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How To Draw Without Talent Book Review

My daughter has been wanting to learn how to draw better. I have heard before that everyone has 10,000 bad drawings in them, so it's best to get them drawn while we're young. So I was happy to find this engaging and colorful activity-slash-guide book! It is like a...

Sloth Journal Review

I needed more time to focus in my life, and I thought that a writing journal would be helpful in lots of ways. So when I saw this cute sloth journal, encouraging me to "slow down and reflect," well, it was perfect. I love the design, with the cute sloths, and the...

Fun Knitting Book Reviews (and Origami)

Such a clever concept! This coloring book features all-original designs based on 30+ drawings of knitted projects, still lifes, and images both realistic and whimsical. Since they're knitted, there are many tiny areas drawn out, but since they are generally part of a...

Fun Quilting Book Reviews

I remember my grandmother, and mother making quilts, so I guess it's not surprising that I've taken up this wonderful hobby creating these beautiful and useful works of art. Over time, I've come to realize, though, that one of the reasons I have such vivid memories of...

Bowdabra: Make Adorable Bows At Home!

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Harry Potter Crochet Kit Review

This is an authentic Wizarding World set that's perfect gift for my Harry Potter-loving daughter! She loves the whole Harry Potter world, and merchandise, but I wanted to give her something more than just a trinket. So this is something we can do together while...

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Flying Machines Kit Review

The works of Leonardo da Vinci appeals to lots of different kinds of people, including artists, engineers, historians, scientists, designers, inventors -- and my two kids. One enjoys old books and calligraphy, while the other finds any machine that flies, magical. So...

Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses Review

This is a really clever origami guide to making different kinds of flowers. Each design is so lovely! They look surprisingly realistic and so ornate in their details, with their organic, overlapping petals. The book is well-written with concise descriptions, nice...

The Art For Joy’s Sake Journal Review

This is truly a keepsake gift for any artist, even if the artist is yourself. I've been designing professionally, day and night, for years, so my own art, and my own enjoyment, seems to have kind of gone out the window, some days. That's why I'm so thrilled with this...

Inspiring Proverbs Coloring Book Review

I found this a lovely and inspiring coloring book. Each page is printed on a single side of each of the 31 pages. Each design appears to be all-new. The book exemplifies good coloring book design. It is drawn with a consistent line width, without any black fills or...

The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book Review

There is a growing appreciation of non-traditional artists, who rely more on pouring techniques instead of careful brushwork. The acclaim such artists can receive these days extends author-and-illstrator Eric Carle selling multi-million copies of his children books,...

Mastering Modern Calligraphy Book Review

As a graphic designer, I've been studying calligraphy for decades. I've owned and studied dozens of books on the topic, many of them classics, focusing on the long tradition of lettering. Yet, I must say, for calligraphers today, this is likely the finest book on the...

Creative Candle Making Review

This is a lovely set for would-be candlemakers to help them not only learn how, but to actually begin, right away. The book is printed on quality paper in full-color. I love the exceptionally beautiful photography throughout. The layout is clever, clear, and lovely,...

New Craft Books From Dover!

Raising my kids today, I feel like they need to be doing "real life" things to feel good about themselves -- in real life. Online is online, but we actually live out here in "Real." One of my daughters has taken to knitting, while the younger is still looking for...

The LEGO Castle Book

I love how my kids find such a sense of pride in accomplishing things IRL with LEGO. And how my husband's hobby has become a way for he and my children to bond over their shared love and creations. Yet, in my family of eager LEGO creators at least, there are two big...

New Craft Book Reviews

For those of us who really enjoy working with our hands, it can sometimes be difficult to explain why we find creating things so fulfilling. So, I really appreciate this lovely little book. The author understands, deeply, where people like us are coming from. And it...

Amigurumi Candy Corn

Here's a free crochet pattern for adorable Amigurumi Candy Corn from the Craftsy blog. What a fun treat for kids for Halloween, plus it's sugar...

Beautiful Ribbon Crafts

Today I'm sharing two ideas with you for making fun craft projects using May Arts ribbons! May Arts offers a variety of different products featuring: Decorative Ribbons for Apparel, Crafts, and Floral Design Lace Ribbons 100% Silk Ribbons May Arts’ Signature Adhesive...

Birds From Bricks

Birds from Bricks offers straightforward steps in building all sorts of birds from around the world. My son is really enjoying it and has built several already. The Albatross, penguins, and canary are my favorites so far. He says there are clever techniques for...

Charm Love Friendship Bracelets

I've been a big fan of Charm Love Friendship Bracelets's author Sherri Haab for many years. I bought a simple kid's book about crafting with polymer clay and gave it my daughter. She started out using the ideas in it with playdough and then moved on to polymer clay....