Book Review: Beautiful Press-Out Flying Butterflies

This book contains 24 different butterflies that have all been turned into a one-size-fits-all flying model. All you need to do is press out the butterfly, fold it as shown in the book, put some tape and a nickel on it and try flying it like a paper airplane! Unfortunately I received only an e-copy of this book so I can’t easily press out the butterflies to try it out and see how they work.  The butterflies in this book all are truly beautiful and there is even information on some of the butterflies along with their press-out pages.

A fun activity for that nature lover in your life.  They all are so pretty and I’m sure would be a ton of fun to have flying around the house!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released February 13, 2019 from Dover Publications.

About the Book

They’re about three times bigger than their real-life equivalents, but these dramatic renderings of butterflies are scrupulously accurate—and they really fly! Just press out along the perforations, follow simple folding instructions, add a coin for weight, and send them soaring. All of them feature captions that include their Latin names and information about their habitats and behaviors plus pointers on where to look for them.
In addition to the fun of making and flying the beautiful insects, this book offers a great way to learn how to identify butterflies. Richard Merrill, a former aerospace design engineer, has created vivid and recognizable depictions of these majestic creatures’ wing patterns. The twenty-four models include American Copper, Australian Red Lacewing, Blue Morpho, Painted Lady, and others. Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate this opportunity to understand and get to know butterflies—as well as the chance to play with them!

Book Review: Whimsical Cross-Stitch

When I was little I used to do a lot of cross stitch with the images printed on.  I have recently bought a counted cross stitch kit and depending on how well that goes, I may start trying some other designs.  So when I saw there was a book of more than 130 whimsical designs I knew I had to check it out to see if it sparked any ideas for me. And within 2 pages there was a dragon, so I was sold!  Each design is shown completed as well as the charting for it and recommended colors to use.  Each color corresponds to an  icon that can be found in the chart.  I was also excited to see there was one labeled “pansies” but it was not the same as the flowers I know and love so I’ll skip that one for now – but there are definitely a good number in this book that look amazing and probably way over my head to try, but I will dream about doing them anyway.  In addition to designs of animals and flowers and sayings for around the house, there’s also alphabets, borders, etc so you could really customize anything you want and make it look great by combining different items from the book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released on February 13, 2019 from Dover Publications.

About the Book

A Book of the Month Club’s Crafter’s Choice!
Cross-stitch is a traditional hobby — but your designs don’t have to be! These more than 130 patterns reflect a modern sensibility, with motifs ranging from trendy to vintage to kitschy, so there’s something here for everyone. All are designed to fit into a 6-inch or smaller embroidery hoop, making them quick projects that can be finished in an evening or weekend. If you’re feeling ambitious, the small designs can be assembled to form a larger piece.
Patterns are organized according to theme: animals; designs, including flowers and snowflakes; home and hearth, consisting of more than 40 patterns that range from a patchwork heart and an antique sewing machine to teapots, a watering can, and variations on “home sweet home”; nature; and charming patterns for special occasions. A brief introductory section offers advice on getting started, tools and supplies, and stitching.

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