August 28, 2008

Bagavond handbags.

My pal, Anna, had a fabulous bag with her when we went out last night after work. Turns out she bought it from our co-worker, Michelle, who has her very own gorgeous Etsy store. All modern designs made from vintage materials. So cool.

p.s. How embarrassed am I that I didn't know this about Michelle? So embarrassed.

Each Bagavond Bag is handcrafted from recycled materials, including leather, fur, and vintage scarves. As a result, each Bag is unique, as the exact mix of materials can never be duplicated. Each Bagavond Bag is meticulously constructed to be functional and fashionable and unite your individuality and ethics.

Etsy :: BagavondBags :: Bagavond

August 27, 2008

Welcome, Baby VonQuallwig.

Congrats to Dan and Rebecca on scientifically and successfully building a baby.

Edison (Edie) Fern Herwig arrived last night at 10:48pm. 6lbs 11oz.

Yay. :)

TwitPic - Edison

Steve the Chicken.

A 5-year-old girl shields her face for a moment from a gust of wind with her favorite chicken, Steve, after running to catch him for 10 minutes on her father's farm in Deary, Idaho. "One time I squished a chicken so hard that an egg fell out," she said.

PhotoShelter Prints :: Steve the Chicken by Kevin German.

August 21, 2008

Internet Memes.

I cannot tell you how happy I am that someone finally put this together.

I just added Spaghetti Cat, my new fave.

Internet Memes

(thanks, D!)

Alpha Coffee Table.

Not crazy about the colors, and I'm sure that, within a month, I'll be sick to death of seeing this -- but, right now, I REALLY love this concept.

(p.s. why did they shoot the product on that busy-ass carpet?)

This one-of-a-kind conversation table was inspired by a Paris flea market find, then designed exclusively for us by a London graphic designer with a penchant for, and a large personal collection of, antique printers' blocks.

Alpha Coffee Table shopping in Crate and Barrel Coffee Tables

August 18, 2008

Ringo holographic interface.

I don't know that I'd want to be emailing and texting on the sidewalk, but playing games and using it as a navigator could be really cool.

Holographic Interface - round interface - Ringo from Ivan Tihienko on Vimeo.

China's "new terracotta soldiers."

The New Golden Brick installation features portraits of migrant workers as the new terracotta soldiers. The building blocks are the humble support of a country in perpetual change. Unlike those used in ancient buildings, their lives are ephemeral as they are infinitely reproduced and replaced. Each of the migrant construction workers wears the mandatory plastic helmet, each of them is smiling, even if they are often (and rightly so) described in the press as the victims of China's urbanization frenzy.

The 798 art district, take two - we make money not art

I believe I can walk through walls.

A piece by Reed Barrow that made me smile.

I believe i can walk through walls
Styrofoam, concrete, cotton sheet. basketball, steel
W4'x L4'xH8'


Photos on your feets.

Props to Keds, home of dorky sensible sneakers, for throwing a curve ball and letting people add their own photos and graphics to their kicks. Very cute.

Keds Studio: Gallery

(via Photojojo)

August 17, 2008

Rizzo's Original Fortune Teller.

This looks like a fun hostess/party gift.

Small cardboard game board with 50 sealed holes, each containing a rolled up-paper fortune. Push through the fortune of your choice using the included plastic pin. Choose carefully -- all fortunes guaranteed 100% accurate. 2.5" x 3.5" x .5".

Cog & Pearl | Rizzo's Original Fortune Teller

Military penguin becomes a 'Sir'

A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo.

BBC NEWS | Military penguin becomes a 'Sir'

Watch the video here.

(via Cute Overload)

August 16, 2008

Etsy :: SecondLineFrames ::

Picture frames made from wood found in post-Katrina New Orleans. Expensive, but gorgeous. (I wish they said exactly what percentage they donate back to the neighborhoods. I would hope quite a bit for the amount of money they're charging.)

Etsy :: SecondLineFrames

(via Reuben Miller)

August 14, 2008

Brooklyn print.

Looks like West Elm is finally getting some interesting art prints.

art insert, brooklyn | west elm

10 mistakes that make you look stupid.

I know MY readers don't make these mistakes -- being gorgeous and brilliant as they are -- but we all know people that do.

Please pass along these handy tips from to make the world a better place.

10 wording blunders that make you look stupid

10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid

10 mispronunciations that make you sound stupid

p.s. I confess that, for some reason, I still have the lie/lay problem. I've gotta fix that.

(via Andy's Blog)

Subway Crush.

This made me laugh. It's taking "Missed Connections" to a whole new level. And it has the best "About Us" section I've ever seen on a web site. It simply says:

About Subway Crush
Sometimes you see a hottie and you want to smooch them.

Subway Crush - Chicago

August 13, 2008

PIG 05049.

Christien Meindertsma has spent the last three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.

Meindertsma makes the subject more approachable by reducing everything to the scale of one animal. After it's death, Pig number 05049 was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. In an almost surgical way a pig is dissected in the pages of the book - resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale (1:1).

Christien Meindertsma:: FLOCKS

Read an interview w/Christien about this project at We Make Money Not Art.

Can American Apparel be ANY more annoying?

I think not.

Cute Overload calendar.

Yay! Goes great with Gerbera daisies and Red Pandas on your desk. Pencil and/or doing actual work is optional.

Cute Overload! :)

3D Business Card.

How fun is this?

3D Business Card - Fubiz™

50 Books Every Geek Should Read.

50 Books Every Geek Should Read ::

August 12, 2008

Nicely done, Benetton.

I just think this is a beautiful ad.

The ad is a companion piece to the latest edition of Benetton's Colors magazine.

30 Pictures Of the Sichuan Earthquake, 30 Tibetan Prayers, One Shared Hope

It is not a conventional magazine, but rather a collection of prayers inspired by the design and meaning of traditional Tibetan flags. The Colors editorial team collected 30 photographs of the Sichuan earthquake and met 30 Tibetan monks around the world. Each monk composed a prayer inspired by one of these photos.

COLORS #74 - Victims

(via Street Attack and Adrants)

Because THIS, my friend, is what clients want.


It really needs some exclamation points. Where's the sizzle?

Happy birthday, Sami!

I hope your birthday is lovely, lady. I'm toasting you with my coffee right now...