In many of my personal photos on here, you may spy some bookshelves lurking in the background. They are filled with antique books and hand-tipped illustrations that have been with me through thick and thin, to three corners of the United States, and cracked open so often that the bindings are toast. Classic literature has always been my go-to-gal because I love unraveling the mysterious and peculiar ways of the past.
With my other passion for sewing, I tend to have boxes of vintage fabric remnants lying around. And so, I thought, why not combine the two?
Newly listed in my shop is ‘Bag O’ Book Corners’ in Dutch Blue. It’s an assorted mix of 5 shabby chic blue floral, stripe, and toile vintage-fabric book corners in a floral and stripe vintage-fabric bag that ties with a satin ribbon. All handmade by me, of course. They’re perfect as stocking stuffers for holiday gifts, add-ons to an antique birthday book present, or just something little for your favorite reader.
The Bag O’ Book Corners in Dutch Blue is also available in my Etsy store
Now for my top ten books that are on my bookshelves (in no particular order):
1) Mandala by Pearl S. Buck
A rich and lush tale of forbidden love in India. What exotic, jasmine-scented daydreams are made of.
2) The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A gorgeous drunken spiral into alcoholism, materialism, and delicious fur-wrapped greed. Why I wish I had two lives; the one that I am living and Gloria’s.
3) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
How I learned that if I am ever sentenced to prison labor in Siberia, I can smuggle in alcohol underneath my clothing by wrapping vodka-filled cow intestines around my body.
4) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pure magic. Harry Potter for whimsical, pastoral daydreaming adults. It’s as if Jules Verne were a romantic.
5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Romance at its most basic law: opposites do attract. The witty banter between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is unparalleled.
6) For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
A dynamiter in the Spanish Civil War and a girl who experienced the ravages. A story that taught me strength and resilience and duty even in the face of fear.
7) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book changed my life. It taught me to follow my dreams even if it is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and that just when I am about to give up, keep hope alive and things will play out exactly as I will them to. Santiago also taught me how to be resourceful in situations where I have only myself to rely on.
8) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Another story of temptation and true love. A little sad, but with plenty of vindication and instant nostalgia. Every time I read it, I am truly transported into an antique circus.
9) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
10) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Mr. Tolstoy taught me one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned and that is that even if you don’t have to, you must get out in the proverbial field and till the proverbial land to feel alive. A connection to the earth and to our bodies gives us purpose.