Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Love the warm autumnal tones of this fruit still life by photographer Anna Williams. So beautiful.


This week's links. Enjoy.

91 Magazine
Have a look at the UK's latest online publication — 91 Magazine. A new quarterly geared towards the vintage style and craft lover, it's produced by Caroline Taylor of the fab Patchwork Harmony blog and features articles on homes, style, vintage, shopping and crafts. Make yourself some tea and settle down for a lovely read.

The Gawper: An Animated Homage to Classic Horror Flicks
Cute black and white animated short, just in time for Hallowe'en.

Skin Deep: The Fall of Fur
Fascinating social history. Once the epitome of glamour, with a mink coat as the ultimate luxury, by the late 1960s wearing fur in the U.K. was on the decline — though surprisingly not so much due to animal rights as to central heating and the new fashions of the swinging sixties. Via The Browser.

UFO? Bird's Nest? No, a Tree Hotel!

Check out the unusual and eco-friendly room options at this Swedish hotel in the woods near the village of Hrads, population 600.

Is This the Future of Punctuation!?
Via the Wall Street Journal — on the misuse of apostrophes and our increasingly rhetorical language.

A Forgotten Harold Pinter Sketch Rediscovered
A lost 1960 sketch by playwright Harold Pinter, written for a revue and performed once, has been rediscovered — the Guardian reprints it here. Early but still classic (pause) Pinter.

How the Potato Changed the World
Fascinating history of the humble spud, which traveled to Europe from the Andes via the Spanish and thus changed the course of history. Via The Browser.

Hallowe'en Entertaining

Planning on having a Hallowe'en party this weekend? Forget about store bought candy and check out this great roundup of grown up drinks and finger foods from Saveur.

(image via spooky home — still tracking down the photo credit)

Sponsor Spotlight

Charmaine of the wonderful Lobo Luxe just introduced a new range to the store, the delightful and super stylish work of Priya Himatsingka. Featuring stunning bangles, pendants and rings in sterling silver and oxidised finishes, with bi-metal touches to add that luxe look without paying for the price of gold, these are pieces that will easily become wardrobe favourites. A perfect holiday gift for someone special — or as a lovely treat for yourself!

Liza of the delightful Small Equals is busy getting ready for the holiday season with two local craft shows and a two-month, five-day-a-week art market pop-up store — if you're in or near northern Vermont, do stop by in Burlington and Winooski to say hello! If you'd like to keep up with this and other Small Equals news and venues, you can "like" the Small Equals Facebook page — and even shop directly from the page!

And now, a special treat from Small Equals, just for Automatism readers — a holiday discount on Liza's delightful keepsake boxes! Just use discount code holiday11 at the online store checkout until Jan 1 2012 to enjoy. Happy shopping!

Exciting news from Pamela of the lovely Bates Mercantile Co — in response to many customer requests, her shop will soon be offering Printables buyers the option of either printing out the images themselves at home, or ordering them ready made on Pamela's brand new high end Epson printer, which offers archival/gallery quality results. It's the perfect solution for those who aren't necessarily tech savvy but would still love to have a Printables print like the Chevrons v. Circles one shown here. Pamela expects to have the prints available on November 4, but in the meantime do drop by the shop and check out the new note card sets!

Giveaway Winner!

The numbers have been run through the random generator, and the winner of the gorgeous They Draw and Cook book is number 13 — missielizzie! Congrats to Liz and a huge thanks too to everyone who entered!

Houzz Ideabook

My latest ideabook for is up! The theme is Autumn Colours and you can check it out here.

(photo via ferm living)
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