Archive for August, 2012

Last weekend my BFF-and-fellow-typography-nerd Beth and I went to the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown (incidentally where my dad has worked for years as an old-building restorer and general Pete-of-all-trades) for their Letterpress Weekend. The Farmer’s Museum is a living-history museum, set up like a farming village from the 1840s. There are some houses and barns, a church, a tavern, a general store, a newspaper and printing office, an apothecary, and so on and so forth. And animals, obviously.

Also, a giant carousel honoring the Great State of New York.

Oh, and a giant stone statue guy someone used in an elaborate hoax before the internet was a thing. Just go read the website, ok?

Now, I’ve heard that there were demonstrations and speakers and whatnot in the printing office, but, by the time we got there at 3 pm on Sunday, all that had pretty much wrapped up. But we got to fondle some Garamond and stroke some cotton paper, so we were happy.

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “E”.


And by the letter “g”.


And by the letter “A” (in Caslon, in case you were wondering).


The Garamond typeface was developed by Claude Garamond in the 1540s. We all know I like ’em old.


That’s Beth!


That’s me!




old book porn

setting type

This lovely was quite friendly, and I contemplated bringing him home, but he didn’t relish trying to get into the back of my Honda Fit.




Don’t ask me why these woolies were pressed up against a fence together when there were perfectly good shade trees all over the pen.

snuggling sheep

I’ve always thought Barred Rock chickens were the prettiest chickens.


Maaaaay we help you?

sheeps again

This little goatlet was super adorable, even with its creepy, square eyes.

bebe goat

And, right before my camera battery died, I got one decent shot of the carousel. I’m not sure what’s up with the bear devouring the American flag, honestly.
Terrorist bear.



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I’ve been making lots of house plans lately. I should be actually implementing those plans, but it’s far more fun to spend hours on Pinterest than it is to build bookshelves, in my humble opinion. We’re making progress on the library, but it’s far from finished, so I’m not posting pictures yet.

I’m working on a layout plan for our kitchen using MyDeco.com and dreaming of paint colors and cabinet styles on Pinterest (you can see my ideas here, if you care to) which is tons of fun, but we’re not going to be able to afford a total kitchen overhaul for another couple of years, so all I can do is dream right now. And try to cook in a way that doesn’t cause my oven to belch acrid smoke all over the house. It may be time to clean it.

A room that I CAN see redecorating in the near future, however, is my office. I’m beginning to ramp up my efforts to attract more clients to my baby graphic design business, so I just created an Etsy shop and a website, of sorts. The Etsy shop only has one item for sale at the moment, but when I can only design awesome stationery and compile images for my website at my ACTUAL office, after hours (thanks, boss!), things take a while to grow. But I have one client right now and nowhere to assemble her wedding invitations or print samples, so I’m feeling the need to get my office situated. You may recall the extremely pink room in which we put together the bathroom sink. It has pink wallpaper and pink shag carpet, under which lies black and green linoleum tiles. It is a special place, and one day it will be my office. Since it will be mine and Lobsterface won’t have to look at it on a daily basis, I get to do whatever I want with it. I toyed with the idea of painting it even brighter pink and stenciling a pink-and-orange paisley pattern on the floor just because I can. But, in reality, I need a space that I can feel calm and clear-headed and not want to leave every two minutes. I’ve been looking around for inspiration, and I’ve been finding TONS of ideas for really gorgeous offices, but nothing that felt like it was really me.

I’ve long struggled with the notion that I need to have a weird, quirky, off-the wall style because, among many of my social groups, I’m the “weird one”, the “artsy one”, or the “ooh, I bet AJ would LOVE this giant necklace made out of playdough and cat’s hair, she’s so creative” one. It turns out that my outer self is pretty low-key. My inner self sometimes wonders if one can get ghost cooties if a ghost comes along and uses one’s toothbrush and one doesn’t know it and then uses the toothbrush after the ghost, but my outer self doesn’t really give that away.

I wear a lot of black and gray, I settled down fairly early with a guy from–if not my actual home town–at least the same area code. I have a dog, some cats and a mortgage and I drive a sensible, fuel-efficient car. So while I like to fancy myself the type of  person who would love to have a taxidermied boar’s head mounted on my wall…oh who are we kidding? I would LOVE a taxidermied boar’s head mounted on my wall. But it would be in an office that looked just like this.

The moment I saw it (and couldn’t stop gazing at it), I knew this was the office for me. It’s from a Before and After post on Kirsten Nieman’s blog, Restored Style, which I just found and am definitely going to read, cover-to-cover. I need an L-shaped desk, which might end up being just two long tables set perpendicular to each other around a corner, but other than that, this is just perfect. I’m very much digging the arts-and-crafts vibe of this room. And I’m in love with that chair. And the rug. And the lamp. And the cat. And it even comes with awesome “A” shaped thingamabobs. I wonder if she would just pack the whole room up and ship it to me?

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