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FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Alessi’s Folding Cake Stands: from Anna Gong to Fatman by Marcel Wanders

fatman by marcel wanders :: folding cake stand for alessi

Like many Alessi products, you may not want to hide this cake stand. Marcel Wanders designed the Fatman cake stand for Alessi.  Wanders put a whimsical touch by dressing as a clown the round structure that you see when the three stainless-steel cake platters are folded. I love it! It is fun, beautiful and, as a bonus, it saves space. I might put it on my wishlist for my birthday — which is next month, by the way. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Five Fun Home Office Accessories

feminine desk accessories

I want my small home office to feel prettier. My quest for modern home office continues with five desk accessories that have nothing in common with what you see in a corporate office. I will start by replacing my old and bulky desk phone by a nice desk tidy. The retro camera sharpener could be the start of a collection of items that I would display on a picture rail over my desk.

feminine desk accessories
sourcing: Porcelain desk organizer $29.90 USD by Black+Blum | Retro Camera Pencil Sharpener $16.50 CAD at Indigo | Gus Modern Picture rails $115-$165 at Bobby Berk Home

This sculptural desk organizer reminds me of a model totem. As long as you limit the number of paper pieces in it, it would look amazing.

dark oak desk tidy
sourcing: Dark Oak Desk Tidy £44.90 at Cow & Co

I present the next set as a gift idea for a man. The square trays could be used to organize a drawer.

desk blocks
sourcing: Desk Blocks £52 at Cow & Co

I would probably use the Jonathan Alder’s bright pens more as a decorative element than for writing.

jonathan alder ink pen
sourcing: Jonathan Alder Ink Pen on sale at $8.90 USD at Horchow

ORGANIZING

Track Your Time and Your Priorities with a Watch Diary and a Long Sticky Note Pad

watch diary

I always look for ways to track my time more efficiently. I am torn between the paper agenda and a Web tool. It is a constant switch between the two. Lately, I started to miss the use of a pen.

What I like about the Watch Diary is that you can visualize your day. You can see if what you plan to do can fit and compare your estimates to the actual time it took you to do a task. Since time management is always tricky, I like a method that enables me to better schedule my time.

watch diary
sourcing: Watch Diary $17 USD at Connect design

Wonjune Song imagined a different type of agenda. His Watch Diary serves not only to track your time but indicate how you are doing in regard to your schedule. The “red hand” of the watch indicates what you should be doing now (your current task), the “before hand” refers past chores and the “forward hand” indicates what you should be doing next. It is a tool to 1) Schedule your time more carefully and to 2) Check it more efficiently.

The Watch Diary contains two sections: 126 pages for scheduling and tracking your time and 70 pages to write ideas and collect slips. If your work requires that you are on the run often, it could be handy to keep everything in one place. I am tempted to try it to see how well its performs.

clock agenda page details

To Manage your Priorities and Keep Notes

If you need to keep a to-do list nest to your computer, have a look at this cute note pad. This long sticky note pad is designed for writing memos as well as resting your wrists while you type. 50 sheets of “Post-it style” paper rest over a sponge pad.

desk plus note pad
sourcing: Desk Plus Note Pad $5 USD at Connect Design

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

The Curiosity Shoppe at Target Collection

the curiosity shoppe at target

the curiosity shoppe at target
photo by Nikki Ritcher  for Anthology magazine at the launch party

The Shops at Target is an innovative collaboration project with small boutiques that Target launched in May 2012. The program enables small business owners to sell a collection of products created for Target but at the image of their brand stand. That provides great exposure for the selected shop owners. For the fall 2012 edition, the four small businesses are Kirna Zabete, The Curiosity Shoppe, Odin New York and Patch NYC.

frank's motel collection :: the curiosity shoppe at target
sourcing: Ceramic nesting measuring cups $15 for 4, Silicone baking utensils $9, Milk bottle $15 at Target

I adore The Curiosity Shoppe at Target collection. The dinnerware collection from this shop located in San Francisco’s Mission District is designed around an Americana road-trip. I imagine using them as a basis of an end of summer fun party or a kids birthday theme.

the curiosity shoppe at target
sourcing: America cutting board $25 (photo: Anthology) | Dinner Plate $3, Salad Plate $2.50, Canvas Placemat $4, Acrylic Glasses $2-$3, Novelty Swizzle Sticks $5 for 8

the curiosity shoppe at target serving bowl and platter

sourcing: The Curiosity Shoppe at Target ceramic platter $25  | Serving bowl $20 at Target

Write down that September 9th, 2012 is the date that their 60 products will become available in stores and online.  I did!

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Easter Egg Decorating and Crafting Ideas

easter egg hunt prizes

easter egg hunt prizes

At only a few weeks ago from Easter, it is more than time to plan your Easter Egg activities. Hiding special eggs adds cheer and joy to your Easter Egg hunt. I like to include eggs that the kids can keep after the party. The wood hen sized eggs would be a nice addition to any market pretend shop. They have been painted in all natural non-toxic soy paint. You could use the plastic egg string lights to delimit the start and end line of the race.

I found two adorable crafting projects that transform your eggs into other animals. First, you could make an owl Easter Egg designed by Donna Bush. Or  do like Martha Stewart and create your own crepe surprise bunny eggs. Imagine those for your Easter tablescape.

Egg Decorating Kit Premiere Moisson

Lastly, why not paint chocolate eggs during your Easter celebrations? Premiere Moisson sells an egg-decorating kit at their store. The kit includes 3 chocolate eggs (two milk chocolate and one white chocolate), 3 jars of food paints and 3 brushes. If you like what your children’s creations, submit them to the “Fais-toi beau mon coco!” Facebook contest.

SOURCING:
+ Plastic Easter Egg String Lights $9.99 USD at Target
+ Owl Easter Egg DIY project designed by Donna Bush and published at Michaels
+ Crepe Paper Surprise Bunny Eggs by Martha Stewart
+ 12 Rainbow Wood Eggs by Applenanos $32 USD on Etsy
+ Chocolate Egg Decorating Kit $19.95 CAD at Première Moisson

FAMILY KIDS products

Woon’s iPod Dolls

woon pax doll with boy

Look at the adorable rock chic doll that I bought this morning for my son Zack. Pax will be a nice addition to his hip and soft doll collection. When I shown him a picture of Pax on my iPhone, he laughed and he appeared to love him. Plus, I got an awesome deal. I bought the last one in stock at half-price at Indigo. I can’t wait to put Pax in my son’s arms.

What sold me Pax is the fact that Woon transformed a couple of quirky little dolls by adding music inside. You safely tuck away your  iPod (and I assume your iPhone) or a MP3 player inside the doll’s torso pocket. The doll comes with built-in speakers. As a mom on the go, I love that I can attach Pax to a stroller or my bag.

woon kids lulu and ipod pocket

I bet that little girls would love having Lulu as their friend. Both dolls exhibit a hint of British eccentric flair. I found them absolutely adorable.

SOURCING:
+ Pax ou Lulu iPod Doll by Woon
+ click here for the list of retailers

 

ENTERTAINING PARTY ideas + decor

Deck the Walls with Umbra Snap Frames

deck the walls

deck the walls

Here is a fun party activity or decor that you can use over and over. You could use the Umbra Snap frames to display your favorite photos of the guest of honor or to enhance the party theme. If you have a photo booth at your party, use them to create a place where people could hang their photos. I like the fact that your guests can write on them to comment their photos or give you their wishes.

Umbra Snap frame for a party decor

The Snap frames come in white, black and red in a pack of 9. I prefer the white ones for their versatility.

SOURCING:
+ For Canadians: Umbra Snap Frames in White $19.99 CAD at Amazon.ca [affiliate link]
+ For Americans: Umbra Snap Frames, Set of 9 $17.99 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]

CAKES + desserts ENTERTAINING

It’s OK to Play with Mr. Potato Head Cookies

mr. potato head cookies

mr. potato head cookies

This is one fun idea where your kids can play with their food. The baker behind Oh, Sugar! Events made her own paper templates and cut the pieces by hand. She took the time to nicely decorate each piece. She did a body base on which the kids can design their own face. Her Mr. Potato Head Cookies had been all the rage in Facebook this weekend.

These cookies would be a hit for a play date or kids party. You could bake one Mr. Potato Head body with his face pieces for every child. Or better, wait until Oh Sugar! Events commercializes her Mr. Potato Head Cookies. I am sure that many of us would buy them.

SOURCING:
+ Mr. Potato Head cookies by Oh, Sugar! Events
+ via Pizzazzerie on Facebook

CAKES + desserts ENTERTAINING

Babell by Koziol

babell by koziol

babell by koziol

Finding Koziol’s products in Canada or the United States can be an impossible task. This is why I was glad to notice them in the latest newsletters of the Canadian etailer Gone Shopping.

A favorite of mine, Babell can be used as a fruit stand or a cupcake stand of 1 to 3 tiers, depending of your need. The look is perfect for outdoor entertaining. It works like the Russian nesting dolls for storage; each tier can be stored under the larger one.

SOURCING:
+ Triple-tiered Babell $35.99 CAD at Gone Shopping

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Whimsical Fred Tableware for Mother’s Day

teacupcakes

teacupcakes

If you want to stay away from the obvious flowers, it can be tricky to find the perfect Mother’s Day since chances are that your mom already have what she needs. This is why I like the stuff by Fred & Friends. They always put a whimsical touch on everyday tableware.

My picks for Mother’s Day are:

+ The Teacupcakes are a set of 4 silicone molds fashioned as a teacup. A matching saucer adds style to the service. $16.34 USD at Amazon.com

short stacked by fred and friends

+ Short Stacked is a pair of white porcelain espresso cups and saucers. $30.23 USD at Amazon.com

appkins

+ If you can find it by Mother’s Day, I suggest the Appkins, a napkin-style snack plates designed by Oded Shorer and Eli Chissick. This brand-new product will be sold in a pack of 2.

 

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Creative Hardboiled Eggs for Easter

easter eggs hardboiled shapes chicks

easter eggs hardboiled shapes chicks

With the creative work that goes into decorating eggs for Easter, it always seems a shame to crack open the colourful shells to eat the hardboiled egg inside. But it turns out you can have just as much fun decorating eggs once you’ve peeled off the shell!

  • Jenn of JustJenn Recipes tested out the Chickie Eggs from The Manga Cookbook, a popular step-by-step guide to preparing simple Japanese dishes using ingredients found in North American kitchens.
  • It takes a few tools and a bit of patience to create this carton of just-hatched chicks, but kids will love the result (it may even entice them to eat the eggs!).
  • If you’re looking for something simpler, check out Anna’s instructions for these heart-shaped eggs. They’re easier to create than you might think and a thoughtful way to show some love for your guests at Easter brunch. (You may want to stash this idea for a romantic Valentine’s Day breakfast too).

Japanese Egg Molds

easter egg molds japanese bento

Easier still are these adorable, inexpensive egg molds typically used in Japanese bento boxes. Available in a variety of shapes and characters, the bunny is particularly fitting for Easter buffets.

How do you use eggs at Easter? Are they just for decorating or are eggs part of your meal too?

SOURCING:
+ Chickie Eggs via JustJenn Recipes
+ Chicken Egg Family How To from Eye Candy
+ Heart-Shaped Eggs from Anna the Red
Kotobuki Plastic Egg Mold, Amazon.com, $3.99 USD
+ Fun with Japanese Egg Molds Tutorial from Just Bento