Friday, March 16, 2012
My blisscoveries this week:
That those hardcover books with cheesy (or no) book jackets can be made lively again. I spirited these titles away from the book trading shelf in our communal laundry room. This is possibly the easiest, cheapest, quickest paper project ever. Trace the existing book jacket (or lay the book open and trace that; make sure to leave a few extra inches on each end for the flaps) on a piece of lovely handmade or patterned paper. Cut, wrap it around the book, affix a handlettered or typed label on the spine, and lo! You have blisscovered books that look like little presents. I can't wait to get the rest of my books out of storage so I can have at 'em :))
Daylight savings time, after recovering from the first few days of feeling hung over from the change.
Realizing that some things should be left alone. Someone pointed out that my salvaged travel trunks were "lovely as they are" and after thinking about it for a while, I agreed. I have to finish the un-fun part of de-"ewwwww"-ing the insides, and "spraying for leetle vermin" as Cathy suggested. Nasty old paper has to be scraped out, and the interior sealed to vanquish the stink. Otherwise, the outsides will be left in vintage tatters, and the color will come from my stacks of blisscovered books.
I got the kids a tiny tent at IKEA. They delight in it. I delight in them delighting in it. Sometimes I go in too.
Stack the States and Stack the Countries apps. Recommendations from a fellow kindergarten mom. Educational, fun, and wholly addictive. Watch Mississippi and New York make googly eyes at each other; it won't happen anywhere else, I imagine :)
March Madness. I don't find much crossover companionship between the worlds of art and basketball, so my commentary on it usually goes unanswered, but I do love filling out my brackets, predicting upsets, cheering for my alma maters, watching my picks go up in smoke and reconnecting with old friends in my grad school pool. It makes the rainy month of March worthwhile.
Go see Liv for more little bliss lists!