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15 12, 2016

Blog Tour: ScriptureDoodle Books by April Knight

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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scripturedoodle book coverPlease join April Knight, author of ScriptureDoodle and ScriptureDoodle: God’s Promises, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Bible journaling meets adult coloring in April Knight’s ScriptureDoodle books, but the process goes deeper than that. With ScriptureDoodle books, you are guided through learning how to effectively doodle while also increasing the depth of your study and meditation time. April Knight starts each book out with an introduction and an explanation of how to use the book, but she also covers different tips and techniques that will benefit the user as they progress through the book.

27 10, 2016

Review: Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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magical jungle book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

As an artist, I have always been drawn to coloring books, especially those geared more towards adults than children. Magical Jungle is exactly that type of book. It has drawings simple enough for a child, but some more complex which would appeal more to adults. It is the perfect type of book to give as a gift to anyone who is creative or wants to just find something to do to fill their day. Adult, teenager, child… it doesn’t matter. Everyone will love this book.

The author has little extras hidden inside the book, such as specific animals that you have to find which I thought was really charming.

31 03, 2016

Review: The Wander Society by Keri Smith

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: Crafts, Health, Mind, & Body, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction, Reference, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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the wander society book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

The Wander Society is a call to action. A call to action, an invitation to join an anonymous organization that includes members of the literary community, as well as other famous people. The invitation is to join the society and conduct research. The first page asks a list of questions and invites you to join The Wander Society. The rest of the book describes the organization, provides quotes of inspiration, and ‘how-to’ guidance to home make items to assist you in conducting your research.

“You probably haven’t heard of The Wander Society because its members don’t want to be known.” The premise is intriguing and secretive. The Wander Society invites you to walk and explore. Not walk to the store, or to the bus for work, but to walk aimlessly without a

31 07, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Stencil Craft by Margaret Peot

By | July 31st, 2015|Categories: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , |4 Comments

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stencil craft book coverPlease join Margaret Peot, author of Stencil Craft: Techniques for Fashion, Art and Home, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a stenciling kit below!

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Thinking back to childhood, my early exposure to stencils was a basic set of alphabet characters which my siblings and I enjoyed using to make cards and signs. They were simple, but even that limited artistic expression allowed us to make unique creations. When I was older, I tried a few stencils created by various companies in card making and scrapbooking, but I had never really considered stenciling as an art form. So, I was curious to learn more when I had a chance to read Stencil Craft by Margaret Peot.

While this is not a large volume, I found it to give a complete overview of this craft.

21 12, 2014

Review: How to Crochet by Beatrice Crimbleton

By | December 21st, 2014|Categories: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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how to crochet book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

There is only one way to learn to crochet, and that is by painstaking trial and error. How To Crochet by Beatrice Crimbleton is perfect for the newbies but will also encourage experts to try new stitches. Every stitch is laid out in very easy to do steps and the instructions are extremely clear. You’ll be on your way to crocheting like a pro in no time! The author follows up the directions with solid step-by-step photos that show how to crochet and get it right (if not the first time, at least in some effort thereafter).

There are seven chapters in the book which highlight the meaning of crocheting, the process, beginner, middle and advanced levels, different crochet patterns, designs and collections, and starting your own business with crocheting projects and crafts. The author gives sample diagrams, photos

29 03, 2013

Review: Six Sisters’ Stuff: Family Recipes, Fun Crafts, and So Much More

By | March 29th, 2013|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Six Sisters Stuff CoverReviewed by Jen Kulman

Six Sisters’ Stuff is a true family collaboration. Six sisters who had been close their entire lives found themselves being pulled away from each other geographically. As a way to keep in touch, they created a blog to which they could all post the recipes and crafts they were working on. The blog went from sisters, to family and friends, to a huge audience. Of course, the next logical step …. the cookbook.

I think the sisters are true to themselves and their background. It seems as though these dishes are a combination of dishes they grew up eating and recipes they have discovered on their own and are now feeding their families. Their recipe for Easy Homemade Rolls is the exact one that I was given by a family member and have been

1 07, 2012

Review: Garden Wisdom by Jerry Apps

By | July 1st, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

My afternoons this winter were spent reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series with the kiddos. I have to admit that Farmer Boy is one of my favorites. It speaks of her husband Almonzo’s childhood on the farm and provides detailed descriptions on how they planted, harvested, and ate the good things they grew. Jerry Apps’ Garden Wisdom is the adult version of Farmer Boy and inspires its readers to “go for it!” and enjoy the work and rewards of vegetable gardening for themselves.

Garden Wisdom is written in three parts. The first section describes the author’s heritage and experience with farming and gardening. Jerry Apps is a third generation farmer as well as a professor of Agriculture in Wisconsin. Apps draws a great