Create Something One of a Kind | Blurb

Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. 
And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. 
So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. 
Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. 
Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: 
A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. 
As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images. 

Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani
Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. 
This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography. 

Food Stories by Elena Scott
A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper. 

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose
Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.

Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen
Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. 
Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions. 

Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux
The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias
What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper?
If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed. 

Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman
If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. 
Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. 
This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.
Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season!

Thank you to Blurb for sponsoring today's post.

Snow Dusting | Wordless Wednesday

Photos taken at dawn.
Oklahoma has been in a deep freeze this past week.
Our first snow, a light dusting.

Thankful Free Download

This was actually my free download last year on my facebook page.
This year I am giving it away here on the blog.
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Digital Project LIfe | Week Forty-Six

Welcome to the Week of: November 11 - November 17
Photos: Canon DSLR: (7) iPhone: (7) Instagram: (2) Scanned (0)
Facetime fun.
Pumpkin photos.
Rodney had all four of his wisdom teeth removed.
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Melanie Britt Designs:
1. Week 46 Title Card 2. & 3. September Collection  4. Digital Album with Templates with  A Season to be Thankful  inserts. 5.  Thanksgiving Collection available free for a limited time. 6.  Fill in the Blank Digital Stamps.                 

7. Hello Circle Stamp Ali Edwards  8. Word Art Rhonna Designs App

Tech Stuff:

is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins.  I contributed to her Project Life e-book available here. You can find traditional supplies here and here. The digital aspect of this system is available at Digital Project Life.

Digital Project Life | Week Forty-Five

Welcome to the Week of: November 4 - November 10

Day in and Day out living.
Ruger fell and busted his head, we took him to the ER. I had him all ready to get stitches, when the ER doctor took out the stapler and put four staples in his head. Ouch!  
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3. Seafoam Cards Digital Project Life

Tech Stuff:

is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins.  I contributed to her Project Life e-book available here. You can find traditional supplies here and here. The digital aspect of this system is available at Digital Project Life.

A Season to be Thankful | Part Two

Welcome to part two of my A Season to be Thankful project. 
You can read more about this project here.
We arrived at the ER with Ruger.  We left a few hours later with four staples in his head.

You can see my other A Season to be Thankful posts here:

Remembering When | A Crochet Story

I haven't talked about it much here on the blog much.
Probably because babies, homeschooling, moving and house building is a bit time consuming.
I am thrilled to say that I am in a season of calm and peace right now.
Our house is turning into a home.
Our routine is set at a somewhat normal pace.
Evenings are spent in the living room as a family.
This is where crocheting comes in.

Here's the story.
I recently found a blanket I started for Ruger before he was born.
Yes, I said before. shhhhhh.....
Be kind, he was my fourth baby.

With it spread out on my bed, I stared at it most of the day.
It eventually made its way to the living room with me, along with the yarn and crochet hook.
I studied the stitching I used.
I even unraveled a few stitches to see how I did it.
You have to understand something.
My Grandma taught me to crochet at the tender age of 8.  I learned to read patterns as she did. 
By making patterns her own. (by that I mean: she would start following a pattern, maybe, learn a new stitch or two, then finish by the photo alone) 
Soon I caught on and was doing the same.  
I can look at any pattern, any picture of a crochet item and recreate it.
So, just like riding a bike.  
I set in the living room of our new home and peacefully started crocheting away.

Raeleen soon joined me with her own hook and yarn and I showed her how to create a simple chain.
This lead to the chain being as long as our great room.
A chat started about how my Grandma taught me to make Barbie doll clothes.
It was long after a Barbie doll landed in my lap. 
I second guessed myself, but I did it, I whipped up from memory a Barbie doll dress.  

Oh! The memories! 
I do wish I had photos of the doll clothes I created back then.
Little did I know, 
I would be a Mom to a little girl interested in a trip to Hobby Lobby for some sparkly hot pink yarn.
I am so looking forward to reestablishing my love for crochet into my life once again.
It's time.

Have you heard of Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. 
It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. 
With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, crocheting, photography, cooking, and more.
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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. 

Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. 
Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience. 

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. 
They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. 
The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing, knitting and crocheting. 

What IS the Craftsy experience? 
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. 

You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. 

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. 
Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee. 

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from sewing, knitting, quilting to crocheting and more. 

Thank you to Craftsy for sponsoring todays post.

Digital Project Life | Week Forty-Four + A Freebie

Welcome to the Week of: October 28 - November 3
Photos: Canon DSLR: (11) iPhone: (11) Instagram: (1) Scanned (0)
Soccer ends with a great season.
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Halloween was pretty much taken over by Raeleen's Dance Class party at the studio.  I took Ruger to the Trunk N Treat at our local church while Raeleen was at dance.  The older boys stayed home with their Dad and had their own party.  Which I missed by the way and not one photo was taken. All the photos I took of Ruger at the Trunk N Treat with my phone turned out crummy.  Thankfully, I snapped a few of Raeleen with my DSLR before leaving to dance class.

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This week officially kicks off A Season to be Thankful.  You can read all about this project here.

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Melanie Britt Designs:
1. Week 44 Title Card Freebie 2. Photo Templates  3. All About You Filler Cards  4. Digital Album with Templates  5. U R My Pawl Digital Stamp  6. Halloween Collection  7. ThanksgivingCollection 
8. Album Template used for A Season to be Thankful  9. Car Wash Doodle                    

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