Like many crafters, I have a bookcase full of pattern books, magazines and bits and pieces torn from magazines with the thought that maybe, one of these days, I might just make that! Fat chance! The several lifetimes I have mapped out to sort my stash would have to be extended to infinity in order for that to happen.
However, I do enjoy looking at them from time to time, to get inspiration and continue dreaming.. and just occasionally, to make something.
The book in the photo is one that I love and I have made quite a few items from it. Two of them are in the picture, one with dark blue beads and one with light blue. I have a bit of a thing for vintage linen, especially items used for serving afternoon tea. The cover with amber beads is one I picked up years ago from an antique fair and the net one with red beads came from my grandmother's house.
Along with my goal for 2011 of sorting my stash, I may have to include making at least one thing from some of the books I have received as gifts or purchased on a whim; after all, something must have attracted me in the first place.
I suppose this idea could be extended to all those recipe books I have in the kitchen.... but maybe that's a thought for another day.