Is there anything more creepy than a box of old, beaten up, forgotten dolls you discover at a yard sale? Only perhaps, dismembered dolls, whose heads and limbs have gone astray. Perhaps they have wondered over to your house and ended up in your soap dish? That’s what’s your guests might think when they spot these chubby nubs in your bathroom. Real soap made from vegan glycerin, these baby doll arms will sud up your hands and send a chill down your spine. Baby powder scented, of course. Set of two is $6 at perpetualkid.com.
So perhaps a visit to the farmer’s market isn’t in your future. Maybe you’re working too hard and just can’t get out during the day (god, we hope that isn’t the case!). That doesn’t mean one has to suffer from lack of seasonal decor. Get thee a crate of pumpkins! Sure, $68 for 18 mini pumpkins might seem like a lot, but think of all the beautiful centerpieces and mantle-scatters you can do with them! Actually, these lovelies would be a beautiful gift idea. Thinking of sending flowers to your mom for her birthday? Try a crate of pumpkins instead! How can one not have a good day with these arriving your doorstep? Available now at shopterrain.com.
One of our favorite printing studios, Sesame Letterpress, has just released a deliciously macabre line of paper products for the Halloween season. Their Bags of Mystery will elevate any treat offering into a keepsake ($12/6), while these spiderweb coasters ($14/8) are must for any Halloween-themed cocktail party. The skull journal ($15) will help keep track of the guest list — and ghost tales.
There are lot of things I love about the fall: the humidity all but disappears, I start drinking apple cider and tea in large quantities, and it’s finally hoodie weather again. Come to think of it, all the things I love about the fall could be summed up in one word: cozy. Things get cozier in the fall. Add Pendleton’s National Parks blankets to that list.
Pendleton has been making their world renowned, cozy wool blankets since 1909. They started making their National Parks line in 1916 when Great Northern Railroad founder James J. Hill wanted something special for his Glacier Park lodges’ gift shops. Today, Pendleton Woolen Mills continues to honor America’s National Parks with a collection of blankets incorporating frontier traditions with the spirit of each park. I’m partial to the Glacier Park blanket ($228) with its Bison, tee-pee, and bear silhouettes and the warm, sunset-invoking colors of the Grand Canyon National Park blanket ($188- $218).
We always like to make physical mementos of our family trips. Usually we order printed books through iPhotos or Shutterfly, but this year we found a new way to preserve our vacation memories: We made a 3-D View-Master Reel of our Maine getaway! You probably recall View-Masters from your youth, and all those amazing 3-D images of dinosaurs or scenes from National Parks. The site image3D.com helps you make your own reel using photos you’ve taken yourself. Click here to see the super easy to understand instructions to “build a reel.” You simply upload and edit your images just like you would a Shutterfly project. The key, says my professional photographer husband, is to use images that have a shallow-depth of field: The foreground is in focus and the background is blurry. The price for the first set is $25 and that includes a View-Finder. The more sets you order, the cheaper it gets. What a fun post-wedding gift idea, huh?