Bring that magical scent of White Castle home! This scented candle will smell just like a White Castle burger - yum! $11.99 at Perpetual Kid
The catfish is not a particularly pretty fish. But Catfish Joe is rather dashing. He looks like the kind of fish you'd want to hang out with, or at least like the kind of fish you'd want to hang on your wall. In a frame. $20 at Poor Dog Farm.
Little details can really make a room. Sometimes it's down to the smallest thing, like where you hang your hat. How about on this gold skull hook? Because it's pretty cool. $40 at Furbish Studio.
I have always had OCD when it comes to anything that might start a fire. So, the running joke in my house is that I have to triple check that I've unplugged or turned off my curling iron. Sometimes I can't even trust my own eyes and send my son upstairs to check before we go out. That's why I could really use this novelty door mat that says "Turn Off Your Curling Iron." I would put this right inside my bathroom door so I have to walk on it before I leave. Other "helpful" door mats available. This one is $40 at Be There in Five.
I love to garden. It's one thing that I love to do and the family leaves me alone to do it. Combine that with the ever present need for pencils in my house and I think I might be buying us some of these Sprout Pencils! This is a wonderful green product! The pencils are made of cedar with a seed pod at the end. When you're done with the pencil, just plant and water it. The set comes with 4 marigold pencils and 4 calendula pencils. Made in the USA too! $19.95 at Amazon.
Ok, I know you've read the title of this post and was like "What???" but trust me this one is good. I'm a big cross stitcher but I've always thought those cross stitch samplers just looked like a bunch of old, boring pieces. That is until I found this cross stitch sampler kit with "Word to Your Mother" on it. If you like to do needlework but hate those puritan looking samplers, then this one is perfect for you. There are several kits available including "B$tch Please" and "These Pretzels are Making Me Thirsty." Only $17.50 (for the basic kit, there are other accessories that you can get) at Disorderly Stitches.
If you love coffee, you'll love this mug as much as I do. A Coffee Bean Coffee Mug! That's right, if you don't have enough coffee in your mug, you can admire the real coffee beans on the outside of your mug. It's a handmade ceramic mug embellished with actual coffee beans. $14 at Just Perfect 4U.
This pillow is genius. Because if you don't know, it just looks like a funky retro pattern. But if you do know...you're probably terrified right now. Yep, that's the carpet pattern from the Overlook Hotel and we all know what happened there. And if we don't, I'm not gonna spoil it for you. Just be aware, these ain't your average pillows. $14 for the small, $20 for the large at Horror Decor.
Let me begin this by saying that I love the phrase, “man candle” but since I also love the scent of whisky, I think this is a “wo/man candle”. That done, let me me also tell you that this candle would look lovely in my living room, would probably make a cold night seem a little cozier and might make me drink too much. Not all of these are bad things. And for just $14, they might even be good things. At Henceforth. And let me now tell you that after typing this I discovered that they also have a “Brony” candle that is said to smell of rainbows and hay. So...they win today. And possibly every other day, too.
Yes, we all know Christmas is right around the corner. The stores are all decorated and Black Friday ads are being leaked on the internet. I'm loving the re-cycle/up-cycle movement and now I'm finding all kinds of Christmas decorations that fit the bill. Like this fabulous Leaf Wreath. It's made of re-cycled cardboard and you can get it in white or brown. This one is just $32 at Carboard Safari.
I am willing to bet that there are few people who are NOT angered by the laundry. It's always there...needing to be done...smelling up the joint. Well, now you can take out your aggressions as you get the job done with this Punch Bag Laundry Bag. $36 at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store.
I am utterly confused by this Batman leg lamp. I mean, I love Batman, and I love A Christmas Story. And yes, Batman totally has the soft glow of electric...hmmm...maybe not. Still, it's a cute idea and if you love Batman, maybe you too will love this leg lamp. Just...maybe don't put it in the front window, ok? Pre-order for $44.99 at Big Bad Toystore.
Well, it's September and Halloween is right around the corner. So, I thought, why not get them thinking about the impending holiday with this awesomely bloody, Blood Puddle Cutting Board! I love it and want one, but my counters are too dark. You can pre-order it now at mzube for around $27 US. There's a matching spoon rest too.
Super cute for a kid's room, but also super cute for that nerdy guy who likes fun stuff. A sweet, geeky wall clock will let him know when it's time to suit up and be super. $44 at My Sweet Muffin.
I was at Comic-Con last week and one of the best geek outs I heard was a girl getting giddy to her cartoonist father about seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson. He needed an explanation of this teen heartthrob and was a little surprised when he discovered he was the astrophysicist and not some pop star with a similar name. I think geeks everywhere will appreciate this prayer candle, made in his image. $15.97 at Twerkstore.
I'm not a huge fan of Martinis, but I might be if someone got me these glasses. I just think these Wooden Martini Glasses are cool and classy. It's also cool that they are handmade in the good old USA. $100 for the pair at Uncommon Goods.
This is not an inexpensive gift, but can you imagine the amount of work that went into this cool quilt that depicts the city of Los Angeles (New York is also available)? I think this is the kind of thing that becomes a family heirloom. Clever and attractive, and still useful? It might be worth the $450 (for those of us who can't quilt, at least). At aha Life.
If you love your movies and wish you could take a piece of it home with you then you're in luck. Face of the Earth makes handmade terrariums with hand carved and painted wax buildings/features (don't worry, they're sprayed with a fixative to last). I love this terrarium of Bag End from The Hobbit. It's the perfect replica of Bilbo's home but without the lasting commitment. So cute, this will be a conversation pierce in your home for sure. This one will run you $250. You can also choose from Beetlejuice's house and a delightful scene from Breaking Bad. Or, ask for a custom order.
Father's Day is next Sunday. I know for my house, that means Daddy will be drinking beer and eating brats on the back deck. He's been getting into all the different beers and developing a "beer palate". If you have a Dad who's really into his beer, you might want to get him one or four of these Dual Beer Glasses. One beer to each side of the glass for mixing. Try going to a local micro brew beer shop and get some recommendations as to what beers would do well for this. One glass is $35 and a four glass set is $125 at Pretentious Beer Glass.
Pillows can make a boring room fun and comfortable. Nerdy pillows can make a boring room fun, comfortable and...well...nerdy. And we're not going to discuss dirty pillows at all. But for the Supernatural fan, there are these Dean Winchester pillow covers, advertising the best pies and burgers in town. Sam and Castiel pillow covers are also available if you are into a whole theme on your couch. $28 for the cover (pillow forms are not included) at Unicorn Empire Prints.
I'm a very artsy crafty person but my drawing and painting skills are lacking (other than just painting a room one color, I can do that). I would never be able to paint pretty designs or pictures on my walls. I just don't have the talent...until now!!! Check out these awesome patterned paint rollers! So many designs that you just roll paint on and then roll it down your wall. I want so many of them I'd never be able to pick just one. Each patterned roller is $23.51 (US) at The Painted House. Many designs available.
How about this for your movie room....probably the best. And, if you're a fan like I am, then you'd want it anyway. So, get yourself your very own Mystery Science Theater 3000 wall decal. You can get it in any of several colors. $34.99 at Walking Dead Promotion.
Made of recycled cardboard and flatpacked, this clever giraffe lamp is a partial DIY, someone else came up with the good idea for this LED lamp, but you get to take the credit for assembling it. $35.50 at Area Plus.
I have read all the books and I know the series is H-O-T! I found this set of etched Game of Thrones shot glasses which are way cool. Each one is etched with a house sigil from the books/show. This set of 6 is $30 at Geeky Glassware.
I love how there are now totally geeky home accessories that don't look like you stole them from your childhood bedroom. Check out this nifty Star Trek pillow cover. If you weren't such a geek, you'd think it was just a funky design. But you are a geek and you know how cool it is. $20 at Jessica Buie Society6 store.
Strangely beautiful and awesome, these upside planters defy gravity and will create an unusual garden in your home. They have a self watering mechanism which makes growing your plants easy-peasy even if you have a "black thumb." Plus, there's also a mechanism that keeps the soil from falling out. Set of 3, on sale for a limited time (just 4 more days!) at Fab.com for $39.
I am not entirely sure that giving someone a wedding cake scented candle called "Ball and Chain" is a good idea, but I'd really like to find out. You do it and let me know how it goes, ok? $15 at a Scent of Scandal.
Now, whether this pillow is particually offensive totally depends on how well versed you are in...offensiveness. One side reads "Frig" while the other has the gentler, "Aw, Geez." Nonetheless, the calligraphy is lovely and they were designed by the same guy that makes Dinosaur Comics, so maybe let that be your guide. $30 at TopatoCo.
An intoxicating handcrafted potpourri mixture that smells like sugared absinthe - yippee! The mix includes sparkly glitter, buttons, lace bows, pine cones, star anise and more. Pretty in a bowl and a unique holiday scent! $6 at Thimblewoods
I LOVE my Kitchenaid stand mixer! Couldn't live without it and I know that there are many many others like me out there. If there's one in your family, then this set of stand mixer decals would make a great gift. There are many other patterns to choose from but these leaves and daisies are my favorite. Only $29.99 at Flip Flop Graphics.
I know that I post a lot of stuff you might call "geeky." And I know it's often Star Wars, Star Trek or Doctor Who themed. But I hate to leave any other geeks out so this one is for the Supernaturals out there (Is that what they call you? They totally should.). Here's a charming holiday wreath featuring your favorite brothers, and an angel and it's trimmed with fishing bobs and those air freshening trees. I am told this is a reference to a particular episode, but no spoilers! I'm still in season one! $25 at Sweet Geek.
So adorable! These aromatic lavender sachets are made with real acorn caps, and are the size of real acorns. Totally cute and totally perfect this time of year. The shop also carries acorn sachets with different fabric patterns. In fact, check out the entire shop for all its cute handmade woodland goodies. $10 for 10 at Thimblewoods
Oy! The spider mug would definitely give me a fright, especially if I didn't know what lurked below my coffee. These skull or spider mugs would make a fun "wake-up" on Halloween morning, don't you think? $15.95 at Spoon Sister
This might seem to be a bit of an unusual post for Rare Bird Finds, but I think it's very clever and I am going to post it because we love clever around here. Here we have some decals for your boring old garage door. No, they don't do anything fancy and they aren't particularly geeky or anything, but look how nicely they transform your generic garage into something a little fancier! Simple, clever. Perfectly rare bird find for $55 at Ken Butts Enterprises.
I've only admired jellyfish at aquariums and restuarants with big jellyfish tanks. Now you, too, can be all fancy schmancy and have your very own jellyfish pet. Kits include Jellyfish tank, food, care instructions and live jellyfish to decorate your desk or home. You can even get LED tanks that will make your jellyfish glow a different color, or get friends to add in your tank like red leg hermit crabs, damselfish and cleaner snails. Care instructions are on the site, which are worthwhile to read through to see if you're willing to take on the responsibility. Kits start at $382 at Jellyfish Art
Remember the old magic tricks from when you were little. It was amazing to see the magician cut the woman in half and then put her back together. Now you can have a go at it, although without someone who's living, with this Magic Trick Knife Sharpener! Only $8.48 at Amazon.
Ok, I don't know about you but half the time I'm trying to put something in a plastic ziploc bag it either spills or I get funk all over the bag and the counter. That's why I'm super keen on the Baggy Rack! Not only does it hold your baggy in place but it holds it open so you can pour with ease! Only $10.98 (for a set of 2) at Solutions.
Beach glass is becoming more and more rare. Even the most common color, white, is not easy to find. Having just come back from the Outer Banks and seeing all the beach glass items in the art galleries, I thought it fitting to find you all something cool made from the rare gems. I know this one is way pricey but I have never ever seen anything like this Steer Skull made from beach glass. This was just to unique to pass up. But it'll cost you, $600 at Walter Alexander.
I grew up with a mother with an interest in Asian art. I really loved the Japanese pieces my mom would get. This beautiful Japanese Wave Pattern Bowl is such a great piece, I'm just drawn to it. This one is $30 at L.L. Townley Ceramics.
I thought this was a cool way to recycle old denim jeans. I think this Denim Pockets Rug is way cool. It's all recycled pockets from old jeans stitched together to make this rug. Prices start at $29 for a 2' by 3' rug. Other sizes available at Home Decorators Collection.
I was trying to find something unique by searching for "Angry Birds" and found this great print. with Not So Angry Birds. It's got all the "angry birds" calm, cool and collected as they would be before any green piggies came along. I love the bright colors too. This print can be found at Alice's Studio for $20