could there be a
cooler gift?

have suitcase, will travel

stripes do make everything better

you can still scoop up gifts online
christina weber of studiopatro creates
these brilliant tea towels, and it's pretty
clear that they can be highly recommended
for any occasion. click here for more from
studiopatro, and here for links to the market.


could there be a
better box to put
under the tree?

merry christmas giving

prints from

the merry christmas games





Every day you may make progress.
Every step may be fruitful. Yet
there will stretch out before you
an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending,
ever-improving path. You know you
will never get to the end of the journey.
But this, so far from discouraging,
only adds to the joy and the glory of the climb.

winston churchill



so we very quickly learned to be absolutely quiet about it

"Since people didn't deal with children and things like that,
it would have been considered a nonsubject or a silly one.
And at the time, when we said we studied nursery rhymes,
we were considered an oddity. So we very quickly learned
to keep absolutely quiet about it. Also, had we been to
university, we would have realized that everybody knew
so much, but because we didn't know what was and wasn't
permissible and possible, we just went forward. (Iona
learned German and Italian in order to work on our books.)
And, equally, we were not only enthusiastic but also self-
critical; we went on criticizing ourselves until we felt that
there couldn't be much wrong with what we were doing."

m. goose 1691, rare book buyer
alphabet, sc libraries
& street football, gubog



"...it's a daily task:
Focus on the good and the things you can change/improve in your life.
Appreciate what you have and surround yourself with good people.
Live in the moment."

via two favorites (together):

photo via another favorite:
little augury (whom i believe lives by the motto above)

+ another bday shout-out to my beloved [favorite] sister,
who's taught me worlds about these very concepts. xox.