Slinkachu’s Little People

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I am a miniature toy addict.  I will, without a doubt, be an old lay with a knick-knack room one day.  Anyway, when I saw the work of Slinkachu, I fell in love.

He randomly puts up these tiny installations in cities all over the world.  I could look at these all day..



Style Icon Weekly Wrap-Up

After a whirl-wind of a week over here, we didn’t get to update as much as we had hoped, but lots more coming this weekend!  Here are this week’s updates over at THERSIC Style Icons:

- Anime Cat Girls

- 1,000 Flowers by Yours Truly

- The Fairy Tale Illustrations of Arthur Rackham

- Clare Rojas

- Ah Xian & Chris Antemann Mash-Up

Material Focus: Expanded Metal

Expanded aluminum,  stainless, copper- the list goes on.  If it is a metal sheet, chances are it can be expanded.  This process is great, because there is not as much wasted material as there is when perforating  metal. With expanded metal, the metal is slit and pulled into to shape (or expanded). Perforated metal is punched or cut out, leaving waste blanks.

It has a fairly clear visual impact, is relatively inexpensive, and is usually very strong for it’s weight.  Maybe the visual impact is too strong- conjuring prisions, paddywagons, and industrial storage & machine cages. Available in a wide range of patterns, metals and gauges of metal, it seems like it warrants more use.  Tiny expanded silver, someone?

images via Flickr streams and Google images

Tuesday Morning to Tuesday Afternoon

Here to There #17.

Bomber Cap, USAAF

Powdered Iron Slugs For RF Coils Set

I was doing some very belated powdered-iron-slugs-for-RF-coils shopping tonight, when I ran into this complete set from the 1940′s.  This set is so complete I’ll be set for a couple of months. Surplus Sales says: Stackpole Carbon Co., complete engineering set of powdered iron slugs for RF coils. 40 different types with 10 – 15 per tube. Various grades, screw sites & body diameters. We suspect Circa 1940′s.”

Leica M4

This was photographer Garry Winogrand‘s last Leica M4, and nicely worn!

Ancient Bicycle Ads

Sorry, but I forgot where I found these great ads, it was some museum archive…

Kaweco Aluminum Fountain Pen

I don’t own one of these, but I want to! German, aluminum, and costs around $50 here.

via Kev.1′s Flickr stream

Collection A Day

Here is a sampling from a great project, Collection A Day.

Nick van Woert (and his plastic)

Nick van Woert… I look at this and bash my head, this is the same material we used to create our wedding lights, which van Woert uses so simply and beautifully. Why didn’t I think of it first! Damn!

Feel like having fun with plastic? This stuff is the shit.

Wes & The Magical Vespa

After I posted a picture of a new desk chair Wes bought me yesterday, my brother called me and insisted that we should start a blog all about the crazy things Wes carries home on his Vespa.  It got me laughing, b/c what I once thought as ridiculously insane has sort of become the norm here.

We used to have a cheap little car here in Brooklyn, but after having it towed b/c of street cleaning, we found out that it was going to cost us $700 to get it back.  We decided it was more than the car was worth & said goodbye (even though a weeks worth of laundry was in the back!).  Since then, Wes uses his Vespa for everything.  Rain, snow, sleet, he almost always refuses to use public transportation.

Anyway, so not only does he ride it everywhere, he also uses it to carry EVERYTHING.  And I mean everything from a months worth of groceries from Costco, to 10 garbage bags full of Salvation Army donations (seriously), to even a 6ft work table (not kidding here).

So I thought I’d share a few snapshots of Wes + Vespa’s greatest hits..

A trip to Costco, complete w/ 40 lbs of cat litter

new Knoll chair he brought home for me yesterday

old school chairs (one trip), Wes’ work chair (one trip)

Brought this 32″ screen TV home from a store in Queens, for Christ’s sake!

The Grandaddy of all Vespa carries: the 6 ft table!

I didn’t witness this one, but our friend Michelle did, and made a comic about it

I’ll try to get a photo of him in action from now on..  I think you’ll all be impressed!

Style Icon Weekly Wrap-Up

Apologies for the slow week in postings, it’s been a bit crazy here!  Here is a little weekly wrap-up of what’s been going on over at THERSIC Style Icons:

Old School Video Games

Mark Warren Jacques

A Few Children’s Book Favorites

The Childlike Empress

Hitchcock Ladies

Clue (Mrs. White)

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Also, thanks to the folks over at Etsy for featuring one of our favorite TSO’s on their blog!

Vintage: A Home

I may be the last person to know about the blog, Vintage, but when I stumbeled upon it, I spent almost an hour browsing.  Although I can’t read any of it, I gather a majority of it is the blogger’s own beautiful home.. which is pretty amazing.

Our Recycled Wedding Lighting

After hand stringing, wiring, & tool-dipping over 40 lights for our wedding (see post on that here), we just couldn’t justify getting rid of them.. Even if it did mean shipping them all back (bulbs included) from Georgia to Brooklyn.  If you have a tiny wedding budget like we did, you have to make sure some elements are sustainable, right?

Up until now they have been sitting in the box we shipped them in.. But since we are in the process of slowly redoing rooms in our apartment of 7 years, we finally decided to put them to use.   So Wes took about 7 or 8 strands, strung them together, hooked them up to an adjustable dimmer, hung them over our bed and Presto! New, but recycled lighting.

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