My Creative Space
October 16th, 2019 by diane92345

What if I told you there was a way to stimulate your creativity? In My Creative Space, the author does just that with 48 ways to enhance yourself or your environment to encourage creativity.

My Creative Space explains how to make your home or office a space that encourages imagination and problem-solving. Many of the ideas are surprising. Staring at a bare light bulb, looking at family photographs, and making a fire can make you more creative. Many of the ideas are counterintuitive. Have a drink, make some noise, and work when groggy (or take a nap) are all scientifically indicated to boost originality. For each suggestion, the author lists what to do, why do it, why does it work, and how to do it. The studies supporting his suggestion are fully spelled out if further research is desired. All the suggestions are accompanied by many photographs showing how people have implemented the suggestions in real life. They are gorgeous and definitely encourage readers to try to do the suggestions themselves.

Overall, this is an excellent and original book on an unusual topic. It would be useful to anyone trying to solve problems or complete a creative project. Writing a book or illustrating a graphic novel? Solving programming or other analytical problems? Painting a picture or quilting a memory quilt? All of those activities can be assisted by being done in a more creative space. 5 stars!

Thanks to the author and Skyhorse Publications for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Readymade Home Furniture
February 1st, 2019 by diane92345

Readymade Home Furniture takes off the shelf items found at any big box home improvement store and repurposes them into practical items for your home.

While some of the projects are simple like message boards and planters, others are complex like club chairs and closet home offices. There are 23 projects within these pages so at least one will catch your eye. However, remember that Readymade Home Furniture is sponsored by tool manufacturer Black & Decker. None of these projects are for amateurs but more for intermediately skilled home diyers who want to save some time. If you are one of those, you should check out the book for creative ideas and time-saving tips. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

Thanks to Cool Springs Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Handmade Houseplants
September 3rd, 2018 by diane92345

Handmade Houseplants shows a beautiful use of paper and your creativity to liven up your home or office.

Using various painting, cutting and gluing skills, the author gives step-by-step instructions for 30 different plants. From carnivorous to poisonous to cactus, most plants you have heard of and a few you haven’t are included. After the reader has done a few of the step-by-step plants, the author includes five more advanced projects like place settings, centerpieces, table/mantle runners and a trellis that is adorable. The finished projects vary in size from 4” to 4 feet wide or tall. The initial supplies needed can be acquired cheaply assuming you already have a glue gun, scissors, iron, wire clippers and needle nose pliers. The book includes a resources page with inexpensive art websites like dickblick.com.

These projects are gorgeous and look totally Instagram or blog ready. If you are tired of making origami frogs, this a great next step in your paper odyssey. 4 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Timber Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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Hanging Kokedama Potless Plants
June 8th, 2018 by diane92345

Hanging Kokedama: Potless Plants contains instructions for 25 beautiful Kokedamas. The book includes orchids, cacti, ferns, bulbs, herbs and even trees. Kokedamas are created by removing the plant’s pot and replacing it with moss tied with string or wire into a ball shape.

The instructions are clear.  The book gently teaches the necessary skills by beginning with the easier plants. There are excellent watering tips too for each plant type.

Great choice for the DIYer who enjoys a minimalist (think Ikea) perspective. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Jacqui Small Pub, and Edelweiss+ for a copy.

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