Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I don't really need it, but I've been eyeing it for awhile and just decided to say "oh, what the heck" and go and buy this simple and neat and cool "Rhombus" necklace by edor. Pretty little gift I'm giving myself for absolutely no reason, don't you think?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
My mother is visiting next month and part of the reason I am so excited for her stay (aside from all the mending and re-sewing of buttons that I have planned for her to do) is that she is going to help me set up my first ever garden. Therefore in preparation, I am reveling in these gorgeous watercolors by Jinn 'n Tonic and reading this book by the poet Stanley Kunitz. Yeah, I know, I probably should be reading up on soil and pest control, but all in due time. Right now I'm just loving this...
"Thinking of a new season in the garden feels different from imagining a new poem. The garden has achieved its form; it doesn't have to be new each year. What it has to do is grow. You're not going to uproot the entire garden and start all over. The poem is always a new creation and aspires to a transcendence that is beyond telling at the moment when you're working on it. You know you are moving into an area you've never explored before and there is a great difference."
(published in Kunitz's last work, "The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden")
Monday, March 29, 2010
I have been a very bad blogger as of late. I decided that in order to finish my dissertation this semester I was going to write like a madwoman for a month or so. Of course, this was not the brightest idea since I ended up isolating myself from everything that I actually like about my life including our little blog.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My desk is presently littered with pages and pages from a dissertation that I don't don't see an end to anytime soon. There are no pretty notebooks or books left open that are being read for pleasure or desk lamps that stand slim and tall like bright flowers, but it is lovely to think that one day (maybe soon?) I'll be swapping out stacks of scribbled notes with bunches of poesies. And these darling desks just make me happy to think that I will be able to some day reclaim my own pretty work place....
(These images first found here, here, and here - all on the lovely tumblr blog, "it's mary ruffle")
Monday, March 22, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Without even knowing her name, I am already a huge fan of Twig Hutchinson (see this post and what may be the mis-credited image in this post). She's a English stylist who's beautiful work is probably best recognized in the pages of Toast. I just adore her palette of cool colors with those pops of warmth in the yellow or pink or the texture of a wool blanket or bunny ear...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Mad Men and Mattel. Honestly, despite the whole "these dolls are obviously not for children" thing, the match seems almost obvious. Betty Draper IS a Barbie. And the Joan doll? Glamor made plastic.
But I'm a little ashamed to admit that my first thought was about Don and the gelded Ken doll phenomemon. Surely Mattel understands that Don is no sexless Barbie boyfriend. Right? One can dream anyway...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
It's true we've done a home office in our Etsy series, but as a real live English "professor" (without the actual title of professor, since I'm neither tenured nor on my way to being tenured), I thought it would be nice to design my ideal literature scholar's office, a place where students would take me seriously and where I'd inspire them with my erudition. Or somethin'.
First, of course, you need the tweed:
Which, yes, of course, a professor could wear to look sharp and...professor-y. But she could also simply hang it on a lovely coat rack:
image courtesy of janemount
A pretty pencil cup to keep grading pens handy (you'll need many, many pens if you're as strict as I am):