Ok so this is a bit delayed. Ok a LOT delayed. I entered a book giveaway back in November of last year (sounds weird to say last year when we are in early January) at 30s Magazine blog and I won! Seriously, I have the worst luck when it comes to giveaways. Usually. But I REALLY wanted this book and I think that desire manifested into my winning the giveaway. Laugh if you want. I have the book, you don't. Or maybe you do, I don't know. If you do then you know how awesome it is. =)
My point is I have been meaning to blog about this giveaway that the lovely Louise de Miranda of 30's Magazine hosted and when she let me know I was the winner on Twitter I was literally spilling over with joy and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this gem! I was not disappointed! Thank you again Louise! The book is titled Making an Impression and it is written by Geninne D. Ziatkis. Geninne is a seriously talented artist that creates her own rubber stamps and makes gorgeous stationery with them. The instructions are clear, the projects are fairly easy to handle and the photos are gorgeous. It's so easy to follow that I dove right in and tried my hand at carving a stamp which I haven't done since college, by the way. Long story short I created the cardinal sin of rubber stamp carving and forgot to flip my transfer so that my stamp would read right. #DUH. Lesson learned? Don't jump ahead without following all the steps! All in good time, grasshopper.
And no, I will not be embarrassing myself by blogging the photos of my big boo-boo, so don't ask!
Speaking of amazing and inspiring books, I recently acquired two new ones that I love! A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight and Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller. The fabric design teaches you all about different repeats and different methods of designing for fabric. It is invaluable and filled with loads of examples by fabric designers. Desire to Inspire is just food for the soul. And delicious food. It is filled with projects by several artists and their bio's and samples of their work. The book focuses on art as a way of inspiring and healing. It is really beautiful and reminds me that my talent is not to be wasted but used for good.
So pick these up or check them out at the book store when you get a chance. Let me know what you think of them and if you have any book suggestions for me I would love to hear what they are in comments! =)