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I wish I could be more verbose, but I’m reduced to a puddle of NOM NOM NOM:

(from Jezebel)

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Consider this:

About the time their tea was brought, the choir member caught me staring over at her party. She stared back at me, with those house-counting eyes of hers, then, abruptly, gave me a small, qualified smile. It was oddly radiant, as certain small, qualified smiles sometimes are. I smiled back, much less radiantly, keeping my upper lip down over a coal-black G.I. temporary filling showing between two of my front teeth. The next thing I knew, the young lady was standing, with enviable poise, beside my table. She was wearing a tartan dress–a Campbell tartan, I believe. It seemed to me to be a wonderful dress for a very young girl to be wearing on a rainy, rainy day.

–J.D. Salinger, “For Esme, with Love and Squalor” (from Nine Stories)

And this:

“Brett was damn good-looking. She wore a slipover jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy’s…. She was built with curves like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey.”

–Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

And compare them to this:  (more…)

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It’s been a creative day here at the casa de Helvetica.  Michael made an amazing dinner that featured a lovely mango and peach gazpacho, featured here:

And yes, that is the table runner I mentioned that I was going to make so many moons ago!

To remind you that it’s not a drink:

If you’re dying to know how to make this, leave a comment and I’ll send it along.  Because it’s amazing, and it’s mango and peach season, and you all need to try this, well, tomorrow, if not yesterday.

But that wasn’t all we did here!  (We also made dinner, but it’s not as pretty as the gazpacho).  No, I finally buckled down and made my necklace for my wedding!

Wanna see?  (more…)

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(Yes, I know, it’s not terribly original.  Blame it on the excess sun I got today.)

My neighborhood is rather uniqe in that it boasts a lot of vibrantly colored houses, and given that today is just freaking gorgeous out and we had a nice afternoon to ourselves, we first played some tennis, then we headed down the way to run some errands (including picking up wedding rings) but really for me to take pictures.

To start, my neighborhood is known as East Rock, because of this big ol’ rock right here:

There is one on the other side of town known as West Rock.  Terribly original, yes?

Anyway, on to the tour.  Enjoy! (more…)

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There’s a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art focusing on one of Philadelphia’s local boys, Alexander Calder, and his vast catalog of jewelry that he made over the course of his career.  Though known primarily as a sculptor and as the inventor of the mobile, his jewelry making, just from the few pictures available in this article from NPR, posesses the same modernist spirit with its clean lines yet haphazard juxapositions–found items like seaglass coupled with wire hangers hammered and bent into rings, bracelets, and other body adornments.  Though I’m doubtful that I’ll get into the city to see the exhibit as it was meant to in my hometown, it’s fortunately coming to the Met in New York December 9, so a holiday trip into town seems to be in order.

To give you an idea of what could be in store, this came from the article itself–it’s a ring he made Joan Miro from wire and piece of ceramic:

Le sigh. (more…)

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If you’re in New York over the next two days, try to stop by Rockefeller Center, as the artist Chris Burden has created a 65-foot skyscraper out of roughly a million stainless steel pieces that are modeled after Erector Set parts:

Given that the Erector Set was invented here in New Haven, can Mr. Burden please do something similar here?  Pretty please???

Regardless, this is fucking awesome, and will be on view until July 19th.

Image and info from W‘s Editor’s Blog.

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New Haven, Temple Street Garage, July 15, 6:51 PM

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