Inspired by a scene from a classic Tom & Jerry cartoon where Tom gets crushed paper-thin on the stairs by a giant Jerry, artist rugsoda has created an almost identical likeness of Tom in the form of this ‘Flat Cat’ stair-runner rug. It’s the perfect rug for letting guests know there may be a mouse ready to bonk you on the head with an oversized mallet around any corner.
Each $200 rug is handmade and measures 22″ x 55″, the perfect size to recreate flattened Tom from the cartoon scene, and I just bought one. Should I be really be buying $200 rugs? My wife says no, but my bank account says PAYMENT DECLINED: INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.
There’s no denying the flattened Tom rug is cool, but what I’d really like to see is a flattened Wyle E. Coyote rug and a coffee table on top that looks like an ACME anvil. How amazing would that be? Shoot, with ideas this good I should probably get some interior design business cards printed.
Remember when VHS tapes were the gold-standard in movie rentals? Seems like forever ago, doesn’t it? And where are all those VHS tapes now? I mean, besides my packrat parents’ basement? Landfills? Well, Etsy shop niftyrecyclables is doing their part to reduce, reuse, and recycle by selling VHS tapes that have been transformed into little planters. I’m going to grow a Blu-Ray tree!
Planters range in price from $25 – $30 depending on the movie title. You can even request a specific movie and, provided it isn’t too rare, niftyrecyclables will procure the VHS and turn it into a planter for $30. Obviously, Little Shop of Horrors is a must.
Provided you already have the movie you want to use, I can’t imagine modding a VHS tape for use as a planter is too difficult, even without instructions. Granted there’s no way I could do it, but I’m less of a do-it-yourselfer and much more of a destroy-it-yourselfer.
3D printed to resemble the Death Star II still under construction, Etsy shop StoryBrookBoutique is selling these Star Wars-inspired plastic planters. Available in 5 and 6-inch varieties ($16 and $24, respectively), one of these is going to look great on the window sill in front of my kitchen sink.
I like how the planter top isn’t perfectly circular, like the actual Death Star II while it’s being built. I think I’ll put a trailing plant in there and let it spill out over the edge and onto the window sill below. There’s no doubt in my mind it’s going to look great for about a month until the plant dies like so many did on Alderaan.
The mobile space station planters are available in traditional silver, or, my personal favorite – pink, which I can only assume is the color the Galactic Empire had in mind for its Death Stars before realizing how much all that paint was going to cost. Honestly, If I were Palpatine I would have done it anyway.
Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ is easily one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. And now LEGO has decided to make it an official set after the concept was proposed by builder Truman Cheng on the LEGO Ideas website, garnered the 10,000+ necessary supporters, and made it through LEGO’s approval process. Nice, I’ve already started clearing off a place on my wall to hang it.
The set will consist of a 3-dimensional recreation of the famous painting, and LEGO believes it “illustrates a whole new way to think about LEGO art.” Does this mean an entire line of famous artworks will get the LEGO treatment in the near future? Granted I don’t have my Magic 8-Ball on me, but if I had to take a guess, it is decidedly so.
The last time I was in New York, I actually went to see ‘The Starry Night’ at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, which has had the piece in its permanent collection since 1941) and I was surprised at its size. I assumed it was going to be a behemoth of a painting at like 6′ x 8′, but it’s roughly only 2′ x 3′. I was so bewildered I immediately left and tried to eat my weight in street hot dogs.
Art: it means different things to different people. And to Nick Ramage, it means creating these £600 (~$830) Fingers Mk III mechanical sculptures. Honestly, I don’t know if I’m more surprised that they exist at all, or that there were Mk I and Mk II Fingers that came before this.
Powered by 2 AA batteries, the disembodied hand endlessly taps its fingers on the surface it rests on until those batteries die, or someone gets scared enough to throw the hand out an open window or smack it with a hammer. Nick mentions he used his own hand as the model to cast the resin fingers, so do you think we could lift his fingerprints to plant at the scene of the crime when we steal the Mona Lisa?
Clearly, this a must-have desk accessory if you’re an evil villain operating from a secret snowy mountain base in the Urals. James Bond sitting across from you, this hand sculpture quietly tapping on your desk while you pause for a moment of suspense before mashing the big red button that drops him into the yeti pit below. Wait, did we just – somebody call Hollywood, tell them we just wrote From Russia with the Spy Who Never Loved Me for them.
We all pay our respects in our own way, and LEGO builder and YouTuber Douglas Hughes decided to construct this kinetic Jeopardy! sculpture in honor of the late, great Alex Trebek. Featuring contestants Ken Jennings (most wins), Brad Rutter (most money won), and James Holzhauer (most records), the figures move and buzz in, complete with light effects. I’ll take Best Gameshow Host Of All Time for $1,000, Alex.
The methods of how Douglas was able to achieve the desired movement from the characters with minimal moving parts is pretty clever, which he shows at the end of the video, and discusses in detail in his build diary available on Bricknerd. I wish I had that sort of ingenuity, but I’m just happy if I remember to put my socks on before my shoes.
A fitting tribute to Trebek for sure. Me? I’ll pay my respects to Alex the only way I know how: continuing to yell completely wrong answers at the television from 7:00 to 7:30 PM nightly.
Inspired by the laws of nature, the Rippling Table from conceptual furniture maker Mousarris represents a single moment frozen in time. In this case, the ripples caused by a water droplet hitting a body of water. You may recall Mousarris previously from their Inception inspired table. Obviously, my secret lair demands both of them now.
The steel and resin table measures 120cm (~47″) in diameter and can allegedly seat eight people comfortably, presumably in equally fancy chairs, because if you’re going to buy a Rippling Table I doubt you accent it with cheap folding chairs.
For anybody seriously interested, you have to contact Mousarris for the price, which in layman’s terms means it probably costs a small fortune. Do you think when you have to contact a company for a product’s price, they try to guess just how rich you are to see how much they can get out of you for it? Because when I called Mousarris about this table they just hung up on me for calling collect.
Jar Jar Binks: hands down everyone’s favorite Star Wars character, even beating out the space slug that almost eats the Millennium Falcon. And now thanks to the work of artist scadarts, he’s can also be everyone’s favorite fine art subject. As Indiana Jones would say, ‘It belongs in a museum,’ and I couldn’t agree more. What an absolute masterpiece.
Obviously, if any of these were actually on display in a museum I’d have no choice but to plan a heist to liberate them and add them to my personal collection. Which already includes, and is pretty much limited to, finger paintings my mom didn’t deem worthy of a spot on the fridge.
Which is your favorite? Personally, I’m drawn to Binks With a Pearl Earring and The Scweam. I’ve actually always wanted to go see the originals in real life but Girl with a Pearl Earring is in the Netherlands and The Scream is in Norway and, as much as I hate flying, I’m even a worse swimmer.
There’s nothing worse than a mimic chest. You think you’re about to score some sweet loot, but nope, you just get attacked instead. Now I have to roll to see how many teeth the cleric in my party has to remove from my rear.
Designed to look like an unassuming treasure chest from the outside (that’s how they get you!), this is the $39 Mimic Chest Dice Storage Box crafted and sold by Etsy shop ConjurerCoShop. The toothy box can hold up to four sets of polyhedral dice and includes a lock and key so nobody can roll your dice behind your back.
As far as dice storage boxes go, this is a really nice one and I think it would certainly add to a Dungeons and Dragons gaming experience. For reference, my current dice storage box is a quart-size Ziploc bag. Does it also have my lunch in it? Yes, yes it does.
Move over baby Yoda, there’s a new precious Star Wars baby in the galaxy. Sculpted and cast by artist Nicholas J. Brown (aka LoreCraft), these baby Jabba silicone sculptures are based on a 3D character design created by fellow artist Leonardo Viti. Is this really what a baby Hutt would look like? No clue, and I’m not sure I care to find out.
The limited-edition baby Jabbas are made of the same silicone as the baby Yoda master puppet used in The Mandalorian, have custom glass eyes, a detachable tongue (for displaying with or without), and can be painted in any color combination you wish. Unfortunately for anybody interested in one that doesn’t have intergalactic crime lord money, they cost around $780. That’s a lot of Beskar!
I want one, but at the same time, I’ve sort of grown fond of my kidneys over the years. Granted I have no clue what they do and I’ve heard rumors you only need one, but, just like the tire in the backseat of my car, I don’t mind having a spare, you know?