Sunday, September 17, 2017

BUILDING A HOME LIBRARY

For now these cabinets hold a random collection of things, but maybe someday they'll be filled with books!

I love reading. It's my absolutely favorite past time. I like it more than even crafting!


I used to do "what I read this month", but they sort of petered out. I never finish a book I don't like, but a lot of books are kind of just OK. I'm a bit picky when it comes to books. My definition of a good book (for me) is a book that I want re-read (again and again). So, while I finished the books, I never felt I had that much to say about most of them.

Also, a few years ago I Konmaried most of my books. I had several hundred that I'd collected over the years that, that I didn't want to re-read, so I got rid of them. And when I got new books I got them for my e-reader.

Then I got a baby (yes, everything revolves around the baby now), and I heard a lot about how important it is to have books at home and to see your parents reading, not just scrolling. So I've decided to buy physical copies of all the books I love, so that the Kiddo can see them and eventually read them. (This sounds a bit like brainwashing, but that's what parents are for, right?) 

And, of course, so I can read them, too! I've always secretly dreamed of a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast... But a small library of books I love would be fabulous.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

THRIFT HAUL #12

Some background: I love thrifting. Hah! 

try to just buy things we'll use. Sometimes I fail. 

And, as you are about to see, I love neutrals and natural materials.
Stokke Tripp Trapp cushion 3€. Jake wanted the best possible high chair for the Kiddo, which according to Google was the Tripp Trapp. It cost an arm and a leg and you had to buy the baby set separately, that was another arm. We decided to forgo the cushions to save at least some money, but a few days later I run into this perfect natural linen cushion set for a few euros!
Two small woven baskets 1,60€ and 1,40€. I keep buying these little baskets, and they are all empty. Maybe someday I'll put something in them, but for now they are just for decoration. #failing
Owl basket/wall hanging 0,50€. We don't actually have any art or anything really hanging on our walls, but we do now! I hung this by my bed. I think it's so cool in a very simple way.
 Small woven basket 2€. Yup. Empty.
Soda can holder 1,80€. These are actually really hard to find where I live and Jake drinks way too much soda, so we always have several cans floating around the fridge. I thought this might keep them somewhat corralled.
A rattan kids chair, 8€. I think i might have paid too much for this, but it was so cute! The Kiddo isn't at a stage where she can sit on a chair unattended yet, but I think when she does, it'll be fun to have one in her size.
Rattan fruit bowl, 1,80€. We didn't have a fruit bowl. This had a nice shape to it.
Two waste baskets, 2€ each. I can't decide which one I love more.

Over all, pretty useful things, right?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SPARK JOY #1 MY FAVORITE MUGS

I really love the Konmari method (life-changing magic indeed), but while I could sing it's praises all day, I don't feel I have anything to say that hasn't been said a billion times already. So I thought, why not just share a few things that spark joy for me? 

So here are my favorite mugs. They are Emma Bridgewater owl mugs I bought in England and (obviously) I love them. No one else is allowed to use them and I always drink from one of these, resorting to other mugs only when these are in the wash. Another quirk is that I only drink coffee from them (a bit weird since they are English?), if I have tea I'll use something else. They are sturdy, the perfect size and cuuuute.

How about you, any favorite mugs?
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