Sunday Smile: Grace on a couch

Yup, that's Grace on a couch! My fab sixties couch to be exact. Well, it's not my couch any more. I sold it. It now lives with a nice young couple who were in need of a good couch. I told them to take care of it because it's the best couch. I've done some living on this couch! As have my dog and cats. This couch has been in many many photos over the years. I will miss that couch.

But my swanky '50s teak sofa is getting some spectacular fuchsia pink cushions made, so I won't be feeling sad for much longer! For now, though, I am couchless.

Which brings me back to Grace on a couch.
Below is a short video of Gracie saying goodbye to the couch in the best possible way:

and this is Gracie pooped out after her play; she tucked herself in like that on my bed.

ah, dogs and couches. they go together like ... um ... cupcakes and icing!
I want a cupcake.
with joy,


hummingbirds in hand


White-throated Mountain-gem


this photo made me squeeeea! with joy

Aren't these hummingbird photos stunning?! All photos taken by Sam Roberts. I found him via his blog's 'Magnificent Hummingbird' posts, and couldn't believe how they just held these tiny little birds in their hands! It made me super jealous, I can tell you. I am such a bird nerd, but not as much a bird nerd as this couple is (I think it's a husband and wife team that study birds together). 

Nature is always the best beauty-maker - look at those jewel tones! Vibrancy! We mere humans do our best to imitate what nature reveals to us, but nothing beats the original. :)

with joy,


Wednesday Whatnots

Today's Whatnots are brought to you by inspirational printed matter, vintage finds + a sleepy puppy. I rather like that combination! I've been enriched by graphic novels, magazines and vintage books this past while, and so I thought I'd share details on a couple of them with you.

I was gifted with an awesome set of graphic novels in the form of BUILDING STORIES by Chris Ware - a massive collective of various sized/types of graphic novels, all of which is exactly as the title refers - a building of stories. Stories of Life. It's pretty deep shit, but also visually stimulating! (thank you Jen!) It will take me many moons to get through the entirety of this project.

I fell into Calling Dr Laura - just dived right in and didn't come up for air until I finished every last little tasty morsel. What a fantastical autobiographical graphic novel detailing a particularly + unusually difficult/self-growth-inspiring time in author/artist Nicole J. Georges' life. I loved everything about this book, and am grateful that I happened upon it at my local Chapters book store! yay!

As per usual, I've been re-reading my Uppercase magazines. I have them strewn in every room of my apartment, so that I can pick up an issue whenever the craving hits.

from the inside of Beverley Nichol's Cats' A.B.C. (originally published in 1960)

another spectacular illustration from Cats' A.B.C. 

some fresh pickins from a recent thrift outing!

CATS: a colouring book by Team Art - started colouring in some fancy cats! (thanks again, Jen!)

And there's my sleepy puppy face. Gracie snuggled her way under a blanket and into the nook of my arm. she was distractingly cute! I also could not do much when this was happening, as she used my arm as part of her bed. I gave in, and allowed her to distract me fully.

I've been getting so inspired by all the graphic novels, the vintage books (mostly about cats, oddly enough - or perhaps not so odd?) and the artists' I've been coming by of late (mostly via Tumblr). It's pretty nifty to be surrounded by creativity; it helps get my own creative ideas down on paper.
with joy, and a sleepy puppy (she is currently nestled in the crook of my legs),


Caturday: Polaroid Cats!

polaroid - cats
a collection of cats sitting in my window sill
polaroid - dreamy henry
Henry bathed in light
polaroid - Ghosty
a local feral cat whom I named Ghosty, for obvious reasons!
polaroid - Strongpaw in belly repose
Strongpaw showing off her belly

I decided to share some of my recent cat-related Polaroids this fine Caturday! I do believe it's my favourite subject matter. Or perhaps it more because I'm most often surrounded by cats ... hmmm.

That last shot depicts my favourite Strongpaw pose - just don't actually touch the belly! BAM! She'll ensnare you with her back claws. She's more of a look-and-don't-touch kinda belly-cat.

If you want to take a peek at more cats on Polaroid film, visit Instant Cats - a Flickr group I'm a member of and enjoy perusing.
with joy,