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Staff Picks: My 5 Favorite Lark Books

February 15, 2013, 13:22 pm  Posted by Gavin Young
 

You know you’ve got a good thing going on when you’re asked to write a blog post about your favorite Lark books, and it takes you all of 10 seconds to come up with the list.

Here are my top five “staff picks” and why I love them dearly, as in, I can’t imagine my life without these books. Please excuse the personal element of all my stories, but isn’t that why anyone falls in love with a book? Because of some special little connection, quote, or start of something new…

 

1000 Rings

 

This book introduced me to Lark. I wanted to design my own wedding ring and needed inspiration—1000 Rings offered more than I could have imagined. It sparked my creativity for a design and began my path to a job in the publishing world. I discovered that Lark was in Asheville, North Carolina, by reading the copyright page (dorky, I know). In fine print, it says that if the reader has any questions to contact Lark, and the address follows. In fact, yes, I do have a question: Will you please hire me?! I stalked several editors until they let me in the door, finally landed a scary group interview, and soon moved south with my fiancé in tow. It’s five years later and those editors are my beloved colleagues and friends—all because of a ring (or 1000 of them, I guess).

 

 

A is for Apron 

 

I love this book because it gave my co-workers and me a reason to get together and sew during lunch breaks one winter. We all decided on an apron to make, lugged our sewing machines to the office, and set up shop on the top floor of our building. During those lunches, we yapped about life, discussed office politics, and somehow ended up with several adorable creations. It was the perfect (and totally unexpected) example of that happy little place where team building meets therapy!

 

 

 

We're so proud of these beautiful aprons!

 

 101 Snappy Fashions

 

 

Both my heart and my closet are fuller because of this special book. When I was pregnant with my first son, my amazingly creative coworkers gave my colleague Dawn and me the greatest baby shower ever. (Dawn was about to have her fourth daughter!) Lark’s entryway and meeting room were packed with tulle, felt, sewing machines, fabric markers, and a gazillion little accessories. The walls were covered in the pages of this book and the seats were full of editors (some crafty, some not), all diligently making the cutest little snapsuits for our soon-to-be sweet peas. What a happy day!

 

 

The Lark family makes love-filled gifts at the best workplace baby shower EVER!

 

 

Fleece Hat Friends 

 

There’s not much explaining to do about this book: it’s just insanely adorable! The joy of making super fun costumes for parties and Halloween is something I never really imagined before having two little guys. When son #1 announced that he would be a lion for Halloween last year (the day before trick-or-treating) with a resounding “roar,” I went straight to this book for inspiration. I didn’t have time to make the real thing, but I got the right idea, and next year we’re starting earlier. Kids LOVE these hats! If your child is old enough to help out at the craft table, this is the perfect book for spending creative time together. And if your child is too young to help, this book is a great excuse for the mommy-needs-some-alone-time kind of crafting. Either way, it’s a winner!

The cutest lion in all of the wild roared all over the office that day in exchange for sugary treats.

 

 

500 Silver Jewelry Designs 

 

Okay so, a lot had happened since I started working at Lark. Got married. Had a son. And tried to get some work done along the way. Enter this book. As managing editor, I was reviewing the final pages and looking ever so carefully at each image. Is the piece centered? Is that a speck of dust in the background? Is that name really spelled with six p’s? And then I arrived on page 128, where designer Tom Kallio’s ring appeared with a kind of presence that spoke to my very identity. It said, “I am you, and you are me.” It also said, “Open your wallet this very moment and shell out whatever is necessary to purchase me.” I reached out to the artist and had my very own ring in a matter of weeks. I think it was some kind of divine intervention, because a few weeks after that, I learned I was pregnant with my second son! I completely understood why I was drawn to the ring. The three darker bands represent my husband and two sons, and the shiny silver band is me, squeezed between lots of love.

 

 
 
 
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  • Beth

    This is by far my favorite Lark post of all time–I love how you’ve reflected such happy milestones and life moments in these books! You’re just so splendid, Gavin, and Lark is a wonderful place because you’re here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rayhemachandra Ray Hemachandra

    Seeing all those faces (including Beck’s!) and people and hearing all those stories … well, just beautiful, Gavin. Well done: great stories and great books!