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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Friday Links

Loft House by CAPD

A Minimal Mechanical Pencil

The “Be Optimistic” Needlepoint Kit

School of Hard Blocks is set of 12 concrete alphabet blocks, a “learning aid” for the possible dystopian future


You Don’t Need a Daughter to Want a Better World

Sgnl watch strap lets you receive phone calls through your fingertips

Prefabricated house in rural Spain took just five hours to assemble

Have a great weekend.

Prefabricated house by Baragaño Architects

Versa Ruler

Whoa! The next time you want to draw a bunch of multi-sided shapes, get yourself a Versa Ruler. Set your desired angles by snapping the rulers into place, then pivot and slide the rulers to get just the right lines. Yes, it is a pretty specific tool, but as anyone who’s worked in a studio or workshop knows, most of the time using the right tool saves a ton of time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Koala Tools

Tilt Bamboo Earphone Stand

Initially, the thought of a headphone/earphone stand seems entirely unnecessary. However, to be fair, where do you put your headphones/earphones when you’re not wearing them? Not back in their case, because that’s too much trouble, so maybe (usually) you just leave them out on top of your desk, table or dresser, where they get covered with other stuff (sometimes). So, maybe a headphone/earphone stand isn’t such a ridiculous idea, hmm?

Purchase Information:

Price: $117.00
Available from: Luminaire

Stasher Bags

Plastic, throw-away storage bags? No, thanks, I’ll take a few of these Stashers instead. They’re self-sealing, reusable, 100% pure platinum food-grade silicone storage bags. Use them in the freezer or microwave and wash them in the dishwasher, easy as can be. They’re handy little storage bags to keep your food fresh or other little sundries safe, all while reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and our oceans.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.99+
Available from: Stasher

How to Live, Box Set

Before you say ‘mumbo jumbo’ and roll your eyes, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little more mindfulness, it being the new year and all. So how about adding the five handbooks of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Essentials Series to your reading list? The essentials give you simple directions to become more aware of your own presence, your daily surroundings, and, maybe, with that increased mindful attention, you’ll be a little less of a jerk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Top Picks of 2017

Just in case you were wondering, here’s the top five posts for 2017. We’re not sure what this new year brings, but we are closing our eyelids tight, wishing and hoping for the absolute best. Thank you for visiting BLTD, and sharing the things you like, because it’s you that keeps our site going.

Friday Links

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

How Cold Is Too Cold For Pets?

S’up Spoon for shaky hands

Art Criticism Page Flags

– and Google Cardboard VR Viewer

– Promising: GreenSert

– Code + Dice: CoDi

Presidential murder as a deterrent to nuclear war

Robotic 3D printers create terrazzo floors in any pattern

Have a good weekend!

ThePresent and TODAY 24 Hour Clock

You have clocks all around you, so why do you need another one? Well, what if you could see a visual representation of the year? ThePresent is an annual analog clock; the hand completes one revolution every 365 days. Seeing the slow progression of a year might help put your hurried daily chores and duties into perspective. There’s also the TODAY: 24 Hour Clock, which moves at half the speed of a regular clock to shift your perspective of time each day.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Colossal Shop

Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar

If you haven’t sorted your wall calendar situation out, turn your eyes towards the Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar for 2018. See the entire year at a glance, so you can easily plan out all your important dates and projects. Weekends are highlighted with stripes; that allows for easy notations on all the exciting things you’re going do this year… right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Walter Shelf

How are you feeling about the start of 2018? Did you make any resolutions? Maybe something along the lines of being more organized, or never losing your phone and/or keys? This little Walter wall element is just the sort of thing that you (or a friend) need to keep a few important things at hand. Small hooks provide the perfect spot to hang keys and cables, while the shelf is just big enough for your phone, wallet, or other small personal items.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Most Modest

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to you! Hopefully the end-of-the-year festivities will bring you joy, and you’ll get plenty of rest so you can start the new year out right.

Gifts, again

Are you sick of gift guides and talk of gift giving? Instead of looking at yet another gift round up, browse through our tagged gifts for the perfect item for your favorite friends and family members.

Gifts for Him

Just a few ideas for you in case you’re stuck…

1. 500 lumens with three light settings and USB port with 30” cord for charging other devices: Trailblazer Flashlight, $100.00

2. To keep him warm: Cashmere Crew, $100.00

3. H2 in Silver Cloud, $199.00

4. Closed Helix Keyring, $30.00

5. The Intrepid Gent Men’s Essentials Kit by Aesop, $92.00

Gifts for Him

6. Louise Bourgeois Card Case, $20.00

7. B&O Play P2 Speaker in Natural, $169.00

8. Komono Walther Watch in Nero, $180.00

9. Stylish and minimal: The Nylon Square Backpack, $58.00

10. So he can sew his initials (or favorite curse word) on anything: DIY Embroidery Kit, $30.00

11. Rosewood Bottle Opener, $59.00

Gifts for Him

12. Show some humanity: The 100% Human Pin (3-Pack), $18.00

13. Lue Shoehorn, $142.00

14. X-Cap Light Up Hat, $35.00

15. Nimbe Clock, $165.00

16. For his eyes, 200 revelatory images in Evolution: A Visual Record, $40.00

17. Cool, sculptural Tetra Soap, $23.00

For more inspiration, check out all the items tagged in our Gifts Section.

Titanium Multi-Tool Collar Stays

These collar stays are the sort of thing a modern day MacGyver would have as it incorporates a half-phillips screwdriver, slotted screwdriver, thread cutter, and a bottle opener (no paperclip, though, sorry). Now, how often you’d need all of those functions, who knows, but some of them are bound to come in handy sooner or later. Like when you discover an errant thread on your way to an important meeting, or when you’re stuck in an elevator… with a few bottles of beer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

PBspoon: The Perfect Peanut Butter Spoon

I know, I know, we all want to minimize kitchen clutter, but this spoon/spatula is meant for scooping, spreading, and scraping peanut butter. There’ll be little to no waste when you use the PBspoon, because it features both a rounded and square edge, which gets at every nook and cranny of those jars. And, of course, a flat backside helps you efficiently spread your spreads onto your favorite bread. Use it for butters, nut butters, jams or other condiments.

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00
Available from: Kickstarter