dreaming in color

omg. so in love with we dream in colour's etsy shop it hurts. i'm partial to the verdigris section of the shop, but it's all pretty awesome...

dear elizabeth...

thank you for teaching the women of the family to be tenacious, fiercely independent, and to never take no for an answer. we'll miss you omi...

shop local - doe

located in the lower haight (and online here), doe is seriously a dream store of all things your heart desires. from clothing, to home goods, to amazing accessories - doe has it all. here are a few of my favorites for gifting this holiday season that are all under $60.

qualifications please.

The Reason

uber cute music video by the wyld stallyons for the blizzards.
(via ATSF)

shop local - the curiosity shoppe

another local spot that i regularly swoon over is the the curiosity shoppe. i am a serious glutton for this place and would buy out the store in a heartbeat. stop on by for some holiday gifts, or for you out-of-towner's, shop their site here.

lomo sale!

check out this link for special 25% off deals on some lomo goodness, including the diana f+ hong meow!
click here for a 25% off coupon to kid robot - valid through the end of this month.

everything. everything. everything.

fantastic interview with kim hiorth√ły.


fantastic vintage kodak photo bags. i'm seriously hoping these come back in stock soon. LOVE them!

they smoke so beautiful on film

if you are still wondering what to get me for the holidays, may i suggest this? is that too forward of me? i think you would do the same for such camilla engman goodness.
i was checking out the newest daily photo upload over on dooce when i saw a link referencing heather champ. i recognized the name immediately (she blogs for flickr) and clicked through to be blown away by some AMAZING photography. the best part? heather is using a holga modifier i've been looking at as yet another 'i'm too impatient for christmas so i'm buying this for myself gift,' and now i think i need to get it.

on an interesting side note, i think heather and i live in the same neighborhood. she's got some shots of elli's little friends from the dog park...small world. hooray internet.

your trash is my hearts treasure

tim nobel and sue webster blow my mind. i've been a fan of their work for some time, but nothing has won me over like their latest pieces utilizing trash to make artistic silhouettes. i know it will make some artists cringe - trash, as art? but seriously - i can barely make a shadow puppet out of my hands that even moderately resembles a bird, fish, dog, anything really - so this pretty much takes the cake in my book.

welcome home juan!


shop local - park life

this holiday season i decided to do the bulk of my holiday shopping via local, independent businesses and independent online shops. it's not for everyone, but you can seriously find some great stuff, even on a tight budget.

so as a continuation of my gift guide, i'll be featuring items under $40 from some of my favorite local stores that also sell their goods online. and let me tell you, they are the goods...

first up is park life - a wonderfully designed retail and gallery space in my old hood, the inner richmond. this store rocks it and sells the bulk of the items behind its doors online too.

design police

bringing bad design to justice.
i think these were made for people like devin and i.
i want them. all of them. and i will use them liberally.



with polaroid film prices doubling and tripling, our era of instant photos is coming to a close. okay, not really. but for polaroid it is. naturally, other companies are clamoring to pick up the slack and give those us who yearn for instant gratification some new alternatives to our old friend.

the fuji instax camera is one i've played with, quite some years ago, and is rather fantastic. the photos are small (think back to the old disposable polaroid camera of 1999) but the photos are crisp and rich in color. urban outfitters has started carrying the camera (and the film) for $130. not too shabby for a cute instant toy.

for the digitally analogue inclined, there's the tomy xiao (coming out in japan tomorrow), that prints little photos directly from it's digital camera 5 mp body. best part? through it's elusive (at least to me) technology, you don't have to buy ink for this little bad boy, just paper. LOVE it!

figs and ginger

i can't even handle how amazing the work of figs & ginger are. the pieces above are my absolute favorites, but their whole shop is overflowing with wonderful eco-friendly metal-smithing goodness. i think i need to buy the fawn earrings. like right now. while i do that, you can check out their site here.


Fifty People, One Question: New York from Crush & Lovely on Vimeo.
saw this over on swissmiss today and totally fell in love.

kirigami goodness

saw these over on ATLA today and almost pee'd my pants. download your own kirigami greeting card patterns here, grab a few xacto blades & a box of bandages, and have at it!

helvetica revisted


check out the awesome abracadabra bookmark. it's an inflated pouch that when squeezed opens your book just enough for your finger to access to the last page you were on. awesome!

yanko design)

wall mounted dog food bowls by these creatures. fantastic!
made for me? i think so. you can get one too - right over here.

tick tock

i saw this watch on urban's site yesterday and totally fell in love. only catch is, it's only available online and i'm totally one of those people who has to try a watch on before buying it.

but after seeing it, i felt inspired to create something similar with a watch face from my great-grandma. i've had the watch since i was in my early teens, and she had obviously had it long prior to giving it to me - and amazingly it still works. but the band has been worn completely through and needs replacing. so i'll be making one similar to the watch above, chain, charms and all. hooray for weekend projects!

fall down tree

um. how cute are these illustrations by adam record? i'm in love. he just made a book through blurb, but also has an awesome etsy shop here.
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