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!!!