Thursday, September 17, 2020

Money for Books!


I am not a big spender. I tend to use it up and wear it out and sometimes even do without! lol


But I do love books! 

So when I won the giveaway that Brenda had on her blog, It's a Beautiful Life, I spent my giveaway money on books! 


I knew she would approve!

 

I always have books and movies in my wish list and I was going between getting some of the When Calls the Heart DVDs or books. And isn't it funny when you have a gift card, you start looking even more diligently! Like my happiness depends on making the right choice! heehee!


So I've been wanting a journal that I can use for writing AND sketching so I found this one!


And then for inspiration, I bought this book too, Keeping a Nature Journal. I am so excited to have them both and look forward to even more hikes with the nicer weather. 


And adding some art to my hiking journal.


I also splurged on Etsy and got a vintage reader. I already had Busy World and I found To and Fro from Three Bear Vintage.  She was delightful to exchange messages with too.


I might have gone slightly over my gift card winnings but I couldn't resist these wonderful books!


Thanks to Brenda for adding to my joy! Happy blogging to her! The link to It's a Beautiful Life is HERE. Visit her....you'll love her AND her beautiful blog! 

And shop Etsy's handmade and vintage items! 

I am praying for everyone in the path of Hurricane Sally...friends and family! Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays and

I like Thursdays HERE too!



46 comments:

Tom said...

...sounds like Sally isn't a fast moving gal!

Susie said...

Diane, Congrats. I like the books you chose. When you do your journal, maybe you can show some entries at times. I always thought you should be a hiking guide or making greeting cards with hiking pics. :):) Blessings, stay safe. xoxo,love, Susie

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Congrats on winning the giveaway! The books and journal you bought look wonderful. I wish I could sketch, I am not creative. I could keep a journal of my nature sightings. Etsy does has some beautiful and original items. Take care, enjoy your day!

Vee said...

Congrats on your win at Brenda's and what fine choices you made! 📚 Happy sketching and journaling. And don't those readers and primers take you right back to the good old days at school when nearly everything was fun and an adventure?

Sandra said...

congratulations on your win and you sure got a lot of bang for your buck! so many nice things and exactly what you love and wanted. we don't own any dvd movies and i was going to buy a set but they were blue ray and we only have a cheap dvd player.. could not tell what was what and would play on what we have so bought nothing...

Marcia said...

I have a very good friend who keeps a journal like that. She even brought it with her when we traveled together to Barcelona last October. I have never been inclined to keep one.

As for Etsy I found some vintage stuffies for granddaughter turning 4 next week: an Elmo and a tiny panda with big eyes. Also a book featuring a panda which is yet to arrive. Before kids my daughter had an Etsy site.

Martha said...

Congrats! I love all the books you got. Just an FYI, I sell books on Instagram. Be sure to fill me in on any you have on your wish list. I can usually find them really cheap :)

Debbie said...

great choices...i was hoping you got the nature journal, that is perfect for you!!

i am not a big spender either, i am trying to downsize but truth be told, i never was!!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Totally agree about buying books. They bring such joy.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Diane, Oh, how lovely to see what you decided to get with the gift card. What a great choice. You'll have great fun with these. I agree that it is kinda funny when we have a gift card in hand how we look, and decide, most carefully before making the choice - I tend to do the same.

Wishing you a beautiful day, and thanks so much for the mention! xox

Pamela M. Steiner said...

How exciting to win something you can actually spend on yourself! And you chose such neat books that you will enjoy and use. I love that you like to add artwork to your nature journal. That is a great idea. I've tried that, but I prefer taking pictures to trying to draw...but I've done it from time to time. My sketches just aren't very good anymore so I gave up. I am sure you will do very well with this, and it will add to your enjoyment of your hikes. That will be a real keepsake for you and your family. Maybe you can even share some with us from time to time? That would be fun. Congratulations!!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

A fun splurge!!!!!!!

You are not in the path of this Hurricane? Wonderful if so.

😰😱Did Blogger finally do it?????😰😱

Happy@Home said...

Congratulations on your giveaway win. You chose some wonderful books. With all of the interesting things you see on your hikes, I know you will make very pretty nature journals. Hope you will be sharing them when you do. The readers look like fun. I was itching to see what's inside :).
I think Sally has stopped here for a visit today with all day rain and gloom.

Jenn Jilks said...

Well done!
I adore books.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Books are a cheerful way to spend money and time.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Diane! Oh what a nice thing to splurge on. I love books and journals are right up there too. You found some gems in those older books. I never thought to look for them on Etsy. ~smile~ Roseanne

The Feminine Energy said...

We are kindred spirits, through and through! :-D Love your choices... mine would have been very similar. I'm so glad you won! ~Andrea xoxo

Terri D said...

What fun you had spending your gift card!! Looks like awesome choices! I will go visit Brenda!

Edna B said...

Those are awesome books. What a wonderful idea to make a post and picture nature journal. You could even post each chapter on a separate blog and have it printed in PDF form. This costs $10.00. You could make copies of this for family members . Of course, you could have it printed in hard cover book form too. Just thoughts that come to mind. You have a wonderful enjoying your new books, hugs, Edna B.

Carla from The River said...

Hi, I love the choices you made. :-) I like the Keeping a Nature Journal book. Now you have me thinking I need to splurge on a new book. ;-)
I will head off to visit Brenda.
:-)

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

Good books are like old friends, good choices!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A nature journal is a wonderful idea, although I can't sketch worth a darn. My granddaughter carries one, and she's not a bad little artist. So much fun to look back on old hikes!

Ann said...

My daughter got me addicted to When Calls the Heart a couple years back. Now I don't have the Hallmark channel any more.
Nice purchases with your winnings.

Linda said...

You chose well! Love the journals! I’m looking for one to journal 2021 Beekeeping. I may use something I already have. Each month I’d like to press the flowers the bees are using for pollen and nectar. We are planting more wildflowers at the ranch and mowing down the bittereeed and goats weed.....those make very bitter honey!

happyone said...

Congratulations on winning the give-a-way.
A nature journal sounds like an ideal choice for you.
Love the readers!

Barbara said...

Those are beautiful sketches/illustrations in those books. You will surely enjoy creating your own, and once this rain stops, your hiking will be your sketching inspiration!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Keeping a nature journal sounds like the perfect activity for you! You'll have to share your pages from time to time, please and thank you!

Sandy said...

You know I love your selections. I am thinking I need that Nature Journal book. I have power tonight and am catching up on my blog reading. I am so touched that you thought of me during the storm. It is the best of blogging.

Jeanie said...

I just LOVE your journal! Your painting is just lovely. And that book looks great, too. Like I need another book. Except I might need that one!

PaintedThread said...

I like your bird pictures!

dq said...

Oh, sweet vintage books! What a find!

The nature journal book seems so sweet!

Linda said...

Congratulations! Looks like some good choices.

Soma @ inkTorrents.com said...

I would have spend my giveaway money on books too! Your choices could not have been more perfect. Enjoy!!

-Soma

BeachGypsy said...

Wow, you won a giveaway, that is so cool, congrats!! That nature journal book is real nice, I like that. Has it been raining alot there? We've had quite a big the past 2 days. Its so humid....Im ready for sweaters and hats and SHAWLS!! LOL. May not be for awhile. sigh. Hope you've had a great week my friend!

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations on your winnings! Your purchases are lovely and right up my alley too! I hope you share your nature journaling with us! Enjoy!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Books and travel are essential to the human spirit - you spent your money well.

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Lucky you! So glad you were able to find things you can truly enjoy! Have a grand weekend!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Congrats on the giveaway Diane. What a great idea to use it to buy the books. I hope you enjoy the journal and the books. Have a happy Friday and weekend.

Inger said...

A delightful post for a book lover to enjoy.

Jill Harrison said...

i had every intention to do nature journelling on our last 2 trips but didn't get to it even though i had the tools. its a mindset i guess. stay safe and enjoy your journalling

Crafty in the Med said...

Definitely agree with you!! I thoroughly enjoy restocking my book pile! I see you have made some very good choices keep well Amanda x

Teresa said...

Me encanta que el regalo lo emplearas en libros ¡son preciosos ! Besos y buen día.

Michelle said...

Well, I love that you got a journal and those readers! I teach reading at a primary school, actually a reading interventionist, and I LOVE those old primer readers. I have a couple myself. Thanks for linking up and have a great week ahead.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think you made wonderful choices ... and I’m lusting after the journal and the book on “how to do it.” ... I hope your loved ones are all safe from Sally!

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful way to spend a gift card. Brenda is so sweet and generous. That Keeping a Nature Journal looks wonderful!

handmade by amalia said...

How wonderful! I'm sure that Brenda would approve. I'm also watching When Calls the Heart, the perfect escape from this crazy world.
Amalia
xo