Flaky Friday


It has turned into one of those days and I simply won’t have time to finish the post I’d started for today—but as a voracious reader (online and off, but I doubt any of you actually want to drive over to check out my home’s physical library), I do at least have a few things to share with you!

It was great fun living vicariously through Mod Betty’s trip to Del Buono’s Bakery in New Jersey. Though gluten is off-limits to me, fabulous roadside kitsch never is! I love stuff like that—it always makes me smile (and if you can’t smile on a road trip, for goodness’ sake, you’re missing out on one of the major points).

Head to the beach with your pooch—Roadtrippers has a list of American dog-friendly beaches and a link to help you search for more.  Continue reading


Mobile Art Gallery in Tucson

This video about a new take on wildly popular food trucks was recently posted on ArtFire’s Nosh blog:

Fabulous idea, don’t you think? It’s probably much less daunting for artists while also providing them with a very memorable form of exposure. I also suspect many people who would not visit a local gallery—either because they don’t want to or are unable to head downtown, people who don’t even think about that possibility, and those who fear being intimidated by a gallery environment—would be more than happy to pop into a mobile art gallery such as Planet Rabbit!

I’d be just peachy with this sort of gallery taking off—not only could mobile galleries park themselves in the suburbs and outer reaches of the city, they could show up at local fairs and festivals, too, affording even wider publicity for the artists chosen. What do you think?

Five-link Wednesday

It's true!

It’s true! Don’t laugh, read on!

Today seemed like a good day to share a few links with you all—just a quick spin of interesting things around the web.

First of all, you know how much I enjoy embroidery, and I’ve more patterns than I’ll probably ever be able to stitch. Even so, Mollie Johansen’s newest (free!) release, Fiesta Gato, has gone right to the top of my to-stitch list! That maraca-waving kitty is just too cute—and those tiny fish on his instruments really make the pattern, if you ask me. Continue reading

When is the last time you saw a red-checked tablecloth?

Liberty Images Photo


Jan at Restaurant-ing Through History has a brief, interesting look at the rise and fall of red-checkered tablecloths in restaurants. After reading, I thought about the last time I’d seen one in a diner or other eating establishment, but couldn’t think of one! I do recall bananas being used as napkins at the Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas, but a red-checked tablecloth? The last time we ate off one (with dinnerware, of course!) was right here at home.

Though they’re obviously out of favour at restaurants (for now), I’ll always love the good cheer and homey-ness of a red-check tablecloth. How about you?

Proper attribution of photos under the Creative Commons license

Photo copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; all rights reserved. Pinning to this page is okay.

Something I—and any consumer of online media—see a lot is people using images without proper attribution of any kind. Not only is this unfair to the original creator and anyone wanting more information about said image, it’s wrong, and that is true even when an image is licensed under Creative Commons. Not only that, but many people don’t properly attribute Creative Commons-licensed images, which is also wrong.

When I wrote my post featuring thought-provoking words from Jacques Barzun a week ago, featuring the artists of which he wrote was important (and seemed sensible to me). Happily, many of these works are in the public domain, but even so, I obtained them from somewhere, and wanted you to find them while also giving credit to the host. Of course, if you find Creative Commons-licensed things online, it may seem difficult to figure out exactly how to properly attribute the works, because one must include the title, the artist, the license, the location—but fear not! A quick search turned up this infographic explaining the whole process in very simple terms! Continue reading