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Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo {Book Review}

 

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Expressing your appreciation and total love of Adventure Time has never been so fun! If you call yourself a crafty person and tend to dabble in a little bit of everything in the craft world, you’ll love this offering! The bright and cheerful crafts perfectly embody these well loved characters from the Land of Ooo! Sure as a fan you could go out and purchase pre-made accessories and decor but there’s really something special about making it yourself!

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There are 23 projects total in this book. What kind of crafting? Well, there’s sewing, crochet, knitting, needle felting, sculpting, painting, and more. The craft pattern categories are Total Toytopia, Bling-A-Ding-Ding, Rhombus Home Decor, & Geek Chic Fashion. Crafters can create felt finger puppets, plushies, jewelery of all kinds, wall art, super cute nail art, pillow, cozies, and much more! I really like the variety!

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The patterns are very easy to follow! What I love is before you start a project, each is talked about. That just gives it a more personal touch in which I quite desire in any instructional arts & craft book! Next there’s a “You’ll Need Area” followed by the numbered steps to create the project. Some of the patterns have detailed illustrations as well as full color photographs. Throughout the book there are helpful Adventure Tips to encourage you to try another method if you aren’t comfortable with a certain technique. You’ll also find characters from the show on many of the quoting memorable lines from the show.

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One of my favorite and by far the simplest project in the book is the BMO’s 8-Bit Fuse Bead Coasters! There are six designs for these and so easy that younger kids could create them with little help. It’s an excellent craft to do during a Adventure Time marathon to me? Who couldn’t use another coaster or two? But really, you don’t have to stop there. How about a Slumber Party where you have a painting nails sessions and follow the Oh My Glob, Nail Art pattern? If you love to cosplay, the are many projects you can use to create an amazing outfit! There’s no doubt that much creative fun is to be had!

Other things to note is that the book helpfully explains where to buy supplies for the crafts and there are templates that can be copied and enlarged per pattern instructions. The back of the book features a section of helpful website links such as crafty websites to show off your work and the links to the D.I.Y Heroes whom are the artist that created the wonderful projects found within!

Adventure Time Crafts is an awesome craft book that fans of any age is sure to enjoy! If your up for a challenge and an amazing adventure in crafting, you’ll be certainly pleased! I know, I was!

Interested in Purchasing?  Adventure Time Crafts: Flippin’ Adorable Stuff to Make from the Land of Ooo can be purchased in paperback ($13.89) or digital format ($11.84).

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

 

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Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein {Book Review}

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Knitting Block by Block by Nicky Epstein is a must have for needle knitters of any skill level. If you enjoy learning new techniques and creating your own original designs from them, you’ll adore this book. It’s really an extremely well laid out block stitch dictionary that gives you the freedom to mix and match to your hearts desire. I believe one could grow in their knitting needle skills by whipping up one block at a time and in turn the end results could be a beautifully unique afghan of all those blocks!

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This book features 150 block patterns that can be used to create a plethora of projects. Aside from the instructions for the numerous blocks there are also over ten patterns which include a bag, scarves, pullover, vest, afghan, shrug, sweater, a few toys, a tote bag, and several hats. There are many pages worth of different types of edgings and joining techniques which are essential in completing all sorts of projects.

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The Chapters in this book are as follows;

Chapter 1. Basic Building Blocks
Chapter 2. Ornate Appliqué, Embroidery, and Cords
Chapter 3. Creative Colorwork
Chapter 4. Special Techniques
Chapter 5. Cables and Counterpanes
Chapter 6. Eclectic Styles

Fullscreen capture 1222014 121527 PMDo note aside from the chapters that are several other areas in this book that explains to readers the important of gauge, how to mix-and match blocks, abbreviations to know, handy techniques, & resources. I feel that the book is laid out quite well. In each of the chapters, the first few pages are filled with full color photos as well as the name of each block to be knit in that section. The block instructions and charts are easy to understand and follow.
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If you are not a fan of seaming knitted projects this book may not appeal to you. Though I would say that it opens the door for many interesting pieces. In the back of the book there’s copy the pages, cut out the blocks, and try them out on the assembly diagrams in the instructions. It makes for some fun combinations! I really like all the texture and raised designs quite a bit. It’s shown me you can make truly amazing looking things when knitting! I’m looking forward to growing my skills starting with the more simple textures and moving up to dabbling in cables, exploring color work, and much more! I would highly recommend this book for any knitters collection!


About the Author: Beloved knitwear designer NICKY EPSTEIN is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Knitting on Top of the World, Knitting on the Edge, and Knitting a Kiss in Every Stitch. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting magazine and many other knitting publications, on television, and at art exhibitions. She currently resides in New York City and travels extensively, teaching and lecturing.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

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Felting by Elvira López Del Prado Rivas {Book Review}

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Felting by Elvira López Del Prado Rivas is an exciting book that teaches everything one would want to know about the craft. I with very little knowledge about felting before feel much more educated! I have not only been educated but inspired greatly to make my own interesting, creative, and unique things out of felt! Who knew such an age old technique from around 3500 B.C could be so be so exciting to learn about as well as take part in!

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The book is put together very well being thoroughly detailed in the imagery of over 550-step-by-step photographs as well as in instructions and explanations. There are a total of five chapters which are: 1. Felt, 2. Material & Tools, 3. Processes, 4. Techniques, 5. Projects. Each of the chapters have several categories. At the end of the book there’s an Artist Gallery by International felt artist which features all sorts of interesting, inspiring, exciting, and amazing creations.

9780764345319cThe twenty-eight original projects presented use both industrial felt and felted wool. You can learn whether using wet or dry felt to make flowers, balls, hats, purses, slippers, refrigerator magnets, dolls, finger puppets, jewelry, and more! There are so many projects I adore!

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I took the opportunity to introduce my 3 and 6 year old to felt starting out with the felt sheets commonly found in craft stores and a few of the patterns in this book. These specific projects for younger kids include mostly cutting & gluing. Though note there are many more projects that have you creating felt yourself from wool!

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As a knitter, I am quiet drawn to the patterns in this book that feature blocking and a few other techniques I’ve been eager to try but just hadn’t done so yet. This book is taking me out of my comfort zone and for that I am glad! It has taken my love for fiber crafting to yet another level! I highly recommend picking up a copy for home, school, or crafting group use!

Interested in Purchasing?  Felting by Elvira Lopez Del Prado Rivas can be purchased on Amazon.com right now for $24.00! This book can also be bought off the Schiffer Publishing website!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book for review purposes from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd

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Make Your Own Skarf {Review}

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Authentic Knitting Board recently released the Make Your Own Skarf Kit! This loom knitting kit is ideal to get one jump started into the world of looming or to gift someone that’s already much into this craft!

Everything you need except for a pair of scissors is provided to make a 60 inch scarf or cowl! The kit comes in a variety of colors which is perfect if you have a specific yarn color preference. If you are pondering age recommendations for this craft, know my six year old daughter can work this with ease. If you are intimidated by crochet or wielding knitting needles, a loom just might work out better!

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What’s included in this set?

* A instruction guide with easy to understand illustrations
* 2 Striped Color Change patterns in the instructions
* 32 peg loom with 7/16 gauge ideal for worsted weight yarn
* 4.0 mm crochet hook
* darning needle
* knit hook
* Two 100 yds/91m balls of 70% acrylic/ 30% wool yarn

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I guarantee that in no time one can make scarf upon scarf for loved ones as well as charities. I knit a scarf up with the contents of this set in only a few hours and it came out beautifully! It was so quick and easy. The yarn in the kit is very soft and provides a good warmth when worn. The loom in this kit is compact in size making it easy to mange and a great bring along project when out and about.

Though this kit only gives instructions for making one general designed knit scarf with different color changes, more can be done with it! Other projects and patterns can be found on the Knitting Board website! I’ve personally made cloths, headbands, squares for a blanket, and more with this sized loom!

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This loom is priced at $25.99. You can purchase this set on The Authenitc Knitting Board website, as well as your local JoAnn fabric and craft store! It would make a wonderful gift for yourself or perhaps someone you know!

Get Connected for the latest news, deals, and giveaways: Authentic Knitting Board on Facebook |Authentic Knitting Board Main Website | KB Blog full of patterns & Tips

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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The New American Herbal {Book Review}

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The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a extensive guide that both beginner or advanced herb enthusiast will want to add to their book collection. Whether you like using herbs for the cooking, aromatic properties, medicinal use, or decorative purposes this book covers many of these areas in adequate detail. Many known herbs are obviously included as well as many not so known. There are over 900 entries within this 386 paged book. The full color photos make this book fun to look at and even better for identifying specific herbs.
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This book is one I’m thrilled to have. It’s extremely easy to navigate and for that I applaud. A book of such a size with so much information can sometimes seem overwhelming but not this one. The table of content lays out the book as follows; Herb Basics, Herbal Preparations, Garden Projects, Kitchen Projects, and Specialty Herbs. In each of those sections, there’s much to learn from growing advice, DIY projects, recipes, preservation, harvesting, and much more. Following the table of contents is the Herbs A to Z page. There are more than 125 listed. If I want to look up Cilantro, I can easily do so using the A to Z page.

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Each herb page has helpful lists, sidebars and sometimes a quote. Each sidebar provides information such as category the Herb falls within, its origin, type, height, other names & varieties, how to grow, season, and safety. Each featured herb section is about 2-3 pages in length. There’s usually a brief history, a recipe depending on the herb, as well as other information that will help you get acquainted with what variety you so chose to learn about. There’s always up-close photos to go with each herb as well as the recipes included.

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I feel that this book will help me greatly in my gardening and DIY herb projects. There’s so much helpful informational provided in guiding readers no matter what way they intend on using Herbs or growing them indoor or out. I’m eager to try some of the 40 recipes and crafting projects from herbs I manage to grow myself! The harvesting and growing information I found extremely helpful! I would highly recommend this title! It’s a  beautifully complied book full of a plethora of information!

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

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Knockout Knits {Book Review}

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Knockout Knits New Tricks for for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories by Laura Nelkin is a must have book for knitters no matter what their skill level.

Being fairly new to using needles, this book has been wonderful in growing my skills. Each project section starts out with something small and works its way up to something a little more elaborate like a shawl. This approach whether choosing to follow it or not is a great way to go to not be intimidated by a new stitch pattern or variation.

One of the things I love about the patterns in this book is that the author makes it personal. She shares her inspiration behind each of the different projects. Little touches like that can connect with knitters like myself in such a way and get you really excited about the project if aiming to start it.

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All the skills and techniques needed to complete any project in this book is included! The full color illustrations and explanations I found to be extremely easy to follow. I really appreciate I don’t need to look elsewhere. This book truly does cover it all. There are cast ons, cast offs, notes on yarn & gauge, tips & tricks, and other resources.

fornido2_web.3648There are 23 patterns total. All patterns are fashion accessories meaning there’s no blankets, pillows, or whatever else. Instead you’ll find are lace shawls, knitted bracelets, all sorts of hat styles, mitts, cowl, shawlettes, boot toppers, scarves, and a few other things. If you are aiming to start knitting with beads there are many patterns and excellent explanations for just that. All but one of the patterns is meant for ladies. That’s right there’s a hat just for guys thrown in there so we can justify our knitting obsession and a need for more yarn by knitting that special guy in our life something.

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I opted to knit myself a pair of boot toppers from the pattern in this book and I was extremely happy with the results! I adjusted the pattern a bit to suit my boots and measurements with ease. Results equal extremely satisfied. These boot toppers knit up fast and used a minimal amount of yarn.

I totally learned something new as in wrapping stitches and cross-overs and didn’t feel intimidated in the least bit. That’s right, no frustration, no throwing the pattern book against the wall, and certainly not the fainest notion to knit the same old thing!

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There are many projects that only requires a skein or two of yarn meaning you won’t break the bank. Chances are you’ve already got a skein or two laying around just waiting for a special project too. I’m quite eager to start knitting up a few more of these patterns soon.

Overall, I found the patterns in this book to be quite functional as well as fashionable. There’s a lot of patterns out there but I usually opt to spend time working on those that I can incorporate into my wardrobe on a daily basis with a few extras for special occasions. With most books I only have a few favorite patterns but with this book I love them all!

I highly recommend Knockout Knits to any and every knitter. It was like learning new skills from a dear friend and this new friend takes knits to a new level by adding pizzazz and a little sparkle. I honestly am all for sparkles.

All the patterns in the book are on Ravelry for you to favorite, add to library, and queue up.

Interested in Purchasing? 

Knockout Knits: New Tricks for Scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and Other Accessories can be purchased in e-book or paperback copy from $11.99-$15.00. An excellent pattern book choice for knitters during the Holiday season!

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

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