Saturday, September 12, 2009

one for the portrait collection


As you know, I'm against online auctions.  However, when Steve showed me this portrait of Maria Callas on Goodwill's auction site, I told him I had to have it, no matter what.  I loved it at first sight (Amy Butler says nothing comes home with her unless she loves loves loves it, and I've adopted that too - this portrait? = loves times three italicized).  Originally commissioned for a small opera house on the West Coast, its starting bid of $5 quickly turned into a pretty penny, however...I was happy to increase, increase, increase the bid.

Now, let's delight in the lip detail:


Monday, September 7, 2009

$1.29 x 3

It's Labor Day and the library is closed! And so are my favorite thrifting spots! Oh snap!

I picked up three of these darling little apple dishes at Goodwill last weekend - putting my low-budget librarian skills to work, I googled the maker and found that they're lazy Susan dishes by Hoenig of California. They are stunners. I think these'll end up filled with peppermints, or apple crisp and vanilla ice cream, whaddya say.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

a quick word on desks

I like when desks aren't in offices - when they're near pianos, uncluttered and decorated with fresh flowers.  The whole scene makes me want to stop what I'm doing right now and hand write a letter or two.

[image scanned from Metropolitan Home]

Friday, September 4, 2009


I have a soft spot for paint-by-numbers. And these ones were done nicely and they're old. Which is a plus.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

book to check out someday...

While I do work in the business of recommending books, this happens to be one I've been meaning to check out...I do love handwriting.