Oh I talk too loose…..

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I thought I’d be able to settle into 2019 focused on a year-long daily art project I am undertaking with any leftover time devoted to more frequent blogging.  Ha!  Turns out I’ve been spending most of my free time helping one of my children secure their very first ‘grown up’ job.  That said, no matter how busy I am I always find time to read every day… Continue reading “Oh I talk too loose…..”

Do the pinball boogie…

Lush Novak Crepe Blazer |  White Gold Silver Hoops  |  Colleen Kammerer ‘Bonus Points’ Pinball T-shirt  |  No Boundaries ‘Camera’ Cross-body Bag  |  Miss Dior Rollerpearl  |  Hue Opaque Tights  |  NYDJ Zip-Pocket Skinny Jeans  |  Kenneth Cole Silver-tone Mesh Watch  |  Nars Dolce Vita LipGloss  |  Baked on 8th Birthday Cake  | Marc Fisher Yalen Booties

This weekend I celebrated another birthday. I’ve never been a big party kind of person and prefer a more intimate day spent with those I love, sharing some laughter and a tasty home-cooked meal followed by the sweetest store-bought birthday cake I can find.  One personal birthday tradition I have kept for many years is to wear something special to remind myself of how much I love clothes and dressing for an occasion (previous birthday outfits here and here).  

My husband, who knows I’ve developed a bit of pinball obsession, surprised me with a trip to an area arcade I had no idea existed.  Best gift ever! We were the first customers of the day and had our choice of hundreds of machines, all in great working condition.  We lost track of the time and finally called it quits when our wrists hurt so baldy we couldn’t play anymore.  In keeping with my birthday outfit philosophy, and having an inkling of where we might be going, I dressed accordingly.  

*Do the Pinball Boogie – Red Foley & The Crossroads Boys

Back into bed started reading my books…

9 Gifts that will keep on giving

Do you have a gift you receive every year? Some item which if not received taints the occasion just a bit? For me, that gift is a book, or even better, books. Each Christmas my momma gifts me with a selection from my ‘2b or not 2b read’ list (past gift selections can be found here and here). My mom was a little under the weather over the holidays and so her 2018 gift was delayed, but no less appreciated when I finally opened my box of books this weekend. Thanks Mom.

*Off the Hook – The Rolling Stones

Happy new year darling…

Ma patronne – Louis Welden Hawkins ca. 1903

I love the time between Christmas and New Year’s since I can hang out with the family and live life at a slower than normal pace… 

One of my greatest gifts is the time to go to the movies or snuggle up on the couch to bingewatch whatever catches my fancy.  This week, I’ve seen The Favorite (highly recommended), The Death of Stalin (darkly funny), the win-at-all-costs sports doping documentary IcarusThe Marvelous Mrs. Meisel (season 2), The Wire (season 3), Maniac, lots of sports (Go Eagles! Go Notre Dame! Go Sixers!), and the newest seasons of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition and Great British Baking Show. I am still planning on seeing The Mule, Mary Queen of Scots, and The Green Book before I head back to work later this week….

Speaking of the Great British Baking Show, here’s a fascinating article about the artist who creates the dessert drawings… 

I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions but last year I did decide to track how many books I read during 2018.  I am part of a Book Club at work (with our current pick – Tara Westover’s Educated – up for discussion in January) and took part in a summer reading challenge, achieving ‘Reading Rockstar’ status.  Turns out I’ve read over 130 books this past year…

My favorite reads of 2018 (in no particular order) include: James Frey’s Katerina, Christina Dalcher’s Vox, Sarah Bird’s Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, Josh Malerman’s Unbury Carol, Jonathan Miles Anatomy of a Miracle: the True* Story of a Paralyzed Veteran, a Mississippi Convenience Store, a Vatican Investigation, and the Spectacular Perils of Grace, John Connelly’s He, and Dara Horn’s Eternal Life

I may not believe in resolutions but I am a big planner. I’ve got some personal art projects I am working on, a few art installations to oversee (including the January ArtLab and April ‘Autism Arts’ shows), and continued travel (Miami, Denver, Mobile, and Philly for sure with more day trips and weekend getaways to follow).  

How about you? Do you make resolutions? What kinds of dreams do you have for the new year? Here’s hoping you achieve success in whatever you set out to do next year. All the best for 2019!

*Happy New Year Darling – Lonnie Johnson

Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

He see’s you when you’re sleeping

I had a number of gift guides posts planned for December but the technology gods decided differently. Two weeks ago, I opened my laptop to find the red battery of death, necessitating a visit to the computer doctor followed by a diagnosis of failed mother board.  When my Pro was released earlier this week with a clean bill of health it felt like I had just received a present.

To be truthful, this past year has been a rough one and I haven’t been ‘in the spirit’ this holiday season. I know I am supposed to want to go out and buy, buy, buy but in truth the only thing I want for Christmas is for 2018 to be over and for everyone I love to be healthy and happy next year.  

I hope the same for each of you who already follow this blog or have stumbled upon it. The best gift you could ever give – or receive – is the gift of time spent with those you care most about. Here’s wishing you and yours a lovely [insert whatever it is you celebrate this time of year here] in the company of steadfast friends and loving family.  All the best for 2019!

*Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – The Pretenders

Do you believe in magic…

Horn Sweet Home Unicorn Wall Décor  |   Pegacorn Large Art Print  |   Unicorn Snow Globe Night Light  |  Handmade Kids Party Gold Unicorn Headband  |   Galaxy Unicorn Pegasus Handpainted Converse  |  Banned Mane Attraction Unicorn Crossbody Bag  |  Unicorn USB Flash Drive  | 3D Printed Unicorn Sweatshirt |   I Love Unicorns Yarn Crafting Kit  |  Sassy Flashy Exquisite 18K Gold Plated Hand Painted Unicorn Ring   |  Just Add Magic Mug and Spoon Set   |  Loosen The Reins Flats   |   Majestic Night Puzzle  |   Unicorn Soap   |  Esoterical British Unicorn Mug   |  Crochet Rainbow Unicorn Hat        

Unicorns have been part of our world psyche since time began.  We must be experiencing a resurgence in their popularity because wherever I look these days I see horned products on sale for young and old alike. 

Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting gift ideas for aspiring cooks, fashion junkies, music lovers, adventure seekers, voracious readers and of course, unicorn lovers.  If you need a gift for someone who is a fan of – or obsessed with – this mystical creature the 18 ideas pictured above would make for a magical present to give – or receive…

*Do You Believe in Magic – The Loving Spoonful

My true love gave to me…

12 Days of Countdown Calendars

I don’t know how I missed this holiday development but Advent Calendars have certainly come a long way in the last few years. While I’d never say no to the old school $1.99 cheap chocolate version found at any grocery store these grownup versions of the Christmas Countdown calendar take it to a whole ‘nuther level.  Here are 12 unique calendars guaranteed to keep you on someone’s nice list all season long…

 (1) Ciate London Mini Mani Month Nail Set  
(2)
Give Them Beer Advent Calendar  
 (3)
Neuhaus Winter Wonderland Chocolate Advent Calendar
(4)
Lindt Bear Advent Calendar
(5)
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
(6)
Felted Forest Advent Calendar
(7)
Godiva Advent Calendar
(8)
Clips Advent Calendar
(9)
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
(10)
Lush 12 Days of Christmas
(11)
The Body Shop Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar
(12)
Molton Brown Advent Calendar

*The 12 Days of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie

10-29 Ephemera

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200 Years of Frankenstein and counting

It’s almost Halloween, a holiday I love but in reality rarely execute well. Case in point – my Halloween mantle dream.  I could have made my idea work if only I hadn’t traveled every weekend in October.  Instead of my vision what is actually on my mantle is a color-changing lantern which an unknown neighbor gave us as part of a ‘You’ve Been Boo’d’ surprise.  Still, even if I don’t decorate I always give out full-size candy bars to trick-or-treaters who ring the doorbell.  Here are a few full-size treats from around the web for you to enjoy too…

…Hope you get to pull a prank or two on Mischief Night followed by a frightfully fun Halloween!

If its trick or treat…

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Old school mantle

I love the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to decorating around the house.  Unfortunately, with a ‘normal’ size home and a family full of artists there isn’t a lot of room left for decorations, which are primarily relegated to our front door and living room mantle.

This year I am going for old school look.  The plan is to buy the vases, paper mache’ and real pumpkins,  and make the lighted tree branches and felt ‘Halloween Candy Bag’ banner.  With any luck, I can get my mantle tricked out by next weekend – which really will be a treat!

*Trick our Treat – Otis Redding