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    December 17, 2008
    Gifts for the Naughty: Vice Canisters

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    I have to admit I'd be happy to have been bad enough to receive these oh-so-naughty happy-pill canisters from Jonathan Adler.

    They look like circus tents and they're probably as good for holding candy or cotton balls as they are for prescription drugs.

    Vice Canisters, $80-$135.


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    December 17, 2008
    Etsy Find: Tree Spirits

    Almapottery_etsy_tree_spiritsI’m madly in love with these tree spirits by Alma Pottery on Etsy. How simple and beautiful.


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    December 16, 2008
    Cool Gifts at the Red Hot Shop

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    Target’s Red Hot Shop has some unusually hip (even by Target standards) gift items available for sale, and if you’re a member of Daily Candy, they’re all an additional 30% off.

    312c6hcfbl_aa260_Fun gift items include A Year’s Worth of Cards sets ($60) and these Talking Condiment Dispensers ($20 each).


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    December 15, 2008
    Pearson Maron Sculptures

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    Here’s a fun place to shop for someone quirky on your list.

    Il_430xn46449012Pearson Maron’s Etsy shop features child-like sculptures of bears with balloons and Loch Ness monsters on wheels.

    All items are made of twice-fired earthen ware.

    You can ensure holiday arrival by upgrading to priority shipping – just $2.50 for small items.

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    Polar Bear with Balloon, $28
    Tree Ghost, $29
    Loch Ness Monster on Wheels, $22


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    December 15, 2008
    Christmas Lights Ewwww

    Here’s how not to do your Christmas light display. Yuck, seriously.

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    December 12, 2008
    Cappuccino Stencils

    Szem688 What a cute idea for a cold winter morning!

    Stencil-Library.com has several holiday-themed Cappuccino stencils as well as initials available. And don’t worry, they ship world-wide.

    Cappuccino stencils, £2.95


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    December 11, 2008
    Helping Hands from Poodlebreath

    Il_430xn49025727I’ve been doing a little holiday shopping at my favorite internet destination – Etsy – and I ran across Poodlebreath’s shop for the first time.

    This piece, called Sinking Fairy Tale, really caught my eye. Although it skews a bit tragic, it has a delicate femininity that is quite appealing.

    I also liked the idea of these little Helping Hand hooks. Each porcelain hand comes attached to a drywall screw. You simply secure them to the wall, and you can create a little forrest of whimsical jewelry hooks.Il_430xn47733565


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    December 11, 2008
    To Fireplace, Or Not To Fireplace?

    Rild_fireplaceWhen I bought my home, I told my realtor I didn’t really want a fireplace. It’s only on cold, windy, rainy days like this one that I regret telling her that. There’s nothing like a fireplace to warm up a room and make it really cozy.

    But it does require some maintenance, which is why I didn’t particularly want one when I bought my home. Maybe I just need to visit someone with a fireplace.

    What do you think? Is a fireplace a must-have for your home, or no?

    Photo: @rild on Flickr


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    December 10, 2008
    Honeycomb Storage Ottoman

    3007694honeycomb_ottomanEQ3 has their 2009 catalog posted online, and I’m not sure that this piece is new, but I just noticed the honeycomb storage ottoman today.

    I love the idea of arranging a group of these to serve as a coffee table and then having the option to break them up for extra seating.

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    And the extra storage space isn’t half-bad either.

    Honeycomb storage ottoman, $149.


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    December 10, 2008
    Wordless Wednesday: Rainbow Trout Ornament

    Likemerchantships_blownglassrainbowI’m totally digging it. Photo: Meredith at Like Merchant Ships.


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