When my in-laws ask for our Christmas lists (round about this time every year) I always make a book wish list. We visit their place during the holiday season, and it's so much fun to have a stack of new books to look at and unwind with while I'm there. I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite books, ones I received as gifts and ones I've bought myself. Maybe you can find something perfect for the book lover in your life.
1. Books to inspire home. I always get in the mood to deep clean and pay a little attention to our home once the holidays are over, and these are books that I reach for time and time again when I want a little inspiration to get me started.
Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter- A book full of home inspiration, simple projects, and recipes. I love Lotta's clean aesthetic.
Decorating Easy by Jane Cumberbatch- Simple, easy to do projects to spruce up your home.
Thrifty Chic by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell- Just a lovely, serene book I've had in my collection for years with beautiful interior photos and a few unique, simple projects.
2. Art Books- These are Stocker favorites at the moment.
Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare- A lovely book full of creative prompts for all sorts of mixed media work (I bought myself this book as I was working on The Sketchbook Project).
Daring Adventures In Paint by Mati Rose McDonough- I love Mati's artistic style and love peeking into her process through this book. Another one full of interesting creative prompts for the artistic person in your family.
Playing with Image Transfers by Courtney Cerruti- This is a very new book, just out in stores, and I am already getting so much inspiration from it. Courtney shows you all kinds of way to create image transfers on all kinds of materials. My mind was on inspiration overload after reading this book (I had to take a nap and process it all in my sleep).
3. Books to prompt creative art play with your kids. These would be fun to give with a basket full of art materials!
Kids Weaving by Sarah Swett- I have always loved this book, it runs the gamut from super simple to complex weaving, all for kids. I have seen my kids have success with weaving as very young kids, and it's very addictive!
Side by Side by Tsia Carson- I love the innovative projects in this book.
Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake- Literally filled to the brim with all kinds of simple and fun art projects that can be perfect for downtimes and rainy days.
4. Make an art kit.
Making an Impression by Gennine Zlatkis- Give this with a set of carving tools and EZ Cut blocks.
Sparkle Factory by Tina Taratino- This book IS SO FUN! For the girly girl in your life who would enjoy making their own jewelry from baking clay, jewels, and odd materials even line baby barettes. So many fun projects in here!
Knot, Thread, Stitch by Lisa Solomon- This book puts embroidery and surface design in a whole new light!
5. Quilting Books- So many people are intimidated about the idea of quilting, but these books along with some fabrics and quilting supplies leaves the curious no choice but to jump right in.
Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration by Denyse Schmidt. My quilting hero, the person who made me want to quilt in the first place. Nuff said.
QuiltEssential by Erin Burke Harris- This book is the perfect place to get started with learning the basics of quilting, and get some inspiration too.
Quilting Modern by Jacqui Gering and Katie Pedersen- This book breaks down some good concepts in modern quilting and gives you the knowledge to get started.
Quilting From Little Things by Sarah Fielke- In this book, Sarah explains several different concepts of quilting by breaking it down in a small "dolly" sized quilt, then in a larger, full-sized quilt. I love the idea of these mini-quilts, what a great way to learn.
6. Inspiring books. The kind that not only look pretty on your coffee table and make you feel incredibly posh and interesting when your friends come to visit, but also give you gorgeous pages of images and inspiration to get you motivated to just make stuff!
Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hoovey- I just love everything about this book. Family stories that evolve in page after page of beautiful family spaces. I love homes that thoughtfully reflect the person or family that lives there, and this book is the epitome of that. A Saturday-morning-sit-in-bed-and-drink-coffee-with-book.
American Toile by Michelle Palmer- this book is a lovely homage to a fabric that I have always been obsessed with, toile of all kinds.
Angie Lewin: Plants and Places- by Leslie Geddes-Brown- I was introduced to Angie's work through my sister-in-law Jen. Beautiful woodcut prints, nature studies, and inspiration.
7. Learn something new.
Made By Hand by Lena Corwin- Beautiful, approachable projects like knitting, printing, and dyeing.
Sewing For The Seasons by Susan Beal- 4 seasons worth of lovely sewing projects for everyone.