Archive for December, 2007

holiday ornament swap – bonus

one bonus ornament from my dear and generous pal seems to have rounded out my 2007 swap collection nicely! we weren’t in each other’s groups but decided to exchange what we made anyway.


isn’t it so cute?!?!


holiday ornament swap – #6, #7

i’m still getting fun packages in the mail from the swap!


thank you brandi!


thank you christine!

i actually think i should have a total of 9, so i am hoping for two more… but i did get a bonus (show ya later…)

100 spinning plates by rob christopher

i went to the renegade craft fair’s holiday show a few weeks ago, but i really could not report on it because 1)it was crowded and 2)i knew i would be getting many of my holiday gifts there and did not want to give any clues away! i think it’s safe now to reveal some of these treasures, so please enjoy several artists in upcoming posts who make outstanding things. let’s start with the 100 spinning plates book by local author, filmmaker and rogue publisher rob christopher, for his own random cha press. this is an autobiographical tome that comes in a unique package – 100 stories on 100 slips of paper in a cardboard box. it is the reader’s choice to read as much or as little as he likes, to weave chapters together and create a unique story.


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clever concept, random musings.

check out rob’s website and find out more about him on his blog too. i’m a little late to this party, so when i checked with rob, i found out that he had sold out of his inventory (oh no!), and that he’s currently working on plans for his next project (oh goody!). i can’t wait to see what it will be…

christmas miracle: if you hurry you can find his book on amazon in (extremely) limited quantities and on ebay too!

takumi dinner bells

i’ve been leaving on my things
so in the morning when the morning bird sings
there’s still dinner on my dinner jacket
til the dinner bell rings

i don’t want a pizza, i don’t want a piece of peanut brittle, i don’t want a pear.
i don’t want a bagel, i don’t want a bean, i wouldn’t like a bag of beef or a beer. or a cup of chowder, corn, cake, or creamed cauliflower cause i’m waiting for the dinner bell to do the bell thing,

dinner bell dinner bell ding ding ding

{lyrics from the ebullient, beloved and oh-so-clever they might be giants}


it sure beats a triangle any day, doesn’t it?

$325 for the marvelous set at moss. (more…)

christian ghion cat capsule

are you like most people who have a small, spacey, swinging kitty with discriminating tastes that always manages to take up a quarter of your king size bed and ruin your sleep while doing it? oh wait – maybe that’s just me. i do believe the cat capsule from french designer christian ghion may be the answer to my cat prayers. it’s quite compact and has an uber stylish mid century modern sensibility.


if this thing swivels, i just might have to figure out where to buy it, even if it is better looking than my own furniture!

via contemporist

carl aubock bookends

hmmm, well, i really like these bookends from austrian moderist carl aubock because they’re clean – based on a mid century design. i like how they disappear when in use to the viewer can concentrate on the books. they’re made of cast brass, so they have some heft to them. i also enjoy their organic shape, which serves a practical purpose of accommodating tall or small sized books.




$498 at design within reach. on sale.

that’s the only part i don’t like.

via betterlivingthroughdesign

holiday ornament swap – #4, #5

look at the loveliness that arrived in the mail today – two more swap ornaments!


can you see the glitter on this super sweet painted snowman? thanks karen!



see the teeny little holly in miss birdie’s hair – so beautifully sewn? thanks danielle!


dan goodsell art

i am extremely fond of the work of prolific california artist dan goodsell and his food themed motley crew of characters that have sprung from his fount of imagination. this happy roving gang features the irrepressible mr. toast and his homies, like shaky bacon, lemonhead and joe the egg. they join each other and support each other as friends do, together at milestone moments or just chilling out.










warning! love fest: i love his sense of humor and the super smiley color palette. the simplicity of his drawings evokes a lot of joy. i love how kids and adults alike can have a shared laugh when viewing his artwork. i love seeing food as everyday people in unexpected places. i love how he has made these art pieces available in all types of ways – original paintings, online comics, plush toys, buttons, books and cards. and i love being a collector of his work.

this kind of whimsical imagination is like a giant magnet to me. i can’t help but put myself right alongside these instantly beloved characters and be part of the gang. i’m thinking i’m an eggplant. or something else purple. maybe a fig?

right now my mr. toast doll is looking at me and winking.

be sure to check out dan’s flickr stream, blog and etsy shop – there is so much quality content that you’ll be quickly immersed! and don’t miss the archive of vintage photos and advertising too!

you can also find select merchandise of dan’s at mahar dry goods.

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