Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A library is a wonderful place ~

I love books. Mostly picture books....I guess I've never outgrown that. I've read fiction in the past, seems it was before having children though. When time was in abundance and I didn't feel so compelled to make my time "count" for something. Not that reading fiction doesn't count. It can be a great stress reliever which in turn is really good for the reader and for all who live with them!

It just happens to be my preference, liking non-fiction books. Emily and I took a trip to the library today. She's reading all she can about pregnancy and babies. I was the exact same way. Knowledge is power when doing something you've never done before. She found her handful of books. Me? I found NINE! Yes, just nine. I could open a library in my bedroom right now but I still managed to find nine books that were very interesting to me! I look for very old books, informational books or how-to and also books about artists. I found the most wonderful book about the art of Beatrix Potter. I had to scan in the precious work below, I can't remember seeing it before but you may have. I've always loved her artwork......

Another book I found is one about Da Vinci's work ~ don't you just love his art? It's truly breathtaking.

Believe it or not I've still been battling this cold, it's almost been a week now but maybe by the weekend it will be gone?? I've not been terribly creative as a result of not feeling well and I truly yearn for it. Hopefully I'll be able to carve out a few moments in the next few days to make something. Does it make you sad not to create? Well, maybe not sad, just not accomplished in some way. I hope that you all are feeling good, staying healthy. I'm so very glad you liked the French images!! I love sharing my stash with you and hope in some way it will encourage you to make something beautiful ~

Wishing you a great Wednesday!

xxoo, Dawn


marie said...

Hi Dawn,
I haven't seen that Beatrix Potter illustration before ~ it's so sweet!!

I hope your cold is gone by the weekend for sure! I'm just getting over one myself ~ it's been a tough one to get rid of.

Have a blessed day!

PS - Libraries are wonderful places!

Anonymous said...

hope you feel better soon.

Musenkind am Meer said...

Dear Dawn,

such a wunderful picture of Beatrix Potter. She also is one of my favorite-painters. Her life was so absorbing. Her deep love to the nature and the animals. Sometimes I hope I can visit her house.

Your Blog is so especially. I often come to look for news.

Best wishes from

Willnnabel said...

I adore Beatrix Potter. I have books on her life and art (unlike the movie story, she was actually a very accomplished botanical artist, Peter was a story for someones child a nephew I think. I collect the little statues of her characters and her books. Thank You for sharing the photo.

Lori said...

feel better Dawn!!! i have never seen that illustration before, it is darling:)

Anonymous said...

Dawn, me too! Libraries and book stores and antique stores with lots of books and paper! And the same as you...I get antsy if I don't have a project to do. So, it really helps to have a good book for those times, doesn't it!

Tami said...

Wonderful Beatrix Potter picture! Hope you are feeling better soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Betty said...

I do hope you feel better with each day!

As for feeling 'not accomplished' in some way if I don't create...hey, I feel that way every day! As I've mentioned, I'm not creative, though I have tried in the past. Just didn't get that artistic gene. I'm so glad you have it, as well as others. Gives me something to enjoy vicariously.

Take care of yourself!

Sally L. Smith said...

I'm so sorry about your cold. Take care of yourself. You're probably run down from getting ready for the move-in. I love old books, too, especially the children's books. Though I use old books in my works, I only use the ones that are completely worthless. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. I'm sure someday I will use some of your gifts. Sally

kathy said...

Love Beatrix Potter -- so sweet - and i love sewing things -- it amazes me , because I am truly not a sewer -- OK shake that old cold --
Need to shop today - want to create -- some things need to be mailed - Today is supposed to be nice and warm so need to do it while I can - need a few more things for the grand children -- so much fun - Blessings kathy - GA

vikki said...

i soo hope & pray for you to feel better! relax with your books & you create each day by your encouragement & inspiration from your blog m'dear friend. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Marilyn Miller said...

Yes, it does make me sad not to create. I have not been able to create much the past few years, but now I have dedicated next year to creating. I am very excited.

I do hope your cold is better very soon. I love it when you create.

Vee said...

Just say to that cold, "Enough!" Now don't think I'm completely crazy. I recently read that one can cure hiccups by doing that and so help me, every single time I've done that, it has worked. Odd, eh?

Wonderful illustration and if I had a few more to join me in my sewing room, that's just how it would look.

Emily is a dear girl reading all that she can. I know that it's an exciting, amazing time for her.

Unknown said...

Hope this little note finds you feeling better already! That Beatrix Potter illustration is adorable.

Anonymous said...

The other day there was a program about homeless people who call libraries their home. The people interviewed were saying that it is a clean, warm heaven were people where they feel save and were they are treated with respect. Who would have thought that a library is not only a place of learning, but a shelter for those in need. Libraries nurture the soul and body.

I hope you will feel better soon!

Maison Douce said...

hope you get better soon, Dawn... My husband and 2 children have been fighting this nasty, presisten cold for almost 2 weeks, now!
I, too, absolutely LOVE Beatrix Potter art!! Wish I had made it to her house when we lived in England!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hello Sweetie!!

Listen to this old nurse girlfriend :c) Colds are viruses they last 7-10 days :c( Lots of green tea, liquids, vit. C Of course I have found that a pot of home made chicken&noodles can be a "miracle cure" Be patient with yourself!! One day we need to chat (over a cup of tea) about this "accomplish" thing :c)

Pattie :c)
Mazatlan Mexico

blessings said...

We've had colds at our house too and they have taken a good 10 days to get over. I hope you're feeling better soon. Blessings... polly

Sandy said...

I so hope you are feeling better soon. I will say a little prayer for you until you are well!

Lena said...

I hope you feel much better soon. It's been such a busy time for you, and there's still the holidays ahead, so try to take some time for yourself and rest, when you can.
I love the library. I read so much, and there is no way I could ever afford to buy all the books that I've enjoyed because of it. Libraries truly opened up the world for me as a child, and still does.

I love to craft, but I'm just now finding more time for it. I missed it, but I didn't realize just how much until I started to do more.

Monica said...

Dawn! I LOVE Beatrix Potter, have her books and the movie, and visited the Lake District where my English best friend lives! I absolutely ADORE her work!
And Leonardo da Vinci's... of course!

Monica x.

Elizabeth said...

Hi, Dawn!

I sure hope that you are feeling better soon. It is hard to sick during the holidays!

Nope, I've never seen that particular picture before, either. Little cuties are those wee mice!

Through you and some other friends on the web, as well as one of my friends here, I have learned to be creative again. I lost myself along the way somewhere and forgot to allow an avenue for my artistic nature. I think that's one of the reasons I've been battling depression. Now that I am becoming crafty and making things again, I feel so much more ALIVE!

Thanks, dear friend!

Michelle Palmer said...

Be well soon~
You're recharging...all this down time is filling your creative bank!
It's a Wonderful Life n' White Christmas...mmmmm love the vintage settings~ cuddle, be warm!

Charlene said...

So glad you also have this addiction! My honey swears one corner of the house will break off the foundation due to the weight of the books & magazines. I loved the French Goodies you shared. I am going to post about another site that is sharing wonderful vintage French Photos. Come by for a visit. You will love the goodies she has. I will be so happy to share something with you.

Relyn Lawson said...

I also love picture books. It's all that yummy art being so accessible. Tomorrow I am reading Santa Calls by William Joyce to my class. Do you know it? It's wonderful!!


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