"I enjoyed this book. It's sensible and humorous. Plenty of tips on how to manage your cat and its behavior. Many people think a cat is untrainable, I thought so too. But I used some of this author's advice and discovered Miss Kitty is not only trainable, but her bratty behavior can be modified. Here's one helpful bit of knowledge I picked up, and it works. "When you can't bathe your cat, sprinkle a small ampunt of baking soda on his/her coat and work it in with your fingers. Baking soda absorbs any bad odors and it's harmless to cats.""
"I am a big fan of Barclay, and this is one of his best! I save my five stars for only the most exceptional books I've read, and this isn't quite that exceptional, but it's way up there.
This hair raising story of a seemingly "nice" neighborhood and the middle class families who live there during these fiancially stressful times, begins with a woman dying in a horrific car accident which also kills two other people. The accident was apparently caused by the woman's drunken driving. Sadly she leaves behind a grieving husband and eight year old daughter. The husband, not believing that his wife could have been so irresponsible, delves into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and gradually becomes aware of some mysterious facts. Thus begins a roller coaster ride of murder, numerous suspects, crime in the suburbs, and much, much more. Fast moving and never dull, this is an exciting read!"
"I can't express how much I really loved this book! I bought it and recommended it to so many women friends. I think what I enjoyed most was her witty stories of vintage shopping and vintage shop owning. I am a thrift shop addict, and I can relate to the wonderful feeling one gets when coming up with a rare vintage find while rummaging through the rest of the "thrift" stuff. My closet contains many such finds. She's funny, she's savvy, and she's down to earth. Why can't she find a guy who appreciates all of this plus her intelligence? And there's always the beautiful former fashion model bonus, too. 5 stars!!!"
"Another in the very popular Amber Brown series for grade school girls. This one is a sequal to Amber Brown Goes Forth.
From the publisher, "Unhappy over her parents' divorce and her mother's boyfriend Max, nine-year-old Amber finds her schoolwork suffering."
Illustrated by Tony Ross."
"I think most readers would find this to be an oddly written story. The ebb and flow of life in a small English village with some really old-fashioned ways, is in itself an interesting subject. Then the writer throws in the brutal and bloody murders of a middle aged couple who were a little "off-beat." At the same time, we are reading about the childhood of the protagonist who happens to be the lead reporter for the town's small newspaper. The reader is led to believe there just might be a murder involved there somewhere, too. There is also a quirky neighbor lady who is writing a mystery novel and researching it by being a correspondent for said newspaper, which gives her the opportunity to have her nose in everything going on around the town.
The ending, although half expected, is still satisfying. This is a noir sort of book, very dark in spots, with a tiny bit of humor and a little insanity tossed into the mix. This just might be your cup of tea."
"This is the story of a devastating hurricane as experienced by a four year old child, Annie. Her family helps her understand the reasons for the careful preparations and the hurricane itself, with calmness and careful explanations of everything that is happening. Not a scary book, just a good story for the whole family to read together."
"I have really loved this book. Not only does it have the 200 blocks mentioned above, but it has full color pictures of all of them. Although the emphasis is on blocks, there are also how-to sections that take you from quilt planning through borders. Judy Hopkins, an amazing teacher, has designed this book for the quilter who loves traditional patterns but wants to use the faster rotary cutting techniques. Here you'll find clear, complete rotary cutting instructions in multiple sizes for each of these 200 blocks. It's an excellent book for beginners or for any quilter who is interested in the combiation of traditional and modern."
"I just finished this book and had hoped for the typical Cornwell style. It was different from any of her others and not in a good way. I understand that it was written serialized for the New York Times magazine, maybe that's the explanation. She was trying something new. But I didn't like it. It was boring in places with too much technobabel, it jumped back and forth throughout the book, and its characters were mostly unlikeable. I finished it by really pushing myself. I hope she won't continue with this "possible" series. The ending hinted she would. If you're listening Ms. Cornwell, please don't!"
"Has a complete guide to necessary tools and materials. Each step is fully illustrated with color photos. Includes instructions for framing needlework and canvas paintings too.
This book will teach you how to build kit frames and construct simple wooden frames. It will also cover framing stretched canvases and larger pieces, including how to safely hang them for display.
It would be difficult to find a better guide for someone who is eager to learn the art and skill of picture framing."
"From the back cover ...
Simplified designs focus on showcasing batik fabrics rather than complicated sewing.
Projects start with easy quilt blocks, so that even confident beginners can sew with ease."
""Alone in his apartment, standing naked before a full-length mirror, Fred Wagner observes that he is simultaneously losing weight and developing a paunch, and he just wishes ... And as he wishes, starting with his feet and gradually working upwards, Fred becomes invisible." An excerpt from this book which is a blending of Thomas Berger's psychological insights and a mastery of the English language. A witty and elegant novel."
"Great book for learning how to create a shadowed look for the blocks you've sewn. I love optical illusion art, and quilts, and this author is a genious at giving a "depth" to ordinary blocks by using a fabric or paint "shadow" to make them look like they're floating.
But the best thing about this book is that the look is so easy to create. I'm eager to get started on one of these quilt blocks right away."
"A good instructional book to have in your quilting book library. Robin Strobel has a way of laying things out for those of us who need a little extra help along with good pictures and diagrams. There are just six quilts here, but any of them can be made to look different with the use of varied and sundry pieces from our fabric stash. Each pattern includes instructions for four sizes.
My favorite is the Basic Tipsy Nine Patch. Since so many of my quilts look "tipsy" anyhow, or at least they look like they were made while I was "tipsy," I can totally appreciate the value of a planned Tipsy Quilt. Look for it on page 22. It's easy and fun to make, just as the rest are."
"Entertaining and fun to read story of two cats who have the ability to talk and solve a mystery. Who could ask for anything more in a cat? This one was a good comic relief for me after doing some pretty heavy reading for a while. Another cat is a "changer" who can become human after murmuring some kind of Welch witchey words. As with most cozies the novel has a mystery, a little romance, and a "happily ever after" ending. I liked it. I might even read number two in the series. Who knows, I may even become hooked!"
"With 9 easy to make quilts, fullsize patterns, and very complete instructions, this book is a treasure for those who want to make adorable quilts, all with cats in one way or another included in the designs. Most of these are not appliqued, although some are, but pieced. My personal favorite is "Best-Dressed Cat In Town." It's a traditional Bow-Tie block with one very fancy feline in the middle of the quilt. I've made it several times and can testify that it's quite a crowd pleaser!"