Monday, February 20, 2012

Library Living At Home: The Kitchen

Welcome to my wild and crazy idea of sharing how we library at home. 

If you are a parent, you are a teacher. The library has the tools you need to create a creative and inspiring home-school of learning without stress or spending. I'll show you how we shop the library and turn our home into an enchanted world of wonder. 

The library provides the material, but you have to make it accessible. Give your kitchen a Mini Library Makeover. 

Make Room on your kitchen or dining room table for a mini library. Use your favorite bookends and a bright tablecloth, even if it's really a shower curtain (mine is). Put a lamp on the table. Make it a place you'll enjoy slowing down, sipping tea and reading for five minutes. 

Variety Is The Spice Of Life. Choose topics that appeal to you and your family, but select a few new genres that encourage growth. Take these great reads back to the library each week and pick up a new mini-library for your kitchen. Before long, your children will help pick the table reads.

Short Order Booking. I borrow devotionals, poetry, short stories, gardening and home design, travel guides, graphic novels and comic books for the kitchen. Breakfast usually means hurry - so handy, quick reads are perfect way to start the day for your entire family.  

Kiss The Cook! While my hubby does most (okay, all) of the cooking, I completely drool over the cookbooks. Arielle and I have had a blast making bread, pies and countless treats because the library lends us this love:

Shopping the library should be exciting. I look at the shelves see small cities. What do you see?

If you have some tips on library living in the kitchen, please share. We all would benefit from your knowledge.

I want to do a linky party. Should we do a linky party? How does one go about doing a linky party? 

xoxo Michele

I Heart Imperfect {Borrowed} Beauty

 Today I'm celebrating imperfect beauty with The Nester.

Say hey to my smoochie bunny bookend with the imperfect ear.

Knowing all of Sir Georgie's brokenness just makes me love him more. He's borrowed beauty (a great yard sale find), just like the books he supports (they came home with us from the library). 

Beauty can be borrowed, that is what the library has taught me. And borrowing rather than buying has opened my eyes to another truth: sharing makes life simpler, sweeter. Really. There is less stress on so many levels when you share. Did you ever notice how serene libraries are? Yep. It's because they have perfected the art of sharing.

Thank you, Nester, for sharing your imperfect beauty with all of us. When a brave soul shares, others feel less embarrassed to be real. Especially when your tablecloth is really a shower curtain, and it clashes with the pattern on the lampshade. And the oranges can't stand the madness any longer so they roll across the table... but are ultimately foiled by the bulwark bananas. Madness I tell you. 

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
~ C.S. Lewis

Share your lovely, imperfect self with others and let the library share its borrowed beauty with you.

xoxo Michele