Monday, June 29, 2009

goodbye June

"What is one to say about June,
the time of perfect young summer,
the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months,
and with as yet no sign to remind one that its
fresh young beauty will ever fade."

~Gertrude Jekyll

What a lovely quote. (found here) June has such a sense of anticipation for me. As a child, it was making it through the last 2 weeks of school and awaiting summer camp. As a teacher, it is once again making it through the last days of school, report cards, and easing into a summer routine. The unfoldment of lazier days, lake sunsets, and ice cream cones before the summer really starts to fly. The awakening of bugs, bees, flowers, little tourist towns....

the 4th of july is coming of my favorite holidays.
I should really be sleeping now. night night


"Let's have some fun, this beat is sick
I wanna take a ride on your disco stick"

I hope I'm never this transparent about anything. Least of all crappy song lyrics.

Lady Gaga just needs to......not.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


A few of my favorite images from around the web this week ~ courtesy of

check out a few more here

Enjoy the weekend, or what's left of it.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I love the idea of two different pieces of work coming together - through an obvious or more subtle link. These Montreal-based photographers have an awesome take on diptychs - they take a random, electronically-generated word and base their diptych on that word. Each photographer is responsible for one photo, then they put them together. The results are so authentic and revealing.

An attempt of my own, more here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


from wikipedia:

Nancy Drew is a fictional 18-year-old amateur sleuth. She lives in the fictional town of River Heights with her father, attorney Carson Drew, and their Hannah Gruen. Nancy's mother died when she was three (10 in earlier versions). Nancy does not have a job or go to school, and spends her time solving mysteries, some of which she stumbles upon and some of which begin as cases of her father's. Nancy is often assisted in solving mysteries by her two closest friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, and also occasionally by her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson. Nancy has often been described as a supergirl: in the words of Bobbie Ann Mason, she is "as immaculate and self-possessed as a Miss America on tour. She is as cool as a Mata Hari and as sweet as Betty Crocker." Nancy is wealthy, attractive, and amazingly talented.

So alright. I was a total sucker for Nancy Drew growing up, depsite the unrealistic and somewhat stereotypical nature of the books. I've always loved spying on people and figuring things out. How kickass would it be to do that for a job? My mom was an even bigger fan, as much of the heyday for Nancy Drew was in the 50s and 60s. So when I saw this book, I had to get it for her. It has cute little magnets with the book covers on them and a little "wisdom" booklet of credos and rules.

For example: "Beauty supplies: They're not just for primping anymore. Try picking a lock with a bobby pin, disinfecting a snake bite with perfume, using a nail file to trigger the opening to a secret passageway, or scrawling out a hasty SOS message with lipstick." Love it!
My mysteries are so mundane, like The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, or The Hidden Car Keys.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

sun hat = $35 necklace = $32 silk caftan = $20 (sale!) scarf = $20

boutique shopping and indulging on a summer day = priceless

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Nights

Sunday nights are the worst time of the week for a teacher (or student) during the school year. In the summer, pure bliss.

What did you do today? I putzed around taking photos in the garden, played badminton with my brother, sat on the beach for awhile, and got an ice cream cone.

Tomorrow I'm going c-l-o-t-h-e-s shopping. Dangerous.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Visual Orgy

it is official. i am ADDICTED
we heart it

I much prefer it to

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wish You Were Here?

I wish you were here too, loves. You know you can always find me by the lake in the summer. Come visit.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hittin' the Wall

Hooray! This is what I'll be doing on my main living room wall when I go back to St. Louis in the fall. Spotted this on A Cup of Joe, via Design Sponge. I knew I wanted to do pictures, but I put off decorating the main (non-window) wall in my living room for 9 months, because I just couldn't find quite the right shelving or way to display photos. These cute cheap frames come from Ikea and I love the look of so many frames together. It will be a feast for the eyes for sure.


I recently became interested in the idea of time capsules after hearing a song a friend wrote about one. What to bury? What to put in? How do we decide now what may evoke nostalgia, interest, fondness, or wisdom in later years? Some online companies make baby and wedding ones for you. I'd rather make my own. I think I'll make one this summer, or at least by the end of this year. Imagine making one every New Year's Day, then opening it the following New Year's Eve.
This one looks fun - very standard, americana.

This one courtesy of the Andy Warhol Museum. To spend a day in his mind...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bench Mondays

Bench Mondays are the best. You should really click here and join the fun.