Tarot of Cocktails

45 Divine Drink Recipes

by Katy Seibel

Starting with the tools needed to set the stage, these intriguing cocktails inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck are interspersed with beautiful photographs. Fun addition to your bar bookshelf.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 stars


Painted Botanical Collage

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by Tracey English

Delightful guide to painting your own papers to use in your collages plus several projects to inspire you.

This is great for even beginning artists and you should be able to find subjects to recreate all around you.  Step-by-step instructions (without dumbing things down) and fantastic illustrations!

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 4/5 stars


A Guide to Growing and Harvesting – Plus 20 Beautiful Woven Projectswillow

by Jenny Crisp

A thorough look at growing and harvesting your own willow and instructions for how to prepare it for weaving, includes a list of tools and many projects, as well as resources in case you can’t or don’t want to grow your own.

It’s a great guide written by an expert, but personally I felt out of my element from the beginning, even though I have woven baskets and worked with willow in the past.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 stars


Curate Your Life, Create Stunning Photos, and Elevate Your Instagram Influence
by Tessa Bartoninstastyle

If you’ve dreamed of being Insta-famous, let this guide your journey.  This girl definitely treats her Instagram feed like a business and breaks it all down for you.

Filled with captivating photos and tips from creating your mission to photography and lighting and everything in between, it definitely gave me some things to consider regarding my own feed and what I’m putting out there.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3/5 stars

Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success

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The Power to Transform Your Life One Step at a Time!

This is a quick read if you are in need of a boost of inspiration and direction to reinvent yourself. Guiding you through steps and strategies to let go of the past, grieve, and let yourself heal before tackling a plan of action including considering career options, it’s a bite-sized boost!

You’ll learn how to take care of yourself first in these crucial days and build a new life at any age and/or stage.

Of two online resources listed, one is defunct and one offers a “free” career assessment tool that will bait you to purchase before you can get much actual useful information, so don’t bother with them, but there is a small suggested reading list at the end of the book that you may find useful.

I received this through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 2/5 stars.  It was ok.

Foam Crafts for Kids

Over 100 Colorful Craft Foam Projects to Make with Your Kids

by Suzanne McNeil


Geared towards children, may also be useful for all ages of inexperienced crafters.

A great beginning to opening up your creativity.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars.

Rock Art Handbook

Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones

This is a fantastic resource, listing all kinds of supplies needed and chock full of projects for painting on such an easily obtained canvas!!!
I especially love the Zentangle rock project, and I never would have thought of decoupaging rocks!
Kids of all ages will love creating with this guidebook.
5/5 stars
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Countertop Gardens

Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment

Not only a resource for those hoping to grow their own food in limited spaces, but also an informative guide for any type of gardener.  Soils, fertilizers, watering, and light are explained in great detail.  Recipes are included.  Specific plants are described with guides to best growing environments and methods.  Many different container types are reviewed.  There is even a troubleshooting section!
5/5 stars!
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Give People Money

How Universal Basic Income could change the Future — for the Rich, the Poor, and Everyone in Between

 This is an in-depth look at how a Universal Basic Income system would not only work, but could be absolutely necessary.  Studies included are the the decline of the automobile industry and the current minimum wage economy.
Imagine what you would do if you received a $1000 check every month to do with what you will.  Now imagine what the family of four next door who is only one paycheck away from homelessness would do.  Imagine what the rich person living up on the hill could do.  Imagine not having to rely on a broken welfare and social security system.  Imagine people finding work they love instead of work they need to barely scrape by.  Imagine donating that $1000 to your favorite charitable organization.  Imagine…imagine…imagine…The possibilities are endless.
Okay, I went off on a tangent there, but seriously…if you’ve ever wondered how a UBI system could work, this is an informative view.  Extensive bibliography included.
I received this book through First To Read in exchange for an honest review.  5/5 stars.