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I love a good tote bag, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I think they’ve come a long way since corporate picnic giveaways and NPR donor prizes.  There’s a lot of hip choices out there, and tote bags are so versatile and useful, there’s really no excuse not to have one floating around for those last-minute grocery runs or trips to the library.

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To me, LL Bean is always the go-to place for totes.  They’re (in)famous for their monogramming but I like the variety of choices they have, the durability and I especially love the polka dots.  They even have a custom tote option now where you can pick your size, color and other features.  Plus they make tote bags that most men wouldn’t be afraid to carry.

I love the pattern on this one, and its modern look.  There’s tons of great totes on Etsy but this one really caught my eye.  The neutral colors are nice without being boring, and you can’t go wrong with stripes.  I could see this in a trendy urban farmer’s market somewhere.

This red leather tote bag is a bit more upscale than its canvas counterparts, but I love taking something good and making it better.   I can’t tell for sure, but that leather just looks so soft and supple, and I just adore the ruffles.

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This awesome unisex tote from Teamwork is unisex styling at its finest, as well as being eco-friendly.  They create bags from salvaged sails and tires to make bags that are effortlessly cool   They make messenger bags as well that are definitely worth checking out.

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Here’s an awesome tutorial for a tote bag if you’ve got a creative side and feel like making your own.  There are really excellent, detailed instructions so even if you’re a sewing newbie you might be able to tackle this project. 

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Here’s a sort of a tote bag made by a company in South America that creates bags out of clothing from second-hand stores.  The concept isn’t entirely new but their execution is superb, and they find some really wonderful fabrics.  They also leave the tags from the original garment on the bag, so that adds a bit of history.  They don’t have an online shop (a tragedy) but they have a flickr stream and a contact email.

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OK so it’s not a tote bag.  It’s made by the same company as the bag above.  And I would pretty much sell my soul for this bag.  Talk about urban bohemian.  If you were backpacking around the world, would you rather carry this or some brightly colored nylon flag?  I’d be worried that someone would steal my bag for the design rather than for what was inside.  I think this would look really great with a round-the-world patina.  Now I think I’m going to have to try to make one myself.

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I’m not really having a lazy Sunday –  I’m going to Colorado for 6 weeks and I have tons of packing/cleaning/arranging to do.  However, if you’re having a lazy Sunday, and would like some awesome content to be brought to you, here’s some links you should be checking out.

First, if you have any appreciation for farmer’s markets, farmers, locally grown food, etc.  you really need to check out this legislation that’s heading through the tubes.  It’s possible that they will be taking all of that away, and your only choices will be to a) buy things approved by Monsanto or b) grow all your produce yourself.  Yikes.  Check out the article here.

If you like comedy, and all things ec0-friendly, check out Dave Burdick.  He’s the Business and Green editor at the Huffington Post.

(The real trouble, incidentally, came when I later had a few Guinnesses at a show later; never mix carbon-neutral wine with imported beer. The hypocrisy hangover is not pleasant.)

His articles are witty and interesting, and usually get around to making a good point.  This article is about how not eating meat one day a week can save the earth.  Really!  You should try it.  It’s magic.

I think I might be a late bloomer with this New Math blog, but I think it’s fantastic.  Plus, I love pirates, so it’s a win-win.  A great place to check out for some wry, geeky, math-related humor.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to make something more interesting with Easter Eggs.  Instead of using food coloring, why not use an old silk tie?  I love the patterns that it produces and the great watercolor-like effect.

I love this blog.  Colorful and cheerful, and it’s really well designed.  I know that’s sort of a weird thing to geek out about, but all of her blog posts have custom images identifying them, and they all work together.  You can tell that she’s put a lot of thought and effort into it.   I’m also a big fan of her Etsy shop for all of the same reasons.

I just found out about Zilok, and I couldn’t believe how brilliant it was.  Its potential to make life much easier is amazing.  Say you need a power sander to refinish that dresser, or an extra bike because you have a friend coming to town.  Instead of buying one, or begging around in the hopes that someone you know might have one, you can rent whatever you’re looking for from members of your community.  You can rent motorcycles, a loft in New York, or a mechanical wave machine.  How cool is that?  I think it’s a great idea for those of us who put things off forever because we can’t justify buying whatever we need to finish a project.


I am totally enamored with the incredibly fresh and modern paper products from SusyJack*.  Bright colors, big fun.  Check it out for yourself, and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

That’s all for right now.  Hope you enjoy checking out some new things.  Please feel free to share what you’ve found – I’m always on the lookout for some new great stuff!

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In the current economic climate, I’ve found myself shying away from purely aesthetic items to things that are a little more…practical.  Still beautiful, but at least I can justify the expense because it’s something that I can actually “use”.  So here are some of my favorites that I can see justifying right about now!

fridayfaves-mar271These vegetable bags from Wonder Thunder solve an ecological debate that I’ve had going on forever.  I hate the plastic bags that you get at the grocery store (talk about eco-guilt) but aside from lugging in your own containers, there’s really no practical way of buying bulk foods or veggies.  These solve the problem!  Plus they’ve got great style and are sure to make everyone smile.  Their shop has some other excellent, funny prints – I highly encourage stopping by!

I just recently stumbled across ekaminsk‘s shop, and I have to say, I am delighted.  Instead of trying to fruitlessly preserve your corsage or boutonniere, why not get something that will last forever, and will be far more unique than whatever you can get at the florist’s?  Lovely colors, beautiful details like pearls and jewels, and a big helping of feathers will set your big day apart.

Yeah, so, I’ll admit it.  I have a love for all things paper.  And these great notebooks from jedgell really scratch that itch.  My favorite time of year was always back-t0-school, but not because of school itself.  Buying school supplies was always so much fun!  New crayons, pencils, notebooks and the like.  Maybe I’m biased because my dad was in office supplies, but I can’t help what I love.  These pocket size notebooks are like a grown-up school shopping trip.  And best of all, you can justify it because, well, who doesn’t need to write things down?

These notebooks from Paper and Twine delight that part of me as well.  Although I love the grown-up touch of the Eames Rocker Chair (my notebooks always had Lisa Frank on them).  Plus the craft paper covers and lovely twine ties really give it that eco-feel.  And I’ll admit – I’m a bit of a sucker for the blackboard backdrop.

Thanks to this week’s lovely contributors!

Also, for those who are reading and interested, I set up a flickr group for the blog – if you’re a photographer, artist, crafter, collage artist, whatever, and would like the opportunity to be featured on this blog, please post your items to the group.  If I like what I see, you might just make it onto the blog!  Check out the group here, or click the get exposed button in the sidebar.

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