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June 2006

Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Charles Street Sidewalk Sale June 23-24 [Boston]

June 20, 2006

There’s a fun sidewalk sale in Beacon Hill this Friday and Saturday, so mark your calendar! Koo de Kir, along with other local home design, stationery and fashion retailers, will be participating in the annual Charles Street Sidewalk Sale. Koo de Kir, a terrific Boston design store, will offer lots of goodies, some at more than 75% off of retail. A great chance to shop at over 20 stores from 10-5 on Friday and Saturday. Cash only. All sales final.

Charles Street Sidewalk Sale June 23-24 [Boston]If you’re visiting Boston this weekend, and plan to attend this sale, print out this terrific walking tour guide for a walking history lesson about Beacon Hill. Have fun!

(photo from city data)

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Renegade Craft Fair Report: Brooklyn

June 20, 2006

Renegade Craft Fair Report: Brooklyn
So. I’ve been checking out other blogs (especially New York based blogs) and still, not a peep about the Renegade Craft Fair that took place this past weekend in Brooklyn. Dying to read reviews and see some photos, I continued my search and came across these sites and flickr groups, in case you’d like to visit the fair with me. It looked like a good (very hot 95 degree) time!

Super Naturale has a great page about it here. I found more photos on flickr: knititorquitit, and giant dwarf (love her!). Know of any others?

If you attended the fair, and would like to share a report with us, please comment below!

(image from super naturale)

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coffee + cre8tive {june 20 ’06}

June 20, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {june 20 '06}
There’s something magical about painting with watercolors. Especially when Tokyo freelance artist, Mizue Hirano, holds the brush. Her website inspired me today to start painting again, and although I’m not very steady with my hand (or brain!), I’m beginning to think that perhaps I should put my acrylics aside and experiment with watercolors for awhile, maybe produce something worthy of a small frame for a shelf in my house.

Do you paint? Have any work that you can point me to? Go ahead, self-promote in the comments section below this post. Also, can anyone suggest a good watercolor kit? I’ve been hunting around the dick blick website, but I’m a little lost…

If you’d like to contact Mizue, or if you’re interested in seeing more of her work (it’s stunning and much of the website is in English in addition to Japanese), please visit her online. She is also an illustrator and works with acrylics and oil on canvas, too. Below is a photo of an exhibition she was a part of last year. You can also email Mizue at hirano[at]mizue[dot]info.

coffee + cre8tive {june 20 '06}
(images copyright 2006 mizue hirano)

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Urban Outfitters Newbies

June 19, 2006

Urban Outfitters Newbies
Urban Outfitters has such cute new items. Papers and Mirrors and Sweet Geisha Lighting. Pillows and glass hooks for hanging your things, these are a few of my favorite things…

By the way, the Geisha lamp was first spotted atAnh-Minh’s blog, so I get ZERO credit for spying it first!

Urban Outfitters Newbies
(images from urban outfitters)

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Polaroid-o-nizer

June 19, 2006

Polaroid-o-nizer
Feel like having a little fun this afternoon? Head on over to Polaroid-o-nizer… No, it’s not the next Arnold action film nor is it something you’ll be adding to your family of small kitchen appliances, it’s a simple site I found via Anh-Minh’s blog, that converts any photo into a polaroid moment. Just when you thought we moved forward in technology, handfuls of us are still clinging to the good old days. I tried this service with a shot I took over the weekend. What do you think?

It’s fun, free, and retro-cute!

(images copyright 2006 decor8)

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Good Stock

June 19, 2006

Good Stock
Kim O’Neill wrote in over the weekend to tell me all about her company, Good Stock, a charming online store that offers a modest collection of items designed around making family life enjoyable. Themed around everything Kim loves, including her family, the business name actually stems from something her grandfather always told her about their own roots, that she comes from ‘good stock’. Good Stock is a collection of Kim’s favorites in life: design, words, home, family, color, details, and nostalgia.

Whether it’s a family tree, a Good Stock book that you can write and give to your children, animal-themed onesies, quilted floor pillows in 6 juicy colors (I love the turquoise), and an adorable ‘how to’ placemat set for training little ones, complete with a napkin and napkin ring. I love how everything old-fashioned is suddenly modern again at Good Stock. Nicely done, Kim!

Thanks Kim for introducing us to Good Stock!

Good Stock
(images from good stock)

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