I made a little promise to myself earlier this year that I would make the time to read. I love to read, to escape into someone else's world, to get caught up in their story.
Gordon and I found this oak chest, which I now use as my nightstand, one afternoon when we were doing errands. It was sitting in the parking lot of a local antiques shop and I spied it as we drove by. I mentioned it and we turned around to check it out. We even came home with a server for our living room that day, too. Oh yeah, and a vintage globe.
The G and M book ends were found at TJ Maxx while I was Christmas shopping and the myrtle wood bowl is from my Dad's family and I ended up keeping it when he passed away in December. The photo of my Sweetie and I was taken by Zach on a vacation to Destin way back in 1999 and it's still one my most favorite photos ever.
So, on to what I'm reading now:
The Appeal, John Grisham | I always enjoy a Grisham read and this one was especially compelling. Does this really happen? Also read The Summons a couple of months ago and have a few more on the shelf to read, which I know I'll enjoy.
Personal, Lee Child | Zach likes reading this author, so I thought I would finally read one, too. And I now know why he likes them so well.
Every 15 Minutes, Lisa Scottoline | This author was recommended to me by our town Librarian. I've read others by her and they've all been enjoyable. This one, though, is different. Enjoyable is not the right word, but don't get me wrong, it's a good read, just a different subject matter.
Silver Girl, Elin Hildebrand | I happened upon this author by scoping out someone's IG feed, so I don't remember who to thank for the recommendation. I've just begun this one but read Summer People and Barefoot while at the beach in June and wasn't disappointed.
Mean Streak, Sandra Brown | Oh wow, if you've never read Sandra Brown, read this one. Totally didn't expect that. Earlier this year I also read Play Dirty.
What I've read recently:
Home Safe, Elizabeth Berg
A Year of Pleasures, Elizabeth Berg | Will definitely reread this one again soon.
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
Ladies' Night, Mary Kay Andrews
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
I definitely read more for pleasure than as a learning tool and almost always choose Fiction over Non-Fiction. Thrillers, mysteries and suspense are probably my favorite genres, but I'm not opposed to anything...if it's a good story.
When I open a blank mini book and look at the pages, at times it can seem intimidating, yes even for me...someone who loves making mini books, and a lot of work. But if I just take ten minutes to get started, I'm reminded of why I like this small format so much and then I can't stop.
With a mini album, I get to create and finish a page of that project in 3-5 minutes. I'm a fast scrapper and even a layout usually only takes me about 10-15 minutes.
Add a list of lists to the equation and that just makes it even more fun, because we all know how much I love lists. If you're wondering where I found my lists, I used the March 2011 30 Days of Lists class prompts and you can find them for free here.
We are begging for sunshine here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We've had so much rain, for so many days and sometimes all day long. Those little peeks of brightness are not enough, we want our Summer back!
Oh, and did you know that I'm adding the option of instant downloads to many of the shop prints? This is one of them.
And it's still available as a print on velvety smooth paper Fine Art Paper, using archival pigment inks which make the colors amazingly vibrant and saturated.
Guess who's joining me in the July #listersgottalist challenge?
You may have already seen the news, but if not...the girls are playing along with me this month! Well, technically, I guess that I'm playing along with them this time since we're all using the Junior edition as inspiration.
Here's Victoria's mini book. I am surprised that there's not more bling on her cover, she's my artsy craftsy, blingy, designs her own clothing line girl so this is totally unexpected.
And Isabella's mini book surprises me as well. I expected hers to be more subdued, but I have to say she does love going over-the-top...so maybe I shouldn't be surprised at all.
I am happy to admit that I am more excited than I should be about this project we're doing together. I hope that they complete a good number of lists this month. And I hope I do, too. My plan is to bundle them together with some pretty ribbon and keep them together. I want to be able to look over these lists with the girls years from now and let them see their handwriting and their thoughts and their design styles and see what really great young ladies they were, and are.
I'll be posting our lists to Instagram @monikawright_iloveitall most every day, so follow along there for peeks or catch our weekly updates here on the blog.