books read in January

books read in January |

The year started really well for me. I managed to read five books in January. That’s more than I ever have until now. I’m a slow reader and read only in bed in the morning or evening. I wrote a little list of books I want to read this year and to not forget about the marvelous books I already read, I will try to write a small book report every month. Maybe you find a book you like. Here’s the first:

The Art of Stillness – Pico Iyer
This was a really fast read. It’s under 100 pages but really lovely to read. Pico Iyer explains what stillness means to him and others he met on his way through life. It’s not a manual to explain, what you should do to reach stillness. It’s more a lot of inspiration and a first step to finding your own kind of stillness. The Art of Stillness is a book I definitely have to read twice to really get it, but it’s wonderful to read.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler
After I heard so much about this praised book, I wanted to read it for myself. I instantly fell in love with it while reading the introduction. I loved Amy’s style of writing, so open and from the heart. Sadly I had troubles with the chapters that included a lot of names from her colleagues. Most of them I didn’t recognize, since they are not that well known in Germany. Therefore the chapters were a little boring because I hadn’t a face in front of me, when she described their characteristics and quirks. But I found it interesting to read more about a typical American girl and her life. Especially I loved the little poems, pictures and creative pages, unusual to these kind of books. They made it so special and personal, more than words only can ever be.

Handbuch des Kriegers des Lichts – Paulo Coelho
The title says it all. It’s a handbook. It’s not a story you can easily read through. It’s a manual for the good-hearted warrior of light and how he acts and reacts on situations. After I finished, I knew I have to read it again in time an make little notes at the end of every small chapter, to conclude the main statement in one sentence. The warrior of light lives on the wisdom of the wisest men on this planet, like Ghandi and the Buddha. The warrior fights for the good things, but knows when to take a step back from the fight. It’s the manual for the good man.

Für Eile fehlt mir die Zeit – Horst Evers
One of the funniest German cabaret artists I know. He lives in Berlin and tells stories of his everyday life. He has such a special style to tell his short stories. I caught myself laughing out loud so many times. Two times I even woke my boyfriend up, who was already sleeping beside me. I don’t know, if his books are translated into English. I fear not, but I really hope, they will in time.

A year of mornings – Maria Vettese & Stephanie Congdon Barnes
Such a wonderful, magical book, about two woman living 3191 miles apart. They share one photo everyday of their mornings and I don’t know, if it’s an accident, but so many photos fit so perfectly together. It seams as if they were planned that way. If you like inspiring, quiet photography, this book is definitely for you.

what’s on my craft table?

what's on my craft table? - text stamp addiction -

After these text heavy posts, I thought it was time for another photo post. So here are some shots from my craft table. Tables I have to say, because this time I used our large kitchen table too, to paint all of my wooden boxes with a dark walnut-brown stain.

At a local do-it-yourself store I found wooden boxes in different sizes, which fit perfectly into my Ivar shelves to organize my crafty things. I just have to paint them with stain, so they look more beautiful. But that’s only a matter of time, although there are seven big and eight middle sized boxes waiting to be painted. Yikes! But until then I’ve already tested, if all of my stamps and washi tapes fit in there. And they do, perfectly. Although I was a little shocked seeing how much stamps and tapes I’ve got! Is it already an addiction?

Sadly, I can’t get anymore stamps from Elise Blaha. The package arrived of her last sale in her shop. Really, really sorry, that there will be no more. Loved her style on stamps. And truthfully, she started this obsession with text stamps. It’s a good thing, there is no more room in this box for more.

In the meantime I bought two amazing magazines. Wanted to just pick up the new Uppercase magazine and stumpled about Frankie. Such a lovely, creative, beautiful magazine. I’m amazed, that I’ve never heard of it before. And I started a logbook, thanks to Austin Kleon’s book “Steal like an Artist“. It’s a motivating and helpful little book. Read it, it’s fun!

what's on my craft table? - inspiring magazines: Uppercase and Frankie -

what's on my craft table? - washi tape addiction -

what's on my craft table? - paint wooden boxes with walnut stain -

Wwhat's on my craft table? - logbook -

what's on my craft table? - last stamps from Elise Blaha -

what's on my craft table? - nosy cat -

And that’s how it looks, when I try to make a photo for the blog. Finchen is instantly in the picture. Nosy little cat.

DIY garland for reading corner

DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

This little garland should remind me to read more everyday. It hangs above my reading armchair next to my book shelf. Until now I only read in bed, till my eyelids drop. But since I reorganized my books and my reading space, I read every day for a little while between appointments or tasks from my to do-list. Love this new place.

DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

The garland is very easy and fast to make.

1.You take an old book you won’t read anymore and tear out some pages, foremost pages with text only and no heading or pictures. Then you fold them always on the same line of text. It’s the easiest way to get the same length for all pages.

2.-4. Draw 3D-letters on the pages with a black marker. This way you make sure, that the text isn’t visible under it.

5. Choose a ribbon, place it on the inner fold and glue the short end of the page.

6. Then fold it over and run over it, to ensure that the two parts of the page stick together.

And now you are already disposed to hang the garland. Easy, isn’t it? 🙂


DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor
DIY garland for reading corner | momentstolivefor

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