alphabrass

January 31, 2011

Ladies & Gentlemen, a Seattle design studio, and I share something in common: we HATE to throw anything away. We like to discover the clever alter egos of, um, stuff. Like these Alphabrass tables made from old lamp parts – genius! And face it, when you throw something away, you’re just trusting someone else to put it somewhere else on this earth for you. (I’m making a mental note now to grab all those ugly brass lamps I see on sidewalks on trash days to make this.) So go root through your parents’ attic or sniff out the local Goodwill to find some goodies. Crack a cold one, put on some tunes, and see what you can create.

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Eyes + Ears

January 29, 2011

Okay, go with me on this one…

SONG: The Morning Benders / “Excuses

OBJECT: AM Radio / Antique Fireworks Crate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend recommended I listen to the song and I’ve fallen in love. Though this pretty song got me thinking of some swirly piece of art, it was the poetic lyrics made me think of finding something old and worn from years of wear and tear. I found this box at AM Radio – t’would make for lovely storage for romantic notes and such, eh?

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Creepy or not: Where Children Sleep

January 25, 2011

Creepy or thought-provoking? New at Rare Device is Chris Boot’s “Where Children Sleep,” which features a collection of photography by James Mollison which explores where children worldwide curl up at night – in mansions, in barns, outside. Definitely interesting…

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Timbermade Honor

January 24, 2011

These laser-cut wooden medals are perfect for friends and family for any occasion. They were originally created for Angie & Tyson’s wedding party (featured here on Design*Sponge) and are now available on etsy at Angie’s site, Norwegian Wood. They start at $35 each and if ya like them apples, check out Miju, who helped make the originals.

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Eyes + Ears

January 21, 2011

I’ve been developing my new and improved blog (coming soon) and wanted to share a weekly feature I’m thinking about. “Eyes + Ears” is a challenge to match music with art or an object:

SONG: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals / “Breakdown Into the Resolve

ART: Virginia Kraljevic / “Cave

"Cave"

Yay? Nay? Feel free to submit your favorite song or art / object. We’ll see how I do. Thanks, husband, for offering up your fave RA song!

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Metal Shakers

January 19, 2011

I am a lover of vases, vessels, bowls, containers, trays – basically anything I can stash stuff in. I grew up in a house with lots of farmhouse country decor (baskets and shaker boxes everywhere) so I was delighted to find these metal shaker boxes by Brooklyn’s Gauge, Inc. on etsy [via Dolan Geiman]. They are the perfect modern tribute to the stacking boxes that held my make-up and scrunchies in middle school.

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Lizzy Stewart

January 18, 2011

Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator in Edinburgh who often takes inspiration from literature and music, producing simple yet poignant works. Here’s one of her recent projects:

“The Little Otsu Living Things Series is a new collection of mini art books in which different artists each explore one idea based around the theme of living things. The first in this series is by Lizzy Stewart and is called “A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife.” Bursts of color shoot from the mouths of wolves and bears look on as carefully rendered unknown European towns are off in the distance. There are birds in flight and an owl on a perch, buildings on the backs of deer and tiny animals wearing tiny hats; all beautifully drawn in interchanging full and single color.”

“Living Things” edition available for purchase here or at her etsy shop. Learn more about Lizzy on her website, too.

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Food for Thought

January 17, 2011

It’s a little over halfway through the first month of the year and my household is well on their way to eating healthier. However, I can be pretty lazy with cooking on a regular basis. I do well for a few days and then let it all fall to the wayside, letting the vegetables rot and resorting to cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But I’ve done well for us lately. Here’s some tips on our lazy household health kick:

  • Buy it in bulk, divvy it up: I buy staples in bulk and package them separately to be frozen. Mozzarella gets bagged in 1 cup increments. Mini bagels and other little snacks get stale before the bag is empty so I freeze all except a few at a time. Chicken breast, sausage, and other meat get plastic-wrapped in meal-sized portions so we can pull out what we need. I’ve heard people preach about freezing portions before but until you actually do it, you won’t realize how easy it makes life. It’s cheaper, too.
  • Veggies and dip: How can cutting vegetables be easier? Invest in a pair for kitchen shears. Yes, cut your food with scissors. Celery, sandwiches, pizza, what have you. This pair comes apart for easy cleaning, too. So grab a stalk of celery, rinse it, chop it, and store it in the fridge for snacktime with some ranch dressing or peanut butter.
  • If you’re going to cook, make a feast: I’ve been cooking up double and triple batches of vegetarian chili and garden tomato sauce and freezing meal-size portions. We’ve got a meal to nuke up whenever. Mini portions of chili also double for nacho dip with a little cheese and tomato sauce makes our homemade pizzas delicious.
  • Save the bits: I am horrible at guesstimating what 1 cup of green pepper looks like in the produce aisle. And what the hell is a medium onion? Anyway, I cut more than I need and, rather than discarding it, I save ‘em to throw in omelettes, pizza, or quesadillas.
  • Easy Eggs (no pan required): I’ve been eating this every day and feeling great afterward. Grease a microwave-safe bowl. Crack and egg or two into it. Whisk it up with a tablespoon or two of milk (more if ya like ‘em fluffy). Throw some cracked pepper and those leftover veggies (green pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms are YUM). Cover and microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Cover with cheese and/or a slice of toast. Eat.

As I keeping discovering new ways this whole feeding-my-family-healthy thing out, I’ll let you know what I find. And if you’re wondering where I get my recipes, I heart this baby cookbook – Le Petit Appetit. Lucy doesn’t always like it, but Tom and I think every recipe is delicious.

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Brennan Gilbert

January 14, 2011

I believe in living a sustainable life, which is why I recycle. And this Black Keys video posted by Brennan Gilbert was too good not recycle as a post of my own (a little eco-friendly humor for you – you’re welcome). Remember when I posted his action figure packaging? Well, his blog is just as frickin’ awesome. I’ve been following ever since and it combines the perfect mixture of sarcasm and creativity in every post. Read it.

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Meat America

January 13, 2011

Here’s a submission by my buddy Gavin DiRusso (whose incredible home I will feature posthaste).

“Seems like something general merriment could appreciate:

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Thank you, kind sir. It is, indeed.

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