Does anyone else out there have a thing for cheese?
Except for a weird aversion to the stuff during the first trimester of my pregnancy, I’ve always had a love for cheese. When I was a kid, I’d even devour those fake slices sandwiched between plastic or the foamy kind you squeeze out of a can.
I’ve definitely become pickier as an adult. I don’t like that American style of Mexican food where everything is swimming in globs of mild cheddar, for example. And I don’t like anything labeled “cheese food”. But I still love some good cheese. Brie, romano, jarlsberg, and feta are some of my staples. I wish I had the budget and access to buy small nibbles of all different kinds on a regular basis: gjetost, chevre, havarti with dill, aged gouda, etc… Working in a gourmet cheese shop would be amazing!
That being said, I’ve been cutting down on my cheese intake lately for health reasons. Oh – the things you do for a baby! But a little bit here and there doesn’t hurt, right?
All images by Katie Quinn Davies. That top one is so beautiful… it looks like an old Dutch painting, don’t you think?
Last week, I posted a photo by Laura Resen in my living room inspiration post. Out of curiosity, I decided to look through all the images from her website, and wow… She’s had access to some amazing interiors, and her photographs are able to capture that (which is no small feat.)
For pretty photos and some handy information on these letterpresses, see my latest post over on Poppytalk.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Although Friday ended up being a bad day for me, Saturday and Sunday made up for it. We made some good progress on the reno, relaxed with a couple of romanticcomedies, got teary eyed while the children at church sang in their annual program, hung out with family, and ate some delicious food (calzones and trifle).
This is my favorite living room ever. I first saw it in Domino Magazine years ago and tore it out for my old-school tear sheet binder. What do I love? The white & wood color scheme with pops of color (mainly red), the rustic beams, the casually slip-covered couch with its varied pillows, the ethnic rug, the sheepskin, the books and artwork covering the walls, the red pouf, the and the fantastic light…. the only things I would add are more green plants and a TV.
I’m on the lookout for affordable poufs. (Our space is too small for a coffee table, and we love to put our feet up on something soft.) This is also another example of a simple throw instead of a traditional slipcover. But I still think I’d like it to be white…
A Little Romance is a fantastic little movie I’d never heard of until recently. Diane Lane and Thelonius Bernard play a young American girl and French boy who fall in love. They’re both so smart and sweet without being cloying. In fact, both won awards for their performances (as did the musical score and the screenplay). Lawrence Olivier also stars as an older gentleman who befriends them. And the entire film takes place on beautiful locations in France and Italy!
p.s. My mom lived in Paris as an adolescent just like Diane Lane’s character, and it’s uncanny how much they look alike at that age.
If you live in or near New York City, go visit Paper Love in Park Slope pronto! Kirk and I have visited a couple of times when we’re in town, and I can vouch for its charm and fantastic selection of pretty paper goods. Alison (the owner) is moving on to other projects and closing down the shop, so I think you’ll need to head over there in the next few days if you want a chance to see it. (I have a feeling you might be able to score some great deals as well…)
I did a little round-up of Halloween cards over on Poppytalk. I hope it’s not too tacky that I included a card that I drew myself! Oh well — since I already did that, I may as well let you know that it’s available in our shop.
The below cards are from Greenwich Letterpress. They make great stuff, and if you’re a paper lover like me, a visit to their shop is like a trip to Ali Baba’s cave.
I would absolutely LOVE to have this kitchen. But right now, I think I’d be happy with practically any kitchen…as long as it’s my own. See more pretty interiors in white & wood over on my newest Poppytalk contributor post.
In case you missed them, see my last few Poppytalk posts here, here, and here.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for the perfect bag. It can’t be too dainty or covered with unnecessary hardware, and it has to stand up to a fair amount of daily abuse. Here are a few that I found fitting that description. Oh — and as an added bonus, all are either handmade, sustainable, or both! Decisions, decisions…
Cindy Ferguson of Scherenschnitte is one of those people that I’ve admired from afar for quite a while. The thing is — she’s friends with a lot of the same people that I am. So why aren’t we friends? Busy lives and living just far away from each other to make it inconvenient, I suspect. (The truth is, Kirk and I don’t see much anyone these days except for those who stop by our craft fair booths…we’re kind of workaholics!)
So, at least I can have a little virtual conversation with Cindy through this interview. As you can see, she has incredible drawing, paper cutting, and design skills. I recently got a gorgeous wedding invitation in the mail that she designed for a mutual friend. I’m dying to show you! But it’s not my place, so you’ll just have to wait… I’m also in love with her new state paper cut series… and did you know that she puts free paper cutting templates on her blog?
1) How did you become an artist?
When I was a little girl, I loved princesses. Most little girls do. I loved to draw princesses, read about them, look at pictures of them in books, pretend that I would someday live in a castle (I still have that dream). I would also draw horses. Horses and princesses. My parents indulged my creativity and bought those little “How to Draw…” books by Lee Ames. I would spend countless hours trying to draw each image. Eventually my love of drawing princesses grew to a general love of drawing people. Always having a sketchbook with me so I can jot down ideas or little sketches is invaluable as is a ton of practice. It’s definitely something you need to work at.
2) What’s been inspiring you lately?
Lately I’ve been getting my inspiration from travel. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been to Los Angeles two times. Once with more artsy people and once with a less-than-artsy person. With the artsy people, I went to a few galleries. I saw a lot of amazing art and saw ways of doing things that I would never have even dreamed of. My favorite was a paper show at the George Billis Gallery where I saw a few pieces by Brian Borlaug. From far away, his drawings looked like they had regular shading, but when you got up close, they were teeny tiny details that were evidence of creative ocd. I would love to try something more like that. We also went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Holy cow, that place is fun. My favorite section was on various old wives tales called “Tell the Bees”. I would love to create silhouettes of superstitious lifestyles. With the less-than-artsy person, I went to Disneyland. I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was in 5th grade. That place is amazing! It is so flushed out in detail. My favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The audio-animatronics were completed in the late 60s and they still look fluid and new today. Just to know that something as immense as Disneyland can be created from one man’s dream is inspiring. There is so much inspiration all around, even when not traveling. A lot of times I get my inspiration while taking a walk with my dog.
3) Tell us about a recent project.
I just completed a showing of paper cut work at the Blonde Grizzly gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a depiction of each of the 50 states with their state flower and bird. It was super fun to research all the flowers and birds. If I ever do something as enormous as 50 pieces for an art show again, though, I would like for someone to stop me. Boy, does that ever take some time. In October, I am going to Olde Princess Anne Days in Princess Anne, Maryland. I will get to sit in a booth and represent someone from 1812 who would do silhouette art at the time. I think they want me to actually cut silhouettes of people, which is something I don’t do, so I’d better start practicing!
4) Is there anything else we should know about you?
Let’s see, I love cheeseburgers and cheese, Mexican Coke and my dog Starla. I recently have become obsessed with the Hunger Games series and am starting Mockingjay this week. I love to thrift shop and might be quickly turning into a hoarder. If I ever do have a garage sale it’s never any good because I can’t bear to part with my stuff. I’m snobby about spelling and love to play Scrabble. That about does it. Oh, and I love watching movies more than hiking.
When I was in school, I looked forward to each new issue of New American Paintings. It was exciting to flip through the pages and see all the fantastic work being created by other unknown artists. It’s funny how the years pass, and you forget about things you once loved…
Luckily, I stumbled across the New American Paintings website recently and found that they have a blog! They post Q&A’s, studio visits, call outs, etc… And let me tell you, it is deliciously full of eye candy!