On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

Today we have a book on our shelves that I have been waiting for a long time to check out:


Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

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by Gretchen Hirsch

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of Gretchen’s, and actually had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2015 sew expo.

I have been waiting for this book to come in at the library for a while now. I love it. I cannot wait to actually sew something up from it. This is a book that I definitely want to purchase and add to my personal library. It contains such fantastic retro dress patterns. And you know how I feel about those.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Mason Jar Nation book review AND a Giveaway winner

On our shelves this week is a book we reviewed!

Mason jar Nation book review

Mason Jar Nation

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by Joann Moser

I had the pleasure of reviewing this interesting craft book. Firstly, I love mason jars. We actually use all different sizes of these as our drinking glasses, already. I find their weight and texture to be perfect for all our beverage needs. Plus, I really don’t like drinking out of plastic.

The book begins with a history of mason jars and their evolution. It then covers different techniques to alter them (cutting the glass, and punching holes in the lids, etc). Then it has 50 projects using the jars.

Mason jar Nation book review

I have only tried this one, so far, but it is such a great idea!

Mason jar Nation book review

You glue a super strong magnet to the lid, and use it to organize your small metal tools (such as pins, paperclips, etc). You can use the inside to hold anything you want, as well. If they aren’t metal, it works much better .

  Mason jar Nation book review

It works for any size jar you have, too!

Mason jar Nation book review

I can’t wait to try out some of the other projects, including making a bird feeder!


::Even though I received a copy of this book to review, as always, all opinions are mine mine mine::


Also, I am happy to announce the winner of the Field Research Cargo shorts chosen by the random number generator is:

Maria Sews

Congratulations, Maria! I will be emailing you today. A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I wish I had a pair to give each of you.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

On our shelves this week, is a book that a friend borrowed from us, and recently returned:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate review

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jaqueline Kelly

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I read this one a long time ago, when my oldest read it. And now my youngest just read it too. I would call this book thick and meaty in the best possible way. Full of a wonderful story about a young girl coming into her own. It takes place in the late 1800’s, when girls were expected to marry, sew, and cook. 11 year old Calpurnia is the only girl among 6 brothers, and she loves science. Her cantankerous grandfather shares her passion, and they strike a bond.

A great story about finding who you are, opposed to being who people think you should be.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Craft Book Review

On our shelves this week is a craft book review!


Paper + Tape: Craft & Create

by Marisa Edghill

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This book is full of paper crafts, and most use washi tape. My Falafel happened to go on a washi tape binge last week, and used up all four rolls I had, so we improvised. I got out the blue painter’s tape (I have no idea why we have an entire roll of this since I never tape when I paint- ha!) and some card stock, and we made one of our favorite projects from the book.


Paper Pyramid Pouches


She made this orange one all by herself.


Using the recommended materials (origami paper and washi tape) make them much cuter, but I think ours are just as sweet. And I love that they still worked, even though we used what we had.


There are so many projects in this book! Everything from Paper Puppets to Washi Tape and Paper Beads. My 10 year old was so into this one, even though the crafts are geared toward adults. We did the pouch project together, and once we did one, she made a whole army of them on her own. Luckily, she stuffed them and gave them as gifts.



If you like working with paper, this book is a fun addition to any paper craft library.


::Even though I received this book to review, as always all my opinions are mine, mine, mine::

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Book review

On our shelves today is a magic book for my book review!

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

101 Magic Tricks

Any time, Any place

by Bryan Miles

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My youngest LOVES doing magic tricks. Maybe it is the age. I remember loving them too, when I was 10. I handed her this book, and she was instantly hooked.

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

It is written very clearly with wonderful step-by-step photographs that even my tween can navigate by herself. In fact, she didn’t want me to read it and learn her magician secrets!

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

There are tricks using cards and coins, but also paper napkins, balloons, rubber bands, and oh so much more. She really had a blast with it, and even asked to keep it. When I said she could, you would have thought it was Christmas.

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

Pick a card, any card!

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

Was this the one you chose?

101 Magic Tricks book review by Falafel and the Bee

This is a fantastic fun book that teaches you a few secrets of the trade. Not just for kids, but mine sure loves it. I am sure we will be guessing which hand, and picking many cards in the future.

*Disclaimer: Even though I did receive the book for review, as always, all my opinions are mine, mine, mine!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week we have a book on our shelves that Falafel has been waiting for:


A vision of shadows


The Apprentice’s Quest

by Erin Hunter

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Well, a new Warriors series coming out is huge news for our 10 year old. She absolutely LOVES these books (I would even say the word “obsessed” is appropriate) and a new one to read (??!!), well that feels like Christmas.

This is a continued story from Bramblestar’s Storm*also affiliate link*. Same characters, and new story.

She is thrilled to just sit and read!

How about you? What is on YOUR shelves this week??

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Nuts

On our shelves this week is a book my youngest read:



by kacy cook

What would you do if you were 11 years old and found 2 baby squirrels? This book is all about that very thing. Spoiler to all you parents, there is an animal that dies in it. That aside, my animal-story-loving daughter loved this book. She said (and I quote) “I would give this book 5 stars out of 5”. And that is saying something.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: A Smart Girl’s Guide

On our shelves this week is a book in a fabulous series for young tweenish girls:


A Smart Girl’s Guide to understanding her family

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feelings, fighting & figuring it out

American Girl

These books are really wonderful and my 10 year old is hooked on them! They all begin with “A smart girl’s guide“, and there are a wide range iof topics they cover such as saving money, raging emotions, etiquette, boys, and friendships.

This particular book is all about how to deal effectively with people in your family, what to do when conflict arises, and ideas on how to bring you closer to them. I love that they give suggestions on how to breach “tough topics” with Mom and Dad, and lend a voice of reason to this age of fluctuating emotions.

What books are on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: The River

This week, we have another beautiful picture book on our shelves:


The River

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by Alssandro Sanna

There are very few words in this book. It’s beauty lies in the watercolor illustrations. They are incredible. If you are looking for a story without a story, and amazing paintings, this is the book for you!

I am finding there are so many incredible books to look at out there, like this and this and this. So many talented illustrators.

What beautiful  books are on YOUR shelves this week??