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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I could hardly wait to receive my copy of The Impatient Beader presents Sparkletastic, because I adore my first two Impatient Beader books which are in this series! I am so glad I was patient--what a reward! Sparkletastic is so much FUN! Margot Potter has such fabulous creativity! Her designs are unique and edgy, yet never silly. They always make sense and are always pretty! The author is extremely knowledgeable about the history of fashion. She also knows about important women in history, and celebrates each and every one of us, explaining the benefits of why we should be ourselves.
In Sparkletastic, she expresses her ingenuity, creating fascinatingly beautiful jewelry and craft designs, all of which have an additional fillip of sass: each project has some sort of shine or glitter in some form or another!

I was so charged when I read this book! It was great to see that the author has used Swarovskis, glitter, disco ball beads, flat backs and hot fix crystals..oh--you name it--if it sparkles, she used it, and she used it WELL, and for a good reason!

I loved the fact that Margot still has her "virgin, vixen, and goddess" (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) categories for her projects...only this time they are "Sparkly Virgin," and so on. These categories, as well as the explanations of beading basics, which are well photographed and are located at the beginning of the book, are very helpful. For example, I am a beader, not a crafter, but because I can see simply portrayed photos of how to create some of my favorite projects from the book, with even more good hints right at the beginning, I can plan to make some cool things for my wardrobe, such as The Rodeo Girl Jacket, which is a complete knockout of a studded jean jacket with a picture of a vintage rodeo girl on the back. You have to love it!

Other projects I found appealing were the colorful and charming Marilyn necklace, named for Marilyn Monroe, and the Disco Monkey T-shirt, which had a mistake the author "fixed" (you never would have realized)! Then she discusses the mistake in a sidebar, one of a few sprinkled throughout the book which she has called "true confessions." These "true confessions" are very humanizing and also plain fun to read. Hey, we all mess up! It's life! It is a good way of teaching the reader what NOT to do! It also shows you how to fix mistakes you have made.

As for projects, I also adored two of what I think exemplify the author's specialties, which is her amazingly inventive way she redoes something classic and makes it new and hip, like a charm bracelet. For example, "The Sweetie Pie Charm Bracelet," which is enchanting, or "The Pirate Jenny Charm Bracelet" with its skulls and crossbones and wonderfully appealing color combinations.

I don't have a baby on the way at the moment, but the "Oh Bebe Onesie" is a fabulous gift to bring to a shower! It is totally charming.
Finally, another project I LOVED is the necklace "Hearts in Chains" : a true work of art! I loved, loved, LOVED this hip necklace, and totally plan to make and wear this!

Margot Potter is an amazing source of energy and inspiration. She quotes famous, successful women who have overcome difficulties, and gone on to savor life; she shows her own vulnerabilities and her delightful sense of humor, both of which add a reality to her wonderful collection of projects, and it is impossible not to love her and her new book, Sparkletastic. We will all shine on, if we own this book! Thank you, Margot! As it says on the back of the book, "Viva La Sparkle!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2008
The Impatient Beader series is my favorite line of beading books. I like that the projects are geared to a variety of ages and styles...there's really something for everyone. The step by steps are easy to follow and the helpful hints provided me with important information. I like that this is written in 1st person, and it makes it more casual and less technical that way.

The photography and layout are also interesting and fun to look at and are spiked with kitschy flair. Each page really pops out at you, unlike most beading books that bore me with their bland backgrounds and same-o, same-o projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I love all of Margot's books because they have so many innovative ideas, secret tips, and so much of her shiny personality. It fells like she is right there with you making each and every item. This is a book for people who want to have fun and make cool stuff. The project designs are timeless as they are on trend...It takes a true artist to pull that off, and Margot is just that! Girlie girl power at its best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2007
If anyone has bunches of jewelry supplies and tons of scrapbooking supplies, this is the ideal book of wonderful, fun and funky designs! I love the use of all of the varied supplies to make not only super jewelry, but ipod cases, cell phone cases and wearables!

Miss Potter's fun facts for the chapters are such a blast and are very timely. Even if you don't see yourself as a rock star, there are enough ideas to get you going in any direction you want.

I love the enumerated photography that allows you to follow along and not at any time be confused as to how to follow through to a successful end!

Some of my favorite projects that I want to try are the Feel Lucky Bracelet, the Squirm Choker, the Film Noir Bracelet, Pirate Jenny Charm Bracelet (how can you go wrong with someting that spells out "Sassy"?).

The projects are ones that I can create for myself, for gifts and with my nieces. I also love how Margot notes some of her "mistakes" and why she did the things she did-it makes me feel like I create things on my own, mistakes turn into innovation!

I've got just about every "how to" book that there is and I truly enjoyed this one and am inspired to try them out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2010
I needed more from the "Search Inside" feature to actually be able to tell if I would like this book or not. I like the two other Impatient Beader books I have, so I decided to buy this one as well. Slight mistake.

The book includes much more fashion (jacket, tank tops, hat, shoe charm) than I am interested in, and in my opinion while purses and iPod covers can be considered fashion I personally do not classify a kid's lunchbox or a door hook in that category. I guess I'm just not a Diva, let alone a discriminating one.

As far as design elements, my opinion is think more in the "altered arts" line. If you are looking for something "different" than the usual beaded jewelry type of book this should be right up your alley. In my case I believe I should stick to the main roads.

Sorry, Amazon, this one goes back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2007
Margot Potter spends these pages on how to use glittering Swarovski crystals in jewelry projects AND a purse, an embellished tank top and denim jacket, a lunch pail, a cell phone pouch, and a hat band. The "discriminating diva" who completes and wears Margot's many projects will need to issue sunglasses to all who may encounter her. Margot shows originality in her chapter headings as well as in the projects themselves: "Girlie Girl," "Diva in Training," "Rock Star." Oh, how fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2007
Margot's third book is a breath of fresh air. Loaded with personality and wit, Margot's designs in this book are as irreverant as she is. If you enjoyed her first two books, you'll love this one. If you haven't tried any of The Impatient Beader books, treat yourself. You'll be glad you did.
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on July 8, 2011
I was extremely disappointed with this book.

A good portion of the projects are not jewelry, there are cell phone holders made of felt and even lunch boxes bedazzled with Swarovski flat backs. And several of the projects were repeated in different chapters only styled in a different way. The collage projects are consistently repeated, only the base material sometimes changes. These are good techniques to learn, but the author should have made an entire chapter for them instead of scattering them out.

If you have read the other two 'Impatient Beader' books then you'll notice that this is a recurring theme. I bought all three at the same time so perhaps that's why it is so obvious to me. There were also some of the same projects, the name and style or color of the beads were just changed to make it 'different' from book to book.

In 'Sparkletastic' I was hoping to find an array of great jewelry ideas and projects like those on the front and back cover, instead I found a lot of bedazzled clothing, purses, door hooks and lunch boxes. There are a few pretty jewelry projects; but certainly not enough to make a good book.
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on September 5, 2011
My girlfriend told me about this book. She has made many wonderful pieces using ideas she took from Sparkletastic. I am a beginner and enjoy getting ideas, learning techniques and being able to see up close how to do something with great photographs. Margot explains her techniques very clearly and as if she'd talking to you. I especially appreciate seeing how she makes her pieces with such clarity. This is not sophisticated jewelry ... it's fun and funky.
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on August 19, 2008
As the subtitle suggests, this goes beyond jewelry, including accessories and clothing as well. I have to admit that while I'm a jewelry freak, my heart started going pitter patter when I opened up the book to the first project, A Girl's Life Tote. Along with jewelry, my next love is hand bags, so I loved how she transferred jewelry techniques to creating this hot pink purse. Read the rest of my review: [...]
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