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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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On The Nightstand

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I still read all my books in print and haven’t made the switch over to a Nook or Kindle yet.  I pick them up at the bookstore or purchase them online – the good ones I keep for the bookshelf, the so-so ones I end up donating.  I do most of my reading before bedtime since it helps me relax, but I’m always reading 5 or 6 books at a time.  Sometimes I’ll read a good one start to finish, more often I’ll set it down and start another subject, is that strange?  Here’s what’s on my nightstand this month.

on my nightstand


I’m preparing in advance for a return trip to Paris next year by filling my mind with related stories of the City of Light, so forgive me but three, yes three of the books on my nightstand have the city of Paris as a main character.   

Paris versus New York by Vahram Muratyan.   A happy book of illustrations and contradictions between the two iconic cities, comparing what we eat, where we go, how we greet, what we do, and even offering observations as whimsical as a comparison between park squirrels. This is a great conversational coffee table book, you can see more examples at the ParisVNYC blog

Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas.  This is the story of a Francophile who got offered a job in Paris, so she moves and undertakes a journey in blissful pursuit of the best things to eat in the City, with a focus on sweets from macarons to éclairs to decadent chocolate truffles.  So far I’m thoroughly enjoying it even though it makes me really hungry. 

Paris in Love by Eloisa James.  I haven’t cracked this one open yet  and I really look forward to it.  It’s a diary of a year spent in Paris told by a professor who sells her house, takes a sabbatical, and lives with her family for a year in Paris, France.  

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? by MIndy Kaling.   I like the show ‘The Office’ and she’s one of the writers and actors on the show.  I’ve read from some other people that this book is quirky and funny, so I added it to my stash, but have yet to read it.  Have you?  Thoughts?

Nerve by Taylor Clark.  I’m halfway through this one and it’s so interesting.  It’s an  exploration into the science of fear and how to channel it, deal with it, thrive under the pressure of nervousness.  It explores why athletes either excel or choke under pressure and decodes the mysteries of performance anxiety.  The book shares ways to accept uncertainty, to embrace what scares you or makes you anxious, so far it’s pretty great.     

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry.  I just finished this book last week after reading it over the course of a few months.  Its focus is on the dynamic behind true creative work and the author shares his ingredients for being "sustainably brilliant" while offering strategies for staying inspired.  I especially loved the concluding remarks about "how you define greatness defines you" – it’s a great read for someone in a creative field.

Secrets of Sommeliers by Rajat Parr and Jordan MacKay.  Wine tasting is a continuing education and for those who want to learn, this book teaches the fundamentals.  It is also a varietal guide to wine.  Inside, the authors share tools of the trade for buying and storing wine, tips for food pairing, and gives a few reasons why travel to wine producing countries and regions rewards you with an advanced palate.  I really like the tips for buyers from the experts’ perspective. 

Home Design by Sabrina Soto.  Sabrina is a HGTV host, currently of the show The High Low Project and I’ve always liked her gregarious personality and quick style tips. I’ve only skimmed it so far but it starts with how to understand your space and find your personal style.  It addresses a lot of basics like color palettes and selecting surfaces.  There are no over the top designer spaces, it’s more practical and simple ideas for everyday living with tips on decluttering and organizing.  So far it looks like a good book for those starting out wanting to do their own cosmetic remodeling and redecorating.      

What’s on your nightstand this summer? 

Any good reads you’re loving that you would recommend?  


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