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Nov 09, 2010

The 2010 Barney's Christmas Window Display Goes Foodie


Every year, I'm officially ready for the holiday season when three things happen: 1) I stop being surprised by all the Christmas commercials; 2) I begin to toy with the idea that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year I learn to like egg nog; and 3) Simon Doonan's Christmas windows at Barney's are unveiled.

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Last year, I actually got to see the SNL-themed displays, sporting a Conehead Christmas and an extra-large Mango, Gilly, and Mary Catherine Gallagher. This year, Doonan and co. have hit the kitchen for… read more


Nov 08, 2010

I'm Taking a Drawing Class (and You Should Too!)

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On Saturday, I attended the first session of my six-week drawing class. It's my first official creative instruction class since eighth grade. I make, saw, draw, sew, cut, paint, and cook stuff daily, and I haven't had any instruction in fourteen years.

I make my living writing about, creating, and showing other folks how to make art, design things, and craft their way to a more fulfilling life. And I have no official training. I studied humanities in college, and had no room for visual arts coursework. I started my master's degree Ph.D-bound, preparing for a life in academia. 

In short, I'm totally winging it here.

So, I decided to try something new. Instead of just figuring it out myself, I decided to seek some actual instruction, and see where… read more


Nov 08, 2010

Balloon Tank

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If there are gonna be tanks, then this is the only way we wanna seem 'em: boldly colored, deflate-able, and safe for kids to play on.

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Apparently, at the end of the exhibition, the piece was deflated for a group of youngsters:

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We don't have much else to say, since out source is in German, but check out more photos and details: 

++Hans Hemmert 


Nov 05, 2010

Construction Puzzle Cookie Cutters

We love these new cookie cutters by Mizuguchi Nami. Sold as a construction/puzzle/science-y toy thing, though would make equally good throwing stars.

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Nov 05, 2010

I Can't Find My Phone

created at: 11/05/2010

I'd seen this make the blog rounds last week, and I wasn't gonna post about it. But, wouldn't you know it...this morning, on my way out to a meeting, I couldn't find my phone, which contained a text message of the address where I was supposed to be.

So - take it from first person experience. It's simple, it works, and the site looks pretty cool as well. Provided you can hear the vibrations of your… read more


Nov 04, 2010

LEGO Frog Dissection

created at: 11/04/2010

You know what beats the smell of formaldehyde?

Well, everything, but you know what else? This LEGO frog dissection, that's what.

Built for the MOC Olympics category Lego Anatomy on, it'll take you back to 8th grade, and then remind you how happy you are that you're not in 8th grade anymore. For allread more


Nov 03, 2010

Paris Vs. NYC

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This week, we've become totally smitted with Paris vs. NYC, a blog that visually compares the life and culture of two of the world's greatest cities.

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Nov 03, 2010

The Unbelievable Origami of Eric Joisel

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I always sucked at paper folding. I would, inevitably, get a book/paper combo pack each year for Christmas, and I'd lie down amidst my new toys, trying to take on a simple star or boat. But I always had a hard time translating the step-by-step photos, and my creases were always soft and wrinkly, and could only master the "crumble."

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So my respect for the work Eric Joisel is unyeilding. The New York Times recently featured Joisel's massive, collection-worthy origami efforts...unfortunately in the obituaries. Mr. Joisel died from lung cancer at 53.

The French artist is featured in the 2008 PBS documentary Between the Folds which I've had in my Netflix queue for months. It's available for… read more


Nov 02, 2010

Tattoo Your Furniture

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Tattoos, tattoos. Some can be amazingly beautiful, and I imagine some of the best and most talented artists and illustrators today make their living in high-end tattoo parlors and salons. These guys have their skills down, with no erasers or undo buttons available.

But they sure are painful, and permanent.

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So, we're really digging this collection of tattoo and flash-inspired home decor and… read more


Nov 02, 2010

Things Organized Neatly

created at: 11/02/2010When the clutter and chaos of your own life gets outta control, head to Things Organized Neatly to get a daily dose of exactly what the title promises.

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Nov 02, 2010

Cinematic Topography: States Represented by Films

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Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.

Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even… read more


Nov 01, 2010

Sculptural Facial Hair and Other Beard Weirdness

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At first glance, you might wonder, "why on earth would anyone do such things with their beard?" But, think about it for a sec. If you had facial hair worth sculpting, you'd probably do it to.

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Oct 28, 2010

Paper Crafted Shoes by Mike Leavitt

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Yes, of course we love these paper renderings of sneakers, perhaps even a bit more than the Shoeburger.

They're all created by Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt, who says, "Everyday and urban objects are just my pallette for replicating modern landscapes of life, somewhere between a painterly impression and ironic conceptual art statement. I simply think of these as 'big kid toys', as if adults can still play make-believe too. Though each object is an original sculpture hand-made from scratch, each is somewhat functional and durable enough for even a bit of light… read more


Oct 27, 2010

Mad Men Mr. Men

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The Poke styles up everyone's favorite Mad Men characters as those from the Mr. Men series, the series of forty-eight British children's books from the 1970s.created at: 10/27/2010

There's even a free book, Mr. Sterling Gets Angry available to read online. Trust us, you wanna see… read more


Oct 27, 2010

Drink-It-Yourself Xylophone Made from Beer Bottles

created at: 10/27/2010

Fresh off the heels of Tuned Pale Ale, designer Sam Gensburg created this brilliant packaging for Southern Bells Brewery. "Closed, the packaging is a traditional 6 pack, but opened, and laying flat .. a glass xylophone. Buy two for a full octave."

It seems as if the bottles are corked, and two of the toppers include wooden mallets with which to play your drinking… read more

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