The curtain that I had made for our bathroom just wasn't cutting it anymore... So I found some fun fabric at Jo-Ann and made a new valance. (I also installed a roller shade - my dad would be so proud.) To complete the new look, I got these towels from World Market. People tend to spend a lot of time in their bathrooms, so I think it's nice to change things up. What do you think?
Remember when I got the Isabella Script font from Creative Market? Well they just had a "May Big Bundle" special with over 90 products for $39. I got over 20 fonts (like Storyland, below) and multiple graphics files (like these lovely flowers). I'm excited to start getting creative!
Check out these beautiful hardcover Jane Austen novels at Anthropologie. I have a copy of Pride and Prejudice that was my great-great grandmother's, and I have a nice paperback edition of Sense and Sensibility that I picked up in Winchester - but I would love to round out my collection with one of these lovely books.
We visited the Victoria and Albert Museum last May, and we were fascinated by the diverse collection. We were not impressed by their lack of guidebooks, though. (It is understandable considering the vastness of their collection, though...) Anyway, my husband recently found a book at the library that's a pretty good overview of the V&A - from the '70s. It reminded me of the amazing things that we saw there. One incredible piece is the Ardabil Carpet. It was woven in the 1530s as one of a pair. They were sold in the late 19th century, and one was used to patch the other. William Morris viewed the more complete carpet in 1892 and urged the museum to purchase it. It is gigantic - and fragile. It is only lit for 10 minutes at a time on the hour and half-hour.
My husband and I visited a Barnes & Noble this weekend. I was looking for the latest issue of Mollie Makes, but they didn't have it. I did make a great discovery, though. Flow Magazine from the Netherlands is an incredible source for creativity. They also put out a book for paper lovers filled with paper goodies and stickers. I didn't pick up the magazine or the book, but I should have! The Flow web site is full of ideas for places to visit, things to make, and quotes that they love. There's even a downloads section where you can find quotes, maps, wrapping paper, and writing paper. I think I'll be spending a lot of time on their site...
Today is my mom's 70th birthday. It also happens to be the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. Yes - she was born on the day that World War II ended. I can't even imagine what that day must have been like. In Britain, street parties (like the one pictured below) sprang up everywhere. I love how they string festive flag bunting all along homes and businesses. When we've been in England we've seen bunting crossing high above streets, and I love it. I hope today will be a festive day for my mom!