Archive | February, 2009

vintage illustrations

26 Feb

i am a sucker for a vintage book with good illustrations. i love the retro colors, shapes, scenery… everything. my library has an ongoing book sale and i have actually found some really good old books – each only $.50. a few months ago i found an old edition of the little engine that could and fell in love with these pages.

fruits

milk & sweetsi’m going to find some antique frames and hang these in my kitchen or in my little (teensy-tiny) dining area. so sweet!

along with my embroidered knitting bag find from last week, i also spotted, and grabbed, james beard’s 1949 the fireside cook book, which is chock-a-block full of nostalgic illustrations by alice and martin provensen. a flickr search of their work explains why i had to have this book, even if the binding is falling apart.

my only dilemna is this: should i take the book apart and use the illustrations in projects or continue to spend hours-on-end pouring over the recipes with their charming illustrations?

cozy

25 Feb

shall we just gloss over the fact that i haven’t been blogging? nevermind that one of my sweets just had another babe and has squeezed in more than a few posts since then. i have no such excuse. but just because i haven’t been blogging my life doesn’t mean i haven’t been living.

i feel very cozy with my life right now. i don’t think i’ve ever really felt that way and it seems really weird and a bit unnerving to feel that way. especially right now amidst more than a few changes, surprising turn-of-events, and general moments of chaos and utter panic. but, in general, i’m having one of those odd little moments when you really like your life. when you like where you are and you especially like who you are. is it because i am in fact having the best year of my life thus far? i must be.

i thought i’d share a few of my favorite spots & things in my apartment, just because. these things add to the coziness of my life right now.

quilt

my first quilt, which always rests on this corner of my couch, begging to be unfolded for a night of reading or knitting.

funny guys

my wall of funny guys. i really love these prints, especially the little boy in the middle. he has such a worried expression, you just want to hug him.

vintage finds I

my slowly-growing collection of vintage odds and ends, which was added to last week with a few good finds, including…

vintage finds II

this charming vintage knitting bag, hand-embroidered and wonderfully intact. sigh.

so, from my own little corner of the world, things are good. things will get even better when i’m in another little corner of the world in a few short days…

february reads

4 Feb

so sorry for being a bit late in posting this. i’ve actually spent the last few nights reading, wouldn’t you know.

so, february. the 100s. this summary actually includes quite a mashup of interesting subjects: philosophy (100); metaphysics (110); epistemology (120); parapsychology & occultism (130); philosophical schools of thought (140); psychology (150); logic (160); ethics (170); ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy (180); and modern western philosophy (190). like how they stuck parapsychology & occultism right in the middle? i remember having quite a discussion about that in grad school.

you’ll be happy to know that i’ve already got quite a chunk of my first choice read.

blink: the power of thinking without thinking by malcolm gladwell (153.44)

spook: science tackles the afterlife by mary roach (129) – i really loved her first book, stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers, and can’t wait to read her latest, bonk: the curious coupling of science and sex.

the self-esteem trap: raising confident and compassionate kids in an age of self-importance by polly young-eisendrath (155.2). i don’t have kids, but this comes highly recommended for anybody interacting with ‘those kids today.’

so, yeah, i’m aiming for more than one non-fic read this month because all of these titles really interest me (she said at the beginning of the month when reading optimism is high). here’s hoping.