nine cool things on a tuesday

1. Oh, how I love UK illustrator and screen print maker Alice Pattullo! Based in East London, she’s a Brighton University graduate and is inspired by British folk tradition, superstition, and mid-century design, while striving to create a nostalgic aesthetic in her own work through colour choices and composition.

She collects folklore, junk and “all sorts of ephemera from the dusty history books of the British isles.” I love how she’s simultaneously preserving parts of authentic heritage while breathing new life into it.

Of course I especially enjoy her foodie pieces — it’s like reading pages from old cookbooks or discovering vintage posters or advertisements.

She’s done a lot of commercial work for clients such as Country Living, Bon Appetit, V&A, Sainsburys, Urban Outfitters, and Crabtree and Evelyn. She’s also self-illustrated several titles, such as this Animals ABC book,

in addition to illustrating books written by others, the newest of which, The Butterfly House by Katy Flint, is due out April 2, 2019:

You can purchase Alice’s screen prints directly through her website or via several online galleries. It’s so much fun to browse all her designs!

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a perky passel of cool handmade gifts

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Needle felted Christmas mouse by MollyDollyNatural.

 

Ho ho ho and fa la la — time to shop for holiday gifts!

Here are some goodies that caught my eye, all of them created by indie artists. If you’re looking for that special little something, there’s nothing like handmade and heartmade. Click on any of the images for purchasing info.

Let’s get rolling . . . ūüėÄ

Solid Beech Rolling Pins for Kids by ValekRolling Pins.
Adorable!
The standard adult size pins come in many different patterns (mustaches, teacups, flowers, etc.), or you can have these personalized with your own text.

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nine cool things on a tuesday (including giveaway winners!)

1. This lovely poster featuring the words of 14th century Persian poet Hafez by Katie Daisy is available at The Wheatfield¬†Etsy Shop.¬†A nice thought to keep in mind during these crazy times. ūüôā

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2. Speaking of poets, Kelly Ramsdell Fineman’s very first chapbook, The Universe Comes Knocking (Maverick Duck Press, 2015) ¬†will be officially¬†released this Friday, March 13th! There’s a Launch Party at the Daily Grind (48 High Street) in Mount Holly, New Jersey at 7 p.m. Admission is free and there’ll be an open reading afterwards. Check it out if you live in the area! You can read the title poem here. Congratulations, Kelly!

 

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Illustration by Monica Ramos for Lucky Peach

3. It’s no secret we’re big fans of dumplings and dim sum here at Alphabet Soup. LOVE this definitive Guide to Chinese Dumplings compiled by The Cleaver Quarterly at Lucky Peach. There are cute drawings, mouthwatering descriptions, and interesting historical and cultural tidbits about each type, and they’re grouped according to how they’re cooked: Steamed, Pan-Fried, Deep-Fried, and Boiled. Happy to see pepeiao from Hawai’i on the list, and I learned about a lot of different varieties I didn’t even know existed. Yum! Pass the har gow!

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4. It’s also no secret that I like toys (who, me?), so I was happy to stumble upon Zard Apuya’s site recently. Originally from Guam, he now lives in San Francisco where he’s busy designing vinyl toys and pursuing a graduate degree in Business Administration. Check out a few of his charming “kid at art” creations (some available for purchase):

Mickey Rice Krispy
Disney Dole Whip
Carni Food: Cotton Candy

 

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5. Food memoirs are probably my favorite genre to read for pleasure. Here’s a nice list of “The 50 Best Food Memoirs” at AbeBooks. Since I’ve only read 6 of these so far, I’d better get busy!

 

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friday feast: 21 cool gifts for poetry lovers

‘Tis that time of year once again to shift into gift-giving mode. Here are some lovely and fun ideas for the poetry lovers on your list, or for adding to your personal holiday Wish List. Click on each image for descriptions and prices.

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Shakespeare’s English Breakfast Tea by Steep Show Teas (Emily Dickinson Garden Jasmine and Poe’s Midnight Blend also available)
craftypoet
Superb poetry tutorial by Diane Lockward (model poems, prompts, tips, interviews)
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Emily Dickinson “Not in Vain” Poetry Book Pendant by Red Quadrant
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Handmade letter-stamped poetry quote large serving dish (can be personalized) by LoveArtWorks
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Emily Brooch (oil painting on wood OOAK) by Mrs. Peggotty Arts
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Robert Frost Miniature Doll by Uneek Doll Designs (many other literary figures available)
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Poetry Text Steel Book Ends by Knob Creek Metal Arts
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Poe-ka Dots Tote by Out of Print
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Rumi Quote Stoneware Clay and Ice Agate Sign in Gilders Paste by Hidden Fire Pottery
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Poets Gift Pack (notecards, bookmark, magnet) by artsyletters
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Shelley Gold-filled Pendant by Pangaea Designs
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Shakespeare Action Figure at Annie’s Tea Time (on sale!)
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Fleetwood Mac “Sara” Glass Tile Pendant by Lyrical Lady
shakespearepurse
Shakespeare Book Purse by Novel Creations
quotetag
Handmade Cummings ceramic quote tag by Kylie Johnson
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Romeo and Juliet Infinity Book Scarf by storiarts
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Edgar Allan Poe Porcelain Soup Bowl by More Than Porcelain
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Emily “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” Gold-plated Pewter Necklace by Heart Felt by Foxy
Shakespeare Insults
Shakespeare Insult T-shirt at Unemployed Philosophers Guild
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Haiku 2015 Calendar (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
poetryonrecord
Poetry on Record 4-disc Box Set – Grammy-nominated collection featuring rare recordings of poets like Whitman, Cummings, Tennyson, Yeats, Ginsberg, Stafford, Plath, Frost, and Bukowski reading their own work.

 

Do you have any other gift suggestions for poetry lovers? Please share in the comments!

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poetryfriday180Becky is hosting this week’s Roundup at Tapestry of Words. Click through to check out the full menu of poetic goodness being served up in the blogosphere today. Enjoy your weekend!

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what are those indie artists up to now?

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Pilgrim Dolls (John and Priscilla Alden) by Uneek Doll Designs

Of course I’m referring to the nine perky, uncommonly good-looking, crazy-talented women who’ve visited Alphabet Soup this past year to share their wares in our Indie Artist Spotlight series.

heart tree editIf, like me, you’ve already shifted into holiday gift-buying mode, you’re probably hungry for some good ideas. Supporting independent artists is always a win-win — your lucky friends and relatives receive unique heartmade-handmade gifts, and you’re helping to ensure that these ingenious, inventive people can continue to make the world a more beautiful place with their delightful creations.

Just to refresh your memory, I’m linking to all the Spotlight interviews and sharing two new items from each of their Etsy shops. Click on any image to be taken directly to the listing. Be quick about it, especially if you want to place a custom order. Enjoy!

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