21 December 2010

My contribution to Revolving Floor

Rebecca DeWinter just won't stay dead.

Read about her, and more, in the BACK FROM THE DEAD issue of the Revolving Floor:


29 November 2010

28 November 2010

A Sunday in Savannah

It was a lovely day in Savannah.  Slightly chilly, but warm in the sun.  First we stopped in the Jepson Center to see the Modern Masters, The Art of Kahlil Gibran, and The South Beheld.  I didn't care too much for the modern exhibit, but too be fair, it's not my favorite style of art to begin with.  I did find that I enjoyed the portraits of Nathan Oliveira.

Two portraits, on display in the Modern Master exhibit.

I much preferred the works of Kahlil Gibran and was very excited by the art of Southern, self-taught artists.

A very "Blakeian" figure drawing by Gilbran, and a linocut print from Anna Taylor

We had a great brunch at Molly MacPherson's (the first day they have offered brunch), which is all decked out for Christmas.

We discovered a great new store on Broughton Street called Fab'rik.  They have unique clothes and very reasonable prices.  They are also have it set up brilliantly.  The second floor is a "man cave"  for all the boyfriends and husbands to hang out while their women shop.  They even have refreshing beverages!


I can safely say I will be shopping here often.  Then it was off to an old favorite - Paris Market

A quick stop at Leopold's for some Sugar Plum Fairy ice cream rounded out a lovely afternoon in downtown Savannah.

26 November 2010

I'm Thankful For ...

The friends and family I get to see every year at the fair.  It is comforting to have a reunion in a place as lovely and peaceful as Greenup, Illinois -- especially in the summer.

Books.  I can never have too many.  I love them so much my "dining room" is actually a library.

Old movies.  It is reassuring every once in awhile to revisit a classic film - when people dressed well, used grammar and looked fabulous.  Also when they all knew the words and steps to a song they'd never heard before.

Surprises.  It's hard to get me as I am fairly observant, but that's why I appreciate it all the more when someone manages to surprise me.

Tea.  I'm not sure I could go on without it.  It keeps me awake, calms me down, warms me up and cools me off.  It's wonderful.

Halloween.  It's my favorite holiday, for a number of reasons.  It makes it ok to look at the "dark" side and have fun with it.  Scary stories, history, ghosts, and candy.  But mostly I think I like it because it hasn't been *too* ruined by commercial enterprises.  A little mascara as a moustache and you have a costume.  Plus, Poe rules.

Poe.  See above.

The 1893 World's Fair.  It brought Chicago to the forefront, inspired a world and showcased dozens of inventions (including the Ferris Wheel).

23 November 2010

I no longer live where it snows, on purpose.  Too many years in the frozen hinterlands, miserable months without feeling your toes.  Ugh!
But this old postcard reminded me of the days when it wasn't so bad.  Too young to be responsible for shoveling the walk or driving to work.  A day out of school, perhaps.  And even when your hands turned red from the cold, you pretended you didn't feel it just to keep playing...

05 October 2010

Catalog Wrecks

You've seen Cake Wrecks and Regretsy.  How about Catalog Wrecks?

I have no idea how I got on this mailing list, but today I received a catalog from "Carol Wright Gifts."

Here are a few examples of their products...

Lonely, then?

Not really sure how this one is supposed to help you lose weight... And what is "silvertone"?

Sigh... how will I choose just one?  Maybe if I register for all of them?  Do they have a registry?

Notice the very subtle color options available.  It is so you can pick one that matching the upholstery in your trailer from 1962.

*This* might be why the terrorists hate us...

Can't afford to get Grandma an iPad?  Get her this.  She'll never notice.

But what do you do when you are on the course...?
Notice the last line of the description - "Plus, a 'Do Not Disturb' sign for uninterrupted play"

This should some with a warning - "Not Actual Kitten Size"

Ummmmmm..... Is this a Forbidden Planet poster, or....? 

Soooooo classy...

27 September 2010

A handmade Trick or Treat Bag, with graphics from The Graphics Fairy!

07 September 2010

Books on Bay: Savannah

I love everything about old bookstores.  And this one in Savannah has its own eccentricities.  It is set back on the second story of Factor's Walk, a row of old cotton warehouse and merchant offices on the river in Savannah.  Just getting to it (down some hairpin stairs and across a plank bridge) is an adventure.

The front half of the store space is devoted to discount Mesa ware.  Yeah, I have no idea.  On my most recent visit, there was a lovely older woman manning the check out table who listened to a 50s bubblegum version of Johnny Mercer's "Dream" on constant loop. 

The back half of the store has the treasures.  They deal primarily in old books.  First editions, often.  They have categories like "Authors You Should Have Heard Of" and "Books with Names in the Titles."  It makes for an enjoyable hunt and peck. 

The main book room overlooks the river

Old school books, one of my favorite categories

The entire place is peppered with interesting bookends

So many Hardy Boys!

1st Edition of Whittier poetry

Another interesting category

A number of the OZ books.
Their description on the RIver Street site.

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