Sunday, September 07, 2008

A few books I've been enjoying

I'm a little grumpy today so instead of boring you with the details of PMS I thought I'd share some books I have really enjoyed lately.

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule. I actually first found her blog and loved it, then discovered she wrote a book and promptly went and ordered it. I ate it up. I just love how she incorporates creativity into her life, and stresses that not only do the kids need it but she does too. That really resonates with me right now as I've discovered that the creative process is really an integral part of me. If I ignore it or squish it down I am not content. Anyways I really am not doing it justice, I love this book and will refer to it time and time again. Check out her blog here.

Warm Fuzzies 30 Sweet Felted Projects by Betz White. This book has so many amazing projects that I'm itching to try. They all use wool sweaters which are then felted(or fulled) and sewn into something else. I just love that these projects recycle old objects into new ones. The problem I've been having is finding wool sweaters, I've scored a few at local thrift stores but I'm not finding the much for a variety of colours or kid type patterns. So my local friends and family if you find wool sweaters at a thrift store or garage sale(or in your own donation bag) scoop them up for me please! Betz White also has a blog you can check out here.

Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects by Sally Mavor. Payton and I can't wait to get started on making these cute little people. Payton has asked if we can start with the fairies. I just need the wooden balls for the heads. There are variations for the kids to make, and the instructions are very clear. This is going to be a fun rainy day project!


Jessica said...

I really enjoyed Amanda's book, too. I got it right before the summer began and I used a lot of the activities this summer while watching the girls.

Jessica Levitt said...

I have the Felt Wee Folk book. So great. I made some fairies as Xmas gifts the year before last. It was so addicting. I thought, "I'm never going to stop making these" I collected like 100 acorn tops for hats. I think I made a grand total of 4. :) I still have 3 unfinished ones... someday I'll get back to them...