All images courtesy of Ursus Wehrli.
As a person with a somewhat OCD
, type-A personality, the work of Swiss artist and comedian, Ursus Wehrli
, is right up my alley. I'm extremely interested in how he came up with such a fabulous/wild idea for this series of photographs, and love it that he not only came up with the idea, but that he actually followed through and created an entire book
around the concept.
The gist--which I'm sure you've already picked up on from the images above--is that he takes objects and scenes from everyday life and rearranges them into organized, orderly stacks, rows, or groups. It's satisfying, in a way, to look at his work, but also very humorous, clever, and crazy--especially when you see the large-scale images like the one above ;)
I'm dying to see the entire collection, but you can take a look at a small selection from the book below...
Aren't they fabulous!?
I love it.
I think I may need to pick up his book, The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy
, so that I can see all of the images he came up with.
You can read more about Ursus Wehrli on his website, here
, and can hear his TED talk (which I'm excted to listen to and will do tomorrow!), here
I hope you have a neat and tidy day! Makes you want to clean something, doesn't it!?
All images courtesy of CeciliaLevy.com
"Old books carry a history, not only the story written on the pages. Dog-ears, stains, a dedication on the flyleaf, a doodle in the margin..."
Today's artist, Cecilia Levy
, creates all of her work out of old book pages and glue--nothing else!
Her work is beautiful in a very subtle, very unexpected way, and of course I'm drawn to it because of my complete love of books,
paper, and all things unique + different ;)
Some of my favorites are below:
Calming and serene, isn't it?
You can view more of Levy's fantastic "Paper Art" on her website
Upon returning home this week, I was super excited to receive my copy of The Tranquility du Jour Daybook
, an adorable, inspiration-filled planner created by the fabulous Kimberly Wilson
, which, as you probably already know, is filled with my whimsical, girly watercolor illustrations :) This book has been in-the-making for a long time, and it's truly amazing to see it come to life--I've never seen my illustrations covering any sort of bound publication before, and it's really a wonderful and exciting feeling!
So yesterday, after my supposed root-canal-turned-just-a-few-fillings at the dentist (wooohooooo!), I returned home with a super numb mouth and a yearning to get my year organized in this precious little daybook. You can see a few pics from this fun creative process below...
Isn't it fun?!? You can pick up a copy of the Daybook on Kimberly's website, here
, and can view more of the illustrations on my painting website, here
So honored to be a part of this fun project! You'll also be able to enjoy more of my illustrations + more tranquility in the hard-copy edition of her Tranquilologie E-Course
, which will be coming out later this year ;)
Um, can you stand this picture!? I mean, really--isn't it simply amazing? When I came across this image on Facebook yesterday, this was my sequence of thoughts: Look at those colors!...OMG, those are books!...How did they get so many books in each color family?...I want this room!...Why don't I
even have a book nook?
As a total bibliophile and avid reader (mostly of fiction, but of all things, really...), I'm ashamed to admit that I don't have a book nook. Or even a cute little reading corner. I have lots of random book shelves throughout the apartment, lots of random books sitting on tables and counters, but not one, snuggly, just-curl-up-and-read-a-good-book nook. Granted, this is probably because we don't have a big enough apartment to have an anything nook (except somehow, we do have a Concept 2 Rower
nook, which Ben squeezed into our bedroom on a whim...), but still
. Every novel-loving girl should have a reading corner. So, although I'm going to file away the "book nook" wish for my "someday dream house," I am
going to start pondering where I could possibly create a little reading corner or book nook for cloudy days like today. Once I put something together (probably post-wedding), I'll share it with you...
To get some ideas and a little inspiration before delving into my real
to-do's for the day (sadly, not building a book nook!), I took to the interwebs to peruse some reading corner creations, and wouldn't you know, I found a bunch of gorgeous book nook ideas. Take a look at some of my favorites below:
I'm swooning!!! Image via piccsy.com.
Simple and sweet. Image via pinterest.com.
Clean and cute. Image via kleypas.blogspot.com.
Totally funky and I love it. How do you reach the books on the top shelf, though? Image via whereisthecool.com.
Vintage-inspired...Image via annaleenashem.blogspot.com.
Rustic desk and book shelf. Very barn-esque. Image via crushculdesac.tumblr.com.
How cute is this idea? Image via pinterest.com.
Perfection. Image via veanad.tumblr.com
Love the colors! Image via apartmenttherapy.com.
I *think* this is just outside wallpaper, but am not sure...either way, I love it. Image via paradisexpress.blogspot.com.
Sigh. Only in my interior decorating dreams...
Whether you have a book nook, are also dreaming of having one, or could care less about having one, these images sure do make you want to curl up with a good read, don't they?
How can you nurture your spirit today? How can you create more space in your life for relaxation, comfort, and self care?
Definitely worth thinking about...
Image via thenestinginstinct.tumblr.com
After spending a bit of time placing holds in the eBook Library
online this morning (my new favorite thing!), I thought it might be about time to share my summer reading list with you. It seems that every year at this time I have an urge to put together a list of good reads for the summer
--perhaps because I start dreaming about all the reading I'll be doing on the beach, on planes, and while traveling to exotic locales over the summer. Although I'm not exactly planning on heading anywhere crazy over the next few months, I am
planning on getting lots of reading done, because in my mind, reading = relaxation. Wouldn't you agree?
So anywho, here are the books that I've recently placed on hold for my Kindle. Have you read any of them? Are they good? After reading this list and getting a feel for the types of books I like, do you have any suggestions? If so, please send them along!Summer Reading List:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James: after hearing about this book from multiple people, I feel like I have to read it. It's like any other bestselling/highly-discussed trilogy--The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
, The Hunger Games
, even Twilight
(although I have to say that I only read the first one, just so I could "get" it)--I just want to be in the know and understand what people are talking about. Is that so bad? So yes, Fifty Shades of Grey
has been added to my list...and I'm preparing to be slightly freaked out by it.
Image via bookblob.wordpress.com
Image via goodreads.com
1. The Swan Theives: A Novel
by Elizabeth Kostova: I just finished this book, and absolutely LOVED it. It helps that it contained a lot of my favorite things to read about--art (paintings!), intrigue/mystery, romance, drama, multiple time periods and points of view, and mental issues/genius (sad, I know, but I do find this interesting...), but either way, I highly recommend it!2. The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes: a very poignant and interesting novel. Not for a casual reader, but for someone wanting a bit of an unusual character-study-type read.
3. Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel
by John Irving: as you probably know by now, I'm a big John Irving fan. Therefore, I found this novel to be great, as his novels usually are. Really interesting story that follows a man through his somewhat rocky life from childhood to adulthood.
by Dave Eggers: after reading What is the What
, I'm a TOTAL Dave Eggers convert. This book is an amazing true story that captures just one tiny snapshot of life in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It's heartbreaking and really helped me to see the event and the aftershock of the event more clearly. A must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about this...
What are your most recent recommended reads? Please do share!
And with that, I'll leave you with a few fun summer reading images I found on Pinterest
This is where I want to be this summer...image via decorology.blogspot.com.
My dream getaway. Image via flickr.com.
Yes. Image via imgfave.com.
I heart hammocks! Image via vintagerosegarden.tumblr.com.
Ahhh....looking forward to it!
One of my favorite activities outside of yoga, painting, eating apples
(hehe) and CrossFit
, is reading. Since I haven't done a book review post since the summer
, I thought I'd share a few of my recent reads today. Also, I have to say that I've recently hooked my new Kindle up to the library and it's eBook collection, and it's amazing! If you have a Kindle and haven't tried it yet, give it a go! To me, free books are always better than the ones you have to pay for ;)Peruse my recent reads
below, and please do share if you have any good recommendations for me!
Recent Reads Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Thoughts: I enjoyed reading the book and thought that the story line was well constructed, but I actually didn't like the writing that much. I felt that the modern parts (not the flashbacks) weren't very well-written or believable, although the flashbacks felt much more realistic to me. It's recently been made into a movie, though, so I'm interested in seeing that and think it could be a great movie...A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled HosseiniGrade:
A+Thoughts: Amazing book. Heart-wrenching and sad--even made me cry at one point while reading it in bed--but it's really, really good and paints a very realistic portrait of Afghan history and the horrors that have occoured over the years (and how difficult it is to be a woman there).
I'm a BIG fan of Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner
), and definitely recommend both of his books.
by Alice Hoffman Grade: A
- Thoughts: Beautifully-written and again, a very sad and realistic story, this one about Jewish Spaniards living undercover in Spain in the 1500s
. Sad but eye-opening and quite the page-turner. Also, it's written from a young girls perspective, so has a very interesting point of view. Lucky
by Alice SeboldGrade: A-Thoughts: As a true story/memoir about
being raped in college, this book is a tough read. I don't recommend it to those who have a hard time reading about difficult subjects or tragedies, but I do think that it's very informative and taught me a lot about what rape victims go through after
the rape. Plus, I love Alice Sebold so it was interesting to read her memoir.
And if you haven't read them yet, I have to admit that I recommend The Hunger Games series
. I promise that I am NOT usually into sci-fi OR teen books (and never have been!), but they're a really fun read. They're kind of like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
series--page turners, you can't put them down, and you end up reading one after another over 3 or 4 days until you're done. Might as well take the dive, as you know that they're going to be made into a movie soon and you're going to have to read them then!
Current ReadThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David WroblewskiGrade (thus far):
A+Thoughts: Although I'm only 1/4 of the way through this thick book, it's a must-read. Put it on your list! It's the story of a young boy who is born mute, and can only sign, and it is amazingly constructed and well-written. Just read it! Do it. Upcoming Reads/Wish List:Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons Why There's Nothing to Worry About
by Steve Ross: Gifted to me by one of my students, I hear it's great and am excited to read it!The Tiger's Wife
by Tea Obreht: I've been hearing about this book for months so I've put the eBook on hold. I think I'm number 89 on a wait list of about 100, so I'll tell you about it when I read it in 2013 ;)The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides: Another one that I've read many reviews about, but haven't gotten a chance to read yet. I've never read any of his books, but hear that he's great. On my list for 2012!
So what's on your reading list? What have you read recently that is a must-read? Please let me know! I'm always looking for new books and want to add lots of new books to my eBook library queue :)Happy reading!Namaste,Mary Catherine
Oh, how I wish I still got a summer reading list. Those were the days...when the only thing you had to accomplish for the summer was a bit of reading. Now, I have to schedule my reading time and squeeze it in at night before I fall asleep...but, enough about that. I'm here to share some of favorite recent reads and the books on my reading list for the summer. In order to cut myself off (I can go on and on about books for hours), I'm limiting my "reviews" to 2 sentences each and am including an A-F "grade" (to stick to the school theme). I've read each of these books over the past few months, and although I may have included a blurb or two about some of these books on my weekly "Simple Joys"
post, I still had to include them here. Happy reading!Oh, and a disclaimer: I LOVE fiction. For the most part, that's what I like to read. So, if you don't LOVE fiction, a number of the books on my list may mean nothing to you. Feel free to skip or skim for the nonfiction :)RECENT READS:
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
About Ernest Hemingway's first wife and the story of their tumultuous relationship and marriage. Beautifully-written, emotionally-intense, and no matter how much you tell yourself that it's a book about a troubled writer, it will make you worry that you're going to get cheated on by your partner in the future (but still highly-recommended!).Grade: B+
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Pure Tina Fey: hilarious, self-deprecating, totally feminine and feminist, extremely weird :) Reading this book made me fall head-over-heels in love with her even more, and I must have laughed out loud a dozen times. Grade: A
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
A dramatic story of twin brothers born to a surgeon and a nun in Addis Ababa, that traces their lives from before their births into adulthood. Written with amazing precision, detail, and emotional pull, this book will grab your attention and not let go until you've finished it.Grade: A+ (almost lost the plus because I had to grit my teeth through some of the descriptions of surgery and medical conditions, but that does make it more authentic so I kept the +)
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
I love Jeanette Walls! She is one of my favorite authors of our time, and Half Broke Horses
is no exception--read it. (And if you haven't read The Glass Castle
--her memoir--read that one first and read it now. Even better than Half Broke Horses!
Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
Given to me by the lovely Kimberly Wilson
, this book is a GREAT read about how hospitality, customer service, and attention to detail can transform any business. If you work for a small business (like I do!) or own your own business or ever want to (like I do!), then you should read this book. Grade: BOther Recent Reads:Little Bee
by Chris Cleave, Grade: BThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Grade: BWherever You Go, There You Are by John Kabitt-Zinn, Grade:
ARoom: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, Grade:A+ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer, Grade: B-
MY SUMMER READING LIST:
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
I'm currently reading this book, and am really enjoying the unique narration style and true-life grittiness that Egan portrays. It won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction--and, it's currently being adapted for an HBO series. Can't wait to see it! I'm sure it will be amazing since EVERYTHING that HBO does is.
Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
I am in the middle of this book, as well. A GREAT read on how to take your yoga practice off of the mat and out into the world (and into the rest of your life). My goal this summer--to finish it! Looking forward to it :)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Somehow, I've gone all my life and never read this book--unacceptable! So, when my friend Jessica recommended that we read it next for our long-distance, BFF book club via phone, I was glad to finally be given a reason to read it. I'll let you know how it is, although I've heard that it's totally heart-breaking and tragic...
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Now that I've read a lot about his life, I'm fascinated by Ernest Hemingway. Plus, in The Paris Wife,
McClain details the trip that this book is based on, making me that much more interested in reading it. Plus, it's a classic and I really should have read it by now (pitiful!).So now that I've shared, here are my questions for you: What did you think of these books?
What's on *your* summer reading list? Any suggestions for me, now that you have a snapshot of the books that I've enjoyed recently?I'm off to my studio for a bit of painting time, but don't you worry--I've scheduled in some reading time by the pool this afternoon :)Namaste,Mary Catherine