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Dumpling Cats To Crochet

I've been teaching my daughters how to crochet, and they seem to be getting better and better. I know they love Tsum tsum style characters, and our cats, too, so I thought they'd enjoy this book from Dover all about adorable tsum-tsum style cats! And I was right! The...

Animal Cookie Necklaces

A Joyful Riot made these circus animal necklaces to look just like the fun pink and white cookies. Love the colorful...

The Beeswax Workshop

My daughter is very interested in beekeeping, so I got this book to learn about what we can do with all of the leftover beeswax. I know that beeswax smells wonderful and its really nice to see all of the excellent ideas of what we can make with it. The lip balm recipe...

Foundations Of Drawing

This is a collegiate-level drawing guide which would work well, with or without a college course to go along with it. Unlike many textbooks, though, it is very accessible and easy to read and follow. The integration of art history into the instruction helps add depth...

Bead Making Lab

I really love looking at and buying beads and making jewelry, but I hadn't really ever thought of making beads myself. In Bead Making Lab, they make beads with all kinds of materials, from polymer clay to origami paper and lots of other materials. I've looked through...

Chalk Markers Mega Pack

We are having a lot of fun with these Chalk Markers! They're really great to play around with and work really well. I like how they dry very fast and yet are easy to wipe off with a wet cloth. We used both sides of the reversible tip, one is broad and one side is more...

Classic Sketchbook: Cats & Botanicals

This clever series takes famous paintings and drawings of cats on one page, and then on the opposite, shows how to draw and color what the masters did. It helps illuminate what other painters and illustrators are doing, in a way which lends me confidence, and helps...

Drawing For Joy

This excellent guide offers instruction and prompts for anyone who wants to move beyond all-ages coloring and learn to do more creative illustration, even if they've never done so before. I've done art design and such before, yet this 52-week book is helping me to...

Tolkien’s World Coloring

Tolkien's World: A Fantasy Coloring Book is a real treat for Tolkien fans. It includes almost 100 pages of original illustrations of characters, settings, and events from The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion. Coloring my favorites is a rare treat,...

Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time

I started taking sewing classes at age 11, and when I was in high school I decided to use my mom's dress patterns from the 50's and make my own dresses by mixing and matching the bodices and the skirts from different patterns. I loved how they turned out and enjoyed...

I Modify IKEA

Whenever we visit our semi-local IKEA store, we make it a point to check their damaged and discarded area near the check out stands. Over the years, we've gathered parts of this and that which we've intended to re-configure into end tables and such. When it came down...