The art of sniffing books

“You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks of ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.  May you be in love everyday for the next 20,000 days.  And out of that love, remake a world.”
- Ray Bradbury

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the smell of books.  The older, the mustier, the more loved the book, the better I think it smells.  To this day, I still love to roam the aisles of the local library or used book store and sniff to my little heart’s content.  The art of sniffing books is something my mom finds extremely odd but it’s a practice I don’t ever see myself giving up.

I love books.  I love everything about them.  Their ability to transport you from one world to another with the power of words, the weight of the book in your hands as you flip pages, the carefully designed graphics on the cover and of course, the smell.   Oh the glorious smell!  This is why I will never be able to give up hard copies of books, no matter how sophisticated an e-reader may become.  I currently have both an early generation Kindle and an iPad mini from which I have read while on vacation in the interest of saving space in my luggage but there’s absolutely nothing that can compare to the feel of a real book in your hand.

Here are a couple of books I have either read or re-read lately that have captivated me from beginning to end:

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (an oldie but goodie)

Made in the USA by Billie Letts

The Good House by Ann Leary
Happy reading!
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Gorgeous herb planter ideas

I absolutely love cooking with fresh herbs and have loved the convenience of having my own herbs on hand when I have had them in the past.  I love all of the great herb planter ideas I’ve seen floating around the web lately and have been gathering up the courage to try creating my own herb planter again.  I just haven’t decided whether I want one that will sit inside on the sill by our kitchen sink or outside near our adorable dwarf pink lemon tree.

Here are some of the herb gardens I love the most:


DIY Herb Planter Stand  (I wonder if my hubby would be kind enough to build something like this for me?)


Wooden wine box herb garden from The Stir

Herb Window box vintage crate design Simply Cottage by Shackadale, £14.50

Window box vintage crate from the Shackadale Etsy shop

What kind of herb garden planters have you used?
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Yummy watermelon inspired apron

One of the things we love most about summer is the abundance of juicy, delicious fruit!  From gorgeous ruby red cherries to delectable peaches to juicy strawberries to radiant watermelon, we just can’t get enough!

We immediately fell in love with this adorably festive watermelon fabric as soon as we laid eyes on it.  The smaller apron on the left with green gingham backing is a youth sized apron while the larger one on the right with pink gingham backing is adult sized.  Both feature large front pockets and adjustable neck and waist straps and would be the perfect accessory for any of your fun summer bbqs.

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Happy summer!

 

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Things we love

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and the gorgeous weather we have been having lately!  Here are some of the things we’ve been loving lately:

Lake Street Dive: this amazingly talented jazz/soul band featuring the amazing lead vocals of Rachel Price has the perfect tunes for summer and we can only imagine how incredible it would be to see them live.

These healthy summer recipes for picnics from Remodelaholic.com.  What better way to plan for all the fun outdoor summer concerts and movies in the park?

Watermelon green tea from The Country Chic Cottage sounds like the perfect refresher on a warm day.

This cute personalized beach towel from Etsy.  Now you’ll never lose your towel at the pool or beach.

This gorgeous tulle skirt from Etsy.  It’s so whimsical and fun.

Adorable Adirondack pet bed from The Company Store.  Our Allie would love it!

Happy Summer!

 

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Summer fruit inspired apron

One of the things we love most about summer is the abundance of juicy, delicious fruit!  From gorgeous ruby red cherries to delectable peaches to juicy strawberries to radiant watermelon, we just can’t get enough!

We immediately fell in love with this adorably festive watermelon fabric as soon as we laid eyes on it.  The smaller apron on the left with green gingham backing is a youth sized apron while the larger one on the right with pink gingham backing is adult sized.  Both feature large front pockets and adjustable neck and waist straps and would be the perfect accessory for any of your fun summer bbqs.

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Happy summer!

 

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