Book Reviews, Giveaways and a Lacing Card DIY


Did you happen to see my Facebook Live video this week?  No worries if you didn’t as I will post it below.  In the video I’m talking about the giant stack of fun books that arrived at my door from Quarto (sponsored) like this adorable one from Suzy Ultman called Fun With Stitchables.  There are books to stitch, draw in and even ones with instructions on how to crochet a corn dog.  PLUS you could win some Papermate InkJoy Gel Pens (sponsored).  Did I mention the DIY lacing card project in the video and here on the blog?

Crocheted Abode by twinkie Chan

Another adorable book in the stack is the latest from Twinkie Chan, Crocheted Abode A’ la Mode.  If anyone could get me to learn to crochet it is this woman.  Corn dogs, banana splits and hamburger tissue covers.  It’s everything crochet should be and more.  Leave a comment on Facebook letting me know you want to win this book for a chance to win and follow me on Twitter and re-tweet this post and I’ll be giving away another copy!

Sara Walsh

I love drawing books full of prompts like these by Sarah Walsh.  You start with a shape and doodle what you see.  This is especially easy when you also win some Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens.  You can win 100 Things to Draw with a Circle (and a Triangle) and these pens on my Facebook Page.  Tag a friend on this Instagram post and in a week I’ll choose a winner and send you each a book!

Twenty Ways to Draw a Chair by Lisa Solomon

It’s not all chairs, there are 44 other interesting things to draw in this book 20 Ways to Draw a Chair by Lisa Solomon.  Creativity is like a muscle the more you use it the stronger it becomes.  Books like these are a great creative workout.  Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist a little bit of doodling goes a long way.  Enter to win a copy PLUS another set of InkJoy gel pens on Facebook.

So this brings us to our last book which is by Suzy Ultman and called Fun With Stitchables.  I love everything about this book.  Just like all the other titles you can win a copy on Facebook and I am giving away a second copy here on the blog.  All you have to do is leave a comment to enter.  Fun with Stitchables is full of pop-out cardboard images already full of stitchable holes just add yarn and a needle.  So many awesome stitching options.

How to make lacing cards from a board book.

Did you know with an old board book you can make your own lacing cards.  Yup, it’s true.  If the pages of the book are thick and cardboard this DIY will take all of about 10 minutes.

How to make DIY lacing cards from board books.

Use a Crop-o-Dile, strong hole punch or even a drill to make stitching holes in the book pages.  The pattern can be random or follow the illustration.

How to make DIY lacing cards.

Hand over the new lacing cards with a plastic needle and some yarn and let the littles get to stitching all the while improving their hand eye coordination.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here on the blog for a chance to win a copy of Fun With Stitchables and a comment on Facebook for another chance – I’ve got two copies to share!

***This post was sponsored, I was given free product but all opinions are my own.***



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