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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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    December 9, 2008
    Plastic Party

    061007995_2 This heavy-duty, reusable plastic flatware is certainly an improvement on the spork.

    In fact, it’s chic enough to challenge that musty old box of heirloom silver and considerably more less trouble to wash.

    Orleans Flatware, $15.95 for four place-settings.


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    December 9, 2008
    Gold Christmas Trees?

    Picture_8Has anyone seen the gold Christmas trees at Target? Now, I have to admit that I’m a lover of all the funky colored trees- the pink, the white. If I had a house big enough for more than one tree, I’d have them all. But, the gold tree, I’m absolutely loving the most.

    I’m really into kitsch, though, so I know how tacky it probably is. What do you think? Love or hate it?


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