Love Your Local Library

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Libraries, the beautiful sanctuaries that share knowledge and comfort with the general public, are starting to crumble.

I believe that libraries are gifts to our communities, gifts that have been overshadowed by the advancing technology and handheld devices that steal our attention. When I was in school in the Boston area, I would see busy young students bustling to the library with armfuls of books and pencils and it made me feel warm and fuzzy, but more importantly, it made me feel productive. After moving home, I noticed that the libraries that exist in rural areas are dwindling with their doors wide open and begging the general public to take a look at what they have to offer.

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Let’s start here: Why are libraries important?

-Free books!!! (THIS IS THE BEST PERK)

-Free NEW DVD’s (And British shows! And indie foreign films!)

-Research resources!!

-Free help for any reference questions!

-Free computer use & cheap printing!

-Quiet study space surrounded by a sea of the best writers in the world!

Why wouldn’t you spend time at a library? They are quiet beautiful spaces where you can roam freely and take out any book you can get your hands on. Sadly, less people think of turning to the library, and they don’t even consider it an option when they want to read something. It has become out-of-practice for some people to step foot into their local library.

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Now let’s talk about this: Why are libraries good for communities?

-They promote sustainability (don’t buy new books, share them!)

-You can meet like-minded individuals between the stacks of your favorite genre/author/topic. Robert Putnam said: “People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.”

-They spread knowledge and resources to the public that might not have access to it otherwise OR might not have known where to find it

-They celebrate diversity and learning

-College is expensive, libraries are free to use

-Book clubs offer stories that people read together that might NOT have tried to read on their own, which promotes growth and exploration of literature

-Tutoring services are available

 

I am asking anyone who reads this post and is intrigued, answer me this in the comments: What would encourage you to visit the library? What are your favorite parts of the library that you think invite people inside?

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty

because somebody will always be in it

taking books off the shelves and staying up late

reading them.”

-Lemony Snicket

 

 

Book Club: February 9th, 2017

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As you may have gathered from my previous post, I reread The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was so magic and wonderful and a beautiful story to dive into during these cold winter days.

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I highly recommend that you read it if you haven’t already!

Best quote:

“Where there’s life there’s hope.”

I also think it’s one of those stories that you can return to every so often and be charmed over and over again. As for me, I’m nursing a cold and stuck inside due to the feet of snow that are piling up outside my windows. I’m thinking of something a little different for my next read. I love the snow outside, but The Hobbit got me in a spring-y mood. I’m itching for the days that it gets warm in the afternoons and we can maybe plant some new flowers.

(I’ll leave you with another quote from the book because they are all SO good.)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

There & Back Again (A Hobbit Terrarium DIY)

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I called my brother downstairs and asked him if he could possibly help me make Bilbo’s hobbit hole from The Hobbit. I should have known that he would make something spectacular, something wildly more impressive than I could ever dream of making, and he made it all in one night. I am putting this out there, all the credit for this project goes to him, I just came up with the idea! The first thing we did was shave down a piece of foam with a floral knife to get the hill shape of the hobbit hole. This part was a lot of trial and error and shaving it down and shaping it just right. It also made a mess, so be prepared with a trash bag!

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The next think that we did (and continued to do) was fit the foam inside the terrarium. I bought this at Michael’s and had been eyeing it for some time. It’s on sale right now, so I couldn’t turn it down. It was the perfect size of a little hobbit home.

After fitting the foam inside, more shaving and shaping was done until it looked perfect. I also have to give a shout out to my brother for being so meticulous, as he wanted to make sure everything was formatted right and would sit right inside the terrarium. Depending on what shape you get, your hobbit hole might look different. We took into account that we would probably need room for moss, so we shaped it and then put moss inside to feel it out. Our little hill is a crescent semicircle that the front of the house will be put onto. The flat side is where your door will go. 

We looked up photos from the movies of what his house looked like, but I also am reading the illustrated version right now which has a gorgeous picture of Bilbo’s home. Our goal was to make it look whimsical and cozy.

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The detailing was all done with the cardboard from an old cereal box that he carved with an exacto knife.

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We glued the moss on top when done and were left with this beautiful little structure! He even draped some moss hanging over the edge the mountain, which I think is so cute.

Bilbo goes up the steps to his house, so my brother made stones out of foam by carving them and painting them perfectly!

I can definitely see Gandalf walking up to this door to trick Bilbo into an adventure. I also think it’s the cutest accessory for anyone who loves the terrarium trend but also loves literature!

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What do you think of our project? I am so excited to set this up in my room and maybe hang it from the ceiling. Maybe if this goes over well, we can make more with other books/movies/tv shows. I was so excited to share this here and showcase my brother’s talents! I love this addition to the decor in my room.

“I have found that it is the small

everyday deeds of ordinary folk

that keep the darkness at bay. 

Small acts of kindness

and love.”

-Gandalf

“February, when the days of winter seem endless..”

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The days of winter have been dragging on and I have been quietly falling into a solemn slump. I wasn’t aware of this at all until I realized that no matter how many hours I sleep at night and how many naps I take in the day I just cannot pull myself out of exhaustion. I suppose this is what February feels like. The snow keeps glittering down and I’m grateful for it, as it’s beautiful and we will need the water when it melts, but it also makes me shiver and curl up into the corners of my baths. Even when the sun reaches it’s highest point, I find the light to be a glare and I cover my head with blankets and snooze some more. I think I’ve got the winter blues.

I wait all year for winter. It is my absolute favorite seasons, and in the boiling heat of summer, I close my eyes and imagine the cold and the white puffs of snow and the icy tree branches. Now that it’s here, I find myself complaining about it. I must be a dreaming hypocrite.

But this time is very special and slow, because once this freeze is over and the forest starts to thaw, spring comes and picks up momentum and suddenly you find yourself with armfuls of new projects. So for right now, I am enjoying this slow, tired, lackadaisical time because I know it will not last. If you are looking for me, I’ll be inside of a book or a blanket or a bathtub.

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Shirt- Forever 21

Skirt – H&M

Parka – Hollister 

Side note, did you notice a change in anything? I now have red hair! Like, really red. I feel a bit fiery, but I still can’t seem to untangle from my blankets.

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

 

See My Article in Artful Blogging Magazine!

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I have been waiting to share this on my blog for so long! I have been featured in another Stampington & Company magazine, and this time it is the beautiful publication Artful Blogging. I was happy to be featured in a spring piece, and you can go out and read it when it comes out on February 1st! However, my parents were browsing in Barnes and Noble over the weekend and spotted some already on the shelves!

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The article I wrote for this was some of my experience with blogging, but mainly it was about the relationship I have with taking pictures for this blog. I love writing, but without the visuals to accompany it, it just wouldn’t be worth it! There are about 3 pages worth of my photos that were featured on this very blog. I am very proud to have my work in another publication, and opening up a magazine and seeing it is still very surreal. It was always my dream to write something and have it sold in a bookstore. While it isn’t a book, walking into Barnes and Noble and opening up a magazine like countless other magazines I have read my whole life and seeing my name and my words on the pages is an honor, and it is truly special to me. 

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There are also other amazing people featured in this, so please check it out and support them as well! It is always so lovely to meet other people who share your passions, and this is another step towards that, as it allows me to communicate how I feel with the rest of the world.

If you pick up a copy, let me know what you think! I will probably be buying more copies of it because I am so ecstatic. If you told me after I graduated that I would be featured in two publications within less than a year, I don’t think I would have believed you, but here we are, and I am very proud! 

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Mini Winter Lookbook

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Outfit 1: Knitted Winter

Pattern dress (boutique), sheer cardigan (gifted), knit hat (target). 

Outfit 2: Cozy Winter

Long pattern dress (boutique), oatmeal sweater (Primark), lace scarf (gifted), black beret (gifted). 

Outfit 3: Dreamy Winter

Grey wool winter coat (Guess), printed scarf (gifted), embellished beret (Charming Charlie’s)


 

Let me know what you think!

Talk to you soon,

-Heather

Nearer (A Trip to a Bookstore)

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I recently read a poem by C.S. Lewis that goes like this:

“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if  you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.”

I have found that the best thing for me is to love things abundantly and to do something as soon as I have the urge to do that thing. Sometimes the concept of something in our minds is enticing, but the act of doing it becomes a burden.

One example is that I loved bookstores and I constantly complained that there were none if close proximity to me like there were when I was in Boston. The truth is that I just wasn’t trying very hard, I was in my head dreaming of them instead of looking them up and getting out of the house and exploring. So today, this is what we did. We got up out of our usual lives and we ventured out just a little bit and we explored in a beautiful new place.

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The bookstore that we went to was called Broadstreet Books in Northampton, MA.

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Bookstores are magic, and not just because they are beautiful inside with many treasures to buy, but because they house hundreds of whispers waiting to speak to us, waiting under our fingertips as we hover over their spines. They allow us to wander through stories, through countries, through gardens, through fantasies, through history, space and beyond. Walking into a bookstore is like greeting endless strangers that are staring silently for us to discover them.

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Here I am contemplating how many hundreds of books will be taken home today. (I actually only bought 1, and I am proud of that)

If you are going to a bookstore, let me give you some important advice, go with someone you trust, or go alone. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have stepped into an otherworldly bookstore and was rushed along because I was with people who are just simply not book people (beware of those). When you know you will go to a bookstore, only bring people that will also get lost alongside you amongst the shelves and won’t meddle with your searching. The space is special, charged with calming energy, and the wrong people can ruin that. Bring those who have beautiful souls who are willing to stick it out while you peruse.

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What are you favorite bookstores to go to? Or perhaps you prefer the library? I happened to by my third Emily Dickinson book, as well as some gifts for friends. We got dinner and chocolate after, and I feel very, very good about my day of getting nearer to the things I love.

If you want to see what I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest!

-Heather

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