Tag Archives: words

Learn Something Everyday

Learn Something Everyday, the brainchild of UK-based Young design studio:

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Submit your factoids HERE for possible inclusion! You could even win a free poster. EXCITEMENT. 🙂

French Friday: L’abĂ©cĂ©daire! (ABCs!)

Adorable vintage French ABC Books, circa 1920s, from Cecilyadro’s Flickr set:

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The “encrier” almost makes up for the questionable inclusion of the “fusil” and the “hache.” Almost.

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3185227004_ffb9f9cb35I’m always on the “qui-vive” when the letter Q comes to mind.

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And from yet another fabulously illustrated 1920’s abĂ©cĂ©daire…

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Throwback Thursday: Mad Libs!

Mad Libs have evolved into a whole other monster and are still kicking around today (Fashion Mad Libs? Simpsons Mad Libs? X-Rated Mad Libs??), but the current editions are a far cry from the fabulous cover designs of the originals…

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An original page, which would now be targeted by the ACLU and every feminist in the country (rightfully so):

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French Friday: la minuscul(e)xposition!

La minuscul(e)exposition® ou le grand Nimportekoik is a lovely little French site created by Françoize Boucher, author, illustrator, lover of words, and co-creator of the association “Collectif Nous Deux”. Her attractive, informative, and lighthearted blog presents a variety of images that make me smile… and begin a neverending spree of link-clicking awesomeness. 

Examples of smile-inducing images from la minuscul(e)xposition ou le grand Nimportekoik:

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Wordshop Wednesday: Stephanie DeArmand!

Get ready to keel over from sheer ceramic awesomeness, courtesy of Ms. Stephanie DeArmand‘s very skilled hands:

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(I was happily introduced to Stephanie DeArmand’s work via the Happy Cavalier blog, and I borrowed all images above from Stephanie DeArmand’s image gallery. I strongly encourage you to visit both sites, and frequently!)

Pillow talk

You know how, after an undisclosed amount of time, your pillows can kind of start NOT feeling comfortable anymore? Yeah. That’s what’s happening to the pillows gracing my couch, of which there are many. Somehow, NONE seem appropriately cozy. And I certainly can’t afford to buy any new ones (not now, anyway), so… I just thought I’d do a little painless, virtual “window” shopping… via Etsy, of course.

So, if you’d like to join me in my spree, here we go!

1. Vintage grain sack pillows from Leslie Jansen:

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2. Monogrammed pillows from White Twig:

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3. Because I have recently become a first-time aunt (to twins! a boy & a girl… I’m not at all proud… hee hee), I have become somewhat infatuated with really ridiculously adorable, handmade kiddie stuff. Like these pillows, by Li’l Dumplings:

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4. OK… I can’t help it. I think it’s hilarious when bad words are displayed in pretty, elegant ways. Like when I calligraphy “B*te me” on cards. It makes me spectacularly happy. And so do these two-sided pillows by Sew Naughty:

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5. OK, back to wholesome… courtesy of these lovely, primitively welcoming pillows by Peace By Piece Designs:

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OK, I think that’s sufficient for now. 

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Happy weekend!

Wordshop Wednesday!

You’ve all been to the Poppy Talk site, right? Please tell me you have. Because it’s an amazing foundry of design brilliance and constantly introduces new or newly-discovered artists. And well, I was recently foraging through the Handmade” section of the PoppyTalk site, and I came across some brilliantly executed words thanks to:

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which stopped me in my cyber tracks. Once I collected myself, I clicked over to Paloma’s Nest, yet another Etsy wonder, where I discovered even more brilliance. Here you go, blog reader people. You can thank me later. Or sooner. Whichever you prefer. In any case, enjoy…

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