Book Review * Creative Adventures in Cursive

Perfect for anyone interest in teaching cursive .Are just having fun while learning pick up this book !

Writing is cooler in cursive, and Creative Adventures in Cursive gives kids ideas for practicing writing skills, then guides them into cursive creativity.

As many educators will attest, writing in cursive provides cognitive benefits in spelling, memory, reading comprehension, language skills, and overall academic confidence. Practicing cursive carries similar benefits when drawing; once you learn the basic shapes, you can play with it by creating your own personal style.

In Creative Adventures in Cursive, noted author Rachelle Doorley, the creative force behind Tinkerlab, shows twenty fun and colorful ways to use script to make posters, present school projects, design monograms, create greeting cards, decorate book bags and t-shirts, ice cookies and cakes — writing in script with everything, including fabric markers, pastry tubes, string and yarn, and of course brushes, pens, and crayons.

About the Author

Rachelle Doorley is an arts educator, community builder, and founder of the popular creativity blog Tinkerlab. She is also the author of TinkerLab: A hands-on guide for little inventors, published by Roost in 2014. Rachelle studied costume design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked on Hollywood films before finding her true calling as an arts educator. After teaching art in Los Angeles schools, she earned a master’s in arts education from Harvard, and then oversaw docent and education programs at the San Jose Museum of Art. Rachelle lives with her husband and her two curious daughters in Palo Alto, where she leads workshops on visual thinking and hands-on creativity. Rachelle believes in finding fun and meaningful ways to make every day creative, and can often be found experimenting in her sketchbook, taking her kids on adventures, and asking lots of open-ended questions. Rachelle enjoys chai tea, hand-drawn letters, train travel, hikes in the woods, artist studios, and ocean air.

Net Galley Book :

I love this book. Its so creative and fun and a perfect way to teach kids that skill. With imaginative ways to use pens,crayons and yarn while learning a skill. I may be a grown up but I had so much fun with the projects and I cant wait to share them with my school group. Enjoy! Lisa

Book Review : Stitched with Love collection

Tumbling Blocks by Andrea Boeshaar
Elsa Fritch’s dreams tumble from their heights when Shane Gerhard comes to town to collect on the contract between their parents. Could God expect her to endure an arranged marriage with a man who antagonizes her and disregards Him?

Old Maid’s Choice by Cathy Marie Hake
Betsy Larkin thinks she must choose between the siblings she is rearing and a man who loves her. Blacksmith Tyson Walker is used to bending iron, but can love and patience bend the will of a woman who is sure she is destined to be an old maid?

Jacob’s Ladder by Pamela Kaye Tracy
Samantha Thomasohn dreams of riches and of escaping the mundane life clerking for her father’s store. One man holds the riches while another holds her heart. How is true love to be defined, and where will Samantha place her priorities?

Four Hearts by Sally Laity
Diana Montclair covers her loneliness with an arrogant exterior and a drive for perfection that keeps friends at bay. She reluctantly endures the weekly sewing circle. Can Mrs. T.’s words of truth and a newfound friend help her realize she has been seeking the needs of her heart in the wrong places?

9 Romances Stitched with Love

Treasure this collection of nine historical romances. Faced with finding the right fit in life and love, nine young women seek the courage to stitch together romance. But when unexpected obstacles abound, will love unravel before their eyes?

Back flap: (30-word blurbs for 5)
Marry for Love by Janet Spaeth
Wild prairie-born Brigit Streeter lacks the domestic and social skills she needs to marry the cultured new minister, Peter Collins, who has come to the Dakota Territory from St. Paul. When Peter’s supervising elder brings Brigit a gift of fabric to make her wedding dress, Brigit is lost. She can’t sew. Can Brigit become a Psalm 31 wife?

Basket Stitch by Cathy Marie Hake
Bride-who-isn’t-to-be Rosemary Preston finds herself stranded in No Man’s Land without a groom. Rescued and taken to the Stafford ranch, she discovers Micah Stafford is everything she ever prayed for in a mate. Can a sampler-stitchin’ city woman soften a rough-and-rugged man’s heart?

Double Cross by Tracey V. Bateman
Ignoring Josephine Stafford’s vehement objections, Grandma determines to make her granddaughter into a proper lady. The whole venture becomes worth it when Pastor Mark Chamberlain starts showing interest in Jo—that is, until a “friend” double crosses her by blabbing all about Jo’s tomboyish ways. Will Mark abandon Jo, or will he love her for being true to who God created her to be?

Spider Web Rose by Vickie McDonough
Josh Stafford’s a tease, but he doesn’t like it when the joke’s on him. The spunky lad he found stranded in No Man’s Land has turned out to be a lovely young lady. When Josh and Rachel Donovan are together, tempers flare. When dreams would lead these two in different directions, is God weaving a web of love to keep them together?

The Coat by Tracey V. Bateman
As a jobless widow Leah Halliday struggles to clothe her son in the aftermath of World War II. When her boy’s coat, lined with an heirloom quilt, causes him to be the target of teasing at school, the headmaster’s heart goes out to him. But Max Reilly has a scandalous history. Should Leah trust him?

Net galley Book Review : 

A great collection of 9 books piecing together a great courtship and life. As 9 strong women find men they think they are not good enough – but find away to make love work. I enjoyed this collection since its a great way to get a taste of new authors and renew friendships with other authors writing . -Sewing,quilting and reading the perfect afternoon past time. Lisa

Book Review * Fast and Fun Watercolors

Take a journey through Gina Lee Kim’s watercolor palette–with each chapter representing one of the standard colors found in the color wheel. Learn how to merge watercolor and mixed media together without the stress of having to draw out a composition before getting started. Each chapter will demonstrate a unique project and technique, along with a gallery of inspiring works. You will also learn about the emotional symbolism of each color.

  • An approachable, stress-free introduction to watercolor; fine drawing skills are not a requirement
  • Explore each color in the color wheel, while learning about their mixing qualities and the emotional symbolism of colors
  • Tips and advice on carving out time to create, sharing your work with others, and owning your own voice
  • 12 step-by-step demonstrations show how to merge watercolor with a bit of mixed media

Net Galley Book Review :

 Gina uses watercolor and mixed media with step-by-step directions for creating art that is personal and fum Gina uses her favorite quotes and words working them into her art. She starts with the tools explaining why she uses a specific product and then listing of mixed-media supplies are also given. She presents color theory, terminology, schemes, and temperature need for great results. She has a five-step painting method that involves no drawing. Perfect for any budding painter or artist this newest book is one you dont want to miss.

Book Review : Big Embroidery

Big Embroidery is all about stitching beautiful designs up fast using yarn instead of embroidery thread. Designer and author of Modern Folk Embroidery, Nancy Nicholson, has created a collection of stunning designs based on traditional crewel work, and adapted them for a modern audience using everyday yarn.

Crewel embroidery is traditionally done using 2-ply wool and stitched onto linen. Nancy shows how to get beautiful results using different types of yarn and fabric, including upholstery fabrics, woollens and tweeds, to create a collection of stunning quick-to-stitch projects.

Choose from home decor items such as cushions, bags, wall hangings and table runners, as well as ideas for embellishing clothing. Nancy shows readers how to do all the key embroidery stitches with a stitch library featuring easy-to-follow diagrams of all the basic crewel embroidery stitches in detail.

Net Galley Book Review :

What a great book Nancy explains what cruel embroidery is and how to do it -with a easy to follow direction and stitch guide. I have never done cruel embroidery but I have a treasured Christmas stocking I got as a gift many years ago in cruel and always wanted to make a matching stocking, This book has inspired me to make one this year. Lisa

Book Review * Meet Me at the Farmers Market

Sophia loves going to the Farmers Market every week. There are lots of things to see and do, and when she meets up with her friends, she loves it even more.

Children of all ages will enjoy the beautiful watercolor illustrations and engaging story of Sophia’s fun day at the market.

From the Author

I love the squeals of delight from children as they read a book and discover its hidden secrets. My own children loved to be read to when they were small and as they grew. I believe reading is the key to success for kids–and it opens up new worlds for people of all ages. After more than three decades of helping writers become published authors, I decided it was time for my own ideas to become a reality.  I have more books rolling around in my brain, so I hope you enjoy this one!

This book came from watching and talking with kids at our local Farmers Market. We do an event nearly every weekend from spring through autumn, and I just love to see the happiness that floods the streets when a child has gotten a new book from me or one of our other authors. It might seem a little odd to mix zucchini with books, but to me, it’s a natural. The people who care what they put in their bodies are very likely to care about what they put in their brains, too. I hope you and your children enjoy the books.

Thank you for reading!

Net Galley Book Review:

What a wonderful children book or for the young at heart. If you read my blog you know we are big supporters of our local farmers market – like Sophie and her Mom we love going there and buying local fruit and vegetables. And this time a year the perfect spot to pick up homemade Christmas gifts. The vendors are always welcoming and enjoy talking about there products and like Sophie they have become trusted friends. This is the perfect gift for any child =its lovely to look at and teaches us all good lessons on healthy eating and buying locally. Lisa

Book Review * The Secret Language of Cats

Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying?

Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats.

Susanne Schötz is hard at work on breaking the cat code. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden, where a long-standing research program is proving that cats do actually use vocal communication—with each other and with their human caretakers. Understanding the vocal strategies used in human-cat communication will have profound implications for how we communicate with our pets, and has the potential to improve the relationship between animals and humans within several fields, including animal therapy, veterinary medicine and animal sheltering.

In The Secret Language of Cats, Schötz offers a crash course in the phonetic study of cat sounds. She introduces us to the full range of feline vocalizations and explains what they can mean in different situations, and she gives practical tips to help us understand our cats better.

My Net Galley Book Review:

Did you know there’s a language to cat speak ? Other than Mom my Siamese knows. I grab this book since we live with 5 and each cat has there own personality and language, Who knew all those noises actually meant something.But this author breaks it down with real facts and the science behind it to make us better Cat parents.and understand our cats, This book may not be for everyone -since its filled with facts and science but its an enjoyable read and my answer all your questions about your cat. Meow! 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 : Collage Workshop for Kids

Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children—made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum’s education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.

Net galley Book Review :

My Net Galley Book Review : Don’t let the title fool you it’s not only for kids but for adults too. A great easy to read book that not only shows you how to make a collage but how to do it. It was an inspiring book that after reading I got my supplies out and made some cute Christmas items. Read he book and share with the kids in your life or just enjoy it yourself. Lisa

Hand Lettering A-Z Workbook

Today’s paper post is about lettering and journaling. I hate my hand writing  it’s always a mixture of cursive and print and I don’t like to use it on pages. But I recent ally bought a lettering kit and I am practicing . So I can include more in my works. Here’s a great way to get started: 

Practice Makes Perfect!

Created by Abbey Sy, lettering expert and author of Hand Lettering A to Z, this must-have companion volume is a super-sized collection of drills, exemplars, and practice sheets for a variety of modern lettering styles, flourishes and other decorative elements, and motivational and inspirational quotes.

–Find essential how-tos for lettering with graphite and colored pencils, brush pens, fineline markers, and more
–Use the guided worksheets to try your hand at several modern styles, from simple to elaborate
–Progress to lettering beautiful and inspiring quotes (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and other languages) that feature a mix of styles and tools
–Worksheet pages are perforated so they’re easy to remove and work on

Get a worksheet workout and learn, improve, or expand your lettering skills with Hand Lettering A to Z Workbook!

Net Galley Review – this is the workbook to go along with the book. So if you have the book get The workbook . Filled with pages that you can use to practice what you have read about.   With handwriting – the only way to get better is practice . You will soon be on your way to beautiful lettering on cards , pages and Journals.  At least thats my plans. -Practice Makes Perfect.  Lisa 

Book Review * Modern Acrylic

Modern Acrylic delivers the simple concepts and painting techniques you’ll need to create exciting and expressive works of art.

With Modern Acrylic, artists, illustrators, art students, and art hobbyists can learn how to use basic painting techniques and concepts to create expressive works of art. You’ll learn to paint flowers, animals, patterns, and even how to transfer your hand-lettering skills to paint. This guide offers a lively and creative approach to acrylic paint packed with inspiring exercises and whimsical projects.

Foremost a beginner’s guide, Modern Acrylic starts with a brief introduction to the tools you’ll need and continues with explanations of key painting concepts like color mixing and atmospheric perspective. Once you have a handle on the basics, it’s time to create dynamic color palettes, use basic shapes and techniques to render a range of subjects, and practice mark making and textures.

Modern Acrylic is an inspiring and accessible guide to painting everything from expressive landscapes to colorful architectural gems.

My Net Galley Review : This Sunday’s book is a great book exploring  Acrylics . Rather you are a hobbyist or professional artist you will enjoy this book. As the author ex plains  it all from  basics skills to more difficult  skills it has it all, Done with great illustrations and pictures it will  get you painting.  If you are like me and just dabble in acrylics ( a hold over from high school)  but interested in knowing more . I highly recommend  reading this book. You will be inspired to paint your next master piece    Lisa