Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another non-gifty post

I know, i know, everyone hates me for posting memes. so sue me.-

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?
"as late as the nineteenth century, pure african songs could be heard and pure african dances seen in the southern united states."

2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?
Reference Bookcase.
3. What's the last program you watched on tv?
Wow, the third person to do this meme who's last program watched was the Jaimee Oliver one last night. Poor Dovis, I had to cover my eyes when he was looking for the clingwrap. =( I would have also watched Jericho, however you spell that, but Mr M hates it and talks through the whole thing saying how crap it is so we watched a Mr Bean ep too.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
4:00. (no, it's 3:48.)

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
someone walking loudly upstairs

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
I was walking home from school, at about 3:00.

7. What are you wearing?
a pink paisly halter and self-proclaimed pirate jacket, black jeans. yay!

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
nuhuh, sorry!

9. When was the last time you laughed?
This morning, when me and marisha were drawing all over eachother (accidentally!) in french class.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
a guy who was a major perfectionist, parking his car. took a 1/2 hour.

12. What do you think about this meme?
i like it, i'm just sorry i didn't have a more interesting book nearby! i had to grab one off a random shelf.

13. What's the last film you saw?
Amelie. very odd but good.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
buy a "bibliochaise" for my friend, move to Copenhagen, have cute clothes and a cute loft apartment.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
I sometimes listen in on random conversations. i don't say anything, though. :D

-e

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A non-gift guide post

Hello there. Yes, I know I haven't been posting very much lately. Fret not, I will post some more holiday goodness soon. But until then-
If anyone reads this blog at all, go sign up for CURBLY.com

It's awesome. And it's going to be huge, just as soon as more people find out about it. So all you imaginary blog readers, go post it in your blogs and get the word out.
If anyone's out there, that is. :D
-rockandwrap

Monday, November 13, 2006

THE TWELVE GIFTEES OF CHRISTMAS: PART VI

Unsure of what to buy for someone in your life? Rock and Wrap's "The Twelve Giftees of Christmas" can help. Or, at least help you add more things to YOUR holiday wishlist.
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I admit, i'd been avoiding this particular post. But then, genius struck. And now, my dear gift guide, I am ready to conquer you. So here it is: The Twelve Giftees of Christmas' latest installment: my father.
Or, rather, your father.
But more likely, your teenage brother/boyfriend/guy who cuts your lawn. Because frankly, my dad is anything but traditional.

Yes, at $100 they are on the expensive side. But these aren't just "posters." These are abstract expressions of pop cultrure and modern art rolled into one. They are the only art pieces I know of that offer all of these unique components, because I am not holding my breath on Picasso and Andy Warhol doing a collaboration piece anytime soon. Plus, you can just make out the subtle rock influences peeking through. Rock, my friends. Rock. Although you could opt for the beautiful rock posters they also sell on the site, if your dad is into The Mountain Goats.

...And just because I'm ridiculously nice, i'm presenting you with a framing option. These very nearly asian-inspired scroll frames make any "poster" look good, but they will most certainly make the aforementioned Art Piece completely gallery-worthy. And completely affordable, are they not??? For frames? Are you joking? The low, low bargain price for these stylin' frames completely makes up for spending $100 on paper. Er, art. Can we move on now? Other things my dad would like?

Ok, this one's a tad more traditional. My dad is really into notebooks. And day planners. And although this looks ridiculously boring, I hear that they come in red and maybe even orange and are time-honored journal/planners that were used by great artists. And apparently people get really into them and you can buy cool covers. Or something. And last but not least...

A Sex Pistols mug. Why? Because that's just really really ironic.

Paris Map Wrap. Because my dad likes history. And old things. Are we done yet? Yes, dear. We are.

-Rock and Wrap

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

a non-shopping post, for once!

So it occured to me that i have only posted about cool shopping things for the upcomming holidays. And while i like to think of these posts as extremely helpful and enjoyable to our readers, well, i am not one-dimensional. So, as an active participant of the Craftster community, here's my CRAFTSTER SWAP BIO! (Don't worry, more crafty posts to come after Christmas.)

Links
My Etsy
My Wists
My Craftster Profile

I Can...
- Sew
- Knit ( a little)
- Decoupage
- Make jewelry
- Do some paper arts/Make cards
- Make duct tape bags/purses/wallets

I’d Like To Learn...
- Screen printing
- Bookbinding
- Metalwork

Objects, Symbols and Themes I Like
- Anything Japanese, esp. japanese street fashion, modern art, pop culture, kawaii-ness
- Tattoo art ("sailor jerry" swallows, anchors)
- Cute or "kawaii" patterns, esp. fabric
- Victorian flourishes
- Nordic themes
- Swedish, Finnish, Scandinavian, Danish design
- Green apples
- Cherry blossoms, orchids and lotuses
- Jen Corace's art
- Parisian black and white themes
- Collages
- Mod
- Retro
- 60's-80's
- Roaring 20's style
- Vintage
- Hello Kitty
- Indie/Underground
- Music, guitars, punk rock, 80's rock, mix tapes
- Stickers, pins/badges/buttons, patches
- Simple repetitive patterns with stylized images
- Houndstooth pattern
- Plaid
- Black and white checkers
- Distressed look, esp. paint splatters for clothing or rustic look for homewares
- Bright plastics/colors

Objects, Symbols and Themes I Don’t Like
- Western
- Floral (like stuffy, grandmother-y floral)
- Country style
- Pastels (as a general rule, esp. purple and yellow)
- "Prep" style
- "Goth" style
- "Screamo" music
- Kitsch or cutesie

Colors and Combos I Love
- Favorite color: Purple (bright, metallic if possible)
- Wear mostly black, red
- Loud retro or mod patterns
- Sky blue or cotton candy pink with chocolate brown
- Sky blue with primary red (esp. home decor)
- Silver (in jewelry)
- Like orange alot
- Apple green, neon pink, primary red (not all together, just in general)

Colors and Combos I Don’t Like as Much
- Pastels
- Beige! NO BEIGE!
- Muddy colors, like non-chocolate browns or muddy oranges/greens/purples (like pure colors)
- Gold (in jewelry)

Craft Supplies
- Fabric, especially cotton prints and colored vinyls
- Interesting scrapbook or wrapping papers
- Nice ribbons
- Unusual jewelry charms, chains, or findings
- Zippers are always good!
- Rare tapes, like decorative tapes or hard-to-find colors of duct tapes
- Natural fiber yarn
- Unusual beads

Smells and Flavors I Like
- Chocolate, as long as it smells real
- Coffee, mocha, latte, cappucinno, espresso, french vanilla.... anything coffee
- Cinnamon
- Wintergreen
- Chamomile (not too heavy)
- Exotic fruits (Mango, papaya)
- Citrus

Smells and Flavors I Don’t Like
- Cherry (or any kind of fake, candy smell)
- Mothballs (haha does that count?)
- Heavy floral scents
- Nuts

I Collect...
- Squashed pennies
- Fabric
- Papers (crafting and wrapping)
- 1" buttons
- Patches
- Safety pins
- Stickers (vinyl)
- Junk jewelry
- Zines
- Charms for charm bracelets

Random Info
Love swappin', any indie art or crafts you want to send me! LOVE paper goods and stationary of any type, love decorating and fashion design...

Monday, November 06, 2006

THE TWELVE GIFTEES OF CHRISTMAS: PART V

Unsure of what to buy for someone in your life? Rock and Wrap's "The Twelve Giftees of Christmas" can help. Or, at least help you add more things to YOUR holiday wishlist.
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Ah, the co-worker. Who knows where your relationship stands? Don't look at me. You think you're just fellow hell-dwellers and then the holidays roll around to expose... well, hint-dropping. And, "Oh-You're-Going-To-Love-What-I-Bought-You..." 's. You couldn't have seen this comming. But better to be safe than sorry. Pack up a mix of these items and keep it under your desk in case a gift emerges from your cubical mate.

Keeping it work-related is always a good idea, but manilla folders are so impersonal. Spice it up with these adorable leather desk organizers from VacaValiente.com. They come in an array of colors, patterns, and styles. Send them a message through the site for where to buy.

Notebooks are always a good choice. Okay, I admit it, i'm rather paper-goods obsessed. But you would be too if you'd seen all the cool papers I have! These adorable minis from CarrotandStickPress.com (Also available on SeeJaneWork.com) are only $8.00 a pop and are available in tons of different styles. Is your desk-mate's workspace sprinkled with roses? An oriental oddessy? An african safari? They've got you covered. Or, just opt for the strikingly conservative stripes.

Or, drop the hint yourself by including some gift tags by TheSmallObject.com.

Wrapping options? Consider the very suit-worthy houndstooth (oh how I love anything houndstooth!)...

...Or the packaging that is a gift all its own, the colorful cardboard briefcase. This model is from, you guessed it, Kate's Paperie.

happy shopping!
-Rock and Wrap

Thursday, November 02, 2006

THE TWELVE GIFTEES OF CHRISTMAS: PART IV

Unsure of what to buy for someone in your life? Rock and Wrap's "The Twelve Giftees of Christmas" can help. Or, at least help you add more things to YOUR holiday wishlist.
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Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. Now that Halloween is over, I myself have shifted into gift-buying madness. But it was unfair of me to neglect you all, assuming that you all are doing the same shopping spree. So, without any further adieu...

Ah, mom. What could you possibly give the woman who gave you life and nurtured you from birth? How about a phone call every once in a while?! Heehee, well, i am not here to lecture you. But i am here to suggest a stylish way to break down the barriers between you and your mother.


Positively delicious telegram stationary from 16sparrows.com. Gift up a set for your mom and then...

...buy yourself some lovely note sets from Elumdesigns.com. Wrapping...?


Well, i know MY mother would love anything in this collection. Old-fashioned and traditional but not kitschy, you know? Classy. Classic, even. Or, if you're located in Canada, you could just zip over and pick up a lovely gift box from the Regional Assembly of Text (www.assemblyoftext.com), which i am coveting but cannot figure out how to purchase online. You lucky Canadians, you. Anyway.
You've really killed two birds with one stone, you know (no pun on 16 Sparrows, i promise!), you've actually knocked out your New Years' Resolution while getting your shopping done.
"Keep in touch with mom."
(check.)

-rockandwrap

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Twelve Giftees of Christmas... SPECIAL EDITION

Unsure of what to buy for someone in your life? Rock and Wrap's "The Twelve Giftees of Christmas" can help. Or, at least help you add more things to YOUR holiday wishlist.
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It seems we have overlooked the fact that maybe you have not purchased your holiday cards yet this year. Want to escape from the sea of chubby santas and preach-y angels? Fear not. In this special edition of Rock and Wrap's Holiday Rundown, we bring you the We Card list. Get ready to go from not enough choices to a choice overload...


Feeling a little mod this christmas? Retro is in, so why not go for it. These unusually shaped cards from Velocity will stand out in a sea of blah rectangular envelopes. Plus, they're inexpensive and come in tons of different styles.


Keeping with the retro theme, we bring you Toast Event Design (Toast-ed.com)'s funky holiday bottle cap magnet cards. Phew! There sure are alot of adjectives in that one. The truly great thing about this card though, apart from its striking design, is the fact that the bottle cap magnet can be used long after the card has been tossed, for years to come. It's like, the gift that keep on giving. Or something.


I know, i know! I've already talked about Luxe Paperie. But everything there is so super cute! I couldn't hold it in. Plus, the fabitty-fab people down at Luxe even were nice enough to give us a "Happy Holidays" card for our non-denominational friends. We cannot let goodness like that go unnoticed.


What else could we expect from the folks at MoMA? Nothing less than brilliance, i assure you. And we are not dissapointed. For some reason this webpage is in Japanese (i THINK it's in Japanese... really must brush up on these things) but luckily it's also in English so you all should be able to order without any problems. But before you take OUR word for it, just browse the page. Every card is unexpected and clever, and most are either die-cut or pop-up. What's not to love?


Looking for something a bit more modern? There's nothing more modern than these shiny silver cards from John Lewis. They come in assorted boxed sets, but frankly i love every style. While being modern, they still retain stylish, classic graphics... and i think that's important.


Enough choices for you? Haha, not quite. Being a very graphics-oriented person, i adore these cards from Soohoo On Paper. And i love that they're printed on recycled paper. The inside of this particular model features a primitive christmas tree drawing, just to sum up the crayon theme. I also rather like the simple stripes .

And that, my friends, is a lifetime worth of stylish papercuts.
-Rock and Wrap