Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Sweet little holiday mince pies.

(photo by peter of souvlaki for the soul on flickr. via the crowd goes wild)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading
Great thoughtful essay on rereading — pros and cons. I'm a big fan of rereading myself — and as it's getting into the holiday season, I'm curling up with Dickens. What books do you like to reread?

Beauty Captured By Google Street View
A stunning photo series of extraordinarily beautiful locations all over the world, all taken by Google Street View.

How to Apply Liquid Liner
This little video tutorial on creating the perfect little flicky eye is the most amazing thing ever — quick, easy and one I'm definitely going to try for the holidays.

Feast by Matt Zoller Seitz
A fun video essay by Matt Zoller Seitz featuring film clips of scenes featuring food. Bon appetit!

A Roller Coaster for the Faint of Heart
Check out Tiger & Turtle-Magic Mountain, a playful art installation and roller coaster by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, set on a former industrial site in Duisburg Wanheim, Germany. What’s so special about it? You walk it.

Reader, I Marinated It
Mark Crick imagines the contents of celebrity cookbooks as written by Virginia Woolf, Geoffrey Chaucer and Raymond Chandler.

Sounds That Have Disappeared
Fascinating short essay by Robert Krulwich about how certain sounds are unidentifiable by later generations — for example, someone born in the '80s probably isn't familiar with what a gas station driveway bell sounds like. Very cool.

Seckel Pear Tart with Poire William Cream
This delicately decadent recipe from Gourmet would make a splendid holiday or special occasion dessert — lovely.

(photo — and branch pendant how-to — by anna-malin lindgren on decor8. via the style files by way of my little things)

Meet the Sponsor

I'm very excited to introduce you to Lili's, a lovely French online shop whose cheerful motto is "pretty things for happy homes." With a perfect selection of decorative objects, table decor, household linens, lights, wall decor and kitchen and other accessories (the children's section is wonderful), you're sure to find something to delight either yourself or someone special. I've picked a few favourites from the shop here — be sure to visit to see many more!

Handmade Holidays

Welcome to this year's edition of Handmade Holidays, a series of special gift posts that I'll be running throughout December. Each post will offer an idea on something you can make or do for the holiday season — it might be a pretty gift, decorating inspiration, festive food or even music suggestions to get you in the spirit of things. It's all about getting creative, having fun — and giving from the heart. Hope you enjoy it!

(lovely holiday decorating idea by paul lowe of sweet paul, photographed by alexandra grablewski)
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