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Vicki Turner is a British Designer and Illustrator with a passion for the natural world. She was asked to create a brand identity for Sneaky Veg – a blog by a mom named Mandy, whose mission is to get her children to eat more fruits and vegetables. She wanted an identity that communicated the sneaky yet good intentioned methods of making wholesome fruit and veg recipes into firm kid favorites.

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Give Me Liberty

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The Spring Summer 2015 Pictures and Conversations fabric collection draws its inspiration from the renowned tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with a range of prints evoking Alice’s adventures – featuring bold patterns, floral motifs and exquisite illustrations. All fabrics pictured below are £22.50 per metre and available on line. (As always, click to shop!)

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Today’s Track – Do What You Want, Aya

A very creamy blend of R&B and electronica makes a feather soft serenade that seems right for this fall day. Do What You Want by Aya from the album Strange Flower, 2004.

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Today’s Track – The Ghost in You, Psychedelic Furs

We’re flashing back today – and stretching the meaning of “Halloween-themed*” – with an oldie but goodie. (*Well, it DOES have “ghost” in the title. That’s something.) The Ghost in You by the Psychedelic Furs from their album Mirror Moves, 1984.

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Today’s Track – Busy Earnin’, Jungle

Back to reality. While it’s always nice to come home after a wonderful adventure & sleep in one’s own bed, I gotta be honest: it’s tough to get my head back in the game @ work. Here goes… Busy Earning by Jungle from their self titled album, 2014.

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Clerkenwell Design Week Highlights

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Turns out, Clerkenwell (a hep neighborhood in central London – you’ll find the Zetter & Rookery hotels there) is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. To celebrate this unique design community, Clerkenwell Design Week was established as a 3-day “design festival”, showcasing leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

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They’ve Got Issues

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I first saw this video as part of the “Graphic Design: Now in Production” exhibition at the Walker Art Center. (It’s an AMAZING, not to be missed show that’s on the last leg of its tour: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence from March 28 through August 10, 2014 – catch it if you can!) It’s a 2 minute synopsis of the heart and soul that goes into making just one issue of Little White Lies, a London-based bi-monthly magazine that lives up to its mantra of being “the world’s most beautiful film magazine”. I am totally inspired by their scrappy, artistic and passionate approach to creating a magnificent read that truly celebrates design. I’m also including a second video; one that shows a tiny bit of the work that went into creating the “Lawless” issue. Amazing.

Spring Textiles from Liberty of London

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I don’t think I can possibly impress upon those of you living outside of Minnesota how very, very desperate we are around these parts for the advent of spring. I’m, for one, taking comfort in the new textile prints by Liberty of London from their new spring summer 2014 collection. These gorgeous fabrics run between £22.00 – £45.00 per metre and a simple click of the mouse will take you right to the website to order. Need to learn more about the lovely patterns? Check out the Liberty of London Blog for lots more details.

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Today’s Track – Someone’s Calling, Modern English

I’m going on a mini-road trip today with colleagues from work. We’re driving from Manhattan to Connecticut to do a bit of shopping at Terrain and a couple other cute home stores in the area. And if I were picking the soundtrack (which I actually hope I am…), I’d offer up this upbeat cut as a grand example of music from my generation that    one might assume was recorded today by some new band of Millennial hipsters. Someone’s Calling by Modern English from the album After the Snow, 1982.

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Monstrous Supplies

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As you know, I’m terribly keen on amusement. Especially so when there’s a killer (hee-hee!; a little Halloween humor there?) back story. Should you be strolling through the streets of London today, consider stopping by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to pick up a brilliantly designed little surprise for the trick-or-treaters or a clever all hallow’s eve hostess gift (Not in London? Everything’s available on-line too!).

Established in 1818 (or so I’m told), they are a “purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind”. But that’s not all. Head toward the back of the shop, and you’ll find something equally special; the Ministry of Stories, a volunteer organization dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation. Here, they provide a free space, workshops and one-to-one mentoring for young writers. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all donating their time and talent. Now, that’s not so scary after all, is it? (As always, click to shop!)

Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and "Night Terrors" by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and “Night Terrors” by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and "Creeping Dread" by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and “Creeping Dread” by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes  chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.

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Today’s Track – Say Goodbye, Sophie Barker

Bidding “adieu” to an amazing coworker today; so I’m feeling kinda melancholy. She’s off on a big adventure and I’m totally excited for her, but I’m still bummed out to lose such a fun and competent colleague. And even though this particular song is way too mushy and over-the-top and not at all the right content, it captures the general mood. Say Goodbye – the single by Sophie Barker, 2011.

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Today’s Track – Soul Food, Martina Topley-Bird

So, as you’re no doubt aware if you’ve been keeping up with recent entries; it’s been a seriously lame spring in this neck of the woods. A cold, rainy, total crap spring. And then – to add insult to injury – a series of thunderstorms hit over the course of the last few days; falling ginormous trees everywhere (I mean, the city was literally littered with trees and tree limbs) and leaving a quarter million homes without power. Pretty epic. And while I was fortunate enough to escape the worst of it (my neighbor’s 5′ fence did manage to topple over onto a goodly portion of my garden and we were living by candlelight for a spell), this all began less that 24 hours after I put the finishing touches on my new outdoor lounge. With the heat and humidity as it is, I expect the cushions will be dry sometime in September. And yet, today finally feels like summer. So today I’m turning my back on the spring that wasn’t, and nourishing my soul with a little sunshine. Soul Food by Martina Topley-Bird from the album Anything, 2004.

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