Oliver Jeffers

Sooo for the last couple years I’ve been following the success of children’s author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers. He’s Irish, haaat*, but most importantly, I think, talented. For $20 a book (hardcover), I look at it as getting a collection of his prints, a good chuckle, and a boat load of inspiration. Plus, a few of his stories involve a penguin, which is my most favorite animal.

To start out with, I suggest Lost and Found, The Great Paper Caper, and The Book Eating Boy. I’m most excited about his latest ‘Up and Down’. Here’s a sample of his illustrations, plus a video version of his book Lost and Found, and a video of him at his studio (where the magic happens).

P.S. I’ve looked into it. His wife is beautiful. Whatever.

***haaat= the best kind of hot. usually in an ‘im from out of town and am probably either Scottish, Irish, or English’ which also usually means ‘im a grade ‘a’ wordsmith, which shines through most when combined with my foreign wit, charm, and dry sense of humor’.


To Dry For

When I have disposable income, I plan on spending some of it on these lovely tea towels.


Whilst I was in Johannesburg staying at my Aunt’s, I participated in some solo water exercising. I learned the routine from my Aunt. My friend Jo, who has been living in Japan and I miss greatly, is a lifeguard and I decided to share my routine with her. I figured she would have some insightful tips to help maximize it’s potential so I made a simplified diagram. Then I thought I would share it with the world wide web.

Lucky Find

I used to live across the street from here (first house on left) for about 7 years and never uncovered these tiles until 2 months before we moved. I was so excited, there was ridiculous amounts of self-chatting going on when I came across this. Plus I was avec leg cast at the time (car accident, boring story), unearthing one of the highlights of my summer. I haven’t figured out how I’m going to use them yet but consider this part one.


After a good six month hiatus, which included a broken foot, traveling to distant lands, and moving from the cosy ‘burbs to the city, its time to get my ‘serious’ face on. Look back for plenty more bullyshaggles!