Rosie the Riveter Bookends.

Fact of the Day:: 20 October 2009.

The iconic “We Can Do It” logo, immortalized on t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and avatars everywhere, does NOT depict WWII cultural symbol Rosie the Riveter. From DocsPopuli:

“For the past 60 years, the popular image of the World War II-era female worker in the “We Can Do It” poster has evoked strength and empowerment. The American public identified the image as “Rosie the Riveter,” named for the women who were popping rivets on the West Coast, making bombers and fighters for aeronautical companies like Boeing. Continue Reading

Jonathan Adler for…Barbie?

One of the U.S.’s top celebrity designs has teamed up with, well, Mattel, to create a line for another U.S. fashion icon, Barbara Millicent Roberts.Adler_doll2

“Jonathan Adler’s fresh, modern ideas about interior design have established him as a true design visionary. Introducing the Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie Doll, a modern doll embodying the Adler lifestyle brand. Stylish, adorable, and oh-so-chic, Barbie comes with miniature accessories inspired by real pieces, including a side table, lamp, 3 funky-patterned vases, a lacquered tray, and a Barbie silhouette mirror… all in pink, black, and/or white!”

Jonathan Adler Barbie Doll

Check out the mini books! Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Gummy Candy.

“Bears and worms aren’t very similar, until you think….gummy.” -Demetri Martin, These Are Jokes

Yeah, but bears and worms are SO 1922…and 1981.

So, instead, make your own. SFHandyMan has provided a great detailed instructable on creating your own candies out of a DIY silicon mold. He’s chosen Legos as his design, and its remarkable how finely sculpted the results are. The details are more defined than in commercial candies!


How To: Dye Pasta For Crafting.

First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia…perhaps some macaroni macrame?


  • food colouring
  • dried pasta of any shape
  • rubbing alcohol
  • ziploc bags

Just fill the bags with the pasta, and cover with the rubbing alcohol. Continue Reading

DIY Bubbles and Giant Bubble Wand.

Welcome summer (it starts on Friday) with this easy and inexpensive bubble wand from Instructable member Egadsman. The materials only amount to $3, but I bet you could make them from ingredients you have about the house. The bubble potential promises diameters of two meters.


  • Two dowel rods
  • Spool of non-absorbent string
  • Tap

Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution.

Via and photo.

Custom Paper Silhouettes.

I remember when I was four or five, and this old lady with a crazy haircut came to out house to draw my silhouette. I had to sit still for-ever… and she made my eyelashes way too long. Hanging on the wall at my grandma’s house, always reckoned them sort of tacky, but this contemporary, DIY take from Stu and Janet could go in my house anyday.


– Good side profile photo
– Scissors or Xacto Knife
– Tracing Paper
– Glue Stick or Spray Mount
– Stapler
– Black Acid-Free Cardstock Paper
– Plain or Patterned Paper for Mounting
– Frame of Your Choice

Read the full how-to from Design Sponge.

Floppy Disk-ish Drink Coasters.

“We’re talking serious attention to detail here – not content with
creating coasters shaped like the more common 3.5-inch floppy disks, Supermandolini has gone back even further in time, producing a coaster range including 5.25-inch diskettes.

Yes, we’re in the land of 70s computing with the Soft Sector coasters.
But this isn’t just an exercise in geek, it’s really sharp design, with
each 9cm x 9cm coaster having its own colourful and individual glossy
finish, with a foam base to keep your drink secure. Continue Reading

Make a Super Mario “Goomba” Beanie.

I was fortunate to snag a Nintendo Wii when I was out of the country (still not available in the U.S., right?) and I'm finally building some Wii-mote skills on the marvellous Super Mario Galaxy, which is everybit as fun as Super Mario Brothers for the NES.

And it includes plenty of these goombas for the smashing, but thankfully none of those ducks with the turtle shells. 

Grab the goomba hat pattern here.