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I started this post back in 2011. Um. . . Crazy. Originally it was about three books I had bought in September of that year. I’ve bought WAY more than three books since I wrote this post. S also gave me a kindle since then, which has revolutionized reading for me. These books are still worth sharing, and you should still add them to your shelf —so here goes!
The Hidden People is a sketchbook by illustrator Cory Godbey. Whimsical and fantastic creatures bring a smile at every turn of the page. My husband and I were super happy to be able to snag a signed copy from Cory at the Indie Craft Parade in 2011, and you can get still get your very own copy on Etsy! Since getting The Hidden People, we have also added Cory’s newest sketchbook, Menagerie, to our library as well. Again, it’s awesome, and you need a copy.
I picked up Make & Do from Mollie Greene back in yesteryear as well—via Etsy, where else? Sweet paper crafts fill the pages – which is probably why she has a new book coming out in June actually called Sweet Paper Crafts! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon. I made a mobile of dog cut outs from an idea in the book. It may not be practical, but a mobile of patterned paper puppies is super cute to have hanging around.
And of course, one and a half years later, I can’t remember what the third book was. It’s photo wasn’t saved in the draft. We will have to wonder together what the third book that I pondered writing about was. If you figure it out, let me know! In lieu of not having a third book to share, here’s a review of what I have been reading this year:
- Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Amazing, convicting, though provoking. Been going through with a good friend over coffee in the morning.
- Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, Noel Piper – Five stories about five awesome women. Lilias Trotter was probably my favorite in the book, but all the women were inspiring.
- Feminine Appeal, Carolyn Mahaney – Not very far through yet. I think I’m in the first chapter
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – Wanted to refresh my memory since the movie is coming out. The story made me sad for all the characters in it.
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (did I even need to type it?!) – the 200th anniversary of the publication was this spring. To quote Kathleen Kelly, “Ah! Read it. I know you’ll love it!”
- Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy – Very cool illustrations. Great sequel to the first book, Wildwood. SPOILER ALERT: It’s a cliff hanger.
- Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis – Classic. Adventurous. Reading for the millionth time.
- The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller – I would recommend this book to anyone—regardless of your marriage status. It’s about relationships pointing to Christ. Very insightful.
AND finally – I just can’t wait for the fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson to come out! Dear Andrew, please hurry writing. I know your computer crashed and everything was lost. But I have to know what happens next!
I’ve been watching a lot of I Love Lucy lately ever since my husband got me the 9 season, 2 bonus disc, collector’s edition box set for our anniversary. Happy two years, Honey!
I have loved that show ever since I was a kid—recording three hours off Nick At Nite each week in the summer, finding Lucy mugs and postcards, and even having a Lucy themed party for my 11th birthday. My mom made it special by creating a retro theme and bought everything she could find that was Lucy. She even had cupcakes made with the little dolls you can put in the top to make the cake look like the skirt. The cake maker dyed their hair red at my mom’s request, just like Lucy’s! It was pretty special—thanks Mom!!
I realized last night as I watched “The Audition” (which I discovered is the same exact plot—AND script!—as the unreleased pilot, discovered in 1990 or something like that) that this is the 60th anniversary of the first season of the show! I just love the simplistic, slap-stick, hilarity that is I Love Lucy, and I think that is why so many people like me have fallen in love with the show over the years. So happy anniversary, Lucy! I’m enjoying watching the show even a lifetime later!
DIY photo source: The Etsy Blog via Christin on Pinterest
Pinterest is definitely a wonderful thing. Consuming? Yes, but also totally helpful in collecting all the DIY stuff I want to try out. I’ve had these cute little Fabric Nesting Dolls from the Etsy Blog pinned on my DIY board for a while now. They are SO CUTE! I wanted to put my own little characters on them.
Sketching out the dolls on front fabric. Used an industrial sharpie—no bleed, VERY permanent.
I made a four sets this week—one for my newborn neice, two for a friend of mine, Dawn, and a fourth for a friend who will get them in the mail soon! Surprise! My neice will have to wait a while to play with her’s (probably until she develops motor skills). Dawn’s set, the two shown, represent her grandkids.
DIY instructions can be found in the Etsy Blog article, Handmade Kids How-To: Fabric Nesting Dolls
Today’s the last day for the Spring President’s Day Sale in my Etsy Shop, so be sure to check it out! Just enter “PRESIDENT10″ at check out to receive 10% off your order.
I can feel that spring is coming! I can feel that warmth just trying to break through in the air. I was so excited that yesterday I wore sandals, but to my chagrin, I regretted my decision half-way out to the car. It was just still too cold—BUT it’s coming!
To celebrate spring, and as a little President’s Day goodness, I’m having a sale in my Etsy shop, www.cepratt.etsy.com. Today through Friday, Feb. 25, enter the code “PRESIDENT10″ at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. There a lots of lovely new cards in stock and a new journals being posted all this month.
Golden! I created this little treasury of lovely State Finds in shades of turquoise, golden yellows and grays. Several of the sellers in the treasury offer many other state-related goods—so browse around if you don’t find your home state!
To top off this state salute, a little shout-out to my favorite state of all—the lovely land of Lincoln and Liberty
A new treasury on Etsy—filled with acorns! These perfect little nuts are just falling off the trees like crazy this time of year. I love the bright crunching they make when I step on them.
From this treasury, I am especially loving the acorns paired with shades of turquoise and lime. How great is that! Also, I think the felted acorns are just one of the best ideas ever.