It's Almost Here!


Does anyone know what a week from today is?  Probably not, unless you happen to remember reading my blog a year ago to know what is celebrated in our household the first Sunday after Thanksgiving.

That's right- a week from today is International Craft Day.  This will actually be the seventh International Craft Day we are celebrating.  Craft day really isn't international, or national, or even state or city- wide for that matter- but it has become a bit of a tradition for us.  I figure with a little more warning on the blog this year, we might actually be able to officially call it International Craft Day.  I mean, come on... all we need is one Canadian friend to participate and acknowledge it as a holiday- any takers?

Why celebrate International Craft Day?  The Sunday after Thanksgiving just seems like a great time to focus on creating.  The Christmas season is quickly approaching and the weather is cooling outside.  With Thanksgiving leaving us in an post-turkey haze, there's just no better day to hunker down inside next to a warm fire, your favorite hot liquid, and craft of choice in hand.

So grab your needles, thread, sewing machine, hook, paper, glue, fabric, buttons, embroidery, yarn, whatever it is that suits your crafting desires.  In honor of International Craft Day, we will be having a bit of a craft tutorial explosion over the next couple weeks here at French Press Knits.  The craftiness will start tomorrow.  In lieu of a tutorial, I will instead be showing you where my crafting is taking place these days.  That's right- a long awaited introduction to my newly finished craft/knitting studio!

Find a little more history on International Craft Day here.  See you tomorrow!

Ideas For Old Reader's Digest Books

So last week, when I posted some of my 'Thrifty Finds', I completely forgot about my ten vintage Reader's Digest books. I first saw these books when visiting my friend Kelly earlier this year. She has them around her living room- they are all so charming! So, when I spotted a large table of these books while in North Dakota I was elated- even more so when I discovered they were only 50 cents a book! These are a few of my favorite covers up close:

Today I decided to do a search to find what people were doing with these books. They are all so unique and lovely, I knew I would find something.

Two Ring Binders by Cluttershop

I do have plans for some of these books already- you'll have to wait to see what I come up with (is the suspense just killing you?!?). After their initial use, I'm not so sure what I'll do with them. Any ideas? If nothing else, these books will surely adorn my bookshelf with pride!