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.
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.
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;
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.Click for direct links; Skull Bubblegum rug, Floral, Couple, Sharkasm, Cat, Palm Trees, Ice cream,
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. 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.
There's little in the world as wonderful as a compliment. Empty, backhanded or even genuine, they all work for me. Which is why I've bookmarked Emergency Compliment, an ingenious website that spits out some good old fashioned ego-boosting flattery for those moments when everybody sucks. Better yet, you can even buy the one that works for you as an art print. If Google Glasses develop a function that allows me to scroll through compliments from people when I meet them, I'm in. But only then. In the meantime, check out Emergency Compliment's Society6 shop to get your oh-my-I'm-so-flattered on.