Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
"Blossoms and Bridles" set of note cards in four designs from Clarkson Potter, designed by Jennifer K. Beal Davis. There is a coordinating journal, too.
Jennifer's site features much of her work, and oh boy, she is talented! These beauties are nothing short of irresistible.
This is detailing on the side old firehouse building. It's been re-purposed for business use (office space, a cafe on the bottom floor), which is the case with a lot of the buildings in this historic city.
I wish I had a better camera, but at least it's not a disposable!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Really, I'm not tormented by it. I mean, I am loving it but maybe the Summer moment for this combo has truly passed and I ought to be well on my way to the rustic palette of Autumn by now. The magazines are, anyway.
Truth is, I don't want to let go of the long sunny days and the freedom of an unstructured few months. I am resisting the call of obligation, the inevitability of drab Winter coats, dirty boots, the dishevelment of snow and wind, the elements reclaiming my colorful world one more time around, damnit.
There is the brief twilight of Autumn to look forward to, this is true. The way the sun is angled for that brief month and a half, the dance and dazzle of the leaves, the nearly subterranean glow of the afternooon sunsets, gold and russety and gilded.
I'll enjoy that, but then it's on to the holidays which start too early (Christmas trees before Halloween?!) and last too long. With apologies to those who love this time of year, I am generally not a fan. I'm all excited at the beginning, but then it all limps to a trees-on-the-sidewalk ending by the New Year. To be followed by the never ending month of January. Valentine's Day punctuates February (quite possibly my favorite holiday), and then it's the soggy march through March. In these parts, it can still snow in April, which means snow on top of dirty snow. But at least it's pretty again, for a while.
Can you tell I'm already feeling the Winter blues? Anybody else feeling it? Am I bringing you down?
I'm sorry. I just have to prattle on about this. I'll live.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
If this isn't the most adorable scrapbook paper I have EVER seen, I don't know what is! Thank you's to the generous and thoughtful Lindsey of Two Crazy Crafters and Lindsey's Paper Scraps for gifting a couple of sheets to me.
Click on image to enlarge for detail. See more at http://www.sassafraslass.com/.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I am going in for a sleep study this Sunday night. Ever had one of these? I vaguely remember having one six or seven years ago, and on the whole they're no big deal. Not if you don't mind being hooked up with electrodes like Frankenstein to a hundred different machines.
(OK, I exaggerate. Maybe ten machines).
The hope is that they will figure out why I am so tired all of the time. Narcolepsy? Sleep apnea? Disco dancing in the wee hours, which I have absolutely no recall of? We'll see if the mad scientists can figure it out.
Til tomorrow it's lights out ... sweet dreams.
The movie is frothy fun and has style for miles. From the sets to the suits, this is eye candy! Renee Zellwegger as best-selling author Barbara Novak changes outfits so many times I lost count after the first hour. Her editor, played by Sarah Paulson, is a young feminist on her way up the corporate ladder. Except that she's still expected to fetch the coffee.
Orange, at a wedding?! I thought the same thing.
Orange has never been one of my favorite colors. I associate it with Halloween (not at the top of my list, though it has its charms), the orange groves of Florida (too hot), the color of traffic cones. In other words, not romantic. Happy yes, romantic no.
The ad above caught my eye because it is a combination I've begun to like. It's candy-colored, it's some of the jelly-beans, without being overly sweet. They're not the fondant pastels, they're in your face. But if the silhouette of the dress isn't overdone and the flowers are kept simple, why not? And why not orange and fuschia? These colors together are unforgettable. (Some may remember them fondly, others not so much. But the bride who chooses these is making a personal statement!)
Stopping just-short of showgirl-showy, these D.I.Y. hair accents are unexpected.
New Cath Kidston! Fall is on the way! Sneak peek at the new catalog/magazine here.
I like to order (free) an actual paper copy of the thing, because a) I love to see it in my stacks of magazines, b) I love getting anything by Royal Mail, and c) it meets my paper jones.
I do love my paper, God knows.
Love at first sight for me and The Garden of the Duchess!
If you're a fan of small woodland creatures, Beatrix Potter's world, bears, birds, mice, bees, flowers and fanciful telling of little stories and adventures, you might just like it too.
It's "twee", but I do twee!