General ramblings

I heart libraries…

Apologies for my little rant last night. Possibly should have just ranted as a word document, and then deleted it, but it’s out there now!

Normal service is now resumed…

Aren’t libraries BRILLIANT..?!!

I LOVE them.

Jam-packed full of beautiful, informative, fun, absorbing, mind-expanding books.

And it’s free!

This is my haul from our latest trip to the library:

Gifts from your kitchen by Deborah Nicholas

Gifts from your kitchen by Deborah Nicholas

This book is fantastic! Not only does it have some great recipes and ideas form homemade gifts, but also tells you how to make the boxes and bags for them to go in-Make Do and Mend heaven! I love this book, and am going to try and track down a copy of it secondhand. That is the beauty of libraries-you can ‘try before you buy’-if it’s fab and you want to do loads of the projects, and can’t cram them all into 3 weeks, then you can always try and track down your own copy, and if it’s rubbish, then it cost you nothing!

Quick crochet Huge hooks by Sally Harding

Quick crochet Huge hooks by Sally Harding

Another great book, for my newfound addiction love of crochet. It has projects using things like garden twine and string!

All sewn up by Chloe Owens

All sewn up by Chloe Owens

This is a gorgeous book, with lots of ideas for applique and sewing and some great templates to use.

Crochet in no Time by Melody Griffiths

Crochet in no Time by Melody Griffiths

Another one to peruse for crocheting inspiration!

Home sewn home by Vanessa Arbuthnott

Home sewn home by Vanessa Arbuthnott

Can you sense a theme here at all..?!

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

I love a bit of chick-lit and often need a bit of non crafty reading at night to encourage my brain to switch off!

Our local library seems to have regular buy ins and clear outs (and sells off books for 50p), so you can usually find some pretty up to date books-I tend to frequent the crafting and cooking sections, and am always impressed at the selection-their buyer must have their finger on the pulse…! They will also order in nearly anything you could wish for, for a small reservation fee.

As well as free books, libraries are also a great place to go to get online (again, for free) if you need to, to sit and read the paper, to learn to use the internet, and to rent DVDs and CDs.

The Smalls love the library too-we will often while away an hour or two (especially if it’s raining!) in there-reading, and picking out books, while SmallSmall does his best to re-categorise the entire children’s section….


Our library run a free rhyme-time session every week (I think most libraries do something similar), for pre-school aged children to attend, and sing and dance and read the odd book.

And at Christmas, they ran a really lovely Pyjama Story-time, where all the kids wore their PJs, bought teddies and torches, and ventured out after dark for Christmas stories and singing-it was fantastic, and FREE!!

I am also VERY excited that the Upcycling workshop I am running for the Wiltshire Waste Watchers campaign will be held in my local library! Libraries are amazing, and even more so when they can get involved in the local community too.

So we should all support our local libraries, it would be a travesty if we were to lose them through a lack of funding-they are so important for our children, and our communities.

Libraries-what’s not to love?!

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  • Reply Nancy January 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I arrived at your blog from Hilary’s Love Lemons Liebster Award post. Congrats on receiving it. I can see why she chose your blog. It’s lovely. I like the premise of not buying anything new for a year. I’m a huge buyer of thrift store items but I’m not sure I could managed not to buy anything new for a year. I’m going to give it some thought, though. Thanks for a great blog.
    Nancy from joy for grace
    P.S. Thanks for the book recommendations. I feel fortunate that our local library has one you recommended.

    • Reply Jen January 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Nancy. Am honoured to be nominated! Going to take me a while to go through it and work out my answers though πŸ™‚
      So glad you like the blog. you don;t have to go the whole hog. How about a week, or a month at first. Or one week out of every month. Makes it more acheiveable and not so daunting. I would totally recommend it. Makes you stop and think a lot more before buying ‘stuff’!
      Will go and have a peek at your blog πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lynsey January 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Absolutely, libraries are fantastic! Trowbridge relocated last year and we now have a brand spanking new one alongside a cafe to boot! You must must visit! They have famous authors that visit and its just so bright and welcoming! I’m in there weekly, when I’m not in there searching for new craft and health books I’m researching in the reference bit. All free….woop! Xxx

    • Reply Jen January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Oh wow! Whereabouts in Trowbridge is it Lyns? A cafe alongside sounds like a fantastic idea-I remember thinking a while ago they should try that to help fund libraries that were in danger of being closed.

      • Reply Lynsey January 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        Do you know where the county hall is? It’s in there!

        • Reply Jen January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

          I will try and track it down! We could meet there for coffee?!

  • Reply Workshopshed January 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I used to be fanatical about visiting the library but I’ve not been for years other than to get a card for my daughter. We are going to wait until she’s stopped ripping things up before we do regular trips again.
    I now get most of my books from Amazon or second hand book shops. Quite a few are ex-library stock!
    However I’d stopped going to the library when they started putting in videos and I found that the only books I wanted to read had to be ordered in.
    Hopefully I will start going again if only for kids books.

    • Reply Jen January 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Oh, do try again! It is just great for children’s books-they have lots of reasonably indestructible board books for teeny ones too πŸ™‚ And they are fairly understanding if things get ripped. Do your local library do a rhyme time seesion or similar, it is great for getting out of the house,and the Smalls love it, and it’s free!!

  • Reply a cheerful living adventure January 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I love libraries too! I’m off there this morning in fact to return lots of books about pretty things to make (which I haven’t made) and things to do in the garden (which I also haven’t done). Love the sense of possibility you get in a library.

    • Reply Jen January 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

      That is the one problem with the library-you never have the time to make all the lovely things before the books need to go back πŸ™ But you are right-it is the possibility that you could do it all..!!

  • Reply Eco Thrifty Living (@Ecothrifty) January 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I love the library too and go there often with my kids. We borrow books, go to story time and to baby boogie sessions. The libraries in my area provide lots of great free entertainment!

    • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Hurray for libraries!

  • Reply Ellie January 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more about libraries. When my now 16 year old son was small and I was a very young mum we didn’t have much money and we used to go to our local library which was in Cheltenham town centre a few times every week. It was a trip out to somewhere always warm and welcoming to share books together, listen to to toddler story time, as well as meet a lot of lovely older people who were always keen to chat and friend friends amongst other young families all for free. The library was a real lifeline for me as a young mum in a new town and I’m sure it has helped my son foster a love of books!
    As an aside I’m loving the ‘crochet with any scraps’ I did this exact thing for a whole project using twine, old string, wool /fabric remnants and even wire as part of my A level art and design – must have gone done well as I got an A!!!
    Fab post again xx

    • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      I love going there with the Smalls. Was always my refuge when they were tiny if we were in town and they needed feeding! Have you got any pics of your project-sounds great-what did you make in the end?

      • Reply Ellie January 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Hi Jen no pictures – it was 13 years ago!! The finushed crochet piece was an abstract and 3D it became something of a behemoth about 1.5m across in each direction. It was really great to work from as inspiration for close up paintings and pastel drawings. My art teacher was very impressed! X

        • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          I think I would have been too!

  • Reply knitstitchsew January 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I love our local library. Just picked up a copy of Erika Knight’s new Crochet Workshop and two other crochet and knit books. Just need to remember to renew them now! Verity

    • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Fab! The only difficulty with crafting type books from the library is that you never really have enough time to do any of the projects, but at least it gives you a chance to see if you like the book before you go and buy a copy (seocondhand, obviously…) Love your new crocheting post πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    excuse the spelling – I cant seem to trype this morning ! :o)

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo January 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Your library sounds fab, our local one is a bit rubbish – they dont have a craft or coking section to speak of – its all politics and books to cater for the loacel ‘ethinic’ community. :o(

    • Reply Jen January 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Have you tried approaching them with suggestions for other things you might like? Our library is really approachable!

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