Recently we've been downsizing our book collection at home and I've also made a commitment to start utilising our local library, instead of buying all the books that catch my eye.
We began the downsize by sorting through James and Bella's books, letting them both decide which ones to keep or part with. Mostly they parted with the ones they've outgrown, just keeping the special stories that have been read and re-read over the years. Then we culled all magazines that were building up in big piles and began sorting through craft, sewing, cookbooks and random ones in our collection. We've still got plenty of books, but probably parted with eighty or so in our sorting efforts - feels great to have all of our books displayed on a hallways bookshelf rather than hidden/stacked away in cupboards.
'Gifted' by Mags Kandis is filled with lots of lovely little projects to knit and crochet. I'm a wee bit obsessed with the gorgeous crochet bag (above right) that has been crocheted and then felted, but since I have so many other things on the go at the moment I'd better not start something else. There are lots of really lovely projects in the book and the instructions seem nice and straight forward.
I've always been really interested in basket making, so I ordered 'Basketry' by B J Crawford and waited patiently for it to arrive. Again, I must not start another new project but it was really interesting to find out how baskets are constructed and guess what? It looks pretty straight forward and easy once you have the right materials. There are 17 projects inside and if this is a craft that interests you, you'd better get your library skates on quick sticks.
I'm possibly the only person on the planet that hasn't peeked inside 'Jamie's 30 minute meals' book before but just incase you haven't seen it either, this is a good one to borrow. Heaps of good easy recipes to cook and they're all in an easy format with clear photos - love that.
I've nearly finished reading 'It's all too much' by Peter Walsh and although I feel this is aimed more towards families with crazy out of control piles of clutter in their homes, I've certainly found parts of this book that have ben valuable too. Most importantly the underlying message of 'live a richer life with less stuff' has resonated with me and I feel inspired to continue on with our simplifying/decluttering mission around the home.
'Woolly embroidery' is a delightful Japanese crafting book that I borrowed because I enjoyed the cover! The pillow featured on the front is my favourite project from inside the book, but there are plenty of other creative things to make too - if you enjoy embroidery you'll love this.
Hope you enjoyed my mini round up of good books to borrow,