Comparing yourself

This post should be short and sweet. Yay, right?! When have I ever been short and sweet? This has been weighing on my mind a lot here lately, so I have to get it out before I explode.

We have have things we don’t like about ourselves, right? Little (or big) things that we wish we could change about our lives or our situations and when we see people that have those certain things or traits we get a little  jealous, maybe? Ok, most definitely get jealous. Continue reading

Fore-edge paintings

I just had to share what I’m cataloging today! I have seen these several times but I think these are gorgeous and definitely worth sharing. Let me illustrated what I’m referring to.

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These all look like regular edges, right? I’ve always loved gilt edges. I think they look fancy and refined and I just like that in my books. =) But, check this out:

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If you fan the edges just a bit, you see fore-edge paintings! I just think these are so gorgeous. The detail is amazing and I’m always surprised when I come across these because they are in such awesome condition. I’m sure the colors were once more brilliant, but the colors are still right on and perfect.

These three scenes are of Dublin, Worcester, and Folkestone and were probably painted in the 1920s and 30s by the “Dover Painter”, which is interesting because these books were published in 1788 (they are found on The works of James Thomson, 1788). That means the “Dover Painter” came along and painted the fore-edge after they had already been in circulation a while.

My goal in life is to one day learn to be a fore-edge painter. I’ll have to learn to actually paint first though lol. Have I mentioned how much I love my job?!

Three little words

My son (who is going to be 21 months in a couple of days) has finally started talking. When I mean talking, I don’t mean language only I can understand. His vocabulary has really taken off here in the last couple of months after he played catch up. He had ear tubes put in back in April and, boy, has it made a huge difference!

Before having my son, I never really thought about language. Sure I’ve thought about weird words a few times Continue reading