Loving Your Garbo…

March 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

Bins are stinky, unsavoury places. In the words of the great Roald Dahl, bins can contain the following:

“A bacon rind, some rancid lard,
A loaf of bread gone stale and hard,
A steak that nobody could chew,
An oyster from an oyster stew,
Some liverwurst so old and gray
One smelled it from a mile away,
A rotten nut, a reeky pear,
A thing the cat left on the stair,
And lots of other things as well,
Each with a rather horrid smell.”

This is why we should hold garbagemen/women in the highest regard! These divine human beings get up at ungodly hours to put up with our garbage and, at least in our street, leave the bins neater than when we put them out! Suck UK have a set of Happy Sack Bin Bags (around $15 for 12 set) in Christmas Pudding or Pet Goldfish to disguise your bin contents and surprise and delight your garbo’s in the wee hours of the morn. The best bit? These batty bin bags are bio-degradable!


Little Drummer Boy…

March 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

For reasons I’d rather not go into due to my extreme annoyance at their existence, my husband has three drum kits in the house right now. He thinks he’s such a relaxed guy, but let me tell you, he is obsessive compulsive when it comes to anything to do with drumming. But to be fair, I’d rather that than an extreme sports nut with a beer belly! My husband is also the recipient of many, many drum-related gifts on his birthday and Christmas, which he loves (so keep ’em coming fam and friends!)

Here are a few that he has gotten recently… although definitely not as awesome as this guy!

*Drumstick Pencils at Kean Miles


*Chop and Drum Chopsticks at gadgetking


*Drumstick Keyring at drumbum

Your Humble Doormat…

February 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

A doormat can say everything about a house and its occupants. A cheap square of curly wire = ‘Renting’ or ‘We really don’t care what you wipe your feet on’. A fancy mix of wicker and swirly French rubber = ‘This was the nicest one at the DIY store, although it really could pass for something more expensive. We’re hoping you think the latter’. A plain wicker mat so worn out it’s actually half-grown into the dirt = ‘Nice old lady, can’t bend down’ or ‘Step past the mat and we might actually murder you’. That’s why I have been married for two years now and can’t pick out a doormat for us. I am close to buying something from the brilliant retailer Anna Chandler Design, but here are a few of my faves from around the traps:


From kimandjason.com

Persian from Anna Chandler Design

Majorly impressive monogrammed mat from frontgate.com

From uncommongoods.com

From meninos.us

From karensropework.blogspot.com

From ballarddesigns.com

From spymuseumstore.org

Map It Out…

February 14, 2011 § 3 Comments

There must be some little room where a mob of geniuses get together and invent things like food processors, forks, air conditioners, Arnotts Caramel Crowns, nail clippers and other such things I can’t live without and now here is another one these mad geniuses can chalk up… collapsible, scrunchable city maps.

How brilliant! These maps are waterproof delights, meant for crumpling up and throwing in your bag, you dirty backpacker. Sick of having to re-fold your giant city map, and having it tear or crease into oblivion? The Crumpled City Map is only $29 from Design For Use and you’ll be saving some forests while you’re at it. They’d make a great gift to bon voyage your pal 🙂

Insert cheesy pun here…

January 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Ah… the Swiss. They’ve given us Heidi, Montreaux, Roger Federer and loads of snow but even I didn’t know their awesome cheese could be this handy! You can pick this door wedgie by KIOSK up from Third Drawer Down.

Swiss Cheese Door Wedge, $12

Yummy torture…

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve got to tell you, I love Robio. I have bought knick-knacks and art from them for a while now and always love what they have to offer. Now they are in the business of helping me to lose weight! This hamburger bicycle bell ($15) is like the proverbial carrot on a stick; you could ride around all day and still never get that delicious plastic burger in your mouth. If you’re like me though, this bell would just give you ideas… that is to say, I’d just ride my torture bike to the nearest MacDonalds for a cheeseburger.

This little light o’ mine…

January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve always loved this Magnifying Sconce ($52) from Anthropologie. I’d stick them all over my walls, if only I wasn’t renting...!

The 'Magnifying Sconce' by Anthropologie.

The 'Magnifying Sconce' from Anthropologie in action.

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