organizing… and DIY

by rae on August 18, 2014

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Always more organizing. I don’t seem to wear my jewelry because it is in a drawer. I had this nice bulletin board and decided to put it to good use. Now if I could just tackle my closets… and desk drawers… oh and the kitchen cabinets. Oh well, it is a start.

This bulletin board was made by my very creative friend Justine of Vintage Hearts. But you could do it yourself. Find an old decorative frame you like. Cut a piece of cork board to fit. This one is covered in a pretty piece of sage velvet. And you are done. This now hangs in my bathroom where I get ready. Easier to add an accessory when I can see them.

 

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summer reading…

by rae on August 11, 2014

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summer is slipping away. Like everyone else I am trying to pack it all in. I am trying to spend time on the deck reading.

A friend read this book and ordered it for me as a surprise. Always love a box from Amazon. I really enjoyed this almost 800 page book. Hard to put down. And now I am sorry I’ve read it all.

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”–Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. —Amazon

For some reason I have never read this book. It has been around for 25 years. And I found it in our Little Library. So it is time.

One of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live . . . and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Here is the book that transformed a generation: an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear — of growth, discovery, and acceptance — that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life’s fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence . . . and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

Adore this illustrator. For me this is sort of a picture book. Illustrations or photos and some text. This is going to be a good car book. And also found this in our Little Library!

Maira Kalman paints her highly personal worldview in this inimitable combination of image and text

An irresistible invitation to experience life through a beloved artist?s psyche, The Principles of Uncertainty is a compilation of Maira Kalman?s New York Times columns. Part personal narrative, part documentary, part travelogue, part chapbook, and all Kalman, these brilliant, whimsical paintings, ideas, and images?which initially appear random?ultimately form an intricately interconnected worldview, an idiosyncratic inner monologue.

Another good car book. And one of a stack of embroidery books I’ve ordered as I learn more about contemporary embroidery design.

Hoopla, by the co-author of 2009′s bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it’s never gone before, in an astonishing, full-color display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as a mythical jackalope and needlepoint nipple doilies; it demonstrates that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work.

If you are interested in any of these great books here are some links. And find some time to read on the deck!

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i don’t journal but I have started this little memory book. It is the perfect way to keep track of my life, day by day. The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page. So 4 years from now when I make my entry I can see what I was doing on this day for the last 5 years. I like that.

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So far I am really enjoying doing this. It is not too great a commitment  and I can record my Fitbit steps as well as how high the lake is getting. Link below for anyone who is interested. It makes a nice little gift too.

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office with a view…

by rae on July 28, 2014

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Recently my office was the Sunday Favorite Space feature. I like to see where creative people work. In case you do too here is the link.

 

 

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boston… part 2

by rae on July 21, 2014

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after a crazy hot morning touring the waterfront to do research for the upcoming Nautical Doodles I spent the afternoon in AC while John took a tour of Fenway Park. And here is the famous red chair.


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We also went to Harvard. Everything is SO old, so old.

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Also went to the Boston Public Library and it did not disappoint. A visual treat. Lots of amazing art, murals, interesting architecture, a gallery with murals by John Singer Sargent.

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We did the Freedom Trail, a tourist must. Saw Paul Revere’s house, the North Church (one if by land, two if by sea) and this is the Bunker Hill Monument. John walked up the 294 steps. More steps than in the Arc De Triomphe or the Sacre Coeur. Show John a monument he can climb and he is there.

And I had great seafood meals. It was a nice wandering kind of vacation and a nice anniversary trip. And as happy as I was to go, I am just as happy to be home.

 

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sol le witt exhibits

by rae on July 17, 2014

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After referencing a photo of me at the Tate in London at the same exhibit we saw at MASS MoCA I had to dig this shot up. John took it and took only one and was disappointed that it was out of focus. I actually kind of like the blurriness. Interesting that we have a touch of orange in each shot. My shot is probably from about 2007.

 

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I can only assume that we will go through life always taking our picture in front of this piece. And I like that. I hope there are many, many more.

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we just got back from a nice trip to New England. Visited a friend and ex-neighbor Kathy. We visited Florence, Shelburne Falls, North Adams and Boston, MA. The Berkshires were beautiful. And it was crazy hot most of the week.

The above picture is from MASS MoCA. It is in North Adams, MA. Amazing large space with large scale art. The above picture of John is in front of a Sol LeWitt painting. We saw the same exhibit years ago at the Tate and I have a blurry shot of myself in front of the same piece.

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We spent 5 nights in Boston here. Our first Airbnb attempt brought us to this oh-so-darling studio in the Back Bay area. If you are going to Boston I can recommend both Pia and her chic studio.

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The South End.

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The North End. John is always good at the subway wherever we are. I am good at following John.

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Sooooo many old cemeteries. Always so fascinating on so many levels. This is at Copley Square on the Freedom Trail.

I am finally embracing Instagram. If you want you can follow me. I post there as raekaiser.

More photos to come….

 

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I love this book on so many levels I don’t know where to start.

First I adore the author, font maker, and mixologist Stuart Sandler. In addition to his cool cocktails his book really showcases all of his Font Diner fonts.

I love retro things. Especially mid-century. Derek Yaniger’s retro illustrations are amazing. I wish I knew him personally.

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And my plan is to be the coolest grandma ever with this book. As a kid I loved tea parties. Well the grands are boys so my hope will be to have Kiddie Cocktail Parties. Jackson you can have one as soon as you can say, “Kiddie Cocktail, please Grandma” and Alex we need to wait until you quit throwing your sippy cup across the room. I bet Papa will be our bartender. I bet we could find some spray cheese for the crackers.

Enjoy this book for the cocktails, the fonts or the illustrations. You can’t miss. If you get it at Mister Retro you can get a numbered first addition.

Cheers!

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portrait giveaway!

by rae on June 24, 2014

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he extremely talented Nancy Vala (left) makes these amazing avatars. I LOVE mine (on right)!

I hate getting my picture taken. I don’t like to put it everywhere I should on the internet. But for some reason I am happy using a sort of cartoon version of myself.

If you want one you can visit her site here. Or even better yet go to my Facebook page and share the post and leave a comment to get in on the drawing. Your chances of winning are so much better than buying a lotto ticket. Do it now, you know you want to.

To be eligible you must SHARE from my Facebook page, not my blog or my personal Facebook page. After you SHARE plz leave a comment so I have your contact info. Some very lucky winner will get a custom portrait, a $200 value!

New font Flourishes & Ornaments is 50% off for a limited time too!

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avatars or portraits…

by rae on June 18, 2014

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i love my avatar! I really, really love it. (I am the blond in the middle… in case you are wondering.) My outrageously talented friend Nancy makes these. (She is the one with the gray hair…) The process was really easy. I sent her 3 pictures and told her what I liked about each. Things like my eyes in one photo and that I wanted yellow hair, bright blue eyes and red lips. It was that easy. On my end anyway.

I hate getting my picture taken. I don’t like to put it up everywhere I should on the internet. But for some reason I am happy putting up a sort of cartoon version of myself.

If you want one you can visit her site here.

And watch or like my Facebook page, Nancy is generously donating a portrait for next week’s giveaway!

Stay tuned…

Oh, and Nancy has also drawn 3 Outside the Line fonts.

I am unfortunately experiencing some web problems. If you place an order and it does not go through plz email rae@outside-the-line.com and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice to pay from.

 

 

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