Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Delicious, Delectable Books...

"Let books be your dining table,
and you shall be full of delights,
Let them be your mattress,
and you shall sleep restful night."

~Author Unknown~

(Aren't these yummy? I ordered them on Etsy, can't wait til they arrive!)

Hi Sweet friends,

This morning I got up before the chickens, well, at least I was up before the neighbors rooster crowed. In general I am not a morning person but I was excited to get up and get things done so I could share some fun finds with you and get busy resettling the studio so I have two full days of play in there! This is a very good thing since the Artist Class is in full swing and I can't wait to try out some of the tutorials over there.

While I was was rearranging my art supplies on the new closet shelving I came across a painting my daughter did several years ago, it was tucked in between some of my canvas'. Don't tell, but I am going to keep it! Hard to believe that was six years ago, we were homeschooling, and I was giving her and a neighbor girl painting lessons. Big sigh, how time flies!Today when I run errands I want to find some velvet ribbon to glue around the outside of the canvas and to use for hanging. I think the colors are perfect for decorating for autumn. I will hang it in the dinning nook. Possession is 9/10 of the law, she cannot steal it back can she? I'd better practice my puppy dog look and play the "But it reminds me of you and I miss you so much since you moved out." card, then she might let me keep it. I am going to remind her that She didn't like the way it turned out but I do!Last evening when Handy Hubby came home from work, he made me an offer I could not refuse. He suggested driving into the city for dinner and maybe I would want to go to the books store. Are you kidding, I would never ever in a million years pass up an offer to go to the bookstore. Forget dinner when there are books to satisfy my appetite!

I was quite the greedy girl and chose the two course meal. Would you like to see what I feasted on? Well, at least my eyes did. We made a stop in Tuesday Morning looking for a box to match some that I had previously bought, I found a small one but I wanted a larger one too, no luck. I did find this book by Rachel Ashwell, Sumptuous Settings & Other Lovely Things.
It is dreamy and I did not have this one. Love those Tuesday Morning bargains, a $34.99 hardcover book for $9.99. How sweet is this shower gift idea? Sorry the scans have a shadow on them, I didn't want to bend my new book. A pretty party idea...How is this for framed art?I also got a set of K&Co. rubber stamps, a $12.99 value for $1.99! That was a great appetizer.We stopped and ate dinner, sneaky me, I chose a restaurant right next door to the book store ;c) I was getting kind of impatient that they were so busy because I knew what awaited just on the other side of the wall. In spite of my anticipation, we had a leisurely dinner. Now for the real main course, delectable books, a whole store full of them.

I feasted my eyes on some magazines, but they were not very palatable so I moved on the the bargain section but found that unsatisfying as well. I tasted tid bits of fine art books but no, that didn't hit the spot either. Perhaps my taste buds would be tempted by something in the crafts and hobbies section. Not so much. I sampled gardening, cooking, photography, nature, writing resources, and then made one last swing by home decor.

There before me lay the most tasty treat, Merry & Bright, a Country Living publication. Ah, my appetite was sated with all the festive ideas AND the special bonus. If you buy the book, you get a one year subscription to the magazine for free! Cool huh? Too good of a buffet to pass up!
I don't usually buy holiday books because looks and styles change so much that they can look dated. Our local library has tons of holiday books and I usually check out some of those for inspiration. This one was my exception to the rule. The ideas in here are so simple, so timeless, and so easy to create that I just fell in love with it. The book includes a few recipes and crafting idea as well as page after page chock full of gorgeous color photos. Yes indeed, I was filled with these delicious delights.I'm off the shove, er, organize my supplies in the closet, the faster it is done, the faster I get to play. Kind of makes me feel like a kid with chores again. Man, I thought I'd out grown that!

So, what are you going to do today?

Miss Sandy


kathy said...

spending a little time with my bloggy friends online -- Love the books all are timeless -- Was looking at my little snow from you
last night in anticipation of Christmas -- such fun -- kathy - ga ♥

Anonymous said...

I am envious of your bargains at Tuesday Morning! I love that place. Today is clear, bright and colorful in GA after heavy downpours yesterday. I'm on my way outdoors to take pictures! You enjoy your day Sandy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing the ideas. I too love Tuesday Morning. It is in the city about 40 miles from us. I sometimes forget about it when shopping for bargains, since it is tucked in a little out of the way place. I will put that on my list next time I am in the city. I am doing a series of three bright flowers on plaques for one daughter for Christmas. Hadn't thought about the velvet ribbon. That would dress it up for the daughter I have in mind. That is what I am working on today.

Unreasonable Grace said...

I've forgotten about Tuesday Morning. Thanks for the reminder. I'll go soon.

Loved those Christmas decorating ideas from your book. Will keep this post bookmarked so I can come back and "borrow" some ideas!


Lorrie said...

What a fun outing. And the book you brought home with you looks like it will provide tons of inspiration.

Today, I'm studying...and taking a break now between Anthropology and Psychology to visit my blog friends.


Vickie said...

What a sweet book! I must have it for Christmas. A subscription to the magazine, eh? That's too good to pass up!

I hope you daughter still paints!

LiLi M. said...

What a wonderful day! Dinner and those books at bargain prizes! Somehow I didn't do much today, you know those days, you try but then the phone rings, then the eldest comes home from school early so we decide to make a festive lunch (in the oven which I just cleaned...). Of course I can start cleaning again when we are finished, then I discover that I have to go I did nothing really special but the day is over, well tomorrow is another day and I might do something creative now (9.30 pm). Enjoy your day!

Linda said...

I love the things you've found and particularly that Christmas book (this coming from me, who is not anxious for Christmas! ha!) but the ideas, as you wrote, are timeless and my mind was already spinning with possibilities at the sight of the photos you provided.

What am I doing today? I worked at my job and also completed my November newspaper column, which is always a great relief. Now I'm heading off to pick up my daughter and friend from school.

Stay sweet ♥

Claudia said...

What a great evening you had! I'm like you, I can't pass up a chance to go to the bookstore. I've seen that book before - I'll have to look for it again. Your daughter's artwork is lovely.

The Feathered Nest said...

Sandy, we have SO much in common!!! I SO would have purchased the old books....the Rachel book....I HAVE the stamps....and I HAVE the Merry & Bright book and just LOVE IT! You sound like me too...hurrying through dinner to get to THE BOOKS! xxoo, Dawn

Lori said...

Miss Sandy, you hit the jackpot at tuesday mornings...i always forget to stop in there and see what they have...your daughter's painting of the lily is lovely!!!

Laurie said...

You found some great books -- I do love all those Christmas photos! Thank you for sharing them! I am so in the mood of Christmas decorating -- but we have to get through Thanksgiving first, huh?! I'm hoping to begin an Artist Class project after dinner tonight!

Fete et Fleur said...

We do not have a Tuesday Morning near us! I wish we did. I love the Merry and Bright photos. They are a beautiful inspiration for the season.


Cheptoek said...

mmm, those orders from Etsy are beautiful. You sure know how to pick 'em! Your daughter has talent, that is a treasure.

Monica said...

Hi Miss Sandi,
Just popped in to say hello! Those photos from Merry and Bright are sooo inspiring for the upcoming Christmas Season! Thanks for sharing.
And all your bargains... lucky girl!

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