Happy Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 12th, 2010

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and although I don’t really celebrate it that much anymore, it still appeals to me.  My husband and I have been married for three years but have been together for nine, so at this point it’s really just about picking up a card for one another.  However, if I could order the perfect Valentine’s Day this is what would be on my list:

• sleeping in late with my hubby
• making breakfast together, perhaps crêpes and fresh fruit
• visiting a museum, perhaps this one that I haven’t been to in quite a while
• going out to an Indian restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner
• coming back home and having a fire in the fireplace, snuggling in our pj’s on the couch, and watching a period film (I did say they were my perfect Valentine’s Day ideas, not my husband’s!  I wouldn’t spend it watching District 9, mind you.)

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?  Whatever they are, I hope you have the sweetest of weekends!
- Colleen


Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Some papergoods and office items offered from the online store Papermash in the UK.  It’s new to me, and it’s simply lovely.

{images shown belong to Papermash}

Blog Love: An Apple a Day

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I seem to have forgot what time it is, or day it is for that matter, since I’ve rediscovered An Apple a Day.  I found this blog months ago and forgot to bookmark it and just recently happily found it again.  I’ve been sitting at my computer for hours now, scrolling and reading back weeks of entries, loving every witty and clever remark and wishing I knew this Amy Merrick in person.  She is totally my kind of folk.  Adding to my daily reads as we speak…

{image shown from Emerson Merrick’s flickr}

Sheaff : ephemera

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The girls at Bird and Banner weren’t kidding when they opened their blog post about this website with, “holy wow.”  Dick Sheaff’s collection of vintage stamps, postcards, engravings, packaging labels, business cards and other ephemera is like stepping into the most amazing virtual antique store for designers.  It’s an incredible resource of gorgeous typography, sometimes over-the-top, but always thoughtfully designed items.  This is totally my cup of tea, design-wise.  I feel like a kid in a candy store… I think I’ll be on this site for hours.  Seriously.

PS:  On a corny note, an album specifically for People Holding Fish?  Awesome.

{images shown via Sheaff : ephemera}

Feathers and Flowers

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Hello Monday!  This week starts off with some major lusting from me over every single item from The English Dept. 2010 Bridal Show, but especially over all of the gorgeous handmade headpieces (via Twigs & Honey).  Why do I live during a time when these can’t be in regular fashion?  I truly know that I was born two centuries too late.  For the entire slideshow of the bridal show, click here.

{images shown taken by Laura Warninger}

Sian Keegan

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I’ve got to to share these little stuffed animals from textile designer Sian Keegan with you.  Dear lord, are they cute or what!  And she also does commissioned ones of people’s pets.  I would give my left arm to have little versions of my two cats.  I’m seriously dying over here from cuteness overload.

{images shown belong to Sian Keegan}

Chana Masala ~ Smitten Kitchen

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

One of my favorite types of cuisine is Indian, thanks to my husband who is head-over-heels for it and insisted that I keep trying it until eventually, I fell for it too.  The combination of spices are unlike anything else, and was for me (I was a very picky and bland eater) hard to take at first.  But over time, I grew to like the flavors and now especially during the winter months I find myself craving it, wanting to warm up from the inside on out.  Chana Masala is one of my favorites, and is also one that I’ve found is easier to make.  None of my attempts at making Indian cuisine have really tasted like the actual stuff, but this dish can come close.  I haven’t tried this particular recipe yet, but it looks like just the thing to experiment with this chilly winter weekend.

Chana Masala (from Smitten Kitchen)

{image shown belongs to Smitten Kitchen)

Garden Thinking

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

(Margaret Roach’s gorgeous garden)

Today as I walked past the front garden beds on my way to the car, a hint of green caught my eye.  I took a closer look and discovered several of my tulip bulbs have already sprouted about an inch.  Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s clearly still the middle of winter and I’m not suppose to be seeing those guys anytime soon.  The funny thing is that it honestly hasn’t been warm at all lately, so I’m completely perplexed as to why they’re peeking out so early.  However, tulips are hardy and I’m guessing they’ll hold put as is until spring emerges.  But it got me thinking about the garden and how much I miss being out there, getting my hands dirty and clearing my head.  Thank goodness for Margaret Roach’s blog and book, both of the same name, A Way to Garden.  It’s just the thing I need to cure my winter garden blues.  Of all my gardening books, that is hands down my absolute favorite (for it’s inspiration as well as it’s information).  It’s sadly out-of-print now, but if you love to garden then do yourself a favor and find one used.

{image shown belongs to Margaret Roach and A Way to Garden blog}

Flurry & Salk

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

I am once again in awe of what paper can be turned into.  Amazing paper masks, hats and wigs by Flurry & Salk (found via Oh Joy!).

{images shown belong to Flurry & Salk}

Inspiration Box

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A recent post over at Martha’s Crafts Dept. stopped me in my designer tracks.  I’m quite the fan of creating inspirational boards and collages, both virtually on the computer as well on the wall in my workspace.  I also keep a sketchbook which is never for sketching, but is to be used soley for keeping track of inspiring photos, designs, textures, typefaces, and color palettes.  However, I’ve never thought of collecting things to be kept in a box!  The idea of physically going through all of your materials, getting the tactile sensation of ribbon, papers and the like and being able to group them per project?  Well Martha, that is a very good thing.

{images shown belong to The Crafts Dept. and belong to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia}