I am a complete and total art book whore. I justify this with the idea that I really do study them, treasure them, and honor them. One of my recent purchase was this treasure.
http://littleyellowbirds.blogspot.com/ I follow and Gillian Bates, http://www.gillian-bates.com/default.aspx,
who has these wonderful British seaside canvases she makes using reclaimed fabric and machine embroidery. Here is one of her canvases
I found out pretty quickly that she has an etsy shop, and purchased one of her canvases for a very reasonable price.
If you get a chance, check this book out, it's a real gem