"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My Coloring Book On TV


Earlier this year, I traveled to Cleveland to shoot a few segments for the upcoming brand new Make It Artsy TV show. In the video above, host Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I explore the magic of light and shadow using watercolors on a page from my coloring book, “No Place Like Home”.
There’s more. From me and lots of cool projects from various artists like Dina Wakely, Seth Apter and more coming this September to PBS! Check your local listing and tune in starting September 29th!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Under The Tuscan Sun


This was my first time reading Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes although I have heard about it for a long time. I have also read many mixed reviews over the years. Some people loved it and some didn't. I knew I had to read it to see how I felt. 
As the author herself says in her twentieth anniversary afterword, 'How to sustain a book that has no tense plot, an unforeseeable resolution, and not even an "I survived" motif? Well, I thought, let's just go a little against the grain. I quit worrying about conflict/resolution and character development requirements. I'll try, I told myself, simply to re-create this place in tactile, evocative words. The writing was spontaneous.' 
So if you enjoy poetic sensory eloquence, you'll love this memoir of an American woman buying and renovating an old villa in Tuscany and how she weaved herself into the layers of the local culture and cuisine.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Natural Color


In Natural Color, author Sasha Duerr says, "Making natural color from scratch is much like cooking - it's the same process of using recipes, finding the right ingredients, experimenting, and timing." She chose to make her natural dyes from seasonal weeds, food-by-products, and common everyday plants that can be found in your own backyard, kitchen or local florist and yield gorgeous colors. Citrus peels, pine cones, seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, roots, pits, barks can all be made into fashionable dye colors without harming the environment. Based on the seasonal availability of her dye plants, the author divided her projects into sections by season. Brush-lettered chapter headings, gorgeous photographs of ingredients, process and projects and the how-to techniques of natural dying make this book a must-have for a versatile crafter's library.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Think Happy!


Stay happy - no matter how much life throws at you! 

That's the theme of Karen Salmansohn's Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost Positivity which is a collection of 50 uplifting pep talks you can give yourself and others to face life as it unfolds. Even when you feel beaten down, these positive words will help rebuild confidence, overcome frustration, nurture resilience and stay motivated. 

For example, in 5 Things to Say When Trying Something New (and thereby scary), the author gives examples of phenomenally successful people such as Michael Phelps, Walt Disney and Bill Gates who also saw failures. She says, 

'It's okay to make mistakes, to fail, to struggle. What's not okay is to think that mistakes, failure, and struggle are permanent states of being! They're simply a bridge you must cross to get to the Land of the Highly Awesome.' 

'Every expert started out as a beginner.' 

It's true that we have all heard many of these words before, but Karen Salmonsohn's book approaches it in a very fun way with positive, almost feisty words accompanied by heart-warming and cute colorful illustrations. Repeat the words and they will help build a positive neural circuit that will help you become more positive and happy in everything you do.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.