the small things | 10

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quilled fern at roath park, cardiff

this past month has been a particularly hard one. i know (hope) things will get a bit easier in the coming months, but it’s really hard to try to keep afloat when you feel like you’re drowning with a lead weight tied to your feet. regardless, there are always good things. fleeting moments or something a bit longer lasting – they truly do help to keep me going. things such as:

– getting back into making videos. i’ve missed it! i’m always filming bits and then not using them.
– reeses cups. a perfect little treat that doesn’t feel too ‘naughty’.
– wearing favourite clothes i’ve not worn for a while. feeling how soft they are and revelling at the colours & patterns.
– tending to my plants.
– spring-time rearing its head, little by little.
– finding a magnolia tree near me that i could actually get near, to pretend it was the one in my nans garden that i so loved as a child.
– marvelling over colour combinations.
– going for a walk on a sunny day and actually feeling warm.
this book.
– ‘the warm tile’ (basically, one tile in our kitchen heats up when the heating is on. it makes me happy to stand on it.)

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judging a book by its cover

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alexander girard book

erwin blumenfeld book

buy these: alexander girard | erwin blumenfeld: blumenfeld studio

artist, illustrator, photographer, designer, or just a person that appreciates visual stimulus ..we all do it. judging books by their covers. i mean this in a literal sense, not the metaphorical line about judging people and situations. it can be looked down upon, but i say embrace it!

have you ever taken time to study book covers? the art or photography on them. the lettering or choice of type. the colour combinations and the type of paper. are they bold and minimal or dark and overwhelming? does it have any imagery at all, or just custom type? who designed them? what sort of process goes into making a book cover? a lot of people might just look at a well designed cover and say ‘oh that’s nice!’ (nothing wrong with that by the way) but i really genuinely enjoy looking at book covers – both to get a sense of what’s inside, and on a level that just pleases me aesthetically.

great britain in colour book

botanicum book

buy these: great britain in colour | botanicum

most of my books are art or illustrated ones, hence why i took images of this kind of book for the post, but my point remains with written fiction and non fiction books too. infact, there are some excellent blogs/blog posts and instagram accounts featuring fantastic book covers, or trends in book cover design.

for example: the casual optimist, perfect bound, simon & schuster art works, book cover archive ..and many more.

do you have any particular favourite book covers (and do they also belong to your favourite book)? do you like any particular style of book cover design? or do you not care at all and just want to get stuck into reading/looking at the contents?

buy the below: vera: the art and life of an icon | olle eksell | sara midda’s south of france

vera: the art and life of an icon book

olle eksell book

sara midda's south of france book

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sunday links | 53

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pink leaf at roath park

· this alex norris comic is so true.

· as a person that is pretty much always ill in some form, this ‘still ill’ pin from darling distraction is a must have.

· love this post showing people making globes by hand. fascinating!

· fantastic post on engaging with brands on instagram.

· talking of instagram, this post is a must read for colour lovers looking for the best colour related hashtags!

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