now that’s a rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt

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I’m sending some serious thanks to the rad scientists over in the ThinkGeek laboratories for capitalizing on what I like to call “the transitive property of rock.” I can explain property thusly: If my brother is a guitar god, and I always buy him T-shirts for his birthday, then the best gift to get him would clearly be an electric guitar T-shirt. This was a simple thought process until my eyes were opened by the Electronic Rock Guitar T-shirt, winner of my personal “most versatile toy” award at the Toy Fair, and answer to this year’s birthday gifting prayers. The essence of wearable rock, the shirt comes complete with two magnetic picks and a mini amp speaker that clips to your belt. All major chords are recorded from a real electric guitar, proving that the only thing better than a real guitar is a wearable one — consider my shopping done! See and hear the shirt in action or visit ThinkGeek for more on their whole interactive T-shirt line. — Sarah C.

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bonus friday recipe from a reader: pizza cake!

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We love when readers send us cool stuff out of the blue! Abby Stavig got in touch with us this week to share the fab cake she made for her daughter’s birthday. Abby says:

My daughter recently turned two and we had her birthday at Chuck E Cheese so I thought a pizza cake would fit the theme nicely! I had decided I was going to try to make her cake myself this year as a challenge, so I set out to find inspiration. Your site and many others all had great examples of DIY cakes, and I wanted to share my success with you.

I purchased a 16″ round cake pan from Michael’s Crafts and asked my local pizza joint to donate a box and they were happy to oblige. It was SUPER easy to make, and I think it turned out great! Hope you enjoy taking a look!

Abby, we did! Happy birthday to your little one and congrats on a great-looking cake. Readers, you can get Abby’s how-to after the jump, and see more photos right here. Happy Friday! (more…)

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liberty of london for target + transferware

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I love the idea of pairing a few old transferware serving pieces and plates with Target’s new Liberty of London Dining collection. Not only would the mix of materials and patterns be fun, it would also be a great way to stretch your dollars. Ruby Lane, Tias.com, and eBay have plenty of listings for great antique transferware in pinks, blacks, and pastels. The problem is actually finding the Liberty of London collection in stores! To date, I’ve made two trips but the Target closest to me only has bedding and apparel in stock — some, like this dinner plate, are only available online. Having better luck? If so, what do you plan on doing with your new plates and bowls? Do they live up to the hype? — Sarah L.

Liberty of London is selling out of Target stores fast, but lucky for you, we’re giving away a whole set of goodies to Shelterrific Facebook fans! Click for the details!

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post off: do you wear an apron?

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Walking into Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, or even Anthropologie, you’d think that an adorable apron is just as essential to making a good meal as an understanding of baking soda verses baking powder. They’re always displayed in fancy baking stores alongside the cash rack (primed and ready for impulse buys), as bright and cheery as a Doris Day movie. I, for one, love the bright pink apron that I wear on busy baking days, but can’t recall ever seeing anyone else (outside the movies) wearing an apron while they bustle around the kitchen. So how about it, readers? Is everyone wearing a cute apron while cooking or entertaining, or am I just watching too much Mad Men? — Katie D.

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mark your calendars! pi day is March 14

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Nerds around the world, sharpen your pencils and shine your calculators — Pi Day is upon us again. Every year, 3/14 is a day we set apart to celebrate Pi, the mathematical constant describing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, because the first three digits are 3, 1, and 4. Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (H.RES.224) recognizing the holiday, which is also Einstein’s birthday. That’s all the justification I need to party.

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Because this year’s celebration, isn’t until next Sunday, we have plenty of time to get our pi-parations in order. Visit PiDay.org to learn more about the greatness that is Pi, or send your most deserving friends an e-card. Stock up on your Pi apparel, like this T-shirt from Neatorama or hoodies and housewares from ThinkGeek.

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And get those Pi-cecubes a-chillin’ for their signature Pi-Tini, because once Pi Day eclipses, we’ve got 365 long ones until it’s here again. (Unless, of course, you count Pi Approximation Day on 7/22.) And if you need a little Pi year-round, check out Katie D.’s Pi dresser find for some furniture inspiration. — Sarah C.

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