Abigail Cahill O'Brien

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Holiday Gift For: The Literary Design Snob

In Feathering the Nest, Flotsam on November 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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Anyway, onto the matter at hand.  Has your intended recipient read these books before?  If they are over 13 and mildly literate, then yes, they have.  But have they ever seen or felt such sumptuous hard cover designs? Doubtful!  Which makes a set of these the perfect gift for the Reader with Persnickety Aesthetics.  Best part: no ugly jackets to discard.

Designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, they were only available in the UK until recently. Now Amazon carries 8 for $13.60 each.
More pictures . . .

Target’s Engineer Boots: What Say Ye?

In Fashion on November 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm
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Mossimo's Engineer Boots in Black at Target, $49.99

Target has made a convincing knock-off of Frye’s Harness Boot at a much comfier price point.  $49.99 to be exact. The blogosphere is abuzz with rave reviews.

I tried them on yesterday.  They run a tad small; I take 8 1/2 to 9 usually and definitely needed the 9.  If I were buying them I’d buy two sizes to ensure fit (and qualify for free shipping), and then return one to the store.  For this price point, the quality of the leather and construction were impressive.

If I weren’t headed to Argentina, Land of Leather, I might be tempted.

My two cents: the black is much chic-er.  It has a motorcycle feel whereas the brown plus the squarish toe veers too close to country kitsch.  By that I mean cowboy kitsch, not horsey kitsch, which you already know I love.

What do you think?

Book Art

In Feathering the Nest on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm
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Collocation No. 14 (NATURE) Right Panel by Mickey Smith at 20x200

Here’s my take on books: I like them.

I like to tear the covers off (sorry, jacket designers), arrange them by color and generally heap them on every available surface. There’s a good chance I’ll turn into one of those people who goes built-in bookshelf crazy. From any spot in the house, close your eyes, reach out your hand, and touch a book! Claustrophobic? We’ll read up on it together.

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed book-themed artwork cropping up.  Online art gallery 20×200 carries these spine-focused photographs by Mickey Smith. This pair has rich colors, so much texture, and a tinge of sadness: the frayed journals been rendered obsolete by the digital age. Read the rest of this entry »

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Bacon: Adventures in Flavor Doctoring

In Food on November 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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Butternut squash has never been my favorite autumnal vegetable.  It’s simply too sweet and mushy and requires much too much doctoring.  The great (or terrifying, depending on your point of view) thing about a weekly CSA box is that your personal produce preferences aren’t given any credence.  So after glaring at two obstinate butternut squashes for a few days, I went in search of a recipe that would render them edible.  Using up an apple and some leeks along the way killed three birds with one stone.
Read on for recipe . . .