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Brush Pen Lettering Review

Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles Review + Giveaway

As much as I love review blogging there is another thing I love to do – write and send cards to loved ones.

I believe that the art of handwriting is slowly being eliminated from the skills people hold. Instead of being able to do clean brush lettering, people strive to have the most words typed from their smart phones.

Each year I write cards and notes, and each year I strive to make my handwriting better. I am always looking for books and step-by-step instructions to extend those skills. When I recently I received a copy of Brush Pen Lettering: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Learning Decorative Scripts and Creating Inspired Styles by Grace Song for review I was excited to perfect my abilities for future cards.

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Make It By Hand Book Series Review

Make It By Hand: New England Paperscapes and Vintage Coloring & Craft Book Review and Giveaway

There is something about starting with a simple book and being able to create a whole city or town. When I was young I had a book that I could punch out shapes and images, that after colored and assembled, would create a whole cityscape.

As much as fun as I now remember that book was, honestly I had forgotten about it until I received the Make it By Hand Paperscapes and Vintage Coloring Book for review.

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The Lego Animation Book and Geeky Lego Crafts Book Review

The Lego Animation and Geeky Lego Crafts Book Review + Giveaway

Since I was an only child, I had many moments throughout my young life that I would be bored in my own home. It was usually during these moments that I would begin to reorganize my room or start a new project I had never done before.

One of my favorite things to do was to put together LEGO kits, you know the ones that have all the pieces needed to create a ship, or van or environment for my LEGO people. I would spend hours matching pieces and clicking them together.

Despite my creativity, I never thought that there was much more I could do with LEGO’s and inevitably they would end up taken apart, in the box in my closet never to be seen again. When I recently received a copy of the LEGO books Geeky LEGO Crafts and The LEGO Animation Book I realized the missed opportunities I had all those years earlier with my beloved brick blocks. .

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Squeeze Life: Best Bare Body at Any Age Review

Squeeze Life: Your Guide to the Best Bare Body at Any Age Review + Giveaway

As I have aged I have begun to realize the importance of keeping your body as healthy as possible. The reality is that this is the only body we get, and it is our responsibility to make sure we take care of it.

An easy way to take care of our bodies is by making adjustments in eating and the way that we live. When I saw Squeeze Life: Your Guide to the Best Bare Body at Any Age by Karliin Brooks I was intrigued by the ease of the recipes.

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Crafting with Alcohol Inks Review

Crafting with Alcohol: Creative Projects for Colorful Art, Furniture, Fashion, Gifts & Holiday Decor Review + Giveaway

As a crafter I am always open and excited to try new projects. I love to try a new technique and see the project come to life. There are many techniques, each promising a different result. These many items range in difficulty and can have awesome to questionable results.

Recently I received a copy of Crafting with Alcohol Inks: Creative Projects for Colorful Art, Furniture, Fashion, Gifts & Holiday Decor by Allison Murray for review, I was excited at the prospect of a craft that I knew little about.

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Organizing for Your Lifestyle Review

Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations Socks to Suitcases Review + Giveaway

Organizing Your LifestyleAs many people might be aware I live in what some would consider a tiny house, we call it our “Shrinky Dink” house.

Since we live in such a small home every space is vital and each space must be maximized whenever and wherever possible. There are many boxes stacked on shelves and labels are used all the time.

I am always open to finding new tips and when I saw an opportunity to review Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases by Jane Stoller.

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Calming Dot to Dot Review

Calming Dot to Dot: Intricate, Stunning, Stress-Relieving Patterns for Adults  Review and Giveaway

Calming Dot to DotAs adults it is sometimes frowned upon to take a moment to ourselves and do a puzzle. If we do happen to take that moment to ourselves, the challenge to find a quick and easy puzzle, that will be entertaining and relaxing becomes the challenge.

When I received the book Calming Dot to Dot: Intricate, Stunning, Stress-Relieving Patterns for Adults by Emily Wallis for review it was clear to me that this could be a quick and easy puzzle book for even the most time restricted of people.

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Duct Tape Bags Review

Duct Tape Bags: 40 Tape-Based Projects for Totes, Clutches, Messenger Bags, and Bowlers Review and Giveaway

Duct Tape BagsA couple of months ago I had an idea – make a bag that would be customer sized and used as a trash receptacle in my car. I wanted something in the colors I loved, but also ones that would look natural in a grey interior car. As I began this search, I realized that I would be searching for quite some time. Apparently the trash container market for cars is limited and I would not find what I was looking for.

It goes without saying that when I received a copy of Duct Tape Bags: 40 Tape-Based Projects for Totes, Clutches, Messenger Bags, and Bowlers by Richela Fabian Morgan I did not think this was the answer I was looking for – I was WRONG!

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Creative Painting & Beyond Review

Creative Painting & Beyond Review and Giveaway

Creative Painting and BeyondCreativity is something that I have discovered more as I have gotten older. I always leaned towards the creative in that I love to color as a kid, and I always wanted a full color pen set. As I got older I began to scrapbook, and I was able to use the stickers and papers that I had been collecting in the years prior.

I am always looking for new was to use my craft items to create new pieces of art. When I received for review and giveaway a copy of Creative Painting & Beyond: Inspiring Tips, Techniques and Ideas for Creating Whimsical Art in Acrylic, Watercolor, Gold Leaf, and More by Alix Adams and Chelsea Foy I knew that I would be able to spread my creative wings. Continue reading

Homemade Cleaners Book Review

Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes to Replace Your Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom, Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshener and More… Review and Giveaway

Homemade CleanersWe are a cat household, and we are a cat household that allows the cats almost anywhere in the house that their little paws can take them. Due to our somewhat liberal, and at times foolish, rules we hate using harsh chemicals to clean the surfaces that we share with the cats.

I never really had a real awareness of the harsh chemicals until I realized that the products were transferring onto the cats paws and how incredibly deadly this can be for them. I decided that I would make my home, and surfaces, a safer environment for all breathing creatures. I have read over the years that by using certain essential oils and baking soda, borax or any of the other natural ingredients available you can create some amazing cleaners.

Naturally, when I had the opportunity to review and giveaway a book that covered this concern, I had to accept. I received for review and giveaway a copy of Homemade Cleaners Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes to Replace Your Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom, Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshener and More… by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford.

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