhh the joys of being a true Marylander—we are a state that is filled with so much pride. This project started as a going-away gift for a friend that moved to California. After seeing how well-received the piece was, I decided to make another version. The MD in Type project has turned into more than I ever imagined it could be, creating wooden works of art as well as silkscreen prints that will be coming soon! I’m so excited to get started on printing and should have some in-progress photos to share next week.

crab paperStemming from the MD in Type project, I branched out to focus on one of the top things Maryland loves…picking crabs. Using elements from the first project and combining them with crustacean-focused quips, the final result will be fun and quirky newsprint sheets that can be used to cover your table and also create a lighthearted environment for family and friends.

Merry-Land BohmanThe holidays are well on their way…scary, I know. After weeks of mulling over how I can make holiday collateral that is somehow different than everything that has already been done, I again pulled from my slowly forming MD cache and decided to take that route for the holiday season as well. The shop will have a Maryland wrapping paper listing, as well as cards, tags, prints and more! B•More proud of your hometown this Christmas, would ya?

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for the shop opening and Happy Fall!

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!

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(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.

Awesome Dads

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Looking for a great card for dad? Who doesn’t love some handmade goodness?! Check out these gems from Etsy and support small business at the same time!

(1. HeidiNicoleStudio; (2. papertieaffair; (3. PapermintStudio; (4. moglea; (5. HennelPaperCo; EmDashPaperCo; (7. Cardtorial

Wishing you and your Pops a splendid Father’s Day!

Cheers,
J.

 

Friday Sip & Sit: Mini-Vacay

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Today’s Sip & Sit comes from one of my favorite places on Earth. In an effort to soak in some early summer rays and enjoy every bit of relaxation this holiday weekend, the gal-pals and I decided to make the 8-hour trek from Bmore city life to paradise in Topsail Island, NC.

Obviously the beach comes with a plethora of more-than-acceptable alcoholic beverage options, but finding something that is refreshing and easy to drink in the hot summer sun can often be a challenge when contemplating options that have a ton of sugar (also known as a headache waiting to happen). So I’ve settled on this scrumptious and simple choice, which I’ll have in-hand in about t-minus three hours (#5oclocksomewhere).

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Rum with Coconut Water & Lime

  • 1.5 oz. high-quality rum
  • 1.5 oz. coconut water
  • Squeeze of lime (appx. 1/4 lime)

Pour all ingredients in a lowball cocktail glass, add one large ice cube, and serve.

Thanks to two-tarts.com for today’s recipe!

Easy as pie! Usually my “sit’s” are places I’m daydreaming about each week. But today, I’m going to cut this post short and go enjoy my vacation, drink in hand. Don’t mind my shameless Ravens plug…

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Here’s hoping your holiday weekend takes its time, right now Tuesday is miles away…

Cheers!
J.

Food Type: Spicy Chicken Pizza

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Today’s Food Type ventures in a slightly different direction. Rather than a typographic restaurant review, I’ve started to dabble in typographic recipe creations! Meet Spicy Chicken and Pepper Jack Pizza.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there’s nothing better than a nice, hot, homemade pie. I did in fact make this delicious creation, feeling the need to test out the concoction before whipping out a work of art based solely on something that was not-so-tasty. It turned out phenomenally!

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Check out that crust, golden brown and baked to perfection. Sigh, give it a whirl! It’s worth it, I promise—would I lie to you??

Cheers,
J.

The Hivernant

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If you took a peek in my closet, the assumption would be quickly made that I am, what many would consider to be, a “girly-girl.” But as I’ve started to collect inspiration throughout my design career, it’s become fairly prominent that I’m drawn to things that are actually quite manly in nature.

I suppose the argument could be made that men are more simple creatures than women—attracted to a “no frills” lifestyle. So designing for a predominantly male audience must obviously speak to this straightforwardness. The allure behind many of these manly muses that I’ve tucked away for future reference is most notably their unmatched simplicity.

That being said, today I’ve pulled from the files an Etsy shop that “MAN-ifests” (see what I did there?!) this burly nature. The Hivernant creates hand-restored camp hatchets that not only show their beauty through hand-painted handles, but also through the stories their rich histories tell.

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As designers, we appreciate all aspects of the things we create every day. Not only does The Hivernant make these great pieces of art, but the way his work is displayed is awesome design in and of itself! I love the layout, based with a topographical backdrop that sets the theme for the product right away. The surrounding objects are oozing with ruggedness and keep—for the most part—within neutral tones as to create an even greater emphasis on the bright blue head of the hatchet. Then, that bright blue ties right back on in with the bodies of water on the map. Now that, my friends, is what I like to call a complete circle of well-planned, well-executed design.

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Shop owner, Zak Fellman is a Minnesota native that is clearly adept to bringing a love of the wilderness into his work (my eye was, of course, drawn to that Field Notes book). The wonder and intrigue of forging into the great frontier comes through loud and clear in every piece. Be sure to check out his shop for more fantastic work and tons of inspiring manliness!

Cheers,
J.

Inter’l Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting some inspiring, woman-owned, design-related businesses! I feel blessed to live in a place where, even as a female, I have the opportunity to take the mildly-terrifying professional leap into launching a business of my own. So let’s celebrate, as my fellow women-owned business and I strut our stuff!

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Kari Fisher, interior designer and owner of Kari Fisher Designs in Atlanta, GA, creates custom textiles that transform into these phenomenal plush pillows. The dynamic patterns, plus the beautiful imperfections of hand-painting, create a striking balance between sophisticated properness and the comforts of laid-back home life.

Kari’s love of traditional block-printing allows her to create uniquely beautiful pieces that are 100% attention-grabbers. Variations in color, printing, fabrics and patterns allows for that creative flexibility we all yearn for. In honor of International Women’s Day: Rock on and keep gettin’ your block on, Kari!

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IceMilk Aprons drew me in right away; not only with their gorgeous linen products, but with their story. As a company that has sprung from idolizing my grandfather, I love that this company was inspired by the founder’s grandmother! The product line features beautifully handmade aprons that could make even the worst cooks want to give it a go with the oven. Throw on one of these bad boys, pat some flour on your cheeks and voila! Instant kitchen goddess.

The company also offers fantastic gift packages including recipe cards and a custom monogrammed apron—looks like I’ll be covered on bridal shower gift ideas for quite some time…

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While I may not have children yet, Senn & Sons’ nursery prints are too adorable to resist mentioning. The simplistic designs create an ultra-modern feel for baby, who is welcomed into his/her design-haven of a nursery with firetrucks, surfers, or my personal fave—the whale!

Owner, Kimberly, spends her time balancing her two adorable “Sons” and creating these awesome prints. Check out her video, which is a great glimpse into her inspiration, her process and her happiness that springs from loving what she does! A super chic, designer-mom icon for International Women’s Day!

Cheers,
J.

Design Folly

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The word “folly” has always intrigued me; it’s one of those words that rolls off the tongue well, like doppelgänger or befuddle. In the midst of all of this professional development I’ve been doing recently, I’ve assigned myself the personal goal of practicing more hand-drawn typography and simply using the Tomahawk blog as an enjoyable creative outlet, rather than a business chore.

That being said, keep your eyes peeled in upcoming weeks for some good ol’ Design Folly!

Cheers!
J.