Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

merry christmas

mysterious microscopic gift

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

axial tilt

Happy winter solstice and lighter days ahead!

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Here is most of my dad's cool collection of coins from around the world.  The different fonts and plants and animals are beautifully detailed.  The sizes and shapes and metals and weights are fascinating to compare.  Imagine how how far each coin has traveled before ending up here!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

petite pretty prints

I love this tiny old book from 1920, Flower Guide, written and illustrated by Chester A. Reed. Here is a small sampling of its 191 beautiful one inch wide paintings of "Flowers East of the Rockies." I like the soft quality of the prints, and there's something charming about them even when they're offset.
The Asters: 
New England Aster
Small White Aster
Starved Aster
Daisy Fleabane
Star Thistle
Chicory; Succory
 Wood Sorrel Family:
Yellow Wood Sorrel; Lady's Sorrel
Pink Family:
Bouncing Bet
Water Plantain Family:
Broad-leaved Arrow-head
Narrow-leaved Arrow-head
Honeysuckle Family:
Bush Honeysuckle
Rockrose Family:
Frostweed: Rockrose
Primrose Family:
Star Flower

fuzzy fingers

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

eye see

Another sort of magnifier is this clever pair of cosmetic glasses, an especially unique flea market find.  The "optically correct Eye-See reflectogram" lets you put on eye makeup anywhere.  It's an excellent idea for traveling, though after getting dolled up with eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, you'll have a giant dent at the top of your nose from the weight of the glasses!

Sunday, November 27, 2016


I have a fun collection of magnifiers with interesting pieces that may have been used by jewelers or stamp collectors originally.  I find them very useful, especially the brass pick glasses, for analyzing intricate jacquard weaves.  Of course it's fun to look at skin and scabs as well!