I was going to call the next four posts Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something By Heather Ross but I realised that if anyone arrived at the individual pages from out in the ether they wouldn't have a clue what the post was about. So, a much less ambiguous title.
I mentioned a while ago that I was waiting for a flower crochet book which I had reserved at the library, and yesterday I had a bit of a mad (but thankfully restrained) spending spree in Waterstones and bought myself two new crafting books. Coupled with comments from some of you on the May Giveaway post that you liked hearing about my sewing experiences before getting stuck in yourselves, I thought you might like some reviews.
So to overwhelm you completely right from the start (well, you know me, there's nothing like a good old frenzy), I have four books already. I'll do a post on each, and if you want to search for them later, I'm going to put them in a 'First Impressions' category.
And these will be first impressions only, unless it is a book that I've had for a while. I think you only get a really solid idea of what a book is like if you read it in detail, or do a project, and as the new books will be hot from the bookshop, that's going to be unlikely. So think of the review like this: either I've seen the book mentioned somewhere like a blog or magazine, or I've been browsing at the bookshop and thought 'that looks interesting'. And I've had a look, and decided it looks interesting enough to spend money on. So that's a first positive tick in a box.
And then I'll get home all excited, and leap on to the sofa with my new book and a big cup of tea for a proper browse. And after that, it will be First Impressions time. A does-it-look-as-good-as-I-thought-it-did-in-the-shop, does-the-layout-appeal-to-me, does-it-appear-to-provide-what-I-thought-it-was-going-to-provide initial review which I hope will help you make you mind up if you are thinking of buying, or which you might want to comment on and say what you think if you have it already.
I'm going to try to stick to books only. I seem to burble on quite enough about sewing patterns as I sew that I don't really think you need a 'proper' review as well, and with other crafts, well, let's see how things go.
By the way, I have to say I'm not very keen on blog posts that say, 'and now, I want to hear what you have to say!' in a demanding kind of way (and naming no names!). I often feel these types of posts leave a kind of yawning gap or akward silence in a previously comfortable conversation. It's a bit like going to a talk and the speakers asking for questions at the end of their presentations only to be faced with a deadly silence, and the moderator gets up and says something along the lines of 'oh come on, somebody must have a question!'.
So I am not going to demand comments, but I am going to say please do feel free to chip in, if you agree with me, if you don't agree with me, or if you just feel like saying hello, I've got that too.
Does that sound like a reasonably good idea?
Here's a clue then for the first First Impression...