Lasting Impression

I was tagged by a friend on Facebook to list 10 books that stayed with you in no particular order.  I love books so I couldn’t stay with the rules – instead I have 12 books.  Two not pictured in the photograph.

All of these books have stayed with me for various reasons…mostly they spoke to me in some way.

Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon
Eat Pray Love  – Elizabeth Gilbert
All books by Paulo Coehlo
Life as a Verb – Patti Digh
The Mermaid’s Chair – Sue Monk Kidd
Home Comforts – Cheryl Mendelson
Inner excavation – Liz Lamoreux
poem crazy – Susan Woolridge
Brave on the Rocks – Sabrina Ward Harrison
A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson
The Four Agreements – Miguel Ruiz
The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

So just going to focus on a few of these a little more…on why they stayed with me…

The Mermaid’s Chair by Sue Monk Kidd is about a woman who is on a journey of self-discovery.  I happened to read it when I was really starting my next journey of self-discovery. I had been stagnate in moving forward for quite some time as I was focused on my love and his business.  So this book spoke to me about my own journey.

Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson  goes into the art and science of keeping a house.   Mendelson is very thorough in this book. It covers everything from how to store silverware, stain removal, making a bed, caring for books and so much more.   I don’t live and breath this book. But this book is my go to when I am needing know information about a cloth and how to clean it, how to clean stone or metal surfaces, information on seasonal cleaning and so on.  It just it a good reference for a keeping a home.   I have taken what I need from the book and left other information alone. This book has stayed with me , because I open it up about once a month using the information and because it allowed me to feel okay that enjoy cleaning, organizing, and creating a happy home.

poem crazy by Susan Woolridge has stayed with me because it allowed me to not be afraid of poetry.  It also started my beloved and myself on a wonderful date night experience.  I was reading this book in a waiting room.  I was about to go into get an x-ray so handed my love the book to hold on to when my name was announced to go back.  He ended up reading some of the book and our ride home was interesting as he proposed us doing poetry dates.  We listed about 30 places around town to go and sit and write poetry.  We would go the place we thought might be interesting such as taking a walk down our main street.  After, we sit down,  write poetry,  and read it to each other.  We don’t have any rules on what the poetry has to be about.  We just let ourselves be inspired by our surrounding.  I have filled up a  notebook with our poetry date poems.  It has been lovely to be creative with my handsome man.  His poetry is so delightful and lovely – it always makes me smile.  So this book has stayed with me, but also my relationship.

Inner excavation by Liz Lamoreux ,   I picked up at the library initially, but within reading just a few pages of this book, I knew I needed to buy it. I am a mixed media artist that had backed away from almost everything I loved in life due to grief and this book helped bring me back to creating again. It sparked inside and I am so thankful that Liz Lamoreux for writing and putting this book together.


Inspiration Ripple


I am going to be make this a regular part of my blog: Inspiration Ripple and have it once or twice a month. I love when I come across good things other people share so I want to pass it on too. My first thing to share is the black marker that wrote on the piece above.

Sharpie Professional – I picked this up at Home Depot, but what caught my eye was the package. It is blurry above as I forgot to take a photo of it before taking it out of the package. It says it marks on oily or wet surfaces. I am so impatient when it comes to writing on paint. I have ruined so many pens and markers that way. Well, I can tell you this one writes on wet paint! Yay! It wrote on that top piece when the paint was slightly wet still. I tried using it over oil pastels and it wrote, but not as well as it did on wet surfaces.  It isn’t a fine point, but it is easy to write with on rough surfaces as I had texture to the paint.  I am going to have to buy a few more as I see myself going through them quickly.  I can’t remember the price on them, but I believe it was under $2 which is nice in comparison to some of the Sharpie brand markers.  I have always wanted to try their Paint markers, but they range from $3 to $5 each.  This is a nice alternative for now.



Art of Everyday Photography – A book by Susan Tuttle. Susan takes amazing photographs and is a great teacher. I have a photograph in it so I am especially excited about this book by Susan.


wish list: inhale love exhale peace necklace from Liz Lamoreux



Fall Intensive Class – Kathie has always been my go to guide (read expert) on Homespun Seasonal Living. I took Kathie’s summer class and it was so inspiring and informative. Kathie is knowledgeable and open in teaching people to connect with the seasons. I am not really what I would call an outdoorsy person, but I do like to connect to nature and the cycles of each season so Kathie’s class was perfect for me as she taught me more ways to infuse the summer season into my daily life. I believe all levels of knowledge and interest would find Kathie’s seasonal intensive classes encouraging as well as useful in connecting with the season and making it a daily lifestyle.

Music:  U2’s new album that they released for free on iTunes.


Art of Everyday Photography

U8564_ArtOfEverydayPhoto_Cover650 I am  excited to read and page through this book by  Susan Tuttle.  I love her photography. I always enjoy and learn from her books so I know this one will be no different.  I can’t wait for my photography to grow from the lesson I will learn.

Another reason I am excited to read it as she chose one of my photographs for the “photo wall” in the book.

To buy this book, go to Susan’s website at the above link or click on the cover left.

Book review of PhotoCraft another of Susan’s books.


Book Review: Gift It From Scratch

Gift It From ScratchGift It From Scratch by Kathie Lapcevic

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book by Kathie Lapcevic is just lovely. I enjoyed the recipes, along with the the suggestion on how to gift each of them. I love to bake and cook so gifting from the kitchen is a very personal gift that contains a lot of love and heart. It is something I do often and I always am looking for new recipes and ways to gift homemade food from my kitchen – so this book was perfect for me.

The recipes are not ones I have seen in other food gift cookbooks. I was pleased to see that Ms. Lapcevic uses whole natural ingredients. You won’t see processed foods in these recipes. Many recipes could easily be converted to vegan. I noticed also that many of the ingredients I have right in my kitchen as normal pantry supplies. I always am pleased when I can find everything right at home. Makes it easy to gift on short notice when I can bake or cook something as a present.

She also suggest looking for containers at second hand stores. I have almost eliminated all plastic storage container in my home and the thought of having to give someone a gift in one really doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy about adding more plastic to our environment. So recycling/repurosing containers from second hand stores is a delightful idea when trying to be green. It also makes it easier because you aren’t using one of your own containers and crossing your fingers you will get it back.

I made the Turkey Pot Pie recipe and both my love and myself made happy food noises with each bite. We were talking about arm wrestling for the last pieces the next day for lunch. It was that good. I have to say I had never made pot pie as it just sounded like a scary recipe to me. I cook. I cook fairly well. Pot pie sounded hard to me so I never attempted it – but I am so glad I tried Ms. Lapcevic’s recipe. I now know I will be looking out for pie plates at thrift stores this summer as it is going to make the perfect gift for friends at Christmas time.

I like how the chapters are divided in the book and the tips at the beginning of the book. It is easy to follow, the recipes are straight forward, and the gifting ideas are charming.  Over all this book is just lovely and I recommend it for anyone new to gifting from the kitchen as well as those of us who have been for a while.

Recipe for Turkey Pot Pie going to be posted to my blog tomorrow.

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Book Review: Photo Craft

Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your PhotographsPhoto Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs by Susan   Tuttle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really love this book. If you are new to digital photography and want to transform your photos into some more artistic – then this book is great place to jump into exploring all the variations you can do to create interesting artistic photographs.

This book gives good basic first time knowledge as well as those of us who have been transforming our photos already. It has in-depth step by step instructions. It gives good break out sections that give other options or tips to help in the process. It includes digital projects using Photoshop Elements as well as mixed media art projects that incorporate your photography.

I like how this book is set up as it is by 2 authors Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck.  They alternate, but also add in their own tips to each other’s projects. It is great to have both views coming together to create amazing ways to transform your photography.

You will learn to transform your photos by using this book.

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