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Book Review – A Dangerous Crossing

A Dangerous Crossing Author Rachel Rhys Published by Doubleday Release date 23 March 2017 RRP 12.99 (Hardback) An Adult Fictional Book – Crime Thriller OVERVIEW Set in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII, and young, Lily Shepherd takes an ocean liner journey from England to Australia. Compelled to get away from the dark shadows of near past events, her plan is to live in Sydney working in domestic service for a couple of years. Once aboard the good ship Orontes Lily makes her friendships and acquaintances with a small band of people almost straightaway. As a single woman, travelling alone, Lily is thrown into new experiences. Early in the voyage she suffers a bout of sickness, and is home sick at times, especially as news filters through of Germany’s growing aggression. Lily is cliquey with certain people. Her attentions go to a couple from the first-class deck to whom there is much gossip and scandal attached. The pair load luxury upon her. In the meantime, she is having flashbacks, she’s trying to cope with …

Photography by Greg Shepherd for Ravensburger Puzzles

Greg Shepherd is a Devon UK based photographer who takes shots of various collections of unique items that are theme based. The images he then sells for commercial uses. The image above has been commissioned by Ravensburger and is No 8 from their Perplexing Puzzle range. The puzzle is called ‘Glittering Gemstones’ and, like all from the range, it is a difficult and challenging puzzle to tackle. The product has achieved 100% 5 star awards for published reviews on Amazon Click on the following link to read our full artist profile of Greg when tss reviewed the ‘Cooking up a Feast’ jigsaw in Jan 2016 Source: Blogging 101 #4 a Review of the Cooking up a Feast jigsaw puzzle

Short Review and #giveaway of craft book – Knitted Toys by Sandra Polley

 Title : Sandra Polley’s Knitted Toys  Animals, dolls and teddies for all ages ISBN 978-1-910231-60-9 RRP £9.99  Author Sandra Polley Published by Collins & Brown,  February 2016 Content 20 easy to follow knitting patterns of Animals including Meercats, Mice and Dogs. Dolls (includes multicultural choices) and Teddy Bears (including the classic bear pattern) Comment Most of the yarns are Double Knit (DK) or 4-ply and are suitable for people working at all knitting levels. Many patterns suggest the inclusion of small parts like buttons and tiny beads, so many of the toys are not suitable for babies and young children Conclusion Published today (11 February), this new knitting craft book by Sandra Polley (from her Knitted Toys series) is rather generic in its print form and presentation, yet the patterns are better designed and more detailed than many similar representations appearing elsewhere. All the toys and creatures are kitted out with their own clothing and accessories, even the glove puppets have collars and their babies and cubs have little sleeping bags! Polley’s patterns are little characters in fact, …

Blogging 101 #4 a Review of the Cooking up a Feast jigsaw puzzle

Trying to get food out of my brain but about to compile this #cookingupafeastpuzzle for my blog 🎂🍮🍴🍓🍨 A post shared by Debra Hall (@picture_personal) on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:08am PST The Artist The Artist in this instance is a photographer. Greg Shepherd is a Devon UK based photographer, who is successful in selling his photographic images commercially because he reproduces them on greetings cards, gift wrapping and gift bags and then sells them. What sets him apart from others making their living this way is the unique approach he takes at times. He will imagine a nostalgic scene of found objects in his mind and then set about sourcing items to build a display, or he’ll put together a thematic setting of sorts; and he’ll then photograph for his own business purposes or for the imaginative use of graphic designers and print specialists employed by his working partners. Nothing demonstrates this more than his work for Ravensburger jigsaws where he takes a collection of objects en masse, just like he has done with …

a few favourites of 2015 (in pictures)

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Featuring Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles with designs by artist Aimee Stewart

Originally posted on TSSREVIEWSDOTCOM:
The Artist We admire the work of self taught, photo manipulation artist, Aimee Stewart. Stewart uses digital painting and photo image editing techniques to produce imaginative designs. The artwork used to produce these puzzles is detailed and colourful. The colours are rich, bold and bright, and the composition of her artwork is striking because of this. Stewart’s style and what she can achieve artistically fits the Ravensburger brand very well. Fairytale Fantasia Tiny little magical creatures and characters from a fantasy/fairy tale world, hence the puzzle title, sit around large books on four rows of book shelves which are topped with a mystical night sky. Among the Antiquarian bound books with titles written on the book spines, many with cursive writing, there are worldly wonders from land, sea and sky featuring. These will slowly be revealed as you piece together the jigsaw. The theme is an enchanted, mythical version of the world, and, much of those beloved, traditional storytelling elements from our childhood memories are there too. A red haired girl…

Win tickets to The Festival of Quilts 2015

The Festival of Quilts – Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show! The Festival of Quilts show is a ‘celebration of quilting with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, extraordinary galleries from international artists and over 1,000 competition quilts ‘ to view THE PRIZE DRAW OPPORTUNITY DETAILED BELOW IS NOW CLOSED For a chance to Win 2 x complimentary tickets for you and a friend to attend this year’s The Festival of Quilts event on 6th-9th August at NEC, Birmingham, England. Like TSS on FACEBOOK Tag a friend and POST “I want to go to FOQ with **friend’s name** on the Facebook wall 2 prize draws. Each prize is 1 pair of tickets. Draw will take place on Friday July 17th – At 17:00pm GMT The two winners will be posted on our TSS page and tickets will be sent to the winners in good time before the event. Entrants must be aged over 18 yrs and reside in the UK. This competition is not connected to Facebook

Book Review – LOVE OBJECTS by Bloomsbury

LOVE OBJECTS – Edited by Anna Moran and Sorcha O’Brien ISBN 978-1-4725-1719-7 (published August 2014 by Bloomsbury) RRP £19.99 CONTENTS: List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Editors’ foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Four Main Sections Bibliography Index Fifteen contributors: consisting of doctorate and degree holders, and academics, who all use the literary writer’s style of language which is channeled in essays with particular intention. An anthology then (a collection of literary works), but remaining a book that will sit in the non-fictional category of any book seller outlets. 166 Pages of lengthy text (in small fonts) where commentators are critically exploring, with great intensity and insightfulness, the emotional relationship people have with objects. Photographic Images: there are a fair few, half page in the main and printed in black and white. For anyone studying or having avid interest in Art History and Family Histories, people observation; symbolic representation (religious or otherwise); arts and crafts; the material world, sexualized goods; vintage and retro goods, heritage and memory tracing activities – you will find the content in this book …

Featuring jigsaw puzzles from the Happy Days Seaside range at Ravensburger

The Artist The oil paintings by artist, Kevin Walsh have been reproduced on many greetings cards, plates and biscuit tins, and prints as well as jigsaw puzzles. Walsh paints those stone walled, idyllic countryside scenes of people picnicking, walking or playing sports. He depicts British life from an earlier time, childhood days post WWII…and the sun is usually shining … things like the traditional farmyard, seaside towns, the village green, street parties, and he will often include a mechanical/motorized vehicle from the 1950s, sometimes a tram, or a steam engine in its full glory. The historic detailing is expert, as Walsh researches his subject in great depth before he starts a project. The nostalgia in the imagery has earned Walsh wide attraction and appeal for his work and he has established a following of collectors. He has a prestigious list of clients to his name (including Ravensburger) and UK commissions include Harrods and Cadbury. The Blackpool Theme This picture is a wonderful depiction of this famous Lancashire seaside town. The Blackpool Tower features of course, …