I recently celebrated one of those big birthdays ending in "0." It was a quiet affair -- I'm not at a point in my life where I'm likely to throw a raging party, nursing babies and all. So, instead my husband took the day off of work -- we went out for coffee and Chelsea buns. We went for a walk on the beach. He made me a lovely dinner after the babes were asleep.....
And then a few weeks later I received a very exciting package from one of my sisters. (Belated gifts are the best! Why not extend the celebration for as long as possible?) Inside were two wonderful, perfect books:
Whoo-hoo! Who needs raging parties? Books are the bomb. Since I'm just getting off the ground with Seedling Clothing, The Handmade Marketplace, by Kari Chapin, and beautifully illustrated by Emily Martin and Jen Skelley, is already answering so many of my burning questions. How to take better photos...the importance of setting goals....building a crafting community.... And that's only the first few chapters. I am so grateful for this book. I couldn't have come at a better time.
And then Lotta Jansdotter's gorgeous Simple Sewing for Baby. Chock full of inspiring projects, clearly explained and beautifully photographed. Plus, it includes patterns! I may actually attempt to follow one. Ms. Jansdotter's designs, textiles, and photos fill me with a sense of well-being. Truly, could you ask for anything more from a book?
I think we may be a bit past some of these with baby A (the Snuggler, for instance); fortunately, we're still planning to add a few more ankle biters to the family. Give it a few years -- I might even be pattern-savvy by then.
At any rate, I feel wonderfully prepared to embark on this next decade with these fantastic books on my bedside table. Thank you lovely sister!