Third Annual Red Nun Music Festival

September 3 is the third annual Red Nun Music Festival at the Red Nun Bar and Grill in Chatham, MA. Above is the flyer I created for Sidewalk Driver, who participates in this event each year.

The Red Nun Music Festival benefits the Pals for Life Foundation is a response mechanism dedicated to providing emergency funds to families and/or individuals in need of immediate assistance.

Labor Day weekend is a popular time on Cape Cod, so if you are in the Chatham area on September 3, I encourage you go get out to this event to hear some great music and support a great cause!

Color Blocked Book Case

The floors in my apartment were recently refinished, which meant strategically moving around furniture to fully expose the floors that needed work. When it was time to piece my apartment back together, I decided to try something new with the way I arrange my books in my bookcase.

I have never been a stickler about keeping books alphabetized, but I have always had them in some sort of order - usually by author and then by category (reference, home, design/photography, nonfiction, fiction...). I have also cut down on my book library over the years by donating the ones I really won't use anymore to a person or place who could use them, so I only have one moderately sized book case to deal with.

This time around, I decided to group my books by color. Yes - a color blocked book case. It is more pleasing to the eye, and since I have a manageable amount of books, I can still find the book I am looking for very quickly, even if it's next to a totally unrelated book.

Sure - it's not perfect. It just so happens I have a colorful array of books with varying color levels, but I think it's a nice change at least! I particularly like the colors of the middle two shelves. 

It was also interesting to see how some books that fall in the same general category also have similar color patterns. The yellow block is mostly cook books and home-related books (yes I keep cookbooks in the book case, not the kitchen), and the pink block is mostly - you guessed it - books written with a female audience in mind. The blue section is almost all astrology books, with a little Martha Stewart Home Living thrown in for good measure!

I'm pleased with my book case color pattern and look forward to seeing how the rainbow grows over time!

Amy Sedaris' Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

Did you know that Amy Sedaris, best known for her role on Strangers with Candy, is also an author? Well, I discovered this several years ago when her book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence was published. I immediately bought it for myself and also purchased it as a housewarming gift for two friends who were new homeowners. It is both thoroughly entertaining as well as informative!

When I stopped into Porter Square Books this weekend (a nice activity on early Saturday mornings... they open at 8am!), I noticed she has a more recent book out focused on crafts: Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. The title alone made me laugh out loud because I know how easy it is to put a serious dent in my wallet with one trip to a craft supply store. A stop for some glue or paint brushes can turn into "Hey, while I am here, I should get all the supplies I would need to start needlepoint, because I have always wanted to try that." Anyway, this book aims to keep crafters creative on a low budget. Or at least laughing at the ideas she has come up with.

You will "discover how to make popular crafts, such as: crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins; remember which kind of glue to use with which material (tacky with furry, gummy with gritty, paste with prickly, and always gloppy with gandy); create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents (sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat); and cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes."

For your viewing pleasure, I have included her video tutorial on how to create Pompoms:

Russo-Japanese War: First war shown to the world through the media

On a recent trip to Portsmouth, NH, I stopped by the John Paul Jones House to view their exhibit on the Treaty of Portsmouth. The Treaty of Portsmouth of 1905 stands today as one of history's great peace negotiations. It ended the Russo-Japanese War and marked the emergence of a new era of diplomatic negotiations, multi-track diplomacy. This war was also the first war the world saw through the media.

By 1904, various media technologies were widely in use and a great number of publications could print lithographs and photography. Journalists sent numerous images of the war from the battlefield to the world. With no radio or television available, books, magazines, newspapers, posters, and postcards played a significant role on shaping public opinion.

Here are some photos of some of the postcards and printed material from this time period:

The treaty was signed on September 5, 1905. It was really interesting to learn about the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and America's role in making it happen. I would recommend a visit to the museum if you are in the area!

Summer, Cont'd.

More photos from summer, via instagram.

Street Performer, Harvard Square
Street Performer, Harvard Sq, Cambridge MA

Camden Yards, Baltimore MD
Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

Pensive Man, Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA