just a bunch of bragging, mostly.

The Fault In Our Stars

Sep 10, 2014

We are so excited to see two of our Merit Patches this summer in the 20th Century Fox movie, The Fault In Our Stars! The Inkblot Merit Patch and the Big Dipper Merit Patch are featured on the oxygen bag of the film’s main character, Hazel. Here’s a description of the story:

“Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.“

We’re glad that Hazel found encouragement in our Merit Patches, and we hope you do too!

What’s old is new again. Or maybe, what’s new is newer. Okay wait, what we are trying to say is that the Merit Badges you know and love now have a shiny new name: MERIT PATCHES. But we couldn’t stop there. We gave the packaging a complete makeover too. We think they look pretty nifty, don’t you agree?

A Fab Invitation!

Nov 29, 2013

After our flash sale on Fab recently, the team invited us to be part of the ongoing collection. We said yes, of course, and we couldn’t be happier! Fab’s U.S. and European sites now offer the Merit Patch 16-pack at a discount even better than ours! Aren’t they just fab?


Earlier this month we were lucky to be a part of the community of artists and designers with a week long Merit Badge sale! We put together some fun sets with various themes, and also had the “Now you’re just showing off” 16-pack at a super great price. We hope you got a chance to partake!

The most popular set was the “It’s Been Surreal” set. Take a look at a page from our sale on Fab:

Better Living Through Design has partnered with Lost Crates to select a few special things to be delivered to your door each month. Keep the crate for yourself or give as a gift to your favorite design aficionado…

AND, this month The Heart merit badge has been selected for the bltd crate! Who wouldn’t love a little design pick-me-up like this?

The juried show had over 300 independent designers, and a record turnout of 22,000 visitors!! WOW! It was great to meet so many new people, and to see some fans who came back to say hi and tell me stories about merit badges they’ve given as gifts. Thank you all for your kind words and support!! You make it all worth while!!


Jun 18, 2011

cellphone/sunroof is a photo project born from the monotonous and taxing L.A. commute.

slow. an open sunroof. cell phone on the passenger seat. sitting at a light. stuck in traffic. look up. a vantage point we miss when we speed past. a perspective that can be both ordinary and unexpected at once. beauty in monotony. inspiration in randomness. no shots are planned or contrived. the challenge is seeing the stimulating in the mundane. looking harder at something and seeing that there is more to it than thought at first glance. shape. form. color. texture. wit. quirkiness. enjoy.

Photos by Jane Chika. All shot with a 1.3 megapixel cell phone camera, through the open sunroof, while stopped in traffic. All images ©2008-2011 Jane Chika.

cellphone/sunroof by Jane ChikaMake Your Own Book

It was so great to meet fans, online customers, bloggers, and new friends of Disorderly Goods. In addition to over 300 independent artists and designers, the show offered delicious food, drinks, and desserts, a dj spinning all day long, a free photobooth, giveaways, and did I mention over 300 indie artists selling their goods? And everything is made in the USA, most of it locally here in southern California. This has always been a fun show as a shopper, and it was just as fun as a first-time Vendor! Thank you to all who came to the show and showed some Disorderly love!!


Arranging choice items on his desk, Freud confessed to Carl Jung: “I must always have an object to love.”

I am happy to introduce the first two prints in a series of Digital Inkblots. No, that’s not one of them in the photo, I’ll explain what that is in a minute.

First of all, I know it was really Rorschach who was responsible for the inkblot psychological studies, but if I used Rorschach in the blog title, I wouldn’t be able to use that admittedly tired, yet always amusing Freud joke. You know, the one where someone accidentally says “boobies” instead of “booties”, or something like that, then someone else says, “Paging Dr. Freud!!” And besides, ol’ Siggie may still have a place in this story…

I have had a fascination with inkblots for some time now. I even created large inkblot paintings on canvas for a while. That’s one of the canvas inkblots in the photo. After making several dozen huge inkblots, some as large as five feet tall, I just wasn’t satisfied. Something was missing. I felt that I wanted my inkblots to tell me more. (now there’s one for the couch! heh…)

And so began the Digital Inkblots. You will surely get way more than 50 minutes of fun out of these inkblot prints. (see what I did there? a little therapist humor…) Look at them up close. Look at them from across the room. Stand on your head. Put on a vest and a fake beard if you must. But remember, sometimes a donkey in pants carrying a book is just a donkey in pants carrying a book…


Ain’t Life Tweet?

Feb 14, 2011

i think i was the last person to get a cell phone a few years back. and it took me a couple of years after that to get a camera phone. i always felt like if i’m out running errands, i should be left alone. what could be so urgent that it can’t wait until i get home? well, three cell phones later, i’ve now become so dependent on my iPhone that i’ll go back home to get it if i’ve forgotten it when i left.

the last frontier (at least until the next new frontier shows up) for me is twitter. if i was questioning the need to talk to people while running errands, imagine how silly twitter seems… now we’re gonna tell our “followers” what we’re having for lunch or what a coworker just said? apparently so. as my good friend told me today, “resistance is futile”. so i’ve now joined the masses of twits. what, isn’t that what they’re called? heh. well, i’m still sort of resisting, but i know that after a couple of weeks i’ll be wondering how i ever survived without it.

so, if you’d like to follow disorderly goods, we’re @disorderlygoods on twitter. i promise i won’t tell you about my mediocre microwave delicacies, or about my conversation with the worker at the 7-eleven. but i will share new product announcements, offers for DG freebies, interesting art, and anything else that i think will make your life happier and more fulfilling, or maybe even a little disorderly.

tweet on. jc

“…Instead of getting rewarded for camping skills and first aid ability, though, you get props for being a well-adjusted adult.” An exerpt from the awesome write-up on about our merit badges.

DG loves bltd!

Feb 5, 2011

“You’re never too old to give or receive a merit badge from Disorderly Goods.” that’s what bltd, aka better living through design, said when they featured our merit badges on their latest picks this week! visit

This ain’t your grandma’s supermarket! It’s indie artist heaven! Check out Supermarket’s fantastic curated collection of indie designer wares. Disorderly Goods is proud to now have a storefront on Supermarket! I’ve had a lovely time so far! visit

merit badge wallpaper!

Jan 26, 2011

you like free gifts, don’t you? well here ya go. dress your computer in your favorite merit badge! your monitor will glow with pride!

wallpaper images are available for download at enjoy!!

nerds on parade

Jan 14, 2011

girl scout sash

1978: my big sister and i pose for a snapshot before heading downtown to march in the memorial day parade.

me with my girl scout troop, clanking sticks together as we walked. big sis playing the glockenspiel with the marching band. (i wish i could tease her about that, but i played the glockenspiel the next year…)

there was something so refreshingly simple about those days, but we didn’t know it then. before iPhones, laptops, and video games. well, we did have PONG on the black & white tv in the basement and it was the most amazing thing i had ever seen, but that doesn’t count.

i was a girl scout for many years. i really hated camping though. camping is a big part of scouting. but i really hated camping. i preferred earning badges for crafty things and domestic things. i earned a lot of badges. i’m still pretty crafty, although i can’t cook and hate to clean. but i can still clank two sticks together, so that’s something, right?