links and ideas pretty things

hang your tea

another quirky/cool/cute korean invention: maum teabags, by designers wdaru. the concept is simple: teabags with themes, that hang on the border of your cup. since the designs feature people, the result looks as if there is some one chilling out in your swimming pool cup!

there is a swimming pool collection:


and a school bus collection:


and even a xmas collection, for december:

brilliant! i think these are just a concept, but wouldn’t it be cool to get some? i’m hoping more buzz about it will make someone realize they’re commercially viable and start making them! :)

all pictures (and even more!) on their website!

foooood in china postcards pretty things

small obsessions

stationery sets

lately, i’ve been obsessing over stationery. all kinds of small envelopes, writing tools, letter sets, stickers, postcards… i love them, i just can’t stop myself! i found a nice shop on fuzhou road called keyroad (very close to dunkin’ donuts) that is filled with korean goodness, and well, disaster ensued. some of the stuff in the picture is actually for a swap but the rest is just sitting here, waiting for an excuse to write a letter :)

speaking of recent korean discoveries, when browsing for video podcasts on itunes store, i found maangchi who makes cooking traditional korean food look fun! in small funny episodes, she will make you a master of kimchi or bibimbap. i can’t wait to try the egg side dishes, simple and yummy!

links and ideas postcards postcrossing pretty things

off with her head!

can the queen be put to a better use?, asks graphic designer and illustrator jamie wieck. well, apparently the answer is yes – he build a set of really cute cards where the queen stamp plays an important (and original) role.
here’s what he has to say:

“Something unique about British culture is the annual sit down after a bloating Christmas lunch to watch the Queen deliver her seasonal message on TV. Well I that, and to watch somebody die/get married/get-married-then-die on Eastenders.
Inspired by this image of annual togetherness I created a Christmas card that needed the Queen herself to complete the image – after all Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Queen.

But for the anti-royalists amongst you I figured it was only fair that the Queen should get a comeuppance of sorts…”

check out his website for lots of other good questions.

(via oh joy!)

just life pretty things

postcards and lists

lists and postcards

two things i love: postcards and lists. in december, both are used (even) more frequently than usual around here.

the postcards in the photo were courtesy of a coupon for moo. as usual, moo‘s quality is flawless but lately i’ve been a bit disappointed by them. the two orders i made from china were lost and had to be re-sent. and i’m still waiting for a reply to an email sent about… 2 months ago?

(though they did the re-sending rather fast and successfully, i can’t help to still feel a bit sad. i don’t have high expectations for a lot of companies, but some, those which i really like and recommend, i set my standards high. the unanswered email really bugged me, maybe because i answer so many.)

anyway, all of my postcards have designs by the talented blanca gomez. she’s one of the several artists whose work you can choose from when making your cards. they’re so cute that i’ve framed one of them and haven’t had the courage to send any of the others… they’re just sitting on my desk, being pretty. :)

update: moo did answer afterall, but i didn’t get the email they sent.
they got back at me when they read this post, and forwarded that email. had me smiling – blogs matter. :)
note to people out there: don’t send big files through emails, you never know what other people’s email size limits are!