Welcome to December, dear Reader!
Lately I’ve been…
Thankful For: A long warm fall. It’s strange to have come this far in the season without snow, but I’m enjoying these warmer days.
Reading: I have come across so many good second hand books lately- books have definitely been my spending weakness this year! I found Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott, which was Agatha Christie’s pen name for her books outside of the murder mystery genre. I liked this one, though the cover description didn’t reflect the story at all! The version I got was published in the 1970’s (the story takes place in the 1930’s) and they made it sound like an adventure and romance. It was not like that at all; it was more of an introspective, psychological story. I like Agatha Christie’s writing, so it was fun to read something different than a murder mystery.
I also found a copy of The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees! I’ve been wanting to get this book for years and was so happy to find it second hand. (At this shop “Found Goods” in Innisfree, AB– if you are ever in the area, definitely check it out!) This book is the one that jumpstarted my own closet refresh and overhaul over the past several years. If you are struggling with your wardrobe, I recommend this one.
Loving: Baby clothes. I have a nephew now, so I’ve been sewing some things and buying others. It’s nice to have a reason to make baby items. This felted elf bonnet and matching boots are one of the cutest things I’ve ever made.
Crafting: Christmas ornaments! It’s December now, so that means it’s time to decorate. This year I’ve been trying out some folded paper ornaments of different styles. These stars are very easy to make and you can follow the tutorial here. (Ps. Don’t worry- I only craft with books that have been damaged and are no longer readable!) If you’ve been thinking of Christmas crafting, then here are some of the other ornament ideas I came across on Pinterest. (and some other craft ideas in there too!)
The other thing I’ve been making is bookplates. I had a lot of fun designing these with vintage artwork, and have added them to my Poshmark shop.
Well, that’s what I have been busy with lately. I wish you a lovely start to your December!