Thursday, June 23, 2011

Technology: Dish Dryer

Image from Shoe Box Dwelling

If you love Dyson's Blade, you will love this concept dish dryer, called the Breez from a, ahem, Canadian designer, Andrew Parsons.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Travel: Seattle

Observation Deck of the Columbia Tower - best, free overlook of Seattle ( with Starbcks at hand) courtesy of Not Martha

High 5 Pie

Big Boy:
Frantic Foodie's staycation with kids

Travel: Hawaii



Why buy one
How to choose one
How to play one

Koloa Fish Market, 5482 Koloa Rd., Koloa, Kauai, (808) 742-6199 - get the poke, lau lau, and kalua pork

Shells at Poipu, 1660 Kelaukia Street, Poipu, Kauai
Plantation Cottage, 2254 Pane Rd., Poipu, Kauai
Marriott Timeshare Villas - kids activities and Marriott points but the nearby beach is rough
Waimea Plantation Cottages
Kiahuna Beachside - calm beach and " a GREAT toddler kiddy pool lined with sand" (BPN).

Things to see and do:
Slow Travel USA's kid-centric itinerary
Marriott Kauai Beach Club - feed the koi daily at 9:00 AM
Hilo Hattie's - they'll give everyone a shell lei at the entrance
Poipu Beach - you can see the sheltered area here in the background
Kauai Plantation Railway - at the Kilohana Plantation
Lydgate Beach - calm with lifeguards ... and fish!
Kamalani Playground (next to Lydgate)
Poipu Beach/Poipu, Kauai - good beach for kids ... with a nearby park
Dangers of Kauai
National Tropical Botanical Gardens - an easy toddler "hike"
Little girls' hula dancing at Coconut Marketplace, Wednesday at 5pm
Strings and Things, 5 5190 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, Kauai, (808) 826-9633 - LYS

Christy says:
Puka Dogs, Poipu Shopping Centre
The Fish Hut across form the P.O. in Kiloa Town
The Old Movie House, Kiloa Town
Roy's and Kioki's, Poipu Shopping Center
Toddler Beachwear - UV t-shirts from GAP + sunblock + umbrella
Whalers Cove - nice and right on the beach.
The Kauai Tree Tunnel is beautiful
Wild chickens
Hamura Saimin, Lihue, 2956 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766, (808) 245-3271 - order "the special," large ... and the lilikoi pie!
Koloa Landing Cottages
The Whaler (condos – right on the ocean)
The Sheraton
Suite Paradise
Marriot Waipoli

Per the Berkeley Parents Board:
Baby's Away - equipment rentals

"Don't bring a stroller, there are no long paved places in Kauai to use them. It's all road or beach."

"I've heard that the north is better weather in the summer months, and the south has better weather in the winter. But you know the south is nice year round and has more baby friendly beaches ..."

"The North Shore is at it's best in the summer (June-September I think). Outside of those times it can be rainy and the surf can be rough."


Things to see and do:
Matsumoto's Grocery, Oahu, Hawaii - Shaved Ice, Oahu


Things to see and do:
Yarn Basket, 50 East Puainako Street, Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 959-0034 - LYS
Tink n Ink, 73-5568 Olowalu Street, Kailua Kona, HI 96740 (808) 326-2820 - LYS

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Leaf Identification

LeafSnap app by CU, UM, and the Smithsonian - I have been dreaming of this very thing forever!

Travel: San Francisco

Yeah, I live here. But I might not forever.
And maybe someone is planning a trip here?
And maybe I might need to entertain some visitors?

Saint Francis Fountain
- Oldest
What/Where to eat in SF - according to 7x7, their 2010 version
Mighty Girl's handy-dandy Map Version of 7x7's list
Mighty Girl's list to visit like a local.

Must try:
Ilaria and Chinotto at Una Pizza NapoletanaMission Chinese, courtesy of Siri

Kid-Friendly Hikes courtesy of SF Gate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Art: Nina Lindgren

Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Heaven

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Decor: Kast van een Huis Cabinets

Image from Tulp Kids

Meant for children's clothing storage but wouldn't you like to store all manner of your grownup stuff in these?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Decor: Coil Lamp

Image from Craigton Berman.

Coil Lamp by Craighton Berman

Available as a kit or prêt-à-porter.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Decor: Lightbulbs

Image by Plumen.

Fear of incandescent bulb extinction is causing a mild panic in some circles (thanks for the link to the NY Times article, Siri!).

But these beauties from Plumen can help sweeten the change.

Friday, June 3, 2011


BAGGU Duck Tote - this was a pleasant suprise; I use my nutmeg one 99% of the time.

Moop, of course - I have/love a Rosewood Market Tote but I "need" The Porter and, possibly, The Very Useful Tote

BAGGU - These are my work horses. I have Big Baggus for laundry, Baggus for groceries, and Baby Baggus for everything else.

Gildem Leather Tote - not sure how it would handle a heavy load but, dang, it's pretty.

Apparel: Turbans

Remember all that hoo-hah about turbans over at Petit Tricotage? Well, apparently they are of interest in the 1:1 world too right now.

Say Yes To Hoboken
shows how to wrap two turbans for everyday, rather than Norma Desmond, style.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Decor: Occasional Tables

Gnome Tables by Phillipe Starck for Kartell - especially the black version, seen in Kevin O'Shea's living room with a tray on top

Eileen Gray's glass & chrome adjustable end table

Elephant Tables

Decor: Balcony

B is for Balcony<
I think about the balcony a lot. It does have the Adirondack chair and the garden gloves but we're are doing the "right thing" and growing our herbs and vegetables in white food industry plastic buckets rather than beautiful planters.
That's why Design Sponge's post about Creating An Outdoor Room has me in a lather. Yes, I definately need an outdoor rug!

Tiered Serving Tray

I love tiered serving trays. They make me think of high tea.

Koziol's Collapsible Babell
- you can find it at Amazon
DIY ÅRYD Server at Ikea Hackers


Pronged Reroot Tool
Buy one at Dolly Hair
Make one at Dolly Care
Use one at Dolly Hair

Knotted method - my favourite

Locked-loop method
- default method for Blythes as seen at the Puchi Collective

I wonder if there is a way to combine the knotted method with the rerooting tool to avoid opening a Moof head?

Decor: JuJu Hats

Gorgeous feather hats from Cameroon - seen at Design Sponge

DIY faux hats at Flutter Flutter
Get the real deal at Authentic Africa