Sunday, October 2, 2011

New website that is awesome! Pinterest!

Hello everyone!

My daughter, Maegan recently introduced me to this new website that is so fun! It is at Seriously, you have to just go try it to understand how awesome it is. It is basically like a bulletin board for the internet. You can download a Pin it button into your favorites, and anytime your searching the internet, you click pin it to save it into your favorite category. The arts and crafts and book sections are fabulous! So, just go take a look, you'll see! oh, and look me up-charla wilson.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Classic Elite's Quick Knits

Title:  Classic Elite's Quick Knits
Author:  Classic Elite
Date:  18 October 2011
Source:  NetGalley
Pages:  224
ISBN:  9781600854033

This awesome book is packed with beautiful patterns.  There are 100 patterns for Wraps, Cowls, Shawls, Scarfs, Socks, mittens, Hats and dolls.  There was not one pattern that I did not like.  The first section has 40 patterns for hats, mittens and socks for adults and children. There are regular mittens and fingerless mittens.  There are cabled hats and fairisle hats as well as lots of differnt sock patterns.
The second section has 41 patterns for Scarves, Shrugs, wraps, capes and cowls. This is my favorite section.  It has beautiful patterns that include lace patterns, and cable patterns. My personal favorite in this section is the Cinder Scarf.  It is a beautiful, soft, seafoam colored, cabled scarf that is 64' long.

The last section contains 8 of the prettiest blanket patterns I have ever seen.  It also has a couple of very cute dolls that any child would love to have.

 For  patterns requiring charts, the charts in color and easy to follow,  along with the written patter.  Each pattern is also labeled beginner, intermediate or advanced.  I think there is something lovely in this book for every level of knitter.

Here are a few photo's of what you will get get with this very lovely book!

Cabled Hat-I Love this one!

Child's Pill Box Hat

Fresco Mitts

Ruched Shawl
Aspen Capelet
Fresco Shrug
Halo Cowl

And my favorite pattern, The Cinder Scarf
And the last phot is of The Renaissance Doll
There are so many great patterns in this book that I plan on buying it when it comes out because I can't read  the Netgalley version very well.  I hope you enjoyed this, i know there are a lot of photo's, but i wanted you to see that this is not a book that you buy and then wonder why youbought something that did not have very good patterns.  As you can see this book is full of beautiful patterns.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Backto the Books Blog hop winner!!

Congratulations to Krysta! She won the $25.00 Amazon giftcard!! Thank you everyone for participating! I wish I could give everyone a gift!

Faces of Hope 10 Years Later by Christine Pisera Naman

Faces of Hope 10 Years Later: Babies Born on 9/11
Title:  Faces of Hope 10 Years Later
Sub Title:  Babies Born on a day of Horror Live a Life of Hope
Author:  Christine Pisera Naman
Publisher:  HCI
Publication Date:  1 August 2011
Pages:  120
Source:  NetGalley

My Review

This book is dedicated to the memory of  Christine Taylor Green.  She was born 11 September 2001 and died 8 January 2011.  She was the youngest victim at the Arizona shooting spree on 8 January 2011 at Representative Gabriella Giffords political event.

Christine Taylor 11 September 2001 /12:50 pm - 8 January 2011

'If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christine is Jumping in them today."  -President Barack Obama in his address to the Nation, Memorial speech in Arizona, 2011.

The first edition of this book was filled with big eyed babies that were born 11 September 2001.  Ten years later this book shows those same big eyed babies as young children.  Now they show eyes filled with hope and big toothy grins.  Also, each child has made a piece of art that is included with their photograph, along with a quote from the child on how they plan to make the world a better place.

This is the first time I have read anything about this horrible day, that made me feel happy.  Usually anything about this day fiills me with an overwhelming sense of helplessness and sadness.  But,looking at the beautiful faces of these children and reading about their hopes and dreams, makes me realize that the world is still  a wonderful place.

There are 50 children in this book, one from each state.  All of the children express good things about the world, even though they are all very aware of what happened on the day they were born.  This is not a book about grief and sadness, it is a book of Hope and Happiness.  This can be seen in their art work, in their faces, and in their writings about making the world a better place.  I think this book is a lovely tribute to that day!

Jacob Robert, New York 12:23pm
"I will make the world abetter place by going in the woods and cleaning all the trash.  And then if I see a sick animal I will help it out and ask if I could take it to the vet.  That is how I will make the world a better place."

Carson Wil 7:56 am and Collin Levi 7:57 am, Texas
"We Will make the world a better place by making people laugh and giving big hugs."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back To The Books Blog Hop Sept 1 thru Sept 7 $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Welcome to the Back to the Books Blog Hop!!  My giveaway is open Internationally and i am giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift card!

Thanks you to I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Buried in Books for hosting this wonderful hop!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan

Title:  The Art of Steampunk
Sub Title:  Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contagions from th

Author:  Art Donovan
Publisher:  Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date:  29/6/2011
Source:  NetGalley
Pages:  128
My Rating: I loved it!

From Goodreads:

The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation. A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.
Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world. The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world’s largest blogs. Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator. You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces. Fully embracing Steampunk ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego—a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.
The Art of Steampunk brings the vision of the Steampunk artist alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre.e Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement.

My Review:

The Art of Steampunk is rooted in the Aesthetics of Victorian Technology.  Steampunk can be described as Victorian Sci fi because authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells opened peoples imaginations like no one else had ever done before. But, it was not until the late 1980's that it got the name, "Steampunk".  The term was used by K.W. Jeter during the Cyberpunk era  to describe the stories written during the Victorian period, and it has stuck ever since. 

This Victorian period and the writing that ocurred during that period has provided inspiration for artists of today.  The inspiration for this book was due to a Steampunk exhibition at the University Museum of History and Science in the UK.  This exhibition occurred because of Art Donovans encouragement for doing the exhibition and thank goodness he was persistant.  Otherwise, these wonderful artists may have been overlooked.  The artists that participated in the exhibition came from all over the world.  For your viewing pleasure, please visit   But beware, because this stuff will make you drool!   Surely, after seeing this, you will become a fan of this Art!

Here are a few photo's of the art in this book, but please visit Art's website to see the Art as I believe it showcases the Art much better than the pictures provided here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Scavenger Hike Adventures Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kat and John LaFevre

There is no place on earth that brings me more happiness than the Great Smoky Mountains!   I have a little place in Sevier County, about 10 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and when I am not there, I am trying to figure out when I can go back.  I have been a lot of places in my life, but I have never found anywhere that is as beautiful as the Smoly Mountains.  Last week, me and my Mom had a wonderful time hiking some of the trails.  Over the years, I have hiked almost every trail, but this time I found a book that added a lot of excitement to some of the trails that I have hiked several times.  This book helped me to see things that I have over looked in the past and I learned some new things.  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Smoky Mountains.  I think kids would love this. I know when I was a kid, I loved a good scavenger hunt.  The hikes range from very easy to extreme, with most of them in the easy to moderate range. 
Here are a few photographs that I took while on a couple of these hikes.

A dynamite hole in a big rock on Porters Creek Trail

An old Cemetary that I would have missed without this book!  Also on Porters vCreek Trail.

Never knew this barn was in this area, but thanks to the book, I can mark it off my list!

On the Laurel Falls trail, this little bird kept trying to land on my head!
OK, I didn't find him on a trail, he lives near my house, but he was so cute, I wanted to share him with you!

I have a mushroom habit! It takes me twice as long to hike a trail, because i keep stopping to take mushroom pictures.

More Mushrooms!

More Fungi, but I will stop here, because I have thousands of mushroom pictures and I could go on all night.

Anyway, I love, love , love this book and I think anyone that is planning to hike in the Smoky Mountains should have this book!

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Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
Never Let Me Go
The Thirteenth Tale
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Hollywood Classics: Title Index to All Movies Reviewed in Books 1-24
Hex: A Witch and Angel Tale
The Tender Mercy of Roses
The Hypnotist
The Blackberry Bush
White Seed: The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
The Bird Photography Field Guide
The Map of Time
Aldric & Anneliese
Don't Breathe a Word
Moon Rising
Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
Still Alice
Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR
Man's Search for Meaning

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