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Who want to win some crochet books???

Woo-hoo, I love new crafty books!!  I just got two review copies of some great crochet ones and they look fabulous!  I can't wait to start on some projects with them!!


Crochetedflowers-PB-250Crocheted Flowers by Nicky Epstein is making me super happy!!  There's more then 50 different flower designs (and some leaves!) in here and twelve full-scale projects included in this book.

Just flipping through this book I don't even know which one to do first!  She covers everything...layered petal flowers, one-piece flowers, twisted-technique flowers, felted flowers, chain stitch & ball flowers, and leaves.

The color photography is goregous, and the patterns are clear and contain graphics when necessary.


51bFKGUhq+L._SL500_AA300_Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Four: Crochet is a phenomenal resource for anyone interested in crochet.  Just as the other Stitionary books about knitting (check out my reviews here), this is geared to be a mega stitch and pattern resource since it contains so much information in it!

It's awesome for any skill level, from beginners to advanced since it has over 150 patterns.  Yikes, that will keep ya busy!  ;)

The color photos in this book are awesome too, they are close ups that show great detail.  There are also illustrations along with the pattern instructions.


Great new blog readers!!  

The publisher of these books is going to giveaway one of these books to a lucky blog reader!!  Please leave a comment below to enter.  A winner will be drawn on August 4th, 2012 and will be promptly emailed & announced here on my blog.  The winner will have 72 hours to respond by email before a new winner is chosen.

Good luck!!

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Disclaimer: Sixth&Spring Books and SoHo Publishing is providing the books for this promotion at no cost to me.  Prize fulfillment will be done by Sixth&Spring Books and SoHo Publishing.  I will provide the sponsors with the winner's name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of these products.


Catching up reading my crafty books!

Time seems to go by faster & faster these days!  I've been slowing down my to-do list so that I can enjoy more of each day and it's been fantastic.  I'm really looking forward to a meaningful, consciously enjoyed summer!!

With that in mind, I haven't been watching much TV, which has been great.  I got in a bad TV habit after my surgery and I'm loving the extra time I have when I'm not hooked on it! For me, even when it's on in the background and I'm multitasking with something else I'm not as productive...which has lead to me reading more at night...which has lead to me sleeping SO well (most of the time)!  


So what have I been reading?  

image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comI've been trying to go through my new knitting books and get ideas and good projects. Knitting with The Color Guys: Inspiration, Ideas, and Projects from the Kaffe Fassett Studio is visually stunning!  Especially if you're like me & love cheery colors and interesting patterns. Each chapter is organized by color inspiration such as: soft tones, singing colors (vibrant colors & graphic patterned designs), moody hues, and rich shades.  Here's a peek inside:



image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comIf you've read my previous post about knitting books you've seen how much I like the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series. Right now I'm reading through Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary.  This series is THE best resource for knitting!  Just this one book contains more then 250 stitch patterns (and great swatch photos of each one) and they are arranged by order of difficulty, which is really handy!! There's also a bunch of patterns in this book and the instructions are really great.  You can check out more info about this book on Amazon.


image from www.sixthandspringbooks.comIs it wrong to love a book just for its cover?  LOL, I love the cover of Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting ...but I also love the actual book too!  I love that it starts with a warning that "felting is addictive. Those of you who have felted before know what I mean. Those of you who have not should be prepared to embark on a wondrous new knitting experience that may change you from a docile, contented, traditional knitter into ...a wildly creative felting freak! So don't say I didn't warn you."  :) 

The author gives great instructions for the basics of felting and shows how different yarns react to the felting process (with before & after swatch photos), she also shows many unique three dimensional projects which literally made my jaw drop.  Here's just a peek:

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I'm also reading some fiction...I just finished Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne on the Kindle App (I read most books on my Samson Galaxy Tablet).  Great book, but it was very "real" and graphic book about a dysfunctional family.  It made me think about the kids that I used to work with since so many of them had tragic family situations.  Broke my heart a bit.  I did love that relationship that developed between the Aunt and one of the children.  As a Auntie I hope that my nieces and nephew know they can always come to me with anything and will receive non-judgemental love and help.


Anyways, I'm on Goodreads if you're interested in seeing what else I've read or plan on reading in the future.  Also, if you have a great book you've read lately, crafty or fiction, please let me know!!



Sponsor: Sixth & Spring Books/SoHo Publishing

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the knitting books from Sixth & Spring Books/SoHo Publishing.


Creating Time


Do you feel like you never have enough time?  I've really been working on focusing my life on what's happening now and not what might happen or could happen in the future...which is why I was really interested in this new book I was sent to review, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life  by Marney K. Makridakis, founder of  Here's an article based on the's really interesting to those of you that feel the time crunch every day and want to utilize it better and savor it more.





5 Ways to Create More Meaningful Time for Your Family (and Yourself!)

By Marney Makridakis author of Creating Time

Pay attention to the conversations of parents around you, and notice how often the subject of time comes up:

“I’m fine, just crazy busy. . .”

“I just don’t know when I can find the time. . .”

“I can’t really talk now, I’m running late. . .” 

People used to be tied to things like families, communities, rituals, worship, curiosity, and beauty. Now we are tied to schedules, watches, datebooks, computers, and keeping up with the latest gadgets that start with i. When you’re a parent, you’ve usually got multiple clocks ticking away inside your head, as you’re keeping track of everyone’s time. You’re likely to look to the latest time management tools or gadgets to try to help you gain control of all the spinning plates. Time management can improve what you accomplish but often at the peril of what you experience. As a result, the more that busy parents try to manage their time, the more fragmented they often feel.


The concept of creating time is not just about creating more hours in the day, but creating a new relationship with time that benefits everyone in the family. Here are a few ways to get started:

 1. Become aware of different kinds of time

All time is not created equal. The Greek language has two words for time – kronos and kairos. Kronos is sequential, measured time (from this we get the word chronology) and kairos is non-linear, circular time. Simply being aware of which time state you are in expands your control of time. For example: you’re trying to get your child dressed and out the door for an appointment and the more anxious you’re getting, the more your child seems to be resisting. In this moment, you can recognize you are in kronos time and your child is in kairos. What if you were to join your child in kairos…what might that look like? Maybe pretending that his socks are wild tickle puppets is more important than getting there “on time”. Exploring the shift between kronos and kairos time is a powerful way to access new ideas and insights.


2. Change the way you talk about time

You are no doubt aware that your children is listening to and absorbing to every word you say. Every time you complain about not having enough time, or every time you rush around, your child is watching and learning what time means. Further, your own psyche is listening, too; time seems to reacts as if we’re yelling in a canyon, and whatever we are saying about time comes back to us in our experience. If we are saying, “There’s never enough time; I’m constantly chasing time and I can’t find it,” then our experience echoes back, “Yes! There’s never enough time; you’re constantly chasing time and you can’t find it!” If, however, we are saying, “I have all the time in the world. Time is fluid and changing at my design. More and more, I see that I have all the time I need,” then this is reflected back in your experience. When we talk and act as if we had all the time in the world, our perception of time does indeed slow down, and our children learn that time is a precious resource, rather than a cause of never-ending anxiety and dread.


3. Measure time in new ways

Time is measured in linear fashion, with numbers on a clock and squares on a calendar. But what if we could interpret time as a qualitative entity instead of something just measured by quantity? For example, instead of judging a family activity by how long it takes, try measuring it by aspects such as joy, connection, silliness, and meaning. Introduce these new measurements into your family:

“How many laughs until we go to the park?”

“How many memories did we just create?”

“Three hugs ‘til dinner!”

Ask each family member for new ideas for measuring time in new ways. Embrace your children’s creativity and have fun learning how to “tell time” in new ways!


4. Play games to learn to “tell time”

As your family talks about new ways to think about, measure, and experience time, try creating a new “Family Time” clock that is calibrated to true time, the things that are most important to you, as a family. Cut out a circle from posterboard or find an old clock at a thrift store that you can alter. Ask each family member to replace the numbers with images or words that reflect the things that are most important to them. After your project is complete, place it in plain view in your home, to remind everyone to engage in a new relationship with time.

Each time we make a choice to work with time, instead of against it, we are expanding our sense of time. When we are not slaves to time and its perceived boundaries, our family relationships blossom. We also discover a liberating new view of self and a fresh perspective on the meaning of being human, empowered, and fully alive.


MarneyMakridakis-Headshot_webABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at


Based on the book Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life ©2012 by Marney Makridakis. Published with permission of New World Library


And the Winners of the Crafty Books are...


Thank you everyone who participated in Crafty Book Week!  And an extra big thanks to the publishers and authors that made this happen.  I know these lucky readers will enjoy the books!



Knit Noro: Accessories: 30 Colorful Little Knits:

Heather leopard



 60 More Quick Knits:



 Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters:

Sally Edmonds


 Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns:

Mr. Puffy



 Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Six:




 Crazy for Cake Pops:




 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beading Basics:  

 Ginny Newman


 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quilting Basics:


9Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures:

Mary Jane


10 Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery:

Angela A.


Disclaimer: The publishers of these books are providing the prizes for this promotion at no cost to me.  I will provide them with the winner's name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of these books from the publishers.


The last of Crafty Book Week! (Enter to win a book!)

Crafty Book Week - erinbassettdotcomI'm so excited about today's books! I've been really drawn to embroidery lately and I have plans to do some projects this next year so these books have been both inspiring and helpful.


 Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

HooplaCoverHippo_400px_webAs far as craft books go, this one is definitely unexpected! As the author describes, "[t]he unconventional embroiderers profiled in this book include conceptual artists, guerrilla stitchers, manbroiderers, a horror-movie fiend, a beatbox celebrity, young feminists, abstractionists, an attendee of the Royal School of Needlework, and even an anarchists or two."  So yeah, this isn't your typical embroidery book, it's a bit of a rebel.  Oh, and it's really big too (like 400 pages)!!!

This book covers the evolution of embroidery, tools & materials, stitches, free-form work, graphic design embroidery, finishing techniques, resources, and much, much more.  It has tons of projects in it with detailed instructions on how to recreate it and includes the patterns.  It's pretty amazing!  

 For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here .




 Embroider Everything Workshop 



I love the way this book is set up.  While it's a hardcover book, it has a spiral binding so it lays flat which is great when you're trying to learn something out of a book.  Also, on the inside front cover is a pocket that contains all the patterns used in the book.  And it also has a fantastic practice stitch card in the center of the book that you can remove and practice on.  Love it!

This book contains so many awesome photos and graphics that it makes for very clear instructions.  Part one of the book teaches you how to do all the basics, part two shows you how to put those skills to work to create projects.  The projects are for beginners to advanced beginners.  It's a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn to embroider.

For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here


And now another giveaway!  

One copy of Hoopla:The Art of Unexpected Embroidery will be given away!

To enter to win Hoopla:The Art of Unexpected Embroidery....comment below and I'll randomly pull a winner for this book on Sunday, 12/4/2011 and the winner will be promptly emailed.  An alternate winner will be chosen if the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours.  Open to USA residents only.

This post is now closed...winner announced here.

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Disclaimer: Arsenal Pulp Press is providing the prize for this promotion at no cost to me.  Prize fulfillment will be done by Arsenal Pulp Press I will provide them with the winner's name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of these books from Workman Publishing and Arsenal Pulp Press.