beauty filled days

I don’t get to read nearly as often as I like. Most of my reading involves Obi Wan Kenobi fighting as the protector of the galaxy. I learn all kinds of new vocabulary. In fact, I was reading with my oldest and he stopped me nearly every other sentence to correct my pronunciation of the random planets in Star Wars. For those that asked yesterday, it was a Star Wars chapter book he was reading. I grew up reading The Gymnasts series…light saber battles are quite a bit different than the drama of Evergreen Gymnastics Academy.

I’ve had a growing list of books I’d like to purchase and finally placed my order. That smiling Amazon box was an exciting welcome on my doorstep. A little bit of everything just for me…no Legos, no Jedis, no Dora…bliss.
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I’ve known for a year that FireCracker’s bed would be in the newly released Design*Sponge at Home …what a thrill to see it in print! I knew this would be an incredible book, but it exceeded my expectations. There are so many little graphic details that set it apart from other decorating books. Elegant and whimsical graphic ribbons give each section a unique feel – so beautiful. Grace and her team went above and beyond with the whole concept and content. The book is a work of art and feels like a labor of love. It is so, so good.
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The next book was Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day. I first thumbed the pages of it at the Paper Source store in Chicago. No wedding in my future, but the creative ideas inside are inspiring for all kinds of projects. When I was in college, I had a subscription to Martha Stewart Kids. I had no intentions for kids, but the design and ideas were so unique and inspiring. This book has ideas crashing around in my head…if only there were more hours in the day!
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Dottie’s Angel’s book included an envelope with thread, a scrap of vintage fabric and piece of a doily – this book had me at hello. It is all things Dottie, which means all things Granny Chic. I’ve only been able to thumb the thick pages. Lots of white with pops of color, fresh, happy…it is quiet possibly the prettiest book I’ve ever owned. An then there is inspiration for my soul. Do you follow Ann Voskamp’s blog? Her recent book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is the book that is going places with me right now…school pick up line, bathroom while little ones wash, in one hand while I brush my teeth 🙂 Whenever I can squeeze in a few brief moments for reading, this is what I am reading….daring to live fully right where I am.
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So those are a few things inspiring me right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting for hours or even 5 minutes reading. I’m thumbing pages. I’m stealing quick glances. I’m squeezing in bits of beauty in between the screams I let out when I step on a lego. Every now and then I get a few minutes on Pinterest too….I thought I’d share a few things I’m liking from my Pinterest boards….to give you some peeks at beauty too!
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Click the title to find the original source, you can find other similar items on my individual pinterest boards.

Road Map Pendant * Color Inspiration * Super Girl Party * Floral Shoes * Go Outside Poster * Doily Crust * Super hero Globe * Outdoor Decor * Repurposed Organization * Letter Writing Box for Kids

Happy Friday…have a beauty filled weekend!

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