Sunday, 8 March 2009

Love Notes in Library Books

I love the internet and the way it allows me to connect with and be inspired by creative people. I've just been reading a beautiful blog post on joy, written by a dear soul called Brandi. She has a wonderful, whimsical take on random kindness and senseless acts of beauty, and has had me secretly posting love notes in library books, telephone boxes and bus stops.


It's fun!


...and I've also been drawing inspiration from my friend Andrea at abccreativity. Amongst other things, she facilitates creativity workshops and gives great guided meditations.

Meanwhile, I'm still painting. I've had trouble with the the feature wall in my living room and have changed the colour three times. I started off with a french wash in a butterscotch colour but couldn't get nice, clean edges so I painted it over with a matt paint called Banana Crepe:


Frustratingly, that colour came out too bright and clashed with the lime~washed pink walls in my bedroom:




so I've just painted it again with the cafe~au~lait shade I used in the kitchen
...and I really, really like it!
Phew.


Of course, I've been crocheting and currently have a chevron lace cardigan on the hook:




Although the pattern's written for wool, I'm making it out of cotton and so far it's draping well. It's a great design ~ it involves top~down construction so I can try it on as I go and it's really quick to crochet.


I've been growing silverbeet too:



It's extremely easy to cultivate and it's lovely to have fresh greens on hand. I've been putting it in salads with fresh and sun~dried tomatoes, marinated fetta and avocado, as well as trying recipes from here and here. (Edited to add: silverbeet is called Swiss chard in the USA and Britain.)

I have been working really long hours as well. I'm glad I have enough energy to spend some time on living creatively outside of it.

Wishing you all a week that's touched by kindness and beauty.




16 comments:

Brandi said...

you are so totally creative. love the painting and cardigan!!!

and you know andrea too? She rocks. :-)

Emerald said...

I love the little notes!! What a fun idea. :)

Trish in MD said...

What a cool idea for a random act of kindness! I don't get to the library much but there would have to be another place where I could leave similar affirmations. Thanks for the idea!

Your chevron lace is really pretty, too.

Great blog!

c'est Moi! the tink-n-frog said...

What a lovely blog and post topic. Very inspiring. I think I shall try leaving sweet notes in library books. I rather like that idea.

Dana said...

Love notes?? Brilliant!

And your new sweater is killer!

Amybel said...

Every time I come to your blog I am amazed at your pictures! They are truly amazing. I had to click on your photography label to find out more!

Marie Wesley said...

Lovely topic. I used to work at a library so I used to leave a couple of knit-related tips and tricks in some of the knitting books that I loved.

That is a really cute shrug too. Looks very elegant.

Katknit said...

I've never heard of silverbeet. Sounds useful - thanks for the info.
Beautiful crochet work, too.

tanya904 said...

Your cardigan is really lovely so far. Great crochet :)

Indigo Blue said...

Lovely pink walls. Sophie would love it!! I have just sent another felt book cover to Perth. Not a friend of yours by any chance?

Rosie said...

All so beautiful! I think I might start leaving notes in books like that. I like the crochet cardigan, too.

inkberryblue said...

Thank you for the comments everyone. I really do appreciate them. =]

Indigo Blue,
I don't know of any friends who've bought one of your books recently but I've had lots of people admire the lovely one you sent me...so maybe!

inkberryblue said...

Thank you for the comments everyone. I really do appreciate them. =]

Indigo Blue,
I don't know of any friends who've bought one of your books recently but I've had lots of people admire the lovely one you sent me...so maybe!

LĂșcia Russo said...

Hi, you have a lot of interesting things and photos in your blog. I love it.
It's always a pleasure to come here.
Bye and have a nice day.
LĂșcia
www.fazemosdeconta.com
www.luciamrusso.com

angie said...

wonderful, wonderful...I love this idea of sending secret love notes, definitely having a go at that!

Beautiful crochet too. Love the pink walls!

Rachel said...

The chevron cardigan looks amazing!