Tuesday, November 6, 2007

You can't have this pillow, because it's mine

I recently found uk-based designer showpony on Etsy, and I really like what she has to offer.

I normally don't go in for subtle patterns or colors - my taste is admittedly pretty flashy and entropic - but I have a serious construction fetish. Things that are well-made impress me, almost regardless of what the things might actually *be*. And in this case, her workmanship is impeccable. In particular, the line of "hidden pattern" purses and pillows really shows off what she can do with a sewing machine.

This cream, "hiding place" pillow is made of organic, fair trade cotton and is screen-printed with subtle, cute nature designs. The tiny folds she's sewn create little tucks, and there are spiders and beetles hidden in there!

Showpony's aesthetic is subtle and restrained, but she's got a great sense of humor. I really can't get over how cute and well-made these things are. Matching patterns like this is really difficult. If you miscut or mis-sew anywhere, it won't come out right. The attention to detail and workmanship are really showing off here, but they're doing it so subtlely that only someone who really looks for these things would notice. If I saw this in your house, I would be really impressed.

I hope someone sees it in my house and is impressed.

Ode to a cute hat that I got in the Village

O cute hat that I got in the Village.
You are cute.
And I got you in the Village.

I was looking for a secret bar that is not very secret.
They had cocktails by a famous guy.
The summer cocktails were gone, and I didn't get a hot dog.

But I did get a hat! A hat that was cute, and purchased at a 24-hour hat shop in the Village.
(I didn't know I was in the Village. Someone told me later.)

The salesgirl was cute, but I could not purchase her, even in the Village.

So instead I got the cute hat she was wearing, so I too could be cute in that Village-shopgirl way.

O cute hat, I do not look like the shop girl, but I will never remove you.

Because my hair looks like shit under here.
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The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush

Sometimes the most amazing things turn up in my inbox. (Being an internet journalist is easy. You don't even have to leave your desk or stop playing Warcraft).

Today I got an announcement for a vintage-inspired pin-up calendar called The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush, which is amazing.

13 luscious liberals bid fond, half-naked farewell to the president with a 13-month countdown to his last day in office: January 20, 2009. (A date I know only because of this press release). I'd love it for the pictures alone, which are some of the best modern pin-ups I've seen, but the best part is the personal love letter to the soon-to-be-ex president from each girl, including telecom heiress Miss Eve Stroppin', frightened homemaker Miss Tara Fied, and pageant winner Miss Hallie Burton.

So far these are my favorites: