Macrame Book Review and Giveaway

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Whether you want to learn macrame, brush up on your knots, or learn new designs, you will find something interesting in this new book Sweet Home Macrame – A Beginner’s Gulde to Macrame.

I was sent a copy of this book for review from Quarto. Casey Alberti, a top Etsy seller, shares her techniques and showcases her fresh, vibrant take on the timeless craft of macrame.

a project from the book

There are 12 step-by-step projects that cover:

  • Plant hangers
  • Coasters
  • Wall hangings
  • A fruit basket
  • A disco ball hanger
  • Earrings
  • And more

Video Flip Through:

Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame (Walter Foster Publishing) releases on May 14, 2024, and sells for $22.99. You can find it listed on Amazon.

Enter to Win:

One winner will be chosen randomly and will receive a copy of Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame provided by Quarto.

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Learn to Macrame:

Here are a few quick video tutorials on basic macrame knots.

Book Review and Giveaway

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Learn the hottest new painting technique in 22 step-by-step projects! Use a squeegee and acrylic paint to scrape and swipe your way to gorgeous abstract art. This book has a variety of different techniques you probably haven’t considered.

Clara Cristina de Souza Rego (@aclaracris) first went viral for a squeegee painting video that she posted on social media. Her hundreds of thousands of followers frequently ask for her for tips and techniques. In Squeegee Art Revolution (Walter Foster Publishing | April 2, 2024 | $22.99), Clara offers them in abundance so you can learn to make abstract art in her signature style.

A copy of Squeegee Art Revolution was provided to me for review.
All opinions are my own.

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Giveaway:

Enter to win a copy of Squeegee Art Revolution provided by Quarto Publishing.

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Unsung Hero – Movie Review

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Based on the true story of the Smallbone family comes Unsung Hero. The film shows the strength of faith and the bonds of family connections. Sometimes starting over isn’t what pulls us apart but joins us together.

When David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States in search of a brighter future. With nothing more than their six children, their suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Based on a remarkable true story, a mum’s faith stands against all odds; and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs.

Buy tickets today to see Unsung Hero in theaters starting April 26th!
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Many thanks to Kingdom Faith Marketing Services, LLC for providing a sample of the product for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas

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Can you believe it! Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas begins Oct 20th? You can learn all about it on their site. With games, recipes, a downloadable checklist app, and of course their movie list.

Grab your Countdown to Christmas movie list now to be prepared for all the jolly heartfelt movies of the season. Here is the link to grab your own [Countdown]

Best Sellers

What can the best seller list tell you on Amazon? #affiliate #research

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Have you ever wondered what was a best seller in any given category? You can find out on Amazon. They have a whole section classified and devoted to the best sellers.

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Why would you want to know this information? As a business, it can tell you Industry trends in the funnel you sell in. As a consumer, you can see what is trending or what might make a special gift for someone special.

Arts, Crafts, and Sewing

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As a creative, I was interested in seeing what was top on the list in Arts, Crafts, and Sewing. Above you can see the top 6 items on the given day I visited. (the list continues with more rankings) The Best Seller lists are updated frequently but no specific timeframe is given.

Visiting from day to day I have seen the Apple Barrel paint in the first position for a while. The list has also included Vinyl and Cricut mats jockeying around positions but always at the top of the list. One day I saw yarn from Woobles in the #2 spot but I haven’t seen it again.

As an influencer, I can see what the public is interested in, what they are buying, and thus what I should focus on for crafters.

Craft Supplies

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Taking a step down into Craft Supplies, the above image shows the top 6 on the list. Laminating materials take the first two spots. There are five products on the list of six that I would consider to be of interest to a broader range than just for crafting. The one truly craft-only focused item is the Cricut mats.

More Info

additional lists

For each list you visit, under the first 6 items, there is a section that contains links to New Releases, Most Wished For, and Gift Ideas. These categories might grant you additional information you are seeking.

additional info

When you narrow your item down don’t forget to look at the review stars, how many people have reviewed the product, and check out the questions asked and answered. This information is found as you scroll way down on the product page. You might also find photos and/or videos of the product in use. This information might solidify or cancel your plan to purchase.

As the manufacturer or the competitor, this collection of information is golden.

Subscription Unboxing

Unboxing February Simply Earth’s subscription box – with savings code. @simplyearth #affiliate #subscriptionbox

with Simply Earth

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November box

I am so excited every month when my Simply Earth box arrives. It seems like each box is better than the last. This month’s box is focused on soap. All the materials and simple directions are included. This box retails for $159.44 but you can get it for just about $45. Be sure to use my discount code: TRYITFREE.

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oils

The full-sized oils that are included this month areLove, Ginger, Cardamon, and Fennel.

The recipes included in the February box are:

  • Bold Roll-On
  • Love Massage Oil
  • Swirled Heart Soap
  • Cleansing Sugar Scrub Bar
  • Love Cleansing Shave Soap
  • Love In The Air Diffuser Blend

One of the biggest differences I find with Simply Earth is the monthly recipes. In the past, I have ordered essential oils and when they arrive, I don’t remember what they do or why I ordered them. The Simply Earth recipe box contains the recipes for the oils included in the box as well as necessary additional support products to make the recipes.

simply earth's big box
big box

With your first subscription order from Simply Earth, you will get the Big Bonus Box free! If you were to purchase these products it would cost $44.84. The Big Box includes:

  • Almond Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 mL Roll-On Bottles
  • 5 mL Amber Glass Bottles
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax

Unboxing Video:

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And here is the best part: my coupon code: TRYITFREE
Use this code to get a $45 gift card with your first purchase. Basically, get your second box free!

Best Videos from 2022

My most popular YouTube videos from 2022.

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Just like my 2022 post review, I also check to see what videos created in 2022 were the most popular. That review told me it was the year of the YouTube shorts. Shorts were new this year and I created a series of crafting tips in short form. These were the most viewed so I guess more crafting tips shorts are in store for 2023.

Here are the top five popular YouTube videos from 2022:

  1. Using Colored Pencils

2. How to Sharpen Your Scissors

3. Make a Perfectly Round Glitter Embellishment

4. How to Change a Cricut Blade

5. Double-sided Tape Tip

Ceya Products

New to me craft product unboxing from Ceya. #affiliate

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What a great group of Ceya products. I was asked if I would be interested in a review of this new-to-me line of products. Of course, I said yes. Ceya makes a variety of different glitters, crushed glass, and mica powders and these containers are huge! (I was impressed)

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Ceya products can be found on Amazon.

Simply Earth – Sept 2022

Check out the September Simply Earth’s subscription box contents and get a discount code.

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September Box

I am so excited every month when my Simply Earth box arrives. It seems like each box is better than the last. This month’s box is focused on everyday essentials. All the materials and simple directions are included. This box retails for $146.18 but you can get it for just about $45. Be sure to use my discount code: TRYITFREE.

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4 bottles

The full-sized oils that are included this month are Bay, Eucalyptus, Defender, and Cedarwood.

The recipes included in the June box are:

  • Beauty Rest Weighted Eye Pillow
  • Home Defender Cleaning Spray
  • Breath of Fresh Air
  • Breathe Deep Roll-On
  • September Stroll Diffuser Blend
  • Sleepy Bug Chest Rub

One of the biggest differences I find with Simply Earth is the monthly recipes. In the past, I have ordered essential oils and when they arrive, I don’t remember what they do or why I ordered them. The Simply Earth recipe box contains the recipes for the oils included in the box as well as necessary additional support products to make the recipes.

simply earth's big box
big box

With your first subscription order from Simply Earth, you will get the Big Bonus Box free! If you were to purchase these products it would cost $44.84. The Big Box includes:

  • Almond Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 mL Roll-On Bottles
  • 5 mL Amber Glass Bottles
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax

Unboxing Video:

box

And here is the best part: my coupon code: TRYITFREE
Use this code to get a $45 gift card with your first purchase. Basically, get your second box free!

Simply Earth’s May Box

See all the goodies included in the May Simply Earth’s subscription box focused on Women’s Health.

Women’s Health

May Box
May Box

I am so excited every month when my Simply Earth box arrives. It seems like each box is better than the last. This month’s box is focused on women’s health. All the materials and simple directions are included. This box retails for $149.08 but you can get it for just $39. Be sure to use my discount code: TRYITFREE

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The full-sized oils that are included this month are Spearmint, Lemon, Ladie’s Choice, and Marjoram.

The recipes included in the May box are:

  • Mother’s Day Diffuser Blend
  • Flow Roll-on
  • Cooling Spray
  • Moisturizing Hair Mask
  • Tumeric Infusion
  • Beauty Skin Care Balm

One of the biggest differences I find with Simply Earth is the monthly recipes. In the past, I have ordered essential oils and when they arrive, I don’t remember what they do or why I ordered them. The Simply Earth recipe box contains the recipes for the oils included in the box as well as necessary additional support products to make the recipes.

simply earth's big box
big box

With your first subscription order from Simply Earth, you will get the Big Bonus Box free! If you were to purchase these products it would cost $44.84. The Big Box includes:

  • Almond Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 mL Roll-On Bottles
  • 5 mL Amber Glass Bottles
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax

Unboxing:

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And here is the best part: my coupon code: TRYITFREE
Use this code to get a $40 gift card with your first purchase. Basically, get your second box free!