So cute and just a little bit twisted. These candles don't explode, obviously, but they look like they could. Made of paraffin, these suckers are just waiting to find a home. Perhaps next to an ACME brand anvil? $12.00 (the bomb), $10.00 (the dynamite), or $16.00 (the set) at Mystake.
Hey! If you're crafty and you're itching to sell your handmade goods, artwork or crafting supplies, Zibbet is just the place for you! Zibbet is a global marketplace, connecting buyers and sellers of handmade goods, fine art, vintage items and crafting supplies.
The awesome part is that one lucky Rare Bird Finds reader will win a free Premium Account (valued at $7/month) for LIFE on Zibbet.com! For details about what you get with a premium account, you can check it out here. Plus, if you already sell on Etsy, you'll soon be able to import your listings from your Etsy shop to your Zibbet shop - woohoo
So, how do you enter to win? Go to Zibbet and copy the URL of your favorite item and post it in the comments section of our blog. For an extra entry, Tweet or do a Facebook update about the giveaway along with a link to Rare Bird Finds (and let us know so you get credit). Winner can be anywhere in the world. Deadline to enter is Thursday, October 8. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on our blog - so be sure to check back to see if you won!
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Know a cook with an edge...someone that puts the cool in culinary? Then this apron, from collage artist Erin Smith, would be a great gift for them (or yourself)! I’ve showcased one design, but there are many to choose from. Channel your inner domestic diva today for $19 at High Cotton.
I think this is so original and ingenious! Check out this paperclip chandelier...yes that's right, it's made of paperclips. Just look at the design it casts on the ceiling. This is just too cool. There are actually several different styles to choose from. This one is $185 at ReDesign Technologies.
One of the favorite books of the summer in my house has definitely been one of Peter Brown's latest . Full of whimsical pictures and a main character that follows his heart by bringing a little bit of happiness to his surroundings, this sweet little book will bring the same to yours. $11.55 at Amazon
These adorable, 2 sided, 4x6 recipe cards with a dog theme that even include a shopping list on the card will help you keep around your world famous recipes. The genius behind these wonderful illustrations is Susie Ghahremani and you need to see what else she has in her shop. $8 for 10 at boygirlparty.
This is a set of 4 different space theme wall decals by 4 different artists. You can mix and match in the same room or have a space theme throughout your house….you geek. Anyways. Decorate and redecorate to your little hearts desire because these are removable and re-stickable. $48 at Poketo
Helloooo our comedy-lovin' birdies!
The October 10. Celebrate the best and brightest in alternative stand-up, sketch and improv at a special two day festival with stars from , Mr. Show, Reno 911! and more.is taking over the Danish town of for the Ultimate Comedy Bash Friday, October 9 and Saturday,
One lucky Rare Bird Finds reader will win a pair of special passes (valued at $100) for Saturday, October 10th. The passes get you into both shows on that day: ASSSSCAT and The Greatest Comedy Show Ever!
Go to www.ultimatecomedybash.com for more details!
If you want to win tickets, just leave a comment to this post with your name and email address. All comments will be kept private. Your privacy is important to us - we won't sell your personal information. The email address you provide will only be used to let you know if you won. The tickets will be wristbands that will be picked up at Will Call the day of the show.
Last day to enter is Oct. 2, 2009 - GOOD LUCK!CONGRATS TO DANNY E. for WINNING THE TIX!!!!!!!!
If you’ve read US magazine then you’ve seen the feature about celebrities and how they are just like us; they drink coffee in their skivvies, they walk on the beach and trip, etc. This series of Robot art by artist, Steph Calvert is a fun take on that but with Robots. $20 at Hearts and Laserbeams.
You know what’s so great about this nail brush? First of all, it’s a total play on words and second of all, it’s made by blind people. And that’s true! They were originally made in a school for the blind, and now the company that makes them employs the blind. I love that! Do they realize how much joy they give the world in cleaning our nails? $35 at Fitzsu.
Even though it's technically not summer anymore, it's been in the 90's here in Los Angeles and I hate it. Please cold weather come! I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to pull out my scarves. This hand felted Sweet Pea scarf would definitely be an awesome addition to any girl's cold weather collection. $125 at Elena Makes Things
Who doesn't love Tetris? Bring a little of the game's whimsy to your favorite beverage with this silicone ice cube tray. Come in blue, pink, or green. $12.00 at Mymistake.
I live in an apartment and on our curb sometimes you'll find a couch, a bookcase, shopping carts, chairs and desks. Well, it's now been replaced with a toilet. Yep, folks, there's a toilet on my curb. In honor of said toilet, I present to you the Toilet Tea Light Candle Holder. At least it's far cuter! $15 at Lepelstat Crafts
Don't get me wrong -- I'm a fan of technology. Texting instead of making a phone call, keeping tabs on people via Facebook statuses; I love it. But as technology progresses at lightning speed, I start to pine for The Way Things Used To Be. I mean, people don't even read emails anymore! What's that about? I start to feel like a cranky old lady and I'm only 31!
What I've realized is that despite (or maybe because of) technology's rapid growth, people start to appreciate "old fashioned" things more. Take, for example, a handwritten card. How great is it to get one of those in the mail? And even better -- what if that card makes you laugh, too?
These Gangsta Cards by Farewell Paperie (at Etsy) are the perfect way to let your friend know you're thinking about them; to give them a fun, cheeky surprise at the end of a long day. Made of sturdy, high-gloss cardstock, these notecards measure 3.5"x5", are blank on the inside and perfect for almost any occasion. They can be purchased seperately, but the 4-pack ("Sup Shawty," "Fo Shizzle," "Hey Holmes," and "Werrrd") comes in a cute linen pouch and is only $12.00.
The cards come with bright white envelopes and are begging to be sent to your dawg, shotty, boo, boy, or anyone else you can think of!
You don’t become the most popular guest at a baby shower by correctly guessing how big the belly is; or naming over 100 songs with the word baby in the title...you do it by presenting the mother to be with this amazing knit sushi rattle set packaged in a soft serving tray. Buying it will make you feel good because you’ll know it was handmade in
How does your garden grow? Dress-shaped and in linen, of course! Available in most sizes and sure to make any rainy day sunny and bright. $32 at MeliMelon
In honor of the new roller derby movie "Whip It" , I found for you, this jammin' neon green marble and resin roller skate bookend by artist Harry Allen. It would belong in a place of honor in your home, I just know it!! $96 at Show.
This squid print is pretty nifty because it not only says "squid" in Russian (I don't know about you, but I find the look of foreign languages fascinating), but the print is made of a linoleum hand carving. Limited edition prints in a variety of squid colors. $17 at Robot Zombie Monkey
These soap knuckles are for those of you who wanna feel tough in the shower. $15 for two at SPYE Thank you Claudia for the tip!
Ohh, I'm so excited to announce the launch of my new blog, I Bet You Look Good In That T-Shirt! I'm crazy about t-shirts, and if you are, too, then come on by and check out Rare Bird Finds' NEW sister blog!
If you have t-shirt tips or if you're a t-shirt designer and would like to be interviewed or do a giveaway, feel free to contact me. Also, we're looking for readers to send in snapshots of themselves looking good in their favorite tee!
Anyone who drinks wine needs a good decanter and nice wine glasses. I just love these handpainted wine goblets and decanter depicting the four seasons in the life of a tree. Other styles of goblets and decanters available too. $85 at Mary Wibis
Stick your nose where it belongs...on your fridge! This heavy duty magnet is a guaranteed conversation starter! $15 at Art Akimbo.
I love this punchy little skirt. It comes with a hot pink fabric marker to fill in the squares. My middle schooler has been bitten by the Twilight bug and said she would put something about vampires. Ah...but of course. $37 at C.A.B. Fayre
Black, white and modern letterforms come together to create a simply powerful statement with this large twill pillow, by design and type foundry House Industries. It would of course be perfect for a home office, but I could see it adding a graphic punch to a bedroom or living room as well. $55 at House Industries.
Who doesn't love animal crackers? This felt Animal Cracker play set includes 1 lion, 1 sheep, 1 pig, 1 elephant, and a delightful red box in which to store them. Hand sewn and simply adorable! $18 at Kenshop
I realize it's a little late in the season to be posting pet pools.. but if you have a water dog like I do, you're always on the look out for the perfect pool. I think I found it. $129.95 at Jake's Dog House
You know what I hate? Twist ties. They're the bane of my existence. I either twist them too tight (I've a slight case of OCD when it comes to making sure things are closed.) and the wire breaks, or I don't twist them tight enough and the food goes stale. Bag Caps to the rescue! $6.00 at Sur La Table
This print just helps fulfill my motto of “don’t even ask for a little slice in my house. Just eat and enjoy!” This 8x10 Monster eating Cupcakes Print is the best reminder to finish your dessert. So put it over your kitchen table! $25 by Kill Taupe
Here's a snappy take on a giant mousetrap, this beechwood cheeseboard and cheese slicer will have your guests begging for some cheese. $19.95 at Z Gallerie.
Funny mixed media art print that shares a bit of the private thoughts of the artist. I'm sure you can relate - I know I can! $50, but on sale for $45, at Sun Dog Company
Maybe it's my subconscious excitement for the upcoming Halloween holiday, but I can't seem to shake that monstrous feeling. So when I came upon Albert the Monster Pillow, it solidified that a) monsters can be spooky and cute and b) how fun would this be in the boys' room? You choose from 18 colors for a 14" inch pillow. $42 at Zooguu
This handmade sterling silver necklace of a log is both unusual and cool. Love the detail! $45 at Nina Gibson Designs
I blame it on my high school art history teacher but Alexander Calder is still stuck in my head as one of my favorite artists ever and I am always in search of that Calder-esque mobile. These brightly colored mobiles are perfect for starting your child out younger than high school as they are perfect for over the crib, made of EVA foam and bright aluminum wire, but then again, they don’t have to be for babies…$38 by The Wonderland Studio.
I have a friend who's a real meat lover. We went to breakfast one morning and she just ordered sausage and bacon. That's it. She had killer indigestion all day, but that's meat love for you. She'd probably really dig this bacon-scented soap. I love that it's marbled, too! $5.95 at Archie McPhee
This froggie habitat is a replica of Yoda's home planet. Includes mail-in certificate for tadpoles. Cool, it is. $39.98 at Things You Never Knew Existed
This is the perfect gift for the Japanese food and beer lover. What goes great with beer when your waiting for your sushi, but some edamame. So why not grow some at home and impress your friends and your sushi chef. $14.99 at Perpetual Kid.
I might get flack for this, but I’m kinda over the whole gnome thing. And I think this is the perfect solution to get these pesky gnomes out of our gardens once and for all. Made of recycled materials, artist Fred Conlan had given these Gnome Bearers a purpose in life. $44.99 and comes with a ceramic gnome, 2 gnome bearers at Perpetual Kid.
A regular pizza cutter is so old school. And, if you love the look of power tools, then the Pizza Boss is perfect for you. Looks like a Power Saw, acts like a pizza cutter. You can find the Pizza Boss at Catalog Favorites for $19.95.
My continuing search for interesting flash drives has led me to these by the collective Friends With You. They’re loaded with character (figuratively and literally; it has character content for your computer built in), and its 4GB should be enough to hold all your files, music and downloaded episodes of H.R. Pufnstuf. If you still need any more reasons to buy one, I have a hunch that in the future—when we’ve mentally joined with computers and can save all our info by twitching our noses like Samantha from Bewitched—flash drives like these could be very collectable art objects. The fact that they’re being sold at the
Baby bottoms decorated with layers of ruffles? Yes, please! Adorable for dresses, summery tops, or a run through the sprinklers, these Ruffly Diaper Covers (or Panty Covers for the potty-trained) come in a variety of prints and colors and in sizes newborn to 4T. $20 from Sherbet Baby