Saturday, December 11, 2010

Traction in the Rain

It's too hot in the apt to sleep tonight. Back to Christmas shopping for the bf. It can be difficult, as I mentioned before, but I think I am done at last!

Of interest, perhaps, to you: I bought this book for him tonight, a book of dreams! I can't believe I'd never heard of Lloyd Kahn before somewhere along the line -- he lives in Bolinas and wrote the famous book Shelter in the early 70s. (I'm loving his blog now!) I've picked up Builders of the Pacific Coast multiple times at my favorite shop, Gravel and Gold, and been totally taken -- the houses and spirits shown within are just what make my little heart sing (and the bf will agree)! The images resonate with what I've grown up around and what we hope our future dream home will be someday -- derived from and in harmony with nature, a bit rough edged, and hewn with love. It seems like just the kind of fantastical book we need to have in our home -- utterly inspiring. I have to admit this gift is as much for me as it is for him! I may post more about it once I've read the whole thing.

Other Christmas gifts I'm giving are super man-specific so I won't go into great detail here...Giants tickets for the three of us and a Nitty Gritty vinyl cleaner (we are both huge record collectors), other assorted odds and ends. Last year we had a gift-free Christmas, which was good, and this year I overdid it, maybe to compensate? It's always a bit of a trial, attempting to figure out what will be a hit for the man who claims he doesn't want anything. But the payoff is grand, seeing his surprised and sweet face!

And, thanks to Lloyd's blog, I have spotted yet another book I would love to pick up eventually:


  1. Oh wow, this is awesome!!!! Going to check out the blog. That loft is just so dreamy!! LOVE that you are a record collecting couple. My husband and I collect. I've sort come to a stopping point for now though but he continues. Had to have the foundation reinforced to accomodate the weight.

  2. My brother-in-law, who is a carpenter down in Half Moon Bay, has Builders of the Pacific Coast, it's so amazing. That third picture just blows me away. Can you even imagine?! Such an awesome gift, for the both of you ;)

    Hey, totally unrelated, but I was browsing etsy yesterday and came across these:[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=vintage. I think they're pretty rad and thought you might like 'em :)

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  4. Not to be a copycat, just saw that Missa left you something, I found this by way of another blog and thought of you:

  5. hey gals, so sweet of you to think of me! both items are adorable! tera, i love that you and the hub are record collectors as well!

    so speaking of partners in crime, mine broke his knee cap 2 days no trip to calistoga for us, and he's in a brace for the next 2 months at least. agh!