January 16, 2019

cool stuff i like


Hello lovely friends! It's my birthday week! So of course I got these beauties for myself, like, right after Christmas. My ability to get birthday presents for myself both confounds and amazes my husband. When I discovered that one of my favorite publishers, Virago Press, had come out with new editions of some lesser known Noel Streatfeild children's novels, I had to pounce on those, and I just can't wait to read both of them. I've never read either 'Caldicott Place' or 'Apple Bough'! Hopefully I can read these with some hot chocolate and a tea cake of some sort. That to me, is HAPPINESS.

Box news! Hygge and Winter Folklore books have arrived and boxes will be packed next week, and then off into the mail they go. A reminder - to avoid disappointment, if you think you might want in on the Spring Box in April (Japanese Tea Garden theme), it's not too early to email me and place an order!

Also if you like the look of the Streatfeild books, I'm wanting to discuss really soon some vintage children's book parcels (not boxes!) I'm considering starting up, but I have to do a few test drives first and figure out some mail prices and whatnot.

I'll be making a chocolate orange cake for my birthday, and I'll take pix and make a post with the recipe if it turns out to be all that I hope it will be. I had a chocolate orange wedding cake - it's one of my favorite flavor combinations. Oh and I've been mentioning over and over and over on my Instagram that I'm having a huge Susan Branch renaissance - I'll be doing a whole post on her really soon. I LOVE YOU SUSAN. Several years ago I did a blog post about her, I can't recall what I wrote about, maybe her Summer book? but she tweeted about me on her Twitter and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.


COOL STUFF of interest I found recently:

Will you be trying to see the Blood Wolf Moon this weekend?

I think this banana bread would perk up a winter week.

This tree trunk Little Free Library is the coolest I have EVER seen. Thanks Laura for showing this to me!

I'LL BE MAKING ALL OF THESE SOUPS. All of them.

HOW DID I NOT KNOW about this 'His Dark Materials' news????

This is a fantastic article on dealing with dry skin issues.

Swedish home gazing. Again.

Speaking of soup.....

Yeah I'm going to go ahead and talk about Valentine's Day ~ specifically, this Tasha Tudor cake.

Let's all be sad together.


Cool Book of the Week: I have nearly every color fairy book that Andrew Lang ever wrote. And they are so beat up, it's time that I replace them, one by one. What I don't have is this awesome hardbound edition, 'Fairy Tales from Around the World' that just looks super gorgeous. Andrew Lang edited and compiled the best of the best fairy tales, and I read his fairy tale books obsessively when I was a child. This would make for a MAGNIFICENT birthday present for a fairy tale lover!


How is January treating you thus far? We kept our tree up later than we have ever ever ever done in our lives. We just took it down this past Monday. Hey - those of you who enjoy celebrating the Lunar New Year - it's early this year! Tuesday February 5. I'm a planner. Speaking of planning (sort of) - I want to start a BULLET JOURNAL. How do I do it? Do you have any websites or materials that you want me to look at?? I'm going to use lots of washi tape and stickers. I'm VERY excited. I don't know exactly how to start though.

~Melissa


10 comments:

  1. I am all over the Vintage Children's book parcels!! Can't wait to hear more!!

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    1. awesome! vintage children's books are my great book love in life.

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  2. I love your Cool stuff posts and your blog. You might enjoy checking out Samantha Dion Baker’s Draw Your Day, it really complements Susan Branch’s Isle of Dreams. I’ve noticed people are sketching a lot in their bullet journals and sharing on Instagram. Have you read Susan’s A Fine Romance yet? The whole trilogy is brilliant. Your book boxes are brilliant as well. Thanks, Tami

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    1. I just got A Fine Romance for my birthday!!! I'm so excited! I'm reading them out of order ha ha, middle, end and then I'll read the first one. THANK YOU for the Samantha Dion suggestion, I'll definitely check that out. I have seen some MASTERPIECES of bullet journaling on Instagram, oh my goodness. Mine won't be like that. I can't sketch or draw! But I love the idea anyway! Thank you Tami, xoxo.

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  3. I went on a huge Streatfeild binge years ago, I used the Interlibrary Loan that my library offered to get books they didn't have. My problem? It's been so long I don't remember the ones I've read. I do love her writing so much-that I do remember!!

    I'm so happy so many of these older books are being republished. Like D.E. Stevenson, such a favorite of mine-and I used to search for her books at garage and used book sales. They were so hard to find, but now they are being republished, and it it wonderful to have these books in my personal library!

    A very Happy Birthday week to you!! I also pick out my own gifts, my husband loves that. I tell him what to get me, and he is only too happy not to have to try and read my mind. A win for both of us!

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    1. Thank you dearest Maureen! I've seen the new editions of the D.E. Stevenson books, and I've never read any, so I'm very excited to explore those this year. I re-read my Noel collection every couple of years or so. I've realized that I'm really in a rut - I re-read the same favorite 5-10 books over and over and over. That's a bit silly I've realized. My goal for this year is to really branch out and get some reading of new things done!

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  4. Hello lovely, these look magical! Just spotted you on the comments at DS :) xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Jeska! I hope this year is filled with joy for you!

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  5. Hi Melissa. I am using a filofax binder for my bullet journal - this way I can easily move things around and keep things from year to year that I need. I used a bound book in the past but never allowed enough room for each section. Have fun - my kids call this bullet journal "my brain" because important thoughts are gathered in it.

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    1. Oh how clever! That's a wonderful idea! I think I either need to do something like that, or have multiple journals, which seems like a pain.

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