I saw this locket by Verabel today on A Cup of Jo and immediately fell in love with it! I emailed it to James as a Christmas hint and a few hours later, he told me that Santa thought that was a good idea. He is the worst at surprises, but I can't wait to wear it!
I love the color on this fine art print by Debstgo. It's so perfect too, from the threaded needle right down to the tiny guide teeth detailing. It's a 5 x 7 print, but don't you think it would also be amazing as an oversize print...I'd love to hang a poster size presser foot on my wall!
Chronicle books is currently having a giveaway of $500 worth of their books, which is quite a haul indeed! All you have to do is browse though my hand picked list below and leave your own comment after the post and if we are the lucky winners, we both get the whole list! Good luck to us!
1. Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho (because paper and craft can't go wrong)
2. Oh Joy! Noteblock by Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Joy's patterns and designs are lovely!)
3. 642 Things to Draw (need some inspired practice!)
4. Pictorial Webster's by John M. Carrera (I love collecting vintage dictionary's just for the pictures, so this is perfect!)
5. This is for You by Rob Ryan (His papercuts are beautiful)
6. Window Display by Tony Morgan (for future reference)
7. Fabric for Fashion by Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnson (need to learn what fabrics do what best)
8. From Here to There by Kris Harzinski (maps are always on my agenda)
9. Fashion Jewelry by Maia Adams (couture jewelry from the runway!)
10. The Printmaking Bible by Ann d'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris (yes, please)
11. World Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli (a fold out drawn world all connected, I adore)
12. Visual Merchandising by Tony Morgan (again, future referencing)
13. Creative Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Craft Inc. was helpful)
14. Reprodepot Pattern Book by Djerba Goldfinger (their site has great fabric all the time)
15. French General: Home Sewn by Kaari Meng (adding a French touch to my living quarters can't hurt!)
16. Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine (still haven't picked this up, though it's been out forever)
Last weekend, I went horseriding and ever since I've been thinking about how classy that the genre is. I love the outfits that jockeys typically wear, the jackets are cut perfectly and so tailored! And tall boots, strong but feminine. Add a fitted cap and some skinny pants to complete the look, then throw in an equestrian bit of jewelry and you're ready for the race track.
This intricately lined illustration by Hello Wilson caught my eye earlier today and I've been thinking about seahorses since then. I think it's interesting that they are usually depicted as such beautiful creatures, but in real life, they're not quite so adorable.
Anything scientific peaks my interest and these Mad Scientist Blocks by Xylocopa Designs are no exception! As soon as there's a wee one in the house, they'll be out on our floor for sure.
I also recommend the Curious Expeditions blog for furthering your knowledge of the unusual and noteworthy.
Tonight I've read about Painless Parker, the touring dentist with a bucket full at every tooth he ever extracted. He traveled in a covered wagon from town to town with a P.T. Barnum ex circus manager as his guide who created a noisy ruckus with show girls and buglers who covered up any sounds of pain from patients so that Parker could keep his legally changed first name accurate to his business.
I heard the tinkling sounds of one of only 12 known Polyphons from the Musical Wonder House.
I was also intrigued by the story of Bob Diamond, a 19 year old Brooklynite who heard tale of a secret tunnel under Atlantic Avenue and went off to search for it. It purportedly held the body of a British man, the lost diary of Jon Wilkes Booth and Persian Vampires, according to H.P. Lovecraft. After a year of research and a renewed sense of adventure from seeing the opening night of Indian Jones, he found an unmarked manhole on Atlantic Avenue and crawled into a long forgotten tunnel, which you can now take a guided tour of next time you're in Brooklyn.
I finally stopped reading after the Compendium of Libraries around the world, but I'll soon be back for more Curious Expeditions.