Crochet Mandalas — A Crochet Craft Book Review

Crochet Mandalas

 

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Crochet Mandalas by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt. The opportunity brought me both joy and sadness…  Marinke was the mastermind behind “A Creative Being,” a wonderful craft blog and Etsy store of the same name.  Unfortunately, she left this world too soon when she was unable to win her battle with depression.  She is fondly remembered, mourned, and missed in our community.

But on the topic of the book…

This is a beautiful book with pictures that bring the creations to life and truly capture the spirit of each design. I love that the designs are so widely varied and include standard mandalas, mandala rugs, sandals, blankets, bags and clothing. The patterns are easy to follow. Even though they have different difficulty levels, the fact that each includes a beautiful picture and a chart, in addition to the written instructions, makes them accessible to most everyone with the determination to complete a project.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.


The Midnight Visitors – A Children’s Book Review

The Midnight Visitors

The Midnight Visitors, written by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry, is an adorable story of Christ’s birth is told from the perspective of Miriam the cow… She had no idea when the day began that the hay manger in her cowshed would hold the baby Jesus. One by one, Miriam permits the other animals to sleep snug and safe in her cowshed as long as they promise to be peaceful with one another. Her “guests” just keep coming… From Mary and Joseph to the birth of Christ to the visit from the three wise men, this is a beautiful story that our animal loving children will love, and it’s a perfect way to tell this story in a new way. Plus, the illustrations in this book really put it at 5+ stars for me… They are clear and rich but have a soft quality to them.

This book is a must have! I know our son will enjoy hearing the story and looking at the pictures at Christmas and all year round.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.