Deserted Island Pan
March 6, 2009, 3:44 pm
Filed under: in the kitchen, shopping


My time in this big Victorian barn of an apartment has drawn to a close and I have, with the help of some dear friends, spent the last week packing. The packing of the kitchen has been an amusing thing – I wasn’t the one who packed it, and because I am still in residence for the next week and a half, several things I’d like to still have out to cook with are in the bottom of a taped up box somewhere.

But I managed to squirrel my way into the kitchen during the pot packing, and insisted that this pot stay free of bubble wrap and cardboard. I need something to cook my remaining meals with, and this just seemed like the right choice.

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Abaca Pillows
March 5, 2009, 11:57 am
Filed under: shopping


These abaca pillows, made from a plant fiber grown in the Philippines, are $11.25, down from $45, as part of hip & zen’s closeout clearance.

I’ve long loved the abaca goods available on Bitters Co.’s textile page, but the prices were out of reach.  So here’s a starter purchase!

Seltzer Senorita
February 19, 2009, 5:18 pm
Filed under: green, shopping


I have long wanted a working seltzer bottle. I had to order three off eBay before I realized the vintage ones didn’t actually function. Oh, I love those wire wrapped Art Deco beauties! Oh, how they are pointless paperweights! Why did no one tell me it’s impossible to get the caps off them and refill them with water? That age has fused them into metallic and glass lumps?

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Stylin’ Hep Cat
December 6, 2008, 2:09 pm
Filed under: shopping

catbedLove these “mod” pet beds.

Too bad the covers aren’t removable for washing.

But still, happy things like this are available on Etsy for not-300-dollars.

Zaha + Melissa
August 15, 2008, 9:01 am
Filed under: architecture, shopping

Zaha does injection molded plastic.

Zaha does injection molded plastic.

This just in, passed to me by a friend: Zaha Hadid teams with Melissa to create her own footwear. Full blurb at the AIA website.

Not sure I’m digging that coral/salmon, nor how they look without feet in them, but I’ll wait for more images before making a judgment call. (Who am I kidding – they cost $350 – my judgment is irrelevant!)

Also on Inhabitat, where the color is slightly less garish, but still no images of it being worn.

On Youtube, a video of a ‘making of’ a mockup.

(To their credit, several readers on other websites have pointed out the glaring non-sustainablity of making shoes in Brasil to be sold only in London.)

What To Hang Over Your Compost Bowl
June 9, 2008, 4:19 pm
Filed under: green, shopping

Looks a lot prettier than a fly strip, doesn’t it?  It’s also greener: nothing to throw away, and infinitely reusable.  Target is selling them in clear, purple, and teal, Smith and Hawken brand, for a little under eight dollars apiece. At my local store the lids had been lost for all of the ones left in this size, but a wine cork does nicely in a pinch.

I’m also a big fan of the red biodegradable plant pots they’re selling right now.  I bought three!

De Anza Flea Market
May 11, 2008, 7:10 pm
Filed under: around town, shopping

The De Anza flea market happens the first Saturday of every month. Liza organized a bunch of ladies in our Meetup group to go to last weekend, and I’m so glad she did! I’d never have the discipline to battle the crowd by myself, but knowing I’d be meeting other gals made it easy. I was oh-so-good and didn’t buy anything but lemonade the whole time I was there…until the last ten minutes, that is. Then I suddenly had to have two different things! But between the two things, I only spent $12, so I’m still okay.

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