If this is your first introduction to the work of Julie Morstad, you’re in for a treat. An illustrator and artist, Julie’s work often features children and animals.
After the chaos of the holidays my favorite thing to do is to clean and re-organize. If you have the same urge but don’t have the time, maybe the photo blog Things Organized Neatly will help calm the craving:
found via laMotif
Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.
The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.
For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.
Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:
Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.
Check out this amazing project started by Candy Chang, called “I Wish This Was“. Candy lives in New Orleans, and saw so much potential in vacant store fronts and buildings around the city. She designed and distributed stickers in stores around New Orleans that people could take (for free) and use to label buildings and spaces with their ideas and hopes for the structure’s future.
The project really took off, and participants were encouraged to photograph and share their stickers here. I love this project – it can be funny or serious, and encourages us all to re-imagine our surroundings and articulate what we wish the world was.
For a curated look at more stickers and locations in Candy’s project, visit her site here.
We love these dolls from the Happy Town Menagerie, now for sale at one of our favorite local San Francisco stores – Curiosity Shoppe! Lorena Siminovich is the artist– you may recognize from her company Petit Collage.