Tumbling: Fondly Seen

I see lots of great stuff on blogs and magazine sites that I'm inspired by that I don't necessarily want to blog about (because I'm loathe to repost too much, especially something that's appeared on a few blogs).

Most often, these images end up dragged onto my desktop stashed in my inspiration folders, which hurts my obsessively-organized head and makes it hard to keep track of sources. So, I've decided to use Tumblr as an extension to Ill Seen, Ill Said called Fondly Seen. You can click through the images to see where I found them, often from my favourite blogs.

Image via Aya Brackett

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have really lovely plans for this evening! 2009 is going to be a really good 'un, so brace yourselves for it! Oh, and a reminder to enter my Kiehl's Giveaway if you haven't already :)

Happy New Year!

Image via LinaScheynius' Flickr


Morrison dresses are completely up my alley, they should rename themselves Flanagan.

Book report: The Last Modernist

I've been reading The Last Modernist solidly for two months and finished it today in a noisy Starbucks. It's a whopper of a book and getting through it was a true labour of love. Despite moments of searing insight from Cronin, I really prefer Knowlson's biography of Beckett, which takes a more scholarly approach and speculates less on his innermost feelings and psychology.

Beckett died in 1989, when I was thirteen. I remember the news, the tributes, the striking image of a man I knew little, or nothing, about. Our house was one where the classics were pushed, not modernist masters. But something unutterable struck me about the coverage and years later when I sought Beckett out, it was with a sense of finally pausing to acknowledge somebody who'd been there all along, patiently waiting for me to catch on.

Rose necklace

 Isn't this loveliness itself? I still love Etsy as much as the first day we met. From Simone Walsh.

Looking forward

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I didn't always, but last year I blogged some and actually kept them all year (something about blogging and feeling accountable, I reckon). So, I'm a convert.

2009 resolutions:
1. Keep writing. It makes me happier than anything else.
2. Wear my heart on my sleeve less. A lot less.
3. See music, try new restaurants even when feeling reclusive, which I often do.
4. Save those pennies.
5. Make concerted effort to talk to people, even when feeling stupid shy. No guarantees of success on this one, but as my tennis coach used to say, God loves a trier.

And some minor notes to self:
1. Remember birthdays, send cards instead of lazy e-mails.
2. Keep dreadfully out-of-date portfolio up-to-date.
3. Do more yoga. I always feel better when I do yoga.

Things to buy:
1. A rug for my living room.
2. A new bed and a proper bed frame.
3. A new telly (I own the last CRT in the world).
4. And I actually need shoes. Seriously. It's true.

Setting myself up for success:
1. Already booked a trip home in May.
2. Bought theatre tickets for Tom Stoppard and David Mamet. Fingers crossed for some good Dublin theatre too.
3. I purged my closet on St. Stephen's Day. Love that organized feeling!

Beautiful image by Corrie Bond

Zeha Berlin

Fab shoes from Zeha Berlin's classics collection. For him and her. And for me too!


I wish these Golden outfits came in Jane-size, I would wear them in a heartbeat. Discovered via Simplesong.

1000th post & GIVEAWAY!

My 1000th post is falling at a wonderful time. I'm feeling optimistic and excited about what 2009 holds. And, of course, this blog is part of that. I love having so many kind readers and nothing seems to dampen my enthusiasm for the little place we've carved out here at Ill Seen, Ill Said. Thank you all!

Still, no matter how upbeat you feel on January 1st
, winter blues can set in. So, I'm giving one lucky reader a Kiehl's winter survival set containing 7 top products, including my favourite Creme de Corps. I've used Kiehl's products for nearly fifteen years (splurging even when I couldn't afford to), so am delighted to treat you to this gift!

How to enter: Just leave a comment on this post (make sure to include an e-mail address!) Enter before midnight EST on Thursday January 8th. I'll draw the winner at random on Friday, January 9th.


Inspired layering from the resort collection of Graydn by Todd Magill. With Christmas over, I'm immediately pining for Spring and light, softly layered looks. This label is turning out to be a consistent favourite.

Aidlin Darling Design

Beautiful spaces from Aidlin Darling Design. Concrete makes me so happy.

Andy Warhol

My inner child would have hours of fun with a box of crayons and this Andy Warhol colouring book.

Merry Merry!

Hope you all have a fun and festive couple of days. If you're traveling, drive safe. If you're alone, have a third and fourth helping (nobody's watching;). If you get horrible presents, take it heroically, you'll feel like a better person. If you're stressed, just breathe and reboot. If you are happy and in love, well... what more can you ask for!?

Wishing you all a Merry Merry!


Photo via The Cherry Blossom Girl

A poem for a winter day

Snow Day by Billy Collins
Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

In a while I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I will shake a laden branch,
sending a cold shower down on us both.

But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,
as glad as anyone to hear the news

that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,
the Ding-Dong School, closed,
the All Aboard Children's School, closed,
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with -- some will be delighted to hear --

the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School,
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and -- clap your hands -- the Peanuts Play School.

So this is where the children hide all day,
These are the nests where they letter and draw,
where they put on their bright miniature jackets,
all darting and climbing and sliding,
all but the few girls whispering by the fence.

And now I am listening hard
in the grandiose silence of the snow,
trying to hear what those three girls are plotting,
what riot is afoot,
which small queen is about to be brought down.

Sarah Perlis

A few of my favourite bloggers posted about Sarah Perlis rings. And I was smitten. But, then I pulled a complete blank on her name and went trawling through archives of all my fave blogs to no avail. So then I went through every single url in my browser history until I found her again (woman on a mission, what can I say). Worth it though... 


Chelsea blogged about one of her flower favourite books and I hopped over to this website and started clicking around and found this room and decided it's where I want to live.

Once indoors...

I like being out and about, trudging through the snow. But, once I get back inside my warm apartment, intentions of going back outdoors slip away and I find myself cozy, curled up with a book. I could happily snuggle up in this from Toast.


I love these crystal pendants from Unearthen, especially the Aqua Aura Quartz.

Listening to...

and watching, this...

White Winter Hymnal from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

Emma Cassi

Isn't this precious?

Happy Holidays!

I know many of you will be going offline in the next few days, so thought I'd do this now... To celebrate the season, I wanted to do something a little special for all my blog readers... So, please meet Cargo, our new donkey! I have sponsored Cargo on our behalf for the next year.

Cargo is a medium-brown Standard donkey, admitted for lifelong care to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in May, 2003. He has a white area along is nose and his left ear is permanently floppy. Cargo is a popular member of the family of residents at the Sanctuary Farm. He brings much pleasure to the people with whom he comes in contact and it is evident that he is extremely content as he roams the fields, grazing and frolicking with his equine friends.

Holiday outfits

I would wear any of these Noa Noa outfits on Christmas Day. Love the casual-dressy layering and, most especially, the scarves...


Tagged again! This time by Laura of Bellwether Days. The challenge this time is to name five things I love everyday. Here goes:
1. My Emma Bridgewater mug, which I use every morning
2. Kiehl's Creme de Corps, which makes me silky soft
3. My Claddagh ring was a gift received when I was twenty. I wear it every day
4. Reading material, be it blogs, books, newspapers...
5. The Starbucks where I write (oh, and I do so enjoy my coffee!)

Because this is a relatively easy tag, I'm going to pass it on for a change, to you:
a. Laura of Newedist
b. Courtney of Under a Paper Moon
c. Tara of Cowgirl your got that something
d. Laura of Particular Aesthetic
e. Michelle of Sugar Pie Express


Kuidaore: The most beautiful food blog I've ever seen.

A poem for Thursday

This poem is by Mark Strand from Selected Poems. I like it so much I can't begin to say precisely what I like in it, or I won't stop...

Keeping Things Whole
In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.


I know, I know... it's cruel to show you this in winter. It makes me crave leafy light and birdsong and sunshine on my eyelids.

Kamilla Antonio

I think these hair accessories are sweet as pie.

Gailan Ngan

Simple, beautiful ceramics from Gailan Ngan.

The Reader

I went to see The Reader tonight and loved it. I read the book many years ago and was surprised how vividly it came back. Up there with Unbearable Lightness as a great adaptation of a book I thoroughly loved.

Fedora bags

I love this new range of bags from M0851. Wouldn't this be perfect for a weekend getaway? Oh! Now I want a weekend getaway too. Look what I've gone and done to myself.

Nomenus Quarterly

I'm obsessed with Nomenus Quarterly and the work of Erik Madigan Heck. Such genius. Go through the archive and you'll be spellbound, I promise. This photo is by Erik Madigan Heck and from the current issue, from the Alberta Ferretti shoot.

Sarah Wilmer

I'm a humongous fan of Sarah Wilmer's work and could blog about many of her photographs, but these seem particularly season-appropriate, albeit a little eerie.

Blitzen Trapper

I'm listening to Blitzen Trapper while I write, finding myself wanting to go on a road trip and forget stupid deadlines.

Tsumori Chisato

I don't care what you say, I'm allowed to love this top.

A poem for Sunday

On Friday, or maybe Saturday, I can't remember now, I went to the bookstore and stood in the poetry section and picked up books by poets, some known, some not. And opened them and read a random poem. And when I found one I loved I bought the book. And that's how I found David Berman. Here's the poem. It's from Actual Air.

New York, New York

A second New York is being built
a little west of the old one.
why another, no one asks,
just build it, and they do.

They city is still closed off
to all but the work crews
who claim it's a perfect mirror image

Truthfully, each man works on the replica
of the apartment building he lives in,
adding new touches,
like cologne dispensers, rock gardens,
and doorknobs marked for grand hotels.

Improvements here and there, done secretly
and off the books. None of the supervisors
notice or mind. Everyone's in a wonderful mood,
joking, taking walks through the still streets
that the single reporter allowed inside has described as

"unleavened with reminders of the old city's complicated past,
but giving off some blue perfume from the early years on earth."

The men grow to love the peaceful town.
It becomes more difficult to return home at night,

which sets the wives to worrying.
The yellow soups are cold, the sunsets quick.

The men take long breaks on the fire escapes,
waving across the quiet spaces to other workers
meditating on their perches.

Until one day...

The sky fills with charred clouds.
Toolbelts rattle in the rising wind.

Something is wrong.

A foreman stands in the avenue
pointing binoculars at a massive gray mark
moving towards us in the eastern sky.

Several voices, What, What is it?

Pigeons, he yells through the wind.


Lately, I've been loving Jurlique products. I especially love the Citrus Hand Cream. It makes me want to dip my hands in water and make lemonade!

HeinsHome Design

Last week, Oh Joy! posted this fabulous interior shot. You can imagine that the grey and blue scheme was right up my alley.

At first, I thought the pouf was this one by Flocks, but some out-loud phonetic reading made sense enough of the credits to take me here. This site has me considering a crocheted pouf as an eminently doable project. I love the rug too!

The Last Elk

The giant Irish Elk went extinct at the end of the Ice Age. It's believed that the huge size of their antlers as well as climate change caused their extinction.

This animation by Brown Bag Films is sweet and sad. They also did the amazing Give Up Yer Aul Sins, which I watch every Christmas. And Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly's History of Ireland which had me rocking in my seat with laughter.

TO & Co.

Just came across this brand and couldn't wait to share. Available in Canada here.

Applesauce Cookies

I think I have to bake some of these on the weekend too. Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies from Martha.

Me & Ro

Do you ever look at something you've seen a gazillion times and ignored, and suddenly think, I love it, it's perfect? Button bracelet from Me & Ro.

Weekend plans

I always feel like the weekend has begun on Thursday night. This one is chockablock full of chores, some fun, some daunting. Here's my to-do list:

- Bake Mum's famous Porter Cake (pretty much the most alcoholic cake you can imagine)
- Tidy apartment top to bottom
- Write 6 (yes 6!) columns; drink coffee first
- Find Christmas presents for difficult-to-buy-for people (you know who you are!)
- Buy some sprigs of holly...and maybe some paperwhites or an amaryllis
- Definitely clean clothes for next week
- And it's not the weekend without some Jane time, just gazing out windows, mulling what's on my mind...

Flickr Images: 1. Doolin Surf, 2. œ, 3. Untitled, 4. fog

Sandra Juto

These pretties are mine now. Though it's really high time I did some seasonal shopping for others... This weekend, not one thing for me. I swear.

Nicholas Hughes

Are you a water baby? I am, but I'm scared of swimming in lakes. I only love salt water. These photos by Nicholas Hughes are wrecking my little head, in a good way (via Lost, which I love).

A poem for Wednesday

I'm feeling simultaneously harried and calm this week, if that's possible... Here's a poem by Aram Saroyan from the Bolinas Poems. He often cures what ails me, especially when I can't quite put my finger on it myself.

The Great American Novel

I don't want to write the great American novel
And set people walking across the pages of a book
Doing things like sweating on page 4, praying on page 45,
Making love on 200, and smoking cigarettes on 85, 107, 136
And a lot of other pages—what good would that do?

What good would it do to make up a hero who combines
All of my good qualities and only a few of my faults
And set him loose through sentences and paragraphs,
Periods and semicolons, as well as continuous commas,
Making the world an arresting drama of keen insights

And killer instincts, of loners and lovers, devils
And angels, the power-mad and the happy poor?
After all, the world is something else when you get
Right down to it: a ladybug, for instance. A child
Who needs her shoe tied. And I don't know if I could

Find the proper time and place for such reality in
My sweeping saga of will and deception, telephone calls
And unbelievable tension, plus booze, pot, and pills.
Would any of my characters be able to stomach, or even
Notice the small tragedy of the leaves in the fall,

A sidewalk chalk drawing, or a Mickey Mouse watch?
Probably not. They would be so obsessed with money and war,
The price of oil and the rise of Third World powers that
There just wouldn't be time for such trivia. And my hero
Himself would be lost to me forever, and I would be lonely.

Move-in ready

Remodelista posted this via Materialicious. Based on this one photo alone, I would move in. See the whole house here. Photograph by James Morris.


I still wear my USSR childhood watch mainly because I've been completely unable to find a suitable alternative. I like round faces and loathe roman numerals on a watch. And it's imperative that the number 6 be intact (it's my lucky number and often obscured on watches). I've fallen pretty hard for this one by Max Bill for Junghans. More affordable is this Achille Castiglioni Alessi one, which I'm also partial to.

Dan McCarthy

I don't play favourites with my art. But the Dan McCarthy hanging over my bed is very special indeed (this one). He recently started a print club and I think it's the perfect gift for the art lover in your life. It's priced for a really special gift. But, as you can see, Dan's work deserves special status.

Autumn Cashmere

Moving away from the chunky looks, this seems like a very French approach to cashmere. J'adore! From Autumn Cashmere.

Abigail Percy

Talented Abigail (I've blogged about her a gazillion times) has new delicious pieces in her Etsy store and her online store. I just bought the bangle!

The Tudors

Hands down my favourite show on the telly... And not just because of the Irishman playing the King. Or the Irishwoman playing Katherine of Aragon. Or the other Irishman playing the pope. Though all of that tickles me pink too. What's your favourite thing on TV these days?