Links I Like Lately

It occurred to me the other day that I really enjoy getting recommendations for new blogs to follow, fun links, or new products to buy. Sometimes I just like reading an interesting article or book review. Are you that way too?

In case you are, I wanted to share some of the things I’m hovering around lately:

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Meet SheaButter, mascot of The Soap Kitchen

The Soap Kitchen. I had the pleasure of meeting Dali, the shop’s founder, while I was wandering down Fair Oaks on the way back to my hotel, when I was in Pasadena for QuiltCon. You see, there was this sweet little dog lying just inside the doors, and when I looked at her, her tail started wagging, ever so slowly. You know I’m a sucker for a dog, right? But when I opened the door, the fabulous scents of Dali’s soaps (made right there in the shop) drew me the rest of the way in.
I purchased two bars of soap that evening, one for a gift, and one for me. I have been in love ever since. Such finely-scented, richly lathered soaps are a real treat. (There might have been a box with more soap in it that came by U.S. Mail recently too, but I wouldn’t swear to it.)

If you like rainy days (I do if I don’t have to go out), or find the sounds of thunderstorms nice, check out Rainy Mood. I love that I can just pull it up on my monitor and then dive right into a book or, er…a nap. This site could come in very useful if I need to trick myself into staying in and getting some work done.

Zappos. Because shoes. Hey, summer is coming and if that isn’t a good excuse for new shoes, I don’t know what is.

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Isn’t this lovely? “Hello Darling” stationery from Rifle Paper Co.

I can’t remember how I first stumbled on the Rifle Paper Co. site, but if you have a penchant for lovely writing paper, cards, and other beautiful paper goods, check them out. Shortly after I found the site, I came across some of their cards in a shop. Oh.my.word. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I love stationery, real, honest-to-goodness stationery, almost as much as I love books and journals. And handwritten letters? One of my favorite day-makers.

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Photo, importfoods.com

You probably know that I am very fond of Thai food. I was so excited to find this Thai supermarket online. Not only can you find sauces and authentic spices, there is also a section for recipes. I’ve yet to order from them, but will let you know if or when I do. I think it’s probably a distinct possibility! I am curious about this red curry paste…might give it a try!

I found this article on How Stuff Works (don’t ask me how I got there), “Introduction to 10 History Movies that Mostly Get it Right.” I haven’t seen all of the movies, so really can’t comment, but it made me want to go back and re-watch those I had and see if I could find the ones I hadn’t. Just an interesting take.

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Photo, Collectors’ Weekly

The last link I’ll share today is kind of a serious rabbit-hole. Collectors Weekly has a wealth of fascinating (if somewhat arcane) informational articles like, “Cooking with Glass, How Pyrex Transformed Every Kitchen into a Home-Ec Lab,” and, “Ordinary Beauty: How ‘Folk Art’ Challenged the Art World to Get Real.” I’m telling you, there is some great stuff there!

So now you have some idea of the sort of stuff I find when I am supposed to be doing actual work at my computer. How about you? Have you found any new or different-to-you sites that you’re enjoying lately? Care to share? I’d love to hear!