Hello my lovelies! Now that all the fuss and kerfuffle of Christmas and New Year's over (and hopefully the coughs, cold and sickness that goes hand in hand with it!) I thought I'd share some of the lovely books I received for Christmas.
The first book, Junk Genius, may be familiar to some of you, as it was reviewed by Anna, and her review completely sold it to me!
It is written by Juliette Goggin and Stacy Sirk. Juliette features in Super Scrimpers, one of my favourite tv programmes, and the book is full of practical ways of upcycling just about everything! It's full of beautiful pictures, has a very vintage vibe to it, and is just fabulous!
I don't want to show you too much or I'll spoil it for you ...
There are 80 projects and ideas, some very easy and quick, others a bigger project and more time-consuming.
The next book on my coffee table is Wartime Farm, as seen on BBC at the end of last year. I loved this programme and my friend Kath turned up with the book last week (not even for Christmas, an unexpected present in January!) and said "I saw this and thought of you"
I wonder what it was that made her say that?
It is jam-packed with hints and tips about making something out of practically nothing ... around the home and in the kitchen and garden, but I think I may give the home-made shampoo a miss!
The photographs are extremely authentic with an amazing attention to detail. The Baked Potato Pudding sounds very strange, but hey, don't knock something until you've tried it!
Times were really hard and a great deal of effort had to be given to use what was available and the inventiveness of the use of food was amazing to produce meals which were edible and tasty.
It's written by Clare Nolan, the Lifestyle Editor of You Magazine (Mail on Sunday), and I always enjoy her articles as they are very aesthetically pleasing. The book did not disappoint at all, and is full of beautiful photographs, very vintage inspired!
It mixes old with new, which is the most practical way of achieving a 'modern vintage' look, as I don't think I could live in a completely authentic vintage home ... although I admire those that are so dedicated to vintage, that it is a way of life to them ... I like my modern day comforts too much!
Have a lovely week, and stay warm!
Love, Claire xxx