I could look through the dreamy photos of Concrete and Honey all day long, and I adore her blog and okay, I really love her cooking blog to – it’s called Urban Nectar. And when I try to choose a favorite from her myriads of exceptional photos I simply cannot. But then again, I don’t need to. Though I do keep returning to this single stack of books — it is one I’m particularly fond of because it inspires me to grab some of my own journals, create a pretty pile, and click away. I especially love her inspiration board below, don’t you? It’s not styled to absolute perfection, instead it is very fresh, organic and personal…
Maybe this weekend if we get some good natural light in the house, I’ll do a little picture taking. I’m waiting for this fun camera that I ordered from Tokyo to arrive — it’s the coolest thing — I will show and tell once it gets here I promise. But yes, if the weather is good I will take some photos over the weekend. We’ve had so many moody weather days lately but then again, this is New England – cold tomorrow, 95 and sunny today. Except for yesterday, I spent the afternoon dining outdoors and then laying in the nearby park on the freshly cut green grass enjoying the sunshine and warm intoxicating breezes (I could smell the grass mixed with lilac blossoms, our state flower). Ah, summer is here a bit early this year but I’ll take it. Gladly. :)
(images: concreate and honey)
I really need to break down and shell out the thirty-six dollars this magazine will cost me because it’s making quite the impression on lots of my online friends these days. It’s called Dujour magazine, their roots are in America, and I’ve pointed you to it before but I’ve not included photos or anything. Just look at some of these spreads — talk about inspirational eye candy. I want the vintage issue quite badly as the theme really suits me…
Each issue is limited-edition (only 1,000 distributed worldwide) with custom wrapping and a special gift inside making the $36 investment somewhat easier to swallow. I think in America it’s harder for us to drop that kind of cash on a single magazine when we’ve been trained to pay $12 for 12 issues or at most, $4 for a copy of our favorite magazine. I’m interested to see if Dujour will be a hit here because of that or not. In Europe and beyond, it’s not so difficult to market a magazine like this as so many pay $10-12 an issue on average for high end design and fashion mags as it is. I have yet to see a copy so I can’t give a very good review, but from what I’m noticed around the web, it looks delicious and I’m intrigued. You can also buy digital copies — a full year is only $10 but a year doesn’t mean 12 issues, it’s 2 6 total (not 12) just so you know.
Have you purchased Dujour? What did you think? First impressions?
(images: first – the fabled needle, bottom two – dujour)
Crafter and blogger Tara Anderson has a sweet little Etsy store called With A Twist where she sells all sorts of delights for creative types who enjoy making things, including vintage paper kits (love!).
I peeked in on her Flickr photostream this week to see what she’s been up to and noticed a few scrapbook pages that she pulled together that looked more like something you’d frame and put on the wall – I did a double take and thought you’d like to see them. Lovely! One can truly find inspiration from so many things, especially when you peek outside of your own circle to see what others are doing in their world… It’s only to our own benefit that we keep an open mind and remain curious, don’t you think?
(images: tara anderson)
I’ve been around the web this week and collected the breadcrumbs I’ve left below in case you see anything that catches your fancy…
(image: wayne pate)
It was fun to really open up like this in an interview, I definitely am learning to drop my guard and feel more at ease when approached with questions. Or perhaps it’s that Susannah just knows how to ask the right questions. In any sense, I talk about my recent class and experience as a teacher, childhood hobbies, favorite books and I list four people that I’d love to see mildly intoxicated… Ha! I hope that you enjoy it. :)
Thank you Susannah!
(image: susannah conway)