himmeli brass mobile


It's no secret I have been excited about brass lately, nor is it a secret that I'm sort of obsessed with geometric shapes, so it should be obvious that I like these brass mobiles from AMradio. This himmeli brass mobile is made from brass tubing and white string. Apparently it's based on a Finnish tradition. I'm just going to assume that tradition is being awesome, because that it was those Finns manage to do best. This 7 x 7 x 15 mobile is a great deal for $67. Other sizes and materials are available too and prices range from $45 - $170.  Also, make sure you check out the rest of the goodies AMradio has for sale…

himmeli brass mobile $67




Modern Christmas Decor :: West Elm

Modernchristmas westelmI love these minimal Christmas decorations, especially that funny little santa guy!  Each of these lacquered wood pieces is on sale right now from West Elm--but WAIT!  Have you seen this modern DIY nutcracker our buddy Chris at Curbly made??  It looks just like the white West Elm one and is a fraction of the cost.  Check it out.  Make it.  But also pick up one of those weird santas.

Modern Santa Collection

ModernsantaI know, I know, I know... we haven't even celebrated Halloween yet.  To be fair, it's only a few days away and hey, if you're going to order stuff for Christmas, you better do it now, right?  Right??  Well, it sounds like a good plan to me, anyway.  Plus, why would you want to wait any longer than you need to to have these perfectly modern Santas in your life?  Santa mugs, Santa cookie jars, Santa pitchers, and Santa shakers... they want to be friends.  So order 'em.  Now.  Before Halloween, even.

Decorating Tape


vintage deco packaging tapeI love decorated packaging tape. It seems like such a fun and easy way to spice up just about anything that needs a little tapping. This original design by UK designer Joanna Rutter is absolutely fantastic. It has a great vintage + scandinavian feel to it. If you love it, you better snatch it up quick as this is the last roll from this design series.

Packaging Deco Tape $11

Jane Foster Screen Prints

NewImageJane Foster may live in the UK, but she knows a thing or two about Scandinavian design. She has an amazing collection of original art work on her etsy shop, as well as some delightful dolls and textiles that she makes with vintage fabrics. I've even made a mental bookmark to check out her Christmas stockings after Thanksgiving. They are pretty amazing.

Lots more photos after the jump, or head straight to her Etsy shop, or website http://www.janefoster.co.uk/

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day is here, and love is in the air. Or you are feeling a little extra lonely today and acutely aware of your single status. No worries. Either way we can still be valentines. I even got you a few things. Check out the delightful miniature moveable valentines dolls from Hollands Worth's shop on Etsy. (shown above)

In case you are wondering what to get me, head on over to Curbly for some ideas. They have a huge roundup of goodies in their handmade says I love you section, including several printable cards and other last minute ideas you procrastinators can still pull off.

Don't have anyone to give a gift to? Send yourself some chocolates and coffee from the Full Circle Exchange and enjoy the sweet taste of knowing they matched your purchase dollar for dollar with a donation to CARE.

Most of all, know that GRM loves you!

Valentines Chocolates

I went to a great slow food event last night called SLC Bites. Now today for some reason I'm feeling a little food obsessed. So I figured I'd share some links for my favorite food group. Chocolate. Besides, Valentines day is just around the corner, and what better way to show your affection for that special someone than some chocolate. Of course if that special someone is a designophile, not just any box of chocolates will do. May I suggest a box of chocolates from Valerie Confections in LA. The Commune Chocolates were a collaboration between Valerie Confections and Commune Design the brainchild behind the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and The Standard in New York. A box of 49 pieces will only set you back $49, and I guarantee it will be much more enjoyable than some cliched roses.

Commune Chocolates from Valerie Confections

More chocolate coated ideas after the jump.

Continuing in the chocolate theme is Richart chocolates which promise to be equally beautiful and delicious. They are almost so beautiful I wouldn't want to eat them. Almost.

Richart Chocolate (photo via)

Speaking of eating good chocolate, I've got to give some much deserved attention to the best chocolate I've ever eaten. Amano. They have won multiple international awards for their chocolate bars, and I was absolutely floored to learn that they are made right here in Utah. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bar or two to taste.

Amano Artisan Chocolate

Last and certainly not least is another plug for a local business. Here in Salt Lake City we have a great market and deli called Tony Caputo's. Rumor on the block is that they will be having a special Valentines Day tasting of Artisan du Chocolat a London based chocolate maker. Umm. Yes please.

Artisan du Chocolat chocolates

The Merino LCW throw

What do you get when you combine a grey merino throw from CB2 with my favorite chair? Just my favorite Christmas present I got this year, that's all. While I got some wonderful gifts from chocolate to cheese, the one that killed it was from my dear mother. She got her craft on and added a little personalization to an already stellar throw. Perfection. In fact I'm off to go snuggle some more with my new blanky.

Grey Merino Throw from CB2 $40

Hand LCW stitching. Priceless

Fossil :: FREE Holiday E-Cards

If you've missed the boat on sending out holiday cards this year, don't dismay! An eCard is better than no card and fortunately for you, Fossil's got a whole collection of sweet, retro designs just waiting to be shot through the ether and into someone's inbox. Like magic. They're free, they're cool, and did I mention they're free? Check out all the designs here.

For those kickin' back with the knowledge that their holiday greetings are already making their way through the postal system - or better, are sitting on their recipient's mantle - celebrate with one of Fossil's holiday desktop wallpapers.

And, of course, Happy Holidays!

[via Creature Comforts]

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