Beading Book: Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects

March is National Craft Month, and in the spirit of that, I was overjoyed to receive a copy of Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects (Lark Crafts, 2012, ISBN 9781600599224). The first word that popped into my head when I first flipped through it was 'color'. Fitzgerald's prolific use of bright shades of both primary colors and jewel colors, as well as beads in fun and unique shapes, make this not only a great beading craft book but also just an enjoyable read.

Read my full review of this beading book on the Sew Now This blog.

Return Those Borrowed Books Week: 1st week of March

Yep, there is a holiday for that - Return Those Borrowed Books Week is the first week in March.

Football for Females: The Women's Survival Guide to the Football Season

Need a primer on football - or at least want to begin learning the game? Football for Females (2001, ISBN: 9780805951080) does that, with all the definitions for the game that you need to know about. The author, Teresa Saucedo-Artino, wrote this book for all the females who have spouses, significant others, family members or friends, who are football fans, and they themselves know nothing about it. Saucedo-Artino is married with three boys of her own and her book is filled with information on the sport for beginners who need the basics.

The book is broken into 15 chapters that go into all the specifics of football: Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk; Game Overview; Warm It Up; Da Points; The Opportunities; The Keepers; Broken Rules and Punishments; It's Play Time; Let the Games Begin; The Herd (Types of Teams); The Flock (Offense); The Swarming Bees (Defense); Suicide Missions (Special Teams); The Flocking Volley (Offensive Strategies); and The Swarming Bee Militia (Defensive Strategies). The Appendix has a humorous illustrative view of all the major calls.

If you know nothing of the game, read this from first page to last, and you'll have an understanding of what the game is about, and what all the hand signals, calls, and plays. You'll understand the scoring system of the game and who are all the official in the game (referee, umpire, head linesman, field judge, side judge, line judge, and back judge). For those that know something about the game, then the offensive strategies and defensive strategies chapters are both good reads.

Book Information:
  • Football for Females: The Women's Survival Guide to the Football Season; by Teresa Saucedo-Artino
  • Dorrance; 2000
  • ISBN13: 9780825951080
  • Softcover, 90 pages
Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

National Ghostwriters Week - March 1-7, 2012

What is a ghostwriter? A ghostwriter is a person who writes for someone else, who is the named author of the work. A ghostwriter does the work and gets paid for the work, but isn't the named author of the book. A ghostwriter's job is there for a number of reasons: a person doesn't have the time to assemble notes themselves into a book or article, a person has a great idea for a book but can't formulate the ideas into one, because a person loves to write but prefers to keep his or her name out of the limelight and create projects from others' prompts.

If you are interested in ghostwriting or want a ghostwriter to help with a project, here are some links to get your started:

The True History of Chocolate

All true chocolate lovers know how chocolate is made. The basic flow begins with cacao beans which are cleaned and roasted. After winnowing, the cacao shells are separated from the nibs which are ground into the liquor. From this, either cocoa powder, cocoa butter, or bar chocolate is separated or made. But do you know the true history of chocolate? In the book The True History of Chocolate goes into the history, and is written by husband and wife team, Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe (Thames & Hudson, 1996, ISBN 0500282293). The second edition was published in 2007 (ISBN13: 9780500286968).
Read the full review of The True History of Chocolate on the Pastry Sampler blog.

Febrary Isn't Just About Love - It's Also Library Lovers Month

February is a great time to explore your library if you haven't done it in awhile. After all, February is Library Lovers Month. This makes it a great time to visit your local library and find out all the programs that are involved with it, generally all for free! What can you do to support your local library? has listed 5 different ways to love your library:
  1. Contribute (make a donation of time/money/books)
  2. Be a Friend (join your 'friends of the library' group)
  3. Volunteer your time
  4. Promote your library!
Library image courtesy morguefile.