Posts Tagged ‘books’

….we think are just grand!

Button Sugar Cookies

Sew sweet!

Button Sugar Cookies {Group Recipes}

via {The Blah, Blah, Blahg}

Bonobos Shorts

I can spot my husband anywhere!

{Bonobos Shorts}

Oly Bubble VasesOh, so  orange!

{Oly Studio}

Thread Social BeltIt’s a cinch!  Satin & canvas bow belt from Thread Social.

Trina Turk Pillows

Punchy patterns from Trina Turk

Mary Norton Clutch

A girl can dream!

{Mary Norton Roberta Clutch}

Camilla akrans photography

The stunning work of photographer Camilla Akrans – go see for yourself.

The Alchemist

A fabulous book you can read over and over again.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


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These birdhouses are brilliant!  Each one is entirely hand crafted using discarded library books.  The roof for each features an actual copy of:  Peterson’s Field Guide, Butterflies and Moths Guide or Collected Fairy Tales.

And look at those clever perches…

via {Kate’s Paperie}

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Yes, I’m a lucky girl!  I have so much in my life to be thankful for – most importantly – my family, my faith and my friends.

I thought creating a weekly post to capture some of the other “everyday luxuries” that I am so fortunate to enjoy would be nice.  Please understand that this post is not a celebration of materials goods, but rather an appreciation of the things in life  that give us enjoyment, put a smile on our face, make our life easier or stir a fond memory.

So, a few little things I am thankful for….

anichini-sheetsThe most thoughtful anniversary gift from my husband

{Anichini Sheets}


Shopping with my daughter for her First Communion Dress!

{Joan Calabrese}


Reading a good book! Controversial – maybe. Well written – definitely.

{Loving Frank by Nancy Horan}

etsy-ray-radiganSeeing my first official sign of spring!

{American Robin by Ray Radigan}

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Artist and designer, Rufus Butler Seder has not only captured the imagination of children, but also the New York Times Best Sellers list, with his book “Gallop!

Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals to life with art that literally moves (click on the image above to see the horse in motion).

The book shows a horse in full gallop, a turtle swimming up the page, a dog running, a cat that springs, an eagle soaring and a butterfly who flutters.  The movements of the animals are so life-like, you and your children will find them quite mesmerizing.

A wonderful book for the young and young at heart.  Available here. enjoy hh

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My daughter received a wonderful puzzle for her recent birthday, The Dance Class by Edgar Degas. As soon as she saw the picture, she exclaimed, “Oh, I know who painted this, I have a book with the other dance pictures.”

As a mother, I did feel a slight surge of pride when my 6 year old recognized this “masterpiece” and the artist’s other body of work. I also remembered well the book my daughter was referencing, a fabulous board book with the most melodic text – Dancing with Degas by Chronicle Books. This book and another in the series, A Picnic With Monet, were read to my daughters so often, that I can still recite each from memory.

Authored by Julie Merberg (currently the president of Downtown Bookworks Inc.) and Suzanne Bober (an avid art collector), these imaginative and playful books are sure to become some of the most well read in your child or grandchild’s collection.

The Mini Masters Boxed Set would make an excellent shower or new baby gift. Featuring the work of Degas, Monet, Matisse and Van Gogh, this 4 book collection will provide a wonderful introduction to a world of beautiful art. This extensive series of books also includes the art of Seurat, Cassatt, Picasso, Gauguin, Rousseau and Renior. Start your adventure today. Enjoy HH

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