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Book Review: Origami Boxes – Fun and Useful

Origami Boxes

Dover Publications

Origami is cute, fun and offers beautiful things to create from paper. The patterns in Origami Boxes are simple, easy to construct and useful. I don’t know about you, but I like to put gifts in boxes and wrap them instead of using bags with tissue paper. I know it is faster and easier to use bags, but unwrapping a gift in a box is so much more fun for the gift and giver.

You can create the small boxes you need by using the step-by-step easy instructions included in this book. There are several different types of boxes, such as a flat box, a box with a hinged lid and a fortune purse. It is fun to give a small treasure in a hand made box of your own creation.

There are general instructions for novice and seasoned origami masters, as well as specific instructions for each of the eight boxes created by experts. As a bonus, there are 200 sheets of origami paper in various colors and patterns. You will soon have an array of beautiful boxes for small gifts in magnificent florals, soothing solids and eye-catching geometric designs.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2020 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Cats in Origami – Cute and Clever

Cats in Origami

By: Nick Robinson

In the intro to Cats in Origami, the author explains that he chose cats for this book because he wanted to capture that fluid motion of these beautiful creatures. He states that in the origami world, “…cats are rather rare and were usually flat, quite lifeless designs.” His designs are full of life and motion, bringing the featured felines to life.

With full color pictures as well as the obligatory pages if instructions, you will be able to create 20 amazing projects. If you are a novice, I suggest you grab some practice paper after reading the type of paper you need to be successful and then turn to the pages detailing folds and techniques. There are only four pages of these and just like any other new craft or art, it is probably best to practice to ensure success.

All of the designs are cute and much to my delight some of them can be very useful. For example, the Cat Envelope design paired with the Cat Card will be perfect for your cat loving friend’s birthday card. There are two different cat boxes, Cat in a Box and Cat Box. I can picture both of them done with holiday paper holding a tiny treasure for someone special.

My favorite design is the Neko Bookmark. In Japanese, “Neko” means cat. These adorable bookmarks will help you save the place while reading and can easily be slipped in a cookbook or diary to hold your place. If you are giving a book as a gift, make it more personal by creating a Neko Bookmark to accompany it.

While many origami books are for all ages, the detail of most of these designs may be difficult for a younger child. That being said, adults and teens should have no trouble following the explicit directions given by Mr. Robinson as well as the other contributors to Cats in Origami. Be sure to check out the Credits and Biographies sections to see which designer created your favorite cats as well as their history in origami.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review: Spa Apothecary – Natural & Easy to Make At Home

Spa Apothecary

By: Stasie McArthur

Spa Apothecary gives you over 100 recipes to create scrubs, lotions, soaps, and much more from everyday items you probably have in your pantry. By making small batches there is no need for preservatives. And by using the guidelines given, such as sterilizing the jars and containers and follow the storage recommendations such as “in a cool, dry space” you will have natural, fresh items on hand. The author states that most of these recipes are meant to be used immediately. By using her simple recipes, it will be easy to whip up a batch of natural lip balm, moisturizer or exfoliating leg scrub when you need them. Think of it like cooking, when you have the ingredients and a great recipe it is easy to make something homemade instead of buying takeout and most of the time it is much better for you.

The book is divided into sections; Face and Hand Care, Skin and Body Care, Hair Care, and Healing. It is hard to choose which recipes to highlight. All of them sound easy to make and use things I have in my pantry right now. There are a few things I would have to purchase such as jojoba oil, emulsifying wax and Vitamin E softgels. But each of those items would cost less to purchase than ready-made lotions, body butters, callus remover rub (can’t wait to try this one before sandal season) and spicy sore muscle salve.

Since all of the ingredients are free from chemicals or anything else that is harmful if used as directed, you not only save money but avoid things that may harm you. Preservatives that are found in purchased items gives them a shelf life of several months or years. You put fresh food inside of your body, so give the outside of your body the same consideration. Your skin and pocketbook will thank you.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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