Friday Five: A few of my favorite things

Friday Five Inspired by the Fancy Friday feature organized by the great gals at LoveFeast, this week’s Friday Five ventures out of the studio and explores my favorite things. As always, you can click on the photo to see a larger version of it.

My favorite things: Handmade Book
One of my closest friends is a book conservator which, in turn, has given her the skills to make kick-ass handmade books. This is one of the beautiful books she’s gifted to me.

My favorite things: Ephemera drawers
I have a love for ephemera, for odds and ends, and, when these objects follow me home, they invariably end up in these metal slide organizers where they wait to inspire a bit of artwork or a journal page. Not much of what I collect/organize gets attractive containers like this (I see so many studios with glass jars, but I think my cats would enjoy redecorating with those too much!), so I’m extra appreciative of the aesthetic appeal of the old slide organizers.

My favorite things: Bracelet from my mother
What would you give someone you loved if it might be the last gift you gave to them? My mother chose this silver bracelet with the inscription “BLESS THIS WOMAN” inside to give to me for my 28th birthday. She died 292 days later. If I could, I’d wear this bracelet every day but, unfortunately, it has a bit of a weak spot/crack and now I worry that the whole thing could fall apart.

My favorite things: Pressed Pennies
I don’t allow myself many collections, but I do gather these pressed pennies on my various travels and adventures. They seem like some a piece of Americana, I was quite surprised to also find them in Europe and, as a result, have pennies from the London Dungeon and Dublin Zoo among the collection. I also have a a coin I hammered myself at the Jorvik Viking Centre!

My favorite things: Books
The other collection I must own up to: books. We have bookshelves of art books, of cooking books, of gaming books and, of course, fiction and other types of nonfiction. I regularly try to whittle down, but have to acknowledge my short comings every time we move, people express shock at the number of boxes labeled “BOOKS—HEAVY!!”

Thanks for reading!

Published in books, friday5 on Friday, January 14, 2011


  1. Monday, January 31, 2011, at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m a collector of books too. I do not look forward to packing and moving then the next time we move!

  2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Your blog is so gorgeous! What a fantastic artist you are. You are also an artist with words. The post about your Mom tugs at me the way I recall from Vox days. I hope you can somehow mend the bracelet with solder and silver and love.

    Cheerio and so happy you’re out there. I eat an avocado and think of you ;)


  3. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Okay, so I stopped by to visit. What have you been up to? Been doing art lately? Why did you quit blogging? I know for me, life gets in the way. Come on back, I encourage you to join my creative challenge, just for fun. No fear!

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