Books, books, books

Yesterday I made my way over to Chinook Mall to check out the new Anthropologie store and catch Country Strong, which came out Friday and stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. I enjoyed the movie and ended up purchasing the soundtrack on iTunes, which I am listening to as I write this.

Anyway, more importantly, while I was waiting for the theater to open I killed time in Chapters, dangerous I know, and saw they had %50 off all the books on clearance!! Woo hoo! I was as happy as a pig in mud. I got 2 books from the clearance which ended up being just $4.oo each!

elle 80s

 

Elle Style the 1980’s was still in plastic! It’s full of big pictures, big clothes and bright colors. It’s divided by year and designer. This book reminds me of some of the trends from the 80’s that we love to hate, but it presents them in more of a fashion context. Great inspiration for $4!

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almost moon

I enjoyed reading The Lovely Bones, and when Alice Sebold came out with The Almost Moon I couldn’t wait to read it, but for some reason or another I put off on buying it. So when i saw the novel hiding on the clearance table amongst pocket sudoku and cooking books I snatched it up. Looking forward to cozying up with this.

pattern magic

As soon as I saw the cover of Pattern Magic I knew I had to have it. This is an English translation of a Japanese book and the patterns are simply amazing. Look forward to a more in depth post about this book once I have a chance to try some patterns out for myself.

simple times

And finally the 4th book. The reason I went to Chapters in the first place. I first heard about Simple Times, Crafts for Poor People in some magazine and thought it looked interesting. Then I saw Amy Sedaris on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (click to watch her full segment). George actually tried his hand at some of the hilarious crafts in the book. This book made me laugh so hard that I had to check and make sure there wasn’t a wet spot on the chair. Nope, dry, all good! Here are some of my favourites so far:

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The picture in the bottom left is of a gift for a nudist, a seat shield. Hot Dogs on a rake, so practical!

Donut Squirrel feeder. Great use of day old donuts! and raisins really are natures candy.

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This book reads as a Mad Magazine for crafters with all kinds of ridiculous projects to make out of things laying around the house. Here is a sample from the crafting statistics:

HOW ARE WE USING OUR CRAFTS?

1. Camper decorations

2. Old people presents

3. Chew toy

4. Dust accumulator

5. As evidence that we don’t spend all our time doing absolutely nothing

6. Salvaged for parts to make other crafts

How true, how true.

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Conclusion: New goal for 2011: meet and marry a nice owner/manager of a bookstore.

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