Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eat a Little Dirt

This song speaks to me in a million ways. I hope you like it, too.




Thanks for watching! What song or video speaks to you??? I would love to watch!




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Winner of my personal copy of "Cats in Hats"

The publisher will be contacting all winners of the kits from the entire book blog hop (be sure to check your email!) but today Zack is going to pull a name out of the bowl.




Since there weren't as many entrants, Zack chose to use a smaller bowl, and this one he actually made in 2009. He put all the glass where he wanted it, and then the store slumped it for him. I'm tickled pink at his talents.


So without further delay, the name drawn for 
my personal copy of the book and some yarn is:



Congratulations!

I will be giving away another book by the same publisher -- I missed the book tour because either I was sick or Zack was and it just didn't work out. So be on the lookout for a book about birds, and if you like to SEW, it's for you.  



And even if you've never sewn, you will love it -- clever ways to get patterns, and very easy instructions. I sew, both by hand and machine, but I don't love it. I think that's because when I was in Basic Training, the Air Force hadn't transitioned to BDU's (camo - that happened in 1988, and I joined in 1987) and we still wore what we called the "gas station attendant greens". Apparently, not only was I one of the only people who had been brought up knowing how to make hospital corners on beds, but I was the only one who knew how to sew (shout out to mom, there -- she sews, and my grandmother was a tailor). After hemming a million pairs of green pants and sewing on countless stripes, I kind of got out of the habit, other than sewing the odd curtain or two. 

This isn't my flight, for some reason the photo isn't on the AF web site, but this was my sister unit, and I have a lot of friends from here. I MUCH prefer the BDUs (Battle Dress Uniform)!


But in a day or two, you'll get to see the inside of this book and win my copy PLUS fabric. So please go to the right and follow my blog, or get email updates, so you don't miss a thing!


Also, as soon as I have the energy, I will be creating a separate blog to chronicle my Lyme journey, among other "not Pretty Things things". I'll post on both sites when I post on the other so you don't miss a thing (did that make sense?)


See you soon! And thank you ever so much for all your love and kindness. It's not forgotten or ignored.



Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review -- Cats in Hats by Sara Thomas (for knitters and crocheters!)

You've heard of the Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. But have you ever wanted to knit or crochet your darling fur-baby their very own hat?


Why of course you have. And now you can!


I have two cats. One is geriatric and a cuddler and MIGHT let me put a hat on him. But he would look peeved about it. He's between 6-8 pounds, depending on the day.  Max is a fluffy rescue kitty who is about 17 years old.


The other cat is a Maine Coon. Vernon is six and he is enormous. It's not fat but ... CAT. He weighs between 25-27 pounds. This is a cat who, should I try to put a hat on him, would claw me senseless, and he's not a mean cat. He does, however, act like a dog, including raking his nails down the wall in the bathroom and gouging out a two foot stripe into the dry wall.


I shall not put a hat on Vernon. Otherwise knows as Big Kitty. Also know as Good Dog. I value my life and there are not enough bandages in the world.



Max and Vernon


Sara Thomas wrote a book for Running Press. I'm a knitter and a crocheter and the idea of cats and hats made me happy, regardless of whether my cat needed a hat or not. There are some strays that run around the neighborhood and I might try and coax one into wearing one.  And then sit back and watch our neighborhood message board go all kinds of nuts.





The book by Sara Thomas is adorable. Running 112 pages with the kind of paper I just LOVE (I just have a thing about good quality paper, I can't help it), there are 30 knit and crochet patterns for your kitty. The photos are both awe-inducing and awwww-inducing -- unbearably cute kitties on the pages! Patterns are clearly marked, and there are various levels so you can start with one and work your way through to your comfort level. Leave this on your coffee table and your friends are bound to love it (and your cats parading through in their kitty finery).




According to the press release, "This book is the perfect knit and crochet guide for creating quirky and unique hats for all of your kitty companions. The Punk Mohawk suits edgier cats while The Cat in the Hat is great for felines that love great literature. Complete with a breakdown of skill level and method (knit or crochet), suggestions for yarns, and written patterns and charts, even the most amateur crafter can create adorable headgear for their favorite kitties."  And I agree! They're cute, and if you're a skilled knitter, I'll bet you can convert these hats to fit your kidlet (or yourself!) as well!


The other participants of this blog hop:


AUTHOR KICKOFF: 3/16 Scooter Knits 



3/19 In Stitches 









3/28 Pretty Things Blog (you're here!)




This contest will run from 3/16 to 3/30 @ 12 AM EST. 

The publishers are giving away generous prizes, and I'm giving away one.




:: ONE person will receive a copy of the book, an EXCLUSIVE hat pattern from author Sara Thomas, and enough Lion Brand yarn necessary to complete the pattern.


::  FIVE runners up will receive a copy of the book. Winners will be contacted by email and
must notify the publisher within 48 hours of the notification email with address and acceptance. Please note that winners can be from the US only.  (Sorry -- the cost of sending just 5 oz many places is up to $12 now, eek).


To enter for the first two prizes, the publisher is using a Rafflecopter giveaway system. If you have trouble with that link, then try at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1017537212/



:: In addition, I will pull a name from my list of comments and mail you a copy of the book along with some yarn to start making all the cats in your neighborhood the most stylish around. If you don't have a blog that has you email in it, or some way to contact you, please take notice and either get that tweaked or leave your email in the comment.  Again, only US unless you want to pay the shipping, which can be found at www.usps.com


Contest ends 3/30

The fine print:  I was given a book for free to give my honest opinion. I was not paid for my blog post. These are my own thoughts.


CATS IN HATS: 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty
by Sarah Thomas
Running Press • Paperback w/flaps • $16.95 US/ $19.95 CAN
112 pages • 7 x 9
ISBN: 9780762456635 • eBook ISBN: 9780762456703
Publication Month: April 2015



Enjoy, and look for the Pretty Birds review (with giveaway) and a Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine review (with giveaway) soon. I'm running on half steam so things are slow but I do follow through.




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Giveaway Coming -- Cats in Hats, for knitters and crocheters

On March 28th, I'll be posting my review of the craft book "Cats in Hats".  If you want a chance to enter to win things, you can start the blog tour early!  The reviewers and dates are listed below.


AUTHOR KICKOFF: 3/16 Scooter Knits 



3/19 In Stitches 


3/21 FaveCrafts







3/28 Pretty Things Blog


Written by Sara Thomas from England, where their love of hats and fascinators is renowned, you can expect a lot of cuteness and a bit of hilarity!  I hope you join in!





Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right sidebar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Etsy Finds -- Book Love

I have an inordinate love of books. I learned to read when I was three, and wrote my first book at six. Granted, it wasn't a best seller, but my friends liked it.


Today, I want to explore the book art on Etsy.  Enjoy!

by https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeBreux

Some people think folding or cutting up a book is sacrilege, but when done this way, I have to say, well done, sir, well done.


by https://www.etsy.com/shop/GoGoBookart


First, it's a rabbit. Blowing bubble gum. I love the art prints done on old dictionary pages or what have you. Adorable!


by https://www.etsy.com/shop/malistah

I bought a similar journal for my son's girlfriend, as she travels often and I am a huge travel bug. Handmade with pockets, maps, and other cool things, this is way better than a battered notebook in your back pocket.



by https://www.etsy.com/shop/hardweardesigns

And finally, a book as a jewelry pendant. You can make your own book necklace by being really meticulous with tiny bits of paper, creating a metal edition as above, or finding book beads and going wild. I quite like this!


Hope you enjoyed the quick tour, and tomorrow I'll be reviewing a book that you might want to enter to win -- so be sure to come back tomorrow!




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Art of Awareness Blog Hop Participants

Wow, Heather at Swoondimples is going to be busy making beads!  If you haven't placed your order with her, PLEASE do so as soon as possible. Remember, you can use a meaningful word, a name, whatever you like, as awareness is personal. Also, if you don't want to use the color that your cause is for, that's fine as well. Some people are remembering people, and choosing their favorite color.


www.swoondimples.etsy.com


I would like to make a note that with blog hops like this, it is often very difficult for people to hop all the blogs, as the stories can really get to you. I do hope that you will take some time to visit those you can, but everyone should be aware that not everyone will be able to hop all the blogs.


Below is the list (not in alphabetical order, but in order of sign up, to be fair to everyone). Please check to make sure your name is there and that your blog link works.


There's plenty of time to make your piece (May 16th is the hop date) and I'll be in touch before then to remind you.


Thank you all so very much!



Lori
Heather

Anderson
Millican

www.PrettyThingsBlog.com (hostess)
www.facebook.com/swoondimples (bead artist)

Candida Castleberry www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
mischelle andrade https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Paige Maxim http://delightfullittlegems.blogspot.com/
Laurie  Vyselaar  www.lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Marybeth Rich http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Alice Peterson www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kim Dworak http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Audrey BĂ©langer http://esperianterra.blogspot.ca/
Karen mitchell www.overthemoon-design.com
Joan Williams www.lilrubyjewelry.com
Jean Wells jeanawells.blogspot.com
Ann Schroeder www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Gail Accinelli facebook.com/oregonmadejewelry
Tania Spivey www.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com
Mallory  Hoffman http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/
Mary K McGraw mkaymac.blogspot.com
Shai Williams www.shaihasramblings.com/
Beth Emery storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Catie Doman http://drcatie.blogspot.com
Lorelei Eurto Http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman www.stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams www.paisleylizard.com/blog/
Katie Nelson https://www.facebook.com/katiebead
Patty Miller http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Cassi Paslick http://badatbeingmom.blogspot.com/
Charlee Griffith https://www.facebook.com/charlee.griffith
Kelli Nelson www.afamilyaffarekelli.blogspot.com
Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger beadrecipes.wordpress.com
susan Bowie https://susanbowie.wordpress.com
Jennifer Justman www.soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Cassi Paslick http://badatbeingmom.blogspot.com/
K Hutchinson http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com
Veralynne Malone www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Evie and Beth McCord http://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/
Mihaela Georgescu http://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com
Rebecca Anderso  Www.songbeads.blogspot.com
Charlene  jacka www.clay-space.com
Kim Stevens www.pickingpoppies.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland Mistheword12.wordpress.com
Sally Russick www.sallyrussick.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Mona Arnott bijouxgemsjoy.blogspot.ca
Sandi Volpe www.sandivolpe.com
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Janine Lucas http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Lori Bowring Michaud www.artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow Www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
B.R. Kuhlman www.mixedmayhemstudios.com
Lupe Meter www.gesmpccorner.blogspot.com
Lucy Bejarano www.lucybejaranojewelry.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Perry www.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com
Elisabeth Auld www.beadsforbusygals.com
Carolyn Lawson www.carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Heather Powers www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Katie Hacker www.katiehacker.blogspot.com
Kepi Rasmussen www.kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang www.angelmoose.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com/



Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.
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