Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review: Home Sewn

Home Sewn is a B-E-A-utiful book about sewing things for your home- everything from tea towels, to lamp shades, to large floor cushions.... And these are items that are made with high quality materials which makes for a high-end style final product. This isn't your "I know how to sew, so I am going to download some instructions online and use my stash of scraps" type of book. This book is for the artist who finds interest in the detail of textures, fabrics, and simple homemade goods. The author, Cassandra Ellis, gives plenty of detailed instructions, but she does seem to assume the reader already has a decent knowledge of sewing.

While reading this book, I learned that linen has some amazing super powers. Did you know that it can absorb more water than cotton, has antibacterial properties, nonallergenic and is stronger wet than dry? Also, whereas cotton comes from the cotton plant, linen comes from the flax plant.

The only downside I found with this book is that the recommended sources are only european websites and stores. The same or similar items can be found in the USA, but it might take a little more searching for us. Ellis is writing from London, so it makes sense that her suggested shops would be somewhat local to her.

I have a wonderful artist-friend in mind that I plan on gifting this gem to. She enjoys decorating her home with homemade things and pulls out that sewing machine occasionally.




Thank you, BloggingforBooks, for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review- The Look and Tell Bible (A board book for littles)

Have you seen this cute board book of Bible stories? It’s called The Look and Tell Bible by Dawn Machell. It’s actually a well-made (can take a lot of rough and tumble play,....which is a good thing at my house!) collection of 11 Bible stories. Each story gives you a page of illustrations with their key words, so when you read the text, the child can fill in the key words by looking at the image. This is a great book for the pre-reader and beginning reader, as well as for the older siblings to read to the littles. I love how it’s interactive and asks that the child be involved in the story-telling. 
We have a huge stash of books at our house and I plan on making room on our shelf for this one. I might hide it away in my Christmas hiding spot for my youngest this winter. 


Thanks BookLookBloggers for sending my this cute book in exchange for my honest opinion.