Tag Archive: reading

Foyer Book/Display Case

One of the things I have always enjoyed is creating patriotic themed display cases for public libraries and schools (mostly using Children of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution themes).

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Especially when the children were little, we had many opportunities to do those displays.  Now that the little ones aren’t little anymore, the reasons to do them are pretty rare.

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So I decided to create a space in Spring Rose Cottage that we could explore creating and displaying books and things of interest based on a theme.

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The theme for July, August and September was “The Birth of Our Nation”.  Here are the Books that were highlighted:

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1776 book by  David  McCullough.

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Justice for All — Earl Warren and the Nation he made by Jim Newton

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The bottom row has many more books (especially children’s books) that help support the theme. There are also eye catching items that grab your interest.

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I can’t guarantee that the theme will always be Patriotic (because it won’t!), what I can guarantee is that any display we create will be filled with books and interesting visuals that will support a theme or idea that I hope will lead you to reading a really captivating book.

Happy Reading!!

 

The Pumpkin Carving Book

By Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell; Photography by Debbie Patterson; Text by Tessa Evelegh

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This is a great little book. It has tips on carving all kinds of squashes, gourds, melons, and pumpkins. Many of the pictures are folk art patterns or whimsical. The book explains the basics about each type of squash and ways to carve them. Also very helpful is the list of tools and how to use them.

 

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This is a pumpkin that we carved this Halloween season, using the techniques described in the book.

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Parlor Dwelling

Parlor Dwelling

Slow down you move too fast!!

During the cooler months, one of the most pleasant things we do at Spring Rose Cottage is to sit in the parlor in the evenings. Theo first used the term “Parlor Dweller” to describe people like me who thrive on both the quiet and reserve of the space.

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He subsequently painted “The Parlor Dweller” acrylic on canvas, a study in burnt umber. It is me in one of my favorite wing chairs.

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Wayne defines a parlor as a living room with no television—and he is quite correct. Sometimes “parlor dwelling” is a solitary affair where one can read, do needlework, write a book chapter or blog posts. Sometimes it can be a group activity like playing a board game, cards, name that tune, or playing music.

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One of our favorite endeavors is to take turns reading a book, short story or poems. I enjoy reading out loud and I love to hear someone else read.

I find the parlor is a most agreeable place to dwell.