We recently finished watching the series Edwardian Farm. Its about three people (historian/archaeologist types) who are sent to live on a farm in Devon that has been almost untouched since the Edwardian era. The three live like their ancestors did, caring for livestock, making lace and picking apples for cider. In one episode, a sturdy sheep takes a big leap.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Jigsaw puzzles were invented in 1760 as a tool to teach geography. Dick Sawbridge with that stripy blanket on his lap used to make puzzles for the British Jigsaw Library and the Royal Family. He once made a puzzle for the Queen that featured a collage of corgis. He would use very clever cut designs to make the most challenging of puzzles - none of this die-cut cardboard business. I found all of this out in a great Cabinet article that you can find here.
everyone knows we love a cute dog here at milk and bread. we always say, "hi pup!" to any passing dogs on our travels. this is my new favourite kind, the irish wolfhound.
another favourite is a lurcher, a new kind of breed to me but they both have one thing in common - very scrappy fur; the way to my heart.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
luna 3 was a soviet space probe sent into the 'neighbourhood' of the moon, and ended up capturing some never-before-seen photos of the far side of the moon. i love the grainy quality, almost like a photocopy. in the textiles studio at sheridan, there is free use of the photocopier... a luxury that i miss VERY much.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
saw these images of plates made into people on pikaland, belonging to artist alice rebecca potter. she does a lot of surface design and illustration with textile hints and textures. these remind me in a way of those embroidered plastic bags by josh blackwell. almost like 3-d collage, with something very folkish.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
i have been eating versions of this sandwich almost every day since i returned to halifax after the break. a nice seedy toast, goats cheese, dijon mustard, sometimes avocado or tomato or sprouts, some baby greens, and an egg fried with mushrooms in butter. OH gosh it's so good, i'm going to make one now.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Introducing the Milk and Bread Personal Collection. For a short time, we're selling our favourite beautiful, vintage items that sit in our closets and never get worn. Each item has been hard to let go of - but deserves a loving home.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I learned about stanhope pens this summer while working at an antique shop. I came across a pen missing its stanhope lens which was too bad because thats the whole appeal of the pen. A stanhope is a tiny picture that is housed behind a lens so when the viewer peers into a tiny hole in a pen (or knives, as above) the picture is magnified. These pocket knives all have stanhopes in them. The photo is from The Stanhope Lens where there is lots of information on them too.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
meghan got me a lovely collection of 100 postcards from mcsweeney's quarterly called greetings from the ocean's sweaty face. my very very favourite postcard is by marcel dzama. the name sounded familiar, but i didnt realize he was canadian! i love the colour palette and the sort of vacant, sad feeling of it all.
another thing i received for christmas from my mom was hot potatoe by marc bell, yet another canadian artist. lovely to see so many toques!