I must pat myself on the back for picking some great books in the month of April! I feel like I can say that because I just picked them off of a shelf, read them, enjoyed them, and I’m sharing them with you.
I enjoyed this book on a few different levels. First off, I liked learning more about Beatrix Potter as a writer, artist, and creative. This book is part biography with family photos and details about her childhood and how her stories and art began and evolved.
I also enjoyed this book as a subject to study as an artist. There are so many delightful sketches and watercolor paintings, as you would imagine. I always learn so much from studying other artists. I feel overwhelmed at the idea of sketching a street scene, but I can learn how to do it by making studies of her work…
Now I’m in the mood to watch Miss Potter. I just love the little house she buys towards the end of that movie…
I got this book as a wedding present over 20 years ago and it has been my go-to for staple recipes like meatloaf, waffles, and banana bread.
I used the banana bread recipe as the jumping-off point for the make-do recipe I shared last week.
I love a good decorating book…one that speaks to my style, but also offers fresh ideas and different perspectives. This book is exactly that. It’s beautiful and has so many great examples of rooms decorated with antiques.
It got this book when it first came out, a little over a year ago, and I’ve looked through it many times since. If you love Country Home magazine, this will be right up your alley.
And it is a big, substantial book. It’s only $17.50 on Amazon, which is a great price for such a hefty book filled with so much inspiration.
This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time! It features the homes of designers, stylists, shop owners, and more and includes tips and ideas from each of them. I love that a variety of styles are represented, so it’s a good book to revisit when I feel like I’m seeing the same things done everywhere.
And, some of my favorite designers are featured in here. I’ve always loved Carrie Raphael’s work and started to make slipcovers because of her…
I’ve also always loved Jimmie Cramer’s style and I actually got to meet him and shop from him regularly when I tripped across his booth at the Beaver Creek Antique Mall in Hagerstown, MD. Every time I shopped there, I would end up with a pile from Jimmie’s booth.
This one is out of print and can be purchased for $4.00 and up on Amazon now, but the good deals usually get snapped up quickly. If you’re interested, I would hop on buying it. If you miss out on some of the well-priced books, then I would suggest adding it to your wishlist and wait for some to resurface again or check out some other used book resources.
I bought this book mostly out of curiosity and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Julia won me over by introducing the book as one filled with tips, recipes, and household hacks that were common knowledge to our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. This wasn’t an admonishment for anyone who didn’t make their own laundry soap, but an encouragement to do what works for your lifestyle and family.
There are so many helpful tips and recipes in this book from how to best store fruits and veggies to how to make your own cleaners. I especially like the tips on reducing the waste you bring home from the grocery store. I always get frustrated with bulky packaging that just goes right in the trash and I like the idea of limiting some of that.
Julie also shares uses for things that might typically be discarded like eggshells. I’ve been keeping mine and using them in the garden and as little pots to start some herb seeds.
And there are tutorials for things like making your own beeswax food wraps and bento bags. I think there will always be a place for Ziplock bags and Press’n’Seal in our house, but isn’t it a good thing if we use less of those things? Linen bags and cotton wraps made out of windowpane cotton look prettier, anyway!
Even if you want to just know how to extend the life of fresh foods, use fewer chemicals in your home, or make your own ketchup in a pinch, it’s a good book to have on the shelf.
So, those are my favorites for April! What books have you been enjoying lately?