Friday, December 31, 2010

Lipstick Love Coasters

Somehow I failed to ever post their on the Curious Goods site! That's pretty awful of me, since they're one of the first sets I ever made! I'm really fond of these because they have a beautiful design with a touch of elegance while still suitable for everyday use.

These beauties run $8 for a set of 4.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Teal Floral Coasters

This design is a welcome fusion of floral, paisley and swirls. Heck, they even managed to sneak a subtle damask pattern into the background. These coasters are practically OOZING with style!

Get your own fusion of style for just $8 per set!

Chinese Dragon Coasters

The dragon is considered a symbol of Chinese culture. The flower reflects spiritual style. These bold coasters embody both.

These coasters are available as a set of three (1 dragon, 2 flowers) for $6 or a set of six (2 dragons, 4 flowers) for $12.

French Letter Coasters

Who cares if you can't read French! These coasters, with their roughly transferred flowers and distressed cursive writing, have a quaint (yet elegant) feel to them.

These coasters would be right at home in a sitting room, a sun room or any other room where you would like to convey a sense of tranquility and style. And for just $8.00 a set, you can add a little flair for a little price.

Black and White Damask Coasters

These coasters aren't channeling your Grandmother's dining room. Monochromatic damask patterns (like this one) are bringing sexy back! By using these coasters, you too will be sexy! And the sophistication that's associated with this formal design will make you look even sexier.

For those who are perfectionists, this particular set is intentionally (slightly) off-set from center. If you want dead-center placement, just ask and you shall receive! Regardless of the style, this set is just $8.00!

Wooden Tetris Magnets!

Ah, Tetris... You can't be a gamer without knowing its name.

Granted the title of "One of the Top 100 Games of ALL TIME," it had humble beginnings as the project of a computer science geek in the Soviet Union. Who would have thought that a game based on shuffling tetrominoes would become so hugely popular.

That being said, the five free tetrominoes featured in Tetris have become an unspoken status symbol among the geek network. Not only is your intelligence AND worth determined by your Tetris skills, but the display of Tetris-theme items shows your connection with the gaming culture. You may be able to do head shots all day in Halo, but if you can't get a back-to-back Tetris you're just not cool.

So show your worth (and hone your skills) with these awesomely awesome wooden Tetris magnets. These aren't the cheap plastic ones sold at gaming stores for $10+. These are constructed out of solid, 3/4" wooden blocks that are assembled into tetrominoes and hand painted to match their respective color (according to The Tetris Company standardization). Each set also gets a generous coating of acrylic sealer to protect them from the hard life that awaits them on your refrigerator. 

At just $8.50 a set, you could pick up up several sets and start your own level! And since each set is made upon request, the colors can be altered to suit your personal preference!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oz, Post-Surgery

Oz is recovering well from his TPLO. He was walking on the leg in less than 24 hours and his spirit has never faltered, even though he's still being crated 95% of the day. They removed his 27 staples this week and commented on how amazed they were with his speedy recovery.

The morning after surgery:

My vets were kind enough to provide me with copies of the X-ray so I could show everyone what a $3,000 knee surgery looks like!

Other than a seroma developing on the inside of the knee, recovery has been smooth sailing. He's got about 6 more weeks to go before he's considered "healed," but at least he gets to have his crate where Tessa can talk to him. She loves to point at him, call him "Bobo," and let him lick her hands.

Utensil Monsters

Every day, countless orphan utensils are abandoned at thrift stores. Some are tarnished, others are out-dated, but all want nothing more than a place to call home: a home where people will smother them in food and then shove them into their mouths.

Well, those poor little orphan forks, spoons and knives are going to have to keep on dreaming. My interests fall into a much more Frankensteinian theme. In fact, to quote Mary Shelley, "nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose." And my purpose? To tranquilize my mind through the creation of UTENSIL MONSTERS!

Behold, FrankenFork! Don't let his quadruped appearance fool you. He's actually quite civilized.

And meet the Bride of FrankenFork, SpooUlla! She may seem a bit shy at first, but she's an excellent singer and dancer who has come all the way from Sweden to get her big break.

This Monster and his Bride are very much in love. And for the more curious readers, THIS is how baby Spork Monsters are made.

While no blasphemous baby Spork Monsters are available at this time (I'm not clear on the gestation time of an iced tea spoon), I possess the power to clone FrankenFork and SpooUlla for your enjoyment. At the scientifically low price of $2.50 per monster, you can have your own spork-producing pair or a whole army!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Zebra Print Wine Glasses

These zebra print glasses were done as a custom order. Each is done free-hand to ensure uniqueness. (And besides, have you ever tried to create a stencil template to wrap around a glass? It’s a pain!)

Want your own zebra wine glass? They’re just $5 each!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oz Update: Surgery December 13, 2010

As many of you have heard, Oz finally ruptured his CCL over Thanksgiving. After a second evaluation by the veterinarians, he has been cleared for surgery on Monday, December 13th. Hopefully he will only stay in the hospital till Tuesday or Wednesday. The rehabilitation center I had found for his physical therapy apparently closed last year, so I’m trying to find another one within a practical distance (so far Holly Springs and Durham are the only choices).

The good news is that $985.50 has been raised so far. That’s nearly 1/3 of his surgery costs!!!

I will continue to take orders and accept donations even after the surgery. In the meantime, I wanted to again thank everyone who has contributed to the cause.

Chas Barlow
Matt Bridges
Adam Cole
Michael Cole
Nick Darnell
Arielle DeLisle
Peggy & Ross Finley
Jim & Jenness Gabris
Luciana Leopold
Michael McCollum
Kristin Meckola
Stacy Saenz
Amy Streit
Joan Studer
Lisa Studer
Trudy Taylor
Lauren Wasson
Jonathan Werz
Stephen White
Lark Williams
Charlene Yang

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Knitted Wine Bottle Cover

Wine makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. Honestly, what says "I love you and want you to be happy" more than a bottle of alcohol?

That being said, we often find ourselves trying to gift wrap it and ending up disappointed. Bags, wine bottle tubes, and fancy ribbons can only do so much. If you want to make a big impression, you need one of these covers!

Sized for a standard 750 ml bottle, it can be used for both wine and many types of liquor. The stockinette stitch gives it the elasticity to accommodate different bottle shapes. They can also be made in practically any color!

Not only is this cover reusable, but it also provides cushioning against bumps (that could result in a broken bottle of wine *frowny face*) and can even help keep wine cool while serving!

At just $5 each, you can't pass these covers up!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tuna and Egg Cat Delicacies

I won't call them cookies for two reasons. First, they are much smaller than normal cookies (~1" in diameter). Second, I think that cats would be angry if these delicious morsels were referred to as "cookies" or "treats." Those terms should be reserved for lesser creatures, like dogs and children.

This feline delicacy features whole wheat flour, cornmeal, egg and real tuna. No added fat like those store bought treats. They even smell like tuna, which will definitely bring 'em running.

Each batch makes roughly 50 treats. Each treat can easily be broken up into pieces, which will make them last even longer. At $4.50 a batch, this is a healthy way to win over your cat's affection.

Christmas Ornaments v3.0 (Red and White)

These ornaments are a variant on the red and white ornaments featured earlier this month, sporting entwined red and white cord ribbon with gold beading.

While these definitely look different than their mono-color brothers, they're still only $8 each!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These cookies are soft and packed with pumpkin! Think of them as little spice cakes with a pumpkin kick.

They can be made plain ($7/batch) or with chocolate chips ($8/batch). Each batch yields well over 2 dozen.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

"They smell like mint chocolate chip ice cream!"

"Oh my God, you MADE these?!"

"Where'd they all go?" *pout*

Those are just a few responses I've gotten for these cookies.

These chocolate chips are loaded with both normal chocolate chips and creme de menthe baking chips. There's even a little mint extract thrown in to give the cookie itself a hint of mint. I don't actually add the food coloring that makes them green (like in this photo), but I have to use this picture because everyone ate all the cookies before I could get a shot of them for the site!

Each batch makes roughly 2 1/2 dozen cookies. At $8.50 a batch, they're a lot cheaper than crack but probably twice as addictive.

Christmas Ornaments v2.0 (Red and Green)

These ornaments are a variant on the red and white ornaments featured earlier this month, sporting entwined red and green cord ribbon with gold beading.

While these definitely look different than their mono-color brothers, they're still only $8 each!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Dog Cookies

While you're filling up on pumpkin pie this holiday season, your dog is hating you. No, really. He wants pie, too.

Win his love back with these spectacular cookies!

These cookies feature the cinnamon and pumpkin your dog craves while omitting the extra sugars and fats found in your dessert. This means that while you may get fat, your best friend won't. ;)

These cookies run $8/batch. That's about 50-60 cookies, depending on how big I make them (typically 1-1.25" in diameter).

Get these while you can! It's not very easy to get pumpkin out of season. There's the chance that I won't be able to get it after the holidays, and then your dog will continue hating you until next winter. The good news is that they freeze for up to 6 months, so you can keep him loving you for a long time.

Monday, November 22, 2010

An Early Thanksgiving

While Turkey Day is still a few days off, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped Lord Ozwald's Curious Goods. Whether you've placed an order, given a donation or just helped spread the word, we truly appreciate it. I am proud to say that as of this moment, we have raised $863.75. That's over 20% of the total anticipated costs associated with the TPLO and physical therapy!

I would like to personally thank the people who have placed orders or made donations: 
Chas Barlow
Matt Bridges
Adam Cole
Michael Cole
Nick Darnell
Arielle DeLisle
Peggy & Ross Finley
Jim & Jenness Gabris
Luciana Leopold
Michael McCollum
Stacy Saenz
Amy Streit
Lisa Studer
Trudy Taylor
Lauren Wasson
Lark Williams
Charlene Yang

Thank you all again. If he could, Oz would personally smother each of you in slobbery kisses while wiggling his butt in absolute affection. Alas, he has already gotten far too comfortable on the couch.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Shot" Glass

Not sure exactly what's in your glass? This standard size shot glass gives you a gentle reminder.

I think these babies are pretty self-explanatory. They're made from brand new glassware rather than reclaimed glassware, which is reflected in the price at $2 each.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hell in a Handbasket

We've all bought a big gift that comes in a small package. A piece of fancy jewelry, a high priced gift card, a magical key. Whatever it is, sometimes you end up feeling that the presentation doesn't reflect the value of the gift.

Well, problem solved! Show you care by giving that special someone Hell in a handbasket!

This unique gift basket contains a round box that is 1.5" tall with a 3" diameter. If it doesn't fit inside (perhaps a gift card), you could always adhere it to the underside of the box and bury it in the basket filler. Each basket is unique, rescued from the local thrift store and topped off with a big, red bow! This post contains all 6 currently available baskets.

At just $5, these baskets will make your gift twice as special without breaking the bank.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Do you like chocolate?
Do you like cherries?
Do you like cookies?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above, then you need these cherry-flavored cookies loaded with milk chocolate chips!

There isn't much else to say about these cookies. They taste awesome. It's kind of like a cherry cordial candy without all the mess.

Curious about this curious good? These cookies run $8 for two dozen.

Candy Cane Skull Ornament

Yeah, Halloween is over. *pout*

Wait a minute! Like an aspiring Dr. Frankenstein, I think I've found a way to revive this dead holiday by utilizing parts from another holiday!

It's alive! ALIIIIVEEEE! Mr. Candy Cane Skull Head ready to chug egg nog and make out under the mistletoe. If you had any doubt in his awesomeness, the silver zebra print ribbon hanger should let you know that he is FLAWLESS.

Bring your own undead ornament home for just $3!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mustache Wine Glass

Get your 'stache on, wine people! They say that drinking wine makes you look more sophisticated. If that's true, then drinking wine in a mustache-sporting glass makes you look downright brilliant.

This particular 7" tall wine glass was rescued from the local thrift store. It does possess minor cosmetic imperfections (appearing as tiny streaks or scratches) but it is free of cracks and chips. The tiny marks are most likely not even visible when the glass is actually in use, but I don't like people to be surprised when they order an item.I've positioned the mustache opposite of the imperfections.

I currently have 2 more identical wine glasses available for 'staching. Due to the condition of the glasses, these are being listed at $3 each.

If you would prefer your mustache to adorn flawless (aka, new) glassware, they are available for $5 each.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Royal Purple Ornaments (Limited!)

Nothing says Christmas like royal purple. Oh, wait.  There is something that says Christmas even better: royal purple leopard print. Oh yeah, baby! Why should red and green get all the fun? Consider this ornament an advocate for equal opportunity in color and pattern representation during the holidays.

These over-sized (4" diameter?) ornaments were a surprise find at the local thrift store. And while that means that I was able to make an awesome decoration, it also means that the number of available items will be very limited. So if you want one of these, you’d better let me know quick! Only 4 will be available!

These furry ornaments are listed at $4 each. Don’t let them slip away!

Beer Cap Ornmanents, Round 1. FIGHT!

Does the Holiday Season drive you to drink?

The packed shopping malls. The distant relatives that are distant for a reason. The one bulb in your string of Christmas lights that has silently died and taken the rest of his brethren with him to the grave.

Honor the true holiday spirit of alcoholic pacification with these nifty ornaments!

Each ornament is adorned with the cap of bottled beer, a beer that was opened in our house during a moment of socialization, relaxation or possibly self-medication. Currently available ornaments are limited to our taste preferences (mainly Magners, Smithwick’s, and New Belgium Brewing Co.) and will be limited in number. If demand is high enough I may be willing to throw a few back in the name of art. Or you can just get the caps of choice to me for personalization!

The current ornament size (~2” diameter) is listed at $1.75 each (due to both smaller size and the lack of repainting). Larger or repainted ornaments will have prices adjusted accordingly.

Drink up!