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  • A Home at the End of the World


    by Michael Cunningham A few excerpts: “I was my father’s daughter. i wanted to be loved by someone like my tough judicious mother and I wanted to run screaming through the headlights with a bottle in my hand. That was the family curse. We tended to nurse flocks of undisciplined wishes that collided and canceled each other out. The curse implied that if we didn’t learn to train our desires in one direction or another, we were likely to end up with nothing.” “He had big square hands and face blank and earnest as a shovel.” “I tried to make myself stop caring about what I looked like. As she started in the with scissors, I reminded myself that our lives are made of changes we can’t control. Letting little things happen is good practice.” “Woodstock is what towns were supposed to become before the old future got sidetracked and a new one took its place… I appreciate the kindness of its quiet streets and the people’s cheerful determination to live in ways that are mainly beside the point.”

    $11 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 07 Jul, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Flip Clip


    If you’re tired of your iPod Shuffle thumping against your chest when you’re exercising, try this snap-on clip. It lets you fasten your Shuffle to your shirt, your waistband, your backpack, whatever.

    $20 at DLO Direct | Buy

    | Posted 07 Jul, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Heart Destroy


    I’ve long coveted my friend Jeff’s “I (heart) D3str0y” robot shirt, and I just realized that they make them in women’s sizes. ‘Cause the ladies, we dig some destruction.

    $17 at Threadless | Buy

    | Posted 29 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Stabby McKnife


    With this shirt, it’s more the message than the medium: “Hey, kids! Put me in your enemies!”

    $17 at Threadless | Buy

    | Posted 29 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Embroidered Striped Camp Shirt


    ON SALE Banana is having a big sale right now, and this is one of my favorite men’s pieces. You’ll have to click through to see the detail, but it has little lines of embroidery running through the stripes in front. One-hundred percent cotton, so you can throw it in the machine.

    $31 at Banana Republic | Buy

    (Regularly $59.)

    | Posted 29 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Kung Fu Kids Letter Organizer


    For those of us whose bills make us feel like kicking something.

    $26 at Wrapables | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 28 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Mini Travel Bar



    $40 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    | Posted 27 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • R. Nichols Stationery


    PRODUCT PREVIEW I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy R. Nichols stationery, and now you can order your own set for 30% off! Just head to the site, fill your basket, and type “summer” in the discount code section. Sale runs through July 31,2005. Also, if you’re the type who likes to get a jump on things, you can preview the terrific new holiday line that won’t debut elsewhere until September 1. Here’s how: Scroll to the bottom of the screen, and in the lower left corner you’ll see a “Catalog Index” link. Click, and look for the “Holiday” and “Holiday Tinies” categories. Boom, you’re in. Happy corresponding.

    $18 at R. Nichols | Buy

    ((price is before discount, for a box of 10)

    | Posted 21 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Ping Pong Player Decal


    So I found this decal site with categories like Bear Hunting and Cheerleading. This decal was my favorite. It’s made of vinyl and you can order it in several different sizes, from 6 inches tall, up to 18 inches tall. I don’t know how you’ve gotten by this long without one.

    $8 at Decal Junky | Buy

    | Posted 20 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Cooler Float


    Hello, Summer. This Coleman Cooler Float keeps the beer easily accessible. Attach it to your raft, houseboat or dock. Just make sure the knot is good and tight. (via Budget Livingmagazine)

    $10 at Coleman | Buy

    | Posted 20 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler


    The retro-styled Griddler is a contact grill, panini press, large open grill, and a griddle. It has removable non-stick plates, a grease drainage system, and a floating hinge that lets you adjust for thick sandwiches. Grilled cheese for everyone!

    $125 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Shoe Valet Set


    This kit comes with brown and black liquid polish, two buffing cloths, a shoe horn, a shoe brush, and a storage box with shoe rest.

    $15 at Linens 'n Things | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Duncan Industries Kitchen Grip


    The Cadillac of oven mitts, these won the American Culinary Institute’s Gold Excellence Award. They’re made of a nonporous material that allows you to safely handle temperatures from -134 to +500 degrees F. They even work when they’re wet! You can put them in the dishwasher or washing machine to clean them, and they come with a one-year warranty.

    $25 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Water Pik Aquafall Shower Head


    The best shower possible after a long day of yard work. Easy to install, and surprisingly attractive. It’s the perfect gift, except for the part where you have to picture your dad having a “soft and drenching warm rain experience.” That’s kind of disquieting.

    $30 at Linens 'n Things | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Timbuk2 Laptop Tote


    Tough ballistic nylon laptop bag with rubberized waterproof bottom and corduroy lining. It comes in black, blue, red, and orange, and has side zip pockets for cables, power adapters, and extra junk. Comes in large and extra large.

    $80 at Timbuk2 | Buy

    (Sold Out.)

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Monogrammed Brander


    For the man who takes pride in his grilling, or the one forced to share a communal grill in some inexplicably large group-grilling event.

    $79 at Red Envelope | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Silver Beer Can Ring


    Made of sterling silver and beer (or soda) cans.

    $30 at Elsewheres | Buy

    | Posted 14 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Love Nuts


    Love Nuts aren’t nearly so risqu’e as they sound, though they do come in a close second to sex.

    The lightly caramelized nuts are covered in silky milk chocolate, and then dusted with dark cocoa. They’re crunchy, creamy, a tiny bit salty, and more effective than Prozac. If have a touch of PMS, an irritable boss, or a tantrum-prone kid, these babies will pull you back from the edge.

    I like the cashews, but you can also get them in almond, hazelnut, pecan, and macadamia. At only ten bucks a bag, they make excellent, unique host gifts.

    $10 at Comparte's Chocolatier | Buy

    | Posted 13 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Auto Engine Diagram T-Shirt



    $23 at Elsewares | Buy

    | Posted 13 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Feng Shui Desk Set


    Wish your friend luck in a new career with these little guys. The dragon is for fresh starts, the phoenix symbolizes how others see you, and the tiger represents project completion. They come with instructions on how to place them on your desk to ensure optimal success. (Thanks for the tip, Sara!)

    $28 at Well Dressed Home | Buy

    (Largest piece is about 2.5" x 2.5".)

    | Posted 08 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Postcard Mobile


    A mobile that lets you dangle postcards, photos, or even phone messages above your desk.

    $20 at Well Dressed Home | Buy

    (16" wide and 22" tall)

    | Posted 07 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Wooden Tea Light Trays


    Easiest centerpiece ever. These wooden tea light trays provide mood lighting, save you a trip to the florist, and require zero cleanup. Plunk the candles in before the party, and hand the first guest a box of matches to make him feel useful. The small tray holds nine tealights, the larger holds eighteen.

    $16 at West Elm | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 03 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • 1960s Pasta Ondina Label


    You’ve heard of collectible fruit-crate labels, but what about vintage pasta labels? Dogaressa sells them ready to hang. A fun gift for your favorite Italian chef.

    $150 at Dogaressa | Buy

    (12.5" wide x 9.25" high)

    | Posted 25 May, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Space Pen


    Designed in 1965 for NASA, the space pen will “write upside down, under water, over grease, in freezing cold, boiling heat, and in outer space.” Of course, the Russians just gave their astronauts pencils. But a No. 2 won’t wow the crowd at a cocktail party, friends.

    $25 at Moss | Buy

    (3.75" long (open)

    | Posted 23 May, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Candela


    I know you’ve seen these babies everywhere, but a friend of mine mentioned that they’re terrific for homes with kiddos. All the romance of candlelight, none of the open flame. Good point. They turn on when you lift them from the charging base, and last for about for five hours. They also turn on instantly during a power failure.

    If you prefer the look of votives, they make those too.

    $69 at Vessel | Buy

    | Posted 18 May, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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