I've been wanting to do a good things post for so very long, months and months, but they do take quite a big, focussed chunk of time to put together and it just hasn't happened. But seeing as there are just so many really good things out there, I'm committed to bring you more good things in 2012. Huzzah!
So, let's kick things off with one of those sad but sweet tales...
Meet Morran. Morran is Camilla Engman's dog, or I should say was Camilla Engman's dog. Morran featured heavily on Camilla's blog (in fact, documenting Morran's daily adventures was actually what kicked off her blogging life), and entertained readers for many years - he was just so cute yes?
Sadly, Morran passed away late last year, but he lives on in a gorgeous collaborative book which features Morran inspired submissions from illustrators and artists from all over the globe. You can have a peek at some of the submissions here, and purchase your copy of this wonderful tribute here. I just ordered my copy - hurry up Mr (or Mrs) Postman!
Then we have the mid century mod stylings from one of my absolute favourite blogs, The Brick House. Not only does Morgan posses phenomenal taste in all things home-y but she is also hi-larious. How often do you find laugh out loud funny and delicious decor in the one spot? Not very often. Go visit, now. Oh, and there's the odd bit of doggy cuteness thrown in for good measure too. Good, yes?
Next up is Persona, a photography project from multi-talented guy Jason Travis. It's a series of diptychs that answers the question 'what's in your bag'. I believe there is a book coming out soon (yep, it's on the wish list). You can see the whole set (including some animal versions!) here.
And then there's this incredibly awesome book that my incredibly awesome sister gifted me for my birthday. Holy wow I can not express how truly incredibly awesome it is.
The book captures the goings on at Butlin's Holiday Camps. The camps were founded on the desire to provide family fun at a price the English masses could afford, and the photos produced by John Hinde as postcards capture these holiday makers in all their wonderfully colourful, slightly absurd, retro glory. There is so much glorious detail in each image - activities, outfits and decor. So great.
And lastly, from the BBC comes season two of Sherlock, hooray! We've only watched the first episode but so far it's easily matching the look and wit of the first. More please.