Favorite Things

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Ten things that delight me:

  1. CHAMPAGNE! And I covet this little suitcase for one’s Veuve.

 2. Beautiful, old-fashioned soap labels, like these from Claus Porto.

claus porto 3
Violets! My absolute fave.

3. Charles Dickens’s characters, especially The Infant Phenomenon (aka Ninetta Crummles) from Nicholas Nickleby and the sublimely flustered Flora Finching from Little Dorrit.

The Infant Phenomenon
Dickens quotation

5. (Really it’s #4, but being my own webmaster, I can’t manage to fix that). DOG shaming on the internet.

dog shame

Shilasdair yarn is dyed with  native plants.                            

6. Knitting yarn, especially Shetland and Shilasdair from Scotland and cashmere lace yarn from Louisa Harding’s Yarntelier in England.

The Shilasdair Yarn shop on the Isle of Skye

 7. Really good chocolate. And I’m not talking Hershey’s kisses, either. 

Paris chocolate box
Patrick Roger, Place de la Madeleine, Paris

8. Dog-foot violets.

 9. Beautiful embroidery, preferably old.

Gentleman’s waistcoat-Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.


Gucci, Paris. Loafers? Bedroom slippers? You tell me.

and 10.

Maison Ladurée, Paris.

Ladurée packaging- so beautiful it makes me want to cry (while eating macarons.)

 My ten favorite books, in no particular order (as of today):

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

True Grit by Charles Portis ( Donna Tartt absolutely rules with the narration of the audiobook)

secret garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (must be illustrated by Tasha Tudor) 

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Ruby Dee’s narration of the audiobook is earth-shattering.)

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity fair
Frontispiece from 1913 edition from Davis Brass Rare Books

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