big black bag

Really big bags are essential for all sorts of projects, like hauling food home from the farmers market, or a brick or two or a piece of pipe from a construction site, or [rocks] from out of town.  I’ve had a variety of bags over the years, some which are still with me, though pretty…

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necklace as plug chain

Here’s simple, pretty solution to those ugly generic plug chains. There’s infinite possibilities for stringing beads (waterproof) or using other materials like waxed string,which often comes in beautiful colors. (The friend that sent this to me didn’t remember where she found it. So we’re unable, yet, to give credit.)

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real-life interiors

A pleasurable antidote to the nothing-out-of-place, perfect fabulousness  of mainstream interiors magazines is  The Selby which blogs photographs (by Todd Selby) of creative people and their spaces, sometimes with a brief, handwritten interview attached.  It is a relief to see real, un-styled totally personal spaces.  Scroll down the page of notated images of people in their…

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perfect kid’s book: donut chef

I’m always on the lookout for great children’s books to give as gifts to my friend’s kids; books are inexpensive, and can be enjoyed over and over again, not to mention inspiring who-knows-what? in those young brains and imaginations. BoingBoing‘s recommendation of Donut Chef,  written and illustrated the brilliant Bob Staake, is dead-on. It’s the…

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marcel breuer: sun and shadow, the philosophy of an architect

A wordless, pictures-only post on Reference Library tipped me off to Marcel Breuer: Sun and Shadow, The Philosophy of an Architect, that Breuer wrote in the fifties. I found it on Ebay for a good price, through a “buy it now” dealer of out-of-print mid-century and design books. It’s a treasure, in part because of…

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