Monday, 31 August 2009

clothbound classics

Design Sponge features Penguin's new line of clothbound classics. wouldn't you just love to line your bookshelves with these lovelies?


k, this is stuff is seriously neat. d-Vision has designed some witty and wonderful products like the fruit bowl above that holds different sized fruit. read more via eat me daily.

apple eating dish

bbq plate that holds the juices of cooked meat.

plates shaped like frames for painterly dining

petrina hicks

check out the striking portaiture of Australian photographer Petrina Hicks. reminds me a bit of Loretta Lux's work, which i enjoy very much as well.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

bunny chaser

i felt like that last gloomy entry needed some sort of a chaser. hope this helps:) [via cute overload]

franz, is that you?

image by doug chayka
i'm having a seriously Kafkaesque day today. this morning - though it is not a part of my job, nor have i done this ever before - i was ushered off to another building to sit in a strange little room without windows and search through boxes containing thousands of precariously ordered cheques, looking for six in particular. after two straight hours of flipping through bundles with my rubber thumb, a gentleman appeared to inform me that i had been given the wrong boxes, and that i must begin my search all over again with the right ones. five and a half hazy hours later, i had found the six cheques in question, but was left in a daze, half expecting giant bugs to creep out from under my desk.
here's hoping your day was a damn sight better than mine, my friends. i need a big ole glass o wine! cheers Franz :D

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

all the king's women #7 - barbara eden

born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1934, Eden had numerous roles in forgetable films throughout the 50s and 60s, but is best known for her role in the television series I Dream of Jeanie (1965-1970). for five years and 139 episodes, Barbara played a well meaning and lovable Jeanie, rescued by an astronaut, whose magical powers often ran amuck. hilarity ensued.

in 1960, Barbara played the part of Roslyn Pierce in Elvis' sixth film, Flaming Star (a western in which Elvis plays a "half-breed"). Eden replaced Barbara Steele in the role, who walked off the picture after an argument with director Don Siegel. Andy Warhol's famous diptych of Elvis as a cowboy comes from a Flaming Star still.

I Dream of Jeannie has gone on to become one of the most successful series in international syndication, earning Barbara many fans all over the world. Eden now lives in California with her third husband. her only son Matthew (son of first husband, Michael Ansara) died of a drug overdose in 2001, at 36 years old.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

if only money grew on houseplants

i am completely and utterly smitten with the new clothing line from Kate Spade, best known for their shoes (which are also delicious), and if money grew on houseplants, i would own it all. so much more on the website.

yesterday's muse # 7 - evelyn tripp

Evelyn Tripp was considered among the most versatile of the models famous during postwar American fashion's glamour years. her striking beauty was immortalized by dozens of noted photographers, and she was a particular favorite of William Klein, whose 1958 photograph of her, blowing cigarette smoke from beneath her veil, remains his signature image.

Evelyn appeared on more than 40 covers, beginning with the Jan. 1, 1949, issue of Vogue. she retired from modelling in 1968, and died of colon cancer in 1995, at the age of 67.

Monday, 24 August 2009

meredith dittmar

Oregon artist Meredith Dittmar uses polymer clay and resin to explore themes of consciousness and inner space in these fascinating and beautiful works. see more here. [click images to enlarge]

Friday, 21 August 2009

always a bride's maid...

actually, i'm happily married, and happy to be a bride's maid in my good friends' wedding out on the farm this weekend. they'll be married in a barn hung with chandeliers, and we will dance into the night under a canopy of stars. it promises to be a lovely evening. complete with a pig roast (!). us maids are wearing black dresses with red shoes and red gerber daisies in our hair. if you've read much of this blog you may already know that red shoes are one of my very favourite things, so i'm stoked. i'll post pictures next week if any turn out. have a magnificent weekend and try to get some dancing in. it's good for the soul.

video vendredi - product placement

i have never before posted an advertisement for video vendredi, but this sidekicks commercial, directed by David Hicks, is just so ridiculously adorable that i can't help myself. great character design.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

EEEEEEEEEE! must own this.

it seems i'm having a wish list day. i must own this hoodie. it comes in a bunch of colours, and with other heads too, like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. reasonably priced as well! check it out at Head Hoods.

i want this. bad.

the Diana Mini is almost too awesome to be true. it takes square photos (36 per role), half frames (72 per roll), multiple and long exposures, panorama's, black n white, daylight cross-process, and it's bloomin' tiny. i need one. here are some examples of what she can do (from the lomography website, link above).

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

mysterious letters

i am so in love with this project i could spit.
it seems that Michael Crowe and Lenka Clayton plan to write letters to every person on earth. they've begun by sending personal handwritten letters, notes, and postcards to 467 households in the small Irish village of Cushendall. the project has come to the attention of BBC Newsline who did a story on them, and the two artists are now documenting the project on their blog, Mysterious Letters, which you simply MUST go peruse because it's positively lovely. [click on images to enlarge]