Thursday, April 30, 2009


I've had a busy two weeks. I went out to visit my uncle and aunt in Colorado. We took a road trip down to Santa Fe. was gorgeous. That blue sky! It was so refreshing.

I got home on Monday and moved on Tuesday. Life lesson: Professional movers are money well spent. Wow. It was a long day and yesterday was long too as we started the unpacking. Today I'm doing some tasks of daily living as I resurface. Regular postings to resume.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pre-move travels

I'm off to Colorado today to visit my uncle, woo-hoo! I realized that I haven't been out there since 2003! That's way too long. Rumor has it there will be a side trip down to Santa Fe too. I'm in need of some western landscapes to help clear my head. It's been a busy few weeks and when I get back, I'm moving. Hopefully I'll returned refreshed and re-energized. Here are two photos from my last visit. No blogging until Monday, have a good few days!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Yesterday I was helping someone out with a project and snapping some photos that were very "Providence" to me. It was tough since I have so much going on right now, I really had limited time to do it. What's funny is that most of them were food related! I was focusing on the idea that Providence is a great mix of cultures all right next to each other in this small city. With a mix of cultures, the result is a lot of good food brought here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My Monday Posting

Late in the day, but I finally posted my Monday posting over our Bookbinding Street Team blog. Read about how I'm preparing for my trip to Colorado here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Housewarming Present

I've had a design crush on JHill Designs for ages now. Her Places I've Never Been series is just gorgeous. Pattern and travel, all in one, I love it. I could literally buy every single print.

Since I don't have the wall space for every single print, I had to chose wisely. A couple of birthdays ago, I treated myself to her Champagne print. (I mean, come on, pattern design, travel and bubbly?!) I love it, but will admit to dragging my feet on framing and hanging it. I felt it really needed a friend, that it would show best as a series.

So, when we got the keys to our new place the other day, DJH handed me a housewarming present, and it was the Bordeaux print! He thought it needed a friend too, and since he's a wine guy, the pair of French wine prints seemed a good pair to hang in our new kitchen. (Please excuse the bad photos, I snapped them quickly last night. I'll share more when they're framed and hanging up.)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The packing starts

This is pretty much why no one ever wants to help me move. All those boxes are just my books. Eek! It never seems like a lot when they're on the shelves.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Museum of Bibliographical Detritus

I was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire over the weekend and, as usual, searched for a used book store. I found a great one, Second Run Bookstore, in Commercial Alley.

A wall in the store is devoted to what they've named "The Museum of Bibliographical Detritus" and is plastered with things they find in used books that they clear out before selling them. I love stuff like this. I love used books for their history; thinking about whose hands have they passed through, where around the world have they been. I was fascinated with this wall. Lots of boarding passes, train ticket stubs, notes from people who gave the book as a gift, shopping lists, lottery tickets. They let me take a few photos.

Check it out for yourself if you're ever in Portsmouth. Great prices too, all paperbacks are $5 and hardcovers $7.

A little behind

My Monday series is finally up over on the Bookbinding Street Team blog. Better late than never I guess. Here's your hint, you know you're curious.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Providence Classic

One of my all time faves here in Providence, East Side Pockets on Thayer Street. A staple in many a Brown and RISD student diet, I'm sure. I needed something hearty today for lunch and couldn't resist. Be prepared to know how to order when it's your turn up at the counter, no stopping to think about it at that point since there's usually a line out the door. My usual is a "Gyro Pocket, no hots." Delicious falafel too, but I can never resist the tasty grilled lamb. Yummy Middle Eastern desserts too if you need a little sweet when you're done.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Stuff Other People Make

Today is the first in a new series (I hope) of awesome things that other people make. Things I either have, or really want, that I need to share.

This handwoven scarf was given to me by an amazing weaver, designer, and artist: Paula Stebbins Becker. Former boss, current friend, she has recently been working on a collection of handwoven scarves. Lucky me for being the recipient of this gorgeous one. I absolutely love the natural color palette and the mixture of textured yarns. You can be sure I'll let you all know when Paula opens her Etsy shop!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Product

I'm currently sewing a few books in a different style than my usual books. It's slightly smaller (3.75" x 5.25") and horizontally oriented. It's full of pastel papers and watercolor paper, instead of just plain sketch paper. I actually prefer this type of paper for my own journals since it can withstand some watercolors or heavier pens, good if it's the type of trip where I'll do more than just write. Not sure what I should call them when I list them. Landscape travel journal? Artist paper travel journal? Any suggestions? If so, leave them in the comments!

I've sewed one together so far, an Ireland/UK one, and have a few more to sew. Soon to come are Spain, Turkey, Europe and New Zealand.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Recession Recreation

If you're in Rhode Island, pick up Weekend Walks in Rhode Island (or buy locally at Books on the Square). It's full of 40 hikes around the state. The hikes listed are all well detailed with maps, best time of year to go and what to look for (and free for these recession inspired times). I've done about 4 or 5 hikes so far and they have all been great finds. I've lived here 10 years and still like the feeling of discovering some hidden gems in my little state. Definitely check it out.

On Sunday, with book in hand and some empanadas from my local Portuguese bakery, we headed out to see seals migrating through Rhode Island at Rome Point. (White blob on rock = seal. My camera wasn't powerful enough to get a better shot.) Super cool.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Series

Just posted the latest installment in my Monday series about journal keeping over on the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team blog. Go check it out!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Craft Show Virgin

Yesterday I sold some books at my first ever craft show. I've done Craftland for the past two years, but this was the first show where I actually had to be there with my books. It was a show of Arts in Rhode Island artists (an Etsy street team) and was a success for me. It was a good experiment in learning how to display my books, transport and set up. I appreciated my first show not being crazy busy, or outside. I was able to get my feet wet and it was a lot of fun. Special thanks to Suzanne of Tanner Glass for loaning me shelves, and to David for bringing me bubble tea and lunch.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pho, miracle cure

Yesterday I was feeling a little worn out. I hadn't slept well, then I was up early volunteering at WRNI during their pledge drive, and it was cold and rainy. Any time I'm feeling cold, under the weather, whatever . . . I get a serious craving for pho. For those not in the know, it's a delicious Vietnamese soup filled with tasty goodness and so much flavor. How did I ever make it through a cold (or a hangover) before? It's just so good. Delicious, flavorful broth is the key. Bland broth = boring pho.

My favorite local place to go in Providence is Phonatic (165 Angell Street on the East Side), or Pho Paradise (337 Broad Street on the West Side), both are owned by the same people and are equally good. Whenever I travel, I make sure I consult the Pho Finder to find some close to where I'll be, just in case. Find one near you and go get some, it's perfect for a rainy April day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Weekend Event

If you're in or around Providence this weekend, come on out to a great sale featuring artists from the Arts in Rhode Island Etsy street team that I'm a part of. It's located on the west side of Providence and will feature a wide array of interesting products, all handmade!

For more info, check out our team website. It's conveniently located right down the street from one of the coolest coffee shops around, White Electric. Grab a coffee and come on over.