Loving Out Loud: Japanese Happy Tape

Is it odd that I would sit at my computer screen and contemplate dropping $50 on tape?

Honestly, if this doesn't make you happy, then I don't know what will

Photo Credit: www.happytape.bigcartel.com


Honestly, Happy Tape, the washi paper tape from Japan is so darn cute that you would consider it too!  With over 20 different colors and patterns, the tape is perfect for those DIY folks who love to make scrapbooks, cards/invitations or collages.  I personally am going to use my tape when it comes (yes I ordered a roll) to make book covers.

I am excited that we finally have options outside of scotch tape for art projects.

Check out their entire selection at http://www.happytape.bigcartel.com/

Note:  Opinions in this blog posting are solely that of the author.  I have not been paid for my endorsement of the product nor have received any non-monetary compensation.  However, I am not above paid endorsements and consider myself a better product pitch person than any of the Kardashian sisters.


One Out of Three. Vote & Tell Me……

So now that money has officially stopped flowing like water and the need for a budget has emerged, my house decorating has been severely cramped.  Well it has never been like I spent all willy nilly on stuff anyway for the house, but I have always believed that every room needs to have a POP!  The WOW!  The OHH! (I am running out of 3 letter words to place exclamation points behind). 

So far, I have been able to do that with paint and a little elbow grease.  However, the remaining rooms in the house, need something else aside from paint.  They require a statement piece.  A little something tangible that says “Hello” when you enter the room and beckons you to touch it.  A fellow design addict I use to work with described those pieces in her home as the “sluts” — the piece that wants all the attention and will do anything to get it.  While I have a hard time imaging a “slutty rug”, I do think she was on to something when she said that it needs to be a piece that wants all the attention.  I am all about the use of bold colors, patterns and textures.  I love an item that seeks attention…I think it’s why I love silver so much.  It’s shiny and reflective and just wants to be examined and touched. 

But I am going to break away from my paint and silver addictions.  Here are my three items in the running to be bought. 


Madeline Weinrib Rugs 

Beautifully crafted and woven, Madeline Weinrib rugs have swept the design industry as of late.  Her use of classic patterns but with modern colors and placement have made her a favorite of designers and design addicts alike.  I love this chevron rug and can totally see it under my glass dining table.  It would be the POP that the kitchen dining room needs. 

Chevron...we love thee....

Photo Credit: Madeline Weinrib 


Jonathan Adler 

While a white piece of pottery is not necessarily a “wow factor”, you all know that I have a thing for this man and his designs.  This oversized unglazed apothecary jar would be PERFECT in the music room’s shelf and would anchor what is right now a rather bland assortment of decorative pieces.  

It's all LOVE for these pottery pieces!

 Photo Credit: Jonathan Adler 


Ballard Design 

Ballard Design is like this hidden treasure trove of a mail order business.  I did not discover them until I started this blog but oh boy do I love them.  They have classic/traditional pieces with modern finishes and fabrics that could be integrated perfectly into any home.  I love the upholstered x-bench.  I have dreams about this piece of furniture.  I envision two of these at the foot of my bed upholstered in a delicious butterscotch velvet or mohair.  I am drooling over them…..won’t someone buy these for me! 

X marks the spot!

Photo Credit: Ballard Design 

 So America …it’s up to you.  Which one of these beauties should find a loving home with me? 

A Boy Can Dream……

“So what would happen if we did the hustle down the aisle?” I asked The Partner.  He exhaled, shifted the pillow and continued to read his medical magazine.

About three seconds later, he said “Isn’t that the 15th incarnation of our commitment ceremony you have talked about?  So far you have had us flying in on wires, using dry ice for a more dramatic effect and at one point I think you mentioned something about the movie Coming To America and having an African tribal dance.”

Sad thing is that The Partner is correct.  I have toyed with all these variations and hundreds more for a commitment ceremony.  While the idea of a ceremony to profess your love/devotion to your mate seems a tad hokey in some levels in many ways it does strike a chord with me.  However, I have always promised myself that if I was going to do a commitment ceremony, it would be on my terms and not some stuffy and tired production.  A ceremony of this type is about celebration and joy…..not pomp and circumstance.  It’s gay marriage …..so in some ways, the lack of history bodes well for me.  There are no traditions to follow.   None.  Nada.  It’s a blank slate.  And from the ceremonies I have been to in the past, it does run the gamut from drag queens to stilt walkers to motorcycles.

So I think I am going to throw caution to the wind and do something bold (but tasteful), fun (but classy) bawdy (but within reason)……all things that are aspects of me.  However, with the stay on Prop 8 in California, all my ideas continue to be on hold.  I refuse to go forward with one of the most joyous occasions of my life with this black cloud looming over my head.

So ironically, they don't sell gay wedding toppers with a little Black dude and a little Asian dude...I was shocked too.

I know that I could just have a commitment ceremony, but with the idea of marriage so close to fruition, why not just wait and go whole hog?  I am a patient man.  I can wait.  Besides, the waiting gives my friends and relatives more time to save up funds for presents.

Yes, presents…beautiful and expensive baubles and trinkets.  I am a man of material needs and desires.  While marriage may be one of the most joyous occasions in life, it may be rivaled by the experience of opening up boxes upon boxes of Tiffany blue boxes filled with crystal and silver.  It’s one of the few times in my life, I can feel no remorse in asking friends and family to spend crazy amounts of money on one item that I probably would not buy myself.  Besides, over 12 years of marriages, baby showers, bridal showers, bachelor parties and now divorce party “sympathy” presents/gifts, I am now seeking my own 40 acres and a mule.

Note: Dear friends…you all are out of school, established in your careers and have benefited from my generosity over the years.  It’s payback time.  I expect big heavy boxes from each of you.   None of this sharing or going in halfies on a gift people….I know where you live 🙂

But all joking aside, one day I want to do all the things that my hetero friends do…..get married, have kids, file a joint federal tax form, actual write a will that doesn’t have 15 appendages …. you know the simple things.  But for the moment, I can wait.  As I said, I am a very patient person.  Besides, the wait gives me time to figure out how to work in a New Orleans brass band into the after-party……….