Embroidered Woodland Creatures Aimee Ray

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Featuring more than 50 designs adapted from the colouring book, Woodland Creatures, these enchanting nature-based patterns range from complex mandalas to simple critters, like frogs, turtles, deer and owls. These designs are printed on reusable transfer paper – just tear out the pages, iron the pattern onto your fabric and start stitching. Plus, there is a handy pocket envelope in the back of the book to store your cut-out transfers.


I adore embroidery and while I haven’t yet mastered the art to perfection, books such this one are a perfect way to help and guide a beginner to an advanced stitcher. 

50 stunning transfers in a ring binded book are showcased beautifully.

All kinds of woodland animals, such as foxes, owls and hedgehogs, along with pinecones and leaves, are absolutely stunning.

In various sizes and arrangements, I especially loved the mandalas, there is something for everyone.

Each transfer can be used for or five times, so in effect you are getting 250 transfers from this amazing book.  If you do not want to use the transfers as an iron-on, the designs are so beautifully simple they can be traced.

Techniques and a stitch guide are also shown and with drawn diagrams for the visual learner, it is an essential item for your embroidery bookshelf.


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Metamorphosis: A Flora Forager Journal Bridget Beth Collins

417lFnHEyDL._AC_US218_Pub: Sasquatch Books

This beautiful blank journal from Instagram sensation Flora Forager features images of butterflies, moths, caterpillars, chrysalises and cocoons, all created using botanical objects and natural materials. This journal takes on the theme of metamorphosis in the scientific order lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), with beautiful representations of various species. Includes 45 original pieces plus an index of the featured species with their scientific names, information on butterfly conservation, butterfly-friendly plants and more.


This is one beautiful book.

As a crafter, I am always on the lookout for books in which to log my various ideas, tips and techniques and A Flora Forager Journal is an absolute delight.

The dotted pages and the colourful artistry of 24 butterflies and  moths and the flower ‘paintings are very very pretty.

It reminds me of being a modern version, of an old and very famous ‘country ladies diary’ I had back in the 70’s, and it is stunning.

There is a guide to what the names of the creatures are, and how to build a Butterfly garden is informative and helpful.

This would make an ideal gift, and to be honest more than one would never be too many.

Highly recommended.


2018-07-15 07.28.54 The colourful and beautiful images are stunning. 2018-07-15 07.29.02 There are a few full paged images, that

amazingly look 3D.

2018-07-15 07.34.37 The added information of what types of butterflies and moths are both informative and interesting.


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Sew Creative Jennifer Pol Colin

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Get kids excited about sewing with projects they will actually want to make; sew a critter coin pouch, chalkboard backpack, mermaid tail blanket, glow-in-the-dark light bulb, donut pillow, traveller neck pillow, dolman T-shirt with lace and embroidery, and more! Each of the 13 projects includes an element of fantasy and can easily be customised with sewing techniques, art supplies, and alternate pattern details. Plus, you can personalise the projects with names, words, signs, mottos, or just an artistic touch!


What a great book this is..

13 projects to sew, embellish and which are easily adapted to suit your style.

Applique, embroidery and even a backpack using blackboard paint can be made by adults and children.

This fun project book comes complete with full sized paper templates. All the projects are gorgeous. They are colourful and definitely something that will be used over and over again.

There are lots of techniques to advance your sewing skills, and what I loved the most was that the author has made the instructions so easy to follow,  this ensures that even a beginner will achieve a project that is usable and beautiful.

Cushions, hats, bags and sweatshirts, are included in sections that are specific to Fashion, On the Go , DIY and much much more.

The Critter Coin Pouch is adorable and I know just the small human that is going to love it.


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Thirteen Steve Cavanagh

51oM-66B3zL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_ Pub: Orion

To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.


This is a amazing read.

Steve Cavanagh is one of those authors that gets it right with every book he writes.


Th1rt3en, is filled with intrigue, tense and absolutely gripping.

Eddie Flynn is a con man turned defence lawyer, and if  you’ve been following his career through the three previous novels, book four is a masterpiece that will more than please his avid fanbase.

Joshua Kane is a killer who is controlled, clever and absolutely insane. I LOVED HIM.. I actually fell ‘IN’ love with him.. Serial killers are my obsession and he is without doubt in my top 3, of fictional deviants. He is a superb character, full of self importance, and utterly utterly brilliant.

This courtroom drama is a pacy and well plotted read.  A character driven novel that I had no idea where it would end. The Police are rogue, the evidence is planted, the defendant has secrets, there’s a voice on the end of the phone, and a killer is on the jury….. ANYTHING can happen!!

On the critical side there is a couple of cringey sentences, but Cavanagh writes a fantastic and believable tale, and of course artistic creativity is definitely allowed. When you get an author THIS good, where every novel is something to look forward to, and a one sit reading session is full of drama, suspense and tension, I just have to wonder what is next?? I know it’s going to be more than good.

This has to be  must read on a book lovers list, it has all the trappings of a highly absorbing tale.

Exciting and enthralling, it really is one of this years most thrilling crime novels







Sewing Lampshades Joanna Heptinstall

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Learn to sew your own stunning lampshades using this comprehensive step-by-step guide from the founder of the Traditional Upholstery School, Joanna Heptinstall. The book contains 18 fully illustrated step-by-step projects, featuring tailored, pleated, faux-pleated and loose-cover designs. Each technique is covered in detail, from measuring your fabric, choosing a frame shape, calculating your seams, creating a shade, adding trims and choosing a stand. The projects require few specialist tools, can be easily customised to suit your home decor, and cover a range of styles, sizes and fabrics. The book is bursting with inspirational images, along with tips and tricks of the trade that Joanna has acquired over her successful career in upholstery.


This beautiful book has 18 tailored lampshades that can be adapted for everyones requirements..

The illustrated designs are ideal for both the visual and written method learner, as the step by step is simple to follow.

From preparing your frame to embellishing your finished shade,  each step is demonstrated and explained in easy terminology.

Every size lamp is catered for,  this is a book that is both inspirational and adaptable. I adored the Silk Box Pleated shade, and this will be the one I start with. I have a tiny shade that needs a re-vamp and this is the most divine design.

Fabric recommendations are given and while I think this is not for a beginner, there is no reason why someone should not just jump in and have a go.

I feel confident I will achieve a professional result, as Joanna Heptinstall has given us personal tuition in the art of shade making.



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This House is Haunted John Boyne

51WXaTJeF1L._AC_US218_Pub: Black Swan

1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.

It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlin’s walls…


This is a fabulously told ghost tale.

Eliza Caine is the 6th Governess in the past year to enter Gaudlin Hall to care for two children. She is a plain woman, and after the death of her father, she is looking for a new home and a new opportunity.

Her previous teaching experience of young girls, and the loss of her own mother at a very young age, gives Eliza a sympathetic and caring edge. However she soon finds out she has taken on more than the post detailed.

The setting is superbly atmospheric, and this is one of the most incredible ghost stories I have ever read.  I finished it in 5 hours and I loved it.

This House is Haunted is a book that will appeal to all fiction fans, even ones that do not usually read ghost stories. It is a novel with a few predictable twist, but it is a fabulous entertaining read.




The Bookshop Penelope Fitzgerald

51vH8geCVhL._AC_US218_Pub: Fourth Estate

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.


It’s 1959, and Florence Green’s dream of opening a bookshop has become a reality..

Although not all the residents of Hardborough are happy about.

The Old House has been run down for many years and now it is where Florence lives and works… it even has it’s own poltergeist.

This is a wonderful short read, and the times are very well documented with it’s staid attitudes and prejudices, and is such a fun read. Florence is a woman with sass, she knows what she wants and somehow gets it too.

This is an unassuming read that I really loved.  Soon to be made into a film, I wanted to read the book before I saw it on the big screen, and I can only hope that it will capture the spirit of Florence of the locals she shares her life with.

I loved it.


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