The Copper Bird.

It makes me feel like a senile old woman sometimes, but recently I’ve been somewhat addicted to birds. Not the real thing, but design-wise. Not sure where this whole things has come from. Maybe that’s what happens when you turn 27 – you become Bird Lady.

Today I came across this great copper bird doorbell ($45) at Flopping Fish.



I’m a day late (and a buck short) but think these umbrellas by pare*umbrella are incredible. If it were raining again today I can totally imagine dancing and swinging around streetlamps while swinging one around.



Moo dreams up new tools that help people turn their virtual content into beautiful print products. I’m loving their MiniCards and StickerBooks!

The StickerBooks are generated out of your Flickr stream or from your very own designs – 90 different, full color, glossy Stickers, printed on 15 different sheets and bound into a pocket-sized book ($9.99). There are also readymades available if your pictures suck and you want to use Moo’s. There’s free shipping on StickerBooks for July only, so hurry up and take advantage.

MiniCards are roughly half the size of a normal business card. Same deal – choose up to 100 of your own designs or pictures from your Flickr stream (or use Moos) and add up to six different lines of text on the back. The cards show up on your doorstep in a reusable plastic box ($19.99). And I figure you can probably do tons of different things with these besides using them as their intended purpose.



Imagine productive brainstorms and efficient meetings. (Who, me? Yes, you!) Behance’s Action Pad was the first product designed for the creative work environment. I’m really hip on the Action Book ($15), Action Cards ($5) and Action Stickies ($6). Give me a good sticky note and I will definitely put it to use.


Paint Chip Card Holders.

I’ve mentioned my affinity for paint chips – and my inability to not collect piles of them – before.

This morning I found this genius idea on designverb: paint chip business card holders. It seems it may only work with Behr chips since they are the widest, but there’s a template available that you can download to your desktop for a standard 3.5 x 2″ business card. It’s not mentioned in the post, but I think it might be a good idea to laminate the chip before doing anything else. It doesn’t seem like it would be very durable otherwise.

Woohoo! Looks like it doesn’t take too much to make me happy today.


Can of Peas Bed.

At least that’s what I used to call my single wood-frame canopy bed when I was little. This Italian Campaign Canopy from Anthropologie is considerably more grown up and I’ve been seeing it everywhere from Domino to Design*Sponge. I adore metal-framed beds and this one is no exception. I am thinking that you would need a considerably sized room though to pull it off and a higher ceiling.I would deck it out in white bedding with a big, fluffy down comforter. Makes me want a nap right now!


Time to Organize.

Once again, See Jane Work has some equally functional and eye-pleasing office supplies. I’m loving these bold graphic items as well as the more standard, industrial pieces. The cups and coasters are $18 and $12 each, while the stapler and index are $145 (ouch) and $35. And they just released Snow & Graham’s 2008 desk calendar! This is going to be on my desk come January without a question. You can pick one up for $18.


Bike Gear Windchime.

A pretty sweet idea from Make magazine for a bike gear windchime. I know quite a few ex-BMXers who would love one of these! Click here for a complete set of instructions.


Tank Goodness.

It seems like not a day goes by that my co-workers and I don’t talk about cookies. The conversation always seem to occur at the same time – mid-afternoon. Now if we lived in Minneapolis this wouldn’t be a problem, thanks to Tank Goodness. And no, that’s not a typo.

Tank Good is owned and operated by – tahdah – the Tank Family. Their mission is simple: We must being warm, fresh cookies to a world that sorely needs them. The “world” is only Minneapolis at the moment, but I’m definitely wishing that it were Oklahoma City as well. They try their hardest to get the gooey oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to your door in their MINI Cooper within an hour of the order being placed. It’s not too difficult considering the cookies are made right in their own kitchen.



Bakery Bar.

A beautiful cake or dessert makes a bold statement. Whatever the occasion, a special dessert makes it better and that’s just what Bakery Bar does (If you live in Portland, Oregon that is!). Each cake is meticulously designed and created, with every detail being given the utmost attention. Bakery Bar takes pride in decorating their desserts with garnishes that make them unique, enhance their flavors and make them works of art. In addition to cakes, small cakes, pastries, pies and tarts, and petits fours are offered.