I’ve had the “October 2021 Favorites” post sitting in my drafts for weeks! I knew time was ticking to get Christmas content out, so I kept pushing this post off in favor of sharing posts about Christmas decorating and crafts. But, I have some great favorites to share, so I thought I would combine all of my favorites from October through the end of the year into one final 2021 favorites post. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for last-minute Christmas presents or how you want to spend any gift cards you receive. Favorites are just always a fun thing to share, so here they are…
feels like home
Of course, the Feels Like Home book launch!
It was a culmination of a lot of work and a very exciting time. I am so proud of this book and it felt good to launch it into the world. Thank you for receiving it so kindly and with such enthusiasm.
This is something that has been on my to-do list for a long time and I finally did it. I loved the process and the custom paper I printed so far. I look forward to do more and launching additional papers and fabrics in 2022.
These paper patterns and colorways are currently available HERE through Society6 and I’m working on fabrics from Spoonflower.
choosing keeping pigments
I explored mixing watercolors with this large pigments set from Choosing Keeping and I can’t wait to play around with it even more. I hope to make oil paints, pastels, and more watercolors. You can read all about my adventure into watercolor paint-making HERE.
I knew I would love this book and I definitely did. Timeless Paris is pure eye candy and is a wonderful consolation until I can travel to Europe again. It is a lovely tour of shops in Paris – antique stores, art supply shops, and so many other places that would be on my to-visit list the next time I find myself in Paris.
It is just a delicious book.
the Well-Loved House
This is another book that is so beautiful! You know I love decorating books and I just ate this one up. The decorating is interesting and charming but doesn’t feel completely inaccessible. The Well-Loved House is one I’ll go back to again and again.
When I had the opportunity to buy this rare antique charcoal palette box from Ponder & Purchase and happened upon an amazing lot of vintage charcoals on Etsy about the same time, I felt like I needed to practice my charcoals to improve. One of the benefits of having beautiful tools is that they can spur you on to be worthy of them.
So, I started studying some charcoals of great artists and fell in love with Seurat’s drawings. It gave me a whole new love for his work. I’m not as into his paintings with all of the little dots, but his charcoals are captivating. When I bought the book Georges Seurat: The Drawings, I got a used copy for $70, now it’s $150+! This is why I get paranoid about out-of-print art books. Anyway, if you’re interested, just keep an eye out and it will surface for less. It really is a stunning book.
I became an ambassador for Luxury Brands of America, a distributor of fountain pens, inks, and other fine writing supplies in this final quarter of 2021. I have loved fountain pens for a while, but it has been so enjoyable to play with more brands, styles, and nibs. If you’re interested in tip-toeing into the world of fountain pens, I share a few affordable options in THIS POST.
In this digital world, I sort of love getting some ink stains on my fingers every now and then as I practice the art of writing and flourishes.
day trip to Sillwater
Jeff whisked me away to celebrate the launch of the book in early October and it was such a wonderful day. I must admit that I was resistant to it, but it was perfection and I can’t wait to go back to visit the antique stores and used book store in more depth. You can read all about that outing HERE.
It has been a great fourth quarter of the year and I am carrying a lot of momentum and enthusiasm into the new year, which is always a good thing.
Here are some of my blog reader’s favorite posts and product links shared from October through December 2021…