Tiny star letterpress

I am a lover of paper products that can be written or created on, so of course I find these stardust letterpress cards from Pheasant Press both charming and dreamy. If I were an artist, I’d draw a spare vertical figure down the center of it, or some otherworldly landscape, and give it as a gift. Or how about a favorite short poem, nicely handwritten and framed?

If you sent it as a letter, you could seal up the envelope with one of these silvery Knot & Bow heart stickers.

Clearly, letter-writing paraphernalia still leaves me as silly-happy as when I was a kid figuring out just the right stationery to use for writing my pen pals. :)

(via Pheasant Press and Knot & Bow)

Now this is a class I could get behind! I’ve eyed The Basics (Series I and II) and Tante Marie’s for ages and recognize Liano’s name as having previously been a lead instructor for those series, so it’s exciting to have another option in that regard—particularly one that seems to be focused on technique. But I have to fess up that I’d feel obligated to work through, say, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything: The Basics first, just so I could get a very basic background in the how-tos before splashing out $$$ on a course. I’m a little embarrassed by my cooking ignorance, given how much I enjoy eating (out) and reading about food, but we’ve all got to start somewhere, right? And I may as well start by learning the right way to do things instead of just guessing through my own trial and error.

L.M. Montgomery postcards

Only a true Anne lover would understand the appeal of these postcards: 20 first-edition L.M. Montgomery covers that feature Anne Shirley, Emily Starr, Rilla Blythe, et al. (Click through to the Sullivan website to zoom in on the images.)

When I was about 10 or 11, lazing about on my summer vacation, my mom urged me to read Anne of Green Gables. At first I resisted—I was still deeply into The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins—but eventually came around. And I actually haven’t stopped reading L.M. Montgomery since (as in, I still read it while eating and have a couple of the free eBooks on my iPhone for down moments). What I tend to do is return to my favorites, which alternate: The Story Girl and The Golden Road, Emily Climbs, Anne of Windy Poplars. I read them the way you sleep into a baggy sweatshirt and cuddle under the down comforter on a chilly gray day.

(via Sullivan Entertainment)