Feb 29, 2012

happiness vending machines

I read that Sprinkles right here in lil ole Beverly Hills is getting an ACM - that being an Automatic Cupacke Machine that would work at all hours of the day or night. 
They're not my favorite cupcake in the world, but an anytime cupcake kind of probably would be.

But I do I love vending machines. I really really do. I even kind of like the gross ones that had sandwiches and apples in them, though I'd probably never get a sandwich or apple from such a machine. I just like that there's a machine that holds old sandwiches and mealy apples. Call me crazy, if you must, but I just call me weird.

I wish this sort of vending machine would find it's way to me:

Feb 28, 2012

oscar fashion round up

Sometimes when I see people in clothes, I think they look more like things than people. I thought Berenice looked like a minty celery stalk, Rooney like she had two coffee filters stuck to her boobs, Tina just like the feather duster in Beauty and the Beast, and Gwyneth looked like a superhero column.

That's not to say I don't like their dresses. I don't mind Rooney's and Gwyneth's. They just happen to look like coffee filters and columns, respectively. I wish more columns had capes. Then there'd be more columns with super powers. And I'd be like, "Wow. Now I get columns. I get what they're about and that's cool."

Feb 27, 2012

keira dancing and wearing big ole stuff

So I saw stills of Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina and not having read the book yet, I can tell it's a rip-roaring good time filled with wearing giant hats and cha-cha dancing. Hopefully there's a makeover!! I'm sure nobody dies. I mean, it's a Russian novel! That'd never happen. NEVER!

Anyway. These photos got me thinking of how much Keira likes sticking stuff in her hair and dancing. Check it out.

What will she stick on her head next?! With whom will she dance her next number?! Hopefully, it'll be Uggie.

Feb 24, 2012

stamps not exactly for mailing

stamps, $5.95-6.95. colorbox ink pads, $5.95

Not only do I love mailing stamps. I also love rubber stamps. Possibly more if not just as much. When I was little I had tons of stamps and loved to stamp everything. Then I forgot about them and the joy of stamping. I then worked at a stationery store that reignited my love of stamping. I think my favorite part of work was when people would ask me about stamping. It's strange how lost people can be when it comes to rubber and ink. 

And did you know there's proper stamping technique? Because I totally didn't then I learned. You're supposed to ink the stamp by pressing the ink on top of the rubber. Not by mashing the rubbers stamp into the ink pad. Wacky! Absolutely wacky! Anyway.

I've had lots of fun making custom cards for people on birthdays or gift tags at birthdays/Xmas with stamps. And in the long run it's cheaper than having to buy cards all the time. And you get to make up your own wacky greeting card sayings.

I have some particular favorites featuring a gnome stamp...I'll go try and dig up a picture.

Feb 23, 2012

stamps and mail and junk but not junk mail

all available via usps.com

I need a pen pal. Or just need to start getting stamps. And sticking them to the fake letters I want to send to my pen pal. And I'd stick the letters in equally colorful envelopes. Because what's the point of having a fun stamp stuck to a dumb boring envelope? No point!
envelopes, $4.25 for 10

These stamps and envelopes make me feel like I'm a Leprechaun. I dunno why. That's just the way it is.

Feb 22, 2012

the lipstick queen is king

I happened upon Poppy King's book in the library about a year ago because it was pretty. It's a gold book. What's better than a gold book? Maybe a book made of chocolate. But this is not a dream world where books made of chocolate exist - as far as I know.

Anyway, I checked the book out and discovered this wonderful Australian woman named Poppy King started her own lipstick company when she was 18 who went on to become a millionaire by following her great idea: making a matte lipstick. I'd seen her lipsticks before in Anthropologie and Lyell and always loved the packaging. I was glad to discover the story behind Lipstick Queen was just as delightful.

The book's subtitle is "Finding and Developing the Great Idea That Can Change Your Life" so it's kind of a guide to how you can do it like she did. I find this book enlightening and inspirational. Poppy did everything herself, using common sense. She asks the right questions, which are the simple and straightforward ones. And does the right things for her brand and herself, doing what she believes in. The book is broken up into lessons punctuated by her personal stories relating to each one. It's nice to read about a regular gal making a name for herself in the big wide world.

I highly recommend it if you want to feel like a powerful lady/person and/or want to be inspired to action!! Otherwise, it's a really shiny gold book that's nice to look at. And also I have her lipstick and it's great. And if you don't like the lipstick, just get it for the packaging.

I've been inspired not only to bring my creative ideas to action, but also to wear lipstick. Even though I still end up accidentally eating, drinking, or wiping it off at least I'm doing it. Yay!! Yay to eating lipstick! Woo woo!

Feb 21, 2012

never be a cyn

Working Girl is one of my favorite movies. It has taught me much over my many viewings of the thing. One thing it has taught me is that in life there are several kinds of people. Or maybe just two - you can be a Katharine or a Tess. Two and a half if we're going to count Cyn.

Katharine is kind of a big bossy turd, but she's a successful woman of the 80s! She is, after all, her. She gets to go on awesome ski trips and stay in hotels with rooms that have fireplaces so big you can stand in them. She gets to date Harrison Ford, even if he probably didn't liker her that much. She quotes Coco Chanel and is in inspiration to other ladies, even if she is eventually going to stab them in the back. She has a pretty unpleasant personality, but she doesn't even know it. So what's the problem? Overall, I wouldn't want to be her, but she's not exactly the worst person in the world.

Then there are the Tesses of the world. Nice, hardworking - with a brain for business and  bod for sin. What's she supposed to do? Tess is a pushover, but not such pushover she's going to let Kevin Spacey get in her goodie bag just for a job. She dates jerky, young and hairy Alec Baldwin who treats her like one treats their poo. And yet she has strength about which she doesn't even know! But she finds it. She makes it happen. She does. Tess makes it happen. When her boss is out sick Tess poses as a woman of a greater position of power and puts together an amazing business deal! She cuts her hair - so brave. She gets Harrison Ford to buy her a really nice briefcase. She crashes a wedding. She even eventually is revealed as a faker, but was so good at her job she gets a real job out of it! Tess is also not perfect, but I would probably totally be her. She does end up with Harrison Ford after all. And she even gets Cyn to guess where she is!

Then there's Cyn. Cyn is a dumb bum who never learns to cut her hair or do make up appropriately. She accidentally drugs her best friend. She encourages the same best friend to get back together with a guy who cheated on her. I do not want to be Cyn. Nobody does.

Feb 20, 2012

several cups of tea, please

I love tea. I love a-drinkin' it. I love a-pickin' it out at the market. I'd a-love to a-stack my books in it. If anyone wants to get me a furniture present I'd really like that book/stuff shelf. I went to a The Berkeley Hotel in London with my moms for tea a few years ago and it was so overpriced but so a-dorable! They decorate their cookies and junk as fashionable things from the current seasons. I don't remember if it tasted that great, but it was really nice to look at. I love going to tea - you get tiny sandwiches, tiny pastries, and normal human-sized scones. And also the tea obviously. 

I got someone this RoyalTea set as a present, so I can't attest to the flavor of the tea, but would it really matter? I mean, if you had fat old Queen E. soaking in your tea cup would you really care what she tasted like? I imagine the Queen, as a tea, would be kind of pepperminty gunpowder green tea concoction. Or maybe whatever an itchy sock tastes like...

Feb 17, 2012

I will watch terrible movies

I did not like school for the most part. But I love movies about school. These are about girls' schools, which happens to be the type of school I went to. Cracks was not a good movie, but it sure was pretty! If you don't like school movies, you might like this one because it has naked girls swimming. And crazy people. And old timey inhalers!

I have yet to see Tanner Hall but expect it to be even more terrible. But it has Rooney Mara and the drummer guy from That Thing You Do! in it, so I'm obviously on board. There are good movies about school I'll watch - like The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for one. Or Rudy. Mean Girls.

But I just want y'all to know that if your movie is about school, even if it is godawful, I will most definitely be watching it.
This is a movie that has yet to come out - but based on the trailer I will probably see it. It's about a college. And I hear there's a dance number. 

So, yeah. You do the math. Because I can't. At my college I got a C- in Math Patterns in Nature. So, yeah.

Feb 16, 2012

sneaking and peaking

A photo sneak peak of what my Hello Giggles column is going to be about this week. Hearts aren't just for Valentine's Day, after all...

Feb 15, 2012

everywhere bears

I love a lot of bears: Winnie the Pooh, Teddy Ruxpin, and Paddington to name a few. What better way to be happy then to surround oneself with bears!? Not real bears. Those are scary. Think about it: the crazy man-killing bear in The Edge or those bears who killed that crazy guy in Grizzly Man. I think one of those things was more the man's fault then the bears, but either way real bears are scary. Other than Panda Bear I saw at the San Diego Zoo. Because he or she was just adorable.

Feb 13, 2012

edward gorey doodle call!

I love Edward Gorey and who doesn't?? Who doesn't like a man who went to the ballet and wore floor length fur coats and loved cats? And just look what he did to his mail. Getting mail and packages is already one of my favorite things in the world and if someone cutely doodled the outside of the envelope I think I might just die. If you're about to mail someone something, take a minute and doodle the outside of it. It'll brighten your day, the mailman's, and your mail receiver's!

buddy the elf inspires me

inside out heart tea cups & saucers, $49.99 via frankie, tea to my heart tea infuser, 11.95, frankie magazine sweet treats cookbook, $19.95AUD

"I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it!" - Buddy the Elf
In preparation for Valentine's day, you should know I want this stuff.

Feb 10, 2012

if you ever wished books were clothes...

I wish books were clothes right now because then I wouldn't have to do my laundry! At this point I definitely have more clean books than clean clothes...

my kingdom for an elephant

elephant hamper, $79

I have so much laundry to do I don't think even an elephant could hold it all. But if an elephant could, I would want it to be this elephant. 

Have you ever seen an elephant swim? You should.

Feb 9, 2012

i love the library

Here are two of my favorite libraries that I've visited. I love libraries, bookstores, and any and all places book/reading related. I'm about to read The Big Sleep, as it takes place in my hometown and I'd eventually want to read Gore Vidal's empire series, as it's all about DC. Anyways, I want to visit lots more beautiful libraries all over the place, so if you've got a favorite let me know!

Marge: Next to Spring and Winter, Fall is my absolute favorite season.
       Just look at all this beautiful foilage.
 Lisa: It's not "foilage," mom, it's "foliage."  Foo-liage.
Marge: That's what I said, foilage.  It doesn't take a nucular scientist
       to pronounce foilage.
 Lisa: [growls]
Marge: I can honestly say that was the most fun I've ever had.  The
       mill, the history, all that gorgeous... foliage.
        [Lisa smiles]
       I can't excape Lisa, our little walking libary.

ralph wiggum offers you a bookmark!

I believe you can find inspiration anywhere. And by 'anywhere' I obviously mean 'The Simpsons.' Even more obviously I mean the Valentine's episode where Lisa gives Ralph the 'choo choo choose me' card. 

I decided to make up a little Valentine's day bookmark, which you can download, print onto cardstock, cut out and use as a combo card/gift!

Done and done! Thank you again, Ralph Wiggum. You're always solving all my problems.

Feb 8, 2012

for our american friends

 all stamps available at USPS

Not to say that our country doesn't make great stamps. We're the USA, after all! I mean, guys, we beat Team Iceland! In D2: The Mighty Ducks. Remember that? We've had some good times. So enjoy our stamps and don't be too sad you can't get your mitts on the Roald Dahls. Be a little sad, but not too.

royal mail

roald dahl stamps£4.66  

I wish I was British so I could use these stamps. I love sending and receiving mail and packages - the farther across the world the better! Once when I was little I had a penpal. I doodled devil horns on her picture when I was bored and accidentally mailed it to her. I felt bad about it basically forever. Because she wasn't devil-like at all. If I could find her address I'd send her a package full of Roald Dahl stamps.

So if you ever had a penpal about 15 years ago who sent you a picture of yourself with devil horns, let me know because I'm really sorry and I'll send you a package full of stamps ASAP. 

Feb 7, 2012

martha is a good thing

I have a complicated relationship with Martha Stewart. I love Martha Stewart because she loves Halloween. I dislike her for some of the reasons discussed on my other blog, Gumdrop Lane. I love her because she was a model.

And now I love her because she has a line of office supplies at Staples. And I really love office supplies. Her sticky notes make me want to stick things all the live long day. The colors are wonderful and who doesn't love a good pocket you can attach to the wall? 

Now, if you'll excuse me, Martha and I have a date with Staples to keep.

tuesday is steve day!

Truer words were never spoken. The heart is a hint at a project to come. I know, I know - hearts near Valentine's Day?? I must be crazy!!! Call me crazy if you must. Most people just call me Laura.

Feb 6, 2012


Hello! I'm Laura! I'm a writer and filmmaker and occasional crafter. But the occasional is about to become way more frequent. Here I will share my own creations, as well as what inspires me and all manner of neat whosits and whatsits galore! So let's do this thing? !