Books are such a delight to the tactile sense and quench that never ending search for knowledge. They open up worlds and ideas to us. All from your couch. No remote control required. Only a fellow bookworm knows the feeling.
On my bedside table right now resides the following pile:
Country Style magazine - always a favourite, this magazine just keeps getting better. Inspiring moving to the country stories.. not just for those considering a tree change, also motivating for the country living converts out there. I enjoy the style of decorating in this magazine in that it is very much Australian in the way that many of the interiors are put together. Often steering away from the "rules", much mixing and matching, a lot of the old, and often with more than a touch of the rustic. Interiors not quite as polished as the other decorating magazines on the market. I like that.
Cheap Chic - Lot's of lovely vintage interiors here. Quite a lot of low cost tips. This is an English book and I found the decorating style very fresh and what I think you would call modern country. Chalmers has written a few other books and I am quite keen to check these out also. Easy to read in short bursts, as is quite often my only style of reading with the kid's about.
Handmade Living - a collection of works from local designers. It is like walking through a handmade market and admiring little bit's from each stallholder. It is amazing how much local talent is out there. Some of the projects are by creative bloggers, so you may have heard of some of them. I'm looking forward to attempting the knitted leggings and the dreamy looking doily dress, among other projects.
Make It Perfect - I haven't had much time to check this out properly yet, but there is a lot of stunning looking projects of both women's and children's clothing. I have my eye on the women's skirt pattern to start with. (God willing that I find the time..) Pleasing pictures make it an enjoyable flick through, and I will report back when I try out the patterns.
A Slice of Organic Life - This copy was a library book. See, I can be frugal sometimes! This hard covered book (don't you love hard covers?) was all about living a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. Great if you are new to the subject as it covered a broad range, though I felt I had already read about most of the subjects covered. So I skipped a lot. Though I did read the chapters on small livestock and found this quite informative. Not in depth though. It really only skimmed the surface. If only I had a few more acres ...I could have a cow!
What is on your reading list right now?