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gift guide for the boys in your life at daily candy – check out the egg cuber, and the last item is one I actually own – the mini pen cam.

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pop culture junk mail points us to this antique christmas light site. as a kid our neighbors had a few of these bubble lights.

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Take a look at the Bulls-eyes egg dish for brunches at American Homebody (Dec. 11th). You know you want to try one. They remind me of the baked egg dish at a lost restaurant in San Francisco called Doidges. The baked eggs were wrapped in thick bacon, topped with pimento and were gooood. They had heavenly waffles and french toast, and you could substitute home fries with fresh ripe tomato slices, which were perfect. I miss the place still.

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The 20 Things Benefit Auction is on – go bid on the great stuff, all proceeds go to nonprofits.

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Slightly related to the Dec. 8th entry at Troutgirly is the Dec. 16th entry at ChicKnits, the St*plesCanKissMyA**BecauseIt’sChic Scarf

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Nobody’s Fool: Food Notes and Stories is having a holiday subscription sale. It is so very well worth it, and would, of course, make a great gift for the food lovers in your life. I almost missed the instructions for heavenly hot chocolate on the first page of the site!

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froogle “is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information about products for sale online.” Basically, Google shopping. Bonnie pointed me to the very desirable section on craft supplies, thanks!

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Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers at The Morning News

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Look – blotting sheets for your food “Originally designed in large sheets to soak up oil after tanker disasters, they also do the job on gravy, bacon, and ham”. I’m assuming the clean and clear oil blotting sheets are in the same family?

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“Uh. Why would anyone choose to be homeless?”

- Karen, Will and Grace

I grabbed a the Dec/Jan issue of Budget Living last night and paging through it it seems to be a review of projects from a bunch of different places (vinyl record bowls, etched water glasses, marble magnets). Something which I know ReadyMade was criticised for over at Glitter. And they haven’t left this magazine alone either. But instead of a defensive mob outcry I find a thoughtful discussion on the nature of craft, DIY, money and political beliefs.

One of the points people are spinning off of is the description of the average Budget Living reader having a salary of $70K. I have to wonder if that should be amended with “if they happen to be living in Manhattan or LA”. The figure comes from a bit of copy which seems to be targeted toward prospective advertisers, who are probably sitting in a deluxe apartment in the sky in Manhattan or LA. Otherwise it makes me feel about as good about myself as the article Troutgirl is talking about here (under “money money money mon-nay!”). She ran the numbers and came up with one “saving the equivalent of $31,200 a year with 8% returns” in order to come out with the scenario in the Fortune article. In Cleveland, where I lived most of my life, the average salary at a good job for someone my age would leave about $5,000 a year for one to live on after saving $31,200, before taxes.

To the defense, Budget Living does list is as the “household” income of $70K, but it’s that figure which seems to be inspiring a lot of talk.

In a related note Budget Living has a little profile of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood and how great it is. It’s true, the area is full of art galleries in old houses, trendy restaurants, cheap Victorian houses, and yes, good beer. But I wanted to relate this story: While still living in Cleveland Scott and I wandered into a restaurant while trying to find Johnny Mango’s, we got a table outside in the back. Everything was superb, the food, the wine, the service. We had managed to get a pre-rush table at an in demand place without realizing it. But. Just on the other side of the fence was a drunk old man in a wife beater holding a beer standing in his driveway shouting at his dogs to stop barking. Lovely.

And after all of that, I unabashedly adore the magazine.

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knitty has come to my rescue again, thank you knitty!

[I cannot go into more detail because it involves presents for certain family members, however I will be posting pictures after the holidays]

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girlhacker has a guide to outlet sites, digs magazine has a piece on how to find the right gift for everybody, and pop culture junk mail tells us about this hairy cat soap

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pamie relates to us her modern day tupperware party, and nicole talks about what it is like to be an army wife at The Morning News

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instructions for making rock candy via crushworthy kiehl. I never noticed before but the exploratorium has an incredible cooking section on the site, which I should have noticed because the project maganger is Danette St. Onge of the wonderful food site Yum!

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erica mulherin put up some great illustrated directions on making a felted snowman!

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