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The most famous I say is Crayola I use them as a kid I bet you all did to .
Now days I got only got Crayola pencils in my lots of different pencils I got. I bet most of you have to is a name we all grew up with and sill love now
I payed £4.00 for them they are very good and cheap great to colour with .
I did not have any crayons so I when out to get some for this day

I payed £1.50 for a packet of 24 wow so easy to use you could blend very well with them .
As most of you know I make cards and stamp I got out one of my magnolia tilda stamps for this picture I use smooth card. I did use blue eyeshadow for the background but the rest is Crayola crayons
In the packet you get a good range of colour and the depth is very good .I not used since I was a kid but wow they were fantastic so easy to blend the colours nice and strong i found them very smooth and had a nice sharp point so that makes outlining very easy to do .I think the colour are very vibrant and they did not leave a wax film on my hands like some do .I found they were very strong they did not break when I added pressure to shade with them like some crayon can do.
If you want to started to colour but do not want to spend to much these are fab for £1.50 .You can pick up great colouring books at the poundshop to .
They will wash out of kids clothes so great for them to use they are non toxic as well
One of my favourite crayons

What do you think?








The first box of crayons was made in 1903 and sold for a nickel! Binney and Smith produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million crayons daily

The company carried the name of its founders, Binney & Smith, until 2007 when we changed our name to Crayola to reflect our No. 1 brand.

Crayons are typically coloured sticks of wax used for drawing purposes, although sometimes are made from chalk or charcoal.

Crayons are also known as wax crayons, and are usually made from petroleum paraffin wax and colour pigment.Since crayons aren’t messy, toxic, sharp, expensive and are colourful, they are a common media given to children to use for drawing or colouring pictures.

Crayons are generally 8.9 cm (3. inches) lengthwise, and often have a paper wrapper wrapped around them to help them break less easily

A W Faber Company, which were making crayons in the 1880s, was one of the first companies to produce wax crayons.

Crayola, the leading brand of crayons in the world, started making crayons in 1903.Crayola has made over 133 different coloured crayons, some retired, and many special edition crayons.Some early French artists like Francois Clouet (1510-1572) and Nicholas L’angreau (1590-1666) used crayons as their medium.

Crayola crayons currently come in 120 colors including 23 reds, 20 greens, 19 blues, 16 purples, 14 oranges, 11 browns, 8 yellows, 2 grays, 2 coppers, 2 blacks, 1 white, 1 gold and 1 silver. Although Crayola crayons come in 120 different colors, the labels are only made in 18, which cover the full color spectrum

There have been over 300 official crayon manufacturing companies, although only a small amount exist now.
Standard crayon colours are black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow and green.

What are the 3 main colors?
The typical artists’ paint or pigment color wheel includes the blue, red, and yellow primary colors. The corresponding secondary colors are green, orange, and violet or purple. The tertiary colors are red–orange, red–violet, yellow–orange, yellow–green, blue–violet and blue–green.
Three of Crayola’s crayon color names have been changed after public protests.

In 1958 “Prussian Blue” was changed to “Midnight Blue” to avoid any post-war Nazi connotation (Prussia is a region in Germany). And in 1962 “Flesh” became “Peach” and “Indian Red” was finally changed to “Chestnut” in 1999. After the outcry over the two skin-tone related colors, Crayola started producing a 16 crayon set of multicultural tones kids of all cultural identification could choose between.
Did you know how they got their name Edwin Binney’s wife Alice gave Crayola its name. “She combined the words craie (French for chalk) with the first part of the word oleaginous (the oily paraffin wax) to make the word ‘crayola.’

Today Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million wax sticks daily. That’s enough to circle the globe six must kids have them from a very young age but now a lot adult use them to as the adult colouring trend is still very popular
A Yale University study once found that the aroma of Crayola crayons is one of the most recognizable scents for adults. It ranked 18th just ahead of coffee and peanut butter.

The largest crayon in the world, Big Blue, weighs 1500 pounds, is 15 feet long and 16 inches in diameter. It was made from 123,000 old blue crayons that were gathered from kids around the country. It would cover a football field
Binney and Smith were cousins.

Crayola has called Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, its home since the turn of the century. Today, the company’s world headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located there. Downtown Easton is the home of the Crayola Experience™, our interactive brand attraction where families can enjoy a day of creative fun and see how we make our icon

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Copic pens

Copic pens

Copic marker pens are a bit expensive I say put they are one of the best pens I used so they are worth getting if you can afford too.

They are alcohol based and are non toxic I do find them very fast drying and they do not seem to sear which I like .
I do fine the pens are smooth just like silk so nice to work with .They are very vibrant to which I love
The pens have a brush and a chisel tip which you can refill then too which makes it a pen for life I say you buy one then just fill it up .

A lot of manga artist seem to love them , and professional artist will recommend them to you so they must be very good to use I say .
You can also replace the nibs I do like the way they blend they just seem to blend so easily and so seamlessly you will find the more you go over the image the deeper it gets getting you a lovely bright colour

I will say at times they did seem to leak or bleed through the to the next page I do use a few sheets of paper at the back of what I colour I alway do this do you? To stop this
I do think they help to make your work look very professional.

Each pen is made by computerised colour matching machine which meets very strict manafacting stands that means that your Copic pens will never vary from batch to batch
I do like this pens very much I would love to buy more
I would recommend them to you all

So what is the Copic Color System?
The Copic Color System identifies and labels each Copic Color based on the color’s individual: Color Family,Saturation Number & Brightness Number.

The Color Family indicates what sort of color, i.e. red, blue-green, orange, etc
.The Saturation Number indicates how “rich” or how “dull” the color will appear (higher number = more dull)
The Brightness Number indicates how “dark” the color will appear (Higher number = darker

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Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults

Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults

Author/publisher: LightBurst Media
Release date: 26 February 2016
Tour Dates: 28-29 March


Fashion Forward: a 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults features 27 original fashion illustrations for you to color and enjoy. Images are printed single sided so that you can easily cut them out. Relive the fashions of 1960s including hair, accessories and outfits. Pick a page that jumps out to you and let the fun begin!



Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692642838/ref=x_gr_w_bb…
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29452969-fashion-forward


I was sent a pdf link so I could print the images as they not available in UK at the moment, but they may be soon and then I would love a real copy .I just got told it out today in UK
I just loved all this book, it has 27 nice images for you to colour and you can let your imagination run wild with this era.
The images are all hand drawn and they are in the middle of the page. It has nice strong lines.
I have to say this book captures the style,look and feel of the 1960s so well. I liked that if you wanted to you could add a bit to the images, for example more background.
I did use promarkers and sharpies to colour in the images. The book has a few blank pages at the back and you can put them underneath to stop any bleed through, but each image is on single sided paper.
On my image of the girl with blonde hair I did use chalk as a background and I would spray with hairspray just to set the colour.
I have had other colouring books from LightBurst Media and they were very good quality. I felt a few of the images, when nicely coloured could be put into a frame
Some of the images have so much detail, it captures the era and style really well. You could go pale or bright, it’s totally up to you.
I felt all the images would work with watercolours, gel pens ,copic pencils and promarkers.
This book would be great for my fashion conscious niece who loves this era, but my mum (who will be 80 soon, she’d kill me if she read this though) she’d love it too. Just like I did. I feel it’s a good book for bringing back great memories and making them come to life
It’s just a wonderful book to let your imagination run away with you.
I like to thank LightBurst Media for letting me review it.

Here are my two colour images

About the publisher:

LightBurst Media is a publisher of unique adult coloring books. We use only original, hand-drawn art in our coloring books. Our first book, Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure, was published in December 2015. It is receiving a lot of good attention and is also a good adult coloring book for men as well as women. We have several other adult coloring books coming out in 2016. For more information about our new releases, promotions and giveaways visit our website at http://www.lightburstmedia.com/ You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia. As well as on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter under lightburstmedia. We would love to hear from you!


Website – http://www.lightburstmedia.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lightburstmedia/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/…/lightburst-media-adult-colorin…/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lightburstmedia

Amazon.co.uk link 

Fashion Forward: 1960s Fashion Coloring Book for Adults https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0692642838/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_FrU-wbPB4BSN6

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My review

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You think you know who to trust?
You think you know the difference between good and evil?
The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again. But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community. And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him? SMART. GRIPPING. GRUESOME. This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.
WARNING: Most definitely *not* for the faint-hearted! The Teacher is already haunting readers.

This book is a very good debut novel a great crime thriller but I got to say it took me a few chapters to get into the plot and then suddenly I was hooked but I got to tell you nearly gave up a few times .soon it becomes a page turner

I was so caught up in the story it was very gruesome in places but it tell you the information you need to understand the plot .I did get a bit loss in places or mix up as people first names seem to swap to surnames i would of like one or the other as it a very fast paced read.

Imogen and Adrian they wanted to see what was going on i like them both did you ?I did feel they were a bit messed up but they were a very good team what did you think ?

Abbey was a good character she worked in a museum I did wonder what her family had done you got to read to see
The end very good
What did you think?
It a very well written book it did not predict the end I was guessing all the way to the end of the book it very clever
I did find the characters every believable as I was pull into the story once I got into it so please do not give up tried to carry with it .It is very good a thriller
I going to say 3 dolls I was just not sure it was just not my kind of read but the book did hook me in the end I just have mixed view is a book i am not sure of  but you may love other have  love it you may so please read for your self as we all like different books my mum loved it

Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review

About the Author
Katerina Diamond was born in Weston in the seventies. She moved to Thessaloniki in Greece and attended Greek school where she learnt Greek in just 6 months. After her parents’ divorce, they relocated to Devon. After school, and working in her uncle’s fish and chip shop, she went (briefly) to university at Derby, where she met her husband and had two children. Katerina now lives in the East Kent Coast with her husband and children. This is her first nov



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Victorian London had Jack the Ripper.
Georgian Dublin had the Dolocher…

The Dolocher is stalking the alleyways of Dublin. Half man, half pig, this terrifying creature has unleashed panic on the streets. Can it really be the evil spirit of a murderer who has cheated the hangman’s noose by taking his own life in his prison cell, depriving the mob of their rightful revenge? Or is there some other strange supernatural explanation?

This terror has come at the perfect time for down-at-heel writer Solomon Fish. With his new broadsheet reporting ever more gruesome stories of the mysterious Dolocher, sales are growing daily and fuelling the city’s fear. But when the Dolocher starts killing and Solomon himself is set upon, he realises that there’s more to the story than he could ever have imagined.

With the help of his fearless landlady, ship’s surgeon-turned-apothecary Merriment O’Grady, Solomon goes after the Dolocher.
Torn between reason and superstition, they must hold their nerve as everyone around them loses theirs. But are they hunting the Dolocher or is the Dolocher hunting them?

Amazon.co.uk link
The Dolocher https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_9CX7wb7V02…

About the Author
Caroline Barry believes studying Art History at college is what gave her an interest in storytelling. She has had two young adult novels published in Ireland. After starting her career in Arts Administration she moved into teaching creative writing, designing and delivering creative writing modules for several county councils around the country. She has been a writer-in-residence and is currently living in the midlands with her husband Neil Richardson (also a writer). Outside of writing she has studied and practiced yoga for fourteen years and is keenly interested in the esoteric. The Dolocher is her first foray into adult FICTION







Martha is lost.

She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been sixteen years, but she’s still hopeful.

In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing.

But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out – if Martha can’t discover who she really is, she will lose everything



A wonderful read it just a lovely heartwarming story it will make you smile laugh and cry it very sad in places also very deep and dark to i was hooked on the plot I really enjoyed this book

The characters are very different and very unique you will fall in love with them I did but a couple were not so nice or friendly but I still like them and the things in lime Street station
I fell in love with this wonderful magical setting I bet you will too I wanted to go there to see it but I could see it my mind the description were so well written I could picture them in my head too

Martha wow what can I say about her she never left Lime Street station she was left there as a baby and she had never been out of this wonderful station she never when to school she had no idea when he birthday was but now she got a big problem the authorities know about her living there she got to prove who she was could she ?

I loved all the station secrets I was hooked she got to find her birth certificate to prove who she was could she did that ?

She was such a warm girl i found her very interesting and different I just find her so lovely ,warm , bright, and very uplifting girl

The plot about finding out about Martha it a very clever plot I enjoyed all the different characters they soon became my friends
I can not praise this book enough I want you all to read I not telling much about the plot or characters as I want you to read for yourself I loved The Beatles part in the story the notes at the back of the book tell you more about there part very interesting

I enjoy Caroline writing style it so easy to read it just flows so effortlessly along a you go with it i could put this book down I was so caught up in this story I did want it to finish

A must read book
Just brilliant
One of my books of year 2016

I like to thank netgalley for letting me read review
I also had a copy from Sophie at random houses
5 dolls (5stars)
About the Author
Caroline Wallace worked as a lecturer for several years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and their many children.

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Dream Journal Diary: Write, Sketch and Color your dreams

Dream Journal Diary: Write, Sketch and Color your dreams

Publisher: LightBurst Media
Release date: February 5 2016
Tour date: 21-22 March


Dream Journal Diary: Write, Sketch and Color Your Dreams will guide you to record, process, sketch and interpret your dreams. The book is laid out with a two page spread for each entry. 5 coloring pages are included in the back of the book from Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure.

*Size 5×8”
*Lined areas for writing down and interpreting your dream
*Unlined sketch box on each entry you to sketch or doodle
*White paper
*Features 5 coloring pages from Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure to help you get your creativity flowing!

Amazon – http://amzn.to/1OYfjil

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/…/sh…/29233669-dream-journal-diary

About the publisher:

LightBurst Media is a publisher of unique adult coloring books. We use only original, hand-drawn art in our coloring books. Our first book, Space Dreams: Sci-Fi Adult Coloring Book Adventure, was published in December 2015. It is receiving a lot of good attention and is also a good adult coloring book for men as well as women. We have several other adult coloring books coming out in 2016. For more information about our new releases, promotions and giveaways visit our website at http://www.lightburstmedia.com/ You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia. As well as on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter under lightburstmedia. We would love to hear from you!


Website – http://www.lightburstmedia.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lightburstmedia
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lightburstmedia/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/…/lightburst-media-adult-colorin…/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lightburstmedia

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Each Tuesday on my blog will be Craft /Colouring fun time
I be doing review post about

pens , colouring books ,pencil and any craft products

I will also show how to do a few cards ect
Do you do any craft ?
Anyone got any colouring books you like to review ?
Anyone like to do a post about why they like to colour or craft ?

I love you to be part my craft /Colouring fun day please comment below if you like to help

I love to review any products please email me if you like to review your products

Thank you for reading my post  AJ

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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

I have had this book on my shelf for over a year and I wish now I had read it before, it is one of those books that has such strong story lines that it will stay with you for a long time. The experiences of the author, Deborah Rodriquez, as a teacher and director of Kabul Beauty School and the co owner of the Cabul Coffee House, show throughout the book. She manages to bring the atmosphere and the experiences of women and Men of Afghanistan to life and the images she describes are believable and thorough. It certainly was an eye opener of some of the thoughts and behaviour that some women experience in the area.

I really liked the majority of the characters especially the women. Sunny is a strong minded American women, that at first I did not understand why she would choose to live in such a dangerous situation. She owns the cafe and is always trying to help others as the fact that she takes in Yasmina even though she is pregnant shows. I felt so sorry for Yasmina and very scared for her situation in being a widowed pregnant lady. Halajan was one of my favourite characters as she is such a strong character but with constant worry and understanding of how Muslim women should behave. Isabel again is a strong woman with a difficult background. I liked her strong belief in journalism and her detailed way of researching for her writing. It took me a while to warm to Candace as at first she seemed self centred and didn’t really understand the struggle of women, however I did appreciate her fundraising skills. My attitude soon changed to her when you got to know her more. All the women are held together by a bond that makes them friends. They understand each other with Sunny at the centre of the friendship.

There are various story lines that go through the book about the oppression of women, the lifestyle to expect in Kabul, the situation of bombs and love stories. I admit that I did find that for the first few chapters I had to concentrate on the book as I wanted to place where everything was. I am now looking forward to the next book.

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