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May 10 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Junior

Top 10 Handmade Baby Shower Gifts

Newborns deserve special things – things made with care by someone who likes new babies and their tiny little feet. If you have a baby shower coming up, consider a handmade present. And don’t worry about learning how to knit, as long as you know how to click your gift will have a shot at heirloom status.

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May 8 2010

Vintage Bakelite Butterfly

I like this.

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May 6 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Haus

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May 5 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Junior

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May 4 2010

Elsewhere: Mighty Haus

The Birds! The Birds!

A roundup of all the best bird feeders and bird houses.

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May 3 2010

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Rain Gear Roundup

How are you supposed to splash in puddles if you aren’t properly equipped? We’ve put together a few sweet looks for rainy season. If you’re wearing cute boots maybe no one will notice the frizzy hair.

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Apr 28 2010

The Clock Without a Face

Before Hank was born, I did a lot of work with 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers’s tutoring center. In my time there, I became friends with some of the McSweeney’s folks, who always work hard to make magical things. Their latest project is so, so cool:

The Clock Without a Face, is a children’s board book about a clock with jeweled numbers. The numbers are stolen, and each page provides clues to where they’re buried.

The brilliant part? The numbers are real. Here’s what the site has to say:

“We’ve buried 12 emerald-studded numbers—each handmade and one of a kind—in 12 holes across the United States. These treasures will belong to whoever digs them up first. The question: Where to dig? The only path to the answer: Solve the riddles of The Clock Without a Face!”

McSweeney’s had the numbers made by a jeweler, and then made a real-life treasure hunt for their readers by burying them all over the U.S. Can you imagine how much work went into this?

Anyway, the hunt is already on, and the main character, Gus Twintig, has a Twitter account. I’ll keep you posted as people find the numbers (go look for the numbers, my nerdling friends!), but in the meantime you should get yourself a copy. McSweeny’s never prints too many books, and this one is a keeper.

Good work, McSweeney’s. You guys are dreamy.

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