superdumb supervillain: Who you callin' dinky?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Who you callin' dinky?

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In a recent fit of nostalgia, I checked out Shrinky Dinks online and the templates still look about the same as the mushrooms and unicorns I remember tracing. Way back in my 20s (yes, they are long gone, thanks for asking), I amassed a pretty decent collection of vintage plastic and bakelite jewelry but my interest has kind of dwindled. I figured that the raw material of shrink thermoplastic is so cool, in this era of desktop publishing, someone must be doing something interesting with it.

Impressively, i love blocks has taken a cheeseball craft material out of the '70s and gussied it up for the 21st Century girl. Here's proof that thermoplastics really can be made into non-lame contemporary jewelry:



The power bracelet is my personal favorite. Irina, the designer behind i love blocks, prints graphic power lines in black and white on squares of shrink plastic and connects them with sterling silver rings and a modern toggle clasp. It is lightweight compared to most vintage plastic jewelry (aside from catalin) but it packs a punch. I am showing a stock photo because the ones I took of it on my wrist don't show off its gorgeous fine detail.



Of course, using thermoplastic for fine jewelry requires a certain sense of humor. Bloggers will appreciate the wit evident in pieces like the click necklace, featuring a familiar cursor as an iconic pendant on a leather cord:



Also dripping with not-so-subtle irony is the wishlist series, in which pendants are emblazoned with generic text descriptions of necklaces that cost a bit more than the $25 their subtitle version will set you back. My favorite is this simple solitaire:



Or perhaps mod Brady Bunch-esque flowers are more your speed? Here are a couple of options for you, too, groovy friend:




I also love (ha, ha) the what do you love? series of pendants, which pair the i love blocks signature lowercase "i" and hot pink heart with whatever you want…bugs, fire, poison, men, women, you name it. (Literally– you fill in the blanks yourself with a sharpie.) This being primarily a mommy blog, I am showing you the "i love babies" model:



Enter to win an i love blocks necklace of your choice. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know which is your favorite i love blocks item and why.

Entries will be accepted through January 6th. US readers only, please, unless you want to pay for international shipping. Make sure you leave an email address or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! If I can't find your email, I will pick a new winner. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR BLOG PROFILE IS SET TO PUBLIC AND THAT THERE IS AN EMAIL AVAILABLE ON YOUR BLOG OR LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS ALONG WITH YOUR COMMENT!!! Only one entry/comment per person, please.

82 comments:

  1. The Stunning Diamond Necklace... because I've always wanted one and this might be my only chance to own one! LOL!

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  2. I can't decide between the power bracelet and the flying birds bracelet. These are so cool! Thanks for entering me!

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  3. What cool jewelry. I especially love the "power bracelet". Is is so unique. I have never seen anything like this before.

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  4. Happy Holidays! A unique version of fascinating jewelry. My favorite is the "Simple Flower" Bracelet. I like it because of its' simplicity! Please enter me in the wonderful contest. Thank you very much, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  5. I LOVE the i love babies necklace- perfect for how I feel about my 9 month old!

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  6. I like the dandelion necklace.

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  7. i love coffee! mmmmm....I wish it was morning already :)

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  8. I like the butterfly one the most

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  9. I'm pretty simple girl so the flower one is for me! Thanks so much, so cute!

    stbaisch@yahoo.com

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  10. I love the dandelion necklace. These are great pieces of jewelry!

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  11. I adore the dandelion necklace, because, well, I do!

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  12. the power lines bracelet is the most beautiful. but i like the diamond necklace and the i love baby too!

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  13. The butterflies bracelet, it's pretty don't, you think.

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  14. These are beautiful, I love the dandelion necklace in particular.

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  15. Merry Christmas! I love Butterflys is my fave in the I love design, but my fave on the site is the White Elephant!

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  16. i really love the Trees Necklace, its so simple and unique. Thanks for entering me!

    tjmatuska[at]comcast[dot]net

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  17. I like the White elephant necklace.

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  18. Well I really like the butterfly necklace, I agree with you the power braclet is by far my favorite!

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  19. i like the cat and mouse bracelet

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  20. I love the falling petal bracelet because I have a shirt it will go with!!
    Thanks!

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  21. I love the bare trees bracelet because of the gorgeous color!

    kelli (at) pfrog (dot) net

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  22. the butterfly necklace is so pretty but I love the flying birds and power bracelets. great gift idea...

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  23. I love the "I love" necklace with the blank spot, because I get bored, and I'd love to change it up when I feel like it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    katie at dekabyte dot com

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  24. Oh man it would be so hard to pick. I love the I love Baby, I love Monsters, and the bare tree bracelet is fabulous! Sooo .. man.. If i had to choose one I guess I would go wit the bracelet.

    I blogged you too :)
    http://www.prizeatron.com

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  25. Stunning Diamond Necklace or the Butterfly Bracelet. Please randomly select me!

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  26. I would wear that butterfly with the ribbon cord, how pretty! I do love that cursor though :) Too cute & I love the description under what's new, lol.

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  27. favourite? wow, i can never pick favourites. especially since all your designs are so wonderfully modern and sharp. however, the tree necklace is gorgeous, and nature-loving...like me!

    can't wait to see more stuff...happy holidays :)

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  28. I love the graphics of the power lines. Very unique stuff - thanks for letting us know about the site! (and for the op to win something way cool!)

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  29. i like the butterfly necklace- i love most things with butterflies on them and this one is especially pretty!

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  30. I love the "Stunning Diamond Necklace" and the "I Love Babies". They both crack me up and shrinky dinks are the best!

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  31. The I heart Monsters one is super cute! But that Bare Tree Bracelet is soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing such awesome work!

    sharibrownfield(at)gmail(dot com)

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  32. Wow. I have two packages of shrink plastic around here somewhere, this SO makes me want to play! My fave is the purple butterfly necklace..makes me think of my little girl, who loves purple SO much that I like it now too - lol!

    cutlers819 at verizon (dot) net

    BlogMe

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  33. I love the "Stunning Diamond Necklace." It would be a great conversation piece!

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  34. I had been looking at their I heart necklaces, but my heart has been captured by that stunning diamond necklace! LOL
    I think if I don't win I may just have to spend some money on myself! people will get such a kick out of that one.

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  35. I love the Birds or Dandoline necklaces.

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  36. The dandelion necklace is beautiful. It reminds me of childhood.

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  37. I really like the in progress necklace! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I like the purple butterflies bracelet. The design is very cute.

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  39. I like the bare tree bracelet.

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  40. beautiful and witty designs. my fave is the power bracelet.

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  41. So hard to choose, but I'd have to say the cat necklace.
    anna
    asocrates@cqpress.com

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  42. I'd love anything with cats on it since I have 5 of them.

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  43. I love the dandilion necklace...I still have a habit of making a wish and blowing on them!

    Thanks!!

    kings.3@comcast.net

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  44. i love the bare trees
    mom2maria at hotmail dot com

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  45. I realy like the bare tree bracelet. Blue is my favorite color and the bracelet is very trendy looking!

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  46. I heart all the bracelets!
    asfulmer at bellsouth dot net.

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  47. I would have to say my favorite is the dandelion necklace because it's something I did as a kid and still do to this very day. There's something about a full dandelion head that makes you want to make a wish.

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  48. the simple flower one is my fave


    Count me in please!

    blogged ya:

    http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/12/saturday-edition-of-contests-galore_22.html

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  49. bare tree bracelet is so pretty

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  50. I love the "I Love babies" necklace...because true! I LOVE BABIES!! :)

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  51. (forgot to leave my email)

    favourite? wow, i can never pick favourites. especially since all your designs are so wonderfully modern and sharp. however, the tree necklace is gorgeous, and nature-loving...like me!

    can't wait to see more stuff...happy holidays :)... meg [at] megg [dot] us

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  52. "I love to dig" cracks me up.. But I think I would wear the Dandelion necklace all the time. it's so poignant.

    Bounceykitty(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. I LOVE the bare tree bracelet. I love trees!!! I want it so bad! I'll see if I win first before I buy it. :)
    coloringmyworld@yahoo.com

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  54. I love your Brady Bunch bracelett. Please enter me.
    shaythatcher@yahoo.com

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  55. This is the most unique line of jewelry I've seen in a long time. I like the butterfly necklace. If I win, I'm going to give it to my daughter for her birthday!

    Meredith
    graynmere@hotmail.com

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  56. Everything is so ridiculously fantastic! But, I think my favorite is the tree necklace...but I like the dandelion too...no, the tree necklace...

    Enter me, please! kaprahl(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.

    Thanks!
    Kelley

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  57. I like the dandelion necklace, so simple yet chic. Thanks for the contest!

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  58. I love the butterfly bracelet! Thank you!

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  59. Oh love their stuff! My fav is probably the 'falling petal bracelet' but I also really love the 'flying birds' bracelet because that for me, is spiritually symbolic! Love them!! :)

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  60. I'm with you - the power bracelet is my favorite. I love the black and white. Thanks!

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  61. please enter me. my favorite item is simple flower necklace

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  62. I love so many! I think right now, I'm attracted to the Made in USA necklace. Too cute!

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  63. What a neat idea for jewelry - I love the tree necklace because I love nature. :)

    I'm blogging this contest on my a dash of sassitude blog. My email is on there, too. :)

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  64. The Stunning Diamond Necklace is awesome! (I like the others, but that would be really funny.)

    Thanks!

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  65. The tree necklace & bracelet are really modern beauties, but the Stunning Diamond necklace is so me and I would pick that if I'd win - please enter me!

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  66. Oh my goodness. I LOVE the Stunning Diamond Necklace! lol SO adorable.

    thegillesfamily@gmail.com

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  67. Absolutely love the progress bar necklace. It's an inside joke, it's an icon, it's a metaphor -- I heart it!

    Thanks for the contest.

    Love,
    LYDIA

    jackets at rpsd dot com

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  68. Tough choice - I like the falling petal bracelet and the error bracelet.

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  69. Oh gosh- I absolutely love this stuff!!! The flying birds bracelet is awesome and how cool is the flower pixels necklace!?

    Steph

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  70. How to choose?! I think I like them all! I really like the I love babies one because well, I LOVE my 7mo old little girl! I also like the stunning diamond necklace one because Ive wanted a diamond necklace, but now I have my 7mo old little girl so its been put on hold lol!! awesome jewelry!

    netnuh@gmail.com

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  71. These are so unique! I think the Butterfly necklace is pretty cool, and how fun to tell people it's a Shrinky Dink!

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  72. what to choose, what to choose....I think my favorite would have to be the i love babies necklace.....so true to my heart.

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  73. i'd love the cat and mouse bracelet! sometimes i feel like the cat... others the mouse. (mostly the mouse though.)

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  74. I love them all... the I love baby square is simple and very cool!

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  75. Ohh, I heart the bare tree bracelet, but the new pixel flower is way cute.

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  76. I really like the stunning diamond necklace! That is fun!

    sharvey at connections-etc dot net

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  77. I like the tree necklace and the power bracelet.

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