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January 25, 2012

Mary Antrim's million dollar sampler

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From Eve M. Kahn's item in yesterday's New York Times "Arts, Briefly" compilation: "In 1807, a New Jersey schoolgirl named Mary Antrim embroidered a farm scene [above] with silk thread on linen. On Sunday, Sotheby's in New York sold her view of livestock, picket fences and clapboarded outbuildings for $1.07 million (the top estimate had been $120,000), setting an auction record for a needlework sampler. Of all the colorful pastoral views at the Sotheby's showroom, Mary Antrim's piece 'stood out in a unique way as a folk art statement,' said the dealer David Schorsch, who bought it for an undisclosed client."

The sampler, signed in the demi-lune Mary Antrim 1807, is still in its original frame, measuring 17 inches high x 16.75 inches wide.

January 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Burrito Lens Wrap


I said be careful his lens is really a burrito... oh, never mind — I'm tired of that song already.


From the website:




Super-tough waterproof Tyvek-covered neoprene-cushioned wrap.


Built-in snap band on inside secures lens.


Fits lens sizes from 24mm-200mm.




Clever burrito disguise means potential thieves will never suspect you're packing glass instead of pico de gallo.




$20 (lens not included).


[via No Puedo Creer and Gizmodiva]

January 25, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rodrigo y Gabriela — "As if the Gypsy Kings had taken possession of Jimmy Page"

So wrote Randal C. Archibold in an appreciation/interview in yesterday's New York Times of the two Mexican acoustic guitarists who are taking the world by storm.

Above, "Diablo Rojo." Below,


Got my attention, that's for sure.

More on them in Jim Fusilli's piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

January 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Cuboluce Lamp


From the website:


A 1972 design by Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi for the label Cini & Nils.

The lamp's cover serves as an on/off switch and reflector at the same time, allowing you to adjust the ambient brightness.

10cm L x 10cm W x 11cm H (4"L x 4"W x 4.3"H).



January 25, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Folkstreams — "The best of American folklore films"


"Folkstreams is a national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking."


"The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites." 


There goes the day.


[via Joe Peach]

January 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Index Card Pin


"Unique one-inch-diameter pins with three threads, in red, blue, and pale blue, meant as an homage to ruled index cards. No two are alike."

Created by Adam J. Kurtz.

Set of two: $4.

January 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Experts: Decluttering your bookshelves


On Monday Jeri Dansky's Organizing and Decluttering News offered seven takes on how to tackle the oft-postponed but never really abandoned task of eliminating from your life books you no longer have any use for.

Bullet points:

• It's not easy — but it is necessary

• Take it in small bites

• You can almost always find a copy of a discarded book if the need arises in the future

There's also a brief consideration of the guilt involved in not finishing a book in which Ms. Dansky quotes Sara Nelson, author of "So Many Books, So Little Time," who wrote that allowing yourself to stop reading marks "a rite of passage in a reader's life." It is, says Ms. Nelson, "the moment at which you can look at yourself and announce: Today I am an adult, I can make my own decisions." 

[via Cynthia Crossen (writing in the Wall Street Journal) and NombeB]

January 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Mouse Platform


No — it's not an event at the Mouse Olympics.

What's wrong with you?

From the website:



Reduce strain on your mousing arm with this under-desk mouse platform.


Attaches firmly to your desk or table top to provide a mousing surface more in line with your chair's armrests.



• Swivels 360° for storage

• Includes mouse cable clip

• Fits desktops up to 1-5/8" thick

• Measures 10"L x 7.75"W x 4"H including clamp


$15.95.(mouse not included).

January 25, 2012 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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