Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dream Kitchen Items

I just toured some historic homes in New Orleans, most notably the home associated with the Historic New Orleans Collection. I noticed two great kitchen items that I have added to my dream kitchen!

A plate warmer.

An over the sink drying rack.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


These are awesome!


I decided that for the next baby, I am going to decorate in alphabets. There are so many cute ones!

Here's one from PetitCollage, called "Animal Alphabet".

Here are two from Present and Correct (One vintage, one an alphabet of endangered species on the British Isle)

Here's a French 1940s repro:

Lotta Bruhn designed this one:

How about these from Tony Sarge:

Another modern animal alphabet from DecoyLab:

And of course, from Blue Art Studio:

Send me others that you like!

Julia Rothman

Fun printmaker and designer. I love this one, called "Luxury Apts".

Steep and Cheap

SJC alerted me to this site. You can find some great deals on active gear/wear/stuff. You have to check back often to see what's currently being offered.

Ashes & Milk

Just some cool things to look at here.

Grain Edit

This is a wonderful website I just came across. It's just fantastic to scroll down and look at this guy's great collection of graphics.


Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.

Site content includes interviews, articles, designers’ libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from our bookshelves.

You can also download this Obama poster for free.


So begins a series of blog postings on places and things that I found in New Orleans. The first is a store called Perch. I love it! They carry antique, vintage and new things. I found these adorable plates at Perch.

Their website is not comprehensive, but it's still fun to look at. Including some fun "design tips": "Pillows are to decorating as handbags are to fashion; you can never have too many."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mike Mulligan

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton. G and I love these stylized illustrations. It is reminiscent of the Western Tall Tales... showing how the steam shovel made canals, rail lines, and highways... and was then replaced by gas and electronic shovels. First published in 1939.

The Fence

Here's a humorous Mexican story, with wonderful pictures! I love the patterns on all the clothing. The story is The Fence: A Mexican Tale with story and pictures by Jan Balet.

Laughing Elephant and Green Tiger

In keeping with my previous posts on favorite children's books... I wanted to post about this small press. They are reproducing facsimiles of old classics with darling illustrations (called Shape Books). We have Red Riding Hood & Hansel and Gretel... I can't wait to find the others!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Smart Friends

I love having friends who know about computers! I just learned that (on Macs) if you press Command + Shift + 4 you can take a "photo" of anything on your computer screen and it is saved onto your desktop automatically.

Etsy Shop

I have created a rudimentary Etsy shop. There's only one item listed right now, but after the Fall Sale I will be listing many more things. I also have some tweaking to do as far as over-all look of the store, but I thought I would post it b/c I am excited about it!

Grandma Guide

My mother-in-law is coming to stay with G for a few days, and J just set up a Google maps Mom Guide for her. It is about the coolest thing that I have seen. We have created a map with all of G's favorite places, doctor's offices, parks, etc. on it for her. She can just access it as need be. (I had been planning on printing out or drawing a map for each of these places! wow. This is great). You can even leave little notes about each place on the info dot.

Monday, November 03, 2008

New Orleans!

I'm going! Any advice?
"As a child, learn good manners; as a young man learn to control your passions; in middle age, be just; in old age, give good advice; then die, without regret."

-fragment of a stele found at Ai Khanum 3rd C. BC