Friday, February 25, 2011

Round Up

These toast coasters are cute and look like some healthy, fiber-dense bread.

Some new books about history.

Wonderful items on Svpply.

There are a few things that unnerve me as I'm sure it is with most folks, and one of those things is big groups of dolls or even worse, doll heads. So the mere fact that I am providing this link shows that I REALLY want to share the article with my 3 loyal readers.

I'm not big on mid-century modern, but there is something very cool about Restoration Hardware's aviation collection. Bit pricey though.

Diggin' Mayer Hawthorne. Nice old school r&b.

Seattle's Walker Rock Garden is for sale. The family who created this marvel can no longer afford to maintain it. Let's hope that the purchaser keeps it just the way it is.

The top 19 best-read Presidents.

Folks keep crying about the possibility of e-books totally obliterating the need for the physical book. I think it is a bunch of hogwash. They said the same thing when paperbacks became popular. "What's going to happen to hardback books?". While folks are worried about e-books, they should probably through in the possible demise of book ends, bookcases, book carts, etc., etc.

2011 paint color trends from the Paint Quality Institute.

These underwear, gutchies, knickers, unders, etc. are the bomb. Available from Five Go Mad in the UK.

And, the 2011 USPS stamps. Looking forward to the Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamps (scroll down), American Scientists, Owney the Postal Dog, and Barbara Jordan stamps.

Really fun blog honoring the 1950's pink bathrooms that everyone is ripping out of their homes today-Save the Pink Bathrooms.

So your wee ones aren't so wee anymore and they don't want to watch their Clifford the Big Red Dog DVD's a hundred times a day. What to do with all of those children's dvd's that you cost a small fortune. Why not donate them to Kidflicks? Kidflicks was founded by a few moms that are donating kid movies to hospital pedicatric wards. What a lovely idea!!!

The secret life of punctuation.

These Angry Little Girls products are cute. I am an angry BIG girl.

If you want to feast your eyes on some culinary porn and some wonderful recipes visit the King Arthur Flour blog. I've mentioned it before, but it is so wonderful I feel it deserves a second shout-out. Just feast your eyes on the Cabot Cheddar Soda Bread or the Maple Meringues.

What was on Hamlet's playlist?

Drat!!! I missed the Hot Chocolate Festival.

And, speaking of festivals. The 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital takes place on March 15-27, 2011.

The New York Times is reviewing one children's picture book per week. Whoopeee!!!!

That's all for this week. Have a nice weekend.

"Indulge your imagination in every possible flight." Jane Austen

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Round Up

R.I.P. Brian Jacques-what an incredible imagination!!

If a group of geese are on the ground or in a body of water they are a gaggle of geese. If a group of geese is flying they are a skein of geese. Love this handy-dandy bird group name chart.

Foodie Flashcards.

Congratulations Hickory!!!

Very cute storage bowl from Fishs Eddy.

I am just crazy for the show Oddities. I've been watching it on the Science Channel. The show is about the Obscura Antiques and Oddities shop located in NYC.

I think these CarLashes would look great on my dream car.
Interesting concept-a rice pudding restaurant Rice to Riches.

The papers of blood bank pioneer, surgeon and educator Dr. Charles Drew have been made available by the National Library of Medicine and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University.

A. reads a lot of nonfiction. Lately he's been reading books that he feels he somehow missed. He just finished two books by C. Wright Mills and one I recommended The Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triump of Spectacle (Nation Books) by Chris Hedges. Apparently this book reinforces one of my soapbox topics-the dumbing down of America.

100 best British films.

On this blog I have stated numerous times how I have a penchant for islands, and I would love to visit Mackinac's Island. Until I can get there I think I will settle for this documentary Ice Bridge. One of the problems is I would really like to visit in the winter.

More drool-worthy island information.

Knitter I am, but I don't know how to crochet. I am trying to teach myself by watching YouTube videos. I would love to get good enough so I can contribute to the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. My place of work has their own chapter. Hmmmm......

Say you want to compare the BMW to the Mercedes or Vitamin B6 to Vitamin B12: reComparison makes it easy to compare and contrast numerous products.

I was just outside and saw a new lunchtime food purveyor-Goode'sMobile Kitchen. I'm not a meat eater, but my goodness, the food smelled wonderful. Their schedule is posted for those in the Mall area.

I read tons of literary blogs, bookstore blogs and newsletters and numerous book reviews. And in the past two weeks I have seen the book West of Here everywhere by Jonathan Evison. The books is being compared to Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty, which I didn't like. Am I going to give this a chance. Probably. It's about the Pacific Northwest, which I like and geography always plays an important part in any fiction I read. I will probably wait until it comes out in paperback and add it to my teetering TBR pile.

Do you, or if you are a library person, your library, have old encyclopedias that you don't know where to unload? Tips here.

Get inspired by these 40 creative reuse ideas.

That's all for this week.

"It's by studying the little things that we attain the greatest art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible." Samuel Johnson

Friday, February 04, 2011

Round Up

Why aren't there any Disney Princes? What's the deal with all of the Disney Princesses? It's 2011 and the media is still rampant with ageism, homophobia, racism, sizeism, and sexism. When will it end? I guess that's my rant for this week. And it's much to much of a long boring story to explain what put this particular burr under my saddle this week.

A bit of mead may dull my anger.

59 things you did not know about Virginia Woolf.

I think I would be delighted if I received Ted Kooser's Valentines (University of Nebraska Press)on February 14th. The story behind this publication is lovely.

Look at the incredible artistry of Li Xiaofeng.

I like this paperback wallpaper.

I have fallen in love with the delightful photography blog-From Me to You.

Some books that have sparked an interest:
Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish: An Alphabet Book (Sasquatch Books) by Sarah Asper-Smith
Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them (The New Press) by Mary Cappello

Perhaps I could read the above mentioned books while drinking out of one of these very cool cowgirl mug.

Author Sam Anderson is tweeting the best sentence he's read every day.

I'm not much for spicy food. However, I do like a hit of the ubiquitous Sriracha Sauce in certain things-lately this wonderful vegetable-laden soup A. and I have been making. Just a dash of this liquid fire seems to make all of the difference. And this sauce has inspired its own blog and cookbook. Plus, I'm a condiment nut and I love seeing that bright green top living in the door of my refrigerator.

Warby Parker-cool eyeglasses with a social conscience-Excellent!!!

Diggin' everything at the Old Village Hall, especially the chairs and various tote bags.

You know you want to share your story of how you got started in librarianship.

Personality traits of blood types. My blood type description seems to be very close. More here.

Put the word out on the Internet and it's amazing what can happen-One Million Giraffes.

Artist Bill Dunlap is painting murals on barns in Maryland. Each mural will also feature a poem.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend.

"Always be smarter than the people who hire you." Lena Horne