Thinking of a Master Plan

Thinking of a master plan(photo by Julia Robbs)

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly thinking about my master plan. So, this tote, by Paper Jam Press is absolutely perfect for me. (Also available: Everyday I’m Hustling.)

What started with a few posters has turned into a small empire; wall decals, temporary tattoos and now bags. Well done, Arianna!

oogi

My kids are obsessed with oogi, a rubber figure toy by Swiss company moluk. Watch the above video, you’ll understand why.

Memobottle

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This flat, reusable water bottle made me look: It’s memobottle, a slimline, BPA free, dishwasher-friendly, reusable bottle that resembles the size and shape of pieces of paper.

IKEA Parodies Apple Product Commercial

This Apple commercial parody to introduce IKEA’s new catalog made me laugh. Experience the power of a book book!

(via Daniel)

How to remove a temporary tattoo…

Did you ever wonder how to best remove a Tattly Temporary Tattoo? Nic and Ace created the above video to show just that. Leave it to my team to turn something as seemingly boring as an instructional video into something seriously fun. They are the best!

Insect Eyes

insect eyes

Hop over to But Does it Float for stunning macro photographs of insect eyes by Yudy Sauw

Papier-Mâché Projects

This little family is currently spending a week in the Northfork, enjoying the last week before school starts again. I’ve reconnected with my younger self and looked up some papier-mâché projects to do with my 8 year old, Ella. Here are some of my favorite finds:

papier mache beePapier-Mâché Bug

Paper Mache lollipop manPapier-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)

paper-mache face Papier-Mâché Face (no instructions)

paper mache turtlePapier-Mâché Turtle with Step-by-step instructions

DIY Pencil ToppersDIY Papier-Mâché Pencil Toppers (step-by-step instructions)

Paper Mache Bowls
Papier-Mâché Bowls (with step-by-step instructions)

And then here, slightly creepy personalized DIY papier-mâché pinatas:

Don’t know how to make the ‘glue’? Here’s a round-up of various papier-mâché recipes. What are you going to make?

Collapsable Hot Tub

Collapsable Hottub

A Hot Tub that goes everywhere you go. Wow!

Art Supplies Tattly

Art Supply Tattly

These brand new Art Supply Tattly by Peagreen Designs make me way happy.

Plus Plus

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My daughter (8) is madly in love with Plus Plus. I am amazed at what she comes up with. I am all for toys that fuel my kids’ imagination.

One Of Many

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My studiomate Wesley Verhoeve launched a fantastic new project called One of Many. Over the next few months, Wesley will travel to 12 cities across the US and over the course of a week immerse himself in their creative communities. The results are beautiful essays with stunning portrait photography and personal stories. Check out Charleston.

Wesley, who is the most outgoing person I have ever met, can strike up a conversation with anyone. When visiting these cities, he will be seeking out designers, chefs, woodworkers, farmers, engineers, writers, coffee brewers and anyone else making something that moves people.

Wesley believes that being a small business owner or a creative independent is exhilarating, but it can also be quite lonely and stressful. With One of Many Wesley wants to remind us that we are not alone. We are part of a growing movement. We are one of many.

(Above photos are all by Wesley Verhoeve, part of the Charleston series but previously unpublished. From top to bottom: David Lee, Diego Castro Oliva and Kate Nevin, members of the Charleston community)

Sarah Loertscher

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Stunning geometric ear hoops by Sarah Loertscher. #want

This Fox Likes Tattoos

Cutie Tattotie Fox

Team Tattly partnered with North American Bear on tattoable dolls, called Cutie Tattootie. Seriously adorable, right. (Not to mention the girl!) The fox comes with 12 Tattly tattoos that the kid can either apply on themselves or on the doll. Put the doll in the washer and the tattoos disappear. Fun, right?

New Nomiku Sous Vide

The new Nomiku Sous Vide immersion circulator looks fantastic. If you like to be a nerd, even in the kitchen, Nomiku is for you.

The Floyd Leg

The Floyd Leg

Love the brilliantly simple system behind The Floyd Leg. Ideal for people that move often.

(via Krissy)

Swing Bin

I blogged about the beautiful Swing Bin in February of 2010. At the time, it was just a concept, and now, with this Kickstarter campaign, we are all one step closer to owning our own. The Swing Bin is so sculptural that at first glance you might not notice that it is a waste bin. Its diagonal opening has been dramatically cut with a wooden lid, a lid that swings and tilts.

I am so totally supporting Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Kickstarter campaign. You?

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Water Trampoline

Water Trampoline

I saw this image and thought: Must buy a lake! Then this aqua trampoline. Oh, the fun that would be had!

Bus Stop

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Now, that’s a Bus Stop. Go Baltimore!

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Charlie Kim on Company Culture

I recently had the pleasure to meet Charlie Kim of a Manhattan based technology firm called Next Jump. He is a remarkable example of a founder and CEO that is all about seeing his employees grow, not only in skill but in character.

Charlie has developed multitude of internal company culture programs that range from an in-house mentor program, to fitness programs, as well an internal university.

He has also developed a staff inclusive hiring process that guarantees a new hire never to be fired. Charlie Kim sees a new hire similar to a family adopting a new family member. If your kid underperforms you nurture and help them, don’t kick them out.

Charlie’s work is nothing short of impressive and just like him, I want my employees to feel cared for and I want them to be proud to work for me.

Charlie is a huge role model to me when it comes to how he thinks about company culture. Watch his keynote at the Colorado Health Symposium and you’ll see why.

Simon Sinek mentions Charlie in his most recent TED talk.

Tattly Subscriptions

Tattly Subscription

Tattly just relaunched their Subscription: Instead of signing up every 6 months, they are available all of the time!

You can choose between a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription for yourself or a friend. That means you or your friend will receive 10 Tattlys in your mailbox every month for the length of your subscription! And your first shipment will come in a “Oh, Hello” canvas zip pouch. Learn more about the subscription here.

Origins of Common UI Symbols

origins of common UI symbols

Do you ever think about where some of the common UI Symbols we interact with on a daily basis come from? The Power Button, Bluetooth or @ symbol? More here: Origins of Common UI symbols.

Portraits Inspired by Spam

Photographer Christina De Middel turns spam (scam) emails into fictitious portraits:

Dear Sir / Madam

My name is Barrister Fagbemi Lateef i am a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to the Late Mr.Matthew,(Chief Executive Officer)of BIOOIL OIL SERVICING LTD,who till his untimely death was a contractor with Texaco Nigeria in port Harcourt,Nigeria.Whom here in after shall bereferred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2005, my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.

I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly, The African Development Bank Group Plc, where the deceased had a deposit valued at about US$3.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated within the 6 weeks.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$3.5 Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 45% to you then 5% for expenses. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to backup any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the lawThank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

Best Regards,
Barrister Fagbemi Lateef

Photography inspired by Spam, however, it gets turned into a photograph. For her project Poly-Spam, De Middel took her spam, carefully noted the details within, and created fictitious portraits of the imaginary senders.

Paper Plants

Paper Plants

Finally my not-so-green thumb can thrive: Paper Plants! Art We Heart comes out with the best stuff. You’ve seen the wall gardens, right?

Made me smile!