Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Things i'm obsessed with (june 2007)

of late I've found myself obsessed with a few things which, due to obsession, i feel obliged to share with you. i do realize that it's probably of little or no significance to you, but obsession is overpowering and one can't really help themselves... can they? The first new obsession is hibiscus tea. I got hooked in Cairo. Cairo dude getting people hooked:This was actually a big mistake due to the fact that it was probably what got me soooo sick when i was there. (oh god. daggers in my stomach.) But I knew it couldn't be the tea as a concept, rather the water used to make it, and therefore have since brewed some with our more reliable water and continued to chug it all day. It's not as sticky sweet as what you'll find in Cairo, which I suppose is further proof that we had really been drinking a hibiscus syrup and tap water and that that is what i fell in love with, but nonetheless it's very refreshing. Supposedly it reduces your blood pressure and is a good alternative to medicines for hypertension. Lucky for me I have lowish blood pressure. On the sixth glass I asked peppe if this would mean that the stuff was gonna make me faint or something. I did feel rather relaxed....

this "craze" is further compounded another obsession i have - the hibiscus plant that peppe's mother gave me for my birthday. it is not the same species as the tea type, which makes it simply a related obsession. i don't want to brag, but i think it may be the most beautiful one i've ever seen. i'm really hoping to take good care of it and learn how to 'hibernate' it over the winter. i am very faithful that this plant can be beautiful forever. but not really sure. i truly don't want ot let it down. it may be the most beautiful thing that i own.
the last and final obsession that i'll bore you with is getting into handmade/new designer art. there are lots of extremely talented people out there who make some really incredible stuff. i feel that looking at it and contemplating what you WOULD buy - if you were buying stuff - is a great way to foster your taste and make you feel you have a real opinion about art. cause you do. and it's great fun. my favorite things to look at are Design*Sponge and Etsy.

from the site: design*sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004,Design*Sponge features store and product reviews, sale and contest announcements, new designer profiles, trend forecasting and store/studio tours. In addition, Design*Sponge features a unique section dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has over 20,000 daily readers.

it's wonderful stuff - really. I'll highlight a few things that grace recently pointed which I have loved! These vinyl wall stickers from Domestic. They really give a room a fun twist and make it it very special, while not being permanent or very bothersome to put up. There are tons of really cute ones on the Domestic site. I recommend having a look.
this is also a really cute pitcher that design*sponge found for us. it's from Jonathan Adler who makes all sorts of really wonderful things for very affordable prices. It's a perfect gift shop!

If you are getting into this design fun too then definitely check out the Etsy website. Etsy is a place to buy and sell all things homemade. You can find just amazing things - like this cute bag. you can also search by shop. so if you find something you like, you can see what else the person makes. Really be ware, it's a huge site. there are so many things to look at... it can be a real time sucker.

a few last things to share... there are figs... they are delicious!
and look at this crazy insect who blended in SO well on the mint. i almost grabbed him in an earnest attempt to garish my hibiscus tea. thank god for good eyes.


P said...

i am trying to find out what that bug is! its soooo beutiful. i feel it should be called the mint bug. and wonder if it is actually making a home in the mint rather than hopping around the world/garden.....sooo cool.

A. Muenze said...

I have bought several handmade items on Etsy over the last few months thanks to your listing Design Sponge on your list of favorite blogs. I also opened an account to try and sell my homemade lampshades there! It is not up and running yet but i will tell you when it is and also send along photos of my A-Shades. You heard me.

emeliehealy said...

Oh your shades are gonna go like wildfire on etsy! perfect... A-Shades. brilliant name! roger.

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.