Monday, September 10, 2012

much love, monday

Happy Monday! 
Here's what I'm loving this week.

lantern flowers
these Chinese lantern flowers

wind in the willows illustration
this illustration of my favorite scene from The Wind in the Willows,  when Ratty and Mole have a picnic on the river

these acorns-- so many gorgeous shades of brown!

the hobbit
the hobbit
these preview photos from The Hobbit-- Bag End is one of my favorite places in all of Lord of the Rings, and I am so excited to see more of it when The Hobbit comes out!  I love the story of how the Bag End set was originally designed for the Lord of the Rings films-- John Howe, one of the best-known Tolkien artists, had previously done a beautiful illustration of the front hall of Bag End.  He was brought on as a conceptual artist for the films, and Peter Jackson had a copy of the illustration and asked John Howe to draw the rest of Bag End, too.  How incredible that must have been, to see an illustration done years before turned into a full-sized environment!
(this moment of Lord of the Rings fangirling was brought to you by the extended edition DVDs of all three films.)

autumn forest
the light in this forest photograph

vintage illustration little red riding hood
this vintage illustration of Little Red Riding Hood, or as this book called her, Little Red Cap

squirrel candle holder
this squirrel candle-holder (with a tutorial for making them!  To do: have woodland tea party)

glitter pumpkin candle
these glittery pumpkins-- I'm not usually a glitter person, but these are so ethereal and pretty!  I'd feel like Titania having an autumn fairy ball with these.  (again, with tutorial!  yay!)

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!


  1. Is it bad that I love all these lovely things as well (especially the pumpkins!)? My favorite book was definitely the Hobbit, I may just have to go see the movie.

    1. Aww, no way, it's not bad at all! And I can't imagine why those would be your favorite. ;) The movie looks like it's going to be amazing! I'm actually glad they made the film for The Hobbit after the Lord of the Rings movies, because now they've got Gollum all worked out.

  2. What great pictures! They are all so autumn-y! I cannot wait for the leaves to start changing and the air to get more crisp!

    1. I'm so glad you like them! I'm so excited for autumn, too-- time for hot chocolate, mittens, and apple-flavored everything!

  3. I would have sworn the squirrel candleholder was some antique little find. Thanks for sharing these. :D

    1. I thought so too! I was totally blown away when I found out that it was just a little spray-painted rubber animal. My first thought was, "I could make one of those." My next thought was, "I could make a LOT of those." Have a wonderful day!


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