Books To Obsess Over, #1

Hi, I’m Elizabeth, and I’m addicted to books. There, I said it. My love affair with books began at the tender age of three, when I would listen to them on my Walkman (I would then claim to be able to read a book, when in actuality, I had only memorized it). I would read every book I was able to get my hands on and my reading level was above my class’ average. When I am reading a good novel, I am engulfed by it. Everything around me dissolves and my thoughts become entwined with those of the character (on occasion, I am so involved in a book, I find myself doing the action the author is describing – “she pursed her lips,” for example).

So it really comes as no surprise to me, or to anyone that knows me, that my love of books and love of crafts collide into what has become my new favorite section at Barnes & Noble: Crafts. I could walk there with my eyes closed. I get a bit giddy when I see the green rectangle sign with the crisp white lettering.  The section is tucked away in the back corner of the store, and I could spend hours there, sprawled across the aisle, reading book after book. Luckily – with a little help from my Amazon wish list – I was able to receive for Christmas some of the ones I found most intriguing. So, now I begin a new category, titled, “B2OO,” (B-2-double o if you want a cute name for it). It shall be devoted to all the glorious crafting books out there that I own, or that I desire to. We’ll begin with…

Little Green Dresses – Tina Sparkles

This book, as the subtitle details, has fifty different ways to repurose something old (they use everything from sheets to Hawaiian print shirts) into something new. It’s a book for those of you who are as intrigued by the New Dress A Day blog as I am (I mentioned it here). It opens with easy-to-understand explanations of the techniques that you’ll need to know to be able to create the patterns described. Chapter two is devoted to use and make the patterns. Chapter three is where the fun begins. There are six chapters in all, and chapters three through six breaks up the projects by garment type: tops, skirts, dresses, and bottoms & rompers. All of the projects are gorgeous and include detailed instructions with lots of pictures as well as fun ideas to, “mix it up!” If you love turning something old into something new (I do, as seen here with my ongoing dress project and here with the baby skirt), then this is certainly the book for you.

Interested in this book? It retails at $22.95. I’ve taken the liberty to find you the best prices out there from the most reliable sources (we are Poor Girls after all, and I know you love a bargain as much as I do!):

Barnes & Noble

Save 25% if you purchase online and 10% if you’re a member (SO worth it if you frequently buy books!). They also offer new and used starting at around fifteen dollars.


At $15.61, you save 32% – sounds pretty good to me!


Not as great of a bargain as Amazon at $16.45. However, you’re still saving 28% and with Target, you don’t have to order it online – you can march yourself down to your local one and not have to pay shipping for it (although when you consider how much gas costs… but that’s another story).

Well, this was quite a novel of a post. However, I hope you enjoyed it and that you buy this book and love it as much as me! I’m sure you’ll be seeing me post more about it as I craft from it.

(Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

let them ever sing for joy,

and spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may exult you.

Psalm 5:11

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