Book Review : Calligraphy Lettering

Ready to learn more about calligraphy ? Have an upcoming party or wedding you want to make invites for ? Read on:

The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering provides expert instruction on the intricacies of traditional lettering techniques, as well as an introduction to contemporary hand-lettering formats.

From selecting the appropriate tools, such as pens, nibs, brushes, inks, and papers, to learning optimal hand positioning and understanding the intricacies of lettering anglesheightsspacing, and strokesThe Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering will help lettering enthusiasts swiftly master their craft. 

Step-by-step lessonspractice templates, and a range of stunning alphabets demonstrate the breadth of artistic achievement that comes with practice and dedication. Four professional artists guide you through traditional calligraphy techniques, as well as an introduction to contemporary hand-lettering art forms, such as brush lettering and mixed media, for a well-rounded approach to the craft.

Additionally, a short section on Chinese brush lettering and several mixed media lettering projects inspire creativity and demonstrate how calligraphy and lettering can be used in wider artistic contexts and projects. Including practice templates for several featured alphabets in addition to mixed media “bonus” projects designed to inspire artistic creativity, The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering will inspire lettering enthusiasts of all skill levels to strengthen their existing skills and delve into new, lesser-known variations of the trend.

Net Galley Book Review:

This book starts with a brief history of calligraphy and examples of many types of calligraphy making this a great reference book.

T he material is presented with a clear layout and in a pleasing design. It is important to note that this is a comprehensive guide not a workbook.  But a few practice sheets are included. But If you are ready to learn more and get creative this book is a winner. Lisa

Book Review * Quilt Big

I love giving books as gifts – so if you are running around and need a gift for a new quilter or yourself pick this book up. Lisa

Big, bold, impressive designs that sew together quickly and easily!

Approaching quilting in a big way, Quilt Big takes the inherent beauty found in single block patterns and creates big, bold quilts, quickly and easily. Whether you’re simply short on time or intimidated by complex quilts, Quilt Big will show you how super-sizing your blocks make for faster finishes and so much more. In this block book and design resource, you’ll find:

  • 22 BIG blocks to show off your favorite fabrics in fantastic ways.
  • Step-by-step guide to scaling traditional blocks to oversized designs.
  • 17 quilt designs featuring bold, super-sized blocks. Plus, these 15″, 18″, and 24″ blocks are interchangeable for one-of-a-kind finished projects!
  • No CD required! Block patterns have been designed in a way that no specially sized templates are needed.

If you’re new to quilting, there’s no better way to learn than on a grand scale. And, for the experienced quilter, large block pieces are a fabric-friendly way to feature your favorite designer collections. Super-size your love of quilting with Quilt Big!

Net Galley Review:

Are you a quilter? I am but I am a beginner and this book is perfect for me. Has great suggestion and easy to follow directions and pictures that will make my quilting easier. Need a new hobby for the New Year and always wanted to try your hand at quilting this book may be what you need to get started. Let’s start -Super Size and make it beautiful. Lisa

Book Review * Sacred Holiday by Becky Kisser

 

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Do you enter every holiday wanting it to be meaningful, only to find that it feels chaotic with no direction?
We set New Year’s goals we can’t keep, struggle to love or be loved on Valentine’s Day, and find it hard to celebrate the risen Jesus when we are searching for the perfect Easter dress. Our summer and back-to-school seasons are whirlwinds, even as adults; we aren’t quite sure what to do with Halloween as Christians; and we feel less than grateful at Thanksgiving because it is sometimes full of complicated people. Even Christmas becomes a challenge, as celebrating Jesus gets lost behind twinkling lights and a mountain of gifts.
Holidays are meant to be more than chaos with glimpses of grace; they are meant to draw us closer to God and one another. We want all the whimsy and joy the holidays held when we were children, before life crowded it out. We want the holidays to reflect our love for Jesus and reveal the grace that has been lavished on us, but life is so busy that setting a game plan just doesn’t happen.
No more. It’s time to stop trying to survive the holidays or over indulge the whimsy, and instead live in the abundant life God called us to live.

Sacred Holidays is part book and part resource: meant to help you avoid what has tripped you up in the past and give you insights, tips, and tools to make your holidays less chaotic and more about loving Jesus and others.

Don’t let your holidays be marked by regret, whirlwinds, or survival mindset. Let’s celebrate every holiday together purposefully and worshipfully–loving Jesus and others well in every moment.
Net Galley Review : 
     A great book that is easy to read and but God back into Christmas and any other holidays you celebrate. Do you struggle with the THINGS around the holiday ? This book breaks it down and help highlights helping others doing the holiday. The real reason we celebrate-
As a family we always take time to work at a Food Bank  bank as a family during the holiday season. Something about giving back to others make us closer at the holidays. But sometimes I forget to do something special for all the other holidays this year after reading this I will. Thanks for a great inspiring -read.   Lisa

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Becky Kiser is intent that women would fall in love with God’s Word, then feel equipped and empowered to live it out. She believes that women can live out their own wild story, just like the ones we see of God’s chosen in His Word, as they love Jesus and love people. She is the founder and CEO of Sacred Holidays—a ministry dedicated to helping women find less chaos and more Jesus during holidays through Bible study, community, resources, and lots of fun! She is determined to help women keep all the whimsy of the holidays, but help make them sacred—holy and set apart.

Becky has a background in marketing and ministry, and is a certified Myers-Briggs life coach, bringing each of those experiences into her writing. Becky and her husband, Chris, live in Houston, TX with their three girls.