Saturday, August 29, 2015

Explore Your Creative Side (#1)

Welcome to the first installment of Explore Your Creative Side!

Sometimes books are read to help us learn new things and to help us explore something.  I am pleased to bring introduce you to my new monthly feature Explore Your Creative Side.  Once a month, on the 29th, I will be featuring a mashup of a few different titles covering a wide variety of topics meant to promote creativity.  Don't worry though!  I will still do the occasional full feature for creativity inspiring books!

I hope you enjoy!


Title: Upcycle Your Wardrobe: 21 Sewing Projects for Unique, New Fashions
Author: Mia Fuhrer
Series: None
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 stars

The projects within this book show you how to give new life to boring old clothes. They show you relatively simple ways to change one or two things about an existing article of clothing and it much more fashionable and chic.

What is even more fantastic about these clothing upcycle projects is that they are incredibly easy and pretty inexpensive to do!

This is a great book for a beginner just learning how to sew. The directions are easy to follow.

What a fantastic way to get a new wardrobe for very little money out of pocket!

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.


Title: Dinosaur Amigurumi
Author: Justyna Kacprzak
Series: None
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: June 3, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 stars

This wonderful little book teaches you how to create cute little dinosaurs and, really, they are very cute!

Some of the dinosaurs definitely seem harder than others, but that is great for someone who wants to be able to take on a challenge.  No one wants them all to be easy.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to beginners unless they are very adept at reading instructions and can pick up how to read them quickly as they are all abbreviated.

This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.


Title: The Slow Cookin' Companion
Author: Nicole Sparks and Jenna Marwitz
Series: None
Publisher: Crockin Girls LLC
Publication Date: April 20, 2012
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 stars

This cookbook meant for use with a slow cooker is the best!  There are a lot of different recipes for all different types of meals: breakfast, appetizers, soups, desserts, etc

I have made quite a few of the different recipes in this book, and I am by no means a good cook.  I stay far away from anything that looks even remotely difficult.  The recipes in this book are simple, straight forward, and easy to understand.  They also taste fantastic!

I also like that they have a picture for each recipe.  It really helps when choosing what you want to make (and to see if yours came out right).

I know quite a few other people who have this book as well.  They love it just as much as I do.  If you like to use your slow cooker, you want this cookbook!


  1. Great idea. I like how you featured 3 totally different books because it will appeal to a wider audience than just one hobby or topic.

    1. Thank you! I am trying to keep it to at least 3 a time that cover different topics. So far it seems doable, and as time goes on I hope I can keep it up.