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Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
by Tilly Walnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars deliciously well written, 18 July 2014
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A delightful book that takes you step by step learning dressmaking by completing patterns, instruct are clear and comprehensive and the patterns modern and pretty


The Forever Girl: A Novel
The Forever Girl: A Novel
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant but predictable, 18 July 2014
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An easy and pleasant read with evocative descriptions of tropical paradise and the soft rainy colours of Edinburgh. A bit predictable but well written.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
by Patrizia Collard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent easy to follow account, 22 May 2014
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I must admit, I was sceptical at first, how could something as complex as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) be simplified, but this book does it elegantly. It begins with a brief 'Contents at a Glance' page and then much more detailed 'Table of Contents' including all the icons used in the book which make it easy to navigate: tips; things to note down and to try, warnings, jargon explanations and tracks to play from the online spoken guided meditation tracks.

The book begins with an introductory part I: a clear explanation of what MBCT is, it's origins and benefits, the problems MBCT can address and what the challenge of taking on the full 8 week course entails

Part II is the 8 week course itself, each chapter covering a single week and each building on the one before to develop becoming mindful of your body and mind and how to deal with setbacks and difficult emotions to enable you to come to a point where you are fully in control of your own physical and mental wellbeing and able to live a life far more connected to your own life.

Part III is on using MBCT for specific afflictions: depression, addiction, anxiety, pain, ageing and the work-life balance.

Part IV enables you to go beyond the book, giving list of 10 ways to expand your mindfulness practice, 10 inspirational people and 10 inspirational places to visit.

All in all a welcome addition to the mindfulness bookshelf, straightforward but not shallow.


Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Micro Trader Hairdressing 18" 80% Real Human Hair Training Head - 25 X 16 X 13 cm - Brown
Offered by Micro Trader
Price: 22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my 10 year old, 22 May 2014
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My 10 year old wanted a hairdressing head that she could treat like real hair, she had had one of the children's doll heads but these are synthetic hair. This one has been great, she is able to style and brush it just like real hair and the clamp means she can use it two handed.


Fabulous Foil Galt
Fabulous Foil Galt
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple foiling set for younger children, 22 May 2014
This review is from: Fabulous Foil Galt (Toy)
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A good starter foiling set for kids aged 6+, they simply peel off the stickers and rub foils over the sticky areas to create a series of funky pictures.


The Word Exchange
The Word Exchange
by Alena Graedon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept and beguiling narrative, 22 May 2014
This review is from: The Word Exchange (Hardcover)
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Imagine a virus that affects our ability to speak and write, to communicate. Anana's father has disappeared from his work as editor of the North American Dictionary of the English leaving only a cryptic message 'diachronic' and his speed dial display reads 'Hotline to Alice'. The moment she sees this Anana knows something is very wrong, Alice is both a reference to Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and a kind of literary code name he had for Anana. Down the rabbit hole the story goes, she finds a small army of sweat shop workers in the basement destroying dictionaries, tries to get help from Bartleby who worked with her father, tries to deal with the aftermath of her breakup with ex Max and the onslaught of the word virus that steals language. A really good read.


Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Offered by a1 Toys
Price: 13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter art set, 22 May 2014
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A good Horrible Histories themed set with plenty of stuff to inspire kids aged probably 6+, my 10 year old has still found plenty to do. There are chunky colouring pens, stencils, glitter glues, paints and paintbrush, a paper pad and lots of stickers, great fun


Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An An Origami Yoda Book 5 (Origami Yoda Series)
Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: An An Origami Yoda Book 5 (Origami Yoda Series)
by Tom Angleberger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Child loved it, 15 May 2014
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Child giggled all the way through, what more could I ask. Cartoonish text and writing, misadventures at school, and star wars


Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
by Christine Leech
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funky designs, 28 April 2014
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A nice collection of beginners projects for block printing, both with easy to use readily available foam and with found objects. The book begins with an introduction to materials, to inks, rollers, safeprint lino foam, and inking plates. Then there are three sections, the first on printing with found objects such as leaves and haberdashery, the second on printing using safeprint foam sheets which are inexpensive and readily available. The third section is on other printing techniques, such as using bleach and templates. It's a good starter packed with small easily realisable projects that introduce the very beginner to printing.


Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-knit Designs (Simple Makes)
Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-knit Designs (Simple Makes)
by Jessica Biscoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet introduction to knitting, 24 April 2014
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This is a funky cute introduction to the gently addictive art of knitting, for the most part ideal as a book for a complete novice.

The book is divided into four section. The first is an introduction to knitting basics looking at the stuff you will need, how to choose yarns, how to read knitting patterns and charts, measuring tension, tips, and the basic techniques of casting on, purling stitches, knitting stitches, increasing and decreasing stitches. I like that instructions are written and illustrated with good photographs, and that two sets of instructions are given: one for the British / American knitting style and one for the European.

Then come the projects which each introduce the knitter to a new technique and a newbie could do worse than just work through the book, they would come away with a funky wardrobe and be a proficient knitter. Projects include hats, slippers, mittens, leg warmers, a cape and snood, bracelets, necklaces, headbands, brooches, cushions, throws, cloths, a paperweight, a bow tie and the cutest egg cosies.

Each project starts with a good illustration and a supplies page covering what size the project will be, what yarn you will need, needles, tension, any new techniques you will be learning and any haberdashery needed. This is one of my small niggles: although there is a good page in the back showing you what weight each yarn is this isn't given on the supplies page. My second is that when the crochet chain cast on is introduced there are no instructions on how to crochet. However, the instructions that are given with each project are well written and well illustrated with photographs.

But the missing things are technqiues that that the unsure can find videoes of online and in general I do love the layout - learning step by step through the projects - and the size of the projects, nothing is too big or daunting but each introduces the techniques in a fun a friendly way.


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