Bird Dog Bay was founded in 2006 by Steve Mayer, who remains the sole illustrator for all the brand’s designs and patterns. Approaching their tenth anniversary, Steve let us in on some of the inspiration behind their latest goods.
When illustrating this new collection in Vail, CO last summer, Steve hoped to introduce some new patriotic pieces. Always a fan of Americana, Steve knew going into 2016 would be a great year for it, with the presidential election, and the Olympic Games in Rio. After a customer asked for a cummerbund set that would fit thematically with a political fundraiser, Steve drew “Surprise Party” – perfect for such an event and detailed enough that it shows off individual stars in each of the flags! “Old Glory” and “National Anthem” feature a slightly more traditional take, and their navy coloration ensures great versatility, something Steve thought fans would appreciate from Rio to Richmond. Lastly, “Dogs Love America” started off as a quick sketch on the back of a napkin at a dog friendly bar in Vail, and turned into one of our best sellers of all time. We hope you enjoy looking at these patterns as much as Steve did creating them! GO USA!
A salute to two of Steve’s favorite things – America and dogs – Dogs Love America is excellent no matter the season or reason! Showcasing a patriotic pup with Old Glory in tow, this is a guaranteed way to put a little patriotism on display. Wave it wide and high!
The next generation of our best-selling socks is here! We hold these socks to be self-evident of unparalleled comfort and style. This step-and-repeat pattern enables you to show off your patriotic pride from any angle, and the navy color allows for the ultimate in versatility with different colored pants.
Perfect for knotting up with a firework in one hand and a cold one in the other. Go USA!
While silk neckwear has been our bread and butter for years, we’re always looking to grow using the best materials possible. Composed of 45% linen and 55% cotton, this blend ensures the tie holds its hand and knot beautifully, all while featuring a lovely embroidered motif at mid-chest.
Our comfortable traditional fit boxer are made from high “calibur” pure cotton and feature a one-piece back contouring to the body for comfort. The covered elastic waistband is made for added softness and comfort. All of our boxer shorts are pre-loaded in our custom gift boxes. One boxer short per order. Other colors available.
Show off the stars and stripes wherever you go. Perfect for the 4th of July, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, but really any day of the year! They are 70% Peruvian Pima Cotton, 29% Nylon, 1% Spandex. One size fits most.
A fresh take on an old classic of ours, these patriotic pups are sure to please. Featuring a Black Lab carrying Old Glory, this is perfect for July when the air is hot and the drinks are cold. Our silk cufflinks are hand made in Chicago and use our 18 momme, 100% silk.
They’re coming to America, TODAY! 98% of Neil Diamond fans love this key chain.
–Words by Bird Dog Bay
Below is an exclusive “Behind the Scenes” image of Steve in the drawing process of his newest Fall design:
Every summer in August or September, Steve and Gus the Dog pack up Steve’s trusty old Tahoe and head west to Vail, Colorado for a few weeks. Steve spent summers in Vail as a kid, and it’s a town near and dear to his heart. Outside of fostering his love for the great outdoors, the town has also provided Steve with a great source of inspiration over the years. “Bear Necessities” is a perfect example of that, having been influenced by a sculpture in town.
“Be where your feet are.” What a short, yet powerful statement. This is almost impossible to do with everything going on in our lives on a daily basis. Our minds are constantly wandering off to what we have to do next year, next month, or even in the next hour. But think about how much more you could get out of life and how much stronger your relationships would be if you could, “slow up,” and live in the current moment.
Well Placed Smile is a new facility in Nashville that organizes workshops and conferences with the sole purpose of making guests leave feeling happier, healthier, and more inspired. It is now a “shop” on Taigan and customers are able to purchase tickets to upcoming events. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop led by Dr. Kevin Elko, a Corporate Consultant and Sports Psychologist to Head Coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Football Team. The first line of the event description stated, “Despite the fact that we are busier than ever as a society, people have never before reported feeling lonelier, unhappier, and more isolated.” He called this, “Extroverted Loneliness.” I was intrigued.
Dr. Elko explained when people truly “connect” they feel as if the other person “sees them as a person.” In other words, you are indirectly saying, “I believe what you are saying is important and I understand what you are thinking and feeling.” It is crucial that we connect with everyone we encounter throughout our lives whether it be our boss, child, spouse, teammate, etc, because, “it is not until we understand others that we can be understood.” In the end, we all desire to be loved and to relate to others around us.
He has worked a lot with couples and emphasized how the majority of failed marriages he encounters has to do with one spouse, or both, not recognizing the need to “listen and notice.” Cell phones are a huge barrier to connecting with others because people are glued to them in a moment when they could be having a productive conversation. I immediately thought back to my days in college when I would step on the bus and every student was clenching onto their phones for dear life. It would have been considered “weird” if you tried to strike up a conversation with the stranger next to you.
Dr. Elko ended the conference with stressing the importance of Thank You notes. People who write Thank You notes on a weekly basis are statistically happier because they force you to think about why and what you are thankful for. They serve as a way to make someone else feel good, this in turn, making you feel good. The more specific you can be in your note in really describing why you had a valuable experience or why you loved that gift so much, the better.
Be conscious of the environment around you in a given moment; the people, the scenery, the opportunity. This is what Dr. Elko meant when he started off the discussion with the phrase, “slow up.” Ever since I heard these quotes, I have made more of an effort to appreciate the little things in life. The next event is a yoga workshop this Wednesday, August 10th, with Emmy Singer, the founder of Inner Light Yoga Nashville.
Dr. Elko Speaking at Well Placed Smile
Dr. Kevin Elko
Summer vacation is coming to an end and it’s time to return to the classroom! Grab your supplies and stand out this year with these eye-catching and practical products!
Keep your lap cool with this mobile laptop desk. 3 Form mouse pad on right or left (inquire about color availability). There is a spot to place a pen and your phone with accommodations for your charger. What else can you ask for! Laptop Air Desk, $170.
Take notes a different way this year! This Chalkboard Notepad can be used with chalk, chalk pen, and Absolution’s Chalkboard Pencil for a unique take on standard notepads. Pad of 50 tear-off sheets. $10.
These Peanut Butter Chocolate cookies are the perfect treat to stick in a lunch box! Chock-full of rich chocolate chips and roasted peanuts, enjoy Grey Ghost Bakery’s tasty twist on the traditional peanut butter cookie. Great solo or even better served with a tall glass of cold milk. Other flavors available, $12.
We know it’s only July, but get a jump start on some “cooler” finds for the holidays by letting us help you with some of our current favorite picks —
Family ski trip planned for the holidays or simply love the look? We are thrilled to introduce Skea Limited as one of our newest shops on Taigan. Ski clothes can be expensive but this line offers quality coats and vests at a great price. We were fortunate enough to have them preview their line at the last trunk show and shoppers were very impressed! This Val Vest is available in Black, Ivory, or Taupe. $298.00.
One of the classic New Years Resolutions is “to get organized.” These adorable cosmetic bags by Lolo Bag are perfect to stow your make up or can be used as a clutch! Check out all of the variations in their shop. $35.
This hand-blown glass Optic pitcher by Orbix Hot Glass features a unique ribbed design, a clear lip wrap and blown handle. It is almost too beautiful to use! More colors and styles available. $245.00.
Melina’s Gourmet Food as the best vinaigrettes, oils, and vinegars on the market! They can be purchased individually or in gift sets. Amphora Olive Oil Two Bottle Gift Set, 8.05 Oz each. $70.
“Watches Made for the Water.” The Outdoorsman in your life will love it! SF2 Moonphase Blue Dial With Nato Strap Watch, $650. Hook & Gaff.
Celebrate Good Times! This Celebration Box by Heritage Handcrafted is truly “one of a kind” and is the perfect gift for holiday, birthday, or wedding. Inquire for Personalization (included in purchase). $250.
Did you know April is National Pecan Month? Owner of Schermer Pecans, Putt Wetherbee, certainly does. Schermer’s Georgia orchards have been in their family for 70 years. They truly take pride in their pecans from start to finish – they plant and care for the trees, shell the pecans, and candy all of the varieties. April is a busy month for the Schermer family!
Our favorite product from Schermer on Taigan is their Baker’s Essential gift box because it is made up of all raw pecans that can be used in multiple recipes. The box contains 1 bag of Mammoth Pecan Halves, 1 bag of Extra large Pecan Pieces, and 1 bag of Medium Pecan Pieces all for only $44! What a deal!
To sweeten up your last days of April, here is the perfect recipe for spring entertaining and garden parties sourced from one of the best southern cookbooks – Pecans, by Kathleen Purvis.
Pecan Meringue Bites
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon white vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted. Beat in the brown sugar and granulated sugar a tablespoon at a time. Beat in the salt and vanilla. Sprinkle with pecans, cornstarch and vinegar over the beaten egg-white mixture. Fold in gently but thoroughly with a rubber spatula. Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter onto the lined baking sheets (Don’t worry about getting the cookies too close together – they won’t spread much.) Place the baking sheets in the oven. Turn off the oven and leave them in the oven with the door closed for 8-12 hours or overnight. Peel the cookies off the parchment or foil and store in an airtight container. Source: Pecans, by Kathleen Purvis (A Savor The South Cookbook)
What is Schermer Pecans? Nearly 65 years after the company’s founding in 1946, Schermer Pecans continues to take pride in their pecans from planting, to harvesting, to packaging their many varieties. A rarity in the industry, Schermer handles all three aspects of the operation—owning orchards, shelling and candying. Schermer’s fundraising and retail line of pecans range from the simplicity of the finest and freshest Fancy Mammoth Pecans to those candied in 1940s copper cauldrons. Schermer Pecans combines cutting-edge agricultural technology with time-tested candying techniques.
Paloma Contreras is a lauded interior decorator, tastemaker, and award-winning design blogger. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 and her interior design business soon followed. Paloma’s effortless, modern-meets-traditional style has been featured in multiple national publications including the DOMINO, ELLE DECOR, and SOUTHERN LIVING. Paloma has also been named a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful as well as one of “10 New Design Talents to Watch” by LUXE. Paloma strives to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes and lifestyles.
“This spring, I am loving classic items with a twist. Spring is the ideal time for a little infusion of color- items such as a stunning pair of Prussian Blue Christopher Spitzmiller lamps or beautiful emerald and quartz earrings by Bounkit are the perfect way to brighten things up! My favorite finds feel fresh for the season, but are all classic, timeless pieces that will look chic all year round.”