Archive for October, 2010

RIP Paul the Octopus

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Dear Paul,

So sad to hear you’ve passed. I had high hopes of you retiring in sunny Barcelona. I was a late believer, but you brought a small bit of tentacular joy to the football frenzy. Who’s crazy idea was it anyways to put these flags in your tank? Thanks for the free drinks and the good times. May the people of Spain shed a tear as they bite into their calamari sandwiches.

Love Lurgs.

In honour of Paul, I’ll give away a Paul pin or magnet to 3 lucky winners if you’ll leave a 4 line “Ode to Paul” in the comments. I’ll pick the top 3 on Nov. 6th. You’ll get the choice of Paul on green, El Pulpo Paul (Spanish edition), or Deutsche Paul (not shown, but will be similar to the one on the right except with black, red and yellow bands). Cheers to Paul!

Here’s the Paul the Octopus song by Parry Gripp:

** Thanks to Mack and Beka for honouring Paul! You will both receive all 3 octopi in your choice of format! **

AT.AW. at upART

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Eric of AT.AW. will be showing at Gladstone Hotel’s upArt show from Friday, Oct. 29th – Sunday, Oct. 31st.  There’s an opening reception on Thurs. Oct. 28th from 7-10pm. Here’s some of there work from  a previous post. There’s a $5 admission fee :( but worth checking out, he’s going to unleash a new art toy! And looks like there will also be other interesting artists present.

**Also spotted, some of Denture Thief’s plush toys and Shannon Gerard’s Plustaches available at the Drake General Store. Great place to browse for interesting things!

PS22 and Matisyahu

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Yay it’s friday and yay for the PS22 Chorus!! Makes me yearn for my elementary school choir days though it was never this cool. ~ Lurgs

Paper Bottle Opener

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Recently, there was a sad evening with some cold beers, but no opener, viable surface or tool in sight. If only I had known this valuable technique. Thanks to SC for enlightening us! Not just for cut and paste…Paper is powerful my friends! ~ Lurgs

Giveaway Winner!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Sorry for the delay, we were busy stuffing our faces on a yummy thanksgiving feasts!


Tracy will be receiving the ice cream pins and necklace. Thanks to everyone for participating. Seems like a lot of you enjoy mint chocolate chip ice cream, but there’s a lot of good suggestions for us to hunt down now too.

Thanks again and hope you come back and check out My Little Sweat Shop for other fun stuff. For all you Canadians, have a safe & happy Thanksgiving weekend!

~ Lurgs and YY

For the love of talking food!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

I have a not-so-secret love of anthropomorphized  inanimate objects and I can’t get enough of these Excel and Extra gum commercials.

Poor donut. Characters designs are by artist Morten Rowley. You can check out some sketches on his website here. Great drawings that show some of the development of some characters and their personalities.

I believe my love of talking foods must have started with the Muppets.

All these happy foods make me think of Heidi Kenney of My Paper Crane. She’s an awesome craftster who started with plush toys and now has an empire of vinyl toys, artwork, fabrics, and other lovely things. Check out her shop for your own cute pieces of food.

~ Lurgs

This Little Piggy

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Inspired by various animal silhouettes in market signs, especially Boccalone’s sign at the Ferry Building in San Franciso, I decided to make a magnetic board for Soof’s house-warming gift. Knowing she loves bacon, I knew she’d appreciate swine gracing her new kitchen wall. I could cut the shape out of some wood, but as the weather is getting colder and I think our jig-saw is busted, I thought of a more convenient approach. Searching on Etsy, I found an abundance of pig-shaped cutting boards (who knew they’d be so popular!) and decided on one from Grace Goods. I really liked the shape of this one.

I smoothed on some putty to fill in nail holes and uneven parts on the surface and gave it a quick sand.

I picked up some Rustoleum Magnetic Latex Primer and a semi-gloss latex paint from Home Depot. **I also saw another brand of magnetic paint at Michael’s  Arts and Crafts, so if you have their weekly discount coupon, that’s a better deal.** (Click on the thumbnail if you want to see the details on the side of the box.)

The magnetic paint is grey and black emulsion. It kind of reminds me of Chinese sesame dessert. The more coats of paint, the stronger the magnetic attraction. I ended up applying about 7 coats of the magnetic paint.

You need to wait 30 min. between coats.

Unfortunately the base layer of magnetic paint is quite dark and it was difficult to paint over the grey. I really wanted a vibrant raspberry pig, but I was also afraid that too many layers of the pink paint would lessen the magnetism. I ended up with some grey streaks showing through, but it’s raspberry enough and I quite like the resulting texture of the surface.

Also, I read some reviews previously for the magnetic paint and it’s true, rare-earth magnets seem to work best on this surface! I got mine from Lee Valley.

So there it is, a little piggy ready to hold recipes, coupons, lists and notes while you sit at the table munching on bacon and contemplating your day. ~ Lurgs

Last Days of Summer – GIVEAWAY

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

We’re entering half-time here at MLSS and we’re ever grateful for our 2.5 readership, so as a small thank you, we’re having our very first GIVEAWAY!!

You’ll get the items below shown in the pics. A sweet item from each of our shops! A sweet ice cream cone necklace from PS I Heart You, and an ice cream cone and a popsicle pin-back button from Cunning & Crafty.

It’s very simple to enter. Just post a comment here telling us your favourite ice cream flavour. If you tweet or blog about it, please comment back here with the link or your twitter name. From the comments, your name will be entered in a draw.

The Winner will be picked on Saturday October 9th EST evening using

Thank you and good luck!

YY and Lurgs

** This contest is now closed! Thanks everyone for participating!**