Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Geek out

How yummy are these pictures? Would love to be a nerdy librarian in the olden days when everything was about card catalogs of the not digital sort, stamps, tape, and musty books. Am currently in love with O-Check Design Graphics, a Korean paper goods company. Yum-ee!

Monday, February 22, 2010

A few outtakes

Just returned from Mpls and the Japanese book binding class I took with a couple friends. It was so much fun. We learned three binding techniques. Here are a few outtakes from before the class began. I have to organize my other pix to post more later. I love the Twin Cities. So much inspiration! Stops during the weekend (it was condensed since the class was an all-day lesson on Saturday) included Wet Paint art store in St. Paul (awesome art supplies and fun Japanese journals), great eateries--The Bad Waitress for French toast and bacon; Brasa for roast chicken, cheese grits, and creamy spinach; and W.A. Frost for yummy pints of beer--Common Good Books (Garrison Keillor's bookstore), also in St. Paul; and The Awesome-ist "flea market," Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis, where I loaded up with vintage letter and word stamps. I'll post some finds from the trip this week.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

for the love of books

I'm headed to Minneapolis tomorrow for the first time in four months. This is the longest I've not traveled there since my BFF moved to the Twin Cities more than two years ago. Hoping the weather will cooperate for the drive north. Also, I'm really excited for the class we're taking together on Saturday at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in downtown Minneapolis. It's a course on Japanese book binding. Cannot wait to be back inside this very cool space and immerse myself in all things books!


I've probably posted about Moomah before, but what an awesome cafe in Tribeca (photos by my friend, Kim Cornelison). The concept is so original: a creative space (make your own dioramas!), cafe, and general hangout for parents and their children that has the alluring bonus of ZERO primary colors in the decor. Recently, I brought home the Do It Together kit of creating a shadow box. Evan loved it, but clearly, I was having just as much fun.

Monday, February 15, 2010

messenger bags

Love these Marimekko messenger bags. My BFF, Shawn, has one in navy, which I had thought was vintage, but is not, which is why I like them—the look is timeless. And, they're just the perfect size—not too big or too small. Available from Finn Style (, a great shop in Minneapolis.