Mending Life by Nina Montenegro and Sonya Montenegro

Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts

by Nina Montenegro and Sonya Montenegro

Mending Life is a beautifully illustrated, practical tool kit for repairing the clothes and belongings we love. It is also an exploration of how mending can be a gently healing practice in our daily lives and a small act of rebellion in a world where many things are discarded without thought.

Mending Life encourages us to cherish our things by repairing them rather than discarding them. It also encourages us to change our consumption habits so that with small mends here and there, we extend the life of our garments and other household items. This handbook is for beginners but also offers more advanced techniques to those with some experience in mending.

You’ll learn basic techniques such as patching, but will have options to take it a step further with decorative sashiko stitching; you’ll also learn how to darn socks and mend sweaters, as well as things like a tear in a bedsheet or down jacket. And along the way, the authors share heartfelt stories about the powerful act of mending, which strengthens not only the object we are repairing, but ourselves as well. Vibrant, full-color illustrations are woven throughout the handbook.

Mending Life is a timeless, practical guide to cherishing and caring for our belongings.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: March 10, 2020.

Length: 224 pages.

Series: Stand alone.

Genre: Non-Fiction. Craft and Hobbies.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Mending Life is equal parts a a book about mending clothes and philosophical statement on how learning to mend can change your life. Throughout the book you will find information on not just how to repair and care for clothing but how you can learn to cherish clothing and make steps away from our throwaway mentality around damaged items.

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Quick Non-Fic Reviews – Home and Garden

You may noticed that I work in a library and you also may have noticed that I have a tenancy to borrow waaay too many books. The last post I did like this was all about the sustainability and cook books that I had recently borrowed. Well this post is all about the Home and Garden books I borrow.

Okay so the below books are all so tempting because they have such beautiful covers! How can you look at them and not want to borrow them? Also I really like succulents and am really interested in terrariums. I mean I haven’t had the initiative yet to make anything pretty from these books but I live in hope of someday.


Home and Garden

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things (Revised Edition) by Cy Tymony

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is such a fun and interesting book! The whole time I was reading this I was just thinking about how the projects could be incorporated into school holiday programs at my library. The skill and understanding level needed to complete a lot of these projects would be perfectly suited towards young adults and would be just educational and engaging enough to not bore readers.

I adored that as an adult readers I could easily follow the instructions, and really enjoyed the graphic illustrations that demonstrated a lot of the projects and steps. Even more than that, the book doesn’t fix itself in only the American market, as when needed it converts information, for example, the book offers information on how to find south in the southern hemisphere. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things is a perfect resource for some sneaky learning and STEM work!


Small Space Big Ideas by Philippa Pearson

Small Space Big Ideas was a beautiful book full of so many fun looking home and garden projects. I want to return to this book at some point to look at the vertical gardens featured, as well as the use of old tea cups and saucers for housing succulents and potentially using them as bird feeders. I think there are a few editions of this book floating around with different names, so if you see Small Space Garden Ideas, this is also that book, however I think the one I read was published for Australian audiences.


Creative Terrariums: 33 Modern Mini-Gardens for Your Home by Enid Gonzalez

I am a weakness for books about terrariums 😅 I’m very interested in making one but have neither the time, money, nor inclination to actually start a project. Creative Terrariums is both a visually stunning book but also a practical one. Unlike a lot of terrarium books I have read, Gonzalez takes you through and explains the necessary steps needed for not only making the terrarium but maintaining it.

Definitely give this book a go if you’re thinking about making a terrarium as it not only shows you how to make one but educates you along the way. I am particularly interested by the terrarium chandelier!


Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello, Kate Bryant, and Kate Baldwin (Photographer)

Okay so this book confirms that I mainly borrow these books for the pretty pictures. And this book is full of pretty pictures! I really love some of these terrarium projects, they not only look good but I am tricked 😋 into thinking I could make these beauties.

What I really like about this book and what separates it from others, is that it has step by step pictures of how you can create terrariums. These pictorial steps do happen only at the beginning but they are still a really valuable resource as with anything, I would no doubt need visual instructions so as not to completely mess everything up. The rest of the book is filled with pictures of projects you can make which include all of the things you will need.