I don’t know about you, but August and September were a blur! Well, not quite a blur, but I realized I hadn’t done a favorites post for August about halfway through September and then I could hardly remember my favorites from August. So, I decided to put them together in one post of late summer favorites and there are some really good ones…
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Jeff told me a long time ago that I would love the movie Little Boy and should watch it and, for some reason, I just dragged my feet on it. I have no idea why. We finally watched it in September and he was absolutely right. I loved this movie. It was more than enjoyable…it was touching, beautiful, funny, powerful, and moving. It covers themes like innocent faith, unwavering love, and learning to know and love people as individuals instead of judging them and hating them as a part of a group. It really is a beautiful movie that I enthusiastically suggest you watch.
edgar payne – the scenic journey
This was a book I hesitated to buy because of the cover. I’m just not really into southwest landscapes. I mean, I appreciate them, but I love painting lush, green landscapes. Anyway, I looked at some interior previews and knew this book (Edgar Payne – The Scenic Journey) had a lot more to offer and I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover! I am so glad I bought it because it is a gorgeous art book and I am smitten with Edgar Payne’s style.
This is my favorite painting among many and I can’t wait to do a study of it!
Even if you’re not into painting, but you love studying art, this book is a winner!
one man’s folly
I had never heard of the acclaimed designer, Furlow Gatewood, so I’m so glad I found and purchased this book as an introduction to his work. This book is specifically about all of the structures (or follies) he added to his property over the years. It’s sort of a collection of life-sized playhouses! Some are old buildings that were moved and rebuilt and others are new construction, but all of them are beautifully decorated and inspiring.
The designs and spaces are definitely high-end, but there is a lot to take away from them on a more typical decorating budget. I find I want to go back to the rooms again and again to explore more of the layers.
the rebirth of an english country house
I knew I would like this book from the moment I spotted it. There was no doubt. Homes, history, restoration…it was all right up my alley. But, what I didn’t know, is that this book would be one I would want to read in an afternoon. It was moving, inspiring, and captivating. I really didn’t want to put it down as I was learning about the history of the family and the house and how a young couple unexpectedly ended up with this beautiful home that was part blessing and part curse.
I made a video review, so you can see more of The Rebirth of an English Country House and my thoughts about it…
I seriously would be giddy if I ever came across an untouched old English linen closet like this one…
Anyway, if you love history, houses, and good stories, you’ll enjoy this book!
Shaunna suggested this book to me and it has been so good! I bought The Practice on audiobook first, so I could listen to it on my walks, but I have to buy the physical book because there were just so many good nuggets of wisdom about creative work. There’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s all said in such an encouraging, fresh way and so much of it is just the encouragement I needed to hear. If you have a creative business or share your creative work online, I would highly recommend reading or listening to this book.
antique post office register
The antique post office register was definitely a favorite purchase in September, but I have to admit that I had a lot of good late-summer purchases! I got two boxes from my friend Julia in England, so I still have a bunch of antique art supplies to share in future posts! But, this was an unexpected purchase and it ended up being so perfect for the studio! You can read more about it and see inside those amazing drawers HERE.
This was another surprise favorite, but I started lino cutting & printing when I took an online art class and I really enjoyed it. (You can read more about that class HERE.) I’ve been dragging my feet more than usual in the art-creating department (and I’ve been busy with the book launch), so it was nice to do something that was totally new. Creative play and learning new things almost always gets me motivated again!
kaweco pens & pencils
I was introduced to Kaweco pens & pencils through a lovely little shop in the UK – Choosing Keeping. I bought a pencil clutch from them along with a fountain pen. I have since bought a mechanical pencil as well! THIS mechanical pencil, specifically, is a dream if you’re into really nice pencils. Their fountain pens are also nice if you want to dip your toe into the world of fountain pens without spending too much money.
After going through a couple of cheap plastic diffusers (that really weren’t that cheap for being plastic), I finally splurged on the Aria Diffuser in August. I waited until there was a great sale and I bought it as a part of a package so the deal was even better. And I have really enjoyed it, even more than I thought I would. I’m pretty basic when it comes to using essential oils, but I do like diffusing lavender. I use it almost every day, so it was a good purchase.
Since I do use lavender so much (in the diffuser, on wool dryer balls, in cleaning supplies, etc.), I buy a larger bottle with a glass dropper off of Amazon. I buy some of the Young Living blends specifically, but for run-of-the-mill oils, there are more economical options. Do you have any favorite oils I should try?
potato corn soup with dill
I made this soup trying to figure out something similar to a soup sometimes offered at our local food co-op and it ended up being excellent. Not only do we love it (and I’ve made it several times before the corn was past its prime), but I’ve heard wonderful things from my blog readers who have made it. You can find the recipe HERE.
There were certainly more favorites that happened in August and September, but these were the ones I either made note of or could remember! What were some of your late summer favorites?