Friday, December 18, 2015

Barnes & Noble--Something for everyone

     Hey everyone!  Those of you that know me, know I love to read.  I love crime novels, historical based thrillers and biographies.  But my 2 most guilty pleasures in the book department are paranormal romance and of course CRAFT related books of all shapes, sizes and mediums!  As luck would have it, I can find all of these (and any other book) at Barnes and Noble.   There is no better place to spend a leisurely couple of hours.  Food, drink, comfy chairs and most importantly BOOKS! And like I said, no topic goes uncovered at Barnes Noble!
     I can't get out the doors without a stack of Crafting Books and a couple novels.  The range of craft books and magazines that B&N carries is unmatched.  Lots of them even come with bonus product like the 2 below:
     I had the opportunity to attend the amazing "Create Make Celebrate Retreat" hosted by the gracious and talented  Laura Kelly Walters.  What a fantastic and inspiring group of talented women!  One night of the retreat we all paid a visit to Barnes and Noble. The big pile of books above is part of the stash I collected that night but even more exciting is that we took part in a reception held in Laura's honor!
Yep-That's my sweet friend Laura and the huge spread all about her crafty space in"Where Women Create" (of course I had to get it signed).  If you haven't checked out the magazine before, I highly recommend it!  Where Women Create is one of my very favorite crafty publications.  It motivates and encourages crafters of all areas.
     I have to mention two of the other women from the retreat had reason to celebrate that night too!  Sweet Adrianne Surian had a book published "DIY  T-shirt Crafts" (that darn Madge bought the last copy B&N had but mine is on the way!  We have the same taste in books too, shocker!)  The book is chuck full of fun and clever ideas!  And Donna Braaten-Budzynski,who I absolutely adore, had some of her masterful artwork published in books there as well!  All of the women at the retreat had so much to share, I just tried to soak it all up!
     Back to Barnes and Noble...On top of the endless hours or entertainment they offer through books, they host several fun activities great for families!  Check the online schedule of events for your local store.  It just so happens, the night we were there, it was the All American Art Unwind night.  The store had tons of coloring sheets, greeting cards and all the goods needed, ready and available for folks to color to their hearts content.
Barnes and Noble is a wonderful place for people of all ages to spend some time.  I think my kids could spend just as long in the store as I do.  E-books are handy and I do own a Nook which I love, but there is just nothing like the feeling of the paper pages in your fingers.  I hope everyone can carve out a little time to visit a store near them and rediscover the joy of reading. 


  1. Barnes & Noble is a super place to relax and enjoy a comfy chair and smoothie (since I don't do coffee)! Great read!

  2. Love this and love you! Your blog is so stinkin' adorable...and toxic awesome!!!