*Miss Representation – I saw this documentary at Sundance Film Festival and it was one of the most powerful films I’ve ever see as a woman, and as a mother of a daughter. . Click on the link to see a 3 minute clip of the film and find yourself asking, “What can I do?”
*ImagineNations are whimsical worlds, decoupaged by hand with recyclable materials on vintage globes. Each work of art is a one of a kind, custom designed, creation by the insanely talented Wendy Gold.
*Granite In A Can! Looking to update your countertops, but don’t want the exorbitant expense (or the hassle) of annual resealing, Giani Granite Paint might be your answer. This resin paint is designed to look as elegant as granite, but three times as tough. A single kit us usually enough for a standard kitchen and comes with a DVD tutorial for the less handy.
Ever want to curl up WITH the common cold – scientific name Rhinovirus. GIANTmicrobes provides educational & entertaining stuffed animals that look like common microbes, only million times the actual size. So whether you are dealing with a cavity, flu, bedbug, food poisoning, E. coli or an ulcer GIANTmicrobes can (at least) make you smile about it.
*The Working Proof seeks to promote art and social responsibility. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist’s choice, to which 15% of the sale of each print is donated- creating what they believe to be a product with not just aesthetic, but social value. My current favorite is called ‘Grow Your Imagination’ by APAK and proceeds from this print go to 826National.
*Newport Folk Festival July 30 & 31- the lineup includes some of my most favorite musicians such as David Wax Museum, Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Gillian Welch, & The Decemberists. It’s held each year in Newport, RI – one of my most beloved cities. I was back in attendance last year after sorely missing it the last decade and it was as amazing and magical as I remembered.
*Backdoor Harvest- The folks at Backdoor Harvest will prepare, plant, and tend a garden in your very own backyard. They’ll even harvest the crops and leave them for you at your back door! Prices start around $5 per square foot of garden. Mmmm, I can already taste this summer’s fresh tomatoes.
*2 Sumptuous Spring Sippers: Undoubtedly Vanilla – take one part Vanilla Vodka and two parts Vanilla Chai flavored Rooibee Red Tea; Contrary Mint Julep – take one part Bourbon and two parts Watermelon Mint flavored Rooibee Red Tea, garnish with mint. Serve both over ice. I’m working through a small Rooibee Red Tea obsession at the moment and these two are lovely!
* Harlem Globetrotters Basketball -they are on a 2011 “4 Times the Fun” tour. We went a few weeks ago and everyone in the family had a ball. Great for all ages, boys & girls.
*Ipad Case & Wall Mount from A + R Store. Ingenious idea for mounting in any room but I think it would be great in a kitchen. Listen to music, cue up a recipe, skim a magazine, scroll through photos or a simple aquarium background make the possibilities limitless.
*Kay Foley’s Narrative Collages – Beautiful & original art that begins and ends with Kay’s writing using handcrafted papers from around the world–lace paper, tissue, embedded papers, marbled papers & screen printed paper.
*MoOM – You have to check out the Museum of Online Museums! The galleries are updated continuously, and new exhibitions are hung each quarter. Specifically watch this great documentary called The Curators. It is a three-part film, hosted by Collections Director, Kevin Guilfoile (bestselling author), that focuses on the collectors and the collected… and highlights our own St. Louisian Bill Keaggy.
*My new favorite late night cocktail, The Last Call, created by moi (okay, borrowed heavily from a bar in Newport, RI). 1 part Patron XO Cafe tequila (yes, I’m still in a tequila phase), 1 part vanilla vodka, 1 part Kahlua. Mix over ice in a shaker, strain, serve in chilled martini glass with coffee beans for garnish.
*Postcarden is an easy to grow mini-garden for any desktop, windowsill or sideboard. Whether you mail it or gift it, simply open and pop-up Postcarden’s 3D scene, add the enclosed cress seeds and water. In a matter of days PostCarden will start to grow, lasting for two to three weeks. Bring some good green to your workspace or perfect for a kid in college.
*Edie Careyis so “folkin” amazing! If you haven’t had the pleasure, head on over to listen to select tracks from her new album - Another Kind of Fire. “On her fourth studio album, ‘Another Kind of Fire,’ Edie Carey demonstrates why she is an in-demand performer. In the tradition of Dar Williams, her songs strike a universal chord, her voicing is soothing, yet strong, and the arrangements never fail to have an emotional impact. Songs such as ‘Bonfire,’ ‘My Heart’ and ‘Hollywood Ending’ qualify Carey as the Shawn Colvin of her generation.” – Bay Area Reporter
Updated Updated August 2010
*Polaroid 300 Instant Camera. Take a step back in time with this fabulously updated polaroid. It delivers business-card-size photos in an instant … take that digital cameras!
*The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – A woman, confined to her bed, watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an oddly compelling story of her discovery of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures. This is a small book that I recently read that had a BIG impact on me. Pick it up at your local bookstore!
*Your body will thank you for treating it to Scrucious Sugar Scrubs. Scrucious Sugar Scrubs are made from the finest all natural ingredients including raw sugars, fruits, essential oils and extracts. Each scrub is handmade to order and has a 6 month shelf life. They NEVER test on animals, are committed to protecting the environment and offer their products in 2oz recyclable containers.
* Little Billy’s Letters: An Incorrigible Inner Child’s Correspondence with the Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Bewildered. I sat in Pudd’nhead Bookstore recently laughing out loud at the contents of this book, unbelievable!
Updated May 2010
*The Refrescante – my own cocktail creation for my birthday party. 1 part Silver Patron Tequila, 1 part Fresca, 1 part Pomegranate Limeade (from Trader Joes), garnish with lime. Deeee-lish!
*Stretch your imagination and your body on this personalized yoga mat by yogamatic. Use your own images and photos to customize your own mat or create one for your favorite yogi.
* Beyond Letters I recently fell in love with this art at a local Arts & Crafts festival! Inspirational calligraphic, encaustic, and mixed media art from award-winning artists Patti Monroe-Mohrenweiser and Mark Mohrenweiser.
The Don’t Miss page is updated regularly so let me know if you have anything that I can’t miss!