I was able to steal away for a couple of hours on Monday after I dropped my older girls off at drama practice. I went to my favorite book store and bought the second Madame Chic book with my birthday money. It is a really soft and yummy read. I love homemaking books…and cafe lattes.
Throughout my homemaking journey so far I have discovered a few inspirational resources that I return to over and over again. I love my home…but I have not always loved it like I should. In those times of drudgery I turn to my library. Today I thought I might share a few favorites with you.
The Spirit of Loveliness Emilie Barnes. Anything by Emilie Barnes is good when it comes to homemaking. However, this book is my favorite.
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman Anne Ortland. A classic, but written in a more formal style.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy Sarah Ban Breathnach. This book is wonderful for reviving the seasons and learning to love the everyday little things. However, I do not ascribe to much of her religious philosophy in this book. I read it for seasonal inspiration.
My Lady of Cleves Margaret Campbell Barnes. I love the womanliness of Anne in this book. She is the fourth wife of Henry VIII. If you enjoy Tudor drama…you will love this book. This historical fiction is well written and always seems to draw me in. The myth of beauty is debunked in the portrayal of the woman Henry VIII called a Flanders Mare. Anne’s beauty is what I consider true beauty, and too bad for King Henry that he did not appreciate it. She would have been a wonderful wife and queen.
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Woman’s Work” Kathleen Norris. This is a very introspective and spiritual look at a woman’s vocation.