Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Favorites, vol. 20

1. confetti

Bonus: Funfetti

2. these button brooches
which I think would look especially fab on a winter hat or to pin together a cozy scarf.
In the meantime, since it's the temperature of Hell's Kitchen (the Chef Ramsay show, not the NYC hood), these would look really cute to fancy up a tank top or adorn a belt.

3. grilled cheese sammies
I grew up in a home where we often ate grilled bologna sammies and Dinty Moore Beef Stew. While I haven't had either one of those in years, I still love me a good grilled cheese sammy. My personal favorite is with one slice of swiss, one slice of American. Extra points for bacon.

4. chaise lounges

5. record players

Did you have one of these great Fisher Price record players? I had this little plastic kind, but I hear they also made real record players.

Bonus: gramophones

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday Dose of Cuteness, two days late.

Hubs and I were out of town this weekend, visiting my fam in East Texas, so I kind of got off track with my blog. Instead of making excuses, I thought I'd just deliver a Monday Dose of Cuteness, on Wednesday. Coo?

Kids are cute. Kids with glasses? Ridiculously cute.

I daresay this little guy is even cuter than the Jerry McGuire kid.

And I couldn't make this list and leave out little Abigail Breslin.

Somewhat-related rant:
I didn't get my glasses until fifth grade, the start of the prime ugly duckling years, so I missed out on the whole cute-kid-in-glasses thing. Luckily, it's considered quite cool to wear glasses these days thanks to some of these girls. It feels awfully good to embrace the nerdiness, especially after years of movies where the girl gets a makeover and goes from uncool (with glasses) to cool (sans glasses).
I guess it's all evened out because now you can buy fake glasses to wear for fashion, even if you have 20/20 vision. Nice!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

When my friend Kendi sent me a link to this cool poet, Austin Kleon,

I took one look at his website and saw this:

Foreign Language Requirement

And I'm not going to lie. At first, I didn't get it.
I thought he had cut out little words (like magnetic poetry) and glued them on a black background, you guys. Then I read the blurb by NPR Morning Edition: Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs a newspaper and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need. Which is where I laughed really hard at myself.

This guy is genius!
Here are a couple of my favorites:

The End of My Imagination

Art in Search of Eyeballs

Anything Goes

Brilliant, right?

You can read more about his unique approach to writing poetry on his blog and follow him on Twitter.

P.S. When I saw that Austin is FROM Austin, it made me so proud of our little arty city. He gives talks/does booksignings at museums/galleries/bookstores and many of them have been in Austin so I'll keep my eyes open for upcoming events in this area and will post here, because inquiring (and art-lovin) minds want to know.
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