Last year I made a sushi costume for my dog Charlie, and this year I thought I'd stick with the same food theme... so he'll be going to our local Halloween "Yappy Hour" as Taco Tuesday! Click through to check out the tutorial.
The news is generally disheartening. Work is stressful. Bills keep coming every month. My washing machine is making a weird sound. Life is rough, right? I need a break! Sometimes I just want to stare at my phone and enjoy myself for a minute. The problem is that scrolling through social media - a once relaxing and enjoyable experience - has turned into a version of hell all its own. Some accounts on Instagram are annoying. Everyone on Twitter is fighting about politics. And Facebook gives me all the FOMO. Where do we go? Where do we turn for a few minutes of mindless entertainment?
I've searched the depths of the internet to help you answer that question. The good news is, there are still a few rays of sunshine in the dark cloud of online content. So when you're not reading Curbly, or watching The Office once again - check out these links to help you recharge your batteries.
Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President
If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat.
As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift.
We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?
Cereal Specimen Art. Need I say more? Since this month on Curbly we've been concentrating on the kitchen, I just could not pass up the opportunity to share this hilarious idea for the dry cereal connoisseur in your life.
Craft + activism = craftivism. Speaking out through creativity. Exhibit A: yarnbombing potholes like the artist Juliana Santacruz Herrerra, who took to the streets of Paris with soft, squishy yarn. Her agenda? Highlight the deteriorating city streets.
Okay, so, the "we" above actually refers to the team at Popular Mechanics, but the sentiment is the same - while the DIY approach can be enriching, challenging, creative, and often save you lots of money, it doesn't mean that everything goes perfectly the first time.
Ever wonder what kind of people live in the pages of your catalogs? Actor, writer, and comedian Molly Erdman actually knows them
It seems that this list would better titled, "Nine Things for a Billionaire to Buy For You, If You Happen to Be on a Billionaire's Christmas List"... Still, an interesting look at the excess of the holidays.
1. A ride around town: Bugatti Veyron $2 MM
2.Something for that empty wall: Modern Art $8 MM+
3. A bath toy: A Super Yacht up to $200 MM - $300 MM
4. Some beach gear: A Submarine $80 MM
5. A weekend getaway: A private island $10 MM - $100 MM
According to ATOM (the Aluminum Tree and Ornament Museum), occasionally an aluminum tree can be found in the wild. This rare specimen was spotted at the lip of the Grand Canyon in 2004. Extraordinary!!!!
(Photo by Ayn Claybome).
Hey, check out the little man with the big weenie! The stainless steel stick figure ($15) could be just the thing for your next barbeque or tailgate party as he’ll keep your hotdogs and sausages far enough away from the coals to prevent burnt kabobs. And this guy isn’t a one trick pony either; his other appendages are useful too, as you can use his arms to roast peppers or mushrooms. Via Greenhead.
"Dan Golden is a New York based artist who has shown his playful yet sophisticated work in galleries for nearly a decade.
In 2006, born from a desire to reach beyond the art world, Golden partnered with interior designer Ford Lininger. Together, the two developed a line of luxurious, contemporary rugs based on Golden's art and launched the collection in Spring 2007."
These handtufted rugs come in four standard sizes, with custom sizes and schemes...
In the morning I awoke with the sudden realization that I couldn’t do the one thing I wanted to do most: use the toilet.
I thought of going outside, but it was broad daylight, and my neighbors are not that friendly.
Bodily fluids are great motivators, though, so, at 7:30 in the morning, I lurched...
I wrote this essay shortly after moving into my house, and I'm digging it out after being reminded by another first-time-homeowner's post about the joys of main-line backups. Part 1: The sewer never sleeps.
There was poop coming out of a hole in my basement.
I came home near midnight. I had some papers I wanted to put away. I went down in the dark, and when I stepped off the last stair, I heard a splash. No big deal, though. I’d had...