Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Post 2012

Since this is a day of "love" I want to share two things I love: heart-shaped rocks and small books. Whenever I walk at the edge of a lake on a shore covered with stones, it is not the horizon that holds my attention, but the shapes of stones beneath my feet. I cannot help myself. It is something I learned from my mother at a young age. Looking for the perfect shell on the beach or the perfect rock by the lake. My mother loved driftwood the most. And actually I love perfectly round stones the most, which are very rare, but because today is Valentine's, I am featuring some of my favorite heart-shaped rocks...

Beautifully designed small Bloomsbury Classics 
And small books. I love books that fit in the palm of my hand or easily in the pocket of my coat. It is like slipping a bit of magic in your pocket-- a story to carry with you everywhere you go. It will be there when you need it. Maybe waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for the bus. Small books are precious and somehow make me feel like a child again, even though they might not be a children's book. My dad had a small collection of small books. He loved history, so he carried little volumes of history in his coat pocket. And one of my favorite artists, David Hockney, illustrated a tiny volume of Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm with original etchings that measured only 4 1/2" tall by 3" wide. You can see it here. When I look at this tiny book it makes me want to draw tiny drawings with a very fine pen. And that is another thing I love. I love to draw with a fine-tipped pen.

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Lovely! I think you have passed on that love of collecting heart-shaped rocks to me...

  2. Lovely things and lovely post. Thanks for making me smile!

  3. Hey, I have a similar collection of heart shaped rocks! In fact, the neighborhood kids now look for them for me when they're on vacations and such. Love 'em! Happy Valentines, Lauren.

  4. Happy Valentine's to you too, Kelly! Heart rocks do become a community endeavor-- Grand Marais is where most of mine come from.

  5. Hi, Lauren: Allyn sent me. I'm crazy about your work, and your collection of heart-shaped rocks!