Paper cuts that don't bleed.

Lately, if it doesn't show up in my Facebook news feed, it doesn't exist. I am not proud of this. I am a book person but my copy of the complete Persepolis has been sitting on my nightstand for weeks unread. I like paper newspapers but since it is no longer delivered free-to-me via my parents' subscriptions, I catch up through NYT tweets. I used to love to spend afternoons at my leisure drinking hot chocolate while fawning over the latest craft, art, or fashion posts from my favorite bloggers... but instead.. sigh... I find myself wondering if there is anywhere in my Polish neighborhood to get a strong shot of espresso to drink standing up at a bar, Firenze-style, a pit stop on my way to the next commitment.

Fortunately, I am not the only one who seems to be caught up in the whirlwind that is a crazy-busy life combined with a social media addiction. Etsy feeds the fire with their constant FB updates about new blog posts. Which is how I discovered paper artist Joe Bagley earlier this evening.

They lured me in with this image and I clicked, expecting more like it. In fact, I would have been happy with just a series of swoon-worthy silhouettes sitting on bicycles like the below. But wait for it, there is more. So. Much. More.

Not only does Joe create bicycles and bugs and paper cranes and vespas (my fave mode of transport!)....

He also creates extremely detailed works like these beauties:

If the letters A Y F K M just ran through your head... yeah, me too. And I am not one for dropping eF bombs, even censored in my brain. OH, and did I mention the mustaches? 
I'm sold.

Also, I am not linking to each product because you should just go to the shop and click through the entire gallery. It's worth it and you're welcome.

And these photographs keep me alive.

At one of my jobs I get to spend my time looking through slides and art books as part of an effort to develop a digital image collection. The priority has been photography, a type of art that  I appreciate but of which I have minimal knowledge. This morning I was completely blown away by these photographs taken between 1911 and 1926 by Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

To create this dream-like, painterly effect, he used one of the first color photographic processes: 'Autochrome Lumière' (it was developed by the Lumière brothers in France). I wish the memories of my life could be captured in fuzzy prints instead of the crisp digital realities of today.

Culinary arts.

I love to cook, but it's just another one of those hobbies that seems to have gone by the wayside since I started grad school. I am pretty good about making a soup a week so I can stockpile individual servings in the freezer for those days when I am in a bind for food and need something quick and easy. And every once and a while I have people over and will try to make deliciousness to entice them to come back again (I live out in East Bum Brooklyn so I do what I can to lure visitors to my neck of the woods). But since I can't cook all of the time, it's nice to be able to feast my eyes on some tasty looking recipes, courtesy of They Draw and Cook.

(foccacia by anita lozar)

(chickpea dip by salli swindell)

(mama's cookies by eva forget-me-not)

(chilli con carne by rheannon cummins)

(moules frites by hannah clark)

What I love about this website is that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is a searchable recipe index. Yes, this means if you are looking for a recipe for cookie dough cupcakes, you can plug in a few key words and find a beautifully illustrated recipe that you can download and print. And tack up to your bulletin board or fridge or stick in your recipe binder. With all of the digital rights / artist rights issues as of late, it's nice to see a website that has avoided all of that by creating a welcoming and fun platform for people to share recipes and art, my two loves.