Pretty in paper

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by Aubre Andrus

American Girl, $24.99 ​

Novelty nonfiction, crafts, ages 8+


Excellent, anytime fun, these brilliant American Girl crafts are all made from paper, and you won't believe the things you can do! Alone or with a friend, you'll want to try every idea in this book. Use the colorful scrapbook papers and the super-cool quilling tool that coils the paper to make "Blooming Barrettes," "Photo Props," "Folded Flowers," and more. With a folder to hold creations and an easy-to-follow guide this also makes a great gift for any occasion.

hand-made birthday card from my daughter... artist extraordinaire... 

Inspiring Words Coloring Book:

​30 Verses From the Bible You Can Color

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Curious Jane: Science & Engineering For Inquisitive Girls
​By Curious Jane
​Sterling Children's Books
​Age: 6-11
​Genre: Engineering, Science, Girls Life
​ISBN: 9781454922353

If you’re a girl who loves to get hands-on and tinker, here’s your chance to create to your heart’s content. Full of imaginative stuff to do and make, Curious Jane offers plenty of spectacular projects and DIY fun. From fantastic crafts to inspirational ideas for budding designers and inventors, this smart, colorful, and idea-packed book has the perfect project for every cool, creative young girl!

Full-color photographs and illustrations throughout, plus patterns and pattern paper. I want to make everything! 

Magical Forest

By Anna Brett

Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2017, $10.99

​Ages: 8-14

​Genre: 3D colorscapes, coloring book, magical forest, nature, adult interest

​ISBN:  9780764168833




Love! Love! Love!

Five Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with WatercolorsFive Simple Steps to Sketching Flowers with Watercolors by Ai Nakamura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A gorgeous book ghat I would recommend for more seasoned artists (older than 8) to avoid any frustration for early learners, but for those interested in watercolor art, direction, sketching and flowers, the author breaks down her process into five steps, with tips and suggestions throughout.

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Lots more coming soon!

Published By Zondervan, $9.99

​Ages: 8 and up, adult interest

​Genre: coloring book, inspirational, Scripture, NIV

​ISBN:  978031757283​


This and others in the series make wonderful Christmas presents!



What's in your collection? Crafts

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Ballerina Theater

By Anna Brett

Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2017, $10.99

​Ages: 8+

​Genre: 3D colorscapes, coloring book, ballerina, ballet, adult interest

​ISBN:  9780764168826


I saw these books and I had to have them! Love unique spins on the coloring trend, and these 3D color-scapes are too cool! For adults, teacher gifts, or older teens, I recommend Magical Forest. Ballerina Theater works for slightly younger audiences with crossover appeal to YA ballet enthusiasts. Be warned: not for the very young, coloring details may cause frustration.  ​​​

Buffi’s Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles
by Buffi Jashanmal
Storey Publishing; $19.95                                             


FOR THE FUN AND JOY OF IT...