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Christmas in a Book

Some of my favorite books as a child were literal picture books – no words, just pictures. Every time you “read” the book you make up a different story to go with the pictures.

This is kind of like that.

Yusuke Oono created a cut paper book that captures a bit of Christmas.

I love this so much, it is beautiful and delicate, elegant and festive, a perfect snippet of Christmas.

I can imagine using this book to invent a story, maybe a new one each year.

I also love how tiny it is – just a little snippet, small enough to fit in a pocket.


Have a magical Tuesday,

Sarah from Design Flourishes

all images from here

via My Modern Met

Making snail mail pretty

Hi there, it’s Naomi Bulger from Messages in Bottles. Today I wanted to share with you some happy mail that I’ve been sending out to readers of my blog. I love to draw little pictures on the envelopes, and I try to make them as special as possible with string and wax seals and different things. I like to imagine what it must be like to receive something like this in the mail, instead of just the usual bills (if your mailbox is anything like mine).

I have a couple of pen pals and receiving mail from them makes my day (week, month). And in sending out these packages, I’ve learned just how many more of us out there long for the old days of snail mail. There is something so special and tangible about actually getting a real letter in the mail. Taking your time with it. Sitting down with a cup of tea and reading it slowly.

Plus, every time I send out more packages with pictures on them like these, it makes the lady in the post office smile.

Getting Lost

I just spent a pleasant 10 minutes getting lost in these amazingly complex drawings – intellectually I can understand that colored pencils could create such detailed images, but this amount of beauty is astounding to me.

These are from new-to-me local LA artist Art Venti.

If you are looking for a gift for the art lover on your list I would like to point you to Saatchi for holiday present needs.

You can buy original fine art or prints like this one:

or this one:

Have a beautiful Tuesday,

Sarah from Design Flourishes


All images from Saatchi Online (I don’t work for them I just like the art)

Mucha in the Autumn

This year autumn seemed to hold off for several weeks later than usual. This weekend it got cold and so I find myself bundling up and drinking lots of tea.

For some reason I tend to think of Alphonse Mucha as a cold weather artist. He was from what is now the Czech Republic and I think of Prague in the winter as well.

His work is so intricate and detailed, it takes a while to take it all in, so maybe the slower pace of the winter seems to suit his style.

He could draw like a thousand angles. I once saw a film of him drawing – the speed and accuracy of his line was astounding.

He pretty much invented and popularized the Art Nouveau style in Paris in the 20s. He started his career painting theatrical scenery, and got his big break in Paris by painting a poster for a Sarah Bernhardt play. As a theater kid, I feel a bit of kinship with his story.

He painted many advertisements and posters, but his master work was his Slav Epic. It is 20 enormous canvases celebrating Slavic history. Each one is at least one story, most depict several story lines.

Mucha is one of my favorite artists. Although I have visited Prague several times (my parents even lived there for a couple of years) I never got to see the Slav Epic, which was displayed in a small town in the Czech countryside. It has since been moved, so it is a little easier to see. However, it is still on my “someday” list.

Browsing through his paintings I am struck by his mastery and the beauty that he found in the world. He even makes the cold look lovely.

Have a cozy Tuesday,

Sarah from Design Flourishes


All images from the Mucha Foundation website and

Mucha’s Wikipedia gallery

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