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Sparkletastic is Fantastic!!!
on June 14, 2007
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!"