Saturday, July 28, 2007

A 55th post Giveaway and Never enough...

Books!!!!!!

Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I love the sense of escape that a good book will offer. For novels and short stories, my tastes run the gamut from the classics (Henry James, Austen, Bronte...both of them), to American novelists both classic and contemporary (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stienbeck, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison) to the guilty pleasures of modern day "chic lit"(Jennifer Wiener, Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella) ,and finally to those that I can't quite fit into a "literary" category, but whose books I reread again and again (Elizabeth Berg, Maeve Binchy, Jacqueline Mitchard).

Of course, novels aren't the only books that offer respite and escape. Decorating, craft and how to books, as well as vintage treasures richly illustrated can provide you just the 5 minute holiday you long for. Below... some of my favorites....
Ahhhhh, home decor books. Why can't I just slip into this book and live here....( From English Country Style)
or here would be just fine too......(From Cottage Style)and breakfast here.... (From Kitchen Junk)


I am mostly a self taught artist, but have adapted many of my sculpting and doll making techniques from books like these...Open a page or two for a dose of inspiration.... (From the fabulous "how to" tale... Toys, Whirligigs and Whatachamacalits)
or some magic... (The sweetest "DIY" fairy book ever...Felt Wee Folks)
Even technique! Below, three different dolls artists Katherine Dewey , Maureen Carlson, and James Carrington show you how to create miniature hands.... (From Friends and Family in Polymer Clay, 1/12 Scale Character Figures and Creating Life Like Figures in Polymer Clay)
For overcoming creative block and creating whimsical vintage style....Inspiration from the past can be found here... (from More Halloween Collectibles)



and here (From Mostly Happy Clip Art of the Thirties and Forties)And one can adapt these drawing techniques to use in sculpting characters with a retro flair. Imagine the shapes below in clay..... (from the vintage art book Fun with a Pencil, How Everyone Can Easily Learn to Draw)
I think everyone likes fairy tales and nursery rhymes. And you can't deny the charm of the gorgeously illustrated vintage treasures below...Little Boo Peep (From Mother Goose)

And if you ever get tired of vacationing in your favorite home decor book, learning to make dolls, or reading fairy tales, you can always learn a new craft, thanks to books like these below...
Long before I ever picked up a package of paper clay, I was learning how to sculpt basic figures with good ole' fashioned salt dough... (From Decorative Dough Craft, one of the first craft books I ever purchased)


The book below has an endless array of ideas for festooning your holiday house with vintage style. A page below shows you how to antique a mirror (From Vintage Christmas Crafts)
New to sculpting??? How about creating a card with polymer clay???? (From Polymer Clay Greeting Cards)
Finally, in celebration of all things paper, and my 55th blog entry( and for putting up with such a long post today!!!!) , I'd like to offer the beautiful book below as a giveaway. Just leave me a comment and if you'd please, share what your favorite book is ..fiction or non-fiction, inspirational, escapist.. whatever you like!)



A lovely pillow project from Layer by Layer ....My favorite project from Layer by Layer below... Imagine it adapted to another decorating theme....
Be sure to leave your comment by Wednesday night and I will randomly draw a name and send the book off to the lucky winner. :-) Happy reading everyone!!!









27 comments:

wigglywourms said...

Oooh, I love books, too! I probably have too many but I love them all. We are planning to move about a thousand miles away and I've been packing. I know books are heavy but I just can't part with many of them...sigh. I think my favourite are my craft books. A novel I LOVE is Little Prince...I think it's my favourite :o) Still though I browse through my crafty, decorating, inspirational type books most.

Flea Market Queen said...

Oh My...you have so many books! I love books especially vintage childrens picture books.
My favorite book is The Giver.
Love it...

Lori said...

LOVE BOOKS!!! Haven't been reading much since I started blogging, but I used to devour about 3 books a week. My all time favorite {which I re~read yearly} is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I also share a love of Elizabeth Berg, i adore her style of writing.

Marie said...

Oh, I did love looking at your books! As you know, I too, have a passion for books, albeit of a different kind! Cookbooks! I do love craft books also and have a few of those in my collection as well. I am a voracious reader and always have about 2 or 3 novels on the go at any given time! HOpe you are having a lovely summer!

carolyn said...

Oh how I wish I could come visit with you and then after chatting until my thoat was sore be left to browse through your amazing book collection.

Jackie said...

Wow...I love old books and old newspaper ads. I just helped my aunt clean out her storage building she hadnt been to in over twenty years :o She was a graphic designer for Marshall Fields, I fell in love with all her dress ads for girls. Love it all~ How fun! Have a great weekend. Jackie

Connie W said...

I would love to have my name included. Thanks.
Connie W at Simply Quilted
Favorite book? CHRISTY by Catherine Marshall, a novel, but based on her own mother's life

Danita said...

I love books too! I have way too many also... and as a boy who refuses to part with any of his toys because those are their favorites, I can't get rid off any of them, I think I will need them a lot if I didn't have them.

michelle said...

Love, love, love books!! Oh please enter me in your contest!

Kelli Bear Haven said...

I love books so much. I am always reading something. I also love magazines especially, Mary Englebreit, Creat and Decorate, or Country Sampler. My favorite book would have to be The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.
Kelli Lusk
kelli_loves_sharks@yahoo.com

Linda said...

I have sooo many favourite books wouldn't know which one really is THE favourite but I would say Almost French - a book about an Australian trying to live in Paris, it's a great read!!!! I have many others I love including altered book books, ceramics books and craft books can't get enough of them

Ruth Welter said...

Jenny, it is amazing how many books and magazines we all collect. When I moved recently, I found stacks of old copies of Victoria magazine in my china cabinet.

Dawn said...

Oh, a lady after my own heart! only one favorite, that's all you are asking for?! Why not ask me to only breathe on the quarter hour! Really, it is sooo hard to pick just one, so I will go with my all-time favorite book from childhood "The Witch of Blackbird Pond". But let's just say,my favorite books (fiction/non-fiction/art/etc) could form their own small library!

TK Angels said...

Books are just a wonderful. I still love Polyanna books :) I also like to read romance and history.

Take Care,
LOve,
Terri

Geri said...

Love Love Love Books!!!! I read 5 books a week and I'm loving it!!! My favorite book of all time is The Last Herald Mage. By Mercedes Lackey. It's really all three of the books in one, but it's wonderful really!!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

You have a most wonderful library! I'd love to get lost in it :)
Now I'm stuck to name a favorite...I'll make a recent list...Somerset Life mag...French General...Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand.

Tootie said...

Books sure are a great escape! The the back porch, the early morning sun, a cup of coffee and a good magazine or big...ahhhh summer! Please come visit my blog: www.honeygirlstudio.blogspot.com
I have a 100th post giveaway to sign up for!
Smiles-
Tootie

Sadie Lou said...

You know how some books just catch your eye? I was reading all your little snippets betwen pictures and the one that says "Vinatge Crafts" --it stopped me. I love books too but you have an impressive collection! I'm super jealous and am wishing we were neighbors!
"Can I borrow a book?"
*wink*

Georgeanne said...

I love books!!! I collect children's books - I especially love vintage ones. Please enter my name in your drawing.

Sam I Am said...

oh mannnnnnnn...im sooooo on my way to your house to sit and read and drool thru all of your books!!!! what an amazing collection you have!!!!!!!!
ok..what time you want me ? i'll bring the drinks.. you got a blender? ice cubes?
;)

Rebecca said...

What wonderful books! I, too, love all sorts of books. An all time favorite is "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and I love the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman.

Please enter me in a drawing! I also love paper!!

Natasha said...

What a great post! I too have too many books. Too many favorites as well. I love craft books- oh the inspiration the eye candy. I have made many faries out of the Felt Wee Folk book. I love childrens books all of them and the older the better- THe Giving Tree- comes to mind. My favorite novel of the month would have to be "Charms for the easy life" such a great story.

Congrats on your 55th post!!

Sharon said...

Oh, what a lovely array of books
you have shown. Since I was
very small every spare cent has been invested has been invested in books! Soooooo many books...so little time! I love
your books!

Mary Ann said...

Add anothe bibliophile to the list! I'm personally inspired by "Pretty Little Things" right now, although "Alter This" has proven useful, too!
maryann@averymarydesign.blogspot.com

The Feathered Nest said...

I love so many books that it is so difficult to choose only one! Right now my favorite is The French Inspired Home and also I love The Serene Home...I could just keep on going!! I love your collection, too!! xxoo Dawn

linda said...

I love books too - usually the decorative/instructional types - I love absorbing all the creative ideas I see. I never seem to get filled up. Love the looks of the book your offering as a giveway and would love to be entered in the drawing. LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

Susie Q said...

Oh how I love books and magazines! I am just awful about it. It is an illness really. An addiction. BUt a sweet one!
I love yours...treasure troves of ideas and magic.

I love the Little House books...and some of my favorites from childhood are about dolls and bears.

The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird are my favorites of all time.

I am just getting caught up again and loved being here and reading all you have been up to!

Hugs,
Sue