Off the Shelf: Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk is definitely more of a boys’ fairy tale, but I couldn’t resist this cute picture book by Jim Harris published by Rising Moon in 1997. He’s taken the story out of storybook land and thumped it … Continue reading

How to Modify a Crochet Pattern — Plus, a Wonder-ful Read

So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been in search of a free dolphin pattern. I couldn’t find anything that matched what I was looking for. I tried making my own, but it was a miserable failure. So, I went into … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Puss in Boots

Check out the cover of this book. Notice anything interesting? No title. No author byline. No illustrator name. No display text whatsoever. Crazy, huh? This wonderful version of Puss in Boots is taken from Perrault’s tale and illustrated by Fred … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Steadfast Tin Soldier

It isn’t often that you find an entire book dedicated to just one of Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser known tales. I found this copy of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” at this great secondhand bookstore here in San Diego, and I … Continue reading

Off the Shelf: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Long ago before MP3 downloads and CDs, there were cassette tapes. They were plastic cases that enclosed a reel of tape connected between two spools. This (very used) copy of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” came with an actual tape. Brought … Continue reading

Barnyard Fun

I am literally shaking with delight at what I made this week. Do you recognize who these little guys are? That’s right! It’s Wilbur and Charlotte!   It’s so easy to make a bookish gift for someone simply by putting … Continue reading