March 30, 2018

cool stuff i like


Happy Friday! I love Easter trees, and one of the loveliest I've ever seen is in the glorious Tasha Tudor book, 'A Time to Keep', which has the prettiest scenes and descriptions of vintage holiday times all through the year. News and updates: British Spring Book Boxes will ship out at the end of next week, and I'll be announcing my next box (for kiddos!) on my Instagram. Even though the weather doesn't appear to have taken the call that it is indeed springtime, I've launched myself into spring cleaning. Sort of. I'm trying to purge the book collection. I sort of move piles around, relocating what I have. I feel very self congratulatory if I manage to find three or four that I can actually part with! Andrew was suggesting places where we could put more book shelves and I was like, WE ARE NOT A LIBRARY. WE MUST SHOW SOME SELF RESTRAINT. I really think I need to be one of those people who live upstairs from a bookshop. Can you imagine?? Do you think people who do that are sublimely happy?

Online items of interest:

Throw it all together chocolate sheet cake. Never met a chocolate cake I didn't like.

Spring......in home decor format.

I want this for breakfast! Pannukakku Finnish Pancake with Blueberries.

More breakfast ~ of the springtime variety.

Saw this and it made my day. Thought it might bring you great joy as well.

Ok so I started watching this Homes By the Sea show thing but I didn't like the first house, and then I got mad at the show. Then I watched this show, about people trying to find the perfect British country house, and it made the whole family, even the tween, super happy.

A lovely post with bonus soup recipe.

We need MORE HUGS!

Pickle. I wish I'd seen this list 2 months ago! Sigh. Saving for next year.

Violet Bakery's yeast free cinnamon buns.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Story of Little Billy Bluesocks' by Sibylle von Olfers. Ok, so I've featured the achingly beautiful work of von Olfers before, and her work, along with Elsa Beskow, (who created books with similar themes and art styles) - really fills my heart with singing joy. Can you tell I'm A True Fan? So charming, so sweet, so beautifully VINTAGE. You just don't see art work like hers anymore, you just don't. Her stories are all quiet, and full of small adventures in pastoral locations. This particular tale, written in verse, follows a wee little lad as he goes about his day - feeding bunnies, planting a garden, playing with animals, having his supper, having happy little daytime wee adventures until he goes to sleep at night. This would be so delightful for tiny tots! Apparently the last page shows angels watching over the boy as he sleeps, which bothered some reviewers, but I'll leave that up to you all to decide what works for you! As for me, I'll be adding this to my permanent collection, because I'm on a quest to own ALL of Sibylle's works!


Have a lovely Easter or Spring welcoming weekend! Julia will be getting a basket filled with jelly beans, chocolate eggs, a few small trinkets, and two books, because......why get one book when you can get two.

13 comments:

  1. Escape to the Country is my favorite soothing show!

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    1. oh we are OBSESSED! even the child! she asks for it when she comes home from school :)

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  2. Thank you for all the links! Tasha Tudor books are great! Thank you for all the links! I will surely check them out. I have been wondering what next show we should place on our Netflix list. I love when people share about links like these. Again, thanks and Happy Easter.

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    1. Happy Easter to you! My Friday posts are basically all things that I have yet to pin to Pinterest ha ha - after I make the post, then I pin the links :) I'm glad some blog readers like you enjoy them as well!

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  3. My husband asked me the other day, "What should we set our maximum number of books in the house at?". After hyperventilating for a few minutes I asked him if the house was near to collapsing. When he admitted it was not I said, "We aren't close to the maximum then." One CANNOT have too many books, just storage problems. 😊

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    1. That's so TRUE! Storage problems, not book problems! Omigolly it never occurred to me to actually count how many there are ha ha! We're kind of reaching max book shelf space usage - we either need to put in some more, or purge the herd!

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  4. Hi Melissa! Escape to the Country is one of my favorite shows! You can find even more episodes on youtube. And Tasha Tudor's illustrations are so lovingly done. A Time to Keep is a beautiful book - I have two copies. I'm going to have to try the chocolate cake recipe, looks yummy! Enjoy your Easter :)

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    1. Oh I'm so happy you love it too! Watched another episode this past weekend. We just love it so much! I hope you had a lovely Easter as well - I'm glad it's over so I can put my jelly bean eating mania to rest.....glad Easter is only once a year! SO MUCH CANDY ha ha

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  5. once again I have enjoyed your post! I just got this The Leonardo Da Vinci Puzzle Codex book from Amazon. Thought you might enjoy it too.

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    1. Susan! that books looks so cool and interesting!!!! Thanks for tip - I think I might pick that one up for my husband's birthday coming soon. So glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  6. Now I'm curious about the show Escape to the Country! It sounds fantastic... like House Hunters in England! What could be better?? I'm off to check it out!!

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  7. I picked up two other puzzle books Knights of the Round Table and Puzzles in Wonderland

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