Color Me Wed

Color Me Wed: Stress Relieving Wedding Coloring Book: Adult Coloring Book, Wedding Coloring Book, Bride to Be, Bridal Shower GiftsColor Me Wed: Stress Relieving Wedding Coloring Book: Adult Coloring Book, Wedding Coloring Book, Bride to Be, Bridal Shower Gifts by LightBurst Media

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: Color Me Wed
Publisher: LightBurst Media
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Category: Adult Coloring Book
Publisher Website: http://lightburstmedia.com/

In June, just in time for wedding season, I won a copy of Color Me Wed on LibraryThing.* I apologize to my readers for taking so long to review this adult coloring book. I was delayed by good and bad news. The bad news first is that I have been sick the last few months while the good news is that I had two family weddings this summer that put me in the perfect mood for Color Me Wed.

Color Me Wed designs immediately inspired my creativity. I had lots of fun coloring the design and even more using them in craft projects.

HINT: If you think you would like to use an image in a craft project it is a good practice to scan the design rather than making a photocopy. Scanning will allow you to resize the image if necessary. (Just remember to abide by all copyright laws.)

Here are five reasons why I spent my summer coloring with Color Me Wed.

1. Stress Reliever
Getting married is one of the most stressful times in life. I have always thought that planning a wedding was a test for the bride and groom; if they make it to the altar without killing each other then they deserve to spend the rest of their lives together. One way to ensure the couple makes it to the ceremony is scheduling some stress relievers during the wedding planning stage. Send the groom out golfing (or whatever his hobby is) while the bride has some quiet time with my favorite wedding coloring book, Color Me Wed. I spent more than one afternoon happily lost in the beautiful images of Color Me Wed. In fact, I believe the wedding cake image could help brides pick the color theme for the wedding. Think of all the color combinations the bride might like to are consider and then color a wedding cake image with each color scheme. Now the bride has a visual of each color theme to help her (the groom, and their parents) pick the perfect colors for the wedding.

2. Adult Coloring Book
Before I colored Color Me Wed, I didn’t understand why coloring books were called “adult” coloring books. Yes, I know some coloring books have adult subject matter, but was that the only reason? I believe the term “adult” should also address the skill level. I discovered that adult skill level in Color Me Wed. It has beautiful designs created by Bonnie Bright of LightBurst Media. Bonnie’s wedding illustrations are filled with realistic detail. Each one of the 34 original designs have been drawn with the small details that bring realistic images alive. I have found that even a novice colorist can create finished pictures that look professionally colored if they pay attention to coloring those small details. Those small details bring out shadows and focus in the finished image. And while all little girls want to color wedding dresses, Color Me Wed is for the grown-up girls who can stay within those small detailed lines.

3. Wedding Cards
Another benefit of crafting with a coloring book is that the colorist can select the paper and size of the image. Color Me Wed has 34 designs that can be used for Wedding Announcements, Save the Date cards, Wedding Invitations, and Thank You cards. Just remember that while you can use these images for making cards, it is recommended that you give the image designer credit on the back of the card. Color Me Wed images are copyrighted protected and cannot be used for creating profit-making crafts. You are not allowed to sell products using Color Me Wed designs without written approval of LightBurst Media.

4. Coloring Games
If you know someone getting married, you might be attending Wedding Showers and Bachelorette parties. For a wedding shower game where the bride is a coloring enthusiast, print out your favorite Color Me Wed image and challenge the shower guests to color them. I like having the bride or the mothers of the bride and groom pick the winner (it’s up to you what they win, but it could be as simple as bragging rights.). My favorite is to pick a wedding gown design and ask party-goers to color the wildest dress for the bride. This activity gives the bride plenty of time to circulate tables and greet all of her guests. And the back of the finished colorings can be used to record the wedding shower gifts as the bride opens them. Put all finished Color Me Wed designs together in a scrapbook and now the bride has a unique checklist keepsake for writing her Thank You cards. The bride can also add gifts received on the wedding day. The bride will treasure this artwork by her friends forever.

For a fun pre-Bachelorette party, invite all guests to dinner. This will help ensure guests have food in their stomachs before the Bachekorette party starts. Ask guests to color one of the Color Me Wed designs and write memories of the bride on the back of their colored illustrations. This is a great way to get everyone involved in the wedding.

5. Wedding Journal Keepsake
The flexibility and beauty of Color Me Wed will bring out creativity. Over the course of planning the wedding, the bride could color all 34 Color Me Wed images. After coloring each design, use the blank backside as a wedding journal page. After the wedding (or as a very special wedding gift), the bride could give this wedding journal keepsake to her groom to tell their love story, to her parents to thank them for the wedding, to her maid of honor to express her friendship, and even to her new mother-in-law, with the hopes for their marriage. Or if the mother of the bride (or mother-in-law) is a colorist, she could use the wedding journal keepsake to record cherished memories of her daughter (or son), to pass on wedding advice, or even to gift favorite family recipes to her daughter (or new daughter-in-law.)

I hope you can see how coloring Color Me Wed can be a relaxing solitary activity or used to spread joy with coloring party activities and games. I enjoyed every one of the 34 Color Me Wed illustrations. And I’m sure colorists involved in the wedding season, or just day dreaming about a future wedding, will enjoy Color Med Wed too.

Learn about other adult coloring books by LightBurst Media:

  • Back to the 80s: 1980s Fads and Fashion Coloring Book
  • Gift Wrap Redux: Vintage Coloring Book
  • Retro Robots: Robot & Space Coloring Book
  • Adult Coloring Book: Beautiful Butterflies & Flowers
  • Pysanky Eggs: Easter Coloring Book
  • Haunted: Scary Halloween Coloring Book
  • Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure
  • Magical Unicorns and Fairies: Adult Coloring Book
  • Kaleidoscope Dreams: A 60s & 70s Retro Inspired Psychedelic Adult Coloring Book
  • Fashion Forward: 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults
  • Groovy 70s: Fashion Coloring Book for Adults

* LibraryThing offers early release copies of books to reviewers in hope that they will post an honest review. There is no guarantee or promise of a favorable review.

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The Library: A World History

The Library: A World HistoryThe Library: A World History by James W.P. Campbell

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:    University Of Chicago Press
Release Date:    October 14, 2013
Category:   Art, History, Reference 

 

 

About this book:

 

Okay, I admit it. I didn’t read every word of this book but I got it mostly for the pictures. I love books and therefore I’m equally in love with the places that house books. From the ancient stone libraries to the modern steel stacks, libraries help keep the love of books alive and so I frequent my library as much as possible. What I fear most is the book warehouse such as the Bodleian Storage in Swindon, UK that houses the overflow of the Oxford Library. Books stored away where no one can see it is a sad life for a book. A book should be available where people can pull it down off the shelf by inspiration, flip through the pages, and learn just a tidbit before putting it back on the shelf for the next person to discover.

 

I may never be able to see these libraries in real life but some of my favorites from this book are:

 

 

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in HistoryThe Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher:    Center Street
Release Date:   September 3, 2009
Category:   History
Setting:  Europe
Author Website:      http://www.monumentsmen.com/

 

About this book:

 

I wanted to read this book before I saw the new George Clooney movie “The Monuments Men.” I have a thing about reading the books that movies are based on. But honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it. I was expecting this book to be a history lesson that I needed to hear but would be happy when it was over. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

 

Robert M. Edsel and Brett Witter make history come alive in truly gripping stories about some of the world’s most valuable artworks during one of the world most horrific time periods. Edsel introduces us to some true heroes of World War II that have almost gone unheard of by the general public.  This book reads likes a popular spy novel so at the end of every chapter I had to stop and remind myself that this was all real. Edsel conveniently starts the novel with pictures and biographies of the real-life Monuments Men mentioned in the book, and I found myself referring back to these pages so that each chapter was grounded in reality.

 

While I was reading I flagged numerous pages so that I could look up the famous artwork these heroes saved. And for that alone, I can thank the Monuments Men (and the women supporting them) for exposing me to artwork that I would never have seen in my life. I found myself not just glancing at the artwork, but reading up on the history and origin of pieces that interested me. This is the ripple effect of the work of the Monuments Men which will go on forever.

 

I recommend that everyone read this book. And I’d vote that every high school student have to read it as a combined lesson in History, English and Art.

 

(Footnote: After all my bragging about this book my husband tried to read it. He felt it was the slow historical log I had originally feared it would be. So I think your like or dislike of The Monuments Men will depend on your enthusiasm. This isn’t an action adventure page-turner book. It is more introspective about what went on during the war.)

 

Some samples of the Art mentioned:

 

 

Movies inspired by the Monuments Men (real life):

 

 

Some Buildings mentioned:

 

5 Unique Approaches to Book Lists

As 2013 winds down we are going to be inundated with the “best of” book lists. Here are five lists that took unique approaches to compiling their catalog of books. I think just about everyone should be able to find a book to read somewhere in these lists.

1. The Most Famous Author From Every State
Take a tour cross country without ever leaving your home and discover 52 of the United States best authors.

2. Art Garfunkel’s Reading List (1968 to Present)
Garfunkel has certainly influenced American music. Now scan his catalog of books to see what might have influenced him.

3. Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day
Learn some under-the- cover gossip about a few classic and popular fiction books.

4. A Novel For Everything (And We Mean Everything) That Ails You
Actually this is only a list of 10 ailments (I mean books) however it is based on “THE NOVEL CURE From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You” by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin so you should be able to find your illness in there.

5. Book Titles Taken From Literature
This list has 179 answers to the question: How did they come up with that title?

NIV Women Of Faith Study Bible

Niv Women Of Faith Study Bible

Niv Women Of Faith Study Bible by Anonymous

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review assumes that you are religious in some faith and looking to study the Bible. I’m planning another post later to explain why I think every writer should read the Bible, but that is not my point of this review. Nor will I be trying to convert anyone to Christianity; your religion is your business and I don’t want to force my religious preference on anyone. That being said, if you are a Christian and particularly a woman who is struggling to balance her religious role with her family and professional life I believe this is the study guide for you.

What makes this Bible unique is that it provides introductions to each book of the Bible outlining the author, history, key topics, and the role women played in that book. The left and right margins are filled with explanations of passages, religious hymns and poems, and additional reference materials. I found the text in the margins very helpful and looked forward to turning the pages to see what the commentary would be.

For those who keep a diary and journal this may be the perfect companion as it asks some very thought provoking questions to deepen your faith and expand your understanding. For those who want to read the Bible in a year this study guide offers weekly essays that reference passages that answer some of the toughest questions Christians ask themselves about God and the church.

There were only two things I found lacking in this study guide but neither will truly prevent you from enjoying and learning the Bible. First, I wish this book has Jesus’s words in red text. I have always found that a helpful highlighting in a Bible. Second, I discovered that many of the map references are incorrectly labeled throughout the book. There are several maps in the back of the book that provide excellent references for Jesus and the Apostles travels, but unfortunately the references often list the wrong map number. Fortunately, all the maps have titles, so just look at the titles and you’ll find the map you want. (Note: I bought my version in 2002 so later printings may have fixed the map references.)

I have to say that this is one book which is better appreciated the slower you read it. I started this book in May of 2002. It has taken me ten years to finish reading the Bible cover-to-cover. I’m proud to say I finished it and I feel that I have gotten more out of this study guide than I ever hoped to discover when I started. If you are looking to read the Bible I recommend this printing and hope you find everything you are looking to find.

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The Steampunk Gazette

The Steampunk GazetteThe Steampunk Gazette by Major Tinker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When my husband said he picked out a book for me at the library I wasn’t sure what to expect as our tastes in reading material are as different as day and night. Regardless of our differences, I never should have doubted that he knows me. He found the perfect selection for me when he brought home The Steampunk Gazette written by renowned Steampunk expert Major Tinker.

There are three things that immediately impressed me about this book. First is the very succinct definition of Steampunk it provides for those who haven’t been introduced to the subject. Tinker explains – in a finer sentence than I’ll summarize here – that steampunk is inspired by the Victorian era with a twist of science fiction, modern technology, and fun. Second, this book offers a thorough historical summary of how Steampunk has evolved into its current existence. While Tinker explains the term “steampunk” was not coined until 1987 the creativity behind Steampunk has existed for many years and many will recognize its roots in such popular items as the work of Jules Verne. The third reason that jumped out at me is that Tinker dictates that the Steampunk genre and activities involve everyone being “nice to each other.” I believe that may be exactly why this creative outlet has such a firm hold on society currently. We all want to be embraced for our uniqueness and yet still belong to a group that has common ground. Steampunk can really be all encompassing across ages, race, and the arts, and yet so wonderfully narrowed down to your own individual focus.

If that doesn’t interest you enough, Tinker’s gazette is filled with wonderful color photographs from Steampunk events such as The Asylum and Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium. You’ll find chapters organized by Steampunk furniture, music, literature, and clothing to name a few. Each providing examples so that you can be inspired by whatever thread of Steampunk culture sparks your interest. In addition, you’ll learn about real world examples of Steampunk art and gadgetry on display at museums and restaurants around the world.

Now that I have read The Steampunk Gazette, I’m looking forward to digging through my to-read pile to find the next Steampunk gem to read. Here is a list of just a few of my favorite Steampunk books:

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Vaughn Ripley, The Survivor

Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis CSurvivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C by Vaughn Ripley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished Survivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C and my first thought after reading the last page was that you should never judge a book by its title.

Vaughn graciously sent me a free copy of his memoir to read. I put it in my to-be-read pile back in February of this year and then anxiously watched as it got closer to the top of my pile. Since I deal with my own blood disorder (I’m the opposite of hemophilic; my blood clots too much) and I’ve lost a dear friend and mentor to HIV, I wasn’t really looking forward to a memoir that dug into living daily with these health-related issues. However, I remembered the enthusiastic emails Vaughn sent me and I wasn’t going to let him down about reading and reviewing his book just because I was afraid of the title.

Immediately upon opening the book, I realized my fears were unfounded. Anyone who starts a book with a quote from Josey Wales has my attention: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’ boy.” The 264 pages that follow this opening quote have nothing to do with dying and everything to do with living. This is a memoir so Vaughn includes the obligatory thank you to family, friends, and coworkers who have supported him in life. You read about how Vaughn dealt with each health related issue when necessary. But the thing that becomes apparent very quickly is that his memoir isn’t really about surviving, it is about living.

Vaughn lives to get the maximum out of life. If you have any interest in rock climbing, motorcycles, cycling, or healthy living there is plenty in this memoir to keep you reading. He adventures and misadventures are written in very short, concise entries that make this a perfect read before bed or on your lunch hour as you can read about a few adventures in a small amount of time. You’ll read about some hilarious and hair raising adventures. You’ll be touched by some poignant and heart warming memories. And you’ll see how one man chose not to be defined by labels and made his own way in life.

Vaughn doesn’t hide behind his illness or his pen. He tells you both the good and the bad about his life. Regardless of the situation, he makes a plan and moves on. It is that perseverance that has allowed him to take on such challenges as climbing Mt. Rainier—you’ll have to read the memoir to find out if he made it to the top—and be successful in business.

And when you finish this memoir, you’ll feel a sense of hope. Not just for Vaughn, but for yourself. Remember how I said I was afraid to read this book, well I realized facing your fears is really what this book is about. There were plenty of times Vaughn could have taken a less risky path and played it safe, but he never let his fear get in his way. There are certainly times when life forced him to change his goals. Yet, Vaughn never let life break him, but rather just bend him in a new direction. There is a lesson in that for all of us.

That’s why I think the title is misleading. This isn’t a book about surviving—though Vaughn has certainly suffered—it is really about living.
Ten percent of the author’s royalties are donated to AIDS research so with one purchase you can improve your outlook on life and improve our world.

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