The Impossible Instant Lab

So geeky, so fabulous and a little absurd, it’s the The Impossible Instant Lab! The latest product from The Impossible Project aims to help revive the joy of Polaroids, this time taking pictures from your iPhone and turning them into the instant photos of yesteryear. I used to love taking Polaroids at parties and I cannot wait to play with this crazy melding of old and new technologies.

Jessica and I have both pitched in on Kickstarter to make this iPhone-polaroid-fabulousness a reality. The Impossible Instant Lab has reached its goal with 23 days still to go on the fundraising effort. There is still time to get yours; visit kickstarter before October 8th to pre-order the Instant Lab.

Is it a necessity? Obviously no. Is it awesome? I think that’s pretty clear.

Photo Monday: Siracusa

Here are some more pictures from our travels; these are from Sicily as well, this time from the awesome Siracusa. I wish I could go there right now.



Etsy Schmetsy: A super-sparkly, star-spangled Schmetsy!





Row 1: Tiny Star Necklace from Ringostone; Vintage Box of Gummed Stars from aniandrose; Vintage Starburst Earringsfrom tipsynumber9
Row 2: Silver Glitter Stars from CardsbyCarla; Vintage Lucite Handbag from 22BayRoad; Moravian Origami Stars from theStarcraft
Row 3: Stained Glass Star from SNLCreations; White Star Ornaments from TwiggyandLou; Origami Kusudama Ornamentfrom bookBW
Row 4: Starlette Crown from giantdwarf; Star Lanterns from greenbaboondesigns; Metallic Star Clip from MXWLLL
Row 5: Vintage ring from MindiLynJewelry; Vintage Hi-tops from outdated; Lucky Stars Paper Strips from OrigamiJoy

Fictional Landscapes

I am a sucker for art that uses tiny plastic people — like Slinkachu’s public art works or Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals — and Kyle Kirkpatrick’s altered-book landscapes are no exception. These put a smile on my face the second I saw them on Colossal Art & Design; I think they are really lovely. You can see more of Kirkpatrick’s work here.


Colossal Art & Design found these via I want your lungs to stop working without me, which I think is a fantastic and hysterical blog name.

Design des Troy Giveaway!

Design des Troy is giving away one Teeny-Tiny but still pretty colorful calendar and a set of six Hand-printed Calligraphic Thanks cards to one of our lucky Twitter follower. The winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, January 11th.

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Photo Monday: Taormina


This Christmas I made my family Blurb books from some of our past vacations. I had such a good time going through literally thousands of pictures — though it did take forever. I thought it would be fun to share them here, so I’ll be uploading some of them over the next few days. This first bunch is from Taormina, Sicily.






Etsy Schmetsy: Counting the Days, 2012

It’s a new year and that means it is time for a new calendar! We’ve sorted through a bazillion calendars on etsy, and here are some favorites.

Here’s to a fabulous 2012!





Row 1: girlingearstudio; ScoutCreative; desTroy
Row 2: smeurer8; cicadastudio; michellesmith
Row 3: curiousdoodles; dirtybandits; pistachiopress
Row 4: ellanerine; MissWyolene; LolasRoom
Row 5: TheMadeShop; VioletMay; snugstudio

Renegade Craft San Francisco

If you are in San Francisco today, you should definitely come down to Renegade Craft Fair (we’re here until 6). There are a ton of awesome vendors, including many etsy sellers we’ve posted about in the past. Owen and I are here with some new items that aren’t yet in our shop!

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International Year of Chemistry

In 2009 we posted about Simon Page’s beautiful poster series for the International Year of Astronomy. Well, he’s followed them up with a new series, this time for the International Year of Chemistry. I for one am a big fan of chemistry and a big fan of Simon Page. Check out the rest of the series on his site.

Here’s a bit more about the International Year of Chemistry:

The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie—an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The year will also be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.



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Etsy Schmetsy: The Office Redux

We did an office themed schmetsy quite a while ago. We’ve had a few requests to take a second look for fun office decor. So here is a fabulous schmetsy full of awesome mostly vintage office accoutrement.





Row 1: Wire Basket set from AMradioVintage Aluminum Canisters from ReFindery; Vintage Rubber Stamp Stand Holder Carousel from harlowmonroevintage

Row 2:  From the desk of… Rubber Stamps from presentandcorrectVintage Industrial Steelmaster single drawer file box from retroradarSolid Walnut Desk Lamp by RickMorin

Row 3: 1950s Aluminum 35mm Film Canisters from marissarocke; Mini Goals Chalkboard by MaryKateMcDevitt; vintage metal lab drawer cabinet from everyeskimo

Row 4: Vintage Stacking File Trays from ifindubuy iPhone/iPod Dock – with pen holders by woodguy32Mid-Century Modern Lightolier Desk Lamp by Gerald Thurston from modernspecific

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