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In Photos: Our Valentine’s Soirée

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Little Touches of Christmas

presents4 Hand painted paper. . . with love notes.

 

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presents1 A Tetrahedron. Take a wild guess who wrapped that present.

 

lettherebepeace1Chalkboard paint works on mirrors

 

nativity2 Nativity scene

 

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christmaspie2 A Christmas tradition: Chocolate pie. Yum!

 

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christmascandy1Christmas chocolates from our stockings. Which are actually felt mittens.

 

rosewatercoffee1 Rosewater Turkish Coffee  

A Whale of a Good Time

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Stunning print by Michele Maule. You can find it here.

 

I have thing for whales. Big Fish. I’m not sure why, though I do think immersing myself for months in the text of Jonah during graduate school probably played a role. The whole Jonah metaphor figures big in my life. . . but that is a different story.

And while I don’t actually collect “whale” things in real life. . . (Pretty sure that would trigger a hoarding impulse in me —  “Oh, so you really like whales!”) I find myself pinning and hearting whale things often. It’s not exactly an addiction or anything.  Just a minor obsession. 

 

whaleadatineHow amazing is this whale? I need this, right? Fabulously created by Adatine. You can find it here. 

 

And at the risk of provoking the ire of all my literarily minded friends: this is EXACTLY what you should be doing with Melville. . .

 

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The House of Ismay rocking all things literary.

 

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And sometimes, I buy tiny little jumpers in tiny little whale prints and send them to tiny little babies.  ♥

Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter (our niece and grand-niece) 

An Auspicious Beginning

Meet Barbara Kellie — I’m already in love. 

Our baby niece is already a month old, but I woke up this morning to an email from my adorable SIL. She’d sent me this photo of Miss Bee in the jumper I sent her (it says Auntie’s Girl**) and it felt like an auspicious start to a New Year. New Beginnings are a good thing. 

I’m already in love. We’ve been a bit too sick to visit. We traisped into Portland for Geo’s 16th birthday, but my SIL was under the weather and we didn’t want to impose. So, for now I’m making do with snap-shots via the phone and am hopeful to get my lens on this adorable wee one soon. Oh yeah, and hold and cuddle and tell her I adore her in person. Maybe for my birthday! 

I’m still working on my “new beginning” for this blog and my creative life. I’m trying to stay focused and yet open. And I think I’ll keep my eyes on this sweet baby–the right kind of inspiration. No?

And how about you? Did your New Year have an auspicious start? 

**Proud Uncle IZ would like me to point out, that while it says “Auntie’s Girl”, he’s the one who spotted it in the store. Love him.