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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cushions for Town Mouse

I've just entered a competition on Bloesom to win this beautiful book by Christine Schmidt on printing techniques and ideas... but I've added it to my Amazon wishlist too, just in case my wit and charm don't persuade the judge/s of my worthiness to win. 

While I hate being accused of 'nesting', I AM starting to think about how to make the spare room a little less 'spare' and a little more kid, and I love the idea of a little urban diorama created from cushions for my little town mouse.

Verdict: Ctrl P or Ctrl X?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

This is just a lovely website that celebrates typography in a whole new way.  And it's not selling anything.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Pictorial Summary A Career

Ten years ago I was obsessed with the 8-Bit images of musical groups called Minipops, now apparently available as an iphone app - go on... take a look... and I'll see you back here in twenty minutes. 

These art prints by Derek Eads (via are somewhat reminiscent and I like 'em.

Verdict: Lost in Translation or Meatballs? (huh?)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ice Ice Baby

I've been through every single ice cube shape offered by IKEA and have found a major flaw in living with silicone ice trays: you have to be pretty coordinated not to wear their liquid contents as you manoeuvre from sink to freezer.  

Ice Lotus is a functional improvement, giving a bit of structure and a handy ice storage container all in one.  And I like it.

Verdict: Frosty reception or warm reception?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Panting For Pantone

I love green and I love that I own a vintage pantone fan deck for colour perving whenever the mood takes me.

What I don't love is that the genii behind iPhone cases seem to have only started flexing their creative muscles since the iPhone 4 came out, leaving us iPhone 3 owners to suffer in our obsolesence.  Find them at Case Scenario

Verdict: Panting or Pants Down?

Monday, February 7, 2011

You Say Mutato, I Say Mutato

This.  Is.  Wonderful.

A year or so ago I was introduced to the idea of arranging household items by colour by some anonymous contributor to the blogosphere, and unable to execute it in my bookshelves (due to a combination of multicoloured book spines and a determined, if rigid adherence to sorting first by genre, second by author) I applied the technique to a t-shirt collection.  The itch was scratched... somewhat.  As I work my way through the rest of this angst-ridden day (a nephew is imminent), I may turn my eye for colour to the products in the kitchen cupboards... because i've already cleaned the windows, dusted the venetians and cleared the cobwebs from the corners.

A print is available of this work by Uli Westphal, and I am going to have to SERIOUSLY think about snapping one up.  Thanks Swiss Miss for the post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Reminiscent of Rubik

My favourite of all the Rubiks' was the snake.  Apart from a brief period in about 1990 where I had mastery over the 'rings', it was the only puzzle I could consistently solve without the removal of stickers (look it's a stick... now it's a ball... now it's a stick again... tah dah!).

I've been on the hunt for a good-lookin' set of shelves, and these certainly fit the bill... however function is of equal importance and as I am not looking for a place to display origami, stick like pot plans and vintage cameras, I think sadly the search continues.

Verdict: Shelve It or Hang It?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vegan Fun

From the days when wasting 'perfectly good food' was encouraged.

It is hot hot hot outside so I am spending today in a dark, cool room scouring the interwebs for what interests me... and a blog about vintage kids books is the first cab off the rank.  The above illustration comes from a book called 'McCalls Golden Do-It Book' and there are more activities pictured here.

No verdict sought this time... for this is just something that tickles me.