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books on my desk

five books

The books on my desk right now:

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table (p.s. Molly is signing her book in Portland at Powell’s tonight)

Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More, by Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty (due to a little shipping mix up I have an extra book so expect a giveaway of it next week). Congrats to Susan!

Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics, by Akiko Mano, gorgeously simple projects with well explained diagrams.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice that Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS, I’m hoping this will inspire me to get a little spring cleaning done.

Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas, this is a classic that has recently been released in paperback.

· comments [5] · 03-6-2009 · categories:books · craft · food ·

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leonor // Mar 7, 2009 at 9:08 am

    i hope you can tell us in the future if mrs. meyer’s book really works….
    i’m in a desperate need for cleaning advice, and i’m not sure if cleaning books are to be trusted =P

  • 2 Cakespy // Mar 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I just got “A Homemade Life” too. The author spoke at the Wednesday University lecture series and I was so impressed–I really wanted more. I’m really enjoying it.

  • 3 M.E. // Mar 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Leonor, there are a zillion cleaning books already if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Mrs Meyer’s one. I’m not sure I’ve looked at the big Martha Stewart book, but I own a copy of Home Comforts, and the Real Simple cleaning book isn’t bad — it has some different ideas in comparison.

    But I’m not commenting to say that — I’m commenting to say that I’m pleased with the trend of translating some of the better J-craft books, particularly if they get translations that are good in the technical sense. (Not so good are things like the English-language Gothic Lolita Bibles: nice eye candy, but in V. 4, whoever did the project translations apparently didn’t know the difference between knitting and crocheting.) I have a blog post planned with reviews of some faux-J-craft books, but I need to get around to writing it….

  • 4 Shana // Mar 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Homemade life is sooo good. I got it on a friend’s recommendation having never read her blog and it is so good I couldn’t put it down and plowed through it staying up late in 2 days.

  • 5 Rebecca // Mar 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Mrs. Meyers has a clean home book?! Great. Another one to add to my wish list.

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