This weekend has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, so I apologize for the slightly late arrival of this week's edition of the Treasury. Without further ado...
One of the coolest, lust-worthy things making the blog rounds this week is Ikea's new Charley Harper-esque melamine tray. Emblazoned with a flock of multicolored birds, it's cheerful, it's cheap, and it's great design.
Next up, a drool-worthy look at Paris through the eyes of a first-time visitor, Erin Gates of the design blog Elements of Style. You all know how much I love Paris, and it's been a joy to read along as Erin falls in love with the city in her own way. I've always avoided doing too much shopping in Paris (the better to save my money for food and booze), but I might have to make an exception on my next visit.
Finally, a little holiday fun. Today is the first full day of Rosh Hashanah, the festival celebrating the Jewish new year. Up in Portsmouth, at the Strawberry Banke museum (one of the coolest examples of living history there is), it's being celebrated much as it was by first-generation Russian immigrants back in 1919. Barbara Ann Paster plays Shiva Shapiro at Strawberry Banke, right down to preparing roast chicken with kasha and putting up late summer peaches. Check out the New York Times story for some fun history lessons - and some gorgeous recipes.