Bookish: I always keep several books going at once. Usually a non-fiction, an audiobook, sometimes something a bit more 'heady' and a really simple, silly thing that I can pick up for small snippets here and there.
I am finishing up The Shaping of A Christian Family by Elizabeth Elliot. It is excellent and has been so inspiring and convicting!!
I'm listening to Dante's Inferno on audiobook.
For the simple, silly book I've been reading a book borrowed through the library system that a friend had suggested called Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer Scott. It was an interesting read but in many ways laughably unrelatable to my way of life. She speaks of pinpointing a "style" and creating a capsule wardrobe of quality clothes based upon that. Well, I guess my "style" would be Whatever Fits with a side of 'Hand-Me-Down' and 'Thrift Store'. She speaks $600.00 dresses and cargo pants and I feel guilty spending $20.00 on a clearance item from an actual store! She speaks of clutter free living and obviously does not come from an angle of having six children. Of course, some things were a nice nudge to be more intentional in finding beauty, inspiration, gratitude, elegance in food and home and interests and habits. I could definitely cultivate a bit more grace and elegance in different areas of my life.
Other books read this past month:
- Susannah Wesley by Kathy McReynolds
- Seven Women by Eric Metaxas
- Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcy
I'm currently working on a pixie hat for Cricket since his noggin is growing so fast. (He must be brainy.) I've worked this hat before several times and really LOVE the look! I'm using a gorgeous higher-quality yarn in a dark green color. I got it at one of the craft stores that allow coupons so it isn't THAT high class but high class for me. Unfortunately, I lost the tag and have no idea what kind of yarn it is! I hope to be able to crochet a sweater to match with the leftover yarn next although yarn work is pretty scarce these days since every time I sit down I have to be nursing. I have not yet grown adept enough at nursing this little fidgeter while simultaneously knitting. So we'll see if I can manage that. No promises. Especially at the rate Moses' head grows.
Also working on sewing a birthday skirt or two.
Other Crafty Pursuits this past month:
Because Cricket was born a few days later than I had hoped for, I was able to not only get a bonnet done for his coming home outfit (as I originally intended) but I whipped out some booties and a matching sweater too.
This is what he thought of his coming home outfit at the hospital:
Here it is in better lighting; two weeks later, minus the booties that are still too big and a hat that is impossibly already outgrown?!
I broke out the sewing machine and made some room on the porch for some crafty gift making. (And tackling the mending too.) Here is an ensemble I gave to a friend and her (not so new) little sweetling:
And you remember seeing this crown make an appearance (or three) last week, right?
That happened too.