In which I dip my toe into the world of printed photo books…

One of my goals for 2015 is to tame the mess of unprinted digital photos that is currently swimming around in my various devices. It’s…kind of a tall order. And honestly, I’ve been rather slacking on it. So, when the folks at Mosaic offered me one of their photo books to test out, I was happy to give it a go. (In other words: they sent me a free thing. I liked it. I decided to write about it. Here {Read More}

Library Book Review* – Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston

I recently received a total treasure in the form of a big stack of quilting and fabric art books. Most of them are a little older, but still relevant and fascinating. For instance, Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston It hails from yonder days of 1996, practically a lifetime ago. OH, for simpler times, when only some of us carried pagers and the ubiquitous internet was but a pipe dream of lonely nerds posting to message boards. Message boards! And remember {Read More}

Book Review – Pom-Poms! by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright

Ever since I could glue them together and stick googly eyes on them, I have loved pom poms. I’ve used them a lot in my plushies over the years (although I’ve moved far, far away from prepackaged ones and googly eyes). So I was very excited to check out the new book Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt and Lexi Walters Wright. (Quirk Books generously sent me a copy to check out. What’s up, sponsored post!) Pom-Poms! is {Read More}

Crafty Book Review and Giveaway- Crafting With Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya

****PLEASE NOTE: The contest has been won! Hooray! No more comments on this post, please. :) **** Want to win a copy of this lovely book? Read on! In the States, cat hair is generally regarded as pesky garbage, something we just want to get rid of. That’s why I did a double take when Quirk Books contacted me about reviewing one of their latest offerings, Crafting With Cat Hair. The what now? This was something too delightfully odd to {Read More}

Crafty Book Review – Microcrafts – Tiny Treasures to Make and Share

The good people of Quirk Books contacted me, asking if I would like to review Microcrafts, one of their latest crafty books. A book devoted to making itty bitty crafts? Oh yes, I would. Microcrafts – Tiny Treasures to Make and Share features 25 projects by 17 different authors. (For ease of looking it up, it is compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, and Katie Hatz.) In other words, there is a wide variety to the projects. Everything from tiny {Read More}

Crafty Book Review – Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures I recently* picked up a copy of Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama fame. This book is a total delight! I loved that this book focused on reusing fabric. There were several projects that called for used clothing, which is a really neat way to preserve memories, I think. (I know I’ll be saving and crafting with some of my baby’s finest.) This book really opened {Read More}

Crafty Book Review – Perfectly Fitted

I snagged Perfectly Fitted by Lynne Garner from the local library recently. The tagline is “Creating personalized patterns for a limitless wardrobe”. Sounds brilliant! Truth be told, I had some illusions about having enough time to actually make some patterns from the book. Alas, that did not actually happen. (4 month olds don’t exactly leave one a whole lot of sewing time, alas. Or reading time. Or sleeping time.) HOWEVER! This book is awesome, and is going straight to the {Read More}

Crafty Book Review – Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z When I first saw this book, I actually had no intention of buying it. For some reason, the idea of an encyclopedia of crafts just left me cold. What would it be, an a-z listing of various mediums? (A – applique…B- beading. C- Crochet) I don’t know, it just sounded dull. Boy, was I {Read More}

Crafty Book Review – Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers Many, many, many years ago, I came across a Lotta Jansdotter book in Japan. I was instantly smitten with her simple, striking designs. Now, many many many years later, it’s easy to come by her textiles and hooray! her books. With a little one on the way, I knew I had to have her Simple Sewing for Baby. I really resonated with her introduction. Here was a {Read More}

Library Book Review – The Pioneer Woman Cooks

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl Y’all. Can I refer to you as “y’all”? After reading this book, it feels appropriate. *ahem* Y’all, as a card carrying, long term (18 + years…ouch!) vegetarian, I have to admit…I love this book. Yes, it is mostly meaty recipes. Yes, I can cook basically nothing in here. But if you buy into the line that cookbooks are basically fairy tales for grownups, you might just love this cookbook, too. {Read More}