Pretty much the cutest thing ever. Ever.
My newest online time suck is a little website called Historic Properties. It lists historic houses and buildings in all states of repair/disrepair - from an exquisite pristine condition multi-million dollar estate to a 15K church to an old theater. Many are in the South (apparently old historic property is free down there...), but I've managed to find a few local Midwest gems.
This Glenview, IL house is only $1.
Or how about one of John Deere's old residences for only $182,500
Or maybe this 5K shotgun shack. Shotgun not included.
A few years ago I was given a very cool modern Tobias Reischle cuckoo clock for Christmas (Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus/Joe Mauer). It seems that the modern cuckoo has finally caught on. Here are a few of my favorites:
Tobias Reischle cuckoo clock
Lacquered Metal Cuckoo Clock by Pascal Tarabay
Diamantini Domeniconi Striped Cuckoo Clock
DWR Modern Cuckoo Clock
Generally when stores come out with their yearly holiday catalogs I am excited to get mail but am less than impressed with their holiday selections. How many sparkly reindeer t-shirts do I really need (Answer: Two. I need two sparkly reindeer shirts)? Or how about a glitter candle or maybe down quilts for my feet?! These catalogs inevitably end up in the recycling... or the fire. However, this year I was pleasantly surprised with Design Within (rich people's) Reach. Their "gifts" selection this year is pretty fantastic. Granted - most are still out of my price-range, but here are some favorites.
Antoine Candelabra - Sir: $650
Candle Wax Vase: $350
Peanut Birdfeeder: $49
Eames® Elephant: $290
Four-Way Vase: $149
Water Drop Jug: $450-$1,600
Etch Pendant: $300
From those brilliant nerds at MIT comes the Globe Genie my newest momentary time-suck. With the click of a button, Globe Genie "teleports" you around the globe. One minute you're Peoria, Illinois, the next you're in Australia. Currenly, I'm thinking that just about anywhere is better than Mpls; it's cold as eff here.
Recently I came across these very cool very limited edition screenprints by Kurt Vonnegut. I never knew that in addition to writing Vonnegut was quite an accomplished graphic artist. I am especially fond of his "Confetti Series."
If they weren't $375 apiece I would already be the proud owner of "Confetti #58" and "Confetti #19."