A Drawing Project

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I’ve just posted the gallery above, showing the progression from start to finish of my latest completed piece on my art blog, createthreesixty5.com. You are welcome to view the post (and larger images) and leave comments if you like by clicking here.


Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday

The cover design of this Mary Rodgers book is by Edward Gorey. Copies of the original hardcover published in 1972 can be found via online used book merchants. The blurb says: ‘Freaky Friday’ is an imaginative story about family life, and waking up one morning to find out that you’ve turned into your mother!

I’m tempted to get it myself!

Image found on my vintage book collection (in blog form)) via l’entonnoire du lièvre (tumblr)

“This is nineteen fifty-two”


This from my mom’s blog, A Writer’s Notebook today:

A sudden, sharp remembrance of the day the Television Set appeared in our home [:] This is in nineteen fifty-two or fifty-three. You didn’t get three thousand channels and twenty-four hour programming. You got moving things and voices starting in the late afternoon and running through the evening hours. The rest of the time, you had the signal identifier: the profile of an Indian head with headdress, against a bull-eye pattern identifying the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During the first weeks following the Television Set’s appearance, the signal identifier provided entertainment through the simple fact of turning the knob to On; waiting for the tubes to warm up; watching the grey, black and white squiggles swim down or dance sideways; sitting, enthralled at the sight of the impavid Indian staring off to a spot you tried to imagine.

DIY Book Sculpture

The above, seen today on Flavorpill, seems like a most creative (if impractical) kind of solution for dealing with all those piles of books you find spilling over from the always too limited shelf-space. On their original post, you’ll find 14 other (also mostly impractical) Inspiring, Cleverly-Organized Stacks of Books.

Which is your favourite? Do you have other ideas to suggest, or better yet, show us?


Here Comes the Bookmobile!

Here’s another real fun find, again via Letterology. This travelling children’s lending library toy from the 50s was seen on eBay and eventually purchased for over $700. Somehow, I doubt it was given to actual children to play with; this toy would be nearly impossible to replace! For more pics and details, see the original post on Exile Bibliophile.

For Bookish Birds

I discovered these wonderful birdhouses by artist David Vissat on Letterology today, and just had to share them with my readers. Made from old books and other salvaged finds, Vissat got the idea for these when he was making a birdhouse for his mother and ran out of wood, so used an old book as a roof instead. Now, Vissat searches and scavenges flea markets and libraries for discarded and vintage books for this collection which he calls Wild Wings Literary Lodgings. These birdhouses are meant to be kept inside a book lover’s nest as decorative objects as they obviously can’t withstand the elements. They’re available at various online shops, including Uncommon Goods and Pinch Gallery, where most of the models shown here can be found.