March 23, 2017

I may have to look at book covers differently...

Employees at the French Librairie Mollat in Bordeaux posted these Instagram photos. Mollat was the first independent bookstore in France and has been in business since 1896. Ah! French wit.
You must go see the rest here, one more fun that the next.


March 22, 2017

Buried Treasure

While I play around with a new design for the blog...stay tuned...I'll post some things from the Buried Treasure file. I originally posted this on August 26, 2011.

And,  yes, it is still raining in Seattle. But there's some sun in the immediate future of B and  me!

The artist is Milliande. After the first dizzying moment, she settles down to do some serious "grid" sketching. I love watching her work.

March 17, 2017

Painting Patterns

One of my favorite things to do....painting patterns in random, loose fashion.  Using as backgrounds, manipulating digitally, cutting up for postcards and collage. So far, using acrylic and ink...will bring out some stamps and maybe the gelli plate for more layers. I love to work on old calendars, especially those big, matte, screen-printed designs from Snow Graham, Paper Source, etc. And catalogs with lovely paper from Anthropologie are quite nice (except they sent a glossy one the last time...ugh.) But really anything will do. Then more playing with close-ups and filters for lots of design surprises.


March 11, 2017

I'm reading....

these books right now.

The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced "Hooga"?) is subtitled Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The author and illustrator (charming little pictures) is Meik Wiking. Denmark holds the position of one of the happiest countries on Earth. Danes are often asked, "Why are Danes so happy?" The author studies happiness at a think tank titled appropriately Happiness Research Institute where they focus on well-being and quality of life and the causes and effects of human happiness.  

This struck home with me: "To many, (the Danes' happiness) is quite a mystery, as besides the horrific weather, Danes are also subject to some of the highest tax rates in the world. Interestingly, there is wide support for the welfare state. The support stems from an awareness of the fact that the welfare model turns our collective wealth into well-being. We are not paying taxes, we are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life. The key to understanding the high levels of well-being in Denmark is the welfare model's ability to reduced risk, uncertainty, and anxiety among its citizens and to prevent extreme unhappiness." (Emphasis mine.) 

Agree or disagree, it is surely something to ponder. Meanwhile, I will light a candle or two. ("No recipe for hygge is complete without candles.")

A big thanks to my friend Kay who gave me this book.

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