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Art Delivery: Pic In A Box

art in a box delivery subscription service gift

Subscription boxes always seem like such a good idea until you end up with six months of molding coffee/wine/mascara in the back of a cupboard. An art delivery service that rocks up once a month to prettify your walls, now that’s more like it. The fact that art isn’t a consumable isn’t the most common reason for it being bought, but then, art is more often not bought, so it’s valid.

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Bloody Brilliant Bonsai; It Fecking Floats!

floating air bonsai tree

Bonsai have never thrilled me. But then, a bonsai has never provoked me to stand up on my chair and scream “Witch!” while batting my computer screen with a fly-swatter. The designer’s behind the Air Bonsai claim that magnets allow it levitate like a damn banshee. Nice try, Japanese designers. Nice try.

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Sex Furniture is a thing now.

Sex furniture ideas

I’m not going to get into how I found this out, but Amazon sells sex furniture. Not Amazon.co.uk mind, they’re a member of the Royal British Stereotype Preservation Society, but the American store. Of course, there’s no Irish Amazon so we can’t find out what they’d deem suitable for my compatriot consumers, but I suspect it would probably link to two single beds in a darkened room.

Anyway, the point here is sex furniture (or fornicature, to give it its correct name that I didn’t just make up) is a thing now. What do you think; modern romance at its best or an awkward situation when you have guests over just waiting to happen? 

P.S. Because all you dirtbirds love this post so much, I’ve updated it for 2016. 

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Free Printables; Grown-Up Colouring Pages

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You know you want free colouring in pages.  So hip, so arty, so damn procrastinnovative (a word I just innovented). Trendy as hell right now, grown-up colouring books are everyone’s new favourite way of not freaking the shit out. According to The New York Times, Buzzfeed and the like, a good hard doodle is the only way to dodge-anxiety for fall 2015. I can attest. My sister bought me a mindfulness colouring book for my birthday (it rocks) which I keep next to my computer; the monitor hasn’t been smacked since.

So, yeah. I made you some. Using Unsplash’s awesome archive of free pics, Snorpey’s image Triangulator and a reserve of Photoshop patience I didn’t know I contained, I created these low-poly pages for your printing and colouring pleasure. Here are the three originals, from the mighty Unsplash;

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30 ROOMS THAT ARE BASICALLY PLANT PORN.

30 INSPIRING ROOMS WITH HOUSEPLANTS

Plants. Glorious, clutter-hiding, soul soothing/crushing plants. My track record of plant-care verges on the genocidal, but I’m slowly learning how not to kill so many. Or, at least, how to kill them very, very slowly.

Though notoriously shitty conversationalists, I love surrounding myself with houseplants, squeezing them into every nook and cranny of my apartment and office desk. Yeah, they’re good for the air and the heart and such. But I’m a misogynist when it comes to indoor horticulture; I value them almost entirely for their looks. I’ll share some pics of my own plants soon, once I teach them how to shut their whiny mouths and look pretty for the cameras. Until then, allow me to share with your some plants that’ve got it going on the looks department. Run, run I tell you, to the nearest plant shop. Cos they’re not going to kill themselves.

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You Should Buy Art; The Answer To My Most Pretentious Questions?

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When I stumbled across 20X200.com today, I thought it would make a nice post for this, my much-neglected blog. However, after four hours in a semi-conscious 20X-hole, I’m pretty sure I can get a lifetime out of posts out of this quasi-pretentious e-gallery. If this was a bricks and mortar store, it would definitely have a mustachioed salesman in flannel. The premise is pretty clever; different artists of varying fame and acclaim are invited to produce a series of prints, which are sold at different prices according to size and limited-editiony-ness. A 10″x8″, of which there are 200, sell for $24, a 40″x30″, of which there are 20, sells for $2,400. Cleverness.  There are varying sizes and prices in between, making them a great way to access to some art that could increase in value. But here’s the best bit, the disappointingly un-mustachioed but otherwise quite wonderful artist William Powhida has done the convincing for us with his You Should Buy Art prints. Man, blogging is crazy easy. I’ll be keeping a close eye on 20×200 for more delectables (I already have a greedy amount pinned in one of my shamefully disorganised but blessedly secret Pinterest boards). So, without further juju, here’s William Powhida on why we should and shouldn’t by art, and how we should, you know, live and curse and stuff. William Powhida Why you should buy art funny art print limited

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Middle Class Ganster; Rap Lyrics Transformed Into Pretty Artworks.

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Gangster wall art typography posters
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Ganster biggie wall art typography poster
Hustle everyday poster quote rap

Yep, I’ll have a few of these, please. I’m the type of person who likes their Cypress Hill with a nice pot of tea and maybe some macarons, so these rap lyrics –  prettified into tasteful posters – are just my cup of tizzle (did I use it right? Wrong decade?). Canadian (obvs) Etsyers Paperchat make fine use of the typography trend with these ghetto lovelies. Check out their store for more music and movie-inspired art prints.

Living

There Go The Savings; Society 6 Are Selling Print Rugs Now.

There Go The

Society 6 rugs ideas

Be still my beaten, battered and bloodied credit card. Society 6, purveyors of the hottest prints on the interweb (and regular frequenters of my bank statements) have only gone and created a whole new genre of things; floor posters. Except they’re not calling them that, they’re just calling them “rugs”. Which is more descriptive I suppose.
I’ve never been a big fan of rugs, because they’re usually expensive and pretty crap, even when Ikea are misting their buy-everything-serum all over me. But suddenly I’m looking around at my stupid floors thinking how lacklustre they are without witty sayings or thought provoking cartoons. Damn I love Society 6.
And, inkeeping with Society 6‘s usual shenanigans, every artist who sells through the store can offer their fans the option to buy their art as a (machine washable) woven polyester rug. Prices start at around €20 for a 2’ by 3’version. Which I can totally squeeze on to the creddie.

Funny skull living room rug idea
Floral rug ideas quirky
Sharkgasm funny rug ideas
Cat rug cute living room ideas
Palm trees rug trends interiors
Ice Cream rug summer ideas

Click for direct links; Skull Bubblegum rug, Floral, Couple, Sharkasm, Cat, Palm Trees, Ice cream,

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Beyond the Sill; Turn your Window into a Stylish Garden

Beyond the Sill

Window pods indoor garden hack vertical garden ideas creative

Kickstarter, one of my favourite places to waste time these days, can throw up many a surprising, terrifying and face-slappingly worrying idea from would-be entrepreneurs. Often though, you’ll find a little invention that is close enough to what already exists to make you wonder if some mad scientist hasn’t already light-bulbed it and clever enough to be demand support and encouragement because it turns out, smarty pants, that it’s the first of its kind. Window Pods are one of those inventions. Interior designers are going nuts for all things indoor gardening of late but add some super-hip vertical gardening to the mix and you’ve got an Elle Decor wet-dream.
Window pods indoor garden hack vertical garden ideas creative
Create by California-based green finger Ben Shope, the Window Pods are a clever solution for those of you who don’t have the space or light for plant pots. Using a suction pad, the pods stick to the window (let there be light) without taking up any valuable real-estate on your window sill. Having already raised his financial goal, there’s still a month left to back Ben and get on his good side before he turns into the Bill Gates of shrubbery. So far, no word on shipping outside of the U.S. but with the pods coming in at $39 for three (including herbs seeds), you can probably offer some kind of bribe.Visit www.windowpods.org for more.