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Valentine’s Day giveaway! re*storied DESIGNS

Its the most ambiguous time of the year: maybe you care about Valentines Day, maybe you dont. Maybe you see Valentines Day as an occasion to pamper yourself. Or maybe you see it as an occasion to pamper someone else. Heres something to help you do either or both:

Zola Jae of re*storied DESIGNS likes to tell stories through her creations. Her speciality is terra cotta planters, but shes also a prolific maker of customized paper photo frames, porcelain plates and teacups and homemade hand, body and face scrubs.

Were giving away five(!) special bundles of these prizes and youre eligible to win by either commenting below and letting us know what your Valentines Day plans are (they can be anti-VDay, too, for those of us whose ideal holiday is spent drinking wine and watching Bridget Jones Diary) or simply like us on Facebook. W

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Library Starts Seed Sharing Program Among Patrons

A Colorado library is laying the groundwork for community involvement—through the sharing of seeds. The branch in the small town of Basalt is currently engaged in a program that allows patrons to grow their own produce and bring back seeds for use by fellow townspeople.

According to the American Library Association the initiative is currently in place in several libraries nationwide. It hopes to allow libraries to “stay relevant” and bring in readers who might otherwise be content to remain at home and download their materials rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar location. As director Barbara Milnor put it

You have to be fleet of foot if youre going to stay relevant and thats what the big problem is with a lot of libraries is relevancy.

The innovative program works by allowing those who register for library cards to receive a packet of seeds. These

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The Weekend Guide: February 1, 2013 — National, Local & Online Sales and Events Calendar

• Élan Furniture Surfboard Coffee Table Launch Sale Save over 20% on the launch of Élan’s new Surfboard Coffee Table.OnlineThrough 2/2

• Cloud Noir Reclaimed Wood Table Sale 20% off all floor model reclaimed wood dining tables.OnlineThrough 2/3

• Son & Dotter Sale The son & dotter shop is running a winter sale with up to 30% off all items + free shipping on all orders.OnlineThrough 2/3

• DwellStudio Winter Furniture Event Save 20% on all furniture.Online and in storeThrough 2/4

• House Couturier Limited Luxury quilt and eco cushions sale – 20% reduction on hand made silk quilts and eco quilts.OnlineThrough 2/10

• Fatboy (PRODUCT)RED at AllModern Save 38% on Fatboy (PRODUCT)RED beanbags and Waynecoolers and for every Fatboy (PRODUCT)RED purchase, 10% will go to help deliver an AIDS free generatoin by 2015.OnlineThrough 2/15

• Que Sera Lighting Sale The Que Sera lighting sale offers twenty-five percent off all lighting in-stock and best of all, special order! Custom lighting

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A Coin Laundry Turned Cafe

Former laundromats seem to make the best coffee shops; case-in-point, the Coin Laundry located in the Melbourne suburbs of Armadale.

Old school friends, Matt Vero and Steve Rowley, put a quiet neighborhood on the map when they took it upon themselves to renovate the Coin Laundry, a one time launderette. They exposed an original brick wall, installed a tiled counter and painting the place white turning the forlorn space into a happening coffee join. The duo have since sold the cafe but its still firmly on the map serving coffee and “brekkie” (Aussie speak for breakfast). For more information, go to Coin Laundry.

Images by Rebecca Hughes for Melbourne Cafes Photo Blog and also via Facebook.

The days menu is displayed on a roll of kraft paper above the doorway.

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Eleanor’s: Stylish Bicycle Accessories — Store Profile

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Location: Online Specialty: Stylish bike accessories for ladies  Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range

As a bike commuter in New York, Alison Lucien felt like she was trapped in a world of spandex and ugly bike gear. She went out searching for stylish alternatives and, in the process, launched her own web shop, Eleanor’s, which she named after her bike loving grandmother.

Name/Title: Alison Lucien/ OwnerWhen did you launch your Eleanor’s? I opened Eleanor’s in April 2012.What was the inspiration for opening the store? I used to bike commute to work in the fashion industry here in New York. At

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The Bubble Touch

Transitioning from a BlackBerry to an iPhone or any other touchscreen phone has you craving for the soothing comfort of the bubbled keypad. I had a hard time getting used to the silky feel of a virtual pad but now that I am accustomed to it, an alternative like the Bubble Phone concept has a great appeal. Imagine getting best of both the worlds; touchscreen on one side and raised keypad for the addicts. Good going!

HOMEGROWN Life: Thanks, E. B. White

A friend gave me a copy of Down East magazine back before Christmas with a page earmarked. “You’ll die laughing,” she warned me. Turns out, it was a reprint of E. B. White’s “Memorandum,” from One Man’s Meat, published in 1944.

I knew of White from his story of a famous pig named Wilbur who befriended a spider named Charlotte in the children’s book Charlotte’s Web. I must have read that book 20 times over as a child. Maybe it was my first inkling toward wanting to be connected to animals in some way. I’ve never seen the movie version. I guess I always thought I’d be disappointed. Sometimes, the visions we carry in our heads are far more alive and vivid than anything on a silver screen. At least, that’s how

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