An Apple a Day

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Is your New Year's resolution to eat more fruit and vegetables in 2009?

The Apple a Day poster provides a way for you to track your progress (and finally find a use for those annoying little labels stuck to your fruit). Just peel the stickers from your each of your fuji and affix them to the numbered squares for some preschool-style positive reinforcement. The 18" x 23" letterpress poster is $25 at VikDesign's Etsy Shop. [via swissmiss]

 


Mario Batali's Swine Splatter Art

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Mario Batali's appropriately porcine contribution to the Food Bank for New York City's annual lunchbox auction is splattered with pig's blood, salt, pepper, and fennel seed (for an inside-out, postmodern twist, it comes filled with salted salami casings). The revolting, one-of-a-kind lunch carrier is currently available for bidding online (now going for $145), along with other artistic contributions from Alice Waters, Wyie Dufresne, Ellen Page, Yoko Ono, and Liv Tyler, among celebs. Bid now through December 18 at thelunchboxauction.org.

 


Food Art

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Crafted in Germany, these sheets of fruit and vegetable papyrus are made from ultra-thin slices of real produce. Carrot paper, above, is stunning when illuminated, as are the blood orange and cucumber papers. They would look great in a kitchen window or make a fine material for a food-inspired lamp shade (for you crafty types out there). More variations, including kiwi, persimmon, and eggplant, are available, among others at Hiromi Paper, from $9.00 to $13.60 per sheet. [Found at Richard's Notes]

 


Bottle Art

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Laser-etched, hand-inked Lux Apts Milk Bottles, festooned with charming drawings of townhouses, show off the work of designer Julia Rothman. The limited edition ceramic bottles are $65 (in gray or red) at ReForm School. [via Design*Sponge]

 


Napkin Notebook

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How many big ideas have been scrawled on the back of a napkin? With the Napkin Notebook, a spiral-bound pad stack  of 20 cocktail napkins, you can find inspiration without even stepping foot into a bar or cafe. $6.50 exclusively at MoMA.

Image: MoMA.

 


Swine Stamps

Pigstamp To honor the Year of the Pig, the Chinese government has printed a series of scratch-and-sniff postal stamps that smell and taste like sweet and sour pork (more info here). Poke around eBay, and you should be able to find some for sale.

Update: Year of the Pig Stamps: Neither Sweet Nor Sour

 


Go Postal

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The Crops of America postal stamp series created by artist Steve Buchanan is based on photographs of crops indigenous to the Americas -- corn, chili peppers, beans, squashes, and sunflowers. $39 for a roll of 100 at USPS.com. Via bookofjoe.