Today's Table

It's looking pretty Springtimey around here.
It's a lovely cure for the grayness of Winter daze.

I like to listen to podcasts and books on tape while I do my arty thing. I like this because my hands and eyes are always too busy for actual turn-the-pages books. Amongst many available free on iTunes, my favorite podcasts include How Stuff Works, This American Life, The Moth, and Shouts From the Lawn. Audiobook-wise, I get on author kicks, reading (or rather listening to) everything I can find (for free on-line). Lately I've exhausted my library's on-line collections of Alice Sebold, Alice Hoffman, and Alice in Wonderland. Looking for a new kick, I tried listening to a collection of H.P. Lovecraft's writings today, but very quickly realized the words were too rich to be digested by my ears alone. Some things you just gotta read.

Any of you listen to audiobooks or podcasts? 
Any suggestions for new obsessions?


  1. Hi,

    I stumbled over your blog and your art quiet recently and find it exctremely inspiring. I try to find time to make some of my own, but as I work full time, it often takes some time before I can finish them. So many ideas, so little time. LOL
    About audiobooks, I'm right now listening to "Onion Girl", by Charles de Lint. I've read many of his books and I love his way to write and the stories he tell. If you haven't read/heard anything by him, I can highly recomend him.


  2. With your sense of whimsey and Irony, I wonder if you have read or listened to Jaspar Fforde. I've read your blog for some time now, and followed your dollmaking... his writing reminds me of you... if you haven't read him, do take a look... it's right up your alley, I think! Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Jasper-Fforde/e/B000APXZAC and his link http://www.jasperfforde.com/

  3. Your table is ALWAYS a feast of in-progress wonderfulness! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the buggy girl! So adorable! And I HAVE to read the 'old-fashioned' way. I'm a book addict. Seriously, Jo. I would choose books over food any day! I read Josefina's comment & will agree with her 100%! I have everything (literally) de Lint has written! He's captivating! Onion Girl happens to be one of my all time favorite books! Another author I adore? Lucia St. Clair Robson! Especially her earliest books such as Ride the Wind! Have a happy week, sweet girl! And is Dylan behaving this week? Actually, I hope NOT 'cause he is hysterically funny to me! LOL!

  4. I always listen to the quickmix on Pandora. I like the idea of pod cast. I will be trying out some that you mentioned. I adore that caterpillar, it can come for a visit in my garden any time!


  5. It's always so fun to see your table projects. Love the owl!

  6. Lovin' the bunnies!

  7. I'm so glad to see others do the same thing I do! I love books, but have so much to do! I am now thoroughly addicted to audiobooks! I also listen to podcasts, but not as much as the books.
    I love to listen to suspense, mystery... Agatha Christie is one of my faves! Also, Dean Koontz! I have all his books on audio now... ; )
    Got into the, now popular, urban fantasy too. Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher Kim Harrison...
    Love your new stuff!

  8. I love listening to Clarisa Pincole Estes (Women who run with wolves). I'm not sure I spelled her name correctly. She has a series of "fairytales" that are wonderful and her voice is captivating. I love what is on your table. Have a great week.

  9. Yes, I have listened my way through countless audiobooks, thru the years. But there WERE SOME that have really stuck in my heart. So much so, that I had to hunt out and buy the dvd of said books. My absolute favourite audio books are all read by a man called Stephen Thorne. The series author is Ellis Peters(also goes by the name Edith Pargeter) The main character is a, would you believe, Benadictine Monk who is a great slueth, and goes by the name of Cadfael. There is another story called 'The Heaven Tree' Trilogy,(The Green Branch/The Heaven Tree/The Scarlet Seed) again, by Edith Pargeter this time. THAT one has stayed deep within my heart. So much so that I will need to buy the thing...as all of these audio books, I have only ever borrowed from the local library.

    Love your creative work Jo.
    Hope you don't mind, but I embeded your short video of Humpty Dumpty on my blog, for a while.
    Thanks for sharing your creative gift.


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