Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Rachel Wants to Buy This Week - Episode 32

I'm feeling pretty tense this week, as evidenced by a three-day-long crick in my neck, so I picked out a few things to help me get back into a place of relaxation. Check it out!

Cupcake Soap 3-pack by Two's Company
Located on the Hello Kitty table

Fellow staffer Miruna pointed these soaps out to me last week, and we both agreed that they absolutely had to be blogged about. I mean really, who wouldn't want to take a bath with yummy-smelling cupcake soap? I know I do! Three color combos topped with little pink roses, scented like buttercream frosting, and packaged in a cute and convenient box make this set an item not to be missed. The cupcakes also make a great gift--for the upcoming Valentine's Day, or for no reason at all, or for yourself (because you know you deserve it).

Rexlace Gimp/Lanyard Kit by Pepperell Crafts
Located downstairs in the Chapter Book Room

According to Michelle, this stuff is called gimp. When I was a kid, making braided keychains in the summer program at the park down the street, it was called lanyard. I'm sure this is a regional difference, like soda vs. pop, and I may have to buy this just so that I can walk around and ask people what they call it. ;) Aside from terminology research, though, this is a great kit; it includes instructions and supplies for fifteen different projects in a variety of bright colors, even including a bracelet-sized piece of plastic canvas (a favorite item among kid crafters) to use for lanyard/gimp weaving. Repetitive stuff like tying knots to make keychains is just the sort of busy work I need to keep my hands occupied while my brain zones out--I can't wait!

That's all for this week! See you next time.


Katie said...

Where I grew up we called plastic lacing lanyard. Gimp was a really mean thing to say, and Scooby-Doo was a cartoon dog. So I Wiki'd for the etymology!

I'm totally going to start saying "boondoggle." That's hands down the best name for it.

Natasha said...

It was "lanyard" where I grew up in the Northwest, but boondoggle is pretty much the best word ever, so I think we need to start a revolution.