Recommended Reads: Winter's Tales by Isak Dinesen

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Winter Tales by Isak Dinesen

Today is the Winter Solstice and what could possibly be more appropriate than a great book recommendation to read indoors on the shortest day of the year. I'm so excited to share this wonderful recommendation by Stephanie of even*cleveland, one of my favorite daily reads. Stephanie's blog is an impeccably curated selection of art, literature, and imaginary outfits. I feel like my intelligence jumps a level or two along with each visit. So without further ado:

Hello there. This is Stephanie of even*cleveland. My recommended read for these darkening midwinter nights is Isak Dinesen's Winter's Tales.

Being a reader is a bittersweet thing - when you begin, you embark into the world of story wide-eyed and fresh. Everything is new and seems limitless. But gradually, the terrain becomes familiar, and that feeling of exhilarated surrender to something powerful, foreign and strange becomes rarer and rarer. These splintery little fairy tales recapture that magic for me. Dinesen is better known for Out of Africa (and justly - it's near perfect) but these odd little stories, rigid with magic and relentless fate, deserve reading. Like all the best fairy tales, they are ruthless and surprising, and just edged with the supernatural. They often don't begin or end where you expect they will, and the magic, while there, feels weirdly ordinary. You can't help half-believing them. Eudora Welty said that these stories 'come toward one like the flashes and signal-beams from a lighthouse on a strange and infrequently sighted coast - a coast beautiful and precarious, for it may be the last outreach of magic, but resting on bedrock.' It's an apt description - reading them, you feel you get a glance into a world that lies aslant our own, where people live and die with broken hearts, old women turn into falcons, and lovers are lost on ice floes.

Thank you, Erica, for asking me to do this!

Thank you so much, Stephanie! I've already started to read my copy from the library.

Knitbits and The Good Neighbour

Friday, 17 December 2010

Good Neighbour

I was so thrilled to wake up this morning to see my Triangle Loop pattern featured in the Berroco KnitBits e-newsletter. It is feature along with some amazing patterns I want to knit up soon.
Thank you Cirilia Rose!

The Good Neighbour

I love finding nice and cozy coffee shops.
The Good Neighbour in the Junction/High Park area is one of the best. The pain au chocolat was so good, I don't even think I offered J one bite. He was much kinder and offered me a taste of his scone and danish. Delicious!

The Good Neighbour

I spotted a Smythe for HBC coat out the window and had to take a picture.
Lucky girl!

The Good Neighbour

Red

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Red

Of all the colors to get me in the mood for Christmas, red is it. Here are some photos of red I've collected over the past month or so.

I'm happy to say that I have completed my Christmas shopping. I made a real commitment to buy either local or handmade with the exception of a few special requests. However, when I saw this funny cat with a bow tie, I couldn't resist picking up two for this guy. Won't he look dapper?

I've also become completely addicted to Pinterest, mine is here. I have six invites to Pinterest to give away, if you would like one just comment with your email and I will send one your way.

Finally, this gorgeous calendar, from Sophie of Sunken Treasure, came to me in the mail last night (so quick!). It is stunning in person. I can't wait to hang it in the new year! I also bought the Dreamcats calendar from Fieldguided Shop. I don't think you can have too many calendars, especially when they are beautiful items of art.

Red

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Coriander Girl - Fieldguided Shop Local Gift Guide

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Coriander Girl shop window.

It's been a long time, I know!
With the exception of one essay, my semester is over. I've spent the weekend relaxing and cleaning my messy apartment. It's amazing how much mess accumulated while I was busy doing schoolwork.

It's tough to know where to start again after a long break.
I'll start with my contribution to Anabela's of Fieldguided's Shop Local Gift Guides. I can be found talking about the wonderful shop Coriander Girl in the second guide, no. 10.
The first two photos are of the shop and the second two are some of the amazing arrangements that Alison, the wonderful shop owner, has made up for me.

Hope December is finding you well.
I'll be back sooner than later.
;)

Coriander Girl

Another Coriander Girl wonder

Bouquet from Coriander Girl

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