Category: Crafting

Book Review: “The Flower Workshop” by Ariella Chezar

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The Flower Workshop is essentially a recipe book for flower arranging. It is filled with beautiful pictures of classy flower arrangements. The book has the arrangements divided into seasons and types of arrangements that covers a variety of sizes, shapes, and occasions where flowers would add the perfect touch. Each one gives step by step instructions that even beginners can follow, lists the type of vase needed and floral supplies that are necessary, and also includes alternate flowers that will also work well in the arrangement. I tend to struggle with floral arrangement and I am inspired to try many of the suggestions in this book. In fact, I can’t wait to try these ideas with the flower garden I have planned for the summer. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful flowers and wants to be inspired to add them to their living spaces to bring them joy.

I received this book for free from BloggingforBooks.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. 

Bible Journaling Book

Drawn using tutorial at timewarpwife.com
Learned from tutorial at timewarpwife.com

Recently, I became introduced to the world of Bible journaling, also known as documented faith or illustrated faith, via an Instagram post by Rachel Wojo. I loved the combination of Bible verses, art, and creative lettering. It was as if two things that make me happy, scrapbooking and Bible study, had collided. I quickly searched Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram and found lots of inspiring examples and tutorials. I have started with picking some of my favorites and trying to replicate them in my inspiration notebook. I also use that notebook to practice alphabets in different fonts that I find.

My first "journaled" verse.
My first “journaled” verse.

Using my inspiration notebook, I write verses and my thoughts about verses in a separate Bible study notebook. I’m far from being good at this, but it makes me intensely happy to be able to learn to draw and letter while learning Bible verses. The act of determining the design of the artwork causes me to take time to ponder the verse and how I want to convey its’ meaning. I also love that even the notebook and pencils were a gift from my children and the container for my pencils came from a ladies’ meeting at church. It is my hope that my children will someday take these journals and enjoy knowing which verses I chose to copy.

Banner drawn using tutorial from timewarpwife.com
Banner drawn using tutorial from timewarpwife.com

Like any crafting thing, there is a plethora of supplies that you can use. Since I just got started, I don’t have a lot of different items. Here is what I do have:

My supplies
My supplies

-Pretty notebooks, spiral or composition (a lot of people journal directly in special journaling Bibles, I prefer to have a separate notebook)
-Colored Pencils
-Pencil for Sketching
-Zig Ball Pen, .5mm
-Marvy Calligraphy Pen, 2.0mm and 3.5mm
-Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, B
-Washi Tape

I hope to buy a Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Brush Pen soon. From what I can understand, these pens are great for the contrast of thin and thick lines of modern calligraphy that is so prominent today. Later, I’d like to also try some watercolor brush pens. I’m trying to resist the urge to run out and buy a lot of new supplies. One website suggested mastering one art medium before moving on to the next. I think that’s wise advice.

A page from my Bible journal
A page from my Bible journal

I’m still learning. Here are some resources to get you started if you are interested:

Time-Warp Wife
Rachel Wojo
Creativlei
One Artsy Mama

Flowers drawn from technique learned at oneartsymama.com
Flowers drawn from technique learned at oneartsymama.com

First sewing project-done!

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One of my goals for the year is to learn to sew. So far, my skills encompass making aprons with my grandma as a child, replacing buttons, and helping my mom on various projects. Although I still did have to call Mom with a few questions, but I’m marking my first project down in the books. Sparkly Princess and I had the weekend to ourselves since the boys went out of town. She has been asking me to make her something, and I’ve been putting it off. I figured there was no time like the present. After looking through my patterns and Pinterest pins (and me saying no to several really advanced projects), she decided on a hospital gown for her American Girl doll (“in case she gets sick,” she said). The pattern is located at Arts and Crafts for your American Girl Doll. Sparkly Princess did a great job picking out the fabric, thread, and bias tape. She also helped me cut the straight edges. Needless to say, the gown isn’t perfect, but she loved it. I enjoyed sharing this challenge with her. At least, we’ll learn together!

Fun Earth Day Project

Sparkly Princess came home from school last week with an assignment for an Earth Day project. I helped her look through Pinterest for some good ideas. She settled on three parts of several pins to make a recycled stationery set. Although it took a while to complete, she was truly proud of her project.

The first part was a small container made from strips of recycled magazines. The instructions we used were found at Guidecentral. Additionally, we glued the final fold on the strips to make it easier for her to weave the strips. We also changed the edges as well. It was surprisingly sturdy when we finished. Although our household has been recycling for years, I think it made a big impression on the kids that it was possible to reuse “trash” to make useful things since they were the ones remaking things instead of sending it off for someone else to do.

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We also made little notebooks from cereal boxes using an idea from One Good Thing by Jillee. The ones that we made were not as fancy because we ran out of time to affix the button and scrapbook paper I had planned. Sparkly Princess was happy enough to pick out some stickers to decorate them and added a rubber band to keep them closed.

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The final piece was recycled crayons. I have been keeping broken and low-quality crayons for quite some time planning to do this type of project. We used the instructions from Princess Pinky Girl. We ended up using a metal mini-muffin pan. I was thankful that it didn’t really stink up the kitchen and that I finally got the pan clean. Most of the “new” crayons just popped out, but a few got stuck. Next time, I plan to use a silicone pan to help with that. The blended colors are gorgeous, and the kids loved them!

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I hope your children can enjoy making these even if it’s not Earth Day.

Book Review: “Knitting Block by Block” by Nicky Epstein

When I saw this book, I was intrigued by the idea of being able to knit smaller projects as parts of a whole, larger project. Somehow, knitting an afghan seems more daunting than just knitting a block. That being said, I just starting to learn to knit. However, I look forward to attaining the proficiency needed to make a lovely afghan of differing blocks. I hope this book will do just that.

This book contains a load of beautiful pictures. The pages are nice and thick, allowing the book to lay open easily. Not only does the book proudly boast of having 150 different squares, it also shows several different types of edgings and methods of joining. Patterns and photographs are provided for each square as well as several projects (such as a purse or vest).

The end of the book showcases a gallery of all the blocks for planning purposes. Abbreviations for the patterns are also explained as well as instructions for basic stitches. A resource list is provided. This book will be an excellent addition to my crafting library.

(I received this book for free from BloggingforBook.org’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.)