Thursday 14 January 2016

A Book review ....... The Magpie and the wardrobe.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
 W B Yeates

This book is a beauty, it has an eclectic treasury of heirloom recipes, folklore, forgotten fairy tales all sprinkled with tongue in cheek magic.

It has twelve chapters which are the twelve months of the year and the Christmas one was amazing.  I have decided to read each chapter with each month and have now read December and January.  I of course flipped through the book and that is where I saw a pretty page that touched on folklore of stitchery..... (see Tuesdays blog)  I have taken some photos for you all to look at and tried not to cheat and linger on any month chapter ... it was very hard to be that disciplined I can tell you because this book is hard to put down.

Albert Einstein once said " If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.  If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."  I think we all need a little magic in our lives and a little fantasy and dreams.  If had not thought and dreamt, I would not have started my small business and would not be bloging to you all today.

This book is beautiful and full of mythology and inspiration and I think it is a worth while reference
book on a  designers book shelf.

This book will appeal to those of you with creative minds and is not at all black magic so please do not fret.  There are long ago forgotten recipes and tips on drying fruit for example.  Mermaids and seahorses ( which I love to stitch as you know as well as shells)

I feel so much inspiration from this lovely book and was a great surprise from my husband who always buys my a pile of books for Christmas.  I had one from my wish list that I told you about last year ( making fabric covered light shades ) so I will be giving you a book review on this too.  I get journals, books like this one and creative books as well as fiction reading books.  I adore this present as I am a great reader and avid researcher .... this all helps me with my design and stitchery and of course bringing things to you all that hopefully interest you all in some way.  I love learning new things including embroidery stitches, stitchery tips, recipes and general knowledge of all kinds.

I am sure you can get this book in your local great book shop but if not it is available on Amazon too. However I am going to be giving a copy away in a prize so keep an eye out on here and on my facebook page homespun stitchworks.

So there will be a prize draw for this book and next week when I worked out what form that may take you will be able to take part.

Well I am off to my stitching room to carry on with my day, so as always Happy Stitching and have a great day yourself.

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