Meltdown

30th April 2013

German science magazine, GEOlino wanted it’s young readers to learn about the effects of global warming in a child-oriented way, and so they came up with Meltdown. The first board game that uses real ice.

With the aim of rescuing a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland, it’s a race against time as the ice melts. The Arctic is made up of blue sponge and is used as the game board, absorbing the melted ice at the same time.

What a brilliant idea.

(Thanks S! x)

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Epiphanie

29th April 2013

The Charlotte bag by Epiphanie is very cool. Finally a camera bag that’s sexy but practical!

The padding inside looks great and it fits your camera + attached lens, 1 long lens, 1 short lens, chargers and a flash, while the pocket on the front flap can hold your wallet, phone and keys and the back pocket can hold an iPad.

Perfect.

Owl Love

29th April 2013

These owl lanterns are making me happy this morning.

Twitt – Utopia Owl Lantern
Twoo – Utopia Owl Candleholder 

Handpresso Auto

26th April 2013

Handpresso is an espresso maker for your car.

Yep, that’s right. Your car.

Plug it into the cigarette lighter, add water, a E.S.E. coffee pod, then press the button and wait for the 3 beeps to tell you your espresso is ready. With a 16 bar pressure system the espressos are bound to be tasty and the design itself is pretty slick.

Now if only they would make a milk heater + foamer for my latté…

Mrs Eliot Books

26th April 2013

Oh yes I am.

Loving this card collaboration series by London designer Mrs Eliot Books and photographer Xanthe Berkeley.

My First Year Poster

24th April 2013

Reading about the Redesigned Birth Certificate reminded me of this cool My First Year Poster I saw a while back on Etsy.

Cute huh?

Stamptastic

22nd April 2013

These acrylic stamps by Stamptastic are awesome because:

1. They’re clear which means they’re super easy to align.
2. The more you order the cheaper they become.

(Thanks Rosa)

Ice Cube Skull

16th April 2013

I love this little guy as well.

He’s not only cute, he’ll keep your drink cold too.

My Neighbor Totoro

16th April 2013

Oh yes! Please can I have this My Neighbor Totoro sleeping bag? I know it’s for babies, but I want one anyway.

The adult version comes in a sofa style bed, which is also super cool and I’d like one of those as well, please.

Genius.

A Long Forever

15th April 2013

So excited to see the guys over at Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar are now doing cards and custom prints.

A Long Forever Love is awesome.

Mat & May

15th April 2013

I discovered Mat & May last week and found some pretty cool bits and bobs in their store. Leather satchels and cute purses, as well as some sexy notebooks, cards and papers.

I love that these stationery-cum-nik-nak-cum-accessory style shops are having a revival. Aussie store Typo (at Canal Walk) is another great example and is perfect for finding fun little gifts in.

My Robot Nation

15th April 2013

Have you ever thought about making your own robot? I mean … not just any old robot, but the coolest and most awesome robot you could ever possibly imagine?

Well … now you can. Hooray!

My Robot Nation lets you design and create your very own robot which they 3D print and send to you. How amazing is that?

You can choose from 5 different size options, and from what I tell the possibilities are pretty much endless.

(Thanks S!)

Dark Star Safari

8th April 2013

I bought Dark Star Safari for Si for his birthday. He read it and loved it, and I just finished it and loved every single word.

I think Paul Theroux is my new hero. His overland trip from Cairo to Cape Town was inspiring, funny and eye-opening.

Next up Sunrise with Seamonsters.

Pantone Colour Flashcards

8th April 2013

These Pantone Colour Flash Cards are brilliant. 18 cards with 2 tones of each of the 9 basic colours including Lollipop Purple, Starfish Orange, and Grasshopper Green.

“Each card features a solid colour on one side, such as Duckling Yellow (Pantone 1215). When you flip the card over, additional colours in the same colour family (yellow) are introduced in the context of an illustrated pattern, so that a child can pick out which shade is Duckling Yellow.”

Never underestimate the importance of teaching kids about colour.

Smile

2nd April 2013

This Smile Print by The Lepolas made me smile this morning.

Couldn’t help it!

Cupookie

28th March 2013

Is this the coolest and most awesome Gingerbread skeleton ever?

Why yes, I do believe it is!

Check out more Cupookie cupcakes and cookies here.

(Thanks Sherm)

Corkcicle

27th March 2013

Corkcicle is my new favourite thing.

Stick it in the freezer and pop it into wine or bubbles to have a nice cold bottle for your picnic.

Brilliant.

A Thousand Origami Cranes

26th March 2013

I’ve been busy getting into some origami making this week…

…and if you don’t already know the story of A Thousand Origami Cranes, you can read about it out here.

The Wave

18th March 2013

Si and I decided that it would be a cool idea to buy a piece of art each year as an anniversary gift and this is #1. A print by Tasmanian surf photographer Stu Gibson.

We bought the file from Stu and printed it big (it measures just over 1m) at Orms on Metallic Lightjet paper.

It’s been making me smile all weekend.

Wheely Bug

13th March 2013

The weekend we were away for our anniversary I saw a Wheely Bug at the place we were staying. Designed in Australia, they make the perfect transitional ride-on toy for kids who aren’t big enough to jump on bike yet.

Isn’t it awesome?

Take your pick from a wheely fun bumblebee, ladybird, pig, cow, mouse or lion!

Hop & Peck

12th March 2013

I’m just a tiny little bit in love with these Oak Egg Cups.

They would make awesome Easter gifts.

Instacube

11th March 2013

Oooo, I think I’m going to reserve myself one of these awesome Instacubes.

Enmasse

11th March 2013

Yesterday I cashed in the enmasse voucher my sweet husband got me for our anniversary and man, was it fun!

I was suitably impressed when we arrived (I had to take him with me really, didn’t I?) and the space they occupy is beautiful. Double height ceilings, double height windows with everything painted a dark, navy blue that oozes calm.

I’ve always thought their branding was awesome, and we’ve been receiving the Matrix (their fortnightly newsletter) for a couple of years now – so although I kind of knew what to expect it was still a cool treat.

The massage is done without oil so you’re given white Thai style pajamas to wear, and once you’re upstairs you lie on a Japanese floor mattress for the massage itself. The music we listened to included Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran and Smashing Pumpkins so it was completely unique in that sense too.

Afterwards you can hang out in their tea room (which was a whole experience in itself), relax, read a magazine and choose from 49 flavours of tea.

Everything from the white Havaianas down to the double walled glass tea cups had been thought through and it was the perfect Sunday afternoon treat. I’d definitely recommend a voucher as a gift or to treat yourself because … well, just because.

Maybe we can go again next week?

1. Havaianas
2. Tea Filters
3. Glass Teapot
4. Double Walled Glasses
5. Tea Sand Timer