Category Archives: Gimme

One of a kind: LoveHeyLola

If you like unique and applique, you will just fall down crazy over the gorgeous jewels and bits at LoveHeyLola

I so admire the interweb for having clever, funny (Jessica – the jewellery maker, is a crack up and writes a hilarious blog), one-of-a-kind shiz for sale.  And big ups to Etsy for taking Paypal!  My new necklace is on its way.


A beautiful filigree butterfly alights on this mechanical garden comprised of vintage clock and watch components.


Watch face – salvaged
Large gear – salvaged cuckoo clock part
Rhinestone flowers – thrifted, vintage earring components
Small gears – salvaged watch parts
Key – vintage, thrifted
Bails – salvaged chain links
Butterfly – new, personal collection, prior to 2009
Silvertone chain w/clasp – thrifted

Instructions: Wear, love, smile!

The fine print:
This necklace was created using primarily salvaged and thrifted parts. Buying jewelry created in this manner ensures that you are not only getting a completely unique piece with character and history but it also means that negative environmental impact is kept at a minimum.

Check out the Etsy shop here, and bonza bonus – it only costs US$7 to deliver to NZ!


Addicted to YouTube?

Oh, this is perfect.  Just what any dedicated vid surfer needs.



I wonder how many kiddies would be fooled by a Cartoon Channel sticker over your fave soap drama.

Business Cards Rule

Bits on the Side very much requires some snazzy, sexy, designery business cards like these


No matter what the technological advancements are in this whacky, is-it-even-round, world of ours – business cards will never die.  L’impossible. You cannot win $100 bar tabs without ’em. 



Valentine’s Day

Here we go again, V Day tis nigh upon us, a panicked time for both single and loved-up to wish their lives away, well, at least till the 15th Feb.

On the BOTS radar this year:

Watch out for the Cupid Mix bag of M&Ms!  Apparently, they fell under the evil grocery shrink ray, and have less chocolate in them than normal M&M bags.  Stuff that, where is the lurve?


Totally check out Stephen Einhorn‘s jewellery collection.  Tres rock’n’skull.  The best bit (apart from the solid sterling silver skull and crossbones eggcups) is that your gift can be wrapped in a painted plaster heart, which is then smashed by your lover, in order to get to the gift inside.  Noice irony. 



If it has to be chocolate, then let it be impressive.  Nothing less than a chocolate covered VW beetle will do.  Uhuh.


Scrabble Keyboard

Some guy in his garage built this fabby scrabble keyboard, and is now inundated with requests, and no doubt lawsuits from Hasbro.


Most of the keys are made from real Scrabble tiles that were all hand-beveled (truly an exercise in patience/masochism!) and built onto a USB, clicky, mechanical-switch keyboard.


Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Stealing your co-worker’s lunch is a downright contemptible act, that is, if it’s perpetrated by someone other than you, obv.  But, if you’ve ever had your lunch stolen, you know the the frustration and anger it causes. You know the revenge and ill-will it inspires. And you know that no matter how well you try to hide your lunch bag at the back of the refrigerator, something is gonna be missing when you next open it.

Lament no more!  The Anti-Theft Lunch Bag is just the jobbie. 


Place your sarnie in the bag, seal for freshness (!) and put it in the fridge.  Surely those hungry thieving vagabonds that you work with won’t dare touch it now! 


Hell closing down sale

I have bad news.  It’s totally devastating me, so I dunno how y’all will cope -you fragile, precious puppies.   

Forget the uppy downy cost of petrol, or the uppy uppy cost of cheese.  Don’t even worry about the increase in For Sale signs littering your suburban grass berms.  And don’t even think about the banks or the auto industry.  Don’t do it.  Don’t go there.  Tis nothing.  These things happen every 7-9 or 9 -11 years.  Nowt but a cycle, and cycles are fine, they always go round. 

What is really worth worrying about is when a brilliant, different, so clever it’s blimmin naughty business closes it’s doors.  And it has nowt to do with the economy! 


Since opening in 2001, there have been many death threats to Tshirt Hell staff, this may shock you, but some Americans want to pick and choose the bits of free speech that they want to be free and the bits that they want to be not-so-free, there was even a suspected poisoning of the founder.  So, when the hate mail filing cabinet collapsed this time, they decided to not bother replacing it.  

The ever eloquent Sunshine Megatron, creator of Tshirt Hell – the bestest, nastiest tshirt shop on le internets, explains it all.   Have your handerkerchief at the ready.

I’m done. I’m finished. I can’t take the stupidity anymore, so I’m leaving and I’m taking my website with me. As of Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, T-Shirt Hell will be no more.

No, I’m not selling out to some douchebag corporate entity. No, we’re not being sued by any of the over 40 companies that have sent us cease and desists over the years. No, I’m not going to jail (yet) and no, it’s not because of the economy. Although, the recent dip in sales certainly does make the idea easier to accept, even though we still sell over 3000 shirts a week.  I just don’t feel like dealing with idiots anymore.

Attention any venture capitalists or independent investors/business assholes who are about to inquire about purchasing T-Shirt Hell. Don’t. You won’t do the company justice and I won’t take that chance. I’m putting it to sleep. It’s over.

That’s right, I’m crazy. I’m pulling the plug on a company I could have sold for millions. Why in the fucking world would I do something so stupid? Because I can. I don’t care about money. This is the way I’ve always done things…my way.

What a great way to go!  Bow down in the shadow of the giant bluish balls of Sunshine Megatron (which, incidentally, is the very same name I plan to give my firstborn).

I’m totally bummed though, who else is gonna send me an invoice that states at the top in caps: “THIS IS YOUR FUCKING INVOICE” ?  Now, I’m going to have to stick my own hand-made sweary post-its on my tax returns, which is far less likely to shock and insult the IRD.  Jeesh.  And I have to reorder all my fave shirts before Tshirt Hell closes in two weeks.

Sure, there are other funny, online tshirt shops.  But, there is only one Tshirt Hell, noone else compares.

Rest In Wicked Peace Tshirt Hell – I’ll look you up when I get there.