It's time for another 'Moments' post, this time covering the last week of January which could best be described as bleak and dismal, but not even my winter blues could ruin the feeling of those happiness butterflies which were fluttering around inside thanks to my loved ones, a book and a cosy blanket! I've never been the sort to make a big deal out of my birthday, I would choose an evening of films and good food with my other half over a party any day of the week and that's exactly what we did, as well as spending a day exploring Dracula's second home!
♥ I've been enchanted by the otherworldly photography of Dutch artist, Nona Limmen, since winning her giveaway last June, and as my birthday was drawing near I decided it was high time I supported this amazing artist by treating myself to a couple of her prints! Above are the two beauties that I chose, all framed up in their vintage frames! Destroyer III on the left and Anais on the right, and because Nona is such a darling she even included some extra goodies for my birthday! :)
♥ More weirdness abound lays inside the second installment of the fascinating and curious Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, which fell through my letterbox last Monday! I had all but forgotten about it since I pre-ordered it last year so it came as an exceedingly good surprise!
♥ Treasures from my birthday trip to Whitby! I had hoped to take some pictures around the Abbey, and maybe catch a glimpse of Dracula lurking among the headstones, but sadly the weather had other plans. The Moomin plates, stag beetle and my favourite find, that amazing antique medical bottle which once held belladonna ointment and belonged to a long dead mad scientist (I wish!), more than made up for it though!
♥ Deadly sweet smelling potions from my other half! After falling deeply for my first bottle of the limited edition Gingerbread Snake, I *may* have hinted that I wanted back-ups for my birthday as I couldn't bear the thought of running low on my 'holy grail' scent!
♥ What else could you possibly get a book-hoarder for her birthday, right? 'Ghostly Ruins', which has been on my wish-list for quite some time, documents the life and death of thirty buildings spread across America. From prisons to hotels and even entire towns, this book acts as a kind of guided tour if you will, juxtaposing their peak of popularity with their current state of haunted decrepitude. The photographs inside are simply captivating!
♥ .. and lastly are these two beautiful vintage lithographs from an old German ornithology book, featuring a Common or Northern Raven and my favourite species within the Corvus family, the Hooded Crow! I plan to add them to my 'wilderness' wall once I find suitable frames.
Is it just me or did January seem to come and go in the blink of an eye?