Posts Tagged 'toys'

Next best thing to your own sushi boats!

Just the other day I was telling my friends about how much I want my a river with sushi boats in my house. Unfortunately most San Francisco landlords are not so keen on people putting tiny rivers in their apartments so I will have to wait until I get a house of my own. But until then, I can fill my need for mobile sushi with a sushi train!

Shinkansen Bullet Train Sushi Go Round Restaurant

Modeled after the infamous Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan, this kit allows you to build your own bullet train track and comes with train cars to tote the sushi. If youre having a party you can play conductor and decide when your guests get their meal or you could just sit by yourself and play master of the sushi train (totally what I would do). The train comes with two cars and either plates or bowls and can be operated manually or on auto pilot. It also includes chopsticks and fake sushi so you can do some trial runs before using the real thing.

The set can be shipped from Japan and retails for around $66 dollars (not including shipping).

[link via TokyoMango]

<3 seanalyn

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Live bloggin Martha Stewart

In the fallout of my father’s passing Ive been working from home (dont want to make anyone in the office uncomfortable with spontaneous crying and what not) and the one benefit of this is daytime television. Ok so I dont really like much daytime television but I do enjoy my occasional dose of Martha. Today looks like an interesting show with recession busting ideas and Aussie chef Pete Evans and I figured those of you not able to watch the show live might enjoy a play by play account (or not haha. This could be epic fail). So lets start the show!

1:03 Pete comes out, Im slightly disappointed with his Aussie accent. I have a few super Aussies at work and they all put his accent to shame. Oh well, theyre flipping through his cookbook to decide what to cook today.

1:05 Oh theyre cooking Huevos Rancheros and Steamed Arctic Char. Not very Aussie but delicious sounding regardless.

1:05 Wow Martha brought in eggs from her own chicken! I want Martha’s eggs!

1:06 Apprently all dishes should have color, flavor and texture. The crispy tortilla ads the texture to the Huevos Rancheros.

1:06 Pete is talking about hout Australia is such a new country that they dont really have their own cuisine yet, they are like America and mostly a melting pot with a few emerging specialties. Ive always been a fan of vegemite and toast ;)

1:08 wow they are already done with the Huevos Rancheros and they look DELICIOUS!

Get the recipe here

1:13 OMG Pete’s fish that he brought with Australia to cook was confiscated at LAX. Epic lols. Also I just realized that Martha and Pete kind of look like twinsies, they are both wearing light purple button up shirts. How cute.

1:14 Hmm never realized how much Arctic Char looks like salmon. They are adding the soy sauce and other ingredients. Fun fact: In Australia they call green onions either green onions or spring onions.

1:15 learned a new tip! Peel ginger with the back of your spoon. I never knew…

1:15 Interesting Pete is using the garlic for texture. Wonder what hes going to do with it…fry it maybe?

1:17 Yup fried it with some red chili. Wow that was an easy recipe! Only a few ingredients and very simple. Prep time was like 5 minutes and cook was about 8! Amazing!

Get the recipe here

1:18 Ahaha Martha just corrected Pete because he kept calling the green onions shallots. Martha BUUUURNNNNN!

1:18 Annnnd everyone in the audience is getting a copy of Petes book and the crowd goes WILD! But not as wild as Oprah’s audience

1:21 Ohh up now is a woman showing how to make a cardboard box and other recyclables into a toy oven! I want to make one…anyone have a kid I can borrow? Because it would be weird to make a toy oven for myself.

1:22 So the woman showing how to make the stove says one day she was in her basement and a box started to look like a stove. This woman must grow shrooms in her basement.

1:23 Aww she originally made it to cary pies in! Now I have an excuse to make one!

1:26 Wow the bottle cap knobs on the oven actually turn!

1:27 Huh using CDs for burners by drawing grooves with a sharpie. How cute!

1:30 Man, Martha must be on speed or something because she does her show in lightning speed! Either that or she is a domestic robot sent from the future to destroy us with cupcakes. Mmmm apocalyptic cupcakes.

1:32 Oops the rack inside the oven wont stay up. Martha is not amused and is scolding her guest. Im sticking with the evil Cylon Martha theory right now.

1:34 And the oven is done! How cute! Theres even a light inside that turns on and off when you open and close it

To learn to make your own cardboard oven, click here

1:35 Up next things to make to go along with your toy oven.

1:38 “What would an oven be without play food” Yeah Martha, what would an oven be without play food? Nothing a sad sad little oven

1:39 Wow absolutely adorable handmade felted food from Lilly Bean Market. I have a soft spot in my heart for felted toys. I just want to add little smiley faces to all the food for extra cuteness

1:40 Martha boasts that shes made more lattice top pies than anyone in the studio and then stares ominously into the camera like shes looking into your soul to make sure shes made more pies than you.

1:42 Heres some of the felt foods they showed.

cuteness overload!

1:43 Oh nice she sells kits to make her felted toys online! Click here to buy the felt pie kit for only $6! What a steal!

1:45 Martha is impressed with this guest, she compliments her neatness and says the pie looks better than the real thing. I just realized that the girl has the same haircut as Martha….I fear that Martha has made another skin job to help her quest to dominate the world with cuteness.

1:47 And the pie is done! Very cute!

You can buy the kit for a mere $6 or click here to learn how.

1:50 Another cardboard crafter is up next! Wow shes a 19th century literary major with 1 kid and another on the way. Martha shows off the cardboard washing machine and table that she made for her kid. They are going to show us how to make a cardboard furniture

1:52 How neat, all of the furniture is made of interlocking pieces so you dont have to glue them together to assemble. That way kids can take them apart and travel with them. The pieces are all very modern looking.

1:52 Wow the drawing of the furniture that she made for reference were done in Photoshop. My design geek heart just went pitter patter.

1:54 I just learned a new word “take-apart-able”

1:55 Wow the doll furniture is like a mini cardboard version of Ikea furniture. Everything just locks into place! Nifty!

1:58 And the furniture is done!

Cardboard table and chair are VERY cute (hmm I notice a theme here) although that doll sitting in the chair is kind of creepy… Im a little frightened. Maybe it was a former guest that angered Martha and she used her evil cupcakes and turned them into an ugly toy. Oh well instructions for the furniture including templates can be prnted outhere

1:59 Well the show is over! Martha promises tomorrow will be another great show and Im inclined to believe her mainly out of fear.

Hope you enjoyed the first live blog! I know it was silly but hey…who doesnt want a little dose of Martha in the afternoon!? Before you answer remember that Martha is a Cylon and has super strength and does not fear death because she made her own resurrection hub out of cardboard and jell-o. Im just sayin…

<3 seanalyn

80s Nostalgic Furniture

When I was growing up one of my favorite candies was those little button candies.

They all taste the same….sugar…and when you ate them you always got little bits of paper in your mouth too. I was a weird kid.

Anywho the design wizards at Jellio have made a bench that looks like a strip of those deliciously papery button candies. Behold, the Button Bench!


The buttons are rubber and squish down when you sit on them then pop back up after you stand up. The price to own this colorful piece of nostalgia? $1,400….just a wee bit more that the $1 it costs for a bunch of sheets of button candies.

Heres a few more awesome 80s nostalgia pieces from Jellio.

Rubiks Cube Table

Barrel of Monkeys Mirror

ViewMaster Mirror

The mirror contains slots to put your own pictures in!

Gumball Clock


Made from actual gumball and capsule vending machines they tell time AND dispense treats!

LiteBrite Table

Light table with removable pegs so you can rearrange into any design! Get awesome time!

Slider Wall Art


This was always one of my favorite toys as a kid…I think its because my optometrist always gave me one of these after my appointments when I was a child and I would play with it on the car ride home. Hell I still play the digital version on my computer all the time! Now I can get a giant one on my wall! Bonus, they do customized ones!


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