07 September 2011

an ever growing book list

First day back at school was really, really short so I didn't get to dig in to my new schedule as I would have liked. Hopefully today will be more like it! *sigh*

As a girl who wants to live both intentionally with as little excess clutter about her and to spend her limited means wisely, I absolutely love using my local library system to borrow all the art and craft books that interest me before deciding whether or not to make them permanent residents on my bookshelf. Unfortunately there has been a slow but steady list growing of such books that I am unable to get this way, either because they are just too new or have received little demand to be added to their catalogue as yet.

I am therefore trying to track down these books via other means, such as making a trip to the largest of the bookstores in our area to view them on the shelf *grin*, or still second-best in my opinion, find really thorough previews online. Claire at Heart Handmade UK not long ago suggested Issuu, which I still have to run through, (Note to self: do this this week!), and I am sure there are others. Your insights on which, are truly welcome below... (thank you!)

Anyways, I thought I'd share my little 'wish list' with you here today. Maybe you have read some of these yourself and can offer your thoughts on whether or not they would be worth chasing down further...

sew wild alisa burke

Alisa Burke's latest book Sew Wild is really giving me the free-motion stitching bug... *uh-oh!*

Lena Corwin's Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens looks like a good book to tie in with other techniques I want to explore further...

Hand Job: a Catalog of Type by Michael Perry ...again, potentially a good reference for generating ideas on hand-drawn fonts... (click the image above to see more page previews)

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam... for a dream that doesn't want to go away anytime soon *grin* {images via Kelly Pratt and Lisa Beam}

As I said, these are just a few of the books on my ever-growing reading list. What books are on your 'list' currently? I'm always interested to hear your recommendations, especially if I can get them through my library *wink*

Have a great day! xo, Beka

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