Puffin in Bloom

Until a few years ago I’d never heard of Rifle Paper Co, much less their creative director Anna Bond whose the leading force behind these beautifully illustrated books. Since then a good friend of mine and way talented artist turned me towards their beautiful stationary, calendars, books, and other things that will slowly steal your paycheck. Oh Rifle Paper Co, thank you for all the beautiful things you’ve created – I appreciate it greatly!

In a partnership with Puffin several children’s classics have been redesigned in typical Rifle Paper Co fashion. They’re cheerful hardcovers which double as artwork and are some of the best book-cover collaborations I’ve seen.

The illustrations feel light hearted as if they belong in a book originally intended for children without being pedantic. It’s a cross over between books for children and books for adults which works perfectly!

I’ll be honest, this checks all the boxes for me! If you ever feel like sending me a gift, this is it (just, please not Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland… I already have that one).

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The Day the Crayons Came Home

The Day the Crayons Came HomeAnother fun Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers! This time Duncan’s crayons are off on their adventures and send home postcards detailing where they were lost or forgotten.

As someone who has sent a lot of postcards and received almost as many, I really loved flipping through each of these creative postcards documenting the crayons and where they’ve been. I loved seeing Jeffers’ creative ways to convey each crayon’s story, especially the glow in the dark spread (spoilers!) and the courageous Pea Green (aka Esteban)’s many post cards from exotic but misplaced locals.

All in all, a very fun picture book!

Out of Print

Even at a glance it’s obvious that I love books! I love to read and rarely leave my house without at least 1 book – it becomes a little tricky when traveling, on this trip to Europe I brought 4 paperback books as well as my e-reader spread out between my pursue and backpack.

As part of my clear obsession with books I love book paraphernalia and my go-to place for literary apparel is Out of Print. They carry things from t-shirts, leggings, canvas bags, socks, wallets, and so many other odd things you never knew you needed until you saw them!

A good chunk of my closet comes from this site and I always smile when I use my Edgar Allen Poe-ka Dot pencil bag. Something I didn’t initially realize but for each item they sell they donate a book to Books for Africa so more parts of the world have access to books and reading! It makes me feel a little better when I spend copious amounts of money on their Steinbeck or a Literary Terms shirt.

Emily Dickinson

I’m sure some of you guys are aware the April is National Poetry Month!  I haven’t been exposed to a wide variety of poetry but I enjoy what I’ve read.  For the rest of the month I decided to share some of my favorite poets and poetry here, starting with Emily Dickinson.

When I think about Dickinson I picture the quintessential introvert artist.  A very brief re-cap of her life: she was born to a decently well-off family in the early 1800s and was described as a “perfectly well and contented” child.  Eventually Dickinson went to study at an Academy before leaving to return to her family’s home and take care of her dying father, from then on death seemed to follow her (heavily reflected in her poetry).  As she continued further into adult her, she became increasingly secluded from outside life devoting herself to her close friends, family, and her garden (also a major theme in her poetry).

None of her poems were published in her life-time – instead her younger sister published them posthumously which is one of the reasons most of her poems’  titles are often the first line of the poem, Dickinson rarely ever named her poems.

That’s an incredibly brief and simplified history of Emily Dickinson – I encourage everyone to research her life and history more if they haven’t already!  Also, please appreciate that the amount of dashes used in a single 4 stanza poem – I wouldn’t be surprised if my love of dashes is somehow linked to my love of Dickinson.

Swimming Cities of Serenissima

I sometimes get these cravings to drop everything and go off wandering – live an adventure – I don’t partly because I’m afraid and partly because I love the life I’ve been given.  Still, when I see these photos (taken by artist Tod Seelie) I entertain the idea of selling everything and heading for open water.  Now, behold the Swimming Cities of Serenissima as they floating around the world (these guys made it down the Mississippi and over to Venice!):

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