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Friday, 30 September 2011

{Happy 1st weekend in October}

Happy Weekend Everyone!
Apple picking?
{here's an outfit from Mrs. Lilien}
Prepare the front porch: 
{via BB&B}
collect some leaves: 
{gorgeous photography by valdirose}
& gather some items for the home:
{from the sweetest occasion}
Happy Autumn & have a great great weekend!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

{quotable thursdays}

{view of the Bodleian Library at Oxford, 1675. via museo magazine}

"Librarians arrange books next to each other; they set limits on the numbers of books one can have, the hours in which one can have them, and the things one can do to them. Readers, by contrast, try to find new connections between apparently unrelated texts and to see more books than the rules allow; they write in the margins & tear out individual pages or steal whole books. Interesting meanings are constructed where the two interact; but their simultaneous presence always implies a struggle."
                                     —Anythony Grafton. Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1997.

{via Love of Fair}
{via lulu}
{via pinterest with no original source}
{via pink and green owl}

{via joe enge}
{I love how Renaissance readers always felt the need to add these little hands pointing to important aspects of the text. via libraries-claremont}

Here's a great image of some retro librarians:
{via mhp books}
{knitted fresh daily via pinterest}
so...what are you waiting for? go & take out a book! & not off the visual bookshelf (the internet) but get into a library & feel the solid, weighty thing in your hand & smell the woody leaves of paper. Sign it out & interact with the text. Now go!
ps: thanks to my Mum & Dad for reading to me every night before bed, to my Auntie Dorothy for making sure we were well-supplied with books, and my Dad for keeping a well-stocked and easily accessible library.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

{my boxes finally arrived!}

{via on blue pool road}
It feels like Christmas! I have been living out of one suitcase since June and not only was I getting tired of my clothes I was worried this lovely weather we're having was going to end before I had a proper coat and pullies to handle the chillier autumn climes. ...but after delays at customs, other 'unknown' delays, etc... my boxes finally landed on my front porch this afternoon.
While they only represent 1/4 of all my worldly belongings they do hold most of my clothes and some important books & research notes.  I feel like I'm somewhat complete again...
Yay! I need to find a way to celebrate...Perhaps a 'welcome boxes' party?
{Hermes advert, via cendrillon}

Saturday, 24 September 2011


hello deeries/dearies,
Yes, I intentionally did the brackets backwards. I think it sort of has the look of antlers--another obsession of late. anyone who follows  me on pinterest will know that I'm slightly obsessed with antlers (click on this link for my antler board). While real deer heads on walls might be not totally pc, there is something gorgeous about the daintiness of deer. There are a variety of styles now--from rustic and classic to funky and bright, most of which are faux-taxidermy. I'll let the images speak for themselves:
{Classic Antlers}
{group them in a silver urn for an antiquey look via birch+bird}
{via hither and thither}

{from birch+bird}

{via pepper&design}
{from Beez that way}
{Colourful Antlers}
{from your modern couple}
I saw these cool colourful ones for sale at the V&A bookshop & took a photo:

Blooming Deer Pillow
{from knockoffdecor}
{via pinkshirts and carwrecks}
{how gorgeous is this addition of roses? from decor8 via pinterest}
{I'm in love with this chalk silhouette. from 2gypsy girls}
Deer Print on Tile Green
{you can buy this print on Etsy}
{gorgeous patterned silhouette by artist Robert Hague}
Antler Silhouette Screenprint 12.5 x 19 in Pick Your Color
{by monorail purchasable on etsy}
Deer with Antlers - vinyl wall art decals graphic stickers
{also available on Etsy sold by tasty suite}
Deer Print On Vintage Dictionary Book Page
{by texas girl designs, you can buy this on etsy}

Here are some pretty sculptural deer by Cathe Holden:

{images from just something i made}

I got inspired in my house to do something deer/antler-ish. I drew sihouettes of deer on some gorgeous toile paper I bought at the V&A, cut them out & pasted them up on my wall above the TV & near the fireplace: 


Thursday, 22 September 2011

{quotable thursdays}

Anyone who knows me knows I love books & I love libraries.
Here's a great quote from one of my favourite authors:

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
                                                                   --Jane AustenPride and Prejudice, 1811

{via karri justina shea}
Home Photo - Copyright BookDecor.com
{via funderberg}
{from the lovely valdirose}

{kate spade via brunch at saks}
& what about reading Jane Austen herself, wrapped in these gorgeous book bindings?:

{from CB-Smith; image from Design*Sponge}
Ok, I can't discuss Jane Austen without talking about Mr. Darcy. I know it's not from the book but still...a lovely image: 

And check out the great 'living in' the newest Pride & Prejudice by design*sponge here. Just a couple of pics from it: 
{via d*s}
For more pics on scrumptious libraries & lovely books see my blog on bags, books & toads.
Happy Reading & Happy Quotable Thursday!!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

{sun is shining}

{via a colorful mind}

It has been rather wet & chilly in the past few weeks... & to be completely honest, I feel I was a little cheated of summer. It was finally getting warm in upstate New York when I left for Vancouver at the end of May. June in Vancouver was chilly-ish & a little grey...then I spent 2 glorious sunny weeks in Italy, only to find myself back in rain & grey skies in London (surprise, surprise). Then Vermont has been dealing with Irene & other tropical storms this late summer/early autumn season...but today it's sunny & warm & I'm feeling inspired by the sun.
When it's sunny I want to go for a stroll in a lovely garden:
(via shoelessjane)
{via possibly dreaming}
There's just something about fancy dresses, lovely gardens, & sun.
{via pinterest (with no source)}
I wouldn't mind eating outside tonight:
{via birch&bird}
{via vintage rose garden}

{via thoughtfully simple}

or grabbing an ice cream:

but I've still got work to do...so sun, please stay out for the weekend!