Archive for April, 2011


Apr 26, 2011

My dears, posting will be a little light this week on the English Muse. It’s spring break and we’re moving into our new house…
I promise to return soon with photos!

(Photo by Party Tights.)

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Victorian Die Cuts

Apr 22, 2011

I love Victorian die cuts, of course. But these are just so good….Look at the guy in the wild hat!! Wow…
This little collection was put together by Ginny Branch Stelling, of the blog My Favorite Color is Shiny.


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Gracia & Louise

Apr 20, 2011

The collage creations of Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison…

The two artists from Melbourne are the publishers of zines and books,
spotlighting their compositions of curious and colorful things.
Their art is the visual equivalent of marzipan.


(Even more on Gracia & Louise’s Flickr page.)


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I just started “The Man Who Invented the Computer,” by Jane Smiley (yes, that Jane!).
It’s fascinating so far.
I’m such a computer geek. Of all the profiles I’ve written, one of my favorites is about Michael Heilemann, who created WordPress’ Kubrick theme. I love the backstory of the Internet.

What are you reading this week?


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Although I know from previous comments that some you absolutely hated Wuthering Heights, I wanted to post this illustration by Lizzy Stewart. I think it’s so charming and I love how Catherine is in sepia.

Have a lovely Monday, everyone!

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We’re out of escrow! We just got the keys to the little house. The books are all packed and we’re ready to go. I’m taking the camera over today to get pictures for you. I need lots of advice on how to turn this very plain (but cute) house into a really lovely cottage…

More later!

(Illustration by Mellanie C.)

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The April issue of Matchbook Magazine is out and I’ve been poring over every page. There’s a wonderful story about Minnie Mortimer (her family is considered New York royalty.) She’s married to Oscar winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, who did Syriana and Traffic.

Their Los Angeles home is amazing, but their library is beyond wonderful. It’s stylish, but in the way true bibliophiles’ collections are stylish–an arrangement that evokes both care for the books and their frequent use. Stacking is the tip-off!

(Photo from Matchbook Magazine.)

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…can’t quit…
Last night I had made a decision to close down this blog. But the truth is, I just can’t. It’s too important to me for reasons
I know all of you understand. I’m sorry about the drama.
Come what may, I’m here to stay.
(Photo by Parpadeo.)


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Because of circumstances outside my control, I regret to tell you that I must close down English Muse. I want to thank you for all your love and support over the past three years, especially last year after the death of my father.
I’m going to keep my RSS feed open, so please save it on your reader. (Or friend me on facebook.) Maybe someday I can start blogging again.

I am so sorry.


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Tuesday Media Bits

Apr 13, 2011

Three smart — and beautiful — newspaper articles:

Wall Street Journal: A Chanel Tweed or a Ladylike Existence?

New York Times: “Rooms with a View” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wall Street Journal: The season for bitter orange perfume.

(Photo, above, by Thereza Rowe.)

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We got the house!

Apr 12, 2011

Now comes the hard part: Packing all the books…

Maybe I should have opted for a Kindle after all!

(Photo by Liis Klammer.)

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After a year of apartment living, we put in a bid on a little cottage in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The house is tiny but the yard is huge — and I’m really looking forward to starting a new garden.

We’re hoping to find out today or tomorrow if we have the house.

Please keep your fingers crossed it works out this time!

(Collage by Little Gold Poppy.)

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