Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Divine Trash is a Treasure

There is a new clothing store on the internet that I recently discovered.  It may not be "brand new," but it is certainly new to me.  Divine Trash offers both women's clothing and men's clothing that includes a range of funky basics, retro inspired T-shirts and more.

divinetrash.gifdrunknmunky clothing is one of the lines that they carry, or should I say "ranges" that they carry since it is a British site after all. It seems that the main focus of drunkmunky's offerings are centered around their logo rather than creating new silhouettes or features in sweatshirts and T-shirts. The logo has very graphic appeal, so it is not surprising why some folks have become attached to it.

The clothes shop has more than just sweatshirts and T shirts. There are plenty of accessories and leather jackets, like the one shown, which is called "rock star". It sort of reminds me of a button down denim shirt done in leather. There are many other styles that range from a classic bomber, hooded styles, to the more unusual. If you are looking for something that not everyone else has, the site is definitely worth a look!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Open Your Door the SciFi Way

If you are like me, you wish you either have made about forty copies of your house key because you are always misplacing them somewhere in the house. You aren't worried that someone else has snagged them, because you always find them in the pocket of an overcoat you have not worn in awhile or between the nightstand and the dresser.

My line of defense used to be to hide the key somewhere outside, but everyone pretty much can figure out where one hides them. However, there was one time that I decided to bury a key in the shrubbery. I guess a lot of time went by before I looked for it because I dug an awful lot of little holes to find it. The woodchip I used as a marker got a little shifted around or looked just like every other wood chip.    Oh, and a "Hide a Key" doesn't work because they look way too obvious.

What if you could get a keyless lock for your house or office rather than just your car?   That might be fine, but what if I forget the password?   More so, what if I pick something that is easy to guess?  I guess my phone number is out.   There now is a keyless lock that opens with an authorized finger print.  They already do that on scifi shows, what about at home?  There would just be no way someone could accidentally come in to your home through the door.  Also, if someone had arthritis and couldn't fumble with a key would have an easier time.

I forgot.  Sometimes in those futuristic shows, someone gets into the house by dragging an unconscious person to the door and pressing their finger against it.   That is a bummer.  Also, you can't stall because you don't have the key.  There is no way to lie to buy you time.  However, maybe there is a security feature where if you press your finger in a certain way that it will act like it doesn't recognize you and call the cops or security company automatically.  I don't know.     Maybe the keyless lock won't be so obvious so everyone would think you have a regular lock.

I remember back in the day when one of the old houses we lived in had not just deadbolts but locks that locked with a key from the inside.   It may have seemed like a good idea but what if you lost the key or there was a fire?  You would be trapped in the house.   This at least is a good solution to that, not that the old way is up to code anymore.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Perfect Gift for a Reader

I have heard of cookie bouquets, and there are, of course, many people who give traditional flowers and plants delivered.   Book Bouquets are something that I had never heard of before, but apparently there is a company that specializes in them!

The "book bouquet" is a book gift baskets, which contains a book to read and other goodies.  It may have some beverage like hot chocolate or coffee, and some snacks or comfort food.  In otherwords, everything needed to sit in a chair, settle in for the night and have a good read. 

There are birthday gifts that let you choose from a list of bestsellers to include in the basket. Some of the get well gifts include boredom busters like crossword puzzles and "feel" better foods like soups and teas.   No matter what the occasion, your friend or loved one will certainly remember your memorable gift! 


Friday, December 19, 2008

Historical Treasures Await in Boston

Christmas is almost here and I would love nothing more than to restore an old Victorian and have an old world Christmas tree in the window.  It has been weighing on my mind.   What if you don't want to go through a complete rehab?  Or, what if you are not satisfied with turning a midcentury home around and want a home or condo that has a little more history to it, in either decades or centuries?

You may want to delve into the Boston Real Estate market.  There are many Boston condos that were apartments in historic brownstones or were converted from levels of Victorians, or much older homes.   In fact, some communities have a code where neighbors can only paint the exteriors from a palatte of colors befitting the era of their home, to keep things authentic.  Of course, if you live in a brownstone, you need not worry about that.  

If you are looking for Boston Luxury Real Estate, you may be surprised to find that many lofts look centuries old on the outside, but are very modern on the inside.   There are many free standing residences as well.  Even though they may be more contemporary on the inside, not just the outside of the home, but the neighborhood gives you a feeling of stepping back in time. Bushari Group Real Estate has quite a few homes on their website that offer amenities that would thrill anyone who dreamed about living back in time.  I can't afford a major move, but I can dream.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Buying signage for shows was always such an ordeal. There are a few office supply stores, but the selection is very limited as to what they can do. Signs on paper or laminated signs and posters are usually no problem. However, if you want something that is an unusual size, or a little more elaborate there are limited options. Running around town, or having to go out of town completely, usually is what happens next.

I thought about getting some sort of permanent sign that was a little old fashioned looking to put up at trade shows and antique mall booths. However, the only thing I could think of was a wooden sign and the only way to get those would be go to a craft fair, and then it would look too rustic for my wares. You probably have seen what I am talking about with either stencil lettering or wood burning. Old fashioned can be refined, it doesn't need to evoke "Gold Rush."

FastSigns has locations all around the country in major markets, and in the UK and Canada, too. There bread and butter is signs, so you don't have to worry about what will be the right size for output on a copy machine. They can do banners, of course. What if you want an illuminated sign for a display or if you get that little shop someday? They can do that to and keep your look uniform throughout, versus taking what you can get. While they may do the "big stuff," they can also supply you with decals and other items to match your graphics and sign.