National Book Lovers Day – November 5th

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

On National Book Lovers Day we are encouraged to find a good book settle into a comfortable place and just read the day away! On a chilly day, I take great delight in curling up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a wonderful book to read.  I enjoy the classics, with one of my favorites being “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

Books have been around for thousands of years.  With a book, you have the whole world in your hands.  They not only have the ability to educate us but also the capacity to enthrall and captivate us.

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”- Mason Cooley

Reading is a common thread that binds us together in the fabric of life.  In the spirit of National Book Lover’s Day, the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team share their favorite books along with a featured item from their shop.

 

pam colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam shared this classic:

My favorite book is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Eric Sloane.  I read this classic book as a child. I could relate to the adversity, being raised by a single parent with money struggles and the importance of Family. The theme of Overcoming Adversity was near and dear to my heart!

 

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The Cracker Barrel by Eric Sloane

 

 

Linda from LazyYVintage added:

I cannot choose a favorite! I love to read and have since I was about 10 years old and read Black Velvet. I couldn’t read enough about horses then. I think I read every story a 10-year old could about horses. Moved on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Later it was romance stories. My Dad was a mystery reader, so I tried a lot of Agatha Christie and Elliott McQueen. In high school and in college I took Shakespeare classes, reading all I could by him (even if I couldn’t yet completely understand some of it).

So, the reader digest collection I received from Grandma Ruby when I was 21 years old was magical. So many stories in one book, or in a series of books.

Give me a book and some time off, and you’ll find me on my backyard swing or curled up in my favorite spot on the couch. You can never have too many books either. They are everywhere here. Decorating an end table or shelf, stacked ready to read, in a box ready to donate to the library.

I still keep my children’s books to read to the grandbabies. We are working our way through Alice in Wonderland. They ask me to read to them when they spend the night. It makes me smile and know that they will be all right in a world full of information!

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Readers Digest Condensed Books – 1960’s

 

 

Lisajoy Sachs  from saxdsign suggested:

Oh, hands down my favorite book of all time is Ken Follett’s Pillars of the earth. First published in 1989 when I was a mere teenager. I read this book every summer. It is a VERY long book, but a great summer read. As a Historical Novel, Mr. Follett takes you away to a world of adventure in a time when building a cathedral took decades. This book embraces the reader to the point where you can’t put it down.

It is the type of book where you can easily relate to any of the characters and emerge yourself completely.

I picked the following piece from my shop because it is a type of stone cut into a “Book Matched” pair. Book matched means that it is cut from the same stone and it matches the same on both sides as if it were hinged like a book.

 

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Coyamito Agate Cabochon Tear Drop Earrings

 

 

Christina Paul  from lebeauchaton responded:

What a fun post! I could never choose a favorite book but I adore anything Jane Austen. My shadow box painting reads “I’d rather be at Pemberly” after D’arcy’s estate from Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve read and reread countless times.

 

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Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Shadow Box

 

 

Annmarie Scott  from PaperCloudSky said:

As an illustrator, with shelves full of favourite books, the one I have been re-visiting recently is Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
Why Alice? She is full of curiosity, knows her own minded, is always ready for adventure and she is absorbed in the wonderful world of a book.

The item I’d like to share from PaperCloudSky is a textile art brooch in a bag, featuring my white rabbit ink illustration and detailed with embroidery cotton hand stitching.

 

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White Rabbit Fabric Brooch

I have also recently completed a series of print and postcard illustrations placing Alice in a somewhat tropical wonderland – inspired by Alice’s adventures and my own back yard in Brisbane, Australia.
Happy National Book Lovers Day

 

 

Heather Barber  from MooseintheMint commented:

It’s really hard to choose just one book!  I regularly have a couple of books on the go, but one of the books that I return to is Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. It’s the beginning of a series where you can watch the children grow up and develop.
This coaster is great for those who like to snuggle up with an old favourite , a cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fire!

 

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Cosy Fire Read Book Coaster

 

 

Show Us Your Workspace – lebeauchaton

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Today we visit visit Christina from  lebeauchaton who makes one of a kind affordable art and gifts including whimsical original paintings, mixed media art, holiday decor, ornaments and flights of fancy.

Here’s what she says about her work space:
Right now my work space isn’t large or elegant (it’s a section of my basement) but I try to fill it with inspiring objects as well as the necessary endless mess of art supplies-I love being surrounded by books, thrifted treasures and souvenirs from travels. I recently added a mini $10 chandelier and “faux” view of Paris to add a little romance. There’s also a small window above my work table where one of my cats likes to oversee the goings on and occasionally get her paws in the paint.

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Halloween Decor For Your Whole House

Contributor post by Susie of GinnyPenny

The entire month of October is game for decorating your home for Halloween. In my neighborhood the homes are decked out with everything from spider webs and ghosts to glittery orange lights and silly carved pumpkins. Get into the spirit of Halloween this year by decorating your whole house.

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Spooky cat vinyl decals are great for the glass on your front doors or for any window or mirror.

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Turn your dining room into a fun and spooky place to eat with themed tablecloths and place mats.

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Make your front hall and candy bowl stand out with this table runner.

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This cute pumpkin magnet will look darling in your kitchen.

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Decorate your kitchen a bit spooky when you use this dish towel.

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Add a banner to your mantel or over the piano or other focal point in your living room.

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These black bat cutouts would look great anywhere. Hang them from your chandelier or string them across your banister. Attach them to some fish line and hang them in groupings from your ceiling for a fun effect.

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This mixed media art doll sure sets the stage for a creepy good time!

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If you need something comfy to support your head, use these pillows.

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Even the potty can get a Halloween holiday makeover with a fun sign. This is a great idea for parties. Your guests will love the convenience of clear signage.

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I hope this has inspired you with some fun and unique Halloween ideas. Happy decorating!