I know the blog has been quiet this week. I was having a bit of difficulty earlier in the week with my creative muse (she hates it when my stamp room is messy, but a good clean-up and she was back to her old self.)
I have been creating, but it isn't anything that I can share yet so I thought that I would do a blog post about what I have been reading lately.
I have a confession...my latest obsession is amazon.com. Once you buy a book there, the site starts to build a recommendation list for you. I LOVE THAT although my budget really does not...lol!
When Ben is gone, books are my refuge. I read when I go to bed and to escape the challenges of being a "temporary" single parent. I thought that you might enjoy some of the books that I can recommend...
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
I know that I am in the minority, but even though I read TONS of chick lit, I have never really read Nora Roberts. This book is the second of four of the Bride Quartet. It's a series about a group of four friends that run a wedding consulting business out of the family home (i.e. mansion) of one of the girls. The first was about the photographer. This second one is about the floral designer.
I LOVE these books! The setting of the business is gorgeous and if a book can have good ambience (which I definitely think that they can,) this series is perfect! So elegant and gorgeous with well-written storylines and characters. I highly recommend this series (although the final 2 books have not been released yet.) They definitely provide a soothing, beautiful escape from the everyday life.
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
This is a book that I discovered by using the amazon.com recommendations list. I am about halfway through it and am thoroughly enjoying it. It's filled with short stories and recipes from a chef that has transplanted his life to Paris. A lot of the book deals with the difficulties/challenges with dealing with Parisian/French customs that are so different from our own and is always told with a sense of humor while at the same time, schooling you on how to act in Paris/France. Having been to the country a couple of times, I love it! The stories are highly entertaining and I am looking forward to trying some of the French recipes! It's a great book to carry around and read 15-20 minutes at a time (while waiting for teens in parking lots, etc.)
Scrapbookers All-in-One Memory Logbook by Kristen Rutten
I saw mention of this book on a blog and had to go check it out. I bought it totally blind, not sure if it would be a good purchase or not. I don't think that I am going to be disappointed. It's a 390 page planner for 2010 that incorporates scrapbooking into your life planning. The link above is for a bound issue, but you can buy the spiral bound from Kristen's website. The book includes weekly challenges along with alternative ideas working off the original challenge, spaces to create sketches/idea brainstorming, as well as journaling prompts throughout the book. It is also a life-planner with a good -sized space for planning your daily life throughout the year. Kristen has a design team and a well-done website to provide added inspiration as you go throughout the year. I think that it is going to be an amazing asset to my scrapbooking for 2010.
The next two books are my latest inspirational obsessions. I carry them with me everywhere!
Let me preface my review of the next two books by saying that I am a book/magazine junkie. I buy LOTS of them, but because I have been crafting for 15+ years, I usually feel pretty good if I can only find a handful of ideas that I find truly inspirational. For me to find things inspirational, they have to incorporate design using a different style or a different use for the same items that we all use, but just have that extra pizzazz.
A Card a Day by the Papercrafts Team
BOTH of these books are amazing!!! Quite honestly, there are probably only a handful of ideas in each that I DON'T find inspiring. There is just so much beauty and eye-candy in each. I literally carry them around with me all day long and am CONSTANTLY finding new ideas/inspiration each and every time that I look through them.
52 More Scrapbooking Challenges by Elizabeth Kartchner
I hope that you are having a good week!!!
Now go pick up a new good book today...you deserve the special treat for yourself!