a happy new year.

xoxo to you all. see you in 2009.

{winnie the pooh via bibliodyssey}


teddy & jack.

i spent most of christmas eve reading the last twilight book scanning in tons and tons of old family photos. here is one of my grandfather {the baby} with president theodore roosevelt {in the hat and awesome boots} in arizona, c. 1915


no ticket to ride.

my flight back to savannah was cancelled on account of massive fog, so i'm at home for one more night. i spent it watching help! with my parents. although george {and his crooked teeth} is number one, every time i watch a beatles movie ringo moves up higher on my favorite beatles list.

james castle.

i went and saw the james castle retrospective at the pma and it was really really wonderful. i couldn't find my most favorite piece online, but he drew people with little rectangle landscapes for heads and it blew my mind. the found cardboard assembleages were also so perfect. really really wonderful.


happy holidays!

i hope that your day is full of exciting surprises.


de meest fantastisch tijd van het jaar.

so i'm back up north at my parents house and even though i was just here about a month ago it's nice to be home again. however....i really wouldn't mind it if i was spending the holidays in amsterdam. i was there once in novemeber and got to see their christmas parade and everything was all lit up and it was so magical. i think that's when i fell in love. it looked a little like this:

sigh. i've been there in the springtime as well and it really is one of my favorite places on earth.

{beautiful picture by pia jane}


let's be friends!

hey everyone! i just added toooonnnnnnnns of my favorite blogs into the 'frequent haunts' links section over there.


you guys should start clicking around and check them out because they are wonderful and inspirational places. if anyone knows of any other good blogs, let me know!
{cute couple from hel-looks}

here they come now, see them run now.

oooh, i want all of these outfits {and hair-do's} in krisatomic's new daily drawing!

merry mariah.

quite possibly thee best christmas song of all time.

merry monday.

this is my lil christmas tree. decorated in a classy silver and blue color scheme. i wish that it made sense to have evergreens inside all year because it makes the living room smell so nice!


unchanging window.

mary has lots and lots of beautiful photographs over at her blog


moveable family feast.

add young ernest hemingway to the long list of people that look like my dad.

{picture of hemingway
and his new bride

martha gellhorn
on their honeymoon
in honolulu, 1940.
found at exit lines}

many rivers to cross.

{stills from this is england}



i love chuck {and blair} and i love this still from the last episode. it reminds me of this duerer painting.

sigh. i don't know if i can wait until january 5th. love hurts.

here comes the sun.

sundial snail, found off the coast of the tiny south pacific island espiritu santo.

tiny bubbles.

charlotte x. c. sullivan mixed ink with soapy bubbles and let them dry on paper. neat.



garfunkel's favorites.

art garfunkel also keeps a book list. in fact he's been keeping track of every book that he's read since 1968 and as of 2007 he was up to 1,023. in the past 4 years i've gotten to 135 and i hope that i can reach the 1,000 mark during my next 40 years. i'm working on creating a list of my favorites, but until then you can check out art's.

while searching for a nice garfunkel image i found the about picture which is from a performance piece by niall henn. henn, posing as garfunkel, encouraged the audience to choose books from garfunkel's favorites list for him to read aloud. visitors passed their selections up to garfunkel-henn, who rejected each in turn and instead read and re-read watership down by richard adams, which is, in fact, one of my favorite books of all time.

{found at ruffly}


"I had never realized how bad my posture is," she writes. "It has always been that way. … [I]t's not only that my shoulders + back are round, but that my head is thrust forward." The journals are largely comprised of lists, ways to improve herself, books she should read, chronologies. They give evidence of a fierce and unrelenting campaign to work on herself as an intellectual, as a woman, as a mother. "In the journal," she writes, "I do not just express myself more openly than I could do to any person; I create myself." She was 24 years old.

susan sontag's reborn: journals and notebooks is definitely going on the list for next year.

{book quote and review from slate}



i saw these chairs covered in amazing mokum fabric over at design sponge and it reminded me why i decided to go back to school. i want to create beautiful things and i can't get bogged down with the roundabout politics of grad school and forget that.

sit & stay a while.

when one of my friends comes over he always bypasses the couch and sits in my eames shell chair. this is why. wonderful, wonderful.
{found at kitsune nior}


london caling.

this painting by andrew hem makes me want to go back to london and ride a bike to trafalgar square and spend the entire day at the national gallery.

{via fffound}


for all you internet people...

who i hope have a wonderful weekend!

please click here to download and enjoy a few of my favorite songs off of vince guaraldi's soundtrack to a charlie brown christmas. xoxo.


for your fancy sister...

and her fancy new house,

tord boontje's garland light. this new classic is created from a continuous metal strand that is wrapped around a light bulb and casts the most magical floral shadows all over the room. if it's good enough for the moma and the v&a it's good enough for family.

for your work-at-home dad...

for a night out on the town with mom.

a fedora from new york's oldest hat shop, j.j. hat center, will keep him looking dapper no matter how many sunless hours he spends in his basement office.


for your fashionable bff...

who totally lets you borrow her clothes,

this amazingly awesome and versatile shebible top. between the deep-v neck and the crazy scarf-like collar she could pretty much wear this everyday so i wouldn't get your hopes up about borrowing it next week.

for your [not] so little brother...

who's still a kid at heart.

although the hishou airplane is only made of balsa wood and and propelled by rubber-bands, the design dates back to 1911 when similar models successfully crossed the sumida river in a flight contest. if it can cross a river in japan it can definitely make it across the living room, through the kitchen and into that plate of christmas morning waffles. fun!


for your hard working mom...

who needs a little sunshine.

ball and chain has created this bright springtime yellow necklace with enamelled floral beads reminiscent of forsythia. or as my mom would say forsyyyyythia.

edit: or for a little more glamour this criss-cross necklace by paola volpi from the moma store. perfect for a fancy night out with dad.

for your bike obsessed boyfriend...

who you're trying to trick into reading more:

the classic 1978 novel the rider by dutch writer tim krabbé. it chronicles the 137 kilometre tour de mont aigoual, a course through the mountains that is known as one of the cruellest stages of the tour de france. if that doesn't get him reading, nothin' will.


for the world...

a gift of self-reliance.

through heifer international you can give a family in uganda their very own bee hive, plus apiary training, for a measly $30. bee hives can help struggling families become self-reliant and earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. the honeybees won't only be helping a single family. placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. in this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village! if bees aren't your thing you can donate towards a llama which will give latin american families an invaluable source of transportation, income and wool. joy to the world, and all that.

a gift.

happy monday everyone! i think that this week i'm going to be putting together a holiday gift guide. a nice lil something for everyone.

{images from gates of heaven}


great stone face.

when you sleep.

great new collage from julien pacaud, inspired by the my bloody valentine song of the same name.

{click the image to download the song!}