Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Eco Toys, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Ask Alice, Gift Ideas, Stamp Kit, Stationery | Comments Off
We love rubber stamps!! our business cards are made from recycled index cards, stamped with our insignia, to get there we went through all manner of trouble – simply finding rubber stamps that aren’t bog ugly is a chore – Imagine our glee when we stumbled upon this Australian designed stamp kit, oh joy! Ask Alice is a very niche, idiosyncratically Melbourne range – a closed loop of production that all happens within a few kilometres – and is full of notebooks and paper made for those who appreciate local design and manufacture!
This Rubber Stamping Kit contains a selection of super cute rubber stamps, 2 different ink pads and a set square to help you line up your stamps! Why is there 2 of each stamp? The stamps are supplied in two parts, so that your stamped artwork will consist of two colours making up the one image! The set square included will help you align your stamps to create the perfect image each time. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 18th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Eco Toys, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Block Set, Childrens Toys, Eco Toys, Kyle Bean, Wooden iPhone | Comments Off
Seems these days, even the youngest of children want to trade in their alphabet blocks for new tech toys. This amazing set covers both bases, high and low tech. Created by designer Kyle Bean, this innovative baby toy is also mantle/shelf worthy, beautifully crafted.
The blocks also double as stamps, which would perhaps make this even more useful for adults than children. Check Kyle’s site at: www.kylebean.co.uk
Posted: October 1st, 2011 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Eco Toys, Favorite New Thought, Thought of the Day, Verity Penfold | Tags: ACOUSTIC ALARM, Jamie McMahon, Jamie McMahon Blog, Jamie McMahon Design | Comments Off
A good sleep-in is a wonderfilled piece of bedroom life, an out of the ordinary lapse in daily life. Imagine having that same zen-ness in your everyday waking life. Well Jamie McMahon imagined that very same thought. The Acoustic Alarm. Once you get over the intrinsic beauty of this waxed birch box and allow it to make it’s music, you’ll wonder how you ever got out of bed for anything else. Unfortunately, it’s a one of, it’s simply a thought – more zen – there aren’t any plans to produce this piece of joy just yet.
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Posted: July 29th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Eco Toys, Favorite New Thought, Fun Renovating Ideas, Get Out of the House, Renovation Planning | Tags: Ataraxic Catalyst, Bubble, BubbleRoom, BUBBLETREE, Crystal Bubble, Pierre Stephane Dumas, Treehouse | Comments Off
One of my favorite memories is playing in my childhood yard, specifically our old weeping willow tree. I got my first kiss – at age 6, thanks Lucien! – in that tree. Clearly I have matured since those days, I do still crave hanging out in trees, can’t quite get a grip on getting up there though!? Thankfully French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a range of – brilliant – portable transparent Bubbles. The idea behind Dumas’ wondrous Bubble collection was to create temporary lush accommodation that had the least impact on the surrounding environment, while giving the impression of being amongst nature. The range includes the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, which are all suitable to spend a night in, without disturbing the natural surroundings.”I designed this eccentric shelter with the goal to offer an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite,” says Dumas. “Bubble huts are for me like an ataraxic catalyst, a place apart where getting rest, breathing and standing back”. Dumas’ unique design and the geometry of the Bubble creates a silencing acoustic effect. “Noises coming from the outside are reduced and noises coming from the inside echo towards the sphere’s hub. This echo drives people to speak quietly bringing about a feeling of appeasement favorable to have a nap,” explains Dumas.
Installation of the Bubbles is apparently quick and easy. Featuring an air renewal system, the Bubble maintains its sphere shape by utilizing a blower that constantly creates soft pressure against the walls. This air pressure also avoids moisture problems and provides a constant flow of fresh air into the interior of the bubble. The CristalBubble and the BubbleRoom can fit a king size bed, and feature an entry lock offering a space for personal belongings. All Bubble huts are 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter and are made of reinforced, anti-fire and ultraviolet-protective plastic. Each hut comes with a wooden floor, portable blower and protective cover. These Bubbles aren’t cheap though – why is it all the gorgeous stuff is always hand in the wallet expensive – Prices for the CristalBubble start from $US10,000 and are available from BubbleTree. The ever clever Dumas’ also rents these wonders for extra special events, if your lucky enough to call République Française home then checkout http://bubbletree.fr/
Posted: May 19th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ...more original renovation ideas, Blip, Eco Toys | Tags: ...more original renovation ideas, ECO, Green Pages, Green Toys, katie patrick, Michael Courtenay | Comments Off
Our most favorite green blogger and allround trailblazing eco impresaria – yes we have the Katie Patrick love – Katie Patrick’ has some ubercool toys spruked on her blog. Green Toys have released a whole new line of toys that are now available for the first time in Australia. Each one of these classic toys is constructed from recycled plastic milk jugs, which helps reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. These toys are also made with safety in mind, so there are no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings to cause concern. Green Toys is one of the most innovative eco friendly companies on the planet, committed to using environmentally friendly materials in everything they produce, from their unique line of toys, right down to their 100% recycled cardboard packaging that comes without the usual mess of twist ties and glue to cause frustration among anyone having to open them and delaying the joy of a child waiting to play. Checkout Katies Blog at www.thegreenpages.com.au her review of the toys is as always brilliant www.thegreenpages.com.au/new-stuff/ M★C