It’s winter 1933. A woman in fine clothes arrives in a small town on the French shore of Nova Scotia driving an elegant car, with nothing else but a suitcase and a trunk to call her own. Maybe she’ll stay. “They might never have seen it in the newspaper,” a friend had told her. “Or if they did, it’ll be long forgotten.”
I started my wrapping last night and not surprisingly, there’s going to be a lot of books under the tree this year. It’s my favourite gift to give and receive! And today I’ve got one for you too! Wrap it up for a crafty friend or call it a wee present for yourself. You’ve been good this year, haven’t you?
It’s been a banner year for books by bloggers and Moorea Seal‘s The 52 Lists Project is one of my faves. It’s a gorgeous guided journal of weekly lists and related actions designed to help you appreciate all of the qualities, preferences, challenges, experiences and dreams that make you you and live a more fulfilling, more intentional life.
When your inner critic is a real loud-mouth like mine, trying something new — even something small — can be an uphill battle. Starting seems pointless when you think you’re doomed to fail and continuing, well that’s just a waste of everyone’s time. Time that could be spent sleeping, worrying and generally not allowing yourself to participate in life. Which is a pretty depressing way to begin a book review, I know, but stick with me mes amis, it’s not all bad. In fact, it’s mostly good. See I was really looking forward to reading and trying the exercises in Cristina Vanko’s Hand-Lettering for Everyone, but I was also damned intimidated. My inner critic sneered, “what business is it of yours? you haven’t put pen to paper since elementary school when you did those ridiculous 3D block letters on every title page, and that was 100 years ago!” But another (quieter) voice said, “but you really liked doing those block letters, why not try it for fun?” It was the second voice that got me started on the book, and Cristina’s voice that kept me going. There is inspiration and encouragement and honesty on every page, and wouldn’t you know? Cristina struggles with perfectionism too!
If DIY failures have made you think about swearing off crafting forever, Joselyn Hughes is going to make you think again. And pee laughing while you’re doing it. Just a few pages into Joselyn’s DIY, DAMMIT! A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting and I was annoying my hubby reading funny bits aloud and wanting to make all the things. There’s 35 easy, affordable and good-looking crafts for gifting, organizing, wearing, decorating and entertaining, plus a quiz to help you find out what kind of crafter you are (I love quizzes!), what to drink while crafting (ha!) and what to do when disaster strikes. And more! So what to make first? The platter with panache? Beer in a poncho? (See, the crafts even sound funny. Dammit she’s good!)
I’ve been at my wit’s end this week struggling to find ways to entertain the kids (and keep my sanity!) in the last couple of days before they’re back in school. What’s saved us is one of the most simple activities: colouring. And not just the kids, but me too. Penguin Random House sent me a copy of the adult colouring book OUTSIDE THE LINES, TOO: An Inspired and Inventive Coloring Book by Creative Masterminds curated by Souris Hong, and within minutes of putting my pencil crayons to paper I started to feel my frustrations melt away.
If August is the Sunday of summer, it’s high time to start thinking about putting down some of the season’s bounty. And I’ve got just the book to help you do it. It’s The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee. Penguin Random House Canada Limited sent me and nine other lucky food bloggers a copy to review and are providing 10 additional copies to share with you! Whether you’re new to canning like me or an old pro, you’ll want to add it to your cookbook collection.
School’s out and summer’s officially here! What’s in store for the weekend, everybody? My kiddos are away visiting family for a couple of days so I’m catching up on some reading, doing a lot of cleaning […]
Random House Canada sent me a complimentary copy to review, however all opinions are my own. If I slept with a book under my pillow like my kids, The Sweetapolita Bakebook would be the one […]