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review 2017-05-10 18:36
The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Janit Calvo
The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World - Janit Calvo

A few years ago I was given a box of miniatures and packed them away not really knowing what to do with them. After getting my hands on this book I cannot wait to get started making beautiful miniature gardens out of the things in the box. 


This book is filled with wonderful ideas, tips, and more. The awesome color pictures are amazing.  each piece can be personalized to your tastes as well. This book has really opened my creativity. No every miniature I see can be turned into a wonderful part of a garden. 


I also loved the section on tools needed. I  ever thought about using my nail polish to paint small items. I know the craft shop is going to love seeing me come and my porches and several places in my house are going to be wonderful with all the miniature gardens I am envisioning in my minds eye thanks to this book. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2016-07-29 00:00
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books (Dover Craft Books)
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books (Dov... The Art and Craft of Handmade Books (Dover Craft Books) - Shereen LaPlantz My Review:
I was really surprised by the books in this guide on book making. Usually, you see regular books and how to stitch them and it's really basic. I was so pleasantly surprised to see art! These little gems created by the author and her assistant were lovely. They used the traditional techniques, well explained, to create pieces of art. The idea that totally caught my imagination was the bestiaries. The idea of creating a modern bestiary is really a great idea for someone just starting out bookmaking. There were several ideas presented on how such a projected could be approached depending on the person's level of expertise and talent. I found myself impatient to get into my studio to work with my supplies and create! I definitely found this book to be inspirational and instructive at the same time! I would strongly recommend this book to a beginner or more advanced bookmaker. The beginner would learn a lot, both historically and skill-wise. And the more advanced bookmaker would definitely be inspired by both the text and the pictures. This is a book that will see some use in my studio!

This book was provided to me by Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley
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