Pretty Little Things and Why I've been Scarce

One day, as I perused my favorite blogs, I came across a post by Cindy Gimbrone that she mentions she wants to live inside a book called Pretty Little Things by Sally Jean Alexander. I've never felt the desire to live inside a book, so I immediately checked it out of the library. And I fell completely in love with this book.
The projects are clever, fun, and can be personalized to your tastes, needs, desires, and more. I can hardly wait to use the inspiration and incorporate my lampwork beads.
Even though I do love the projects, that is not even my favorite part of the book. The best is that Ms. Alexander gives us a studio tour of some of her favorite things, how she organizes her "stuff" and I just love the personalities of the characters that live in her studio. One thing I found funny was that she does her soldering on a silver tray for the photos in the book. When I solder, it's on homasote board with duct tape along the edges. Trust me, it's nowhere near as pretty as a silver tray.
As if that wasn't enough, she also explains how she spends her days creating. The entire book is charming and fun and playful. She does a quick overview of making a collage that even a non collage artist could have a blast creating. In fact, I went out and bought a bunch of paints and other stuff to play with. I also stopped at a thrift store and bought some books to rip apart. When I told the kids what was going to be done to the books, they were horrified. Ever since they were toddlers, they got in trouble if they mistreated their books. So to actually PURPOSELY rip them was about all they could take. I got lectured. HA!

My library has a 5 time renewal limit. I had every intention of renewing the book all 5 times. But then some mean person put it on reserve so I had to return the book after only 3 weeks instead of the 15. I broke down and bought my own copy even though I swore that I would pare down the number of craft books I buy.

So, instead of blogging, I've been studying this book and playing on facebook. What FUN! I had no idea what this facebook thing was all about!


Lo Christine

I saw something about this book the other day! Looks so interesting. . .


This does look like a very interesting book. I have a hard time in the bookstores picking out "just the right book" to dive into. But reviews like yours make it a little easier to find something great to read! See you on Facebook, I told you it was addicting! :)

Julie Miller

I just requested it from the Indy library. See how you perpetuate the evil? ; - ))

Jennifer Cameron

Lo Christine~defintely check it out. Even if you don't solder (like regular stained glass-not jewelry soldering) it is a beautiful book to look at.

Jennifer Cameron

Kristen~I am glad you like seeing reviews. I generally prefer to see review of books before I shell out the money. And I am totally addicted to facebook now. I may need a 12 step program for it.

Jennifer Cameron

Julie~Bwahahaha! My evil master plan is working! Enjoy it and don't just look at the pictures. It is entertaining reading too.

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