Written by Katie on June 14, 2019. PermalinkAs you may have noticed, we haven't had as many product posts in the past few months. Part of the reason is that design blogs aren't as popular nowadays. The other part is that we're busy with other projects and pursuits. We'll keep BLTD up and running as a resource, but we'll not be updating it as often. We'll also be checking email much, much less. Thanks for continuing to use BLTD as a resource. : )
Voter Registration Deadlines
Written by Katie on October 9, 2018. Permalink
Have you registered to vote? Did you move, and need to change your address? Get it changed in time to vote. Here's the voter registration deadlines for each state. Participate in democracy: vote!
International Women’s Day
Written by Katie on March 8, 2018. Permalink
It's International Women's Day today! Will you commemorate it by donating to Planned Parenthood, the #MeToo Movement, EMILY's List, or Girls Who Code? Those are just a few that I can think of off the top of my head, but there's plenty more for you to support. Shown above, Tshirt 'empowered', $23.08. Feminist Button, set of 3, $5.00 Other items almost picked for today's main image: Frankenstein Enamel Pin, Feminist Cross Stitch Kit, any of the illustrations on women who draw, Dear Art Collector Handkerchief, and the Silk Portait Eye Mask by Louise Bourgeois.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Written by Katie on January 15, 2018. Permalink
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It's difficult to choose only a few of his words to highlight, as so many of them are applicable to today's social and political times. “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Strength to Love, 1963 "The time is always right to do what is right."
Written by Katie on December 18, 2017. Permalink
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. Posts here on BLTD will return when we've been away from our internet machines long enough to miss them. Pictured above: Geometric Paper Wreath $39.95
Cyber Monday Sales
Written by Katie on November 27, 2017. Permalink
If you're wading through newsletters in your inbox right now, you have my sympathies. It feels like Black Friday/Cyber Monday has sort of gotten out of hand, so I'm trying not to pay too much attention to it. However, if that makes you frown, here's a few sales notifications that didn't immediately get trashed, as well as a few items that look awfully tempting. Good luck. Up to 70% off: West Elm / Pottery Barn / etc 35% off: Areaware (Promo code CYBERSALE35) Up to 30% off (certain items): DWR Take 30% off: Tattly (Promo code BLACKFRIDAY2017) 20% off: odetothings…
Written by Katie on November 21, 2017. Permalink
We're taking the rest of the week off to spend time with friends and family*. Here's hoping that your Thanksgiving is better than you hope, and that you get your fill of turkey (or another seasonally appropriate alternative) and all the other wonderful stuff. 1. Polder® Mini Red Magnetic Timer, $7.91 2. Hario Measuring Cup, $9.00 - $12.00 3. Nut Hammer, $39.95 4. Pure Black Carving Fork and Boning Knife, $79.00 5. Hand-Eye USA Made Work Apron, $50.00 6. Silvia Song Maple Nesting Bowls, $115.94+ 7. Kobenstyle 6-qt Casserole (in white), $160.00 8. Handmade Ceramic Growler, $50.00 9. Groove Trivets,…
Herman Miller Sale
Written by Katie on November 20, 2017. Permalink
Guess what? It's time for the Herman Miller Sale! That means it's an excellent time to snap up a classic, as you can save 15% and get free White Glove Delivery. Hooray! Shop the sale at the Herman Miller Store, of course, or at DWR, YLiving, or HiveModern.
Written by Katie on October 31, 2017. Permalink
There are some truly terrifying Halloween decorations (aesthetically speaking) and I don't blame you if you'd rather not take part. However, if you'd like to make a tiny effort towards recognizing the annual holiday that happens today, here are a few finds on Etsy that would be perfect for next year's half-hearted decorative effort, most of which can easily store away without taking up most of your garage or spare closet. Above: Halloween Banner, $12.99 Three Black Bird Decals, $8.00 - $22.00 Skull Pillow, $19.95 Black Cat Felt Coasters Metal Crow Garden Stake, $25.00 (Also, Black Raven Yard Stake, $23.99)…
Las Vegas Attack
Written by Katie on October 4, 2017. Permalink
It's hard to continue life as usual when news of the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting is all we can think about. No matter what you think about the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, surely there's got to be a way we can stop these horrific events. Think about it, and then do something. Call your representatives, donate to an organization you believe will make a difference, and talk to those around you about how we can stop this from happening again. Las Vegas Victims Fund Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack 477 Days. 521…
Written by Katie on September 4, 2017. Permalink
Enjoy your Labor Day! We'll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow. Shown above: Diamond Kite, $42.00
Written by Katie on August 28, 2017. Permalink
No posts today, as it seems in bad taste to talk about stuff to admire and/or buy when Houston is flooding. Sorry. If you're in Houston, stay safe. If you're not in Houston, maybe take a moment to be thankful you're not dealing with flooded roads/businesses/homes, power outages, and possible drinking water shortages. Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams). photo via NPR NYTimes Coverage NPR coverage Houston Chronicle coverage, especially the article Hurricane Harvey: How to help victims of the Texas storm
Happy Fourth of July!
Written by Katie on July 3, 2017. Permalink
Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday tomorrow! Don't lose any fingers to fireworks, but do enjoy the festivities. Shown above: Pic Boll Set, $98.00 Re-issued design from the 1970s, the Pic Boll Set carries six large plates, six fruit plates, six soup bowls and six tumblers. All of the pieces are dishwasher-safe and made of BPA-free plastic.
Written by Katie on May 29, 2017. Permalink
Enjoy your Memorial Day! Try to take a few moments to honor those who have died in military service, as that's the whole reason you have today off work... then you can get back to your grilling whilst enjoying the nice weather. Posts will resume tomorrow as usual. Shown above: Eva Solo To Go Grill, $249.00
International Women’s Day
Written by Katie on March 8, 2017. Permalink
Today is International Women's Day. Take time to get involved, whether it's by pledging your support to #BeBoldForChange or by participating in A Day Without a Women (see below). Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways: 1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor 2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses). 3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman Check out International Women's Day and Women's March for more information.