The Library Stack

The Library Stack – Beauty and Slowness

It’s been a while since I’ve written any posts for my blogging topic category – The Library Stack where I share my latest stack of local library books I’ve borrowed.

Before I got injured (slip on ice led to broke ankle, if you are new to this blog), I borrowed a HUGE stack of library books and a couple of contained meaningful quotes and concepts that stuck with me.

Yummy Library Stack!

Beauty by Design: Refreshing Spaces Inspired by What Matters Most by Ginger Curtis

This book focuses on turning your home into a sanctuary that reflects who you are.

The author uses the acronym B-E-A-U-T-Y in a creative and inspirational way:

B – Be still in your space and spend time reflecting on your journey.

E – Express your dreams. Say those lovelies aloud, tell friends about them, write them down.

A – Ask someone in your life to share insight and encouragement about you and your dreams.

U – Understand the values of what you have to offer through your heart and home.

T – Take time to plan a next step or two or four. Use this book to keep going.

Y – Yes. Say it. Yes, you have permission to foster the beauty you long for.

The book is peppered with inspirational quotes and here are my favorites I stumbled upon as I paged through this book:

If it’s a woman’s nature to nurture, then she must nourish herself.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Still: The Slow Home by Natalie Watson

This book also contained inspirational quotes that stuck with me. This book invites readers to structure their home environment based on the “SLOW” Movement – living SUSTAINABLE, shopping LOCALLY, selecting ORGANIC products, and eating WHOLE foods.

When were you last still?

Without movement and motion.

And free from thoughts tumbling and rumbling ahead.

But still in the silent depths of quiet calm.

Holding space for now.

Natalie Watson, Still: The Slow Home

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.:


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

The book discusses 10 steps to slow living:

  1. Create a vision
  2. Develop a value framework
  3. Find our why
  4. Focus on priorities
  5. Take responsibility
  6. Let go
  7. Switch off
  8. Live in the now
  9. Cultivate good feelings
  10. Embrace SLOW living one step at a time

It was a wonderful home decoration book and I felt calm and peaceful after reading it.

The other books in the library stack were awesome but these two stood out for me.

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Library Stackings

I am behind in continuing my ongoing series, The Library Stack, sharing my stack of borrowed books from my beloved local public library.

Two library stacks (and a mini stack) have been browsed and returned to the library since my last post (luckily I remembered to take photos) and I have a current stack I will post about after I finish my reading/browsing.

Stack 1

Here is the oldest of the stacks that have been enjoyed and returned:


The book that really stood out in this pile was Faux Appliqué (2008) by Helen Stubbings:

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I loved the idea of the Colourqué® technique: using colored pencils to re-create the look of intricate appliqué.

Stack 2

After returning this stack to the library, I accidentally discovered a new section to browse while looking for a cookbook – the Sewing Section!


I did not realize there a separate sewing section in the library’s Non-Fiction collection. I usually browse in the quilting, needle arts (knitting, crochet), general craft, and home decorating sections. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a new treasure trove of sewing/crafting books!

Trying to be reasonable in my selections, here was the resulting library stack after my new discovery:


The book that really stood out for me in this stack was 50 Little Gifts: Easy Patchwork Projects to Give or SwapPaperback (2018), Compiled by Susanne Woods:

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There were so many projects I wanted to make in this book that I just broke down and bought it.

Another book that intrigued me was DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community (2016) Paperback by Gabriela Pereira:

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8 years ago I finished my MBA (Masters in Business Administration) because it was an appropriate graduate program for the work I am employed. However my dream would have been to get my Masters in Fine Arts (MFA). If money were no option and I did not have to work for a living, I would love to get my MFA!

Then I discovered this book which teaches the concepts of the MFA condensed into one book. I started the book, reading about a 1/4th of the book but then had to return it because another library patron had it on hold. I am going to borrow the book from the library again when I have more time to read/work through it.

Stack 3 (Mini Stack)

I picked up a miniature stack (one book) when I stopped by the library to return the above stack (are you impressed with my self-control?):


The title of this book cracked me up and the cat themed crafts were over the top (there is a cat head skirt pattern that only someone truly obsessed with cats would make much less wear).

Okay so those are the stacks that I forgot to post and stay tuned for a future post on my current library stack.