ACCESSORIES

Neostitch Cross Stitch iPhone Case

We’ve featured quite a few different iPhone accessories here, each with its own unique characteristics, but I’ll have to say this is the first that merges a bit of traditional crafting and requires DIY hands-on user interaction. Reminding me of the Panier Perce bowls by designers Guillaume Delvigne & Ionna Vautrin, the Neostitch is a plastic iPhone case with a gridded backside, providing a surface to cross-stitch your own designs. If you’re not feeling ambitious at first, the case comes with a few patterns for you to start with. Available in white, blue, green, black, orange, and pink.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Available from: connectdesign.co.kr

Source: Geeky Gadgets

Tapehook

These washi tape hooks sure are cute, aren’t they? Surprisingly enough, they’re made of tracing paper and can hold up to 50 grams (not a whole lot, but enough for small tools). They’d be perfect for a workspace/craft area.

by Torafu Architects
Adhesive backing.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95
Available from: upon a fold

Modern Art Tea Towel

Should you visit Australia in the near future, please do stop by Third Drawer Down and pick up this tea towel for your nearest friend/relative that argues the merit of modern art no matter the content. Of course, if you’ve no trip planned, you may always order via the online shop.

by Craig Damrauer
100% Linen Tea Towel
Edition 1000

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Third Drawer Down

SRF/Iris Hantverk Brushes

Chances are you’ve heard of Iris Hantverk (or SRF Hantverk), the Swedish company that handcrafts brushes using traditional techniques. I’ve been a fan for a while now and find myself more often than not disappointed that retailers seem to stock only a few pieces of the vast collection. Of course, you can order the brushes directly through Iris Hantverk, but unfortunately their website isn’t the easiest to navigate. So, for your perusal (should you be interested), here are a few retailers that stock a considerable amount of the collection.

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Big Bounce Lamp

Those of you with experience in filming might recognize the ‘bounce’ reflection/diffusion lighting technique that is utilized in this lamp by Jonah Takagi. (I’d also guess most of you without filming experience will be able to ascertain why it’s called ‘bounce’.) I particularly like the blue and yellow cord color choices. FSC Certified Oak and powdercoated steel.

12″l x 9″w x 16″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: Atelier Takagi

Source: Dwell

Rubik’s Cube Speaker

Not proud to admit it, but I’ve never solved a Rubik’s cube. Wthh this on my desk, I could at least pretend I have when co-workers walk by, and also have a cool looking speaker to boot. Powered by USB and connects to audio sources with a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Fred Flare

Source: Antenna Mag

Video Notebook

The Video Notebook is a throwback to humble pre-Netflix days. Conveniently, saving only the best parts —a protective sleeve and label stickers!— and sparing any of the headaches —tape trackng anyone?— of the obsolete format.  Video Notebook is 260 pages and available in Ruled or Plain. How long will it be until we see the DVD version of this?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.99
Availability: Buy Video Notebook here

Source: The Awesomer

Vermont Rolling Pins

Rolling pins aren’t the sort of thing to demand admiration, but in the case of these beauties, I’d say otherwise.

From left to right:
The Shaker, $75.00-$94.00
The Flame, $64.00-$80.00
The Monster, $75.00-$94.00
The Modern, $64.00-$80.00
The Column, $45.00-$56.00
The Beehive, $64.00-$80.00
The French Rolling Pin, $45.00-$56.00

Thanks Cyndi for the link!

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 and up
Available from: Vermont Rolling Pins

Bluff City 14 Inch Pendant

Whoa, this is pricy, but it sure has a lot of style. Industrial leanings are evident with the wire-cage, but it’s actually the colors that caught my eye. The blue and red 8 Inch Pendant ($550.00) along with the mint and red 14 Inch Pendant (shown above) make for an interesting color combination, and with several grouped together, you’ve got a fantastic focal point.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: YLighting

Animal Wine Stoppers

These aren’t the first Animal Wine Stoppers you’ve seen featured on BLTD, but these are perhaps the funniest. You could probably recreate these with a small saw, some glue and a little elbow grease (and plastic animals and simple wine stoppers), but for those of you less DIY, these are available for $30 from designboom shop.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: designboom shop

Flour Sack Towels

One can never have too many tea towels. Just in case you need convincing, these old school Flour Sack Towels are $24 for a set of 4, which will replenish your drawer without breaking the bank. Flour sacks were often remade into tea towels, pillows and clothing many decades ago, and this set has that same sort of thrifty feel.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: House8810

Standard Unit Blocks

I’ve always found it strange that in most relatively nice homes with soft fabrics and natural materials, you walk into a play area for the kids and it feels like you’ve been transported into an alternative universe where only oddly colored plastic is permitted. Not that there’s anything wrong with plastic stuff for kids (I’m certainly no expert on the subject), but why not add in some regular wooden blocks, just to offset the crazy colors and random imagery? Maybe with a little less visual input, a child’s imagination will have to work a bit harder. One would hope so. If you’re a new godmother/father, bookmark this for a gift idea when the little one is 3+.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.99
Available from: Melissa & Doug

Utility Card

I love this. The Utility Card from grain works for all occasions- just circle the right words within the puzzle. A cheat sheet is included if you need a little help. Also, just so you know, the card is made with a tree-free paper that uses cotton fiber waste from the textile manufacturing industry.

$4 each or pack of 5 for $19.00.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $4.00
Available from: grain design

2012 Stendig Calendar

Seeing as there were Christmas trees at the local plant nursery this weekend (crazy), I suppose it’s not too early to lock in your order of a 2012 Stendig Calendar. Christmas trees aside, these classic calendars are produced in limited numbers, so if you’ve your eye on one for 2012, you’d do well to get it sooner rather than later.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Available from: Vetted

Scalo Modern Stool & Step Ladder

This is terribly expensive for a stepladder, even though it works triple time as a stool or bookshelf. However, in examining the details (hidden hinges, stainless steel stop) and materials (bent plywood), one can understand how it would cost more than, say, a simple small step ladder found at a furniture store. The price is probably (definitely) more than most of us wish to spend, yet there’s something to be admired for a piece that combines all three functions in such a nicely finished way.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,016.00
Available from: Stardust.com