READING GOALS AND HABIT TRACKING.

READING GOALS AND HABIT TRACKING.

One of my goals this year is to read more. I've been using Elise Joy's daily habit tracker (you can sign up to her newsletter to get the free download) and so far I haven't missed a day. New Year's resolutions have always been something I've struggled with. I love the idea of a new year, of fresh starts and new goals. I'm just rubbish at keeping up with them. One of my goals last year was to read more and somewhere around mid August I realised I hadn't even managed to read a single book. Not good, Emma. Not good at all.

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CURRENTLY READING - CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE.

CURRENTLY READING - CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE.

Today's book is Craft A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine. If you follow Amy on her blog, YouTube channel or Instagram you'll already know what a creative powerhouse she is. I've been a fan of Amy's for a long time. I first discovered her through her range of craft supplies for American Crafts, then her blog followed by her fantastic YouTube channel and now her self-published book.

CURRENTLY READING - CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE.

This book is part memoir, part workbook with pages to colour on, doodle and worksheets to fill in. It's a great book if you're looking for new ways to infuse creativity and positivity into your life and as always Amy's enthusiasm is catching. I'm only halfway through but there are two things that have stood out so far for me, the section on being the creator of your own happiness, being grateful for everything you have and the hand lettered quote below.

CURRENTLY READING - CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE.

'You get to decide which thoughts to focus on.'

Amy Tan

Honestly though everything in this book so far has been a gem. You don't have to be creative or crafty to find this book uplifting and inspiring although I imagine you are if you read this blog. You can pick up a copy here if you're in the U.K. and here if you're in the U.S.

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

CURRENTLY READING - FRESH PRINTS.

CURRENTLY READING - FRESH PRINTS.

As I mentioned back in January one of the things I wanted to do more of was read. So far I've read Among The Wicked,  Linda CastilloScrappy Little Nobody,  Anna Kendrick and In The Company of Women, Grace Bonney. Not a huge list but not far off what I ended up reading in the whole of last year so I feel like I'm on a roll.

I picked up Fresh Prints by Christine Leech a couple of weeks ago but only really managed to take a proper look at it this week. It's all about block printing using found objects and what Christine calls 'lazy lino prints.' This is a great introduction into printing, full of fantastic ideas and tips to get you started. There's a section at the beginning about mixing colours and how to get the correct consistency with your ink and tools of the trade as well as all the templates you'll need to recreate the projects for yourself.  I loved them all so it was hard to choose but I snapped a few of my favourite below.

CURRENTLY READING - FRESH PRINTS.

I loved, loved, loved these circus letter wooden postcards...

CURRENTLY READING - FRESH PRINTS.

and this mushroom stamped cushion using the 'lasy lino' technique...

CURRENTLY READING - FRESH PRINTS.

but I especially loved these bleach stamped beach towels. Who knew you get such a cool effect with cookie cookies and some household bleach.

The books a couple of years old now but you can still pick up copies on Amazon and Ebay. Check it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

P.S. If you liked the look of this book you might want to check out my post on how to carve a custom stamp.

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Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.