Posted in Sparks in the wild, WWWhat?

Things With Faces

I like things with faces. Animals, people, watches – those kinds of things. Nothing strange about that, I’m sure. But I really like spotting unexpected things with faces – in nature, or on inanimate objects like doors or street signs or pieces of toast.

Many years ago, I found a photography book made up entirely of images of faces in unexpected places and I was excited to know that there was at least one other person who shared my interest. And now, thanks to Facebook, I know that there are at least 63,976 people around the world who also like things with faces. Because there’s a Facebook page called Things with Faces. Their tag line is Admit it, you see a face. And it’s a very good page to look at if you need a giggle.

Time's up. [image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Time’s up.
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Say cheese. [image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Say cheese.
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Surprise! [image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Surprise!
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
ET, in ice cream form.  [image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
ET, in ice cream form.
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Happiness in a cup. [image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
Happiness in a cup.
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
And finally, one of my favourites.

[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
[image from Things with Faces Facebook page]
If you’re on Facebook, I strongly suggest that you check out the Things with Faces page. (Oh, and while you’re there, you might want to like the EverydaySparks page too!) If you’re not on Facebook, you can always google ‘things with faces’ to find similar collections of pics. And when you’re out and about, remember to keep alert – THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING.

Posted in Home sparks

An EverydaySparks Christmas – the tree

Let me start with a bit of a heads-up: I looooove the festive season. From Thanksgiving through to Christmas and then the wind-down after that, when it feels as though everyone slows down a bit to enjoy the summer (here in Australia, that is). Oh, the thrill of getting a parking spot when the shopping centre is packed; the smell of the fruit cakes baking in the oven (my mum’s); the playing of the Christmas tunes (at this time, I even accept Mariah Carey); the wrapping of the gifts; the popping of the champagne corks; the squeals of delight from the little people; and, of course, the decorating of the tree.

I love decorating my tree. It’s a fakey-fake tree, but its creators have tried hard to make its ‘trunk’ and ‘branches’ look as realistic as possible. Which is pretty funny, because there are large brackets along the trunk where you need to insert the branches – that kind of gives the game away. Although they have painted the brackets brown, like the trunk, so I do appreciate their efforts to keep it real. I have a fair few decorations that I have collected over the years on my travels, so I’m pretty much in a dream world as I crank up the carols and take the memories out of their boxes.

Most of the decorations make me smile, some make me a bit teary, others blind me with their bling (ok, so I have some small disco ball decorations on the tree, just because). But there are two decorations that make me laugh out loud every year (or LOLEY, the cool kids might say) and as I put my tree up yesterday, I thought I would share them with you here.

The Christmas sushi was a gift from my sister-in-law Jo a few years back – a sign that she knows me well (I really dislike sushi, but I love crazy glittery decorations, the more ridiculous the better). And the Christmas pickle is from New York – I couldn’t resist its bright green colouring, with a mysterious golden sheen. It just looks so bizarre. Apparently it’s based on a German tradition to put a real pickle on the tree. I’m not sure about that tradition and so, especially in the summer heat, I’ll stick with this more magical version.

Here they are…

This pic doesn't adequately capture the true sparkle of the sushi ingredients, but you get the idea. LOLEY.
This pic doesn’t adequately capture the true sparkle of the sushi ingredients, but you get the idea. LOLEY.
The pickle (and a bit of a disco ball on the side there). Every tree should have one!
The pickle (and a bit of a disco ball on the side there). Every tree should have one!
Posted in Fashion Sparks

Friday Fotos: Mr Button and friends

I’ll keep this short and sweet, but I couldn’t resist sharing these fantastic Mr Buttons – made by John Caswell in the UK and featured on the Frankie magazine blog this week. Now THIS is a way to add personality to your clothes. When I had a look at his online shop, I found that John also makes Mr Switch, to give boring old light switches some character. Oh, and Handy Ruler is pretty cool too.

[image from http://johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
Naked Mr Button(s)
[image from johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
Looking good, Mr Button(s) [image from www.frankie.com.au]
Looking good, Mr Button(s) – even the cranky green one
[image from frankie.com.au]
Mr Switch [image fromhttp://johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
Mr Switch
[image from johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
Handy Ruler [image fromhttp://johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
Handy Ruler
[image from johncaswelldesign.bigcartel.com]
If you want to see more, you can check out the Frankie blog here and John Caswell’s online shop here.

Posted in Food sparks

The Pancake Man

This post was made possible by our EverydaySparks correspondent in Dublin (aka my Irish sista Aoife), who somehow stumbled across this site and thought I might like it. And I do. A great find, thanks AB!

The site in question is Jim’s Pancakes and I was pretty impressed by the home page header alone, where Jim has taken word art to a whole new level and made his site name out of little pancakes. Then there’s the understated tag line: ‘just trying to make some cool pancakes for my daughter’. And that’s what he did…

Jim made Star Wars pancakes:

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Jim made a romantic gift box pancake stack for his wife:

pancakegiftJim made candy cane pancakes for Christmas:

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Jim made a burger and fries pancake extravaganza:

pancakeburger

And probably my favourite. Jim’s bling pancakes – a whole chain of pancakes worthy of any sweet rhymin’ rapper.

PancakeBlingYou can check out Jim’s Pancakes here and if you’re feeling particularly inspired, Jim has a book for sale, with a very exciting title: OMG PANCAKES!

Posted in Sparky gifts

Stickmen

I was going through my bookshelves recently and noticed this little book, which I hadn’t looked at for a while. It’s called STICKMEN by Peter Vegas and I can’t remember where I bought it, probably one of those impulse buys at the counter of a book shop (so it must be old – remember book shops?)… Flicking through it still made me smile, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you today.

[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
[From Stickmen, by Peter Vegas]
And there are plenty more where those came from – I just did a quick search and it seems that Peter Vegas is a Kiwi who works in advertising and has written a few different Stickmen books in his spare time. They’re simple, they’re quirky and I think they’re great. Hooray for Stickmen!