Book Review: I Draw on Cats

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 9:25 am

I Draw on Cats: A Connect-the-Dots Activity Book is published by Potter Style, and the author/photographer is A.R. Coffelt. The book retails for $9.99 in the US and $12.99 in Canada is called an activity book because it is meant for the reader (user) to write inside of the book.

The concept sounds a little crazy, and it is, but I think it is pretty fun too. It’s 48 pages long and is full of color photographs of cats. The photos have drawings superimposed on top of them, and then there are connect the dots that are numbered so that you can also draw on top of the photo and finish off the final image.

I have to admit that my old eyes have a little trouble reading the numbers on some of the photographs, but I see this more as a book for a child to play with. I think it would be especially appealing for anyone who is homeschooling and working on the idea of numbers and patterns. This would help with learning numbers and also have a layer of hand-eye coordination and tactile learning involved as well.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

Blogged under Crafty Products, Crafty Videos, Loom Knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 2:26 pm

Loom knitting is a wonderful way to enjoy some simple yarn crafting, and Leisure Arts was kind enough to send me a new knitting set it has available called the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set. In the video below, I open up the box and show you everything that comes with this set as well as look through the accompanying book and give you my initial thoughts.

Blythe Doll Beret Pattern - Recipe

Blogged under crochet and knitting, dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 4:41 pm

This has not been test crocheted for accuracy or gauge. Therefore, I recommend you use this as a recipe and adapt as necessary, especially if you use thinner or thicker yarn than suggested, and check the fit on your doll’s head as you go (as hair thickness can also affect fit). I made this to fit a Blythe doll’s head. However, I have heard that American Girl (AG) dolls have about the same size head, so AG collectors may also find this helpful.

I used Morehouse Farm’s sport weight 2-ply in the “raspberry” colorway. Hook sizes and stitches terms are in US (not UK).

You will need the following tools and supplies:

Scissors

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

G hook

F hook.

Your choice of sport weight yarn.

Use the G hook first and later switch to the F hook as indicated in the instructions below.

Start by using a sloppy slip knot to attach yarn to your hook See this link for instructions on the sloppy slip knot:


http://www.freshstitches.com/the-sloppy-slip-knot-how-to-work-in-the-round-with-no-hole/

Note: I suggest working through the back loop of single crochet stitches. This will make noticeable lines around and allow you to count your rows as you work more easily. Use the stitch marker to mark the end of the row and move it as you go onto the next row.

ch 2.

Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)

Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)

Round 3: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)

Round 4: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)

Round 5: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)

Round 6: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)

Round 7: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)

Round 8: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)

Round 9: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)

Round 10:  * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)

Round 11: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)

Round 12: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (72)

Round 13: * Sc twice in next st, sc in next 11 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (78)

Round 14: Switch to F hook and Sc in each st (78)

Round 15: * Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts. Repeat from * 6 times, Sc in next 6 sts (71)

Round 16: * Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 10 times. Sc in next 2 sts (60)

Round 17:  * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 8 times. Sc in next 6 sts (55)

Round 18: * Sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 7 times. Sc in next 5 sts (47)

Round 19 - 20: Sc in each st (47)

Round 21: 2 sl sts

Cut yarn leaving at least a 6 inch tail, and use tapestry needle to weave in and trim off excess yarn.




If anyone finds time to test this out, I am open to reasonable suggestions, especially if there are any errors with my numbers. I ended up having to re-engineer this hat after I just did my usual creative experimenting with yarn. I ended up making 2 more berets before I could develop the pattern, and then I made one more following the pattern. Of course, it is easy to follow your own instructions, though.

Time for Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 1:01 pm

Custom Size Card How-to

Don’t feel locked into the size or proportions of a card layout that you’re fond of. How to easily create custom size card using mockups.

Make It, Wear It

Crafty Princess vlogs about how jewelry designers need to wear their own jewelry designs.

Beading Arts

Cyndi experiments with using the new albion stitch to add beads to objects. It’s easy, fast, and fun!

Snap out of it, jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean reviews a soon to be released book with an original twist: Manga Origami!

Doll Dresses from CCToys

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Friday 24 June 2016 at 9:04 am

One element of Blythe doll collecting includes creating a persona for each doll. This can be done by customizing the dolls and often also includes assembling outfits and accessories to go along with their characteristics.

I am currently creating with one of my factory Blythe dolls to give her a feeling of being a young girl from Paris who is interested in the arts. When I discovered some dresses and clothes from CCToys, I knew they would work perfectly for her personality.



Wear Your Jewelry!

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Jewelry Designing, beading by Tammy on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 9:13 am

Do you make jewelry? If you said “yes,” then you need to wear it!


Fake Vs. Stock Blythe Doll Controversy

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 9:09 am

I’ve joined in on the “Wine and Dollies” trend that many YouTube doll collectors have been doing where they talk about what they are doing as far as crafting and creating with their dolls, their thoughts on doll collecting issues, and so on. I share some dolly mail in this video and also discuss some doll group discussions I’ve seen online where there is some nastiness when it comes to the fake versus stock doll controversy.



Bead, Knit, Crafts Etc. Podcast - Another Episode!

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, Crafty Videos by Tammy on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 9:00 am

Tappingflamingo joins me in another podcast where we share out latest crafting works in progress, finished objects, crafting plans, and also a little information about her recent Caribbean cruise. We have some beaded jewelry t show along with yarn crafts too.



New Blythe Doll Fake Unboxing

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 8:57 am

I lied when I said I would not buy another doll! Maybe this was Karma since the doll didn’t turn out to be what I thought she was.



Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Monday 20 June 2016 at 8:50 am

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is one of the books I received for review as part of Crown Publishing’s Blogging for Books program. Bloggers agree to post reviews of books they select through the program in return for a free copy of the book. This, of course, can be kind of fun sometimes if you really like the book, or it can be awkward when you don’t like that book. That is my story with The Little Paris Bookshop. I really, really want to like this book, but I’m just not getting into it like I thought I would.

The premise of the book sounded really promising to me. The protagonist operates a book store in Paris. Not only is it in Paris, France, but the shop is inside a boat floating on the Seine. That was enough to get me interested, but it got better. The proprietor of the shop, Monsieur Perdu,  prescribes books to patrons as if he is dispensing medication. He feels their emotional stress and knows the perfect story to help them out.

It sounds enchanting! However, I kept putting it down. First of all, I actually didn’t really like Perdu. He seems pathetic and overly dramatic to the point I couldn’t really buy into his character. That was really enough to put me off because I have a thing about characters in novels. If I don’t at least like them, I have to care about them enough to keep reading. I finally stopped around page 80 of this 390 page book. When I was in graduate school, I had to force myself to read a lot of work I did not like, and at my age, I now feel life is too short to read a book you don’t want to read when you don’t have to read it.

I did go surf around for other reviews of this book because I was curious if I was just off the mark on this book since it sounded so promising, and most seem to have a similar reaction to mine. Though, a few say that you need to push through to some place in the book where the protagonist and other characters take off on a trip and sail on the book shop/boat.

So, the book is still on my shelf with the bookmark placed in the spot I left off, and maybe, I will pick it up again some day. But, I am making no promises.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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