Books I Love

Four Lovely Books

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

One of my most favorite things to do on a rainy day is curl up with a hot beverage and a great book. I love so many genres but many favorites are books on all things home: interior design, home improvement, or simple recipes and crafts. I’ve added four lovely books to my growing collection of inspirational texts, ones you may consider adding to your library too.

four lovely books

 

I’ve always admired Paul Lowe and look forward to his seasonal Sweet Paul magazine publications – I interviewed him in 2011 and he was kind enough to answer my questions. His tips on styling stay with me to this day (keep it simple and remember what’s important in the shot!) 

eat and makeI learned last year from his publicist that he was writing a book and I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of Sweet Paul: Eat & Make, a book all about delicious yet simply prepared food and easy to do kitchen crafts that personalize the home.

The ideas are broken down by times of day, how clever! Find inspirational crafts from a Punch Bowl Pendant to Felted Vases to colorful Coffee Filter Flowers and hidden inside is a story about Paul’s famous Food Styling Kit on page 94, a charming read for sure!  

 

coffee filter flowers

Savor and prepare recipes for morning, noon, and night from Baked Donuts to Norwegian Meatballs, and the styling in the book is quintessentially Sweet Paul!

norwegian meatballs

 

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Books for Creatives

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent part of it at a bookstore alone with a cup of java (one of my most favorite things to do evah) in the Home & Craft section and purchased two new texts to add to my growing stash. I’ve been enjoying a few others that I purchased online in the past few months, I find myself drawn more and more to these kinds of books written by skilled creatives and DIYers. 

I have such respect for those who fine tune their craft and then publish their expertise in a beautiful text. I love all the freebie how tos we find on the internet and amen for Pinterest but a really nice reference book on crafting, sewing, or creating is always a worthy investment to me. Today I thought I’d share a few recently discovered favorites.

books for creatives

 

paper to petalThe first is Paper to Petal by husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. The book is a collection of 75 paper flower projects crafts from poppies and peonies to other creative blooms and bouquets. 

The botanicals are beautiful and the photographs are amazing! I’m left inspired by the beauty you can create with crepe and tissue papers. There are detailed tutorials plus a list of materials and templates you can use.

 

paper flowers on cake

paper botanicals

spruce upholstery

I’ve followed Spruce Upholstery for years and was so excited to get my hands on the book by founder Amanda Brown who followed her dream and creative instincts and taught herself to upholster furniture. Now she teaches students in Austin, Texas and shares her expertise in this excellent and much anticipated book Spruce: A Step by Step Guide to Upholstery.

Inside you’ll discover how to do it all yourself and it addresses everything from coil springs to webbing, determining yardage, stapling, sewing, padding and tufting. Plus there’s an extensive list that includes the tools you’ll need to get the job done. How wonderful to have such valuable information all in one place!

 

webbing spruce

tufting spruce

 

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Fantastic Books by Bloggers!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Hey everyone, how are you doing in this fine Election Day?  Always exciting to see what happens right?  

In need of some down time, I settled in for a few hours of relaxation yesterday evening with some really fantastic books published by uber talented bloggers and wanted to give them a much deserved shout out today. 

A huge congratulations to John and Sherry of Young House Love on the release of their much anticipated book:  Young House Love: 243 ways to Paint, Craft, Update, and Show your House Some Love

yhl book

 

Their personalities pop right off the pages and they are their charming selves inside the book just like they are on the blog. The book is filled with so many easy and inspiring ideas for sprucing up your place, you won’t know where to start! 

driftwood mirror project

This is clearly a labor of love by these two who carried us through their book journey.  I was excited to be a teensy tiny part, you’ll find a dresser project I did a few years ago inside the pages too (thanks J&S for including me, proud to be #78!) 

dresser project

Interestingly enough, John and Sherry published a post this morning with a lot of behind the scenes details on the projects you see on the pages, it’s a great read alongside their book, be sure to put in on your Christmas list or grab it at your local bookstore and right here online!  

 

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