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This one goes out to Noah and Katja, who will hopefully see this today!

Pare Umbrella

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Umbrellas are an often forgotten but vitally important accessory. Having a nice umbrella can brighten up an otherwise drab day. I already have many options in my umbrella repertoire, but I’ve had my eye on the selection from Seattle-based Pare Umbrella for a while. Now that it is Spring, I think it might be time to get one — I just can’t decide which I like best.

welcome, spring.

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Spring is upon us. Since the season is all about rebirth and renewal, I think the Crackery Crockery from Ornamented Life is a fitting tribute. Each piece of discarded tableware is lovingly given new, unique life by the Danish designer. Chips and cracks are hand-filled with 24K gold, and out of the damage spring specially designed floral transfers. Love.

warm and fuzzy

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I seem incapable of thinking about anything that isn’t Blythe-related these days. Luckily for me, another gem arrived in the mail today. This yellow “pointy helmet” from Lunitas Knitting Shop is ridiculously adorable and makes me feel all warm and cheery.

Kiosk

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I would really like to take a trip to Kiosk. We tried to go the last time we were in NY, but sadly, it was closed. They sell an amazing selection of everyday objects that they collect during their travels. Their current selections are items from America, but on the website you can still find some of the items from past collections.

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I’m really enjoying/feeling inspired by Shaun O’Dell‘s artwork.

Found via: Jack Hanley Gallery

Vintage paper sample

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Three Potato Four is a great online shop that has a really cool, very well curated mix of design-y and vintage products. On their blog, I ran across this fantastic paper sample from 1966. I love the use of color and am pretty much always a fan of wood type.

Science is pretty.

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Since I feel like there is never enough fuss made over the crazy discoveries that happen in the world each day, I’d like to share a pretty one. Here is a shot of a newly discovered, luminous, non-stinging rainbow jellyfish found near Tasmania. While it may not seem particularly significant or exciting at first, it proves that science can be beautiful.

Photograph courtesy Martin George/QVMAG

Momiji!

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Maybe I’m going through a weird reclaiming-my-youth phase, but I’m kind of obsessed with Momiji Dolls. The adorable hand-painted dolls are a modern interpretaion of Japanese Kokeshi dolls, and have a slot in the bottom so you can pass notes to your friends. Each doll comes with a list of likes — Clever Clogs (on the left) likes boys who wear glasses.

almost springtime!

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Counting down the days to start smelling the flowers again (wow, I need to work on my comments…they are getting a bit dorky!).

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