American Museum of Natural History x Etsy

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Seven years ago I walked into the New York Public Library to embark on one of the most fun and creative collaborations I’ve done to this day. Along with the librarians from the NYPL, I worked with five artists from Brooklyn to document the creation of products they made, inspired by the library’s collections. The final result was a four-part video series, Design by the Book, and a huge party at the library that debuted each designer’s collection to excited viewers and fans. It will always be one of the highlights of my work life and I’ll never forget how exciting it was to air the final episode in person in front of friends and family. A few similar projects popped up shortly afterward (it meant so much to talk to other public libraries about how to do something similar) and I was thrilled to hear yesterday that Etsy collaborated with another great NYC institution, The American Museum of Natural History, to create new work!

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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the greatest, most inspiring and most legendary museums in NYC culture. It’s been depicted in countless movies, has hosted numerous Hollywood parties and book debuts and seems to loom large in the childhood of anyone who grew up here. It’s quite simply one of the most special places I know. The gem room there is basically my dreams come to life. So it’s no surprise that Etsy’s wholesale artists were able to find plenty of inspiration to create special pieces. From prints inspired by ancient eggs and jewelry inspired by fossils to posters and banners dedicated to wildlife and travel, the pieces these artists created capture so much of the museum’s spirit of discovery. To check out the full collection and shop online at the AMNH, click here. A big high five to everyone involved for celebrating such a wonderful museum and all it has to offer. xo, grace

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Perfectly Round Egg Fetches More Than $700 on eBay

EggsWhen someone says something is “egg-shaped” you don’t usually imagine that it’s perfectly round. You also might not imagine someone would pay more than $700 for a remarkably spherical egg.

Apparently Kim Broughton, owner of a hen — since renamed Ping Pong, for obvious reasons — that produced a perfectly spherical egg on Feb. 17, never imagined it either. The British 44-year-old told the BBC she was about to crack the egg open to use in her pancake batter when a friend told her not to. The spherical egg, born to a Buff Orpington hen, a breed that has been called the “Scarlett Johansson of the chicken world,” was, the friend said, “one in a billion.” So Broughton decided to offer the egg up for auction on eBay, where it fetched £480, which works out to about $731. Nope, not chicken feed!

“When it was at £20 I thought, ‘Who’d pay that for an egg?’” Broughton told the BBC. “And then it went through the roof.”

Broughton, who plans to donate the funds raised to a cystic fibrosis foundation in honor of a friend’s son, says she’s keeping an eye out for more round eggs, in hopes of raising more money for the charity. In the meantime, she’ll ship the egg to the buyer in a “hard box,” so there’s no danger of it cracking.

Because if that $731 egg arrives in bad shape, someone’s going to have to scramble for an explanation.

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How to Get Better Sleep in Uncomfortable and Unavoidable Situations

It’s no secret that most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. And while it’s probably our own fault, many of us are also unwilling or unable to change our schedules. So since we can’t add another hour to our days, finding small windows of time to squeeze in a little extra sleep might be our most viable option.

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Weekend Heller: Koren’s Hairy Beasts

Edward Koren’s second exhibition at Luise Ross Gallery opens March 7 and is on view until April 11. It features his original drawings for cartoons published in The New Yorker. Also on hand is a suite of five lithographs printed at Idem Editions, Paris, depicting his weird and woolly creatures crossing the landscape by bike. “Koren’s fascination with cycling is a continuous thread in his work,” notes the gallery’s promotion. “As his sure line maneuvers across the page the bicycle becomes not just a mode of transportation for the body, but the soul as well.”

 

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Film Noir Bob Dylan, Masked Cillian Murphy: The Week's Best Music Videos

Plus, everyone’s morphing into cartoons for some reason.

In this week’s best music videos, Bob Dylan plays our a film noir murder drama, Lykke Li models Gucci, and Cillian Murphy challenges us all to give up our daily 9-5 grind. Also, two videos feature singer-songwriters morphing into cartoons… do we spy a trend?

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