Cool Stuff I Like


April 6, 2012

HAPPY HAWAIIAN EASTER! Julia made this all on her own. "Ilastated by Julia". I asked her to make some Easter art. This is what she came up with. Please note the HULA FAIRY! We loooove fairies around here! Julia leaves our house fairies little notes. They are very lazy about writing back to her lately, but since Easter is coming up, I’m sure they will leave her a tiny token of some kind – they love to leave her treats on major holidays...

Let me tell you, it’s a good thing we went to see the cherry blossoms weekend before last, because after that rare sunny weekend, its been nothing but rain, rain and more rain. Are y’all tired of hearing me moan about the weather? I’ve turned weather moaning into a profession! OK, next topic. Are you feeling Eastery? Easterish? Easterific?

Oh my goodness, it’s April. First April COOL STUFF, isn’t that exciting?? (say yes)

Julia and I are totally obsessed by this Pixie Hollow game a friend told us about. It’s free!

Fancy a ‘Hunger Games’ cocktail?

Love this DIY Decoupage Box craft. I could do this.

Slacker Sushi Bowls! THIS IS SO UP MY ALLEY.

The cutest toddler meals.

I’ve found a new hat to embarrass Andrew with!

Chocolate and Assam Tea Prune Brownies.

Farmhouse Spring Pudding.

I’m way into Eating For England, a new-to-me food blog I happened on recently.

Cool Book of the Week: Ok geek peeps, ‘Game of Thrones’ is back on! Who’s excited?? (I am.) So it is most fitting that I show you ‘The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook’ by Alan Ristler:

GOT cookbook
This is so brilliant! If you have read the books, you already know that there’s a LOT of discussion about food, and it always sounds so interesting. Come on, don’t you want to check out the ‘Breakfasts for Warriors’ section?

Happy Easter Weekend! Happy Egg Hunting! Don’t get rained on!

The Fairy Oracle


April 5, 2012

I’ve had this deck of inspirational Fairy Oracle cards for over 20 years. Hold on a sec, while I go and weep about how old I am. I’m trying not to cry all over this post. One of my dearest friends in the whole world gave it to me, which makes these cards extra special. I let Julia look at them; we ooh and aah over the images drawn so enchantingly by Sulamith Wulfing. The words of zen on the back of each card are over her head but that’s ok. You’re supposed to blindly pick a card and it will reveal something profound for you to ponder that is supposed to have special relevance in your life at that particular moment.

I love this last card. If you aren’t familiar with the work of Sulamith Wulfing, you MUST seek her out. No one draws fairies and angels like she does. No one. I REALLY super want her version of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

And I think I MUST HAVE her fairy tale book:

What do you think of her work? Lovely, yes?

Sora and the Cloud


April 4, 2012

Where to start about 'Sora and the Cloud', by Felicia Hoshino? How about with this: "It's like Hayao Miyazaki meeting the Red Balloon!" (Amazon)

Or how about this:
"It is tempting to label 'Miyazaki-like' anything appealing to children and Japanese in origin. But in this instance the analogy fits. The nameless cloud is a benign yet mysterious and uncontrollable presence as it lifts Sora, Totoro style, into the sky. There he views a skyscraper mid-construction, an amusement park, a festival of kites and other boyish marvels. Hoshino’s intricate and delicate drawings deliver this parade of sightseeing pleasures in a way that is at once dreamlike and visceral." — New York Times Book Review
I saw this book cover on Pinterest and stopped dead in my tracks. WHAT WAS THIS?

Pure beauty, that's what it is. What makes the book EVEN COOLER is that there's a bilingual Japanese translation included in the story. You can read more and order the book here. Where is here?

Immedium is here.

Immedium is an San Francisco-based publishing company. According to their blog, Immedium focuses on "wonderfully illustrated picture books and titles on contemporary arts, culture, and Asian America."

I am knocked out by HOW DARN COOL all of their books appear to be! (They also have the whole line of Octonauts books!)


Head over to the Immedium website for ordering info on all of the titles in today's post. You think you can order faster than I can? Let's see!

You can also check out Felicia Hoshino's website, for more details about her art.

Tiny Tot Tuesday: Gyo Fujikawa Baby Books


April 3, 2012

Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library 
Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library 
Gyo Fujikawa's Little Library, $6.95. Will you LOOK at this? Perfect toddler gift. Perfect shower present. Perfect first birthday present. Just...perfect.

'Surprise! Surprise!', $5.95. This book has been republished in board book format after being out of print for 30 years. Perfect for springtime! 

Puppies, Pussycats & Other Friends, $5.95. Sweetest book ever! I gave this as a present to a friend, along with:


'Baby Animals', $5.95. This one is such a classic. It's so sweet! Everyone with a tiny tot should have it.

So if y'all have been hanging with me for awhile, you know my thoughts on Gyo Fujikawa. (Best illustrator IN THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN UNIVERSE. Along with Garth Williams. They can have a thumb wrestling match.)

If you have a kid or a grandkid or know a kid or just like cool kid art or just want to BE'll start getting on the Gyo bandwagon. Me? I'm DRIVING the Gyo bandwagon! I love Gyo so much!

Hello Kitty Loves Easter


April 2, 2012


Also, I want this.

And this.

With a side of this.

Are you kidding me? We ALL need this.


And I think I want to do this while eating all my Easter candy.

I take it back. THIS is too much:

hello K easter
hello K easter2
Anyone have a few hundred bucks they can lend me?

Andrew laughed hard at this one. He was like, “you know, someone could probably make something similar for a lot less than what they are charging for this…”

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