Color

When I was younger, purple was IT. Not for everyone; just for me. I wanted purple everything: purple clothes, purple pencils, purple bedspread…As I have aged, though, my color repertoire has expanded, and I look for ways to liven up my classroom and home with color tones.

If you like colors, DIY, natural/eco-friendly ideas, and fabric, then I have a book just for you: Natural Color by Sasha Duerr. With gorgeous, colorful photographs, Duerr points the way to successful home fabric-dying using natural ingredients. You will be surprised at the range of materials possible for cloth-dying. Even compost makes its way into this book as a natural dye! The possibilities for natural dyes are really quite striking.

I recommend this book to the Do-it-yourself-er, fabric-lover, and the eco-friendly enthusiast.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Journal: Guilt No More

Journaling has always been something that I wish I did more of. As a child, I would write in my journal nearly daily, but, as I have grown older, other priorities have seemed to crowd it out.
When I first realized that journaling had fallen to the wayside, I felt guilty. It was only a few years ago that I finally realized that journaling is intended to be an outlet–an outlet for creativity, personal records, introspection and reflection, and praise.
Praise? Yes, praise. Reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp led me to believe that recounting the details of our lives can lead us to praise God, reminding us that He truly cares about our lives.
The book Extraordinary Ordinary Moments is a great tool for this journey of journaling-praise. If you even have just a few moments to jot something about your day–even something ordinary that happened–it has the potential to help you see how extraordinarily beautiful even that small thing is.
I recommend this book for others who–like me–find it difficult to sit down for a half hour or fifteen minutes to spill their thoughts on paper and who simply need a simple encouragement to journal about the little things in life.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Sewing

When I was five or six, my mom sat me down and taught me how to sew a button. From that simple beginning, I eventually learned how to sew from a pattern and then how to create my own patterns. The ability to sew–to design clothing, to create spaces by decorating them with cloth–brought with it a certain feeling of freedom and creativity.

Sewing itself is an art form. Like paintings or pottery or ceramics, it can make a space. This–I believe–is how Cassandra Ellis approaches sewing in her book Home Sewn. Providing practical instructions (along with helpful pictures) of domestic sewing projects, Ellis enables home decorators to fashion fabric into beautiful crafts. Her pictures are inspiring–in the sense of making me want to create a fairy land of cloth around me, though I am not sure that I would make exactly the same projects as those
featured in the book.

I recommend Home Sewn to home decorators, appreciators of all things domestic, and those wanting to dabble in the world of the seamstress/tailor.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Marie Curie…and…um…

How many female scientists can you name?

Marie Curie….um…

..um….

That’s about it.

The book Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky highlights 50 women who have left an indelible mark on the realm of science. From Hypatia in c. 550 A.D. to Maryam Mirzakhani in the present day, this book includes a chronology of female scientists from all around the world, championing their contributions to our current understandings of the world around us.

With intriguing illustrations generously interspersed throughout the text, this book will prove a great introduction to female scientists for children and old alike.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.