Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Little Princess Review & GIVEAWAY

Looking for a great baby shower gift? I found this lovely baby book for my friend Cheryl. Her daughter Kelsey and son-in-law Tony are expecting their first child. It's a personal scrapbook - My Little Princess: Preserve your baby's most magical firsts & other beautiful memories from Dover Publications. This adorable album is for recording the moments from before birth up to the age of two. The 64 page hardcover reads like a delightful children's storybook. It's large 9.2 x 11.4" (23.4 x 29 cm) pages are on high quality paper that will stand up to use. I know that Kelsey will enjoy documenting her daughters growth and experiences. She'll be guided by prompts to fill in the spaces as indicated with photos, text and more. It makes saving memories fun and easy. An attached pink ribbon ties it closed. Cherish your child's sweet moments forever. Get your copy below! My Little Prince is it's companion book for boys.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Doodled Dogs Review & GIVEAWAY

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Walter Foster Publishing has just released Doodled Dogs: Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for dog people by Gemma Correll. Doodled Cats, also by Gemma Correll, is it's companion book for cat people. I am a dog lover so I chose Doodled Dogs. It's a 160 page compact 6 x 7" hardcover. It's portable format is perfect for artists on-the-go. You only need to add your favorite drawing instrument - pen, pencil, marker, even crayon - because you draw in the book itself. There are doodle prompts and step-by-step exercises. The doodling is simple enough for anyone to do and enjoy. There is lighthearted dog humor throughout in Gemma's popular cartoon style. At the end of the book there's a bonus project to make a dog-doodled mug! This book is designed to both inspire creativity and to entertain. Get your copy below!

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

Part 1: ALL About Dogs
20 Signs You're a Dog Person
A Day in the Life
Dozens of Dogs
Doodled Dog Faces
Doodled Dogs
Dogs from A to Z
What's in a Name

Part 2: Doodled Dogs Step by Step
French Bulldog
Bichon Frise

Part 3: It's a Dogs World
Dogs in Hats
Funky Furbaby
Anthropomorphic Dogs
Dogs in Costumes
Doggie Digs
Traveling Dogs
Dogs & Cats

Part 4: Dog Doodle Templates
Bonus Project!
About the Illustrator


Pages 12-15


Doodled Dogs is available worldwide at Walter Foster Publishing as is Doodled Cats.  Walter Foster Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Walter Foster is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. Check out their unique catalog at Walter Foster Publications. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 28, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Back cover of my copy of this cute book.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

KARIDERM - Shea Butter Discovery Kit REVIEW

For the past week I have been discovering the benefits of using organic shea butter on my skin. I came across a Canadian company in Laval, Quebec who have partnered with a women's cooperative of shea butter producers in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Founded in 1998 KARIDERM is a certified organic and fair trade producer of face, body and hair care products made with organic shea butter. I've been testing their Shea Butter Discovery Kit. It does NOT disappoint. The kit is made up of 5 shea butter skin care products including raw organic shea butter. Shea butter is extracted from the fruit of the shea tree found mainly in West Africa. It has been used for centuries by women to nourish and protect skin and hair. To learn more about shea butter and it's benefits, including origins, properties and usage please visit KARIDERM.

Shea Butter Discovery Kit

Raw Organic Shea Butter 
Hand Cream
Organic Lip Balm
Neutral Natural Soap + Argan + Vitamin E
Moisturizing Protective Face Cream Samples x 2

CAD $ 23.95
USD $ 18.75

Kariderm's Organic Shea Butter has a light natural scent. It can be used on skin and hair and has many uses as a beauty supply or in the medicine cabinet for skin irritations.

Kariderm's superior protection Hand Cream has a nice subtle natural scent likely because of lavender and fennel oils. It goes on smoothly and is absorbed well. It feel's light and not greasy. I may have to switch.

Kariderm's Organic Lip Balm smells delicious likely due to the pure extract of Bourbon vanilla and orange oil. It reminds me of the smell of opening a box of fine assorted chocolates. It leaves a nice gloss on your lips. It feels rich and luscious. It's addictive. Did you know shea butter has naturally occurring UV protection? It nourishes and protects lips year round from sun, wind and cold. 

My favorite is Kariderm's Neutral Natural Soap with shea butter, argan and vitamin E. It's 100% vegan and unscented. It lathers nicely. I use it on my face and body. It cleans gently yet thoroughly without stripping the skin. I just might not be able to live without it. They also have a lavender & a citrus shea butter soap that I want to try.

Kariderm's moisturizing protective Face Cream is a star product within the Kariderm line. It is for all skin types. It has a light natural scent. It is recommended you follow a cleanse, tone and moisturize routine.

I found KARIDERM'S natural skin care products to be of high quality. What is remarkable is their efficacy. Organic shea butter is at or near the top of each products ingredient list. KARIDERM is available in Canada and the US online and in storeDelivery is free everywhere in Canada and the continental US with any purchase of $50 or more! I recommend.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Craft Kingdom Review & GIVEAWAY

I've been exploring The Craft Kingdom: DIY and Craft Projects for Kids and Adults by Eli Maor. Her 112 page paperback contains over 90 no fuss projects for a range of ages, skill levels and interests. It's organized by topic. See the table of contents below. Each of the 13 topics has a variety of projects.  The author likes to use a mix of common craft supplies, household items and recycled materials. All projects contain a supplies list and instructions. There are lots of colorful photos and essential text. Project templates are at the rear of the book. Her brother Elad Maor did the stand out cover design. Looking for inspiration and ideas? Get your copy below!


Nature Craft
Washi Tape
Soap Making
Candle Making
Recycled Art
Fabric and Textile
Paper Napkin

Page 27 The Craft Kingdom.

Simply beautiful DIY gift wrap. And fragrant too. It's from the Nature Craft section. The author recommends going outside to collect raw materials. I have a gift to wrap and since it's summer I thought I'd swap out the pine for lavender cuttings and maybe a sprig of rosemary. I also have lots of kraft paper to recycle from online shopping.

In this video the author demos her toilet paper roll art project from page 54 and 55. It's from the Recycling Art section.

The Craft Kingdom is available at Amazon Canada and Amazon USA. The author has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 15, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Johanna Basford 2019 Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar Review & GIVEAWAY

I can't wait to use my Johanna Basford 2019 Day-to-Day Coloring Calendar from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Johanna is a Scottish illustrator. You might recognize her name. She is the author of a series of wildly popular coloring books beginning with the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book in 2013. Everything about her new calendar is lovely. Starting with the striking keepsake box printed with one of Johanna's exceptional black and white illustrations and highlighted with gold foil. Opening it reveals a years worth of bite-sized illustrations chosen from her six best-selling coloring books. The calendar's beautiful pages are produced on creamy vanilla stock. It's hinged lid is an easel for the current day's page when opened. Subtle details like the black ribbon, kraft paper wrap and decorative date fonts add an extra special touch. See sample pages below. This stunning coloring calendar is now available for pre-order. It will be released on August 14, 2018. Get your copy below!

Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 5.2 inches or 17.8 x 4.3 x 13.2 cm

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book Review & GIVEAWAY

WOW! This book is mindblowing. Starting with it's size a - whopping 10 x 14.5 inches (25.4 x 36.8 cm). It's the Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book from Andrews McMeel Publishing. The 64 page paperback was released October 10, 2017. Inside you will find a variety of complex activities - Extreme Dot-To-Dots, Color Quest, Extreme Mazes, Extreme Coloring, Colortronic and Extreme Hanjie. These 6 activities have 5 detailed designs each for a total of 30 extreme projects. Following the table of contents below you will find a sample of each activity. The books pages are single-sided. Not sure what Hanjie is? Instructions for all activities are provided. If you get stuck the answers are at the back of the book. Whether dot-to-dots, mazes or coloring, these captivating challenges will keep you entertained for hours. Get your copy below!


Extreme Dot-To-Dots
Color Quest 
Extreme Mazes 
Extreme Coloring
Extreme Hanjie

The Posh Ultimate Creative Activity Book is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. AMP has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 22, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

Photo of back cover of my copy of the book. The design is from the Extreme Coloring section.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling Review & GIVEAWAY

Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling is a gorgeous doodling book you can make your own by adding pattern and color to the simple shapes and outlines. No experience is necessary. The 96 page paperback was released March 6, 2018 from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Inside there are 13 themes. Each theme has several doodles - 46 in total. Following the table of contents below you will find 4 beautiful sample pages. A moving quotation begins each theme. Just add your preferred tools - pencil, pen, colored pens, markers etc. The books compact size 6" square (15.2 cm) makes it easy to slip into your bag. Doodling has many benefits including relaxation. Get your copy below!


Bugs & Butterflies
Things That Go

Pages 4, 5, 6 and 7 are from the Animals theme. Use the image on the left as inspiration or reproduce it. I love the quote from Anatole France. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.'' 

Posh Creativity: D Is for Doodling is available at Andrews McMeel Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Andrew McMeel Publishing. Andrews McMeel Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 16, 2018. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Amazing Origami Boxes Review & GIVEAWAY

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this just released title from Dover Publications. It's Amazing Origami Boxes by bestselling author Tomoko Fuse. She's my favorite origami author. Her 128 page softcover presents 20 useful and decorative origami models. Learn how to make an assortment of striking boxes, bowls and baskets perfect for gifting. There are a few traditional favorites and some exciting new models! The folding skill level ranges from easy to difficult. Clear, step-by-step diagram instruction and text accompany each project. Most require regular size origami paper 6'' (15 cm) square. Photographer Dario Canova showcases the completed models in full color from a variety of angles. This book is an excellent resource. I will return to it over and over again because of all of the interesting projects. Get your copy below.



Interlock box
Party dish 1
Party dish 2
Bird box
Incense holder 

Offering box
Paintbrush rinsing pot
Cat-head box
Flower box A and B

Flower bowl
Box (traditional)
Diagonal box divider
Masu box
Square bowl

Cube box
Double cube box
Tortoiseshell bowl
Tulip cup
Flower box
Rose box

Origami Cat Box
My new favorite is this adorable and easy to make origami cat box. I folded it out of a single 6'' square. 

Amazing Origami Boxes is available worldwide at Dover Publications. Dover, Great Books, Variety & Value Since 1941. Check out their catalog at Dover Publications. Dover has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 10, 2018. Canada & USA. Good luck!