Judge a Book by its Cover


Have I ever mentioned that I actually have a real full-time job? I mean besides collecting MCM junk from dark, dusty corners of the earth? Besides baking sweet treats and crafting? Well I do … I have a very cool job as graphic designer and art director at a Christian publishing (magazines & websites) company.

For part of my job, I collect a bunch of images of covers for books, movies and CDs that are being reviewed for a youth worker resource guide. There is a lot of good design out there, especially that which is targeted towards young professionals. And sadly, there is a lot of mediocre design, too. Occasionally a book cover design really stands out to me. Here are a few good ones from my latest collection:


Ok, so the first one isn’t really that special. But isn’t that umbrella cute? Fun rain gear makes rainy days so much better. The second one isn’t super cool either but I do like the use of texture mixed with sleek graphics.


I like this third one because I’m a minimalist and I like that the font is uncommon AND the title placement is creative. I’m a fan of the watercolor map of the world on the Matt Papa cover. I tried to do something once with watercolors on one of my hubby’s band’s CD design and it didn’t come out anywhere near this cool.


My whole point in writing this post was to celebrate this fifth book cover. I love it! It’s got several things going for it: 1. Nice use of texture & color & depth, 2. Good hierarchy & order, 3. ORIGINAL illustration (I am so sick of seeing stock photos used on book covers!) and—what really did it for me— 4. Unique typeface. It’s so nice to see something other than the typical sans serif fonts used on a book cover.

Isn’t it lovely? Have you seen any particularly good book covers lately?

Drive-By Shooting (MCM Architecture)




Location: NW Nashville/Bordeaux

Phone Photo Friday




Leaf Season


Everytime hubby and I are looking for mid-century modern treasures we’re hoping an older couple in our neighborhood — you know, the ones who have been living there for 40 or 50 years and keep everything in pristine condition — will be having a yard sale. Last weekend we struck gold at a 1960’s split level. Jason is pretty excited about this leaf eater that we got for $5:


Who would want a leaf blower when you could have a leaf sucker?

I’m pleased with this Corningware blue flower coffee percolator I got for $2. I’m going to see if it will work with loose leaf tea.


And I also got a cookie press with lots of accessories and an egg slicer for $1. I’m looking forward to making my own spritz cookies this Christmas!


Wise Words



“Find out what you love to do and you will never have to work another day in your life.” – James Huxlely(?)

For my birthday-guy who has never given up on following his dreams and has continuously encouraged me to find a way to make a living doing what I love. (This is one of his favorite quotes.)

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!


My Mexican-food-loving husband turns 27 today! Words cannot express how much I love this man. He is hard-working, creative, thoughtful, discerning, smart, talented, funny… Maybe more than anything else Jason is passionate. Passionate about music, passionate about God, passionate about art, passionate about loving people, passionate about living life to the fullest. He is an all-around great guy and I consider myself very honored to be his wife.




We started the birthday celebration last night with dinner at Cinco de Mayo where Jason gracefully endured wearing the giant sombrero and getting whipped cream smeared on his face while the waiters sang happy birthday – all for the sake of a free dessert. I think it was worth it.

Happy Birthday baby! I love you!

“Hey, where do you keep your coffee, sugar and flour?”



That’s a running joke in this house thanks to our funny friend Matt.


This is not a new MCM find but I don’t think I’ve blogged about it before. Jasey and I found this canister set at a yard sale earlier this summer marked for $3.


The owners offered to sell it to us for $2. I would have been thrilled to pay full price!