Passed and Present, by Allison Gilbert~ Do you have a growing collection of objects that hold fond memories? Maybe they are things that remind you of your childhood, or memorabilia from a deceased loved one. Over time, these items—as beloved as they are—begin to take up a lot of space. It can be difficult to part with them and can feel like a loss all over again. Because I am very sentimental, I am beginning to feel stressed by the amount of material things I am fond of. That’s why this book caught my eye as I was passing the new release shelf at my local library. It’s chock-full of creative ideas one use to put their heirlooms and other memorabilia to good use. Some of it involves art projects, or different display techniques, while other ideas invite the participation of others (friends, family, even strangers). What’s nice is that this book isn’t just about the practical use of cold objects, but that the point is aimed at keeping the memory of one’s parent/grandparent/friend, etc. alive. I was able to get a couple of good ideas I would like to implement someday. It’s worth checking out!
The Gentle Art of Domesticity, by Jane Brocket~ This was a book I picked up at a book sale and didn’t realize how interesting it was until I got it home and got to looking at the pictures. Just the title alone has won me over, but each chapter after another holds it’s own interest as well. If you have an interest in noticing art in the everyday small moments, this book is for you. I don’t pretend to be a June Cleaver, I don’t like crochet or sewing or making every blessed thing from scratch. But I love the idea of glorying in texture and patterns, identifying one’s style and expressing that in everything. The author’s own style isn’t particularly my own but I was inspired to create different pinterest boards for myself based on what I like. Jane Brocket’s conversational rambling of thoughts also make for interesting reading. And I’m sure the bright colors in the photographs will be enough to brighten anyone’s day!