Staff Picks: Do It Yourself at the Library!
I often find that summer is a great time to catch up on all those items on my to do list. Reading and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are at the top of my list this summer and the library has a great selection of books for the DIYer!
One of my favorites this year has been A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Foure. If you’re a fan of Joanna Gaines, then you’ll love the ideas included in this book. It is filled with easy projects inspired by the current farmhouse or rustic trend, and better yet, these projects won’t break the bank! Wood projects. Drop cloth curtains. Fabric covered books. Need I say more?
Every year I think I’ll get started on my handmade Christmas gifts. Because I have a habit of collecting pretty fabric, I turned to Debbie Shore’s Half Yard Gifts: Easy Sewing Projects Using Leftover Pieces of Fabric. With beautiful photographs and instructions for 22 projects, you’re sure to find something to do with that leftover fabric!
Painting is a big trend in 2017 – rocks, pallets and stretched canvas are just a few of the surfaces being explored. I’ve been experimenting with some painting techniques of my own, particularly water colors. A good go-to book is The Everything Art Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to More Than 100 Art Techniques and Tools of the Trade. This is a complete guide of techniques, necessary materials and samples of completed art work. I found the instructions easy to follow and I even found inspiration for some projects of my own.
Whatever is on your summer to-do list, make sure it includes reading about DIY. Stop by any library location to get started and be sure to add one of our monthly DIY sessions at the Warrenton central library to your to-do list! Join us on July 9th as we explore Rug Hooking.
~ Jody- Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library