Monstrously Awesome: Goodies for those who type…

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Be you blogger, author or internet troll, have I got a find for you! Given that it’s winter round my neck of the shelf, I thought it was high time to consider the very real problem of typing-related hand-chilliness.  While pondering ways to overcome this issue, I came across two fantastically fashionable solutions…..

Looking for ways to brighten up the unending toil that is writing (or reading) an epic fantasy novel? Look no further than these stylish dragon or monster knitted fingerless gloves by HotScones, available at etsy.com:

And while these next ones aren’t fingerless – perhaps more suited to readers rather than typists – the little grizzly faces are just darling!
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Next up from Scoper Monstar and also available at etsy.com are these absolute gems for the more flamboyant icy-fingered literacy fan.  This first offering is perfect for the out-there author of that ground-breaking book exposing bet-fixing scandals in miniature goat racing – fingerless hooves!

 

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And for the fan of horror or the late-night reader of Where the Wild Things Are, who could go past these fantastic monster paws (available in a wide range of colours!)?:
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Both of these provide snuggly warmth to your hands while allowing your fingers to get on with the business of doin’ stuff!

Click on the pictures above to be taken straight to the etsy shops of these fine craftspeople!

Until next time, may your every paw be cosy!

Bruce

 

 

 

Just Dahl-ing: Fantastic finds for a Friday…

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“My candle burns at both ends,

it will not last the night.

But ah my foes and oh my friends

it gives a lovely light”

Roald Dahl’s motto

Well my friends, I am in a particularly Dahl-ish mood today (as is the case with all of us at one point or another) so I have compiled a small collection of quite fantastic finds related to the good man himself.  For the iphone/pad/pod/potato owners, you can spruce up your phone with a Golden Ticket inspired decal!

Got a birthday coming up? Theme it Wonka and snatch these amazing character cake toppers!

But my best, and possibly the weirdest, find yet – a full set of pens crafted around characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Here, my friends, is the answer to the question “What do you get that book lover who has everything?”

Each of these beauties is available for purchase at the links below:

Ipod decal: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87689801/the-golden-ticket-iphone-44s-decal

Cake Toppers: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51715867/willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory

Pen set: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92003417/the-entire-set-of-character-pens-from

Laybuy now for Christmas!

Bruce

For the reader who loves to wear their heart on their…neck. Or ears.

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Just look at these delightful little handmade beauties from Coryographies…if I was the type of gargoyle to wear baubles and bling, I would definitely be stepping off the shelf (figuratively speaking) in one of these little babies.  Available to purchase here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Coryographies?ref=shop_sugg

Laybuy now for Christmas!
Until next time,

Bruce.

Books in the afterlife: Upcycled, repurposed and real purty…

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So I have noticed that trendy young things seem to enjoy taking old, unwanted things and making them into equally old, but significantly more wanted things…this is called upcycling, or repurposing, amongst those in the know.  Today I offer you the chance to indulge in enjoyable consumerism, participate in the upcycling trend, and help a charity, all at the same time!

I present, therefore, Rebound Books (http://www.reboundbooks.com/) – an Australian company that upcycles, repurposes and pretties up old books into other useful things, like photo albums, sketchbooks and journals.  And best of all, purchases in their shop raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, a worthy cause if ever there was one.

My favourite product line from this shop is the 2013 journal (example pictured above) which includes the following, according to their website:

  • all the original book pages from a Little Golden Book
  • our own diary design with one week to an opening and a facing blank page (detail in the photo below)
  • the Auslan alphabet
  • a 2013 and 2014 year planner
  • a placemarker ribbon woven in Melbourne
  • only vegetable-based inks printed onto 100% recycled Australian-made paper
  • a full carbon offset for the printing
  • a POCKET made with 100% recycled Australian-made card stock

Honestly, what more could one want?

But for those still greedy for more upcycled, repurposed, book-related, eye candy, you may want to visit re.Create Designs’ pinboard, books redone, and marvel at their collection of books enjoying paradise in the afterlife:

http://m.pinterest.com/recreatedesign/books-redone/

Until next time,

Bruce

The gargoyle appeals to the fat man in red…

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It is almost unfathomable to think that there exists a kit designed for the individual to create their own lending library at home, and I was not informed.  The shelf gargoyle communication network has seriously dropped the ball on this one.

Yet I am prepared to forgive – and present to you this little gem, complete with stamps, cards, pockets…and the power to fine those who do not return your books!

It is available at ThinkGeek…here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e326/#tabs

Laybuy now for Christmas.

Bruce

The perfect gift for the book lover with shelf space…and no gargoyle to fill it.

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This may in fact top my previous brilliance in uncovering the zombie-hand bookmarks: behold, MINIATURE AUTHOR ART DOLLS! I’m sure you will agree that the likenesses are extraordinary.

This one is obviously a miniature Maya Angelou.

These are available at UneekDollDesigns, by one Debbie Ritter at the link below.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/UneekDollDesigns?section_id=5517162&page=1

I am, frankly, astounded that this idea has not been leapt upon and appropriated by the major book selling chains.  Although on second thought, the pressure of having one’s image captured for posterity in doll form may spawn a whole new trend towards plastic surgery and excessive dieting amongst contemporary authors as they strive to attain unreasonable standards of physical beauty prior to immortalisation in fabric and crafty off-cuts.

Laybuy now for Christmas.

Cheerio,

Bruce