Another Year!

I started Library Luggage two years ago.  It began as a way to celebrate the books at my school library.  But it’s become so much more.  This past year I’ve explored public libraries throughout my state of Alabama.  I’ve hit estate sales for books to add to my own library.  And I purchased a few how-to books and learned new skills.  Here’s some highlights from 2017:

I visited Gulf Shores last February.  In addition to sugar-white beaches and tasty seafood, this coastal town boasts a thriving public library.  Read about this special place here.

A playful sculpture greets visitors to The Thomas B. Norton Public Library in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Getting to Gulf Shores required a car and a chunk of cash.  But just $16, the cost of this amazing book, took me thousands of miles to Rwanda, a place of great beauty and great pain.  Read about it here.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2006

This book took me millions of mile way!  Read about it here.

The Martian by Andy Weir, 2014

Books helped me indulge my creative side this past year.  Here’s a few projects I blogged about:

A treasure trove of reading gems can be found at estate sales.  Some books I bought at one sale gave me reading pleasure and new thoughts on life and death.  Read about it here.

From Sunset to Dawn by Leslie R. Smith, 1944

Like most folks, I don’t have much time to read.  I found a way around this problem using audio books.  Read about these excellent titles as well as a free way to get them here.

I added a few bookish games to the blog this year.  They only take a few minutes to play.  Click on END PAPER MATCH-UP GAME for a fun look at picture books and click IN THREE WORDS to test your knowledge of 1970s horror novels turned into films.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for joining Library Luggage and for sharing your own reading journeys.  I appreciate you all!

 

 

Summertime and the Sitting is Easy

If offered a set of old patio chairs, what should you do?  Take them!  I blogged earlier about Custom Slipcovers Made Easy, a how-to book that helped me transform a worn out couch. (See post here.) I used the book recently to make colorful cushions for these hand-me-down beauties.

Post Format:  UPDATE

Sewing home decor items can be pricier than buying ready-made.  But it’s the way to go if you want a perfectly fitted cushion.  Plus, it’s fun picking out your own fabric and trim!  These cushions cost $13 each to make. Here’s how I did it: