botanical kitchen towels : herriott grace

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, illustration, things | Tags: | No Comments »


Love these new all-cotton kitchen towels from Herriott Grace, who has a shop worth browsing.


fern : tastic

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, the earth, things | No Comments »


Dorky jokes aside, I just ordered these fern stamps from the USPS. And came across some other fern-inspired treasures thanks to a post by Shannon of HappinessIs.

Pretty cool fern print jacket by Leslie R Buchanan:


And this sweet embroidered tea towel:


be brave : make waves

Posted: July 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, portland, things | Tags: | No Comments »


This is one of my favorite Portland-made discoveries. Be Brave Make Waves creates these small kinetic wooden sculpture boxes, that when wound with the handle, show a boat riding on gentle undulating waves. It’s magical. $38 and available from their Etsy shop or in local Portland stores.

Watch the very brief video below showing the sculptural boxes in action:

Make Waves promo video from Matthew Ross on Vimeo.


fannypack : clair vivier

Posted: June 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, things | No Comments »

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Claire V.’s fannypack (in a range of colors) are pretty yum ($253). Italian leather with lining; dimensions 9” x 6.5” with a 40” strap.

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(*via Oh Joy!)

no-gross-stuff strainer : tweak

Posted: June 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, things | No Comments »


This new product, Tweak, from Tel Aviv design duo Nitzan Shafat and Aviv Rozenfeld resolves the ickiest part of the dish-washing process: removal of all the food gunk that accumulates at the drain. Clever!

They’re backing their first big production run through Kickstarter, selling large and small Tweaks (sink or bathtub) for $8 or more in contributions.

(*via Cup of Jo)

shipshape : picnic rug & bag

Posted: June 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, handmade, things | No Comments »


Upgrade your picnicking game with the Shipshape Picnic Rug. Made from 100% waxed cotton canvas, it’s weatherproof and converts to a sweet little picnic rug or a large bag. Handmade by Kumeko (€179.95).

This is available from the Dutch shop, fun for browsing lots of cool home and life items!




(*via Notcot)

pinch : furniture + lighting

Posted: June 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, things | No Comments »


Yum yum yum. The collection from UK-based, husband/wife-led studio, Pinch, is pretty much perfect.

Could. not. stop. adding. photos.









(*via In/Out)

linen bento bags : ambatalia for quitokeeto

Posted: May 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: handmade, home, things | Tags: | No Comments »

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What an elegant, simple solution. Linen Bento Bags (3 for $38) can be used to store grains, gifts, knick knacks, snacks, whatever you choose. Easily washable and reusable. Approximately 10″ (wide) x 4″ (deep).

Made in California by Ambatalia and sold by Quitokeeto.

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binchotan : charcoal products

Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: design, home, the earth, things | No Comments »

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I appreciate the careful selection of products available from New Zealand’s Douglas and Bec shop. Their newest addition is a line of charcoal products from Japan – such as an eye mask, facial soap, body scrub towel, pumice stone and charcoal sticks for water or room purification.

Their description does the trick:

The Japanese have been using Binchotan charcoal for its purification, skin care and health properties for centuries. The tradition of producing Binchotan comes from the Kishu region of Japan, where oak branches are burnt until red hot and then cooled down rapidly.

The more we research Binchotan, the more uses we find for it. To use Binchotan sticks for water, simply clean off any loose charcoal and rinse off, then boil for around 10 minutes. Pop it in a jug of water and you are ready to go. Along with drawing out impurities and chemicals (like chlorine), they add nutrients such as magnesium, manganese, calcium, and iron to your drinking water.

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lee coren : printed textiles

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: apparel, design, handmade, things | No Comments »


Israeli textile designer, Lee Coren, uses her own screen print designs or photographs to create this line of textiles — scarves and bags mostly. The pieces range from $25-100 and ship from Israel worldwide. New collection coming soon.





(*via Pattern Observer)