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The Title is a MOUTHFUL: "Vintage Greeting Cards With Mary Jo Mc Graw: Create Timeless Cards Using Family Photos & Keepsakes"

This was an axcellent book for people learning to 'antique' objects or create that vintage look. The Author was especially clear and creative with her explainations, so that even someone quite new to this would be able to pick up her techniques.

I was especially pleased that she gave both brief and in-depth explainations about some products commonly used in creating the vintage look. Glass bits and a gold or silver leafing pen, for example. Her extensive use of Walnut Ink was useful to both beginners and more advanced artists like myself. I learned many new ways to use several different techniques, and had no trouble understanding her explainations!

This would be a great book for both a beginner and a more advanced artist, just jump in there and try- you'll be surprised at how well it works!

(And if you're Into Steampunk, or into any other Historical Artform, you'll take a LOT opf things away from reading this book- lots of tricks that translate into way more than postcards and scrapbook pages!)
(oooh, be careful, I give this ONE star out of five... Ranty McRantyPants mode ON:)

So, when I entered the Public Library, I saw them- Crafting Books. NEW ones.

I had barely even glanced at the cover of "Steampunk Chic- vintage flair from recycled finds" by Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil, when I realized right off, it was going to be a How NOT to make things you WANT to call Steampunk, but are not at ALL Steampunk, thankyouverymuch, kind of book... However, it did have a lot of 'how to assemble this part to that part, using this or that product' stuff included, so I wanted to have a good read.

Notice I said 'wanted to'.

I had a read, but I would not call it a 'good read'.

Mostly I turned pages, read, groaned, read more, ranted quietly, read more, wanted to rant loudly, and then continued this trend untill I wanted to come running over here at 6am in the morning, just to warn you NOT to read this book for advice on 'steampunk' anything, much less 'steampunk chic'...

For one, the advice on use of which products to attach one thing to another is sometimes outright false- they have clearly been PAID to say a product is good for a set use when I have experienced otherwise- and a quick googling online shows I am NOT alone. So. Advice? Not really very useful when it comes to assembly. No. Not at all.

I could write PAGES and PAGES on the display of NOT STEAMPUNK in this book- but we all know that the moment you see the book- because on the front cover is an abomination of the most horrible kind: An unpainted wooden birdhouse with random STUFF glued to it.


So apparently they think that if you take a locking washer (which KIND of looks like a gear) and you glue it to something, then you glue a rhinestone to the center of it, it makes the item STEAMPUNK. (and chic!)

They also seem to feel that keys of any sort (like oh, the one that used to turn on computers, or work in the 'luggage locks' you find at flea markets) can be hung from a string of beads and ribbon and automatically make anything they're tied to, 'Steampunk'.

There seems to be a solid belief there, that if wire, beads, ribbon, and something they found somewhere else all come together, this makes it 'vintage' too. (surprise! Vintage has to do with age or the APPEARANCE of age... not random stuff we all find in our couch cushions during the weekly cleaning...)

One picture teased, showing among the supplies, some old TV vacuum tubes. OH, I thought, THERE we go...

Alas, they strung them with ribbon and wire, like beads, along with random modern cut-keys, and bicone glass beads... *sigh*

Vacuum tubes go IN things...or ON things... you know, like working parts of some curious machine brought across from the other side of the seas? Or wired together with fabric-covered or wire-coil lines, as if they conspire to conjure up ghostly voices from inside the strangely marked boxes you should mount them on.

Please don't bead and ribbon them and hang them from a cheap IKEA chandelier. Please? Everytime someone does that, A Steampunk Author chokes on his or her own spit, and dies.

They have a lovely new thought on vintage watches tho- you cut/bend off the case, and just glue the whole chunk of whatever is inside, onto something. For that "ultimate steampunk look!"... They DO mention you COULD also open the interior case and get some of the gears out and use them, but using the whole chunk-of-whatever thing, they express, is much easier and 'better'...

Not so much, actually. The insides of a watch are pretty boring if you just unscrew the back and pop it out whole. Half the the POINT of Steampunk crafts using watch parts, are to bring that sense of something clockworkish or arcane... not just a block of metal with a few screws in it, and a single edge of a tiny gear barely peeking out of a modern clockface and hidden insides... it's the INSIDES, ladies, that make Steampunk CLICK... and I don't think a broken watch looks "Chic" under any circumstances.

Maybe it's just me, but this book actually raised my blood pressure, and made me want to strangle someone.

Mostly the Authors.

But then again, they DID list in the back where they find things when they 'can't get to the flea market'... does it surprise you that includes ALL the things they showed? Not some, but ALL?

I smell some big marketing monkey and NO Steampunk.

It's sad... so sad... Alas, this is NOT a favourite book, and I really cannot reccomend it to anyone.

Unless you're drunk and in need of a good laugh, perhaps- forgive me O'Neil sisters... but this is not going to be a useful part of anyone's library for anything more than getting the fire started so they can work on something that is REALLY steampunk. ...and possibly chic.

Books 49-84

49. Demon's Are A Girl's Best Friend
-Victoria Laurie
Rating: 5/5
293 Pages -- Paranormal Mystery

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Done, and posting waaaay late

I got behind, and kept teling myself I would post reviews. Perhaps I still will, but I know if I wait until I can review them all at once, I never will. So here's the list of 17-50 for 2009, and as time permits I'll come back and post blurbs!

17) Intimate Friends: Women Who Love Women, 1778-1938 by Martha Vincus
18) Red River by Lalita Tademy
19) The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
20) Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds
21) A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds
22) Bitterroot Landing by Sheri Reynolds
23) The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
24) Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
25) The Sixth Wife by Susannah Dunn
26) The Queen's Sorrow by Susannah Dunn
27) The Queen of Subtelties by Susannah Dunn
28) The Winter Kind by Bernard Cornwell
29) Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell
30) Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell
31) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follette
32) World Without End by Ken Follette
33) Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics by Jennifer Baumgardner
34) The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
35) The Serpet Garden  by Judith Merkle Riley
36) The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
37) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
38) Female Chauvanist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
39) The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory
40) A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory
41) The Innocent by Posie Graeme-Evans
42) The Exiled by Posie Grame-Evans
43) The Uncrowned Queen by Posie Graeme-Evans
44) The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland
45) The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in 19th Century New York by Patricia Cline Cohen
46) Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality by Deborah Toller
47) Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
48) Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
49) The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
50) How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business by USA Today publications


Books 12 and 13

Book 12 was a re-read, but I couldn't help it. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett is just SO amusing. My favorite bit is at the end when Death is attempting to find a friendly diamond.

Book 13 was a new book that I had received for my birthday. My step-mom CLEARLY loves the fact that I also "get" knitting, so I got basically a giant goody basket full of yarn and knitting books. One of them was actually not a pattern book but instead Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This was basically My Lady Nicotine for knitters, only actually amusing. I found myself giggling and laughing quite loudly throughout most of the book. I am relieved that there is another knitter out there who also hates crochet hooks, finds herself wondering why not everyone else understands her love of yarn, AND who also occasionally finds projects refusing to cooperate. I beg of you, if you have a knitter in your life, get them this book. They will get it, maybe feel a little odd that they did, but be overall highly amused and will likely want the rest of the books Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has written (I know I do). I've aslo gotten hooked on her blog,

Also, I'm terribly behind on reading (mostly cuz I keep knitting) and books like this help me combine both since I still have failed to figure out how to read and knit at the same time.

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Book 4 of 2009

#4: Jill Salen, Corsets: Historical Pattern & Techniques, 128 pages, Reference/Costume/Craft, Paperback, 2008.

This utterly gorgeous book features 25 corsets from 1750 to 1917. Each corset is photographed in full color from at least one angle, gives a short description of the museum data and state of the corset currently and historically, a line drawing of the front and back of the corset, and a scaled pattern which shows the boning, flossing, and other support detail. It includes two adorable doll corsets as well as two corset projects that list construction techniques. The first project is hand-sewn white linen jumps (c. 1790). The second is a machine-sewn girl’s white jean corset (c. 1900). Techniques are described at the end of the book, and include such topics as flossing around the ends of the boning and split-busk insertion.

Since the patterns are made from actual corsets, the size is whatever the size of the original corset is. That’s a bit problematic for using the patterns personally, but with trial and error, it could be done. I was surprised at the amount of cording used for support and control, instead of only boning. The pictures are gorgeous and inspiring; they are photographed flat or on a form, none of them shown on a human body. While it left me wanting more (more description, more historical background, more detail, etc.), I think this is a wonderful addition to my other books on corset-making.


#57-Silver and Stone, by Mark Bahti

#57 is 'Silver and Stone: Profiles of American Indian Jewelers', by Mark Bahti.

This is a collection of interviews and mini-biographies with various southwestern jewelry-makers, mostly Zuni and Navajo, and includes many photos of their work. Plenty of beautiful silver, coral, and turquoise work shown, the craft being both a way to support themselves and to preserve their heritage via art.

I've not read much about the southwest, so this was interesting

Glorafilia: The Impressionists in Needlepoint

55.  Glorafilia: The Impressionists in Needlepoint, by Carole Lazarus and Jennifer Berman.  137 pages.  (1993)

Grade: A

This is a book of needlepoint charts inspired by Inpressionist paintings.  I really love the wisteria pillow, and the pattern based on Monet's lily garden paintings.

I'm planning on doing several of these, if I can.


50 BOOK CHALLENGE 2008 #18: Scrapbooking Plus!: More Than Just Paper
AUTHOR: Kathleen & Nick Greco
YEAR: (2005, C &T Publishing)
GENRE: crafts, scrapbooking
PAGES: 128

Scrapbooking Plus!: More Than Just Paper Scrapbooking Plus!: More Than Just Paper by Kathleen Greco

rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a layout-centered, rather than technique-centered book. That said, it does have several good and creative ideas, especially in the sections on using metallic and glass embellishments. I also liked the complete list of materials (and brands)...there is a lot of really cool product out there!

50 BOOK CHALLENGE 2008 #19: Celtic Design and Ornament for Calligraphers
AUTHOR: Jack Mackinder
YEAR: (1999, Thames & Hudson)
GENRE: crafts, calligraphy, art

Celtic Design and Ornament for Calligraphers Celtic Design and Ornament for Calligraphers by Jack Mackinder

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please note the absence of the word "easy" from the title of this book. This book really is FOR "calligraphers," those who already know the basics and some advanced techniques. If you are short on patience, I would also recommend that you skip this book, which is a painstaking journey, beginning from the different types of basic rectangles to full layouts inspired by the Book of Kells and other wonderful manuscripts.

If you are dedicated to the idea of doing it RIGHT, this will be an instructive and educational volume. The directions are not difficult to understand, but require a certain amount of dedication to the art form. For those who may simply be interested in the design elements for historical purposes, this book will also be a good read.  The entire book is beautifully calligraphed and easy to read.


Loads of Books.

 I  haven't posted in a while, so I apologise for the quantity of books in this post.  Due to the amount that I have read, I cut the list in half, I will be posting the rest of the list in the next couple of days.

Bold is Highly Recommended
Italics is a re-read (counted as half a book because I read them a lot faster than the first time around)

31610/45,000 at 15000pages (started 1st January 2008)
101/150 at 100ormorebooks (started 1st January 2008)
120/150 at 50bookchallenge (started on 12th November 2007)

#15 & #16: Crafts and Nuns

50BC08 #15: Artful Cards
AUTHOR: Katherine Duncan Aimone
GENRE: crafting, scrapbooking, how-to

Artful Cards: 60 Fresh & Fabulous Designs Artful Cards: 60 Fresh & Fabulous Designs by Katherine Duncan Aimone

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked what this book had to offer in terms of ideas and explanations. It covers basics and some more advanced techniques. Unlike other card/scrapbooking books, this is more than just layout after layout. The ideas are creative and will help you develop our own offshoot ideas.

50BC08 #16: Bad Faith: A Sister Agatha Mystery
AUTHOR(S): Aimée and David Thurlo
YEAR: 2002 (read 2003 Thorndike Press large print ed.)
GENRE: mysteries, fiction, series

Bad Faith Bad Faith by Aimee Thurlo

rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, this was a fun start to my month long NunRead. :-) I've long been a fan of nun mysteries (Sister Steve of the Father Dowling series on TV, Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma)...actually make that clergy mysteries, period. Of course Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose is on top of the list.

Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair

27. Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair, by Laurie Perry (aka Crazy Aunt Purl). 254 pages. (2007)

Grade: B

Part memoir, part knitting "recipes," this book is the tale of Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl. Actually, this is the tale of her life after her husband left her, and how she adapted.

A lot of fun, particularly if you knit.

Books 02-07

Total Read → 07 // Pages Read → 1951 // My Complete List

02. Castle in the Air - Diana Wynne Jones
Genre - Fantasy; Young Adult
Synopsis (from - Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.
My Rating - ★★★★☆
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03. [Re-Read] Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
My Rating → ★★★★★

04. A Rose from the Dead - Kate Collins
Genre - Cozy Mystery
Synopsis (from the publisher) - Abby Knight is attending the Midwestern Funeral Directors Associations regional convention, where the associations intensely disliked chairperson is found dead in a locked casket, her signature rose missing from her hair. Abby's determined to find out who loved the victim—and who loved her not.
My Rating - ★★★★★
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05. [Re-Read] Prom Dates from Hell - Rosemary Clement-Moore
My Rating → ★★★★★

06. Summer Crafts: Fun and Creative Summer Projects for the Whole Family - Marjorie Galen
Genre - Non-Fiction; Crafting
Synopsis (from the publisher) - If ever there was a great beach read for parents, this is it. Summer Crafts is bursting with beautiful and inventive crafts for the whole family, whether they’re on a waterfront holiday or wishing they were. Make backpacks or beach totes; mermaid dolls; chessboards and backgammon games; a set of building blocks out of driftwood; and lots of inventive projects with seashells and rocks. This book offers easy instructions, tons of photographs, and lots of ideas for customizing creations.
My Rating - ★★★★☆
Thoughts - As the synopsis mentions this book is full of fun crafts and beautiful photos. I picked this up on a whim, it was in the bargain bin at B&N, and I am so glad that I did. This book is primarily targeted towards families with children, but there are plenty of projects that a single adult, like myself, would enjoy also. The crafts range from the super easy to the more involved each with a clear set of instructions.
I would recommend this to crafters in the beginner to intermediate range as most of the projects are fairly simplistic. Parents, or those working with children, would also find this to be a nice addition to their collections.

07. [Re-Read] The Mediator: Shadowland - Meg Cabot
My Rating → ★★★★★

World of Knitted Toys

17.  World of Knitted Toys, by Kath Dalmeny.   126 pages.  (1998)

Grade: A-

This is a book of knitting patterns (differentiated as easy, straightforward, or challenging) for knitted toy animals, with many pictures of the finished products.   They are grouped in themes, such as On Safari, Down on the Farm, and In the Jungle.

These toys look adorable!  They look like they would be great fun to make, and what a great way to get rid of your leftover bits and pieces of yarn.  I can't wait to make some of these.

#30-had beautiful photos

#30 is "'William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Home', by Pamela Todd".

 Another discount purchase. It always excites me when I get not only a great book, but at a bargain price-I'm stickin' it to the Man, flogger of over-priced literature, yeah! *power fist*  Ok, maybe that's only amusing to *me*.  But still.

William Morris helped clear out the post-Victorian clutter and bring back real artistry to home decorating by insisting that everything in the home be either useful or beautiful, or both. No clutter for the sake of ostentation, and the rooms of the house should be light and airy, for instance. He designed most of the materials his company sold, including wallpapers, furniture, and various textiles; and he also knew how to *make* most of it himself, too. Yes, that includes embroidering tapestries and metal-working. 

I especially liked how he treated his employees. He thought they should find satisfaction and happiness in their work, not just wages; so he paid them well, gave them good surroundings to work in-just the fact that his factories were well-lit was a huge difference for the times-and even let many of the local craftsmen who made an object sign their name on it along with the company stamp. 

Unfortunately, his insistence on care, quality, and craftsmanship over mass-production perforce raised the prices enough that some of the people for whom he wanted to make his goods couldn't afford them. He did his best to design for the middle and lower classes, whenever possible, often producing specially-designed lightweight, easily-moved furniture like the Sussex chairs that proved so popular. 

Morris also helped establish a society for preserving old and unusual buildings, even going so far as to refuse commisions from clients who intendd to use his work to renovate churches or similar in a more modern style. It did cost him, both money and popularity, but it meant a great deal to him. 

Many of his friends were also highly active in the Arts & Crafts movement. I have a book about the gardens of Gertrude Jekyll on my amazon wish list right now, in fact. I might get that soon, it would be interesting to read about another angle of the architecture designs that were popular then.

This book was a pleasure to read, not only for the lovely, glowing photos and interesting text; but for the man himself, a man of high talent and artistic integrity

Books 39-42

Amazingly, I'm right on time on my fifty challenge. Here's what I got for the month.

39. Get a Hobby! 101 All-Consuming Diversions For Any Lifestyle, by Tina Barseghian:This is as advertised, an overview of various hobbies of all types, from crafty to handy to oddball. It helped me realize that I already have a lot of hobbies and will have to scale back if I want to add more. There is an odd omission-under "collecting", not a word is said about collecting records. My goodness.

40. College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens and Coeds, Then and Now, by Lynn Peril:This was written by the woman who wrote Pink Think, one of my favorite media/women's studies books. This is in the same vein, all about the history of women's education. Everything from 19th century students of Greek and Latin to 1940's Home Economics students and beyond is included here. The chapters on student life and in loco parentis are especially interesting, as is the last chapter on college life today. Excellent.

41. Killer In Drag, by Edward D. Wood, Jr.:That's right, a book by Ed Wood. He speed wrote dozens of these little adults only novellas after his film career dried up. It's amazing in much the same way his movies are-you can't believe anyone let this see the light of day. The main character is a hired killer named Glen, with a female persona, Glenda. So basically, Ed Wood wrote AU fanfic of his own movie. It seems to be telling three stories at once, there's no continuity, and it's just basically a mess. Must be read to be believed. (So if anyone wants it, contact me and I'll send it to you! You gotta see this!)

42. The Hidden Injuries of Class, by Richard Sennett and Jonathon Cobb:I follow the dime store quasi-porn with a serious look at class analysis in the US. Kind of a classic of sociology, it's a book based on interviews with working class Americans in the early 70's. Very good work, glad I finally read it (it's been sitting around forever).

Young adult, Decorating, and Fiction

I stopped keeping track of what books I read a while back. I think this may be all the ones that I’ve read in the interim, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find more later.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Young Adult Fantasy ReviewCollapse )

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Young Adult Fantasy ReviewCollapse )

Great American Quilts 1990
Quilt Book ReviewCollapse )

Baby Space: Finding, Furnishing, Decorating, and Equipping a Place for your Newborn by Ellen Liman
Decorating Book ReviewCollapse )

Heather Luke's Creative Curtainmaking Made Easy by Heather Luke
Decorating Book ReviewCollapse )

Nurseries and More: The Complete Manual of Baby Accessory Patterns by Linda W. Storm
Sewing Book ReviewCollapse )

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Fiction ReviewCollapse )

Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Fiction ReviewCollapse )

The Virgin's Lover by Phillipa Gregory
Fiction ReviewCollapse )

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
Fiction ReviewCollapse )


Mixed bag of fiction and non-fiction

•Breakfast of Champions — Kurt Vonnegut
I liked it. Very quirky sense of humor.

•Mistrall's Kiss — Laurell K. Hamilton\
Meh. Very true to the style the author is increasingly becoming known for.

•The Book Thief — Markus Zusak
VERY good book. My full thoughts can be found here at fabulous_books.

•The Joy of Knitting: Texture, Color, Design, and the Global Knitting Circle — Lisa R. Myers
I really enjoyed the varied knitting topics explored in this book. My knitting proficiency is really not all that high so I may have enjoyed it better after more experience. It gives you some really good areas to think about knitting as an art and not just a hobby.

•Natural Born Charmer — Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Good if you like her other work. It was great for a quick fluff read but I'm worried that she is seeming to become a little formulaic in her stories.

•Undead and Uneasy — Mary Janice Davidson
I'm assuming this was the last in the series of Betsy the Vampire Queen books and it tied up a lot of the ongoing plot threads nicely. As long as you go in knowing it's a fluff book you should enjoy yourself.

•Aerie — Mercedes Lackey
I really enjoyed this as far as finding out the 'and then' for the jousters but if you aren't invested in the series you probably would pass it up.

•Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — J.K. Rowling
I enjoyed it but I think it's the kind of thing that grows on you the more times you read it. I thought it dragged a bit in the middle but overall I think it suited the series well.

•(Thursday Next) First Among Sequels — Jasper Forde
This was the PERFECT read for me after DH! While you probably wouldn't enjoy (or understand!) it without being familiar with the previous four books it was FANTASTIC! I love Ffordes humor and how he manages to bring alive the world of books =) Entry on it up at fabulous_books as well.


36. So Not the Drama by Paula Chase
Fun book! I really liked that it dealt with high school friendships without the complications of a romance involved, it was just teens trying work out where they fit among the school social circle and their friends.

37. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

38. Apartment Therapy by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
Great book about figuring out how to decorate and arrange your home to suit you. You don't have to live in an apartment to use its teachings.

39. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I had a hard time getting into the beginning of this book, but I liked it a lot more in the second half.

40. The Big Picture by Stacy Julian
A book on scrapbooking. Teaches you not to scrapbook chronologically and instead to just focus on memories instead of events. I enjoyed it and I'll probably reread or refer to it again while I work on my scrapbooks.

Books 36-40

36. The Sweet Breathing of Plants edited by LInda Hogan and Brenda Peterson

I loved this book, a collection of essays by a variety of women about a variety of experiences with plants -- eating them, growing them, experiencing them in a variety of ways. I was unfamiliar with a lot of the writers featured in this book, but would be interested in reading more of their work. I also appreciated that there was a fairly heavy focus on Native American women and their relationships with plants.

37. From My Heart to Yours by Lesley Macmillan

A slim, self-published volume of poetry, loaned to me by a book group friend who knows the author.Read more...Collapse )

38. My Kind of Place by Susan Orlean

These are wonderful essays, by the woman who wrote the story upon which the movie Adaptation is based, about places she has traveled to -- as varied as an annual taxidermy convention in Springfield, Illinois, to a little record shop selling African music in the heart of Paris, to Midland, Texas, the hometown of George W. Bush. She tells the stories so well of these places and their people that it evoked in me both admiration and some wistful envy.

39. She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel

The sequel to A Girl Named Zippy, which I read a few years ago. Read more...Collapse )I

40. First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by Mary Ann Kohl

This book had some good ideas for home usage but overall, I think it’s a better book for daycares or other group setting childcare providers. Read more...Collapse )

Quilting and Pregnancy

500 Full-size Patchwork Patterns by Maggie Malone
A quilt book reviewCollapse )

Start & Run a Craft Business by William G. Hynes
A business book reviewCollapse )

Wearable Quilts by Roselyn Gadia-Smithley
Another quilt book reviewCollapse )

The Expectant Father by Armin A Brott and Jennifer Ash
Another Pregnancy Book ReviewCollapse )

The Pregnancy Book by William Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN
Another Pregnancy Book ReviewCollapse )

The Complete Guide to Pregnancy after 30 by Carol Winkelman
Another Pregnancy Book ReviewCollapse )

How to Have a Baby and Still Live in the Real World by Jane Symons
Another Pregnancy Book Review Collapse )


Quilting, YA Fiction, & Pregnancy

Flower Origami by Kumiko Sudo
A quilting book reviewCollapse )

The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy
Another Quilting Book reviewCollapse )

Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
YA Fiction review w/sort of spoilersCollapse )

The Pregnancy Cookbook by Hope Ricciotti, M>D> and Vincent Connelly
Pregnancy cookbook rantCollapse )

It Worked for Me… 1001 real-life pregnancy tips by Michelle Kennedy
Another Pregnancy Book rantCollapse )

Fiction, pregnancy, and quilting

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
Fiction reviewCollapse )

Great American Quilts 1991
Another quilting book reviewCollapse )

Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
An erotic (sort of) fantasy reviewCollapse )

You Suck by Christopher Moore
A vampire fiction reviewCollapse )

Applique Designs: My Mother Taught Me to Sew by Faye Anderson
A quilting book reviewCollapse )

Q is for Quilt by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes
Another quilting book reviewCollapse )

You & Your Baby Pregnancy by Laura Riley, OB/GYN
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Glorious Patchwork by Kaffe Fassett with Liza Prior Lucy
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Lone Stars II A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936-1986 by Karoline Patterson Beresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes 02/27/07
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The Complete Quilting Course by Gail Lawther 02/28/07
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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 03/01/07
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Quilting Pieces of the Past : 175 Years of Inspirational Quilting 03/02/07
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Quilt Inspirations from Africa : A Caravan of Ideas, Patterns, Motifs, and Techniques Kaye England & Mary Elizabeth Johnson 03/03/07
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The Curved Two-Patch System Joyce M. Schlotzhauer 03/04/07
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Community quilts : how to organize, design, & make a group quilt Karol Kavaya and Vicki Skemp. 03/05/07
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The Harvard Medical School Guid to Healthy Eating During Pregnancy by W. Allan Walker, MD with Courney Humphries 03/06/07
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Specials Scott Westerfeld 03/07/07
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Books 29-32

29. Great American Quilts 2001
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30. Happy Quilts by Cheryl Fall
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31. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
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32. Art Glass Quilts by Julie Hirota
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Quilt, fantasy, and mystery books

20. “Picture It in Machine Applique” by Sue Simmons
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21. “Kushiel's Dart” by Jacqueline Carey
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22. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quilting” by Laura Ehrlich
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23. “Contemporary Quilts” by Kay Parker
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24. “Spirits of the Cloth” by Carolyn Mazloomi
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25. “Great American Quilts 1987”
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26. “Bargello Quilts” by Marge Edie
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27. “The Winter Queen” by Boris Akunin
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28. “Great American Quilts 1988”
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Books 18 & 19

18. Watercolor Quilts by Pat Maixner Margaret and Donna Ingram Slusser 01/28/07
This is a how to quilt and design book, with no specific patterns. It gives a lot of basic information on color theory and piecing and quilting with how to apply that to making a watercolor quilt. I have always thought it weird that they always use Monet's 'Water Lilies' (an oil painting) to explain the affect that a watercolor quilt gives. This is a beginner's book for individual's that are new to quilting that like the look of a watercolor quilt. It is designed well as such. A quarter of the book is dedicated to the gallery of pictures of examples, and hence it should also be good for inspiring any who like the affect.

19. Circle Play by Reynola Pakusich 01/29/07

This is a short little quilting book on how to use circles and little else in a quilt to showcase particular fabrics or fabric combinations. The designs are simple and adequately explained. There isn't anything in this book that you won't find in another quilting book that covers circles and applique. The majority of this book consists of pictures and not information. The pictures are beautiful, but I was really hoping for more.


Book 4

4. WILD MIND: Living The Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg
Made me want to run to my journal (handwritten) and start a bunch of 10 minute timed writings.

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A Kaffe Fassett Book

Kaffe Fassett's Museum Quilts with Liza Prior Lucy is subtitled 'Designs Inspired by the Victoria & Albert Museum'. I really like the inspiration pieces better than his works and wish I could see all of the quilts instead of the pieces he chose to show. I especially would have liked to see the entire quilt for 'King George III REviewing the Volunteers'. I was surprised that there were so many bright colors and quilts from that time period that still look bright. There is no question that Mr. Fassett is talented, but I wonder if people would make such a fuss over his work if he was a woman. I find a lot of his work to be too busy for my taste. All of the quilts that Fassett made have instructions and templates in very concise instructions. This is a great quilting book for those that really like Kaffe Fassett and even if you don't fall over in awe of each of his quilts there is still definite value in reading this book.




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