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Paris Street Style Coloring Book

Fashion Coloring Book 3

Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases

It looks like the coloring book craze isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  I keep seeing new coloring books popping up. One book that caught my eye was Paris Street Style by Zoe de las Cases.  I was drawn to this coloring book because of the subject matter, fashion.  It’s the perfect subject for coloring.  There are no rules on how to color a dress or pair of shoes.  Each coloring page is a fresh canvas.

As usual, I’m going to share a few pictures from the book.  When it comes to craft books, you need to see if the content appeals to you.  I could go on and on about a craft book but if you don’t find the content appealing, my words mean nothing.

Fashion Coloring BookThe first thing I noticed about this coloring book is that all the pages are sketches.  To me, it’s like coloring the pages of someones well thought out sketchbook.

Fashion Coloring Book 4Another detail I should point out is that the book is 8in x 8in with 96 pages.  This makes the book a little hard to lay flat.  I had to force the book flat to color the pages.

Fashion Coloring Book 2Not all the pages are of people.  There are many pages filled with patterns.  This coloring book offers a lot of variety.

Fashion Coloring Book 5Some of the pages consist of collections such as these sewing supplies.  Other collections include: shoes, skirts, bathing suits and underwear.

Overall,Paris Street Style is a fun coloring book for teens and adults.  It’s great for travel when you want something to do/make without all the baggage.  I have this book on my coffee table with a cup of color pencils.  When friends visit, they can pick up the book and color if they want.

If you would like to learn more about Paris Street Style, please visit Penguin Random House.

I received Paris Street Style through Blogging for Books.

Coloring Book Review: The Time Garden

The Time Garden BookThe Time Garden by Daria Song

Everywhere I look, The Time Garden seems to show up.  During a stroll down 4th street in Berkley, I saw it in the window of Nest and on a shelf in Papyrus.  It came through my Instagram feed more than one might expect.  The book just keeps popping up in all my favorite places.  And when something keeps crossing my path like this, that’s my cue to take notice.

The Time Garden Book 4The Time Garden by Daria Song is a coloring book designed for children and adults.  The beginning of the book shares a short story (two pages) about a girl who enters a magical world through a cuckoo clock.  The rest of the book (70 pages) is filled will intricate ink illustrations by Daria Song.  Below are a couple:

The Time Garden Book 3Floating Lanterns

The Time Garden Book 2Ghiradelli Square

After looking through The Time Garden, I can see why it graces the shelves of some of my favorite shops.  It’s really an upscale coloring book.  The subject matter is appealing with cuckoo clocks, owls and city roof tops.  The illustrations are magical. The pages are thick.  Overall, the book is well designed.

I would recommend this book to children and adults who enjoy creative activities.  This book would make a lovely gift accompanied by some metallic colored pencils.

To learn more about the book and artist, I suggest checking out Daria’s Facebook page.  There she shares colored photos of her illustrations.  It will give you a new perspective on coloring and may even inspire you.  You can also find out more about The Time Garden at Penguin Random House.

I received The Time Garden through Blogging for Books.

DIY Boho Necklace

Boho Wrapped Paracord NecklaceBoho Necklace from the book KNITLESS: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects by Laura McFadden, Photograph by Allan Penn

If you’ve read my blog for a while now, it’s no secret I like to knit.  And like most knitters, I have a massive decent yarn stash.  Which always has me asking, “what am I going to do with all this yarn?!”.  My daughter has started making pom-pom monsters with some of it.  But really, how many pom-pom monsters can one make?  So when Running Press reached out to me about KNITLESS I was eager to take a look at it.

There are a lot of great projects in KNITLESS.  One that stood out to me and I thought you would enjoy is the Boho Wrapped Paracord Necklace.  If you’ve looked through any fashion magazines, you know the bohemian trend is very popular right now.  Directions below:

Reprinted with permission from KNITLESS © 2015 by Laura McFadden, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Boho Wrapped Paracord Necklace

“Boho” or “Bohemian” style is all about the layering of accessories. This all-in-one multilayer necklace has that carefree, gypsy feel.


Hot glue gun with glue sticks
1 yard paracord (tan)
1 paracord closure
5 yards each of lightweight cotton yarn in four colors (pink, light purple, brown, and tan)
5 yards lightweight acrylic yarn (metallic red-orange)
Embroidery needle
White craft glue
Variety pack of assorted wooden beads
70 (3 mm) orange wooden beads
3-inch-wide piece cardboard
1 (20 mm) unfinished wooden bead

1. Heat up the hot glue gun with a stick of glue in it, and place a dab of glue on one end of the paracord.

2. Place the end of the paracord into the socket of the closure and hold it in place for a minute until the glue sets up. Repeat to glue the other piece of the closure on the other end of the paracord.

3. Take the tan yarn and hold a tail of about 3 inches of yarn parallel with the paracord, tail facing in. Start wrapping it around the paracord for about 3 inches to secure the tail.

4. Follow Step 3 for all the remaining colors, changing the color of yarn randomly to suit. To attach a new piece of yarn: Cut the old yarn to leave a tail of a few inches. Hold it and the tail of the new yarn against the paracord. Wrap the new yarn around the tails to cover both. The idea is for the colors to have an uneven, random feeling.

5. When you finish wrapping the yarn all the way around the paracord, thread the embroidery needle with the last piece of yarn and sew it through the layer of paracord. Tie a knot in the end of the yarn. Cut the tail and add a small dab of white glue to secure the knot.

6. For the beaded strands in the middle: single thread the embroidery needle with a piece of tan yarn about 18 inches long. Tie a knot in the end, leaving a 6-inch tail. String on a variety of the wooden beads until they measure 6½ inches.

7. Fold the wrapped paracord part of the necklace in half and measure about 4½ inches from the center on both sides. Sew the beads onto the paracord to make a second tier in the necklace, as shown in the photo. Do this on both sides.

8. Using a piece of tan yarn, tie a knot leaving a 6-inch tail. Single thread the yarn and string on 70 of the orange wooden beads (or until the length of strung beads measures 12¼ inches).

9. Sew the beads onto the paracord, about 10½ inches up from the center of the paracord. Do this on both sides. Knot the ends and cut any excess yarn off.

10. FOR THE TASSEL: Wrap the tan yarn around the cardboard about 30 times. Pull the yarn off the cardboard, keeping the shape intact. Cut a 6-inch strand of tan yarn and wrap it around the top of the loops of yarn you just made, tying them in a tight bundle. Tie a knot in the strand of yarn but don’t cut the ends.

11. Slide the 20 mm wooden bead onto the tassel and white glue it in place.

12. Cut the ends of yarn at the bottom of the tassel so they measure about 2 inches from the bottom of the wooden bead.

13. Thread the uncut ends of yarn at the top of the tassel onto the embroidery needle. Wrap the strands around the center of the paracord several times and tie them in a knot. Feed the remaining strands in through the center of the bead to hide them.

TIP: When you are finishing off the ends of your beading, hide them by burying the remaining yarn strands back through the first few beads. Then cut the ends of the yarn. Add a little dab of glue for extra hold.

knitless craft bookIf you liked this project, I would encourage you to check out the other blogs/links below participating in this blog tour.  You’ll be able to see more projects from KNITLESS.  There are even some giveaways for the book!  You can also find more information at Running Press.

9/15 Pretty Things

9/17 She Shoots Sheep Shots

9/18 Knit and Nosh

9/19 Knitty Gritty Savings

9/20 ZakkaLife – You’re here!

9/21 Lorelei’s Blog

9/22 CraftGossip Knitting

9/23 Wendy Knits

9/24 Cut Out + Keep

9/25 Think Crafts!

9/26 Our Daily Craft

9/27 The Crafty Princess Diaries

9/28 Delia Creates


Book Review: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop

Japanese Woodblock Print WorkshopJapanese Woodblock Print Workshop( A Modern Guide to the Ancient Art of Mokuhanga) by April Vollmer

Between my love for Japanese aesthetics and the arts, April Vollmer’s book Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop immediately caught my eye.  I was first drawn in by the bright print that’s on the cover of the book (one of April’s prints).  But when I opened the book, I was really taken away by the passion and respect April has for the art of Japanese Woodblock printing (mokuhanga).  This book took three year’s in the making and is truly a labor of love.

Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop (JWPW) is an all-encompassing guide about mokuhanga.  In it you will find everything from the history of mokuhanga to a step by step outline of how a print is made.  This book is highly detailed and technical.  I would recommend it for experienced printmakers who want to expand their knowledge on the subject of mokuhanga.

Japanese Woodblock Book 6Suzuki Harunobu (1725 -1770) Eyogami(calendar print): Show-Woman with a Monkey

The first chapter of the JWPW is  “history and significance”.  Along side it are examples of prints such as the wood block print above.

Japanese Woodblock Book2This is just one of many pictures you will find in the “Tools and Materials” chapter.  There are also instructions for using the tools.

Japanese Woodblock Book 3Here’s an example of what some of the step by step instructions look like.  Pictured above are the last steps for re-covering the baren.

Japanese Woodblock Book 4“A professional papermaker keeps fibers in suspension by keeping the slurry in motion as the water drains for the sugeta.”

There’s an entire chapter focused on washi (Japanese handmade paper)!

Japanese Woodblock Book 5The Dive by Henrik Hey

One chapter is dedicated to contemporary artists using mokuhanga.  This chapter is very inspirational to look through with all the unique prints.

Japanese Woodblock Book

Zova #6 (blue) by April Vollmer.

To learn more about Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, please visit April’s site.

I received Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop from Blogging for Books for this review.

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