June 6, 2014

Cool Stuff I Like

Happy Friday friends! Will you check out my amazing peonies???? Please ignore my cool stuff scribble for a moment. Don't you think this pic would make a great notecard? (or a print? I'm getting this bad boy on my wall, if it turns out nice, I'll make it available it for sale.) Remember how I was going to maybe make some notecards? I'm going to really try and get on that and get them ready for next holiday season. Pinky swear.


A LOT of summery goodness for you this week:

Some ways to celebrate National Doughnut Day ~ it's today!

You all read my summer book list, right? Here are the picks from Entertainment Weekly!

You have GOT to see this fairy house.

Hello, Hello Kitty leotard! I see you.

The benefits of a real old fashioned summer.

What your food cravings might mean.

Oatmeal chocolate chip and cranberry cookies. (this blog is AWESOME by the by.)

The funniest thing you will read all summer.

A truly incredible post about living off the grid from my pal Amelie.

How to not ruin your burgers.

Darcy always finds the neatest things to do with her kids.


Cool Book of the Week: A brand new book from master o' art cool, Herve Tullet. I saw 'Help! We Need a Title!' just the other day and it's loads of fun. The characters in this newest book aren't quiiiiiiite ready to be read about yet (the story isn't finished!), and they spend a lot of time trying to figure out what they, and you, the reader, and the author (Tullet) should be doing. His books are always interactive, fun, and beyond visually cool.

Have a lovely weekend! A couple of blogging programming notes: now that summer is fast approaching, I'm going to be moving Project 52 posts to the weekend, and posting 3x during the workweek. Going to be trying to put fun stuff up on the off-days on Facebook, so come visit and chat with me if you can!

~Melissa

16 comments:

  1. Yes! I do think it would make a gorgeous postcard or print. VERY well framed darling. It reminds me of some gorgeous old still life painting. Bravo!

    OK That Heads Up app sounds brilliant! I'm sending it to my sister who has a 14 year old. I can see them totally getting into that together.

    I SERIOUSLY love the concept of In Praise of Leftovers. What a great blog title and idea.

    LOVED the article on cabin living. I'm always drawn to people in those situations. I would love to try it some day.

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    1. I'm so in awe of the beautiful retreat Amelie created and how she soldiered on through such a tragic time in her life. She clearly has some pioneering spirit in her soul! (I would have been a whiny, complaining train disaster)

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    2. oh and i told my mom in law that I call this picture 'Still Life in Messy Kitchen' :)

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  2. wow, thanks so much for the shout out! I can't wait to check out the other links! Have a great weekend!

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    1. you are so welcome Darcy! I really appreciate all the inspiration I get from your site :)

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  3. Thanks for the link love! Okay, yes, that photo is beautiful. Yes, I want to get my free donuts today. It's a good thing I didn't know about Hello Kitty pink leotards before the girls advanced out of their pink level of dance. :) I loved Amelie's post, and that camp letter is HILARIOUS. And I want cookies...

    I agree with letting the kids have their own time over the summer. My girls get left to their own devices frequently. Something different about this summer compared to last, though, is last year, they spent summer running around with some neighbor kids, including two who are older than Big Sis. This year, one has moved away and the girls no longer get along with the other girl and her brother, so it's just the two of them. I don't think our neighborhood is the safest for just running around - we're very urban, not too far from a major intersection, and we don't even have sidewalks on our side of the street - but that's what the backyard is for!

    Have a happy weekend!!

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    1. wait where are the free donuts?? do i need to go read that post again? WHERE ARE THE FREE DONUTS?????

      I am always yes yes when I read about the free range days of kid summers of times gone by....but but but....I'm always on a massive guilt trip about Julia being an only child and I always fee like she needs people to be with and something to do.....so I hyperventilate and worry if I don't have Stuff lined up for her to some extent. I'm lucky in our choice of neighborhood because there are a ton of kids. But I do feel, right or wrong, that I this responsibility that she doesn't have some sad lonely time because she doesn't have a sibling. I think I've created all of it in my mind b/c for the most part, she's always off with other kids or likes to do stuff with me. But it was an interesting article at any rate.

      We're going to get to see Maleficent this wkend so excited!

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    2. You'll love Maleficent!

      Krispy Kreme gives free donuts. Some of the local places around here are doing it, too. I totally understand what you mean about her being an only child. I'm glad my girls have each other, because our neighborhood is so different from the one I gre u in. When I was little, we lived in a small suburb north of town with lots and lots of kids. (Okay, so BTK lived there, too - his daughter was even in a grade school class with me - but we didn't know that then!) We were this big gaggle of girls who rode our bikes everywhere, ran back and forth to each other's houses, etc. It was a very different environment. I love living in town, but there is a little less freedom, at least as far as I'm concerned...

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    3. well darn, no Krispy Kremes anywhere close! maybe this summer, Julia and Andrew and I will make a road trip to find the nearest Krispy Kreme.

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  4. Thank you so much for including my blog post, Melissa! You really were the reason I wrote it in the first place, thanks for the push. And it's not that I've not been a train wreck, it's that I don't photograph on those days. :)

    I LOVE Herve Tullet- his book Press Here still knocks my socks off every time we read it.

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    1. Also: I have been trying to grow peonies for, like, a decade and we just don't live in the right climate for them (read: I have a total black thumb). Yours are GORGEOUS. Seriously. They're the prettiest flowers ever.

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    2. I have a black thumb too and anything that survives in my garden is just sheer dumb luck! And you are so welcome....that post was AMAZING and incredible and I'm going to go re-read it again. Someone commented that you have a book in this experience ~ totally agree!

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  5. Melissa, you are so amazing. It's so impressive how organized you are and how many fabulous things you find for all of us. Love the blogs you link to today.
    Allison

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    1. Oh, and I forgot to say I ADORE the peonies. They're my favorite, too and you photographed them beautifully.

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    2. OMG can I shrink you to fairy size and keep you in my pocket for luck and daily affirmations??? Because you are amazing for my self esteem! Seriously! I wish I could show you my work space -- the way I 'organize' is by writing things down on slips of paper that I promptly lose! I spend most of my life searching for things I've lost. :)

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  6. I am amazed after reading the Amelie post. Wow. what a lifestyle. Very brave of her and her family and very inspiring. It redefines what "important things in life" are and I am just in awe. Your peonies are fabulous. You should totally make it bigger and even put it up as a banner for your website. It's really an awesome picture. I struggle with my pictures. I don't know enough about light, focus etc. I think my photos are only passable so that I have something to remember of the past. Good luck with the summer posting schedule! It's a lot of work to post 3 times a week (well at least it is for me!)

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