Book Review Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus

Book Review Botanical Beauty by Aubre Andrus Review by Dawn Thomas 162 Pages Publisher: Capstone Publication Release Date: March 1, 2017 Crafts, Hobbies, Spa Treatments This book is all about making yourself feel good. The introduction includes specialty ingredients and the uses for each one along with a list of essential oils. There are explanations for measuring and melting ingredients, storing products, allergies and the importance of cleaning. The chapters are divided into body areas. The first chapter covers treatments for the hands and feet. I fell in love with the chocolate sugar hand scrub. It was so easy to make and smelled so good. I was so tempted to taste it! There are variations for cuticle balms, hand cream, salt scrubs and foot soaks. The nail strengthening serum feels good when rubbed into the nail bed. The warming wrap makes your hands and feet feel so soft after rinsing. The author even includes a section on DYI section. The first project is how to create press-on nail designs. This was a surprise since I did not know you could do this at home without commercial prepared designs. She also provides directions to make your own pedicure slippers. How ingenious!…

Book Review: Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman

Book Review: Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman Review by Dawn Thomas 288 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing Crafts & Hobbies, Crochet, Yarn I was so happy to get this book. We are expecting our seventh grandchild this fall. The parents have decided not to know the sex of the child so I am planning making neutral color projects until the baby arrives. The book is divided into different themed chapters. Little Hats & Caps: There are hats for newborns and toddlers in this section. There is even a hat for a doll with a matching child’s hat. Little Socks & Bootees: I had such a chuckle when I saw the Sunshine Boot Toppers. There was also a pattern for Mommy and Me leg warmers that are so cute and practical. A few patterns are given in multiple sizes so they can be made for babies and toddlers. Little Tops & Dresses: I found a pattern called Dad & Me Necktie Shirts for a father and son look alike moment. There is a pattern for a Tiny Tango Vest that is adorable with ruffles along the bottom. Little Bottoms: This chapter had several patterns for diaper…

Book Review: 24-Hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss

Book Review: 24-Hour Crochet Projects by Rita Weiss Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Dover Publications Crafts & Hobbies, Crochet, Yarn I am a beginner at crochet and have attempted simple projects. So far, I have made wrist warmers, a scarf, blocks for an afghan and a dozen Granny squares that are anything but square. I was excited to read this book for inspiration and quick projects. I still have the Granny square afghan my grandmother gave me a when I was a teenager. My goal is to make something for each of my grandchildren. This book has 23 different projects. They range from headbands and hats to sweaters, purses and blankets. There is even a pattern for beautiful lace doilies. I love the Heads Up hat and it only takes two hours to make. The Baby Dreams blanket looks amazing and takes 14 hours to complete. I am going to attempt to make the Child’s Helmet Hat for one of my granddaughters who loves that style. I just purchased yarn to make the Huggable Afghan for another granddaughter. Now I just need to plan on the ten hours it will take to make it. At the end of…

Book Review: Bead and Wire Fashion Jewelry by Jessica Rose

Book Review: Bead and Wire Fashion Jewelry by Jessica Rose Review by Dawn Thomas Pages Publisher: The Tauton Press, Inc. Nonfiction (Adult), Crafts & Hobbies I love reading craft books. They give me great ideas for future projects. Although this book is suggested for adults, there are several projects I would do with my granddaughters. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making jewelry. The book has several categories listed in the table of contents. It begins with tools and materials. From there, it progresses to different techniques. In this section, the author describes how to make different types of wire shapes as opposed to buying them premade. Her instructions are so easy to follow; I plan to have my teenage granddaughters make projects this summer. The following sections each address a specific type of jewelry. At the beginning of each project, the author provides a mood board and design process. This includes images that inspire the finished piece. The first section covers necklaces. I think my favorite piece in this section is the sea breeze layered bead necklace. She uses ocean themed colored stones in this creation. The paradise necklace reminds me of Carnival. The chain attraction…

Book Review Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola
Crafts , Hobbies , Soap , Storey Publishing , Uncategorized / February 8, 2016

Book Review Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC Crafts and Hobbies I was very happy to review this book since I am making soap again. Recently, I read Anne Marie’s first book, Soapcrafting, and her Soap Queen Blog for Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies Inc. Soapmaking can be a rewarding hobby as long as you take the proper precautions. The book begins with an introduction to handmade soap. The author recommends reading the science of soapmaking before attempting the soapmaking process and I second her opinion. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and it is best to be diligent to prevent them. She also explains the environmental impact palm oil has on the orangutan population. In the first chapter, the author explains the soapmaking process. She begins with the science behind soapmaking and includes some common terminology. Anne Marie also includes a page on emergency response actions. When working with lye, you should take every precaution for safety. The next chapter is devoted to selecting the proper tools and equipment. There is a list of necessary tools and recommendations along with optional tools. She explains the different types…

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Stringing Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Stringing Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 88 Pages Crafts & Hobbies As a budding beader I was excited to find the Storey Basics series. I have been beading for many years but have only completed simplistic projects. This book involves stringing beads onto stringing material. Each chapter has tech tips. The book has many ideas for creating assorted pieces from necklaces to bracelets and more. The authors go into great detail on beading materials in the first chapter. The location of the bead hole depends on various positions or their uses. The deciding factors are shape and how the bead hangs. The authors describe the different types of glass beads. Another section describes the different gemstones and their qualities. The following section describes the types and qualities of metal beads, findings and clasps. I was not aware of the different cultures and traditions of making metal beads. Another section discusses beads made of natural materials like wood, bone, and horn. Chapter two discusses the different materials used for stringing from nylon to natural materials. Chapter three explains the differences in findings and…

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Knotting Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Knotting Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 88 Pages Crafts & Hobbies This is the second book I read in the Storey Basics Beaded Jewelry series. I learned quite a bit in the first book and the information continues into this installment. The first chapter gives details on how to tie proper knots in nylon, silk and other cord material. The authors make recommendations on specific types of cords depending on beads and use. This book is a valuable addition to anyone interesting in improving their knot techniques. The second chapter covers ends and clasps. This includes basket and side-closing bead tips, bullion and different crimp findings. There are recommendations on specific clasps depending on the type of jewelry, bead and use. As in the first book, chapter three details the type of tools needed for knotting. The authors recommend common tools but also specialized knotting tools that may or not be in your current toolbox. They also recommend inspecting your tools for wear or damage. Using these tools will make it easier for you to complete a project. Chapter four describes the…

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld

Book Review: Beaded Jewelry Wirework Techniques by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld Review by Dawn Thomas Storey Basics Series Storey Publishing, LLC 89 Pages Crafts & Hobbies This is the third book in the series I have read. The other two included stringwork and knotwork. Working with wire is a natural progression when making jewelry. There are several projects I wanted to make but did not know how to begin. This book provided me the knowledge I need to begin and the confidence to finish. Chapter one covers the basics on wire. The authors start with the history of wirework going back to the Egyptians around 6000 BCE. There are different types of wire and gauges. In chapter two the authors discuss the different types of chains and composition. Jewelers use chain as accents, extenders or the foundation of a jewelry piece. There is certainly a variety of types of chain including single, links, rollo, Figaro, belcher and bar. Chapter three tells you everything you need to know about findings. These include clasps, earrings and an assortment of other metal items. There is a description on each type of finding. The most common type of clasp is the…