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‘Weird and Wacky design:The short life of a gadget

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by echostains


here's one I didn't make earlier


I’m a sucker for gadgets – especially kitchen gadgets.  I just have to have them!  Of course, I use them a couple of times and away they go in the cupboard, forgotten until I have no more room, then they are relegated to the cellar only to see the light of day when the whim comes upon me.   Take my Breadmaker (please), this started out as a way to save money and eat healthily.  Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way.  I didn’t like the bread, it was too dense, plus the screw always stuck in the bottom of the loaf – leaving an unsightly hole.  Away it went, only to be resurrected again when I make fruit loaves (which turn out great.)  Another use for the breadmaker is for the actual bread making process, the kneading, risings (novel idea eh) BUT I don’t let it bake, I use the oven for that. I turn the dough out, shape and bake.  Now this works great for me and I’ve had better results,  so every so often, I will use the breadmaker.


cute egg seperater - seems a shame to use it really


I rather like this gadget.  It’s an egg seperator….yes I know, why bother, just use the old egg-shell trick.  But this is why gadgets get bought – because they are so cute!  It’s all very well being practical, but if the design doesn’t grab – it won’t sell. Get it HERE


square egg gadget, for the people who will NOT be told...


Staying with the egg theme (which came first? the gadget or the egg?), here’s a bit of magic –  put your boiled egg into this machine and hey Presto square eggs!  WHY?  – are they more aesthetically pleasing? easier to put in sandwiches?  Poor Mother Nature, if man had his way…the poor chicken!  Still can’t live without one? Get it HERE


meatball- grill basket


Men love to barbeque.  I don’t know why – they’re not usually much good at it overall.  They never seem to get the heat quite right.  In my experience and so my stomach has informed me a few times,  those  charred blackened offerings are usually raw in the middle.  But you can’t keep a good cavemen down (well we tried, but they keep popping up from time to time).  Here is the meatball grill basket.  Would a man or woman  make meatballs  at a barbeque?  Does it matter? Nifty gadget though, for use on any grill, but I suspect, like with a lot of gadgets – it  will take some cleaning.  Want one?  Meatball grill basket HERE

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‘Weird and wacky design: Grunt and squeak and squark with the animals…’

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on December 28, 2009 by echostains

I found these weird and wacky designs with an animal theme. I think  the singing deer’s head is hilarious!  He’s called Buck, apparently he’s meant to sit on your desktop…Skynyrd will never sound the same again.  The best though and in totally bad (as in bad is the new good) taste is ‘Rawhide’.  I think they should do a mule one singing ‘Mule train’ as it bangs a tray over its head….  Want the deer one? HERE

Doggy genes

I am  astounded (and I really shouldn’t be) but, Genealogy for dogs?  Test your dog’s DNA. I suppose this would be handy to establish pedigree, but it would be really amazing with a mongrel (a Heinz 57 variety kind of doggy).  Plus, who is to say if the ancestry is correct or not? there are no relatives who can come forward and confirm.  I find this most strange indeed, – but no doubt it will appeal to some, so  the link  is  HERE

the animal scales

Continuing with the animal theme, I rather like these wacky animal scales.  Instead of reading your weight in lbs stones or kilos, your weight comes out in rabbits, ducks, armadillos or even horses!  Imagine being the same weight as a cart horse!   What an incentive to lose weight eh!  I reckon I need to lose a few ducks (well maybe a gaggle of geese).  I think these scales are great fun, but perhaps a way to really drive it home is for the animals to make noises……buy them HERE

Weird and Wacky Designs: Hitting the Sack (and keeping it)

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by echostains

shame to throw them out really

I think these refuse sacks are so cute!  (they’re called ‘Happy sacks’) and just the job for all that sorting out I am going to do.  But surely they’re much too nice to throw away?  Here I go again…..   Is there any end to it?  I also like these ‘Birch log’ pillows, they come in wool felt and are available HERE.  you would be sleeping like a log with one of these…

log pillow wool felt by Erika Kern. Sleep like a log

I really like this ‘hand’ wrench’, what a very innovative design!  A bit of a helping hand literally.   Available from HERE. 

paul martus tools

I also rather like this ‘Persuader’ hand bag by James Piatt, it’s even got a little pocket for your phone.  A very contemporary design with a touch of James Bond (shaken not stirred).

The Persuader bag, I'm persuaded

This has got to be one of the most simplistic designs ever!  Hangers made of Hazelwood.  There is something so Fred Flintstone about these, and organically charming.

hazlewood hangers livette la suissette