Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bits & Baubles

A to-die-for barn, that comes with a to-die-for house in a to-die-for price that we still can't afford but a girl can dream, right?

It was my man's birthday, and no, he did not turn eight as my wonderful wrapping job might indicate.

We are re-doing our living room, hallway and one bedroom, and found this delightful flooring underneath our hideous carpet. We're thinking of keeping it, I mean.

And yes, I do construction work in Moon Boots, don't you?

Our cat Fizzy likes fire almost as much as she loves the nip — and that's saying something. Look at that girl WORK. IT.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello Holidays

Every so often I end up on Hello Lucky's delightful site, and I'm blown away at the adorableness and awesomeness of their cards/stationery. Their holiday cards are particularly wonderful, I had a very hard time narrowing down my favorites to show here...

Gift guide 2: Globes

I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention that it's supposedly 'Cyber Monday', which certainly sounds dirty, if not completely made up, but there it is.

Word is you're supposed to forgo doing any actual work, and spend the entire day shopping for reasonably-priced, vintage kitsch at Blue Carrot shop, or something.

Anyway, after (or while) you do that, I have created another insightful gift-guide for all my beloved consumer whores (and how!), this time featuring GLOBES. Because, well, they're just neat and I'm a nerd.

The holy grail of globe-dom (at least in my mind) is a vintage chalkboard beauty, and this reproduction is near-perfect. Aside from looking completely bad ass, I'd imagine them to be quite handy, or so says the girl who grew up ever-confused about Russia vs. the USSR due to her outdated globe.

Save your pennies for your world travels in these adorable, kitschy tin banks (here and here).

It's a globe! It's a bar! I need one immediately!

I love the Zodiac base on this Ohio Art classic.

The stand on this post-industrial version is a total beaut.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Your Occasional Mozart

Sometimes, we fall asleep watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by a raging fire on a lazy Sunday. Like, today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blue (Carrot) Christmas

I have updated the shop with tons of great (potential) gifts and holiday items, so you should probably go to there right this minute.

Glass wax stencil set, unopened.

Glow-in-the-dark icicles.

Stacking snack set.

(Somewhat) nudie glasses.

BUT WAIT, there's MORE! If you like free gift wrapping (and who wouldn't?) and order $25 or more, contact me letting me know that you want your gifts wrapped (and telling me how much you love me forever for doing so).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift guide 1: Tea Towels

I decided to jump on the 'gift guide' bandwagon, if for no other reason than to keep all of my wish lists organized and on the Internets, where hopefully my family and generous man will happen upon them and take the MAJOR HINTS and buy me everything I write about.

Also, it should go without saying, but I'm not-so-secretly hoping that you'll all actually just buy every single one of your Christmas gifts from Blue Carrot shop, which you absolutely should...

BUT in the odd event that you don't, I will try to find the most bangin' gifts for you and yours, starting today with... TEA TOWELS, because, well,  I f'n love tea towels and so should you.

How divine are these 'target' towels from Bless?

I love the simple red stitching and color of these linen gems from Spool & Sparrow.

I am a complete sucker for kitchen appliances, and these are in my favorite kitchen color: RED. If they had a Kitchenaid mixer on them, they'd be in my hands this instant.

 Enormous Champion has some amazing things, but this Whale towel is perfection.

Tea t-owls. I mean.

Ever since my first trip to New England a few years ago, I have desired to redo my life in all things nautical... Even though I don't eat them, I adore the look of these adorable crabs.

Charlotte Farmer does such delightful illustrations, made even more delightful when they're printed on TEA TOWELS.

Monday, November 22, 2010

FREE gift wrapping!

Because I'm already in the Christmas spirit (don't tell Thanksgiving, shhh) I am now offering FREE gift-wrapping on all Blue Carrot shop orders of $25 or more.

I might also have a slight (ok, huge) wrapping paper obsession, and giving it away to my wonderful customers seems like a sane plan. Also, I happen to LOVE wrapping gifts, and might be quite good at it, if I do say so myself.

So go to Blue Carrot shop RIGHT NOW and get all of your holiday shopping AND wrapping done, because you know you need to, eventually.

PS: If you would like your items gift-wrapped, send me an email or contact me through the contact page on the shop site, and let me know... I wouldn't want to get all wrappy happy if you don't want me to :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Telegramme Studio

Just the act of being British instantly ups the cool/class factor of most things, but the brits at Telegramme Studio are doing off-the charts amazing work. See more for yourself here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WPA Posters

I came across the awesome site, Vintagraph, while researching on Shorpy, one of my all time most favorite sites. They have some awesome vintage fruit labels, travel and theater posters for sale as prints but I think I like these WPA posters the best.

Milk was a bad choice.

Your Sometimes Mozart


A former teacher of mine is involved in various cat rescue projects, and she frequently sends me e-mails that contain irresistibly adorable creatures like the one below.

And then my heart breaks and I write her back saying "I'll TAKE IT and any more cats you have because I am powerless to cute."

And then I come to my senses and realize that having an additional cat would bring my total to three, and I would be thismuch closer to becoming a cat lady.

But look at him. His name is Will and if your heart doesn't break looking at his cutecutecuteness than you don't have one. Want him? Of course you do.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sick movies

I have been feeling icky for about a week, and took Monday and Tuesday off of work. Thanks to Netflix I was able to watch both The Young Victoria and Notting Hill, two very different but equally as wonderful movies, and I didn't have to wait because I'm an impatient American and I want EVERYTHING and I want it NOW.

The Young Victoria was a beautiful, fun and incredibly sexy movie, starring the wonderful Emily Blunt (whom I've adored since she nearly — I said nearly — overshadowed THE Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada).

I sometimes secretly (and sometimes not-so-secretly) long for a simpler time — one without cell-phones, Facebook and an endless sea of distractions (she says via internet blog). I mean, I guess it wouldn't hurt if, during said simpler times, I was also the queen of England. Or queen of anything for that matter.

Notting Hill is a film that many people have told me I would like, and one that as soon as I started watching I wondered what had taken me so long. It's hysterically funny, and although Julia Roberts has never been one of my favorite actresses (she's no Streep), she's tolerable if not, at times, likeable.

And is it just me or is Hugh Grant the world's sexiest hideous man? I mean, his eyes point in different directions and his teeth are very, shall I say... English... but for some reason he's irresistible. Whatever it is, well-played Mr. Grant.

Friday, November 12, 2010

DIY Doodler

These DIY Doodles from David Jablow are seriously blowing my mind.

He received a vintage Do it Yourself Doodler pad and has been doing ridiculously creative things with it that are cooler than anything you've ever done. Sorry, and you're welcome.

(via Abduzeedo)