I had a day off this week. A glorious, nothing-scheduled, I-can-do-what-I-want day off. Work has been very stressful, I’ve been having lots of migraines, and life just seemed a bit craptastic in general. I’m always exhausted and just needed a break. So, a day off was necessary, for my mental health if nothing else.
I got up early (not too early – it was a day off, after all!) and hit the op-shops. I wanted to visit some I hadn’t been to before, and expand my “territory”. I didn’t have much luck in finding anything good to start with, but eventually I hit book heaven at one particular Salvos store. Lordy, lordy, they had the BEST book selection, AND it was in alphabetical order so you could actually search properly in the section you were interested in.
I am always on the lookout for Alice Hoffman titles. She’s one of my favourite authors, but I never buy books new (who can afford them???!) so I have to wait until I find them in second hand shops. Normally, I don’t find any of her books or, just as annoying, only ones I have already read and have in my shelf at home. But on this day, dear readers, I found FIVE! Woo! I’d already read a couple of them, but I did snap up two for myself – White Horses, and The Museum of Extraordinary Things. So happy! I’m cross at myself because I left another one behind – Blue Diary – because I thought I had it at home, but then found that I didn’t. You know you have too many books when you can’t remember what you have! Hopefully it will still be there if I visit the shop again…but I’m glad to have found these two anyway 🙂
Craft books are not always easy to come across in op-shops, and really nice ones are like hen’s teeth. That’s why I was thrilled to find these two – French-Inspired Jewellery and The Adventurous Scrapbooker. The latter has lots of off-the-page ideas for scrapbooks and similar projects. I actually don’t like scrapbooking at all – I don’t do it and have never liked the concept of it – but there are always awesome ideas and techniques you can apply to other crafts. So this book is great for that. The jewellery book is gorgeous – not just for the pretty projects inside, but for the beautiful background layouts they have used for display. Vintage papers and ephemera, ribbon and other embellishments make for beautiful pages, that are works of art in their own right. So glad to have found this one! Especially for the bargain price of $2.25!
I love dogs. I had them all my life, right up until I was in my 30s. But now, with full-time work and a little house of my own, on my own, a dog just isn’t practical. Maybe one day…sigh… In the meantime, there are books like Rachel Hale’s 101 Salvations to keep me happy. Rachel Hale’s photography is always a delight, and this book of doggy pictures is gorgeous. I want to start doing some proper drawing and thought I might start with some canine-inspired sketches (might as well begin with a subject I know and love!) so I am hoping to use the photos as guides. In any case, it is a beautiful book in excellent condition and, again, at only $2.25 – I’m sure the original RRP would have been well over $35.00 – I got another bargain.
As I just mentioned, I am trying to improve my drawing skills (such as they are) and need all the help I can get. So, with that in mind, I picked up this next book – You Can Draw in 30 Days. I’m not necessarily convinced I will only take 30 days, but hey, it’s a start. I desperately want to be able to draw eyes so I am really hoping this book will help me.
I also picked up a couple of titles for my Mum, who is a voracious reader and is always running out of her own books to read. So, all in all, a very successful visit to this particular op-shop. I didn’t have room in my basket for anything else, which is probably a good thing. Didn’t stop me from going to a few more op-shops afterwards though! 🙂
Hope you are having a good day – thank you for dropping by x