The Journey Begins in 2012

Tolkien fans get to return to Middle Earth and see where the LOTR saga began during the 2012 holiday season. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to release on December 14th of this new year. Peter Jackson agreed to the role of directing this film. Key actors from the epic trilogy like Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, and Ian Mckellen also appear in this prequel. For those unfamiliar with The Hobbit, as mentioned this is the account of how the events of the Lord of the Rings series came to be.

As Bilbo Baggins accompanies Gandalf the Grey and a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim a great treasure, he meets the creature Gollum and obtains his precious possession, a ring that possesses magnificent power. An Unexpected Journey is going to be the first of two installments of this epic genesis. The Hobbit: There and Back Again will pick up where Journey left off. Christmas season of 2013 is when the second film is due to release.

As fans anxiously await the most anticipated movie of 2012, TheHobbitMovie.com would be a great place to stay connected with progress and information on the movie! It’s chalk-full of blogs about publicity and offers behind-the-scenes photos and material. This site claims to be the number one Hobbit fan site on Facebook.

Chambre De Sucre

Have you ever wanted your food dishes to look like something that came out of a cooking magazine? Enhance the look of your cuisines with gourmet sugar from Chambre De Sucre. While it’s French in name, the product comes from Japan. It’s handmade by one of the oldest family industries in the country. With over two hundred and seventy years of tradition, and even providing the Royal Japanese families with their products, quality is undoubtedly guaranteed. Chambre De Sucre offers sugar balls designed for coffee drinks and pieces in bright, spring-like colors. For $13.95 (before S&H), a canister of sugary bites can be your own. For $20 to $40, larger collections of confectionary desserts are available. These sugars will sweeten tea parties, bridal showers or ceremonies. Use them to add elegance to any dessert or give them as a gift to the aspiring chef you know.

You don’t have to go to culinary school to create beautiful cooking. Just add a little appealing saccharine from Chambre De Sucre to your dessert or drink. You’re sure to impress any food critic with them. I feel a sugar rush just looking them! Add some to your kitchen cupboard by purchasing from ChambreDeSucre.com.

Trendy Wall Tattoos

Are you looking for unique tattoo designs? Surfacecollective.com offers endless and unique tattoo designs…for your walls! These wall decals are most unique in artistic design and each piece was crafted by illustrators, artists, and creative directors. Surface Collective products easy to apply and remove and are available for your home or even your laptop.

In searching for the wall art or laptop decal you want the most, products can be filtered by various criteria: price range, gender and age, complexity or color arrangement of the piece, placement, theme, and designer. You can select more than one to view the options that best match your style. The cheapest wall products run about $30 to $45 before S&H. The laptop tattoos are no more than $40. Seattle is the only store retailer for Surface Collective in the United States, so online shopping is the best option.

Surface Collective is the ideal way to express yourself without the pain of ink and needle. Their products can compliment any style and go anywhere you want them. Whether you’re artistically inclined or challenged, Surface Collective wall tattoos add and accentuate chic flair in any room.

Furniture Your Way

You can be your own furniture designer with Yube Cubes! Yubes have simplistic set-up and are fun to use and customize. They’re the most eco-friendly piece of furniture you could own, because Yubes are made of woodlite, a compound of bamboo and plastic. The paneling for Yubes is made of sugarcane. Yube are very versatile. They measure over fourteen inches in all dimensions, so they can be used everywhere! You can use them as storage or desk space, coffee tables coffee tables or night stands, cabinets or entertainment systems. Doors and paneling for Yubes are available in assorted patterns or you can even use your own image, making these the most personal fixtures in your home. Also available are drawer and shelf pieces to further customize your cube for best use. For up to $34, you can buy a small set, or for triple digit prices (at the least) you can buy even larger sets, which also include feet and organizational accessories. Yubes are low-maintenance; for up to $10, you can purchase spare parts for repair and replacement. Yube Cubes are the best investment to make in interior décor. They’re a simple style, but at the same time they’re your style. They’re built from recycled material and can be used in any home or work space. They’re also easy on your wallet. You don’t need to hire a professional to help you decorate with style; all you need are a few Yube Cubes! Buy your own at Yubecube.com.

*Bloger’s note: Prices mentioned are before shipping and handling

Common, but Rare: Zumreed

When it comes to music devices nowadays, they can be personalized and customized in many ways. Music devices are available in different colors, styles, and memory programming. iTunes can recognize anybody’s musical tastes and suggest tunes based on what is purchased and downloaded. Then there’s an endless supply of musical accessories available almost everywhere you go.

Speakers, earbuds, and headphones can be found in any color under the sun. Some can be found with unique artwork or brand logos stamped on them. Products from Zumreed are just more musical device accessories in that sea of endless choices. One of the more unique things about these products is that the company is based out of Japan. Product browsing is available online at Zumreed.net, but you cannot purchase anything directly off the internet if you’re not in Japan. Another difference about Zumreed compared to others is that they carry more products. Zumreed is the first I’ve seen to carry all three- speakers, earbuds, and headphones. In addition, other Zumreed “musicgoods” include iPhone stands and carrying cases, phone plug adapters for earpieces or speakers, and cord wraps.

Though Zumreed accessories are like every other audible attachment out there, they’re a rare brand. As mentioned earlier, online purchasing is unavailable in America. Many Urban Outfitter retailers carry Zumreed products, but some states have other carriers. Highlight the “Where to Buy” box on the website to find a Zumreed carrier near you.

Not a Gallery: Twentieth Century Visual Art

What do you think of when the term “art” is mentioned? Do you think of famous works like the Mona Lisa, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, or Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since the Renaissance period, and so has artistic style. Digital art has revolutionized aesthetic tastes, and one particular digital artist, Justin Belmont, is sharing his talent with art lovers everywhere.

Justin Belmont runs Notagallery.com, where he sells his work. His digital paintings are surfaced with handcrafted acrylic paint on two inch deep Birchwood frames. They’re created with 8-Color UltraChrome Ink, personally signed and ready to hang upon reception. His subjects are colorful and unique. His wall rounds are equally attention-drawing. While they have a heavy gauge texture, they’re easily repositionable sheets of wallpaper. The most unique of Belmont’s art is the Diamond Dust series, with which he uses eleven carats of crushed diamonds on pop icon subjects such as Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, and Audrey Hepburn.

The digital paintings and wall rounds are available in varying sizes and ships in two weeks’ time from the time of the purchase. The wall rounds and smaller digital paintings are least expensive, costing up to $300. The Diamond Dust works are one-of-a-kind and hence the most expensive, available only at $2700 and ship in three weeks’ time. Treat a fellow art collector to this new, iconic style by giving them a gift card to the site. Just as classical pieces like the Mona Lisa and Starry Night reflect the ideals and styles of their time; Belmont captures modern culture and accentuates it in very unique ways. Products from Not a Gallery will liven up any room with color, fun, and personality. There are art pieces that can fit any budget and compliment any style.

Yardsellr: A New Kind of Yard Sale

A used pink bathrobe, a rare mint snowglobe, a Smurf T.V. tray. These are things that can be found in Weird Al Yankovick’s parody-song “Ebay” and on yardsellr.com. This site is much like Ebay, a user-friendly website where one’s junk can be bought and sold. The main difference in the websites would be the style in which products are organized. Items on Yardsellr are more specifically organized. For example, search “Dolls and Bears” on Ebay, you find a variety of different Barbie dolls as well as baby dolls, American Girl dolls, and a choice of stuffed bears. Looking on Yardsellr, you can find Barbie dolls in their own “block” and stuffed animals in their own according to what kind you’re looking for. Also Yardsellr is social network-oriented. You can get to know a seller in a more personal sense by clicking under the “Meet the Seller” box. There you have the option of finding the seller on Facebook, or sending them a private message. When obtaining your purchase, you sometimes have the option of meeting the seller face-to-face to receive your item.

Yardsellr.com has the atmosphere of yard sale shopping in your own neighborhood. This website can make an interesting networking outlet for avid collectors. Pursue your passions online for a reasonable price and get to know the kindred spirits selling them. Looking for another pet rock, an Alf alarm clock, or Shatner’s old toupee? Find them on Yardsellr.com!