I am not enjoying the absence of real spring so far (last year at this time we had blossoms, which haven't yet arrived), but I have been enjoying these things lately.
Geoff and I like to collect independent publications, particularly when they are well-made and filled with beautiful photography and illustration. I recently ordered a copy of Sova Magazine, since it fits these criteria. Beautiful sleep-themed photography with excellent design -- it's perfect. I love sleep.
After Anja wrote a post about handmade leather camera goods from JnK, I became obsessed with finding a leather camera strap for my Canon A-1. There are some really nice leather camera straps on Etsy, but since I was using a perfectly fine strap that I had made, I couldn't quite justify it. I was happy when I recently found this pretty one, by Wander. It was pretty affordable, and came with a discount for being her first sale. Leather camera strap satisfaction!
A collection of things that I'm really into: peachy pink polka dots blouse with a cute collar (thrifted, of course); a beautiful Polaroid and some makeup from the most wonderful care package; a fantasy novel.
The package was sent by a longtime friend from Seattle, Stephanie, who included a Chanel lipstick (my first: Rouge Coco Shine in "Boy"), earrings, samples of flower-based creams, and this NARS illuminator in "Orgasm" -- all for no reason, other than she's the sweetest (she sent me a painting that I wrote about here a few years ago, but as diving into the archives makes me cringe, I'll leave it for now). More than ten years ago a childhood friend of mine convinced me to start a Livejournal, and while I often find myself wishing that I had not embarrassed myself on the internet throughout my twenties (those were some deeply confessional times!), Livejournal was pretty good to me & I met some pretty amazing people through it, including Stephanie. It really was just like an extension of the zines & mix tapes & letters I used to get from penpals in high school.
And Game of Thrones. This book will forever remind me of the summer I spent listening to Mary Timony's Mountains in my car in an endless loop, reading this book in the sand at the lake (I may be conflating a few memories here, and a few different George R. R. Martin books, but if that's how I remember my youth, that's fine with me). I adore this series of fantasy novels unapologetically and I am looking forward to watching the miniseries as soon as I can.
These are the printed copies of my Other People's Houses photos. I used a mix of colour and black and white film and wound up with a fair amount of outtakes. It's difficult to be objective of my own pictures, especially when they are of my apartment (forever and ever amen), but I hope that when you see them, you'll like them.
If child me could see me now, she'd be pretty happy to see these stickers, although she'd probably think the word on them is kind of weird.
Darcy: I got it from Vistaprint. I use them for everything these days.
jen: That's why I love them! They can be so hilarious.
Alison: Thank you! And thanks for sharing the Cat Liner -- that's pretty funny.
Ringo, have a banana!: Whoa, there you go! I would totally eat that.
Ella, in dreams, Phara, kater, hila, Charlyn W: Thanks, guys! I'm glad you like my mug and don't seem to think that I am nuts.
Sandy: I got this one through Vistaprint but honestly you can have it done in lots of different places. If you're in the US there are so many options. Almost anywhere that you can have photos printed will make mugs as well, and most of the time they will have some kind of online program you can use.
Heather: Ha! That's amazing and so clever.
Cecilia's Heart: Thank you, and thanks for saying hello!
Hollie: Ha! A whole new range of Ponyface mugs for sale...
Michelle: Whoa, that photo is so beautiful! Thank you for showing me.
hellojen: I know! I actually feel sad when I notice how she's looking more and more like a cat rather than a kitten. I think they should stay tiny for a few years at least. So cute!