Saturday, May 21, 2016

MagPOP! Magnesium Glycinate by Orange Naturals Review & Free Sample

I just finished my 3 packet sample of MagPop Magnesium Glycinate a new magnesium infused effervescent drink with magnesium glycinate, vitamin C and electrolytes from Orange Naturals. To use, empty the single-serve MagPop packet into a glass and add 150 to 250 ml of water, or to taste. The individual packets are handy, they save measuring and are highly portable but I found it difficult to get some of the MagPop out because it stuck to the insides of the packet. To avoid waste I brushed it off. With the addition of water it dissolved completely, I stirred. MagPop has an effervescent, light orange taste. I'm not a fan of sugar substitutes Stevia and Xylitol but their taste is not overpowering. After only 3 samples of MagPop I noticed an improvement in my health, I slept better! I love how good it is for me and that it's made in Canada. Came with a $4 off coupon. I recommend. Canadian residents sign up for your free sample at socialnature.



Monday, May 16, 2016

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs Review & Giveaway

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs: Irresistible Stitchables to Brighten Up Your Life Paperback by Boutique-Sha (Author) – released February 9, 2016 by Tuttle Publishing. The sweet designs in this book tempted me to try the art of hand embroidery. Following the instructions in Part 5   Embroidery Techniques I got out a needle, some embroidery thread and a little burlap pouch to practice on. I tried a few of the embroidery stitches on Page 47 the Backstitch, Outline stitch, Running stitch and Satin stitch. Some of my first stitches are photographed below. Next I'll be choosing a design, transferring it onto fabric and stitching! I'll need an embroidery hoop and a method for transferring the designs, either a dressmakers pencil or carbon paper. Instructions give floss color and stitch for each design. Already I'm looking at everything around me, from apparel to home decor, to see what I can add a decorative embroidery accent to. Want to add a simple charm and homemade aesthetic to your favorite items? Get your copy below!

CONTENTS 

Part One  Little Scandinavian Sketches 
A Scandinavian Cityscape
Cute Cups
A Cosy Room
A Tidy Kitchen
A Visit to the Flea Market
Scandinavian Forest Designs
Adorable items from Eastern Europe

Part Two  Sweet Little Sketches
The Music's Playing
I Love Fruit!
Sweet Things for Girls
Stripes and Polka Dots
Japanese Celebrations
Birds & Flowers
Tasty Tea Time
Lace Patterns

Part Three  Cross Stitch Motifs
Scandinavian Style Cross Stitch
A Cross Stitch Alphabet
Cross Stitch Dogs and Cats
Continuous Cross Stitch Patterns

Part Four  Let's Embroider
Stylish Pouches
Sewing Items
Signature Stitching on Camisoles
Travel Companions
Apple Motif Tea Cozy and Teapot Mat
Dishcloth and Apron
Pot Holder for a Budding Chef
Napkins for Adults and Kids
Butterfly Shaped Pot Holders
Holders Basket Cloth

Part Five  Embroidery Techniques
Transferring Designs
Using No. 25 Embroidery Thread
Threading the Needle
Starting to Embroider
Finishing Off
Removing the Design
Embroidering a Line
Embroidering to Conceal a Surface
How to Embroider
Cross Stitch
When Using Fabric Other Than That Meant for Cross Stitch

Diagrams and Instructions

Some of my first stitches.


Backstitch, Split stitch, Outline stitch and Running stitch.


501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 30, 2016.


Monday, May 02, 2016

Japanese Prints Coloring Book Review & Giveaway

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book: Color your Masterpiece & Clear Your Mind Paperback – by Andrew Vigar (Author) released February 23, 2016 by TUTTLE Publishing. A magnificent collection of 22 authentic Japanese woodblock prints for you to color using your own colored pencils and/or fine markers. The 'floating world' refers to the term ukiyo-e "a school of Japanese art depicting subjects from everyday life, dominant in the 17th–19th centuries." Color a variety of subject matter rich in Japanese history such as geisha, kabuki actors, nature, landmarks and landscapes. Includes works by well-known masters such as Hiroshige and Hokusia. Arranged with a brief back story of the print first, followed by a copy of the original print, beside a large 8 1/2" x 12" uncolored print for you to color as you please. The prints are on good quality paper, single-sided and perforated so you can easily tear out, share, display and even frame your works-of-art. Relaxing and inspiring! Get your copy below.



View of Nihonbashi Tori-itchome Ryakuzu
Fuji from Kanaya on the Tokaido
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Shirabyoshi Hanako
The Great Wave Off Kanagawa
Dawn Moon of Shinto Rites
Woman Applying Color to Her Lips
Plum Estate Kameido
Geisha and Her Servant Carrying Her Koto (below)
From the series Daydreams by Magic Lantern
Two Birds and Cherry Tree


Genji Viewing Snow from a Balcony
Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River
From the series Daydreams by Magic Lantern
Asakusa Rice Fields and Torinomachi Festival
The Actor Danjuro Ichikawa VIII
Atagoshita and Yabu Lane (below)
Peonies and Canary (below)
The Otsuki Plain in Kai Province
Cat and Goldfish- Orange
Ryogoku Bridge and the Great Riverbank
Woman Making a Tray Landscape Showing the Full Moon
Morning Hair


Atagoshita and Yabu Lane
Utagawa Hiroshige

Uncolored Atagoshita and Yabu Lane

My Atagoshita and Yabu Lane, in progress.

Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 16, 2016.


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Geisha and Her Servant Carrying Her Koto
Kitao Shigemasa


Peonies and Canary
Katsushika Hokusai


Monday, April 25, 2016

Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper Review & Giveaway


Ukiyo-e Bird Prints Origami Paper: 48 Sheet - 8 1/4" Square – released April 19, 2016 by Tuttle Publishing. This paper package features 8 breathtaking bird prints reproduced from Japanese woodblocks in the ukiyo-e style of art. These large 8 1/4" squares are perfect for folding this short rectangular box with a lid. I put the stunning bird print on the lid, while the reverse, a rich chocolate brown is on the bottom. Each bird print has a contrasting solid color reverse. Box measures approximately 4" x 2" x 1", perfect for a little something... A booklet with an origami symbols key and instructions for several folding projects is included. This paper folds very well and may also be used for other craft projects. Get your copy below.

Short Rectangular Origami Box
Short Rectangular Origami Box instructions at Origami-Club.com

Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a package of Ukiyo-E Bird Prints Origami Paper. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 9, 2016.




Mandarin Ducks in Snow
Shoson Ohara (1877-1945)
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print



Owl on a Flowering Magnolia Branch
Kubo Shunman (1757-1820)
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print

Monday, April 11, 2016

My First Origami Kit Review & Giveaway

Give your child an academic advantage – prompt his or her creativity with origami. Already a TUTTLE Bestseller and winner of Creative Child Magazine 2015 Preferred Choice Award. My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern (Author), Paperback – released July 9, 2013 by TUTTLE Publishing. This neatly boxed kit contains everything you need to start folding right away. A 48 page booklet with easy-to-read instructions for 20 paper folding projects, 60 sheets of colored paper and 150 stickers. Girls and boys will enjoy a variety of novice folds. Stickers decorative in nature. Below meet Clarence the Mouse folded using the waterbomb base. Paper and stickers from kit. Excellent value. I enjoyed. Get your copy below.

CONTENTS

Introduction
Key to Symbols

Penny Penguin
Franklin Fox
Shelby Turtle
Diablo the Cobra
Flying Tiger

Quackers the Duck
Sea Surfer
Clarence the Mouse
Flicka the Butterfly
Magic Box

Buster Bunny
Bronna the Dinosaur
Hugo Pig
Barkley the Sea Lion
Fluffy the Sheep

Baxter the Cat
Cootie Catcher
Soaring Sam
Caramel Bear
Edward Elephant

Origami Mouse
Clarence the Mouse

My First Origami Kit is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of My First Origami Kit. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until April 25, 2016.


Monday, April 04, 2016

Origami Heart Rings Giveaway

Origami Heart Ring


Win a set of 3 fabulous Origami Heart Rings! The clever design is made by folding a single 3 inch square of paper. No cutting is required. The sturdy design custom fits small to large finger sizes. The heart measures about 3/4" x 3/4". 

Handmade by Deb is giving away a set of 3 folded paper rings. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! WORLDWIDE. Until April 18, 2016. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Water Review & Origami Cup Challenge

I just finished my first 5L Box of Neurogenesis Happy Water! Found it at Sobeys for $8.99 Canadian. The boxed format is highly portable and very handy for storage. Placed it conveniently on the kitchen counter. Found the spigot/spout easy to use. Enjoyed the clean, fresh taste and that it's good for you. Once empty it went straight into the recycling bin. I recommend. Canadian residents sign up for a free voucher at socialnature.

Need a cup? Take the Origami Cup Challenge! Fold your own origami cup and drink out of it. Tutorial below. I folded mine out of a single 6 inch square. Can you fold it off by heart?

Tutorial: Origami Cup









Monday, March 14, 2016

The Origami Garden Review & Giveaway

The Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, and Other Backyard Critters by Ioana Stoian (Author) Paperback– released January 5, 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin. A delightful 128 page book with clear, step-by-step instructions for 41 garden themed origami projects. Includes 20 sheets of attractive origami paper, coordinated solid colors and patterns with white reverses, 6" square. Folding does not result in smudged ink on fingertips. A section on symbols covers the basics. Each design has a 1 out of 3 difficulty rating. My favorite is the origami Flower box, shown below. Celebrate spring creatively with some paper folding and enjoy the many benefits of origami. Get your copy below!

CONTENTS
Meet Ioana
Washing day
A sunny afternoon
By the pond
In the garden
Symbols

Meet the projects

Raincoast Books has generously offered to giveaway a copy of The Origami Garden! One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until March 28, 2016.


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies Review & Giveaway

Transform an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful butterfly with Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies with Richard Alexander: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder, Paperback – released April 30, 2013 by TUTTLE Publishing. A comprehensive study of the origami butterfly. The author clearly demonstrates 26 origami butterfly designs in a 112 page book and double DVD set. With both diagram and video instruction you will learn how to fold 26 fabulous butterflies, then delight in endless possibilities by mixing and matching styles even adding your own adjustments. Part dedication, every butterfly design is named after someone LaFosse has found inspiration. Every butterfly is folded from a single square. No scissors, tape or glue required. Get your copy below!

Contents
The Metamorphosis of an Origami Artist
The Exciting World of Origami Butterflies
Origami Butterflies Have So Many Uses!
Using Fine Quality Art Materials
Getting Started
Origami Symbols Key
The Base Architecture
The Turning Point
Wing Styles and Variations

A Butterfly
For Alice Gray
For Tony Cheng
For Jane Winchell
For Jan Polish
For Makoto Yamaguchi
For Vanessa Gould
For Robert Lang
For Emiko Kruckner
For Kyoko Kondo
For Killian Mansfield
For Eric Joisel
For Sok Song
For Lillian Oppenheimer

For Guy Kawasaki
The Origamido Butterfly
The Boston Butterfly
The Question Mark
For Doris Asano
For Diana Wolf
For V'Ann Cornelius
For June Sakamoto
For Anne LaVin
For Kyoto
For Russell Cashdollar
The Mudarri Luna Moth
Le Papillon de Nuit

Origami Butterfly A butterfly for Alice Gray, with my adjustment.

Michael LaFosse's Origami Butterflies is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of LaFosse's Origami Butterflies. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until March 23, 2016.