what to leave in

mark this as a place where one spark landed

it is because of alexandra that, i suppose, i actually have a blog.

shortly after meeting her (we have, luckily enough, several mutual
friends- all of them utterly marvelous folk) i found her blog.

shortly after finding her blog i taught an art class and thought it
would be fun to track our projects on blogger (that lasted about
8 weeks; this one has lasted a bit longer). shortly after all of that
i thought a blog about children's books would be a fine idea.

now, some years later, i often wander back to alexandra's work and
find, in it and always, the reason her vision lit the spark that led to-

well, led to something else altogether (for me). it is with certainty
that i say that her clear and beautiful eye- and her ability to share
her gifts with the rest of the world- will continue to add light. and
that light grows always brighter, just as good & generous sparks do.

art: alexandra boiger


why, yes,


happy once, happy twice (happy chicken soup with rice)

these sell so quickly they
are often out of stock; so,
as a public service, it seemed
important to let you know
that they are- for the
moment- in store.

please note, dear chicken soup fans,
one very cool grammy- & aunt: here
(thanks for holding the book, barry)


natural resource

walking into unikat ein laden is spellbinding;
the craft work is exquisite, and there is an air
of joy- a charm and levity and care that makes
each item in the store seem as though you will surely
need it (or one just like it) in the very near future.

fruit & vegetables: weimar farmer's market

photos: vt


home vdj


liane has a lyrical touch- her choices are tasteful and well-made and
never ever over-the-top; i ordered a small pillow from her a bit ago,
and when it arrived it smelled like forest and heaven all at one time.

the photos are of things in her shop, and i would happily send off for
all of them- so, instead of splurging, i thought i'd share my list with
you, thinking you'd want to see yourself. enhabiten, via remodelista.

thank you, liane.
all photos: enhabiten

the warmth of the fireplace, walnuts, the smoke from birch wood

In spite of its name, oakmoss is not a moss but a lichen, growing on the bark of deciduous and coniferous trees. It was used in perfumery as early as the 16th century. Baskets filled with it have been found in the ancient royal tombs of Egypt / [with] the special odour notes associated with the warmth of the fireplace, walnuts, the smoke from birch wood / oakmoss is used in countless perfumes of the fougère and chypre type; it is evident in the dry-out notes of the marvellous Kouros [Yves Saint Laurent 1981].

photos: vt