Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Love playing against your significant other in Wii Sports? Then, enjoy showing your confectionary love to them by immortalizing yourselves in milk/dark chocolate, in Mii avatar form, for Valentine's Day. As my geeky brother would say, sweeeeeeet. How cute would these be for Valentine's Day? Even as an anniversary/wedding gift? Seen over at Pop Gadget.
Nintendo Wii Chocolate Avatars, $14.95, by Paul Papa Designs
Friday, January 25, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Well, project your dark thoughts on to the aptly named product above, The Ex Knife Set as designed by Raffaele Iannello. Thoughtfully included are the five knives shown above, it's just just for show! This knife holder, in a cheerful fire-engine red, stokes my love for the morbid. Someone in need of closure? Buy this for that friend! As the product info discloses: "This set makes a great gift for any occasion and it's also considerably cheaper than therapy."
The Ex Knife Set, $69, Think Geek
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Kanzashi is the traditional Japanese art form of ornamental hairpins that were often worn by apprentice geisha and by young girls for celebrations, according to PuchiMaiko. Beautiful, intricate, and delicate, these fashionable pieces have been gaining attention from craftsers interested in picking up this Asian art form.
Here's some interesting kanzashi ornamental pins I've found :
PeachyPan, $8.99 AU
Turquoise and red chrysanthemum hair pin
Now, if you're wondering how it would look pinned on hair, here's some photos from hanatsukuri's Etsy shop:
Friday, January 18, 2008
The 3D cardboard Moosehead by Cardboard Safari is cheeky. It's definitely a decor item that qualifies as a conversational piece. It kindles my love for Canada (and what it stands for--Coffee Crisp, real maple syrup, Tim Hortons, among others) but I doubt Canadians would appreciate me mounting a likeness of their heads to my wall. So, I think the Moosehead will do, preferably in a study room, hallway entrance, or foyer. Environmentally tongue-in-cheek at a decent price, this baby can be your's for $24.34. For your inner Safari hunter, you can also nab the 3D cardboard Rhino and Deer trophy heads at their website.
Meet Fifi Lapin, an artfully dressed bunny girl about town, who proclaims prettily, "Some people think I’m just a socialite but I think there is more to me than just an extremely stylish clotheshorse!"
Whatever her reputation, Fifi's depiction in up-to-the-minute runway fashions makes us idolize her couture sensibilities. Clothed in labels from Chanel to Missoni to Marc Jacobs, this bunny makes it work. Someone needs to get her British designer/creator a book deal because I'd love to see these illustrations put into a stylish children's book.
Currently, Fifi's Etsy shop is closed till Spring. Catch archived artwork there and upcoming art on her blog.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I was checking out Ohdeedoh, Apartment Therapy's nursery section, and found an inspiring burst of inspiration--check out these owls! Yes, I know, owls were definitely overused in 2007 but in proper context, look at how cute they are here. Above, the Zakka Style Owls were created by Moonstitches, a crafty seamstress who resides in Japan, whose creations inspired the Scottish crafster who created her own baby owl mobile that the Ohdeedoh's post covers, below. I hear minimal sewing is involved in their creation, if so, I am tempted to work on this as a weekend project.
Friday, January 11, 2008
gloomy bear pink mimobot, 1GB for $49.95
While I'm on a roll about tech gear, who can resist the allure of Mimobot's USB Flash Drives that have the irresistible charm of a Japanese school girl's gizmo? Cute idols of gadgetry that they are, they're sure to attract attention and nerd approval when you plug in. 1GB for $49.95
Queen mimobot®, 1GB for $49.95
chewbacca mimobot®, 1GB for $49.95
See? Didn't I say they were adorable? Man I love me some Domo-kun, check him in all his mighty USB glory here.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
When it comes to laptop gear, I start developing Goldilocks syndrome in that nothing satisfies my needs when I go shopping. When facing the selection at Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. it's either, too drab, too masculine, too bulky, or god forbid, too girly-- have you seen the crop of feminine tech gear companies that have sprouted? See an example here.
So, when facing the dilemma of finding a new laptop sleeve and bag, I set my criteria that my selection had to be graphic, bold, have interesting details, and was unique (hadn't seen it carried elsewhere *cough*Apple Store*cough*. What I did find useful was checking out girl-appealing gadget sites like Geek Sugar and Shiny Shiny to see a variety of gadget gear not seen on Engadget or Gizmodo in terms of style and selection. Here are the results:
Red Maloo Apple Laptop Sleeve , $89 EU
Janine King Laptop Sleeve, $49
9 to 5 Laptop Sleeve, $45
LeSportSac 7904 Laptop Sleeve, $39
MetStyle's Tokio Laptop Sleeve, $35
MetStyle's Milano Notebook Sleeve
Monday, January 7, 2008
Der Fallout Und Wir 1 (miniature) by Heiko – $19.99
Last time, we talked about affordable art sources, I mentioned Etsy and The Poster List. Add to that list, Thumbtack Press, a shop where artists can distribute their works. I spent alot of time pouring over the selection. Tons of selection and prices hover around twentysomethingbucks or less!
Check out some of the favorites I snapped at:
Triptych by Mutt Ink – $34.99
Laurea by Riki Blanco – $39.99
Fatal Roller (miniature) by Heiko – $14.99
The Host by Ana Galvan – $29.99
Umbrella Pink Eyes by Doug Boehm – $19.99
Thursday, January 3, 2008
When I think of hospitality gifts to give when I'm a house guest, I try to think of something unique, fun, and playful to give out. Artisanal soap isn't one of them, yet, through Etsy, I found Soapy Love, a cute soap maker and fell for her product line. What I love about her creations are the shapes, colors, and good humor (pun intended) that her soaps come in. I think I'd dole these out for cute kids (who wouldn't want to play with rockets?), potty-mouth coworkers, and pretty-loving friends. Who wouldn't want to play with them?