Although the book has a section on health and safety I need to stress the importance of checking that pins and staples are completely removed from your work before use - probably best avoided altogether. Also, in the rush to test out the various projects you may be tempted to put your creations into service before adhesives (don't use water soluable glues) have been allowed to dry properly. Don't risk it, particularly if you are one of those unfortunate people who have sideburns down the inside of your thighs. One of the projects requires a rather large salami and you would be wise to check that it is up to the job as a visit to A & E to recover the missing broken section could prove embarrassing. If you are slightly hesitant or anxious about this particular project, why not try it out on a family pet beforehand? I really do think it's best to be on the safe side here. On a different note, I did wonder if some of the projects (eg crocheted gimp mask) might prove useful fund raisers for the local Womans' Institute or church fair. And finally a word of warning, despite the lovely hand penned illustrations, I don't think this book would make a terribly good mothers' day gift.