Friday, August 29, 2014

still here...kindofnotreally

it's been an age!  this has been a tough transition time, as i'm sure was obvious by the previous posts.  repatriation did not go smoothly, and many a life-changing decision has been made over the past six months since our return because of it.

the allen family bermuda triangle struck with a mighty blow and knocked me and the kiddos back to houston.  my sweet husband, however, remains in iowa.  this is not ideal.  we're doing an every-other-week thing with varying success, and have high hopes for his being in houston full-time before long.  the kids love their new schools and are doing very well, but that's to be expected just because...that's what is expected.  they do seem happier, but they miss their dad. 

fingers crossed that a program/hospital/practice gets a clue and snatches rich up sooner rather than later.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

glad påsk, still a bit early (part two)


more vintage swedish easter postcards.  i think i have a disorder...something something graphicum designium på sverige...i don't know.  these date from a bit before the previous group, probably the 1910s to the 1930s.  not quite as minimal, but with lots of easter kissing, easter chicks, black cats and some witches.  only one bunny.

happy (early) easter!















Tuesday, April 15, 2014

glad påsk, a bit early (part one)

they don't tell you about the ginormous radioactive chickens until AFTER you land at årlanda...

and a very happy early easter to you, too!  we have a super-busy week coming up in the triangle, and i didn't want to miss out on posting these easter postcards.  as you've probably guessed, glad påsk means "happy easter" in swedish...and, as i've admitted publicly, i'm still in sweden in my head.  as i've also admitted publicly, i'm a giant fan of mid-century swedish graphic design, thus i bring you EVEN MORE delightful examples of such.  they are wonderful in their simplicity--with just a minimal amount of color and line, a great impact is made even with something as commonplace as a holiday postcard.  in sweden, you don't see many easter bunnies, rather you see the easter rooster.  sometimes there's a hen and usually some chicks, always some eggs, but the easter bunnies seem to be few and far between.  i wonder why?

part two to come soon...















(that's the sun smiling down on stockholm in the background...you're definitely hoping for that by easter!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

last walk around södermalm


my friends céline, jen, sol, and sometimes ana, taruna and jette, and i had a weekly walk around söder island.  these are shots from our last walk in late january, taken with céline, and greatly greatly greatly missed by me.  what i think is most interesting is the light--these were shot at 9:00 in the morning.  while it was certainly overcast i didn't think it was terribly cloudy--the light is just really so fragile that any amount of interference reduces it to almost nothing.  it does help explain the massive vitamin D deficiency i'm currently battling...









i wish.  she does kind of look like me, though!

Friday, April 11, 2014

vintage swedish travel pennants


before i left stockholm, i bought a handful of rumpled swedish travel pennants from the red cross store by the kids' school. they were all knotted together and looking ratty, but i smushed them with my trusty iron and lo and behold they emerged mighty fine. i am such a fan of swedish graphic design from this era, and i really love travel souvenirs...however i wish i could say i visited all these places. next time.