Welcome! Join us in a celebration of all things reading! Six friendly blatantly bookish ladies banter about any book related topic that tickles their fancy: fiction(all genres/ages), non-fiction (memoirs, fashion, food and more), Kindles, bargain books, reading nooks, bookish baubles and decor, libraries and bookstores, gifts, tea, adventures, flights of fancy and, of course, the quest for Mrs. Baja...
Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...
There is so much stuff in my house, my husband and I have to take turns turning side ways to get into it. That's an exaggeration, but some days it doesn't feel like much of one. I am not a collector. My husband is not a hoarder, but somehow, in the dark of night, the stuff cavorts and more stuff appears.
This is why I do not do souvenirs. I also don't do jazz hands, but that's a story for a previous day.
Still, when one goes to the immense trouble pleasure of taking a trip, one would like to have a little something tangible to remember said logistical nightmare delightful five days.
That's a difficult aspiration to marry with the one I have of de-cluttering my life. Good thing I have made up my own rules about what defines clutter and what doesn't.
Last weekend, in a little town north of here, I walked into a local bookstore and walked out with some souvenirs that now sit happily on my desk.
Depending on your idea of bargain, they may not have been much of a bargain, but if I want something and it normally costs me X dollars but I can get it for X/6, then that is a bargain.
A tasty, thrify and non-toxic bargain book collage...
Bargain 1) I was in wine country, so there had to be at least one obligatory wine book. I'm all about going the extra mile and got two. The sacrifices Imake for you people *sigh*.
Yes, I'm going to go drink more wine. For research. For you. Of course.
I've just started it, but basically, if you like wine and you'd like to spend your lottery money traveling so you can have a little wine from all the little places that produce it, then this is a story of someone who did just that, and I find I don't even hate him. Much.
Bargain 2) Ignore all the other stuff in the photo. That is an "I hate my house and am going to pretend I'm going to redecorate it" experiment.
The book is the star: "Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma". If you're going to go there, go get this first. It's a gem, and lead me to one of the best days of my adult life not to mention a 20 year old bottle of wine that makes my head spin just thinking about it.
Bargain 3) Well, this would have been a bargain no matter what the cost. Ms. Izzy is as yet unable to move to Southern California and teach me how to dress more like a Audrey Hepburn and less likeMaxine so I had to get literary assistance. It's entitled "The Style Strategy" and it's full of things I can actually understand, a post unto its own very frump-ista friendly self.
Bargain 4) I want to make jam that won't kill me or anyone I know and love. 'Nuf said.