Sunday, July 26, 2009

Whew!

picture via Retro to Go

Sorry for the posting delay. Things will be slow for the next week as well (unless I find lots of free wifi in Berlin, which is possible. Then again, I might be busy relaxing in the city with Dean, yay!).

Cathy just left today (saaaadness), but we had a wonderful, wonderful time. Because both of us have spent a good bit of time in London, we got to do some things that were more off-the-beaten-path-ish. Highlights:

*Fashion and Textile Museum's underwear exhibit (Cathy did her thesis on women's underwear and I just like looking at corsets)
*Wine and cheese from Borough Market
*Whole Foods Thirsty Thursday (£5, 5 wines, 5 canapes. Fantastic)
*Laughing. A lot.
*Getting a private tour of Sangorski and Sutcliffe's bindery and seeing their new Ian Fleming collections!!!!!!!!! (ok, this might actually belong above everything else except laughing)
*Harry Potter :)
*Late night Friday at the V & A (ok, been there a billion times, but it's still my favorite museum in the WHOLE WORLD)

Plus, I'd always wanted to live/stay close enough to Hyde Park to go running by the Serpentine every morning. I never knew that many people went for early morning swims at the Lido! It was an absolutely fantastic trip, complete with lots of time with a good friend, many glasses of wine, and just the right amount of chocolate!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jealous!


So, while spending a few hours on a little project I have in mind, I returned to the Scripps College Press web pages and am dazzled by the quality of the student productions. Why did I not realise this was going on while I was there?!!!!! I worked on the library's artists' books and helped sort out all the broadsides the press ever did, but somehow this never clicked. Grrrr. I know I'm pretty lucky where I am, and I've learned a LOT about printing and design over the past few years, but still...

Following on that, I was alerted to this recent event on Simple + Lovely. Portland now has a Book Arts Center, Em-Space (looove the name too!). I do miss my city.....

I would so be there.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Genius

image from The Letter

Book Seer
I love it: Tell it what you just read, and it tells you what to read next.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oh yes, thoughts needed!


Cathy and I will be in London some of next week...I've got some plans (I never run out of things to do in London, even after living there!), but does anyone want to suggest any beloved haunts or fun things going on next week? We like art, markets, green things, shopping, cheese, wine, coffee, architecture...um, just about anything!!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Space, yo

I attended Catweazle again last night to hear the fantastic Faceometer (and other such talented beings as The Mountain Parade and an amazing Middle Eastern band)...Will did his space shanty in honor of the very very very exciting 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the moon landing!!!!

And...did you know you can listen to the radio transmissions live (well, with a 40 year delay)? They are going to land on the moon on Monday! And we can hear it!

Cathy gets here Sunday!

(I am excited. Can you tell?)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sleep.


I'm tired. This is kind of what I feel like doing. Maybe the other cat could be Dean and we could turn it into a snuggle sprawl.

I have half of a new job! And I two weeks off work after Friday! And my very very very amazingest friend Cathy is coming Sunday for a week! And then I go to Berlin with my Dean!

I'm still tired though.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wow

Manuscript (c. 1791, c. 1800) of Jane Austen's dramatic adaptation of Samuel Richardson's novel The history of Sir Charles Grandison (1753-1754). From the Chawton House Library.


Guess what? Yesterday I saw and touched the first book Jane Austen's Juvenilia -- the manuscript!!!! It's one of only a few surviving Austen manuscripts, and we're lucky enough to have it at the library. She called it Volume The First (the British Library has two and three), and it's pretty much amazing. There's a brief post on it here, following a lecture the Bod put on (a conservator in conjuction with an Austen scholar/bibliographer. Fantastic). Also, see how times have changed...we bought it for about £50 in the 30s, and the other ones sold for hundreds of thousands later in the 80s.

Plus, I have an interview for an amazing job today. And check out the pillows over on Made Sweet! It's going to be a good Friday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Color and Space



posts from Design Sponge

I think these rooms are perfect. I would gladly call them mine...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! If I was at home I would be sitting through hours of antique tractors at the General Canby Day Parade, eating watermelon and corn on the cob, swimming in the river, and watching fireworks. I miss everyone at home!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Portland Blogs

Those of you who know me know that I'm pretty much obsessed with the best town in the world (shhhh!). I grew up in Portland (well, kinda), and miss it every day. In fact, I might even annoy people with how much I compare everywhere else to it...Oh Portland.

Anyhow, one of the coolest things about Portland is it's creative environment. It's a great place for artists, authors, designers (fashion or otherwise) and even printers! And I've come across a handful (actually quite a few, but I can't put them allll on one post) blogs that represent some of Portland's loveliness.

Urban Weeds:

Sigh. Portland is so nice. So is this blog. Partially because of the cool people in it, partially because it makes me think of all the nice bits of the city. Think Sartorialist in Portland. The first post, featuring Kasey and her bike:


{Frolic!}
Frolic! gets a lot of press, because it's good. Chelsea's cool and she has lovely taste. Please look.


Le Train Bleu:

Le Train Bleu actually represents a fabulous shop (big sale on right now!), but I really really love the blog. Plus, the model is a girl I went to high school with (she's beautiful in these pics!) Check out this pic (part of an experiment with iphone filters, yay!):

http://www.letrainbleublog.com/

Powells. Duh.

Clearly the coolest bookshop in the world (well, maybe tied with the one in Hampstead Heath where we asked for a book on Degas for Dean's little sister's school project and he said "In the third pile from the left, about six books down"). The blog is also cool. Obviously.

Camp Comfort

Roberta of Camp Comfort just recently moved to Portland, but she's been fitting in for a long time :). She recently did a series called "How I'd Wear It" based around a single pair of shorts. Take a look at one of the final spreads here, and the check them all out on her blog:



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Berlin!!!


Oh yes! Dean and I are going to Berlin at the end of July! Any suggestions? I'm so excited!!!!!