Monthly Archives: February 2008

DIY #1: Flower Carrier

Although I would love to bring my flowers home a-la-Parisian local, in a wicker basket on my bike, it’s not in the cards for me.  However, what is in the cards for me is this awesome Barbara flower carrier by Dos Chicas.  I have to be honest, the $61 price tag is a little ridiculous BUT I think it would make an awesome DIY project… and a great hostess gift! 

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Make Some Noise

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In the mood to make some noise?  Well, here’s your chance.  The beatbox dog lets you scratch your way to musical bliss and then email it off to your friends for a virtual dj face-off. 

Please note:  this dog’s neck might just qualify as “adult content”… yikes!

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub

When I was really young my parents would bribe me at bath-time with letting me watch Three’s Company.  Let me be more specific… they would bribe me to get OUT of the bath.  What can I say?  I like water. 

That said, my parents should thank their lucky stars that I didn’t have this Kohler tub as a child because if I had, no amount of Jack Tripper could have convinced me to get out.

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Who Are You Calling Easy?

One of my pet peeves is when I get my fingerprints on the tape I am using to wrap a gift or tape something.  For the record, I am not a fan of seeing other peoples fingerprints but I expect more from my slightly-OCD-self.  However now, it doesn’t have to be an issue thanks to the reddot design award winner of 2006: The Easy Tape Dispenser designed by Mehdi Mojtabvi, who I clearly think is worth mentioning (again).

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“Easy Tape Dispenser offers users a simple yet effective way of applying and removing sticky tapes to and from surfaces. …The cutter of easy tape dispenser folds back, enabling the user to grab a non-sticky part and roll the tape out.  In addition, as there is always a non-sticky portion left on the surfaces from the tape stuck, removing the tape is hassle free and quick, and simply provides the user a grip for removing the tape.  …And furthermore, no fingerprint remains on the sticky side of the tape when user applies it.” via Gooya Design

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Shades

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Check out this magnetic curtain by Florian Krautli!  You can shape it anyway you want and it will stay put thanks to those tiny magnets (that look stylish too).  I believe these are just concept curtains but I hope not for long!

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I think I would opt out of using any sort of metal furniture in that room though unless I was going for the Dharma Initiative look.  Can’t find your keys… check the curtains!

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Piggy Back

Ok, I know a lot of brands piggy back on those more successful but I think this is literally taking it too far!

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This Bathing Ape x Spongebob Squarepants plush toy looks even stupider from the back!

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And it is real!  You can buy it at select Bape boutiques.  People, please!

 

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ATE – II

My second installment of All Things English…

I bring you Estelle.  For those of you hip cats that already know of her, bravo!  For those of you who don’t, catch up!  (And that goes for me too.)  I just learned of her a couple days ago when she was doing a radio interview for Alice in San Francisco.  She was debuting her new song American Boy due to drop in April.  The song is super catchy.  Unfortunately, the song features Kanye West… so I am sure it will get a lot of attention but I hope the attention doesn’t overshadow Estelle’s raspy voice that makes it what it is.  She sounds like an Erykad Badu with an English accent… need I say more?!!

 

 

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(ATE) All Things English

This is my first installment of ATE – new, super cool things that I have discovered in or from England…  

David Austin Roses

In general roses seem a little creepy to me.  They remind me of my Nana who grew them (or rather had her gardeners keep them up) in her front yard… and they just seemed so mean with their prickly stems that lined the pathway right up to her front door.  However, I just discovered David Austin Roses, a breeder of a variety of roses that look more like peonies (my favorite) and come in a huge variety of colors… the most beautiful being the peach and pink.  I think that David Austin may have just made me a changed woman!  

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 Museum of Witchcraft

The Museum of Witchcraft houses the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artifacts and regalia.  The museum has been in Boscastle since 1960 and is one of Cornwall’s most popular museums.  My favorite object on the museum’s site is the Get Lost Box (the one in the photo is wrapped in a stocking – it’s kinda hard to make out).  It was common to consult a witch when you wanted to get rid of something — anything from a broken heart to a nasty neighbor.  The witch would then create something that represented the problem you wanted to get rid of, place it in a beautiful box and leave it at a crossroads.  The box would then most likely be taken by somebody who couldn’t control their desire for it (aka. a thief) and when they did they also took away your problem.  This kinda reminds me of those little worry dolls I had as a kid… and they worked!   

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Likable Stuff

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 Let me paint a picture of myself for those of you who haven’t met me… it will be a very “bright” picture.  To be fair, I am fair.  Not like Casper the Friendly Ghost but “pretty pale” which is why a friend sent me this blog, stuffwhitepeoplelike.  It’s “a blog devoted to stuff that white people like.”  It’s true, I DO like a lot of the stuff on this list.  But the best part is that most of my slightly more-pigmented friends do too.  Maybe when they run out of things to list they will create a blog dedicated to white stuff people like.  I would start it off with coconut and then rice pudding and then sourdough bread and then smooth porcelain and then…  More on Wired.  

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Mind the GAP

A while ago, I mentioned an awesome graffiti artist called Ellis G.  Well, he is showcased in a new ad campaign, The Sound of Color, for the GAP.  The campaign, which is quite cool actually, includes up-and-coming musicians who have each created a song that reflects a particular color.  Those songs have been turned into videos by kick-ass directors… well, at least one of them is kick-ass… and by kick-ass I mean seriously obsessed with muay thai… but I digress.Ryan Ebner (aka the kick-ass director) directed the Digby video for her song about the color yellow.  In it he follows noticethings-veteran Ellis G. while he traces the shadows of city objects in yellow chalk.  It makes me feel all warm inside… 

 

If you want to check out the rest, you can find these music videos at soundofcolor.com.

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