Stars in a Jar

November 22, 2012 · 3 comments

in Design, Etsy

Oh my gosh are these Star Jars gorgeous or what?!

Created by San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Palmer, these constellation lamps are upcycled/recycled glass jars that have been fitted with sheet aluminium that was hand-punched to resemble a constellation-like pattern when turned on. Each Star Jar is powered by a standard CR2032 battery with its own on/off switch, turning them into the perfect nightlight.

These Star Jars also come in yellow and green light, and there’s also a Moon Jar, if stars aren’t your thing? Each jar is made to order with an estimated 2-week delivery time in the US, so if you’re looking to purchase it as a Christmas gift (and what a lovely gift it’ll be!) and have it shipped internationally, you may want to place your order soon.

In case my hint wasn’t obvious enough, I’ll take the 4 oz jar, thankyouverymuch. ;)

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Song of the Day

Digging Shelters, by Neil Halstead



October 4, 2012 · 2 comments

in Etsy, Style

I featured LeatherFun as one of my Saturday Selections last month and boy, do I have amazing things to say about this store. Completely enamoured, in particular by this one bag, I contacted the owner and asked if she could customise it in this vibrant green that I saw she had used for another bag. After a few very quick and very friendly exchanges (and all in the same day too), I found myself doing the PayPal checkout.

Ladies (and the few gentlemen who actually read this), please say hello to my new custom handmade bag.

Isn’t she lovely? :) And yes, that is my name imprinted on the back, with my font of choice.

I imagined the bag to be fairly well-made but I wasn’t quite expecting this sort of craftsmanship. The leather used truly is of a good quality (it passed my fingernail scratch test) and the bag is structured yet still soft to touch. It comes complete with an adjustable shoulder strap, an inner zip pocket and another pocket for your mobile phone. All that functionality aside, LeatherFun also threw in a free coin purse, together with the mould that they used to imprint my name! What a way to make customers happy. ;)

My only complaint is that even though the bag was thoughtfully stuffed so it could maintain its shape, it was stuffed with shredded paper, of which many tiny pieces were stuck to the bag’s inner lining. I wasted about 15 minutes removing them with some masking tape. But I guess I didn’t mind it all too much because I was that happy with the bag. Heh.

If you’re on the lookout for a custom leather bag, be sure to head on over to LeatherFun. Prices range from USD114 for a small crossbody, to USD299 for a backpack.

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Song of the Day

Sherry, by Jersey Boys (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Custom Kicks

May 29, 2012 · 3 comments

in Etsy, Shopping

It’s the ultimate pledge of geekery because wearing a mere t-shirt is no longer enough. You need to show your love/loyalty to these fandoms by wearing custom shoes.

And seriously? This soon-to-be-30-year-old would totally wear all these shoes.

I’d wear this to run errands:

This one seems perfect for chilling out at a cafe with friends:

This one is for a night out with the girls:

This one I’d wear to a fancy dinner or party:

This one actually seems appropriate for work:

And this one I’d wear to kick some ass. ;)

Not a Star Wars or Marvel fan? (Gasp! Shock! Horror!) Or if you just want great artwork on your feet, be sure to check out this guy. His work is pretty damn amazing.

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Song of the Day

Mother Mother, by Tracy Bonham