Saturday, February 17, 2018

Crystal Wands For Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Energy Medicine By Ewald Kliegel

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This is an excellent book! The crystal wands in this book by Ewald Kliegel are shown in real photos, with the steps to use them to massage in specific areas of the body. It basically uses reflexology and crystals to get a super powerful healing that can't be achieved with just massage alone. Though it does mention how massage alone can be helpful, and an example to test the differences of each, to prove how much of a change happens in those few minutes with the use of massage alone and the use of massage plus the crystal wands.

I honestly love that this book is basically giving you guidance and ideas how to massage those specific areas to provide a source of healing, which can hit the body quicker and all with natural crystals that grow from the earth. The wands seen in the photos and that are mentioned are made from these naturally grown crystals and come in all different types. Each one is giving you a different healing energy which is mentioned in this book. I mean it's not a giant crystal resource book, but includes details on the crystals you'll want to use and know very well to help heal the body. Plus, with the crystal clear photos used for guidance, steps to massage all around the body and ways to heal specific problems, well this book is a true gem! 

I honestly never thought of crystals for massage. However, viewing them in the form of the wands, makes them perfectly shaped to give a deep penetration and maneuver around the body, aiming for all those pressure points. Plus, all the different crystals and their own personal beneficial healing powers will be very pleasant to use for specific problems. I also love that it's so natural and it really can help a beginner massage themselves or another with just a quick look into this book and the glancing of each photo. There isn't anything I can find negative about reflexology, crystals, and massage. This book is truly one of a kind and a super new approach that I've read that uses the healing power of massage and natural crystals.

Information About The Author:
Ewald Kliegel has been a practicing massage therapist and naturopath for more than 35 years. He teaches seminars on reflex zone massage and crystal wand therapy in both German and English throughout Europe. He lives in Stuttgart, Germany.

Book Information:
  • Edition: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Book Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-13: 9781620556481
  • Imprint: Healing Arts Press
  • On Sale Date: January 16, 2018
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Illustrations: Full-color throughout
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Floral Accessories: Creative Designs with Wendy Andrade by Wendy Andrade, NDSF, AIFD, FBFA

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There isn't anything beautiful than flowers. They are such a gorgeous thing to see growing and blooming in the backyard, but what I love best is also wearing them! Especially in some fabulous jewelry style designs or on top of my head like a crown.

The book, Floral Accessories by Wendy Andrade is just a gorgeous guide to creating some fabulous looking floral jewelry and accessories. So not only is there some creative jewelry pieces that even a beginner can make, but there are also wonderful and fabulous accessories to wear and use as well. I find that I'm a huge fan of wearing some unique designs, so nothing in this book is too much or over the top for me.

There are designs perfect for special occasions, one being a wedding style design or even for a prom. Plus, every project inside has a few easy steps to follow and so many photos to guide the reader. I really can't find anything to hate about this book or want to hate because I love the photos, love the projects and designs to create these large and beautiful pieces and also love that it uses flowers. Plus, it's not all about fake, there are real flowers used in these creations, which makes them even more fabulous to wear and want to create!

The two I've really felt inspired to create are the Floral Collar and the Zoey Cuff. These two designs are just stunning! However, everything in this book is unique, original and amazing! I honestly can see wearing some of those designs for my own wedding or the necklaces and head crown designs any day of the week. No matter the occasion, I feel wearing anything in this book, after creating them would make everyday a stylish and fun day!

So I found this book to be just perfect! I can't say I ever have seen or read anything like this before. It's very different, full of fun creations and uses my favorite smelling thing that grows outdoors flowers! Honestly, this is an excellent book and guide!

Information About The Author:
Wendy Andrade, NDSF, AIFD, FBFA, is an international floral designer who travels the globe as an educator, sharing her love of flowers. She is the recipient of a Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Gold Medal and two Silver Gilt awards and has been a flower team designer at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Pasadena Rose Parade, and the Academy Awards. She is also the author of Fresh Floral Jewelry.

Book Information:
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (September 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764354469
ISBN-13: 978-0764354465
Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 8.8 inches

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Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn,Foreword by Jack Cunningham, PhD

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The book, Narrative Jewelry by Mark Fenn has something that many books don't, a story with each piece. This book captured my attention by the front cover, but what really stood out was that it's not a book on fashionable pieces you'd wear or would love to own, but pieces made to represent a story that the creator wants to be seen and told.  

The inside is packed with many different designers that have made unique pieces that represent something, but it also could mean more than just one thing. I can absolutely understand this because when you look at any piece of art, it could be seen different in the eyes of one person and again different in another. So there really is no wrong or right answer, it's just how you see it. 

Let's just say that this book includes plenty of pieces that look different when you wear it. 
There is this one piece that made me think of those in my life who smoke. This one is made to be worn as a choker and uses the material of discarded cigarette butts. My first look at it and all I can say that it's breathtaking, literally all that smoke and what it can do to you especially to your lungs, choking your body from inside. Also, it's a huge piece, and it really is a perfect example of the areas that smoking really effects, being that it's a choker. Plus, the model wearing it, with the smoke coming out of the mouth, the image is just perfect! This one was created by Annelies Hofmeyer, and let me tell you it's not one of those pieces you'd find at a store or online. Definitely a one of a kind piece and something that tells more than one story.

Another wonderful piece that really caught my eyes and brought a memory to my mind is the profile brooch that was created by Marina Sheetikoff. I know that many may see it differently, but this piece made me think of leaping high to reach my goal. What you do see inside the book is that this is a brooch with a pair of legs placed above a cloud or water puddle, but it could mean so much, and that is exactly what each piece in this book is all about!

So without a doubt, this book is an excellent look at feelings and emotions. One thing that it really isn't is just a look of fashion and precious jewelry to wear. If you really want to make a statement, well these pieces do just that and so much more!  I feel It takes my mind to another place, finding stories that would reflect each piece and fit or represent things in my life. I also enjoy the designers and what inspired them to create these pieces. 

Finally, I really think this is for everyone interested in jewelry, art, design, and even those looking to get some inspiration to stand up or do something. Since I truly feel a bit more inspired to see that art can be more than something gorgeous, but something more meaningful. Plus, with all these great pieces, I feel I was granted a book to help bring out the feelings I've never thought I was holding back inside and possibly complete some obstacles that always felt hard to reach.

Information About The Author:
Mark Fenn is a maker and curator of narrative jewelry. He has been making for over thirty years and holds a degree in silversmithing and jewelry design from the University of the Creative Arts UK.

Book Information:
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (October 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764354140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764354144
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 12 inches
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