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Refrigerator magnets, on the move January 17, 2013

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Kitchen & Bath, Smiley.
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One of my happiest refrigerator magnets.

One of my happiest refrigerator magnets.

I’ve had this happy magnet for ages. It’s part of a whole gang of smiley (and not-so-smiley) faces that lives on my refrigerator.

The whole gang -- including a few cool smileys, a leering mischievous smiley, and a grumpy old frown.

The whole gang — including a few cool smileys, a leering mischievous smiley, and a grumpy old frown.

The gang isn’t exclusive — these smileys do pal around with other smileys, including a different style of “cool” smiley, some of the smiley clips I’ve featured on the blog before, and — not in this photo, but in the vicinity — a smiley face for the state of Wisconsin, where we lived for a few years.

But lately, this particular gang of smileys has been commuting to work: they’re serving double-duty on my dishwasher. I use the traditional smiley when the dishes are clean, the frown when the dishes are dirty, and, once, the mischievous leer when I ran a cleanse cycle on the empty dishwasher.

Right now, the dishes are still dirty.

Right now, the dishes are still dirty.

 

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Reader-submitted stencil(?) January 7, 2013

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Public art, signs, & graffiti, Reader submission, Smiley.
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I was browsing Facebook shortly after Christmas and I spotted this plywood stencil in a friend’s photos:

At least, I'm assuming this is some kind of stencil. Submitted by Monica D.

At least, I’m assuming this is some kind of stencil. Submitted by Monica D.

This is in Portland, “Where even the trash is happy,” according to my friend Monica. I told her I had to steal it for my blog, and she was happy to let me have it!

If I’d been quicker — by which I mean, if I hadn’t been slumping around in sweatpants feeling lazy from post-holiday food indulgences — I would have jumped in the car and tried to grab this off the street. But alas, it didn’t happen.

I will, however, keep an eye out for wherever this thing got painted onto a street or a building. Surely it won’t be that hard to find? 🙂

Hot pads January 3, 2013

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Kitchen & Bath, Smiley.
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More from the Aunt Cheryl Christmas haul: this time, a set of eight hot pads in four different designs!

Hot pads. New to my personal collection

Hot pads. New to my personal collection

That’s a whole meal’s worth of hot, happy dishes I can set out on the table! 🙂

Here are some close-ups: