Sunday, January 29, 2012

Make and Do

Here's a photodump from a recent thrift store acquisition, one of the many many many volumes of Childcraft floating around out there. I'm always attracted to the Childcraft books, and will probably start amassing more of them soon. This particular volume is Childcraft: The How and Why Library, Volume 11: Make and Do, published in 1975. This book is crammed with amazing illustrations in many distinct styles, I had to share some of my favorites:

(Jesus, Becky - what did you put in the fondant?!)

(Timmy here looks like he's feeling a bit peckish...)

(I like to imagine that if this little guy had a word bubble, he would be saying, "Hi there! I made a FUCKING SUBMARINE.")

(My life)

By the way, sorry that these are all pictures of pictures... I guess if I'm going to be showcasing a lot of books on here, I might want to look into investing in a scanner! Hmmm...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Picture a day: 01.20 - 01.27

Sorry for the lack of posts this week - sometimes my job is pretty time consuming, and this week I worked 51 hours, so I unfortunately didn't have a lot of time to post, or much to post about. That's also why a lot of my pictures from this week were taken in my room at night - after work. So, my apologies, but I will definitely try to get back on track this week! 

I've got my Heather's cross stitch hoop mostly finished, so once I get that in a final frame I'll have more pictures of that. Also, please check out January 27th's picture and admire this amazing record cover I saw at the thrift store yesterday. Can you believe that baby's never even been taken out of the plastic wrap? Seems like it'd be an instant classic...

Saturday, January 21, 2012


So, on two separate thrift trips I managed to pick up two Hallmark pop-up books, one about space and one about the dinosaurs. Get ready on a pop-up trip through tiiiiiiiiiimme!

The book is Great Dinosaurs by Jennifer Zobelein, illustrated by Dennis Anderson.

The inside cover, featuring this fearsome nondescript dinosaur.

Most of the pop-ups are just the stationary stand up kind. There are a couple flaps you pull to make the dinosaurs move, but it's nothing more exciting than dipping a head down for a drink from a pond.

The last page features this cute little museum scene, along with a generic definition of dinosaur... which, actually, seems like it should probably be in the front of the book...

Next we rocket through the space time continuum to the present day for Astronauts on the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Moon Landings, by Stanley Hendricks and illustrated by Al Muenchen. This one is a little bit more damaged than the dinosaur book, but the illustrations are way cooler.


Blast off!



Splash down!

I've really started to amass quite a collection of vintage children's books - now I just need some interesting way to showcase them, because currently they just get tucked in with all of our other books and lost amongst the shuffle. I'm not entirely sure why I've begun collecting them - I just love all the illustrations, I guess!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New hoops!

So here's a couple of hoops I finished on my long weekend...

This Chewbacca hoop can be seen in drawing form on January 8.

I tried to branch out of my normal backstitch-only, experimenting with different amounts of thread as well as split stitches and french knots (which I still hate).

This one is based on an image I saw on Tumblr, but sadly can no longer find the original image to credit the creator. If anyone happens to know where this is from, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.

All those little letters were hard to stitch! Despite how often my embroideries include words, I kind of hate stitching letters. I'm constantly torn between my stitching preferences and my love of captioning all things.

Currently on the hoops, I have a Heathers quote cross-stitch going (I just watched it again on Saturday... so many good lines in that movie) and then after that I think I may work on this Jurassic Park piece I sketched up the other day. I think I need to emphasize Goldblum's nose a little bit more, but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with the concept. Also, I'm actually drawing in a sketchbook, as opposed to previous habits of hoarding sketchbooks but drawing on scraps of paper that I then use. It's a big day for me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Now playing: 01.17.2012


Yesterday, I made a creamy white bean soup. I originally started with this recipe in mind, because Eric is was out of town this weekend and, while most of the food I post on here is vegetarian or vegan because Eric is vegetarian, I'm not actually a vegetarian and still eat meat on occasion. But then I felt weird about adding the bacon because processed meats are really bad for you, and then I looked at the turkey bacon but when I saw the first ingredient was "mechanically separated turkey," I just decided to nix the whole bacon thing. And then I just kept it vegetarian, so I used vegetable broth. And then I couldn't find fresh thyme, but I could get rosemary. So really I took the original idea and changed it to a quite different but still tasty soup.


I finally finished George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings and needed a bit of a break (is it me, or did I just read an incredibly long book that has nothing really happening?), so I've been switching on and off between a collection of short stories and comics. The short stories book is St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell. I picked this book up at the thrift store recently, and I must be honest, I judged it entirely on its cover. I love the image of the little girl dancing on the wolf. I've only read the first story so far, and it's interesting. Underneath is The Best American Comics collection of 2007, edited by Chris Ware, which was a gift from my sister for Christmas. It's okay - I generally find these collections to be pretty hit or miss. I feel like there are a couple pieces that really stand out - for instance in this one, there's an excerpt from Fun Home by Alison Bechdel that I particularly like - and then there's a bunch of things that are just sort of misses - too weird, generally.


I've been really into this little song that closes Saintseneca's newest album, Last. Saintseneca is a band from Columbus that I really really enjoy - I first saw them a few years ago when I went to a Ghost Mice show with my roommate - I don't really care for Ghost Mice, but Saintseneca blew me away. A couple of times since then I've had the honor of playing a few shows with them, and they're all terribly nice. But yeah, I super like this song - I've got a thing for big swelling harmonies, what can I say.

What are you reading/eating/listening to?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Picture a day: 01.07-01.13

Despite my determination, I already missed a day. I didn't have my camera with me on the 9th and my phone battery was too low all day for the camera to work. Oh well. Wabi sabi?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thrift Score: Vol IV

Lately each time I've gone thrifting I haven't found more than a thing or two each time, so here's a collection of some of my recent favorites:

I love this cat stool! Check out the tail!! Plus, now I can actually reach things in my kitchen!

I also spotted this Dune board game!

It's in awesome shape, and I'm pretty sure all the pieces are still there. At least the important ones:

"Oh hey, sup, Paul?"

"Not much, Sting. Thinkin' of doing some spice and heading over to the Black Lodge."

Star Wars pint glass? Yes please!

And, the best by far, this little football player! I wasn't sure if he worked but he was worth it just for looks, but upon putting in batteries, we discovered that he wiggles his hips and sings a full recording of "Are You Ready For Some Football?" It is really, really funny. I'm going to give him to my father as an addition to his Steelers Cave at my parents' house.

Have you found anything good lately?