Yes, that is true; and something more
You’ll find, where’er you roam,
That marble floors and gilded walls
Can never make a home.

But every house where Love abides,
And Friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home-sweet-home:
For there the heart can rest.

– Excerpt from A Home Song by Henry Van Dyke

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One of the first images that I “pinned” to Pinterest was this illustration by Swedish artist Jonas Löfgren. It is Enid Coleslaw, the lead character portrayed by Thora Birch in the movie Ghost World. On Pinterest, I labeled it “my doppelgänger” because it (sort of) reminded me of myself with the black-rimmed glasses, and the chin-length bob parted on the side and held in place by a barrette. Here are other young female protagonists as interpreted by Jonas.  Jonas Löfgren 02

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Emily Browning as Violet Baudelaire in the movie Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams in the television series The Addams Family

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Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal TenenbaumsJonas Löfgren 04

Violet Parr in the animated movie The IncrediblesJonas Löfgren 06

Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice

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When I was six, I participated in an art contest in celebration of National Nutrition Month. I drew a boy surrounded by smiling fruits and vegetables. I won and took home a set of pop-a-point pencils. I was on cloud nine! But the truth is, I didn’t even know I was in a contest at that time; I just thought that the other kids and I were doing something enjoyable for school.

Win or lose, even without big prizes at stake, I’ve always found contests a lot of fun. So when I received the e-mail  announcing Oysho’s Pop-Up Gallery drawing competition, I didn’t need to be convinced to join.

My entry was inspired by an excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. In Chapter 5, Alice told the Queen that “one can’t believe impossible things.” The Queen replied that Alice just didn’t have much practice. She added: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

And here they are, my five impossible things (during breakfast): a flying milk carton, a dancing apple, a nerdy teacup, a fitness buff teaspoon, and a hippie chic slice of bread. Put them together in one (death-defying) circus act and you get impossible thing no. 6!

So, how many impossible things did you believe today?



If you like vintage illustrations, then these old matchbox labels would surely be a treat. Almost of all these were taken from the Flickr account of Jane McDevitt (aka maraid), where she keeps photos of over 1,600(!!) vintage matchbox labels. Her collection, composed mostly of labels from 1950’s and 1960’s Eastern Europe, is definitely worth the visit. (I regret not having discovered about vintage matchbox labels sooner, considering the flea markets I have already seen in Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and Hungary.) Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to know in which countries they were produced. Happy weekend!
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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

– Albert Einstein in a letter to his son, 1930

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Illustrations by:

1-  Lisl Weil, The Busiest Boy in Holland (1964) via

2- Barbara Cooney, French edition of Mother Goose (1964) via

3- Aurelius Battaglia, Fireside Book of Favorite American Songs (1952) via

4- Ellen Beier, Mrs. Peachtree’s Bicycle (1996) via


I have this vague memory of going to the market for the first time when I was 3 or 4 years old. My mother, sister and I  – along with some men and women carrying baskets – rode a small boat that ferried us across the river to the market. When we got there, we walked to a food stall where Mommy ordered something similar to congee. We sat on wooden stools, which back then were too high for me, and ate. I may not remember a lot from that day but I do recall one detail particularly well: I didn’t know exacly where we were or what was happening around me yet I felt completely safe because I was with Mommy. All mothers possess that kind of magical powers, don’t you think?



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I realized only last night that I have a number of drawings involving umbrellas tucked away on Pinterest. Yes, I was subconsciously pinning them to a virtual board. I think it’s because I have quite an attachment to umbrellas; I don’t leave home without one in my bag. Hence, I was prepared when all of a sudden, it rained like crazy during our stay in Madrid in the summer month of July. Or when on a day trip to Bratislava in spring, the sun was scorching that it felt like we were being barbecued alive. So when money miraculously falls from the skies one of these days, guess who’s ready with an umbrella to make the big catch?67062d0f3e44f038857dc2af4afa7028


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