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Thursday, February 13, 2014

three pretty books


With all the painting and knitting I've been doing lately, I haven't been making as much time for reading.  I realized I haven't posted about a book I've read in months!  Eek.  I recently checked out a bunch of very colorful books from the library (tis the season for adding some much needed color to my life), and I wanted to share my favorites with you.  Time for a new edition of three pretty books!
P A P E R   T O   P E T A L


I found this book through Design Sponge, and I have felt so inspired reading through it.  Paper to Petal includes instructions for creating 75 types of paper flowers.  I love the imagination that went into the creations, and the photography, colors, and instructions are designed so beautifully.  I don't even know if I'll make any of the flowers, but I've greatly enjoyed flipping through the pages and picking out my favorites.  Honorable mention to the section on materials and for making me want to go on a craft store shopping spree. 






S P R I N K L E   B A K E S


Book number two was found through Anthropologie's booklist - my go to for beautiful coffee table books to check out from the library.  Sprinkle Bakes is written by a Tennessee based artist named Heather who paints, photographs, and uses her artistic flare for creating edible works of art.  It's to her credit that she makes edible sculptures look doable; a sign of a true master is a person who can understand their art form well enough to teach it to someone else.  That being said, I haven't actually tried any of the recipes yet, but I'll for sure share if I do!
  
I also discovered that I can find even more inspiration for artistic desserts at Spinkle Bakes blog.  Yummy. 






P A N T O N E : The 20th Century in Color


Last but not least: book three which I found very randomly.  A person sitting across the room from me at a work meeting had a Pantone book with her, and I thought "hmmm...I wonder if I could find that at the library!"  Turns out I could.  I first discovered Pantone through Pinterest, and I've learned that they are the go to people for identifying and creating color trends.  Pantone: the 20th Century in Color explores the use of color throughout the last century. 

I plan on using this book to come up with new color pallets for paintings and room themes.  And of course for some simple evening browsing.






Get it Mr. Travolta. 

Read any good books lately?  Find any good picture books? 

For more pretty books: cookbooks and my first round up of 3 pretty books. 

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