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: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively Review by Dawn Thomas 295 Pages Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC Self-Help, Personal Health, Aging The secondary title of the book is “Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” I have read several of Ms. Cameron’s books and thought this one was timed perfectly for me. At 54, I was wondering what I should do with myself since graduating from the University of Florida in 2014. Her advice that it is never too late to begin again gave me the confidence I needed to pursue other creative projects. The book is designed to be read over the course of twelve weeks. Each week is dedicated to reigniting a sense of something. There are several tasks to be completed during each week that continue throughout the course. These are Morning Pages, Memoir, Artist Dates, and Walking. The description for Morning Pages is to write three pages as soon as you wake up in the morning. There are no instructions or directions. She just recommends writing whatever pops into your head. I found this idea intriguing. When I first wake up I usually wonder what the day…

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate

Book Review: Empty Nest by Marty Wingate Review by Dawn Thomas 284 Pages Publisher: Alibi / Random House LLC Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, British Detectives, Women Sleuths Julia Lanchester is in charge of the community tourist office in the town of Smeaton-under-Lyme. When her cottage develops toxic black mold, she moves into Fotheringhill Hall, the manor house at the insistence of Sir Linus Fotheringhill. Walking to work one day, Julia discovers a bunch of dead sparrowhawks. When she looks at them closely, she believes they have been poisoned. This is an illegal bait trap and she begins investigating to see who may have poisoned the birds. Julia contacts her father, Rupert Lanchester, a well-known ornithologist with his own television show on the BBC. He comes to Fotheringhill, along with Julia’s love interest, Michael, to investigate the poisoning. Linus’s son, Cecil, returns home with a friend, Freddy Peacock. When Julia smells smoke and finds Freddy dead in his room, everyone is a suspect. Julia begins investigating but someone is not happy about that. She begins to fear for her life after several attempts on her life are made. This is the second book in the series and I really enjoy books…