So I read about this absolutely fantastic blog, Paper and Salt over at Craftzine a little while ago and I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since! I have such a long list of things I want to write about (hello, a closet update is kind of overdue too), but when I saw this from theKitchn, it jogged my memory in a hurry.
Image courtesy of The New York Times (via theKitchn).
I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose – I would go with Truman Capote, for sure! I’ve always been fascinated by how creative people are inspired to create. Is is what they eat, where they sit, what they do that day? What do they do when they are creating? Do they snack, tap their fingers, walk around? I wish we could discover the process of what happens (before and after) when they are struck by the creative muse. In fact, I love the inspiration in the ordinary, but also in the spectacular. I am equally entranced by someone who is inspired by a weed poking through a sidewalk or by someone finding inspiration at a costume ball in a museum.
I think in general there are preconceived notions about what “creating” means and we think everyone is sitting behind a desk in a studio being brilliant. I think for the most part that is the furthest from the truth. I love the concept of Paper and Salt, according to the author Nicole, it is “..part historical discussion, part food and recipe blog, part literary fangirl-ing, [she] attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction.” I also love how some of these recipes came to be because the creatives were part of a larger community. My favorite, for example, is the recipe that Jack London submitted to the Suffrage Cook Book after he met author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a vocal supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. Bacon and tomato baked risotto with a heaping side of history – sure, why not?
Image courtesy of Paper and Salt.
So are elephants the new “birds” – as in the “Put a Bird on it” trend I mentioned here?!
Yes, I think so. Well if they’re not, I am declaring they are because I am seeing them everywhere! And really who could resist an elephant (or two). Don’t you agree?
Images courtesy of (clockwise): MoMa Store, J.Crew, Baggu, Jonathan Adler, Asos, and The Elephant Art Gallery.
- I saw these absolutely adorable leather bookends a long time ago and in fact I bookmarked them in case I would ever want to purchase the cutest way to hold up books ever!
- Of course J.Crew has a brass elephant pendant. And of course, like most amazing items they carry, it is already sold out. Here’s hoping it comes back in stock. Oh J.Crew, remember when not everyone loved you so much? Don’t I get any extra points for working there?!
- For the most part, Baggu bags are in solid colors, but this cute bag could be the bag that lives in my purse until called into action. Think about it – when at Target, I’m offered a plastic bag, but instead pull out my elephant-printed reusable bag. And everyone swoons! Or thinks I’m the most pretentious person ever, ha.
- I’m not sure I exactly need a Jonathan Adler elephant nightlight. But of course none of this is based on need.
- I saw this shirt on Sydney and I must have it. Period.
- Well I have saved the absolutely best for last. Why yes, that IS beautiful art painted by actual elephants. Seriously, it’s for a good cause, and all the paintings are made at the Elephant Art Academy at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (National Elephant Institute). Click here to read more about it!
So I’ve been a little busy. You know, studying for this darn test. (Oh did I mention? I passed – on the first try!)
Now onto projects before I go completely mad as I have done (almost) nothing since January.
Well master bedroom closet, I’m picking you! Have I mentioned before how my sweet husband agreed to make the bathroom linen closet his clothes closet, thereby giving the entire walk-in closet to me? Well if I didn’t, consider it now mentioned. This incredibly selfless act should have resulted in a happy wife in her happy, organized closet. Not a cranky wife with a semi-messy, half-decorated closet. That’s just not right! While he struggles every day to keep his 12-foot wide closet organized, the fact that I can’t seem to finish this project is nothing short of criminal. So I have set myself an unbreakable deadline – Friday, May 18th. Why did I pick this day? Well it is the day my Mom is arriving to celebrate Mother’s Day and since I don’t think we’ve changed the house at all since she saw it last (for Christmas), this will need to be the project that sweeps her off her feet! I should clarify – we are always working on the house, but in the last few months I’ve been just a little busy and I refuse to have nothing new to show (it’s kind of a tradition)! I refuse. So, a list:
- Take everything on the floor OUT of the closet and decide where everything should go (back in the closet is not an option)
- Sort through all makeup and organize the bins so that I can put on my face (I love that expression) while seated
- Donate clothes and shoes that have not been worn in a while
- Frame and hang pictures
- Add hook next to mirror to hang pajamas
- Add tieback and hook for the curtain “door”
- Make pinboard ala Young House Love with fabric (all supplies are even already bought) and add pages from magazines I’ve been collecting
- Clean the closet thoroughly top to bottom (including dusting the molding and cleaning the mirrors)
And here’s where I post the very embarrassing before pictures to all of the Internet.
Image by Kristen for Kristen Loves Design.
So if you start at the picture in the upper left and go clockwise, you should get a good sense of the closet. And yes, the pictures are small and dark and blurry! That’s just my attempt to make the after pictures look oh-so-much better (or I was in a rush). You’ll also note that the closet is painted and partially organized, but certainly not quite decorated. Stay tuned for a completed project before this Friday (eek)!