One of my favorite sources for desktop wallpaper is Veer. Their stuff is kinda designer targeted, but it’s always innovative and lovely. Here are some of my favorites:
They have also updated their sizes with an iPhone version for each design which I would use if my current wallpaper wasn’t so damn adorable:
Filed under: craft envy, design envy, projects | Tags: Fresh Pressed, screen printing
How cool is this? Fresh Pressed is a walk-in screenprint shop in Los Feliz, CA. I’m so jealous of local residents…I am gonna have to start a petition to have one of these started in the Short North here in C-bus. I think it would thrive in that kind of neighborhood.
First of its kind, FreshPressed™ allows users of all ages and all skill levels to make truly unique, one-of-a-kind screenprinted wearables, gifts and goods for themselves, loved ones, clients and customers. Gone are the days of limited typefaces that were prechosen for you. No longer must you resort to using iron-on transfers to produce that gift for a friend. No more creating online and waiting eagerly for your item to show up (or not) via mail. No longer must you order more items than you need to fulfill the minimum requirements of your local printer.
I love the vintage laundromat feel it has, with old washing machines serving as surfaces for the screenprinting process. Here is owner Jonathan Sample giving a video tour of the shop:
I think my friend Jeff, who recently moved out to Burbank, needs to whip up some custom tees STAT.
I love to see all the modern spins on cuckoo clocks that have become quite popular in recent years. I’m still on the hunt for one that fulfills three qualifications: 1) i love it, 2) it has a real, functioning cuckoo bird, and 3) i can afford it.
All the ones that I would love to call my own are way out of my price range (see below). I did settle for Walmart’s imitation cuckoo made of plexi (#8 in the round-up) but it broke when I was trying to dust. It dropped to the floor and shattered….but it was also only $14 and did not have an operational cuckoo bird. My favorite to date is #1 from Anthropologie. They don’t carry it anymore but even if they did, it would be a pipe dream….ho hum.
1. Orangita cuckoo clock by Anthropologie from 2007 | Price: $598
2. Gökur Half Time from DesignTorget in Stockholm | Price: 1950 – I assume that’s Euros?
3. Pink Cuckoo Clock by Wake Up Frankie | Price: $13.50
4. Wall hanging cuckoo clock by Decoylab | Price: $28
5. Cuckoo Clock by Tobias Reischle at the MoMA Store | Price: $450
6. Cosine modern cuckoo (sorry, no info)
7. Birdhouse cuckoo clock by SnowHome | Price: $115
8. Faux cuckoo by Walmart | Price: $14.88
9. The Silos by G. Lacchetti (sorry, no info)
10. Cuckoo Forest Clock by Pascal Tarabay | Price: $399
11. Mod Cuckoo clock by Chia’sso | Price: $88
Filed under: craft envy, projects | Tags: DIY projects, ReadyMade
So I realize that this is really just a big advertisement for Rustoleum spray paint, but leave it to ReadyMade to make it into a full-fledged DIY project. They offer up two ideas to spruce up boring personal objects.
Currently scouting for a well-ventilated area.
Filed under: craft envy, design envy | Tags: Lollipop Pottery, Ohio artists, pottery
I discovered Lollipop Pottery today through one of my favorite blogs, Decor8. They are one of Holly’s new sponsors so I checked out their web site and came upon some lovely pieces (as well as a logo that’s right up my alley).
Turns out married couple, Jessica and Tyson, are from Ohio. Represent! (And I have to say, any business that uses pictures like these for their ‘about us’ page is A-OK in my book.)
I see a new wish list entry in my near future.
This one comes courtesy of ReadyMade’s blog. I had to re-post because these ideas fall into the category of “why didn’t I think of that?” and they will definitely have you laughing out loud. From Readymaker Jen T:
Now entering the blogosphere: beautifully funny blogs about unfortunately ugly stuff.
First up, It’s Lovely, I’ll Take It! [A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings]. Sara’s commentary is so witty and pretty much genius.
Next up, D-Listed Decor [Design Within Retch: The worst home furnishing finds of Craigslist] from ickykittygumgum. Look at this absurdity:
The commentary: “These bulls died for your sins. Are you happy now?”
And finally, Cake Wrecks [When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong] by Jen.
What the customer said:
“So we’re throwing a going-away party for our friend, and we’d like you to write “Good luck at U.C.”, since that’s the college she’s going to. Also, she’s a big E.T. fan – you know, from the movie? – so we want to incorporate that somehow. I’ll leave it up to you; we just want something E.T.- related on it. Can you do that? Yeah? Cool! Thanks!”
What the decorator heard:
“Blah blah blah, write blah E.T. blah blah on it. Blah.”
What the decorator was thinking:
“Okey doke, easy peasy, now I’ll just write ‘Good Luck‘… oh, wait: does ‘good’ have two ‘o’s or two ‘d’s? Dang. Oh well, I’ll just make this letter look a little like both. There! No one will notice anyway. Ok, and then: ‘at…U.C…’…thank goodness that doesn’t need any periods; those are so hard to do with this icing! Ok, let’s see here…you know, I think I’m going to go the extra mile for these folks and write E.T. on it THREE times. And I’m pretty sure just the ‘E’ has a period… yeah, that looks right. Dum dee dum…. There! All done! Aw, they are just going to love me.”
These made my day.
Filed under: abode envy | Tags: home decor, rentals, Something's Hiding In Here
I’m in complete awe over the lovely Philadelphia abode that is home and studio to the duo of Something’s Hiding in Here. Featured in this month’s issue of ReadyMade magazine, I am dying of envy over this place. It’s so original; a virtual fantasy land that I know if I lived/worked within its walls, I would have a very hard time going outside into the real world.
This is the kind of home that both inspires me and makes me feel like a failure in my procrastinating nature when it comes to all the home projects of my own in need of completion. Although it makes me feel slightly better that the article says it took three years for them to build it out. Slightly better.
The couple is Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt, who have been married for 9 years and have their own business, fashioning “objets d’art” that they sell at outlets and on Etsy. (He bought her this swing for Valentine’s Day, which just makes me swoon. Not only because of the sentiment but, hi, they have a porch swing inside their home!)
These two exemplify one of my deep rooted beliefs when it comes to your home: it doesn’t matter if you live in a rental. It’s so important to make it your own and transform it into an environment that represents your personality. Having a signed lease and a landlord has never really stopped me from painting my walls crazy colors, putting up murals, or taking it upon myself to swap out window fixtures. Most things can be taken down or painted over, so why not enjoy it while you’re there? The couple has a welcome mat that says “home sweet rental”. My sentiments exactly.
The article closes saying that Alterio and Loidolt anticipate feeling the itch to move. Hmmm….I HAVE always enjoyed a good Philly cheese steak.
Note: photos courtesy of Something’s Hiding In Here on Flickr.
I’m even more intrigued by the idea of a Craft Corner Death Match:
An opportunity for crafters to go head to head to battle it out for fabulous prizes and the title of ‘Crafter of Steel’! It’s teams of two crafting one project in 10 minutes full of trash talk & frenzied crafting. Open to all!
I’m half-tempted to enter, but 10 minutes is a lot of pressure. I’d need at least 15 to fashion something out of felt.
If you’re watching the Olympics this week then you’ve probably caught the animated KeyBank commercial featuring gold medalist Diana Munz.
This series of spots created for Key’s commercial campaign is beautifully done. A collaboration between Digital Kitchen and Cramer-Krasselt featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Tim Tomkinson, the commercials use audio from real customer interviews. They are so imaginative, especially given the subject matter of what they’re advertising. You can watch all three here.
Your home certainly stands out from your neighbours! There’s nothing average or ordinary about the place, and that’s just the way you like it. You have a maverick approach to interior design and decoration, gleaning ideas, inspiration and objects from the unlikeliest of places. Over the years, though, this has synthesized into something unmistakably ‘you’. No one dares tell you how to furnish your home: you’ve got your own set of unique guidelines and that’s all that matters.
While I usually take such online quiz results with a grain of salt, this one pretty much nailed my style dead on. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to decorating; where “eclectic” is a nice way of saying “visually schizophrenic”. But I embrace it wholeheartedly.