Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Canvas Factory Review & GIVEAWAY

Want wall art now? No photos? It's easy at Canvas Factory a global photo to canvas printer. They have a data base of 25 million free-to-use images! You may also use your own photos. You get a high quality 360GSM canvas stretched across a 1.2" frame ready to hang. Currently there is a limited time store wide special of 65% off! Delivery to Canada is capped at CAD$13.06 and is free for orders over CAD$131.25. Delivery to the USA is capped at US$9.95 and is free for orders over US$100. Get yours below!


This is the image I chose - a vintage flowers and birds illustration. I found it by typing  "flowers and birds" into the search box under the Wall Art tab. Narrow your search by using the Popular Categories for example Aboriginal, Contemporary, Japanese, Islamic, Egyptian, Urban, Modern, Retro, Butterflies and Beach or a further list of 18 categories.

Customization is easy just choose the style, size, shape and wrap style you want. It's fun playing with the options. You may also add text. A large preview and print preview show exactly what your print will look like. When you are happy with it simply add it to your shopping cart, select shipping and pay safely. Gift certificates are available.

On Sunday evening July 7, 2019 I placed my order and received email confirmation. Three days later I received notice that my canvas had shipped along with a Canada Post tracking number. Tracking allowed me to check the delivery status of my canvas from China to Canada. All prints are shipped fully insured. My framed canvas arrived safely on the morning of Monday, July 15, 2019. The post woman required a signature. It took one week from start to finish. My print is properly packaged in heavy cardboard. Inside the canvas is wrapped in clear plastic with all corners protected. All I have to do is display or hang it.









My 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm) custom birds and flowers canvas. I love it!


Neat corners.


Other prints I like.

Set of insects



Scandinavian seamless folk art pattern with birds and flowers, Nordic floral design, retro background in navy blue



Art vector colorful illustration with beautiful abstract folk bird and flowers.


Create your own framed prints now at the Canvas Factory. The Canvas Factory has generously offered to giveaway a custom framed canvas print measuring 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm) or 18" x 12"  (45 x 30 cm)! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 31, 2019. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!


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nugoo JAPAN Accessories - Flat Pouch Review


nugoo Japan's on-line shop has a variety of attractive and useful accessories featuring their designs! This is their flat pouch. It's one of three styles made with nugoo's gorgeous hand printed 100% cotton bento® fabric. It's beautifully made. It is available in a variety of colorful prints. I especially like the above print named Peta Peta. The fabric's surface has a light water repellent coating. Inside is a small pocket. The lining is 100% nylon. The pouch measures approximately 21.5 x 14 cm. It's the perfect size for when you only need to carry a few items. nugoo's other accessories include tenugui hanging rods, tapestry rings, umbrellas, fans, bags, purses, hand mirrors, coin cases and greeting cards. Use the handy search bar (top right of their web-site) to find your favorites. All orders over $60 US get free standard shipping with coupon code FREESHIPJULY. Get yours below!



Above is the hand printed 100% cotton bento® fabric used to make the Peta Peta flat pouch. The pouch is also available in the bento® fabric designs shown below. Which is your favorite?



Atsu Atsu


Deko Boko


Hoku Hoku


Jigu Zagu


Para Para


nugoo Japan's on-line products include - tenugui, bento® lunch wraps, square cloth scarves, tea, accessories and greeting cards. Their online shop is in English, with prices in US dollars and worldwide shipping. You may also check prices in 14 different currencies including the Canadian dollar, British pound and Euro. Founded in 2006 nugoo also has five retail stores and a cafe in and around Tokyo.



My Peta Peta flat pouch from nugoo. 


Thursday, July 11, 2019

nugoo, Japan - Hand dyed tenugui cloths and accessories

One of the best tenugui (Japanese hand towel) shops in Japan is now open online, in English, with prices in US dollars and shipping worldwide. nugoo features authentic tenugui cloths and accessories in an array of classic and contemporary designs. Tenugui (click for pronunciation) is a lightweight 100% cotton fabric that is hand dyed by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques. They measure approximately 92cm x 32cm (36.22" x 12.60"). In Japanese culture tenugui have a rich history that dates back centuries. They are remarkable for their striking colors and patterns. These works of art have many everyday uses - hand towel, head wear, gift wrap, wall hanging, table setting and so on. The possibilities are endless. This stylish everyday cloth is a staple in Japan and a growing trend outside of it. nugoo's on-line products include - tenugui, bento® lunch wraps, square cloth scarves, tea, accessories and cards. Get yours below! All orders over $60 US get free standard shipping with coupon code FREESHIPJULY.


Tenugui Moteru Onna, 1920
Hashiguchi Goyo
Woodblock Print
Woman holding a tenugui

Hand dyed tenugui cloths and accessories are available worldwide at nugoo. Founded in 2006 nugoo also has five retail stores and a cafe in and around Tokyo.


Monday, July 01, 2019

Woodcraft Review

Learn to carve! WoodcraftMaster the Art of Green Woodworking with Key Techniques and Inspiring Projects by Barn the Spoon aka Barnaby Carder, green wood master craftsman. Backed up by 20 years of crafting and teaching experience Barn passionately introduces green woodworking. Green wood (freshly felled) is much softer than seasoned timber and is therefore pliable enough to be shaped with hand tools. Barn uses traditional woodworking tools and techniques to hand craft wooden objects that are both useful and beautiful. While no two pieces are exactly alike all are made with heart. All you need to begin is an unseasoned log, an ax and a hand knife. He shows how, via a series of projects that teach the fundamentals of green woodcraft. Contents includes chapters on knifework, axwork, turning, tools and hardware. See the complete table of contents below, along with sample pages. Woodcraft's pages are visually appealing and informative - a mix of easy to read type, large color photos and illustrations. This book will make you want to take up carving and join the resurgence in green woodworking! DK Publishing released the 256 page hardcover on April 16, 2019. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS

WHAT IS WOODCRAFT?
UNDERSTANDING WOOD

KNIFEWORK
BUTTER SPREADER
TOGGLE
BANGLE
COFFEE BAG CLIP
PULLED FIBER BRUSH

AXWORK
MALLET
RAISED AX BLOCK
COAT PEG
COOKING SPOON
BOWL
SERVING PLATTER
CUTTING BOARD
SHRINK POT
FRAME SAW FRAME STOOL

TURNING
POTATO MASHER
CAPTAIN'S CHAIR

TOOLS
TOOLS FOR SHARPENING
STRAIGHT KNIFE
SPOON KNIFE & SCORP
AX & ADZE
FROE & WEDGE
TENON CUTTER & REAMER
DRAWKNIFE & PUSH KNIFE
GOUGES
CHISELS
PLANES
FRAME SAW & HANDSAWS
DRILLS & DRILL BITS
MEASURING TOOLS

HARDWARE
SHAVING HORSE
WORK BENCH & POLE LATHE

INDEX 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


Make a Coat Peg. 



Make a Spoon.

Make a Bowl.

Woodcraft: Master the Art of Green Woodworking with Key Techniques and Inspiring Projects ISBN-13: 978-1465479785 is available worldwide at DK Canada, DK US, and DK UK. DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dogs in Origami Review & GIVEAWAY

Discover a variety of canine folds inside the pages of Dogs in Origami by Nick Robinson. With a little help from his friends, the British origami master demos 20 origami projects with instructions and diagrams. He begins with the easiest models and slowly progresses to the more challenging ones. Each project has a difficulty rating of 1 through 5, with 5 being the hardest. All designs require square paper. Add a pack of 7 x 7" paper and you'll be all set. Though for practicing the more difficult designs larger squares are better. Clear diagram and text instructions are printed on large pages along with photos of the finished model. See the complete table of contents below. The 144 page paperback was released May 15, 2019 from Dover Publications. It's a companion volume to "Cats in Origami". Get your copy below!


Contents

Introduction
How to fold - Choosing paper
Techniques

Basic Dog
Traditional

Minimal Dog
Nick Robinson

Yoshizawa's Dog
Akira Yoshizawa

Alison's Dog
Nick Robinson

Scotty Dog
Robert Neale

Gay's Dog
Gay Merrill Gross

Nodding Dog
Nick Robinson

Alsatian
Edwin Corrie

Kirschenbaum's Dog
Marc Kirschenbaum

Bone
Nick Robinson

Dog
 Shoko Aoyagi

Puppy
Shoko Aoyagi 

Dawg
Tony O'Hare

Dog in Kennel
 Nick Robinson

Woof! Woof! Puppy
Gay Merrill Gross

Bodo's Dog
Bodo Haag

Patch the Dog
Roman Diaz

You Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog
Nick Robinson

Perro Liberando
Luis Fernandez Perez

Bulldog
Jacky Chan

Biographies

Scottie Dog

This is the Scotty Dog I folded from page 40. I used a 4" square of origami paper. It has a difficulty rating of 2 out of 5, making it fairly easy to fold. The models creator is Robert NealeNo scissors, tape or glue used.

Dogs in Origami 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 July 4, 2019. Canadian & US addresses only. Good luck!

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free Review

Want more plants for free or next to nothing? A revised new edition of Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free, with Alan Toogood Editor-in-Chief has just been released! For clarity, propagate means "to produce a new plant using a parent plant". This attractive hardcover contains everything you could want to see, learn and know about plant propagation.The volume is compiled by experienced horticulturalists and focuses entirely on propagation facts. It's a comprehensive guide on how to propagate more than 1,500 plants with detailed coverage of individual plants. It is designed so that the information is easy to access. The books layout is inviting and engaging with excellent typography and an abundance of photographs and illustrations. A nine page index makes it very easy to reference a specific plant. Contents includes sections on garden trees, shrubs and climbing plants, perennials, annuals and biennials, cacti and other succulents, bulbous plants and vegetables. The complete table of contents is shown below, as are multiple sample pages. There are hundreds of tutorials with techniques that are rated easy, moderate and challenging. The methods are explained well. There is a one page glossary of horticultural terminology. I used it to look up "latex" which I now know means "milky white sap or fluid that bleeds from some plants when stem is cut or wounded; may be irritant." This book is for beginner through serious gardeners. I'm learning a lot. It's an excellent resource on plant propagation. The only one you'll need. DK Publishing released the 320 page hardcover on May 7, 2019. Get your copy below!


Contents
How to use this book

INTRODUCTION
Learning from nature
Propagation in the past
Modern propagation
Sexual increase of plants
Vegetative propagation
Tools and equipment
Soils and growing media
Propagation in different climates
The propagation environment
Plant problems

GARDEN TREES
Taking cuttings
Sowing seeds
Grafting and budding
Layering
Palms
Cycads
Conifers
A-Z of garden trees

SHRUBS AND CLIMBING PLANTS
Taking cuttings
Division
Sowing seeds
Layering
Grafting
Heaths and heathers
Roses
A-Z of shrubs and climbing plants

PERENNIALS
Division
Sowing seeds
Taking cuttings
Ferns
Alpine plants
Water garden plants
Bromeliads
Ornament grasses
Orchids
A-Z of perennials

ANNUALS AND BIENNIALS
Sowing seeds
A-Z of annuals and biennials

CACTI AND OTHER SUCCULENTS
Sowing seeds
Division
Taking cuttings
Grafting
A-Z of cacti and other succulents

BULBOUS PLANTS
Division
Sowing seeds
Scaling and chipping
A-Z of bulbous plants

VEGETABLES
Sowing seeds
Culinary herbs
A-Z of vegetables

Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION, Tools and equipment, pages 28 & 29.

SHRUBS AND CLIMBING PLANTS, Roses from seeds, pages 116 & 117.

PERENNIALS pages 146 & 147.

CACTI AND OTHER SUCCULENTS, Taking cuttings, pages 236 & 237.

A-Z of vegetables, pages 298 & 299.

Propagating Plants: How to Create New Plants for Free ISBN-13: 978-1465480125 is available worldwide at DK Canada, DK US, and DK UK. DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world leading illustrated reference publisher and a member of the Penguin Random House division of Bertelsmann.

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants Review & GIVEAWAY

Would you like to draw botanicals? New from the Draw Like an Artist series this is 100 Flowers and Plants: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing. Inside artist/illustrator Melissa Washburn shows how to draw lifelike flowers and flowering plants, vines, leaves, trees and other plants - including succulents, herbs, and grasses. Listed below is the extensive table of contents. The introduction includes helpful line drawing tips with practical exercises. Then 100 flowers and plants are illustrated, step-by-step on 100 pages - from beginning sketch lines to detailed drawing. Each is presented in 6 - 8 illustrative steps, with large, clear drawings on letter size (8 1/2 x 11 inches) pages. See several sample pages below. Improve your drawing skills while capturing the beauty of nature! Just add pencil, pen, paper and eraser. Quarry Books will release this 112 page paperback on June 25, 2019. It is available now for pre-order. Get your copy below!

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INTRODUCTION
How to Use This book
Tips for Better Line Control

SECTION 1:  FLOWERS AND FLOWERING PLANTS
Daisy
Black-eyed Susan
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Coreopsis
Tulip
Crocus
Daffodil
Buttercup
Pansy
Peace Lily
Day Lily
Sunflower
Dahlia
Chrysanthemum
Marigold
Dandelion
Anemone
Aster
Rose
Hibiscus
Lavender
Poppy
Apple Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Lotus
Protea
Geranium
Morning Glory
Horse Nettle
Thistle
Bluebell
Strawberry
Wax Plant
Clover
African Violet
Plumeria
Wild Rose
Iris
Lilac
Peony
Orchid
Gladiolus
Hollyhock
Clematis
Maypop (Passion Flower)
Honeysuckle
Bleeding Heart
Snap Dragon
Sweet Pea
Wisteria

SECTION 2:  VINES, LEAVES, AND TREES
Birch
Ginkgo
Redbud
Ash
Walnut
Willow
Maple
Japanese Maple
White Oak
Mulberry
Sassafras
English Ivy
Virginia Creeper
Trumpet Vine
Dogwood
Magnolia
Tulip Tree
Juniper
Pine Cone
Pussy Willow

SECTION 3:  OTHER PLANTS
Aloe
Jade
Echeveria Succulent
Sedum
Zebra Haworthia
Christmas Cactus
Prickly Pear
Philodendron
Peacock Plant
Fig
Rubber Plant
Bromeliad
Zebra Grass
Bluestem
Dune Grass
Bamboo
Chive
Parsley
Coriander
Raspberry
Tomato
Squash
Yucca
Hosta
Rhododendron
Milkweed
Palm
Fern
Chinese Lantern

About the Author
Acknowledgments



Black-eyed Susan & Coneflower, pages 12, 13.


Poppy & Apple Blossom, pages 32, 33



Video shows an example of a step-by-step drawing.



Video shows a peek inside of book.

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants is available worldwide at Quarry Books, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Quarry Books. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 16, 2019. Prize includes shipping. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!





My copy ISBN-13: 978-1631597558.
.




Sunday, May 26, 2019

Watercolor with Me: In the Forest Review

Can you learn to paint if you can't draw? Yes, says Dana Fox author of Watercolor With Me: In the Forest - a gorgeous watercolor project book with 50 woodland sketches for you to paint. The subjects are listed below in the table of contents and include a variety of appealing flora and fauna. All projects are laid out in the same useful format. On the left page is a simple sketch. While on the right - tips, instructions, a color palette and the tools required to complete the artwork are shown. For reference, a sample of the subject matter painted in Dana's whimsical style is also included. Sketches are printed on 24.4 x 23 cm (9.6 x 9 inch) good watercolor paper. Experiment with the following watercolor techniques - wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, painting fur, and ink and wash. Supplies you are likely to need include: watercolor paint and brushes, a permanent ink pen and white gel pen. Premium binding allows the book to lay fully flat when open. Hands free! No previous skill is needed. What a wonderful way to explore watercolor! I love it and am going to work my way through it. Dana is the creator of the popular YouTube series, Paint with Me. This is her first watercolor book. Good news, her second book in the series is set to be released in Fall 2019! Page Street Publishing released this 119 page paperback on August 14, 2018. A Kindle version is also available. Get your copy below!


Introduction
Projects

WET ON DRY
Acorns
Caterpillars
Ferns
Ladybugs
Clovers
Flowers
Monarch
Tree
Moth
Dogwood Rose
Mushroom
Cabin

WET ON WET
Chickadee
Feathers
Maple Leaf
Snail
Hummingbird
Bluebird
Tortoise
Squirrel
Leaves
Wild Roses
Daisies
Trout

PAINTING FUR
Hedgehog
Bumble Bee
Bear
Skunk
Chipmunk
Fawn
Raccoon
Rabbit
Coyote
Beaver
Fox

INK AND WASH
Dragon Fly
Mountain Ash Leaf
Stoat
Salamander
Pine Cone
Mouse
Raspberries
Tree Frog
Owl
Grasshopper
Trillium
Wolf
Titmouse
Lily Pad

About the Author


Fawn from the Painting Fur exercise on pages 74 and 75.



Glance inside the pages of Watercolor with Me: In the Forest.



Watercolor With Me: In the Forest is available worldwide (scroll down) and at Amazon USA, Amazon Canada and Amazon UKPage Street Publishing Co. was founded in 2012 and is located just outside of Boston. They only use sustainable paper vendors and print with environmentally-friendly, soy-based ink.




My copy beside my new watercolor paint set.



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Canadian Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush Review & GIVEAWAY


Bam Brush Family 4 Pack CDN$ 23.95
Subscribe & Save 15%

Time to change your toothbrush? I just discovered a Canadian company who's mission is to make the best biodegradable bamboo toothbrush ever. For over a week now I've been using the Canadian Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush also known as the Bam Brush. The Bam Brush has a 100% biodegradable moso bamboo handle. Its removable bristles are high-quality hygienic nylon. The toothbrushes are packaged in simple unbleached paper sleeves. They are available in 4 colors, as shown above. One size fits all. Based in Victoria, BC this eco-friendly company makes keeping toothbrush plastic out of the environment easy and affordable by offering a Toothbrush Subscription Club. Subscribe and you will receive a new toothbrush in the mail every 1, 2 or 3 months at a savings of 15%.


The first thing I notice about my Bam Brush (above) is the easy to open, paper-based packaging. The toothbrush's bamboo handle has an organic feel in my hand. Its nylon bristles are soft and gentle on my teeth. After brushing, my teeth and mouth feel clean and fresh. The Bam Brush is attractive, light in weight and sturdy. I found it to be of very good quality. I like knowing that I'm decreasing the amount of plastic waste I contribute to the landfill. Ready to leave plastic toothbrushes behind? Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush every few months. Get yours below!


The Original Canadian Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush.

100% Biodegradable Moso Bamboo Handle

"Soft" High-Quality Removable Hygienic Nylon Bristles 

Non-Toxic Water Paint On Handle 

Vegan-Friendly

Cruelty-Free

BPA Free

100% Free Shipping Canada & USA

An Easy Greener Alternative For The Whole Family!


The Bam Brush is available in Canada and the US online and in some stores. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Bam Brush has generously offered to giveaway a Family 4 Pack! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 2, 2019. Canadian and US addresses only. Good luck!



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