Monday, February 2, 2009

My latest obsession

After a bit of time off to get my son to settle in to school, it's back to full time work today. Oh how I was enjoying pretending to be a stay at home mum! Back to reality today, and it was totally full on, but I felt needed and useful, so that's good.

Anyways, on to my latest obsession. Text and fonts. I think I've been reading too many Scandanavian blogs. If you are a fan of these blogs too then you too will have noticed that a lot of the 'Scandanavian white blogs' as I call them (and there are many) seem to feature writing in some form. For instance yesterday I was reading about a very interesting lady, creator of Emmelines blog, who turned a plain jane Ikea shoe cupboard into a one of a kind piece by painting it white and putting the words to 'These boots are made for walking' on the front of the drawers. Cute! See it here. She used Scriptina font (see, that's how bad I'm getting, I can even identify the names of fonts now).

All around me I seem to see examples of the most exquisite, old-style text (this first one looks a little like Cezanne font to me...)

Par Courrier

But I also like bold graphic text, like on these cushions

In this artwork...

...or on this ribbon. Text and ribbon - two of my loves together!

I'd totally love this in my house, a vintage Melbourne tram scroll, stained with age.

Then there's handwritten text. This picture below combines my love of text with an organised home - another one of my obsessions!

Australian Home Beautiful

I don't know what these next ones are, but it looks like french text, perhaps pages torn from a large book, or maybe they are old school posters...anyway, divine.....

I love asian text too

Wrapped in recylcled paper, I want these pencils!

I don't have much in the way of text in my home, except this big rusty letter below, which I've had for years. It could be a C or a U, depending upon which way you look at it.

There's a US website where you can order text to stick on your walls or your furniture, here.

Best wishes to you,


Lee said...

Hi Catherine - just read your comment on my blog. You're right it is uncanny! Although I must say I like the weather tram scroll in your post much more than the one I posted.

manon said...

beau reportage


Velvet and Linen said...

Love it Catherine!
I had to check out the cabinet on Emmelines blog.
You are right, it looks just lovely.
I think I need to incorporate this idea into my shop
Thank you for the inspiration, as always.


Maya@Completely-Coastal said...

Really lovely letters. I have a large steel B in a very nice font from a sign!

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

Oh, I love those letters! Thanks for the idea, darling!

Terri said...

I've always loved words and fonts and I am a bit of a geek about it too, sometimes surfing the net for new fonts. : )

Meg said...

Catherine, your blog is a daily pick me up- I love your style! The Ikea cupboard idea is fantastic- I have a lot of Ikea furniture we bought when we moved overseas and I’ve been looking for a way to make them one-of-a-kind. Thanks for this post!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Love this post. I have been so busy at work that I was behind on my reading. So I was so happy to get into bed tonight and catch up on your blog. Great posts. I need to take another read to really soak it all in.

I hope your son is off to a good start at school!

delamare said...

Hi Catherine. I am also addicted to typography (something to do with being an editor perhaps?), so I really enjoyed this post. I also got a kick out of visiting the Norwegian blog you mentioned; not only is it beautiful, but the automatic translation into English was most amusing!

LexyB said...

Love a hand-written font ... makes me feel all earthy and in touch with a biro.

ness lockyer said...

You know I LOVE text, fonts...anything like that. So I loved this post. I am off to have a look at that blog.
Ness xx

Cathy Louise said...

Oh me too Catherine!!!
Words, letters, fonts and I am blessed as i get to use them most days in my charms so I am lucky...but aren't the old metal letters you see on the european blogs just something to drool over, especially the white washed or metal ones!!!!! c xx


Hi Catherine,

OMG, I was thinking of posting on all the lettering I've seen lately, (great minds think alike) Of course I will have to scrap that now! You post is amazing!....


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