Things I Like Thursdays!

Let’s just get right into it:

Leap Soaps – I have a deep love with beautiful package design. I may have been seen caressing loaves of bread when Arnold Breads changed their packaging a few years back. Sometimes maybe I slam hard on the breaks when I see a beautifully designed billboard. If you are going to put something out there, make it nice to look at, right? Leap Soap Co. has done just that. Leap Soaps are certified organic, have luscious scents like lemongrass and lavender orange clove. Designs are from artist Charles Bloom. I want ’em.

Cassette Tape Catnip Toys – Since Pierogi has all this space to bat around things around, I’d rather the toys that scatter the floor be something pleasing to look at it (and not a fake mouse with stuffing pouring out. Ew.) These cassette tape catnip toys will make Pierogi the coolest, hippest nostalgic-ironic cat around. Toys are handmade with cotton, and stuffed with high-quality organic catnip. Kitty drugs never looked so cute! $5.99 for 2 cassettes, from The Upstairs Room via Etsy.

Put ‘Em Up, book by Sherri Brooks – I love pickles. I love ’em! Low in fat and calories, simple ingredients, naturally vegan. Unfortunately, GOOD pickles (crispy, fresh and with good flavor) cost a few dollars a jar or from a market. I have been saving up my glass containers to venture into the world of home pickling, and this is the book to help me to do it! Bright colors, and gorgeous design (look at the pages! so beautiful!) plus a ton of color photos and easy directions make this one a winner. First project: Spicy pickled green beans. $19.95,  Put ‘Em Up: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide… by Sherri Brooks.

Lightlife Frozen Meals As much as I love cooking, sometimes I have nothing in the fridge and I have to run out the door to work, a meeting, etc… Thanks to Lightlife brand foods, getting a tasty and healthy meal in a few minutes just got easier. While there are other brans of frozen meals, I just can’t bring myself to spend over $4.00 on something I know I could make for under $2 a serving. Lightlife’s meals are ALL vegetarian (many, not all, are vegan so read labels!), and cost only $2.99 each, which doesn’t break the bank if I throw one or two in my shopping cart. $2.99

This week’ list  is short because I’m the busiest bee! Check back again for next Thursdays list.

THINGS I Like THURSDAYS! July 8 (new weekly installment)

Over here at STK Headquarters, we sure do love alliteration. Hence, “THINGS I Like THURSDAYS!”, a weekly smattering of various items, art, books, films, people, foods, blogs, etc…. THINGS (oh so general) that I just like, and I want to share the wealth.

Here’s the first roundup:

Steel Wire Basket – This is a great mix of rustic/modern geometric and a great addition to your counter, perfect to show off your avocados, potatoes and lemons. $21.00 by Charest Studios, via Etsy.

Black Bus Roll Inspired Tea Towel – Text goes with art like peanut butter with jelly. I love love love typography and words used in items and art, so this tea towel made me whistle. (Corny pun, not even successful.) It is inspired by beautiful vintage bus rolls, and would make a very urban addition to a kitchen to replace a boring towel from the dollar store. BONUS – Towel made from natural hemp and organic cotton, and inks are eco-friendly, too! Hooray! You’re going to want to wash your hands all the time! $18.00 by Yardage Designs, via Etsy.

Let’s Eat Poster – Printmaking is one of my favorite forms of visual art. This poster appears to have come from invitations for what must have been a faaahhhhbulous dinner party made on the artists Gocco press. This poster in larger in scale, 11″ x 14″ including the black mat. Send out invitations that say “Let’s Eat” so your friends can come over and look at this awesome print, once again encouraging them to eat. They better be hungry. $16.00 by Two Gutitars, via Etsy.

Take Us Home Tote Bag – I know you’ve collected them from every grocery store and event, but seriously, who doesn’t love another tote bag? This one is adorable for obvious reasons. Vegetables are our friends, you see, and they want to become a part of your life. They want you to caress them in your hands, and later they are happy to nourish you. What sweethearts! Wow, thank you vegetables, everyone was right about you! This is a 3-color silkscreened bag, a good size at 15″ x 16″, ideal for hauling $16.00 by Bang Bang You’re Thread, via Etsy.

Veggie Print – Say my name, say my name… Continuing with the theme of talking vegetables, take a gander at this adorable print from the same artist as the above tote bag. I love vegetables as the subjects of art prints, and this one has it all: beautiful design, text, gorgeous color, and even the often left-out tofu! Say your names loud and proud, young vegetables. $15.00 by Bang Bang You’re Thread, via Etsy.