Monday, February 9, 2015
My Addiction to How-To Books
Today I decided to reorganize my reference books. They were in perfect order before I got the floors redone last year. Having to move everything left them in a state of disarray. I have diligently collected how-to books as long as I've been collecting dolls. My recent goal of fashion illustration, fashion design, and sewing, stemmed in part from the number of books I have collected on each topic, but haven't used yet. I've done quite well not adding too many books to the collection over the past five years.
This is the majority of them, but there are still quite a few more around the house. This of course doesn't include the hundreds of how-to magazines (mostly doll related) that I have.
These are the sewing books. On the left are the general sewing books. There are 18 here. On the right are all doll related sewing books, complete with patterns. There are 17 of those.
These four piles are all my interior design books. They have gotten the most use over the years. I actually worked in this field after I left Kodak.
I have 4 gardening books and I have NEVER done any gardening. Probably never will.
Woodworking and carpentry books. If I had the time and money, and didn't love dolls so much, I would strive to be a top-notch carpenter.
This is the drawing pile on the left and the fashion design books on the right.
Do you see this? I had no idea I had so many drawing books. Sad to say I haven't used any of these books. Even with my recent attempts at drawing, I didn't refer to any of these. This will change going forward. Now that I have them all together again, I have no excuse. Let's take a closer look at the drawing book.
Are you shaking your head like I was? Absolutely crazy. I should be a drawing whiz by now. If only I had opened a book over these past 20+ years. Better late than never.
Here are two of the fashion drawing books.
If you weren't shaking your head before, you are really going to shake them now. I went to JoAnns yesterday to buy markers. Guess what else I left the store with? Yep, two more drawing books. Maybe I should have organized the books before I went to the store. Oh well. I could return them, but that would be like an alcoholic taking liquor back to the store. Not going to happen.
There were quite a few more piles of books on the floor. The majority of them are about dolls, sculpting and 1:12 scale.