Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crafty Saturday #56

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far (a good long weekend for all my readers in the US). It's Saturday again, which means that I have another Crafty Saturday crafts & DIY round-up for you. Click on the captions under the photos to view the project on the original blog.

Belted Boots, via Mr. Kate

Wooden Knob Magnets, via Chalkboard Blue

Tassel blanket
Chunky Tassel Blanket, via Design*Sponge

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

50 Books in 2014: 46-50

I did it!! I am so excited to be able to say that I have completed my goal of reading 50 books this year, with over an entire month to spare! Of course, I am going to keep reading and reviewing books, both here and on GoodReads (
Here are the reviews for the last five books I have read.

1. The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, by David George Haskell
GoodReads says: "In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.Each of this book's short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home."
Average Rating: 4.25/5

I said: 4/5 stars, "This book is an incredible reflection on nature. Each chapter/entry focuses on a new ecological concept that is brought up in the author's meditative focus while studying the same area of forest over the course of a year. It is very in-depth and focused on each topic covered."

2. Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists, by Danielle Krysa
GoodReads says: "Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This chunky blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow. Each artist offers a tried-and-true exercise—from road trips to 30-day challenges to cataloging the medicine cabinet— that will kick-start the creative process. Abundantly visual with more than 300 images showcasing these artists' resulting work, Creative Block is a vital ally to students, artists, and creative professionals."
Average Rating: 4.29/5 stars

I said: 5/5 stars, "I really loved this book - the author interviewed fifty artists of varied craft and mediums about their creative processes, included their original artwork, and then each artist can up with an 'unblocking' project to help the reader work on their own creative process. I found it fascinating and incredibly inspiring."

3. Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods: The Best Way to Eat for Maximum Health, Energy, and Weight Loss, by Lauri Boone
GoodReads says: "Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods features 50 top superfoods and discusses their unique benefits and how they can be integrated into your diet for incredible health and amazing taste.  From local superfoods—like greens, berries, and garlic—to more exotic superfoods—like maca, cacao, and yacon—Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods also includes 50 nutrient-rich recipes that are all naturally vegan and gluten free."
Average Rating: 3.67/5

I said: 4/5 stars, "This book was split into sections based on type of foods, and then each superfood in these sections was described. Each superfood also included a recipe. All the superfoods were plant-based and the recipes were all vegan. This is a great resource, and it introduced me to several foods I have not heard of."

4. The Last Animal, by Abby Geni
GoodReads says: "The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth."
Average Rating: 3.79/5

I said: 4/5 stars, "Although a few of the short stories in this book did not contain as much as a link to animals and nature as I had hoped, they were all incredibly well-written and intersting. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories. I can't even pick a favorite because I loved so many of them. I couldn't put this book down."

5. Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book, by Jason Thompson
GoodReads says: "In these pages, Jason Thompson has curated an extensive and artistic range of both achievable upcycled crafts made from books and book pages and an amazing gallery that contains thought-provoking and beautiful works that transform books into art. The content encompasses a wide range of techniques and step-by-step projects that deconstruct and rebuild books and their parts into unique, upcycled objects. The book combines in equal measure bookbinding, woodworking, paper crafting, origami, and textile and decorative arts techniques, along with a healthy dose of experimentation and fun.The beautiful high-end presentation and stunning photography make this book a delightful, must-have volume for any book-loving artist or art-loving book collector."
Average Rating: 3.98-5

I said: 3/5 stars, "This book contained some great information about paper crafts, including techniques and tools to use. It also included some family-friendly craft ideas, as well as information about artists that use books as their medium."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tumblr Tuesday #66

Get ready for another photo dump of all the pictures that I have posted on Tumblr this week that have inspired me most.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Crafty Saturday #55

It's Saturday again, which means that it is time for another Crafty Saturday round up! Enjoy these awesome projects I've found around the web.

Arm Band, via Sincerely, Kinsey

Butterfly Twist Tee, via Trash to Couture

Constellation Table Runner, via Design*Sponge

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tumblr Tuesday #65

Well it is Tuesday, which means a photo dump of the latest pictures that have inspired me on tumblr! You can view me on tumblr at and

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eye Heart Spleen

Today I would like to share with you the gorgeous work, 'Eye Heart Spleen' by Camilla Carlow. The stunning work consists of 13 photographs of human organs sculpted from nature. They are absolutely outstanding! You can visit Camilla's blog/profile at

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crafty Saturday #54

It's the weekend again; you know what that means! - another Crafty Saturday round-up. These are all such groovy projects...I really want to try making a facial spray sometime. What do you think?

Dagger Earring Studs, via Minted Strawberry

Patched Back Denim Jacket, via Iola

Refreshing Face Mists, via Design Love Fest

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Connected Artisans Fall Fever Lookbook

My apologies for not putting up a Tumblr Tuesday post yesterday. I had trouble with formatting the size of the images. Normally they copy and past all the same width, but yesterday they were all various sizes, and I was not pleased enough with the post to publish it. Better luck next time.

Today I am very excited to share the gorgeous Fall Fever Lookbook from Connected Artisans. Connected Artisans is an online retailer, which focuses on offering beautiful handmade items that support artisans around the world. Here is what their 'about me' says about the brand:

We provide innovative, well designed products and a unique human experience. While shopping at Connected you will not only support the artisan that made the product, but will also connect into a small piece of their life story. We focus on each artisan's life experience as it relates to their creation.
Because of our high regard for those that are creating our items, we do not carry anything that is mass produced in a large factory where workers are treated poorly. We have combined our historic Fair Trade items with locally sourced, American Made items to provide a healthy and flavorful blend of culturally rich craftsmanship, which represents the best of the artisan who's work is a labor of empowerment, not of servitude.
We source from companies in developing parts of the globe that are members of Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, adhering to strict Fair Trade standards including fair wages, community development, and environmental sustainability, as well as local, emerging independent artists right here at home that are ahering to the same Fair Trade values and using their talents to develop local American economies.
Connected is a different type of consumer experience. It is our goal to enhance the act of consumption by creating an interactive, meaningful experience between you and the artisan.
The people are, and always will be the inspiration throughout our endeavors.

The following pictures are from the Fall Fever Lookbook. The entire lookbook can be viewed here. Enjoy!

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