Thursday, November 19, 2009

je l'adore

From one of my MOST favorite specimens of typography (ever); an antique French printed road map. I melt every time I look at this thing of beauty. These scans are from a promotional insert within the map folder. I will include images of the map in a future posting. Slurp it up, typography lovers.

Monday, November 16, 2009

composting goodness

I've always been green concious, but it seems that becoming a new homeowner and new mom has made me green crazy. I would like leave this earth in pretty good shape for my daughter Silvia's grandchildren.

In an effort to do my part, I asked for a compost bin for my birthday this year. I requested it be made completely from found wood and materials in our yard/garage since the previous owners of our home left behind oodles of wood scraps, gardening supplies and tools.

So we started with 2 wooden shipping palettes (found in our garage) facing side-to-side. My husband then cut down some random pieces of wood to construct the front and back. He covered the top with some found chicken wire, and created a simple hinged door on the front. All in all it was pretty easy for a couple of carpenter newbees.

There's tons of composting information out there, which was very enlightening! One of the best sites I stumbled upon is I seem to always go back there and get my questions answered.

I will let you know how my compost turns out this Spring!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DIY baseball cards; the old fashioned way

While going through some boxes the other night, my husband came across this baseball card he created when he was 12. Not only was I thoroughly impressed with his design skills; I was also quite charmed that he recorded his statistics on the reverse side.