I really believe that fate brought this book to me. I needed a new book although I already had about 4 good books waiting on my shelf to be read, I was in the mood for something different, nothing in particular, just different. So I made a special trip to my local bookshop and wandered the tiny room for something to catch my eye. I only really was judging by the covers, but after about 10 minutes I saw a cover that said "bookshop" and that was all I needed.
Buzbee details all the best things of being in the presence of a bookshop. Every little bit of reverie I've ever felt upon entering a bookstore was summed up perfectly, something I never thought could have been put into words. The book also tells the history of booksellers from ancient Egypt to modern day. It's a really great prep for anyone who wants to work in or own their own shop...which I do someday.
Anyways...this is going to get too long if I keep going. It's just so hard to stop talking about a book that fits so perfectly with yourself. If you love books, just read it, trust me.
One of my favorite little blogs Daydream Lily tagged me in a well...game of blogger tag. It's my first time being tagged and this being from a really beautiful blog that I highly recommend to all of you, thanks daydream lily!
the rules: share six things that make you happy and tag six amazing starry-eyed bloggers!
1. everything red & black flannel. my dearest flannel dress, flannel winter coat, and flannel shirt
2. playing board games, especially parcheesi and mexican train
3. kitties playing with cat nip
4. instant polaroids (now extinct :( visit Save Polaroid to stop the madness!)
5. books about fairies and magical lands (the nerdy mass production kind ugh...)
6. saturdays when I get my new TIME magazine in the mail
Save some trees, go to ProQuo.com and you can choose which junk mail companies you'd like to stop getting mail from. I just signed up today so I'll let you all know how it works out. Time magazine gave it pretty good reviews though. Yay! Good bye to those Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons ugh!
I want this 5 Year Diary so so badly! Just seeing it's dimensions makes me want to write and write and fill out all those 5 years of blanks space! It's available at Rare Device if you want to buy it for me....
Yes!!!...Finally!!!...about a year ago I sent an e-mail to Gelaskins asking them if they could offer more skins by both Audrey Kawasaki and Amy Sol. I have the Audrey Kawasaki Odaijini iPod skin and I didn't want the Mario-like Amy Sol one because well...I'm just not a big fan of Mario....
As a Christmas present I bought this Art of Dreams calendar for a friend of mine. I hadn't ever heard of the artist before but the it caught my eye in a bookstore last week and I was just fell in love with the fantastic surrealist artwork on the cover I had to buy it!
For those of you who know me, know that I love magical dreamworlds, fairies and all things make believe. I think it comes with being an only child, having only my imagination and my cat for company.
So here is just a little sampling of the wonderful Daniel Merriam. I hope you enjoy his work!
For those of you who love your iPhone, you know that it's super annoying to find the perfect background image. When I transfer an artist's work I like, it always cuts the best parts off! So...here's the solution...check out Poogla! A site that brings together all the best illustrators and artists from around the world to make their own special iPhone backgrounds that fit perfectly. it's all so very exciting.
So here are the ones that I chose to use on my own iPhone but make sure and check out the hundreds of other backgrounds to find your favorites! Love you all hope this can make your iPhone experience a little happier.
Carla from Heartisans= daydreamy days and night compressed into works of art. These prints (only $25!) are magic. I just want to surround myself with them and wait to drift into a new appreciation of nature. Don't you?
Who new that corn husks and sticks would make such beautiful dresses?! Robin Barcus created a series of dresses out of all natural objects and then displayed them on models in the material's natural environment. The result is stunning...the woman in the water bringing up a real life image of the Lady of Shallot.
"And down the river's dim expanse Like some bold seer in a trance, Seeing all his own mischance -- With a glassy countenance Did she look to Camelot. And at the closing of the day She loosed the chain, and down she lay; The broad stream bore her far away, The Lady of Shalott."
I'm sure you're all familiar with Penguin Books especially their classics. And maybe, if you've wandered into Urban Outfitters as of late, you've seen that there's quite a large selection of Penguin classics with surprising cover makeovers. Judging by the covers Crime and Punishment or Pride & Prejudice seem like quirky, modern reads. I've even been tempted to by a few that I already own just for the cover art.
Well...this week I stumbled upon the UK Penguin Blog, which is so super cute and read an interview about one of the artists designing a new set of hardcover classics. To my disappointment they aren't yet offered in the US but hopefully that will change soon. My recommendations? The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde and Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte.
The artist Coralie Bickford-Smith has also designed a series of classic boys adventure books...the best cover? She.