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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: , , , |4 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.

13 05, 2016

Review: Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Hobbies & Home, How To & Home Improvements, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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unstuffed book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

I started reading Unstuffed excited that the author would finally tell me how to get rid of my useless piles of junk. While I wasn’t disappointed, I also wasn’t wowed by the advice–to tell the truth, I was underwhelmed. Soukup has a popular one-in-a-million blog and whatnot and definitely knows her stuff (no pun intended), but I didn’t get much from her book that I didn’t already know.

The book has three main sections for decluttering the home, the mind and the soul. In the home section there are lists and tips for decluttering such as placing everything in a box for a month, taking everything off the counters, and keeping a central place to gather stuff  in order to properly organize it later. Well, OK…that would never work in my house but it may be good advice

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

7 03, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Creature Features by Tim Rowland

By | March 7th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Giveaways, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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tim-rowlands-creature-features1Please welcome Tim Rowland, author of Creature Features, who is touring the blogosphere with Virtual Author Book Tours. Don’t forget to enter to win a copy below!

Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I was raised in the suburbs, and it wasn’t until I was a married city dweller with 2.2 kids of my own that my parents decided to move to a horse ranch and start a little farm full of rescued animals and greenhouses that sheltered organically cared for delectables. How unfair is that! These days, our six children beg to go to the farm, and my husband and I dream of a country house and micro farming set up of our own. So, when I came across Tim Rowland’s Creature Features, I was eager to get reading!

Rowland is a columnist who, apparently, writes most often on politics,

5 01, 2013

Review: Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

By | January 5th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, For Men, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Hobbies & Home, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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rin-tin-tin-paper-medReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Rin Tin Tin, by Susan Orlean is a surprisingly complex, as well as a highly entertaining read.

When I first picked up the 317 paged Rin Tin Tin I wondered, “How can an author possibly write that many pages about just one dog?” I was doubting my book choice and wondering how interesting it could possibly be to read about the lineage of a dog, no matter how famous he may be. However, Orlean has displayed “Rinty’s” life as having been so fully woven into the fabric of American culture that her telling of Rin Tin Tin stands out as both entertaining and historically and culturally educational. No, not the classroom, fact listing, ho-hum sort of “educational,” but the sort of education that takes you on a ride, exploring and relating many areas of life while staying anchored

16 09, 2012

Review: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know by Jeff Johnson & Hy Conrad

By | September 16th, 2012|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Hobbies & Home, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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Reviewed by Caitlin Busch

The photograph on the front caught me immediately: two adorable Boston terriers, one seeming to whisper in the other’s ear, while the other stares at you in surprise, as though he’s been caught! Irresistible, right? The cast of characters next interested me – a mix of breeds common in America, breeds which most of us know well through direct or indirect contact. Some of their stories are weaker than others – not as funny, not as connection-forming, and not as well-rounded – but there are some downright stirring moments too. I enjoyed reading more than half of the book, but also felt some of the material was just fluff.

Yes, as you might expect, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is a cutesy book in many ways. The art direction is bright and adorable; each character