My dear friend and I are convicted that we must attend The Edwardian Ball together someday. Because I should be studying, cleaning, exercising, and all matter of more productive things, I have been researching a variety of costumes for us to wear when we attend! Etsy, once again, is my main source of inspiration. Here are few of my favorites! Have a happy weekend!
And these are a little crazy… but I LOVE them!!!
I am such an Etsy fan because I really love the idea of supporting quality artists and crafters, but most importantly because I like to know where the things I purchase really come from. If anyone has any other suggestions for similar sites I would love to hear about them! Thank you!
I watched The Corpse Bride for the first time the other night and I wondered why it took me so long to see it! I absolutely loved it. It was so haunting and so beautiful. The movie, as well as this little guy from my last post, brought to mind another favorite: Edward Gorey. His work is so amazing and has obviously been quite influential! A few months ago when I was at the height of my Gorey obsession I found out about this event. Someday…
It looks like so much fun!
Gorey fans must check out this link. This lovely genius blogger uploaded an out-of-print illustrated book by Gorey. It’s hilarious! Ah the wonders of the internet!
I must mention this adorable little fellow recently created by my dear friend at the Violet Raven. She has an assortment of cuddly little friends, but I have to admit Edward is my favorite! I think I’m a little prejudiced though because he is named for Edward Gorey! I am smitten…
I have been mentally composing a “book post” for the past week and was reminded to actually write it by this lovely blog. I think I have mentioned before that I am taking a writing class this quarter and part of it involves reading a lot of modern short fiction. I have to admit, I don’t believe I’m a big fan of modern writing… However it has renewed my interest in the short story. For my “recreational reading” I have really been enjoying a collection of stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She is best known for “The Yellow Wallpaper” which is a brilliantly creepy, turn-of-the-century era story. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here! Over spring break I also plan to read some more work by Kate Chopin. The Awakening is one of my favorite “short-ish” stories and it moves me every time I read it. I feel such a strong sense of gratitude to these women who had the courage to write about heroines who didn’t conform to the normal expectations of the time. These women have helped to make so many of the everyday opportunities I enjoy possible!
Another non-short favorite of mine is Willa Cather’s My Antonia. This is a book that touches me deeply and I find myself reading it over and over. So many of my favorite passages in all of literature are contained in this book. Cather used a male pen name at the beginning of her career in order to get her work published and often cross-dressed to be taken seriously.
I have always wanted to join a book club, but since I have taken so many literature and writing classes the last year and a half, it just hasn’t fit in yet. Until then I will continue to long for my perfect dream library…
I am beside myself with excitement! Not only does this blessed event land on my birthday weekend, but this year’s lineup is like a personally tailored festival just for me!!! The Decemberists, The Doves, The Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs, Gogol Bordello, and most importantly: DEVOTCHKA!!! I am elated! Last year I got to see another great favorite, Beirut, and the only thing that could make it more perfect is if they showed up again and personally serenaded me… :-) Oh I am a very happy girl…
Beautiful concert posters…
Sigh… I just love them…
Last night I decided to make quiche for dinner. We are getting to the “time to go to the grocery store” point, but I wanted to put it off another day and use what I had around the house. I looked up a bunch of recipes online and came up with my own version. It worked quite well and I didn’t use any of the cream or butter that you find in many recipes. I can make some pretty good crusts from scratch, but I used a frozen shell I had. ( Thats where all the butter and “bad stuff” was probably hiding.) To me quiche is all about using what you have and what you like so please experiment! Bon Appetite!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
1 9″ pie crust (store bought)
5-6 slices of veggie “bacon”
½ to a 1 cup shredded cheese
Minced green onion
Beat together the following
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Then stir in bacon, cheese, onions, cilantro
Pour into shell, Bake 15 minutes at 425 (Cover edges of crust with foil to prevent over browning.)
Reduce temperature to 325, continue baking 25-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
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Last year about this time I had the happy opportunity to study the life and work of Toulouse Lautrec for a 20th century art history course. I fell in love. For spring break, Aaron and I spent a weekend in Portland and lo and behold! the art museum was displaying some Toulouse Lautrec! I was exstatic. Here is a tiny sample of a few favorites…
There are some amazing photographers on Etsy. Here are some of my favorites. The first two are from a shop called “Courage my love” which I think is simply beautiful… Click on the photos to link to the artist’s shop.
I just got back from yet another anxiety-ridden Spanish test. Oh dear, at one point I realized I was literally pulling my hair out! I truly want to learn this language, but it is no easy task…
Although I still have mountains of homework I have decided to take some inspiration from this picture and spend a little bit of time relaxing… This lovely image is from the Toast catalogue. I have discovered this treasure trove via several wonderful blogs. The pictures are all wonderful even if their prices are rather grand.
Last weekend I made these scones, but was pretty disappointed with the recipe. I may have done something wrong, but the scones turned out sadly flat… They tasted alright, but still… I’m on the lookout for the perfect scone recipe. If you have one please send it my way.
Have a happy week!
I guess I have been lost in day dream land this past week…
I could almost live here, but I would miss the trees…
The green tree reminds me of a plate I painted once.
The top photograph I found here along with a lot of other beautiful ones. The next two are from this amazing photographer that I have admired before. The last is my own poor quality image of a plate I painted a while ago.