Findings is my weekly round-up of art, books, textiles, stitching and other creative things I find while wandering the web. Here are this week’s links:
- Lizzie Kate has posted part 2 of her behind-the-scenes look at her cross-stitch designing process. I am loving these posts!
- These miniature terrarium necklaces by artist Khrystyna Marriott are amazing. She uses real dried flowers, plants and even fluffy dandelion seeds in her work.
- Mary Corbett has an incredible collection of how-to videos for dozens of embroidery stitches on her site. This is a fantastic resource for any needleworker.
- Veselka Bulkhan creates felted vegetables like carrots and radishes and then stitches their stems onto embroidery hoops, leaving the veggies to dangle over the edge. Very cool and unusual.
- Someone on Metafilter asked the question, “What book(s) can you read over and over and over again?” She received over 150 responses. Fun to read what books people picked.
Some people never re-read a book. It’s just once and done. But, I fall into the “love to re-read old favorites” camp. Here are a few books I can–and have–read multiple times:
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I’ve read David Copperfield at least 3 or 4 times. It’s one of my all-time favorite novels, and I just realized it’s been over 10 years since I last read it. Time to pick it up again!
- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. These books are a comfort read for me. I could list a whole slew of favorite children’s books here, but Harry Potter, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy are the main books I could read over and over and over.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I’ve read The Artist’s Way at least 3 times. Whenever I feel disconnected from my creativity, I pick this book up again. It helps every time.
- The Inn at the Edge of the World by Alice Thomas Ellis. I could put just about any book by Ellis on this list, but The Inn at the Edge of the World is a wonderful, strange and magical novel.
- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Again, I’m cheating by counting 4 books as one entity, but I love these stories and never tire of re-reading them.
Do you re-read books? Which books can you read again and again?
Video of the Week
This teenager created a 175-step Rube Goldberg machine in his parents’ garage that retrieves a can of soda. Science and creativity for the win.