March 30, 2008

Sssshown Up.

Today, while I was in search of some 3D versions of the letter S, I came across this fantastic Flickr set of 228 esses! What's even more impressive is that this Leo Reynolds has a collection of every letter, and even some punctuation. Wow.

It's sort of daunting, yet still inspirational. I won't be adding his work to my collection, however, because I want to keep my collection a little more personal (and, obviously, because it belongs to him!). Of course, if you ever find an S you'd like to share with me, please feel free : )

Better go get cracking on my own collection. I have a little list going of esses I've seen around Baltimore when I didn't have a camera or the opportunity to stop. When the weather gets a little warmer, I'll definitely make a Sssssaturday of it.

March 28, 2008

Lights Out!

Turn your lights off tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th from 8 to 9pm.
Watch this video to learn more about Earth Hour:

Read more here. Thank you Garret for reminding me it was coming up! Very cool. Maybe we can convince some Baltimore-based companies to participate in this next year (or maybe it will start happening more than once a year!).

March 27, 2008

Ties That Don't Suck.

From Cyberoptix TieLab, aka toybreaker on Etsy.

Of course I had to get one for the chemical engineer in my life. I got this science-y one, but I must admit that the tie made for dressing sharp might be my favorite.

$30 for a semi-custom silkscreened tie (you get to pick the color of ink and silk). Ships quickly! And no worries, I didn't ruin the surprise. I had to wait to gift it before I was allowed to bloggit.

Bloggit. Bloggit.

March 26, 2008

I just want to DANCE

Went out last Thursday to Power Plant. Finished out the night with some dancing. Sweet Deals on Thursdays! While we were there I saw this video for the first time:

Amazing! Thanks to ML for introducing me to Justice.

I've been a little behind this year in the music world. I guess I will never be an emo hipster. Shucks. (Can emo even be an adjective for hipster? Is that too redundant? I'm soo not in tune with this myspace-ish lingo).

Despite the face that this came out last summer, hopefully it is new to some of you! Enjoy : )

March 25, 2008

Banning Bottled Water

"First San Francisco banned it. Then Chicago started taxing it. Now, the city of Seattle is taking action against bottled water; last week, Mayor Greg Nickels signed an executive order to stop the city from buying bottled water....

"The people of Seattle own one of the best water supplies in the country, every bit as good as bottled water and available at a fraction of the price. When you add up the tremendous environmental costs of disposable plastic bottles clogging our landfills, the better choice is crystal clear."

Excerpts taken from here.

Scott mentioned Seattle's news to me over the weekend. I'd never taken much time to think about it, but bottled water is entirely wasteful – at least in cities where there is clean tap water available for FREE. Even filtering your own tap water is much better. The energy it takes to create the bottles, the shipping of the bottles, and the end waste are just silly.

I don't drink much of it to begin with, but I'm done with bottled water. Just ask for a cup and fill it at the nearest drinking fountain. I'm willing to endure occasionally funky-tasting H20.

How about you?

March 23, 2008

Fabulous Feist

So it's nothing new, but I love Feist. And I love this whole album:

Her lyrics are so fascinating.
Thank you Billiam for showing me the video!

March 6, 2008


Popular Celebrity Crushes/Obsessions I Never Had:

01) Johnny Depp
02) Leonardo Dicaprio
03) Boy Bands (Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, etc.)
04) Harrison Ford
05) Matt Damon

I mean, don't get me wrong – I can see how others may find these men attractive. Except for Johnny Depp. But really, they are (almost?) all talented. I'm not bashing them. I was just immune to their cooties.

Let the astonished comments commence.

March 5, 2008

Guide to Baltimore

Thanks to a lovely dinner party at a friend's place (thank you Eric!), and the Project Runway Finale (go Christian!), I'm a little too worn out to create my own list today. So! I'm going to post a link to someone else's glorious list.

Design*Sponge's Baltimore Design Guide

It's a guide created by designers from Baltimore, for designers (although I'm sure it will appeal to many non-designers as well!). It's chock-full of museums, galleries, restaurants, shopping, activities and other random things to explore in Baltimore.



March 4, 2008

Brand Loyalty

Apparently I'm a stickler when it comes to certain food and beauty products. I tried to create a list of brands I'm loyal to, in general, and everything I came up with was either food- or beauty-related. Interesting. I wouldn't say that means I only care about food and beauty, but what does it say about me? Not sure.

Anyone want to take a stab at that?

Brands I'm Crazy About:

01) OPI. Nail polish. My momma uses it and nothing else, and her nails always look stellar. Hi mom : ) Really, every time I paint my own nails with OPI, it looks like a professional manicure. Each bottle's about $8 a pop, but that's half as much as a manicure and there are a lot of manicures in every bottle.

02) Heinz. Ketchup. If there isn't Heinz, I'll go without ketchup.

03) Target. Affordable design. But Target is trouble, because it's impossible to go into that place without leaving with half the store. My very favorite things about Target right now are the Target Brand make-up remover (with a lovely hint of lavender scent, and no gross leftover residue), and the relatively new line of nickel-free jewelry (pictured). And they aren't lying! I'm not allergic to it! Wahoo! Exclamation point!

04) Reach. Reach's Access Flosser. Flossing would be a lost hope for me if it wasn't for this invention.

05) Five Star. Notebooks. Some how my handwriting looks better in these things.

06) Tropicana. Orange juice. With lots of pulp, please.

07) Neutrogena. Mascara. InStyle's Getting Gorgeous introduced me to wax-free mascara. It doesn't irritate my eyes the way others do.

08) Aveeno. Body Wash. A delicious hint of vanilla, but still fresh and clean. Too bad it's a bit pricey for a body wash.

09) Chapstick. Classic.

10) Prego. Traditional. A lot of people seem to think I'm crazy for this, and despite my mom being an excellent chef, we really never made homemade red sauce / marinara / gravy / whatever you call it. If you are going with the jarred stuff and you taste test all the brands, Prego is truly the best. Add a splash of red wine and you're really good to go.

Some other favorites (I'm not sure I'm brand-exclusive with them yet): Baggu reusable shopping bags, NARS eyeliner, and Henkel knives.

And lastly, I do own a Mac, and I prefer a Mac. In fact, I love my Mac. And I really wouldn't want anything else. But some how, I wouldn't call myself an Apple fanatic. I don't like the whole snobbery thing that goes along with it. I just like my computer.

What brands are you stubborn about?

March 3, 2008

Baltimore Design Studios

01) Orange Element
02) Exit 10
03) Six Ink
04) Spur Design
05) Rutka Weadock Design
06) Gilah Press
07) Ashton Design
08) Shaw Jelveh
09) Punch
10) Tilt Studio
11) Novak-Birch
12) Neustadt Creative Marketing

Know of any others? I love getting to know my city : )

[image from Rutka Weadock's Cyclops identity]

March 2, 2008

My Etsy Favorites

I've never really explained Etsy, for those who aren't sure what it is. Their about page sums it up pretty well (of course):

Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade. Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

Anyone can start an Etsy shop for free, and I believe it only costs $0.20 to list each item. And anyone can buy from Etsy. Buyers can search for items in a variety of ways (categories, keywords, and even by color!). And all you have to do is add items to your cart, pay through paypal, and voila. The artist ships directly to you.

I discovered it after shopping at a local museum shop – I asked the cashier if I could get in touch with the artist of a piece I liked in the shop, and they told me the seller's Etsy Shop name. How cool! Etsy makes it so easy to find inexpensive, yet very personal gifts.

I also love how you can read about each seller on his/her profile. I like to know where it all comes from.

So now I present list #2 (although I'm reluctant to share my favorites with you, because you might go buy them and many are one-of-a-kind!).

My Current Etsy Favorites

1. Tony Lama Brown Leather Belt, $65. Loving this belt buckle, and wishing so much that it was the letter S instead. But hey, an R would work for my last name. I'm very intrigued by belt buckles lately. You can find this one at DesertRoseVintage.

2. Flutterby Earrings, $34. How great are these earrings? I love the slight asymmetry. Find them at GoodGirlStudio.

3. Awakening Earrings, $18. Pure milky white glass beads accented by brass flowers. Sadly, I'd probably be allergic to these babies, so go ahead and buy 'em! From Rokdarbi.

4. Orange You Glad Earrings, $3. Need I say more? Adorable. And cheap! From BRadleyBB.

5. Trio Silkscreen Print, $8. Fabulous colors. I recently realized I've always been attracted to butterflies. I think that actual dead butterflies in a frame are kind of creepy, but I love how the simplicity of this print plays on those displays but still has a wonderful (un-dead) graphic quality. I really don't want you to buy it (unless it's a gift for me), but it's from Redux4U.

PS You can also check out this article that the NY Times recently did on Etsy. Thanks Dad : )

March 1, 2008

NaBloPoMo Lists

National Blog Posting Month. It's actually in November, but apparently they're starting this deal where they give you a theme every month to encourage you to blog every day for that month. I learned about this through Becca's blog.

March is the month of Lists.

And anyone who spends much time around me at all knows that I freakin love lists. More than the average person. I make grocery lists and organize them by section of the grocery store. I make to-do lists at work and at home. I make lists of what movies to see. I make lists of things I want to do. Restaurants to eat at. Places I saw the letter S and need to go back to take a picture. I have even been tempted to make a list of lists I want to make (and I must admit that I started my list of lists when I heard March was the month of lists).

Sooo I cannot resist. I will attempt one list a day for the entire month.

Here are my favorite places to write lists:

1) My Five-Star Notebook. Small enough to fit in my big purse.
2) Post-it Ruled Notes. Perfect for the fridge.
3) Google Documents. Easy to access and update over time.

Google docs are my new favorite because you can access them anywhere there's internet, and they recently updated the "print" option so that it's easy to print cleanly. Love it.

Have any odd lists you keep over time? Seen any great lists lately?