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{Good Read} even though I can’t read Japanese…

There are many languages on my list to learn these days. I rely heavily on Google translators daily it seems. While learning Japanese seems interesting for a number of reasons, being able to finally read the Paumes series of design books would on top of the list. It takes a special book for me to buy it even though I don’t know how to read it- but to buy three books written in a different language would take something special. When I first read about the Paumes books, I immediately went on a search for them. As a New Year’s gift to myself, I bought the, children’s rooms “Stockholm” & The Finland Family Style book. My favorite thing to do is flip through them before I go to bed. They give me extra creative dreams.  Later, for a birthday/Valentine’s Day gift to myself, I added, Paris Creative Couples to my stash.

{These photos are from my Paris Creative Couples book}
{These photos are from my Finland Family Style book}
{& these photos are from the Children’s Rooms “Stockholm”}

It seems particularly relevant to share my love for Paumes right now. Yesterday, Paumes started a charity event called “Pray for Japan” for the people suffering from disaster of the earthquake & tsunami. It’s an art exhibition in their gallery where all of the sales from the artwork will be contributed via Japanese Red Cross Society. You can view the participants & more about the exhibition here  . If you wish to donate to Japan relief, I’ve got a button on my sidebar that takes you straight to a few ways to do so- including Red Cross. 


It’s always nice to see interesting companies & talented individuals making a difference. It just makes me like them even more. 

{Good Read} even though I can’t read Japanese…

There are many languages on my list to learn these days. I rely heavily on Google translators daily it seems. While learning Japanese seems interesting for a number of reasons, being able to finally read the Paumes series of design books would on top of the list. It takes a special book for me to buy it even though I don’t know how to read it- but to buy three books written in a different language would take something special. When I first read about the Paumes books, I immediately went on a search for them. As a New Year’s gift to myself, I bought the, children’s rooms “Stockholm” & The Finland Family Style book. My favorite thing to do is flip through them before I go to bed. They give me extra creative dreams.  Later, for a birthday/Valentine’s Day gift to myself, I added, Paris Creative Couples to my stash.

{These photos are from my Paris Creative Couples book}
{These photos are from my Finland Family Style book}
{& these photos are from the Children’s Rooms “Stockholm”}

It seems particularly relevant to share my love for Paumes right now. Yesterday, Paumes started a charity event called “Pray for Japan” for the people suffering from disaster of the earthquake & tsunami. It’s an art exhibition in their gallery where all of the sales from the artwork will be contributed via Japanese Red Cross Society. You can view the participants & more about the exhibition here  . If you wish to donate to Japan relief, I’ve got a button on my sidebar that takes you straight to a few ways to do so- including Red Cross. 


It’s always nice to see interesting companies & talented individuals making a difference. It just makes me like them even more. 

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

{Good Read} Uppercase Love #8….

I’m a firm believer that a child is never too young to appreciate good design. Of course, nice books & magazines fall into that category. My UPPERCASE magazine #8 came a little over a week ago & I’ve been just itchin’ to sit down and read it cover to cover. But, as things go around here, I haven’t had a lot of time to really savor it’s brilliance. That’s when I decided that it was time to introduce Sayer to my favorite magazine. 

This kid is definitely is a chip off the ol’ block. He knows a stellar publication when he sees it. He even gravitated towards the same pages that I did. I think deep down he was just as  inspired too. 

The first thing I notice when I opened the magazine, is the picture of my bike that I took for one of my UPPERCASE love posts! I have to say, it sort of made my day. But that was just the beginning of my delight. Again, this magazine is always so timely- everything is just what I’m interested in right now. Here is a glimpse of the first 4 articles that I had a chance to read and truly enjoyed.
1. {Fine Print} Children’s books: beautiful books enjoyed by those big & small. by Frances Atikinson- pg14-15 
2. {Sketchbook} Ed Emberley’s sketchbook by Mignon Khargie page 58-62 – I actually remember vividly trying to learn to draw from the “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” when I was a kid. I may even have my old book in a box somewhere.
3. {Beginnings} How successful creatives got their start ~ Poketo by Erin Loechner page 12-13 – I found this article so inspiring & helpful.
4. {Field Trip} The Dollhouse: Artist Heather Benning creates an installation that toys with scale and memory. pg 86-89 

I have a lot more of the new UPPERCASE to explore, but I  can confidently say that both Sayer & I are intrigued & looking forward to discovering what is on the next page…
Do you have a favorite magazine that you love to share?

Play! Design for kids….

It’s here- it’s here! My copy of “PLAY! Design for Kids” just arrived  from Hamburg and I’m just over the moon. It’s so cool! 

“Play! reveals an inspiring cross-section of current projects and trends. Design for kids- worked out in play or inviting you to play along. 53 designers whose work combines concept and design with a playful sense of joy.” Elly Plass & Henning Otto, EIGA Design

I wish I could show you every page! But here is diverse peek… 

Ingela P Arrhenius/ Sweden
Jonathan Calugi/ Italy

Manuela Olten/ Germany
ninetonine/ Spain
Thomas Lupo/ Germany
Maren Bottcher/ Germany 
Farina Kuklinski/ Germany
Kristin Loffer Theiss/ USA
Yippee! Did you notice why I’m so excited? I’m just thrilled to be among this group of 53 designers chosen for “Play!”. Not to mention, I have learned about so many interesting designers in the directory at the end of the calendar. For more information about how to purchase this calendar check here & here. I’m now going to go look through this again. I think 2011 is going to be an exciting year….. 


Play! Design for kids….

It’s here- it’s here! My copy of “PLAY! Design for Kids” just arrived  from Hamburg and I’m just over the moon. It’s so cool! 

“Play! reveals an inspiring cross-section of current projects and trends. Design for kids- worked out in play or inviting you to play along. 53 designers whose work combines concept and design with a playful sense of joy.” Elly Plass & Henning Otto, EIGA Design

I wish I could show you every page! But here is diverse peek… 

Ingela P Arrhenius/ Sweden
Jonathan Calugi/ Italy

Manuela Olten/ Germany
ninetonine/ Spain
Thomas Lupo/ Germany
Maren Bottcher/ Germany 
Farina Kuklinski/ Germany
Kristin Loffer Theiss/ USA
Yippee! Did you notice why I’m so excited? I’m just thrilled to be among this group of 53 designers chosen for “Play!”. Not to mention, I have learned about so many interesting designers in the directory at the end of the calendar. For more information about how to purchase this calendar check here & here. I’m now going to go look through this again. I think 2011 is going to be an exciting year….. 


Play! Design for kids….

It’s here- it’s here! My copy of “PLAY! Design for Kids” just arrived  from Hamburg and I’m just over the moon. It’s so cool! 

“Play! reveals an inspiring cross-section of current projects and trends. Design for kids- worked out in play or inviting you to play along. 53 designers whose work combines concept and design with a playful sense of joy.” Elly Plass & Henning Otto, EIGA Design

I wish I could show you every page! But here is diverse peek… 

Ingela P Arrhenius/ Sweden
Jonathan Calugi/ Italy

Manuela Olten/ Germany
ninetonine/ Spain
Thomas Lupo/ Germany
Maren Bottcher/ Germany 
Farina Kuklinski/ Germany
Kristin Loffer Theiss/ USA
Yippee! Did you notice why I’m so excited? I’m just thrilled to be among this group of 53 designers chosen for “Play!”. Not to mention, I have learned about so many interesting designers in the directory at the end of the calendar. For more information about how to purchase this calendar check here & here. I’m now going to go look through this again. I think 2011 is going to be an exciting year…..