Friday, January 23, 2009

A Literary Great

I've posted about this place, my most favorite book store, before. Last month, the New York Times ran a wonderful article on the store, the owners and their home. Check it out here, and be sure to look at the accompanying slideshow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Keeping It Cool

E has a small, clip-on desk fan, which he has owned since his time in college. It is white plastic, although the plastic is more of a dingy grey now. The protective cover no longer exists, and the blades have been stained in areas by a black permanent marker, a byproduct of a bored moment or two.

E has yet to let it go for sentimental reasons, but if I could convince him to upgrade, I would love for this beauty to serve as a replacement.

I have mentioned my love for industrial-inspired things before, and this vintage fan makes my heart flutter. Oh how I'd love if this resided in our office. Or bedroom. Really, I think I could put it anywhere in our house, and it would make me smile every time I saw it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Moments {of Laughter} Part 3

It has been a while since I've shared a Moments post, and while I do have more than just moments of laughter to share, I did want to show a few more of these gleeful photos.

Since the previous two posts were photos in black and white, I wanted to inject a bit of color into the series with this installment.

Christina & Lee- Our Labor of Love
(lots of great moments of laughter from this entire wedding)

Marise & Rob- Calla Evans Photography
(lots of great moments of laughter throughout the entire wedding)

A Song of Sixpence

For my wedding, I have to admit, following the good luck "Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe" adage wasn't my highest priority, although I did give it some thought.

The "something new" was really easy to check off the list, as was the "something blue" (my shoes!) I wish I could say I had some very sweet and sentimental things to meet the old and borrowed requirements, but the rather lame truth is I was satisfied with claiming my engagement ring as my something old (yeah, I'd had it for a whole year and a half.) And the borrowed bit? Well, that I never figured out, although we ended up borrowing extension cords from our neighbor at the last minute...

From The Coin Jeweler (different pair than I gave to E, but the same Etsy shop)

I did plan ahead to incorporate a sixpence into our day, but, instead of wearing one in my shoe, part of my gift to E was a pair of sixpence cufflinks. Since E loves cufflinks, I figured the groom could take part in act of bringing good luck upon the union with his attire.

I do wish I'd put more thought into the old and borrowed part, but I loved my pieces for the other three. Those of you who are married, tell me, did you do anything slightly unconventional to meet any wedding day traditions?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Round and Round

I love the whirl of motion and light in the photo above, and I adore the sweet embroidered pillow below.

Up and Down

When I was younger, we had a small amusement park in the city where I lived. It wasn't really much in the world of massive amusement parks, but it had enough to win my heart.

There was a water park, complete with a wave pool, slides, and a lazy river that were perfect on a hot summer day. When you tired of the water, there were also all the best carnival-style rides, including bumper cars, an old wooden roller coaster, and, what I thought was the hand's down best, a ferris wheel.

Alicia Bock Photography

Although were I to visit now, I would surely be shocked to see its real size, when I was little, the ferris wheel seemed to soar endlessly into the sky. I loved the vantage point at the very top, from where it seemed I could see for miles, and I always secretly wished to be stopped there when passengers were loaded and unloaded below. It was surely the best seat in the house.

I still feel a fondness for ferris wheels, although I can't tell you the last time I rode one, and I am pretty positive I would still love being "stuck" at the top and taking in the surrounding views.

The Bucks County Frame and Moulding Co.

One thing that is certain is how much I adore these photos from various Etsy shops. I love the soft colors and vintage feel that they all share; they remind me of the magic I felt on those summer days from long ago.