Gearing up for what is said to be the most anticipated release of 2012, we’ve seen lots of The Hunger Games merchandise, posters, apparel and hype dotting the horizon of our malls and favorite media sites. The most unique merchandising opportunity we’ve seen is the new China Glaze Capitol Colours nail polish line. We’ve seen the colors in our local nail salons and big, bold posters in our favorite beauty supply stores, so of course, we had to jump in head first.
Personally, I’ve been hooked on China Glaze nail polish for a long time. It is a professional polish, so you won’t be finding it at your local market or variety store, but nearly every nail salon we’ve visited (a lot) over the past month has carried it and shown off the posters with pride.
So the polish line itself is made up of deep colors, we got to check out Agro (an opaque forest green) and Electrify (a glitter top coat with large flecks of yellow & red). Want some? You can grab the whole collection on Amazon or check it out at your local nail salon.
Grooving to the idea that playing cards don’t have to be the same, blue and red bicycle decks you’ve seen since the beginning of gaming, mass produced time after time. They can be something more, stylish and functional pieces of miniature art that makes your game really stand out.
While these attractive decks are nice enough to be placed on a shelf and used as a display piece, they are made to be played. We got to check out their #02 deck, which is a darker black and white motif that reminds me of an eclipse. We adore the design and heavy duty, professional quality of the cards themselves. The only drawback of this particular deck is that each of the cards reads from one direction, which makes it difficult to count points when your trying to go quickly when playing games such as blackjack.
Something unique to One Widow, is that each deck comes with the standard 52 cards, plus two jokers, and a blank replacement card to stand in for the “one that gets away”. That lost or damaged card that ruins your game. Then, after putting your spare card in play you can go back to One Widow and grab a brand new replacement. Do we love it? Oh yes, a much better plan then buying a whole new, identical deck to replace a single card. (And why is it that the Ace of Spades is always vanishing on us?)
Check them out at One Widow.
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Decision-making can be difficult. Especially when the decision is important. Managing the possibilities, considering the negatives against the positives, and understanding possible outcomes is vital to the process.
Knock Knock has created this Pro/Con journal to help make decision-making easier. This 102 page jotter gives ample space to write down the problem (Dilemma), urgency, when it needs to be figured out, two numbered columns for both the pros and cons, a place to tally up (Or use points, if one possibility might outweigh others) and a space to jot down the conclusion and a plan of action.
This journal makes attacking difficult decisions much simpler.
Check them out at Knock Knock.
When I originally saw this little desk toy on ThinkGeek, I giggled. I thought about our first week open and the long conversations about Schrödinger’s Cat, the meaning of life and why we wanted to start DeskApe to begin with. This cubicle toy is the embodiement of exactly what we had wanted to start here. Just enough oddity, quirkiness and smarts to pass around the room.
Like a magic 8 ball, this adorable toy can tell you what to do when you open the door to find out if Schrödinger’s Cat is living or dead. Dead cat can be a negative answer, or when irony and humor is called for, the dead kitty might just be the answer your looking for.
The plastic box takes three AA batteries and is fairly well constructed. (It survived a light flight across the room and into the wall without incident) The only structure issue is in the battery compartment, the brand new unit was a little tricky to push the batteries into.
A great gift for geeks of all generalizations & genders.
Schrödinger’s Cat Executive Decision Maker is available on ThinkGeek.
Continuing our craft-frenzy, we are taking a look at Tsukineko All-Purpous Ink. We are looking at their inking work stations, which come in five different color collections for different crafting experiences. Our favorite color collection is Classic, which has twelve basic and cheery colors that mix well to create nearly any color.
Each of these workstations has the twelve ink colors in small 15 ml (0.50 oz) jars that have wide enough mouths that make them very convenient for pouring, dipping the included Fantastix, or just about any other use you can think of.
The All-Purpous ink is vibrant, not watered down like so many other craft inks. Want it watered down? Do it yourself to make a nice wash of color. It is a great multitasking ink that takes to almost any porous surface, including cloth. (Heat set for cloth projects.
The see-through stand showcases the inks beautifully and holds the Fantastix applicators upright. We got to use the Classic colors and Rustic, which contains an earthy collection of deep tones that look great in landscapes and decor.
Check out the full array of colors, available as Workstations, mini-workstations or individual colors at Tsukineko.com, or put in an order on Amazon to get your own.