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Out and about

by kath_red on 15/03/2012

in Books, Newsletter

We were out and about on a little family jaunt this past weekend. We went to the big smoke – the city – to see the lights, and hear the sounds and visit some cool places and climb some stairs, and see a show and eat some good food and watch some clever buskers. We stayed in a pub and walked everywhere, we happened upon some street artists doing their thing and we saw some fireworks too. It was a good weekend, yes there was some moaning tired moody children (and adults), but overall I think we bonded!

On a craftier note — this week at Whipup: A round up of granny flower squares :: A book and guest post — Knits for Nerds :: More knitting projects for nerds.

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And more cool stuff:

I am reading:

  • Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts By Cathy Gaubert and published by Lark Crafts (November 2011). I am a huge fan of Cathys work, her sweet and quirky little critters and embroideries are really very cute. This book has 24 mini-quilt designs which are all special and could be worked up to larger quilts if you wanted as well. From dolly quilts to wall quilts all the designs are achievable and interesting enough for both beginners and more advanced quilters with a great mix of techniques to get your sewing and creative skills flourishing.
  • Mom, Inc.: The Essential Guide to Running a Successful Business Close to Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto and coming soon (Chronicle Books April 2012). This is a nifty little handbook especially for folks just like me – mother running a running a home and running a business from home. How to juggle it all and stay sane and get organised in the process. It can get crazy trying to do it all!
  • This useful ‘Learning to See’ series of tiny books by Peter Jenny (published by Princeton Architectural Press coming soon April 2012) include The Artist’s Eye, Drawing Techniques and Figure Drawing. These handy take-along sized books are perfect for all ages interested in wanting to improve their drawing skills. These books are a series of prompts and exercises to help you to slow down and observe your surroundings, each exercise includes the time and materials you will need (most are under an hour and you’ll need not much more than a pencil, eraser, paper and sometimes ink) and with a few examples of what to do. Very clever and very useful. We’ll be including these in our evening family time.

[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australians can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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