Friday, January 29, 2010

Ode to the Heights

I can think of nothing I'd rather post about right now (or ever, really) than the many delights of Brooklyn Heights, NY. I went there for the first time as a teenager and my first taste of Heaven was the Promenade, a scenic third-of-a-mile stretch with the most amazing views and atmosphere you'll ever find (in my humble opinion).

I have made it a regular stop on all of my return trips to New York and every time I emerge from the subway station (the Clark St. stop includes a rather harrowing elevator ride to bring you to street level, something I've yet to get used to) I have to catch my breath. I usually stroll the Promenade for a while, take a seat at my favorite bench and watch the nannies and runners go back and forth, back and forth.

Montague Street is where the action is, and I have spent hours digging through the used book stacks at Heights Books . Whenever I'm feeling particularly depressed, I hop on Craigslist and search for apartments in the Heights and begin planning my new life. With names like Henry, Pineapple and Pierrepont, the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights are my idea of a Heaven on Earth. Even if I never move there for good, it will always feel like home.

(photos: some by me, find the others here and here and here and here)

It's Perfect.

I saw It's Complicated (with Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and the ever-brilliant Meryl Streep) for the fourth time last night and it only gets better every time I see it. Full disclosure time: one might say I'm a bit obsessed with a certain Oscar-winning Streep, but really, the entire movie is just delightful. It's the perfect antidote to a bitterly cold, gray, Ohio January. After every viewing I get closer and closer to quitting my job, booking a ticket to California and starting my own bakery. I mean, just look at that garden.

(more info and photos at Simply Streep)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I wish...

"What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." 
- J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye.


Unless you've been living under a rock (one that hasn't been touched by Banksy, that is) chances are you've heard of, or seen something from the British street artist. My man introduced me to his work about a year ago, and I've been consistently amazed by everything he does.

This Dorothy piece is no exception (it doesn't hurt that The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies of all time). Too bad I'd probably have to tear down a wall somewhere to get a piece of his work...


I have zero disposable income right now so of course I would find things on the Internets that I can't possibly live without (and definitely don't need). Check out these delicious letterpressed coasters from Sesame Letterpress. My cats can go a couple weeks without food, right?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


So I've never been a huge fan of gummi (gummy?) bears, until Christmas when I purchased this big guy from Vat19 for my gummi-lovin man. Now, I can't get enough of the sweet lil guys and I just ate the last of the work stash. My sincerest apologies to my coworkers; I couldn't help myself.


In my research for work, I found these amazing drool-worthy space-themed postage stamps. I want so badly to design something using these...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Every time it snows, I think about this photo I found on Shorpy. And then I start trying to build a time machine so I can go back to 1908 and sit on this 14th Street stoop in New York City with a steaming cup of coffee and some good friends. Who wants to help?

Goodies in the mail!

I packed up a few packages last night, and had a great time making special little things to hide inside. I hope everyone enjoys their items!

Monday, January 25, 2010


My cat has the sniffles, so I made a vet appointment for her today... There was a bad connection, and the receptionist couldn't hear me very well, so I was shouting my info into the phone. "What's her name?" "MOZART!" "WHAT?" "M-O-Z-A-R-T!" "Uhhhhh... like the musician?" "Yes. Just like the musician."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Too cute for words.

Check out Aaron Miller's stuff. I stumbled upon his CMYK monster today, and its adorableness won me over immediately.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Since I love it, and pretty much think about it constantly, I thought I'd begin posting weekly about New York City. This week, I've been sorting through some photos we took when we went in October, and they are making me majorly crave a greasy slice of John's pizza, a super rich Magnolia cupcake and the sweet, sweet air of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Enjoy.

Mmm pretzels.

I pulled my laptop power cord out of my bag last night and it had somehow curled itself into a perfect pretzel. I don't think I could do this again if I tried. And believe me, I'll try.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Hours

One of my favorite books, made into an amazing movie with my favorite lady. It's never a bad time for The Hours.


So, today is the day. The day of all days. The day of Wednes. The day that the shop is FINALLY OPEN! I was going to make an incredibly cute and clever something to announce the launch, but I'm insanely busy with work. So I've decided just to say HEY, go visit right this instant and check out all my hard work and beautiful wares. If you like something buy it. If you don't, tell someone who will. And there will be incredibly cute and clever artwork, but in the meantime, HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Having a Dapper Day!

Just got this gem in the mail. Thanks so much to BT Livermore of Big Time Illustration for making my day counting a little dapper-er. There's only 2 left in his store, so act fast.