Tag Archives: nature

Don’t mess with Smokey

I’m a big anti-forest fire fan. It’s a good thing to be. Plus,  I wouldn’t want to p*ss off Smokey or anything. That guy means business.

The following fetching images are all borrowed from Grickily’s “Cool Old Stuff” Flickr set, which you should really check out, because it’s AWESOME.

I didn’t realize Smokey prayed, but hey, whatever prevents forest fires. Go for it.

The beautiful bindings of Sarah Wyman Whitman

These amazing book cover and binding designs are included in The Boston Public Library’s Rare Books and Manuscripts collection, which is made electronically available to the viewing public via their INSANELY GORGEOUS Flickr set (of over 350 images, by the way). You just won’t even believe how beautiful these are: the lettering, the illustrative quality, the ornamentation, the golf leaf… and how sickly pathetic modern hard covers are in comparison.

Information on the revolutionary Sarah Wyman Whitman, as featured on the BPL’s Flickr set:

Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) pioneered the role of artist-designer in the book industry and in the process revolutionized trade bookbinding. A highly-regarded Boston artist and socialite who gathered around herself a salon comprised of many of the city and region’s best-known writers, she adopted the role of mediator between her author friends and the publisher George Mifflin, whom she knew socially. Her work echoed the Arts and Crafts Movement that viewed art and life as inseparable; she wrote that “all forms of labor are beautiful and sacred because…it all has the stamp of nobility, being essential to the world’s need.” As Betty Smith has noted, Whitman became “the first professional woman artist regularly employed by a Boston publisher to give their mass-produced book covers a sense of simple elegance through line, color, and lettering.”

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The Power of Green

I’m not talking about green as a synonym for “environmentally conscious,” though that is lovely, too. I’m talking, very simply, about the color green. My brother-in-law’s 11-year-old niece (whom I have always affectionately referred to as my “niece-in-law”) suffered a near-drowning accident on August 1st. Four weeks later, she remains unconscious in critical condition at the local ICU of a children’s hospital. Her organs were stabilizing, but yesterday she suffered a horrible setback. We are now all terribly scared and thinking the strongest, most positive thoughts we can for her and the whole family.

My niece-in-law’s favorite color is green.

Coincidentally, green is my favorite color as well. It is just one of many many things that we share.

We also share books.

So, today, I am putting my faith in the power of green and the written word. The power to soothe, strengthen, enliven, and heal.

Here’s to you, D. I love you so much.

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Night Owl Paper Goods (& their awesome sales!)

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From their website: “With a passion for fine craftsmanship, detail & the environment, Alan Henderson and Jennifer Tatham went out on a limb to start Night Owl Paper Goods, a stationery company devoted to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goodies.”

“Goodies” is right. Their products fuse Scandinavian motifs and nature’s sweetest creatures, often with wooden backdrops.

Not only that, but Poppytalk alerted me to the occasional one-day sales on the NOPG website. Today, for example, there’s a 50% off sale on NOPG’s jotters (aka, notepads)! Go forth and conquer:

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Wordshop Wednesday: ZippityDooda

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For this week’s edition of Wordshop Wednesday, I am extremely excited to present you with the extraordinary project known as An Artful Agenda. Featured on ZippityDooda’s Etsy site,

An Artful Agenda:

“showcases the artwork of eighteen different artists who have donated their art to benefit the Northeast Portland Tool Library (neptl.org). Two-thirds of the proceeds go to support NEPTL. The mission of An Artful Agenda is to harness the power of community through resource sharing, whether it’s sharing skills, knowledge and equipment to create a work of art or sharing tools in a neighborhood.”

There are three different cover designs to choose from, and four different color options. But, in my opinion, the best part is that the book isn’t overpowering in size (it measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ x 5/8″), and it comes with unlined pages. I tend to be vehemently anti-line. 

Here are the three cover designs,
which also showcase three of the different color options:

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Interior image samples:

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French Friday!

For this week’s installment of French Friday, I thought I’d pull a Sarah Palin and go all rogue on y’all by selecting some francophone images from SwissMiss’s blog. After all, I never specified whether the “French” in French Friday referred to the nationality or the language, right? Aren’t I tricky? Yeah, I know. But I’m going to throw in some vintage Citroën ads for good measure.

SWISS MISS:

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CITROËN:

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