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Make yourself into a map

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By Karla Courtney in New Illustration on Monday 16 September 2013

For the person who has everything, Sydney-based illustrator Patti Anne Andrews will ask you for a list of your favourite things and then interpret them into a map. She says they are for kids, but I am pretty sure we all want our own island. Super cute.

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Amazingly accurate layered planet cakes

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By Karla Courtney in New Food and Packaging on Friday 13 September 2013

Just in case you haven’t already seen these (they were shared by social media’s astronaut sweetheart Col. Chris Hadfield), these layered planet cakes are absolutely out of this world. Ha ha.

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Knitted Ziggy Stardust cardigan

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By Karla Courtney in New Fashion on Friday 13 September 2013

I have combined my love of knitting, David Bowie and GIFs to create this Ziggy Stardust cardigan for my two-year-old son. Children’s clothes can be so same-same. And, seriously, why would you NOT want to walk around with a knitted Ziggy Stardust on your back? See also this Michael Jackson Who’s Bad sweater [below].

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Build: design your own modular shelf

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Friday 13 September 2013

These modular shelves need no explanation other than this: ‘BUILD is a multi-functional, lightweight, flexible and toxic-free shelving system that permits you to ‘design’ your own composition’. To us, they simply look amazing. Behold and decorate.

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Lonely Hunter Markets proves that shopping in real life actually still happens

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Thursday 12 September 2013

Remember that time when you could buy things in real life? Seriously, like you actually go somewhere and talk to people and then exchange paper bills and smile at each other. Well, apparently that is still a thing! Lonely Hunter is a Sydney-based craft marketplace held on the last Saturday of each month, with a […]

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Evian Baby Inside You: the most viral video since Gangnam Style?

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By Karla Courtney in Video on Tuesday 6 August 2013

The Evian Baby Inside You video has joined Gangnam Style and Antoine Dobson in the YouTube all of fame. Now that you’ve seen the film get the shirt. A walking advert, yes. A very cute and funny walking advert, definitely.

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Cool Knitting: knitted sloths and other things you have to have

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Internet behold! Your favourite animals – sloths, sharks, cats, unicorns – all have knitting patterns for toys that you know you need (yes, you can sleep with a toy sloth at 30). Brought to you by the makers of the legendary Children’s Birthday Cake Book with the train on the cover, the book’s poems and […]

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New music by Future Islands

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By Karla Courtney in New Music on Wednesday 19 September 2012

The world of ‘alternative/new-wave pop’ is so saturated that it’s really all just ‘pop’. And then there are the Roxy Music-ish vocals and sprawling, melo 70s synthesizer jams of North Carolina’s Future Islands that make you feel different enough to rock an asymmetrical haircut and ride a unicycle. They’re visiting Australia for the first time […]

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New music by Ex-Kid Confucius member Andrawis George

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By Karla Courtney in New Music on Saturday 8 September 2012

Ex-Kid Confucius member Andrawis George has spent the last two years exploring his Egyptianess, writing wicked songs and, more recently, making amazing paper pyramids in preparation for the launch of his music meets art project, Young Cairo. The debut track from his album, Sing Don’t Sleep!, Ghosts, is like indie pop crack and the video, featuring […]

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Mini Eco: cool DIY ideas

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By Karla Courtney in Cool Websites on Wednesday 5 September 2012

This is amazing hipster mum DIY at its finest. Think confetti GIFs, self-painted space envelopes and dogs wearing glasses. I have such blog envy. 

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Ziggy Stardust sweater by Karla Courtney

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By Karla Courtney in New Fashion on Wednesday 5 September 2012

I have combined my love of knitting, David Bowie and GIFs to create this Ziggy Stardust cardigan for my 2-year-old son. Children’s clothes can be so same-same. And, seriously, why would you NOT want to walk around with a knitted Ziggy Stardust on your back? See also: Michael Jackson Who’s Bad sweater

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Create Lego plots with Google Chrome

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By Karla Courtney in Cool Websites on Wednesday 5 September 2012

This is so cool and out of control I can’t handle it. Users of the Google Chrome browser can visit this website to explore Google maps, build their own LEGO plots with a 3D builder tool, and see other people’s creations. As if getting work done wasn’t hard enough. Come visit me at Karla manor.

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10 creepiest abandoned waterparks

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By Karla Courtney in New Photography on Wednesday 5 September 2012

Environmental Graffiti offers up images of the stunning-meets-shocking-meets-awesome variety of all things outdoors. These creepy abandoned waterpark photos are a great inspiration to venture to the forgotten, at your own risk! 

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Yiying Lu’s interactive wall tangrams

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By Karla Courtney in New Design on Wednesday 5 September 2012

The artist behind the Twitter Fail Whale, and more recently these high fashion QR code illustrations, has made some awesome wall tangrams that can be repositioned to create whatever you want. And because we aren’t all as talented as her (true story) she has also produced extensive tangram guides on how to make everything from […]

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White Doves by Young Empire: an interactive music video

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By Karla Courtney in Video on Wednesday 5 September 2012

Yes, I know Arcade Fire and others have been there done that with the interactive music video, but this one is more ‘Museum of Me‘ and less ‘I know where you live’, using Facebook connect to pull your own images into the song’s story (AF used Google maps to zoom in on your house).

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