Its a Non-Fiction Saturday two-fer!

Florida’s Historic Victorian Homes
By - Justin A. Nylander 

 5 Stars!!!!!

Forty-one historic Florida houses built in the Victorian era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are brilliantly captured in all their beauty, character, and detail, and accompanied by fascinating tales of their original (often famous) owners. Come along and visit twenty-one cities in the great Sunshine State, from the Panhandle region in the far northwest, to the island of Key West in the far south. Victorian architecture was the style chosen by the social elite of the era for their luxurious estates. From beautifully designed houses created for families on a “livable” cottage scale and set along charming tree-lined suburban streets, to the mammoth seaside pleasure palaces of the wealthy heads of industry and the socially elite, Florida’s Historic Victorian Homes delivers a feast for one’s eyes and mind, a showcase of some of the most enduring Victorian architecture in Florida.

Justin A. Nylander is an American born author and photographer. Justin has also enjoyed a career in the music entertainment industry both behind-the-scenes and as a recording artist. 
The study of architecture and interior design is Justin A. Nylander’s most beloved hobby. For this, his second book, he combines his photography skills and passion for historic architecture with true affection for the Sunshine State. He lives in California.

Visit his website - HERE

Absolutely excellent! This is a gorgeous book with tons of gorgeous dreamy pictures! I say dreamy because these are the kinds of pictures of homes that dreams are made of. I look at these pictures and just melt into them and become a part of the pictures as I am virtually living in each of these beautiful homes. Of course I do have my favorites, but everyone of them is just so beautiful.

I love that Justin writes where each home is located, the name of each home and the year it was built. He also give a description of each town and a little of  its history. This was very interesting.

There is also a map in the beginning that shows where the houses are located in FL.
 I think this is my favorite exterior, just look at all that detail!
 And these stairs! I think I could look at a whole book of just stairways!

And this kitchen is to die for, look at those lights!

This book was so much fun to look through and read about the different areas and beautiful homes. The author did an excellent job. This is definitely a book I will be looking at over and over!

Thank you Netgalley and Schiffer Publishing ltd. for sending me this e-book to look at and review!

Get your copy from -
Amazon - HERE
and from Schiffer - HERE

Knit Your Own Zoo
Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 24 Animals
by - Sally Muir
5 Stars!!!!!!

From the authors of the beloved and best-selling Knit Your Own Dog, Knit Your Own Cat, and Knit Your Own Dog: The Second Litter comes Knit Your Own Zoo! With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for 24 animals, it's an irresistible guide to knitting a single exotic pet or an entire stuffed menagerie.

What could be better than a cuddly koala or a long-necked giraffe to call your own? Knit Your Own Zoo includes patterns for both, as well as a tiger, crocodile, penguin, meerkat, elephant, armadillo, panda, a kangaroo and her joey, and 14 other delightful creatures. The animals are surprisingly easy to make; with a few evenings of work, you can have a covetable companion for life. Given a week, you could be charging admission to your own nature park!

Along with the knitting patterns, Sally and Joanna also include brief descriptions of the various species and offer tips and advice on sewing up and embellishing the animals.

And, of course, these knitted animals are much easier to look after than the real things—they don't eat, won't make a mess, and are legal to keep in your home.

Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne ( They export their products to stores all over the world including Barneys, Saks, Liberty, and The Cross. They won the U.K. Fashion Export Small Business Award in 2002 and several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their previous books include Knit Your Own Dog and Knit Your Own Cat.
Check out their website - HERE

Oh my gosh these are so stinkin cute!!!!! I want to make every single one of them!
I review "Knit your own Dog" and "Knit your own Cat" and I thought those were great. I think this one is my favorite!
As an avid knitter, I am always looking for new creative ideas. I don't like to stick to sweaters. I like knitting different types of things. I think these would be great for summer. They are small so you won't get hot from having it on your lap (see I think of those things).

I haven't tried one yet, but the patterns look pretty straight forward and easy to follow. I knit socks so I am used to using the tiny needles. I am really looking forward to using all three books!

Here are a few of my favorites (although seriously I could have put them all!).
A cute Koala -
I hate bats! But this one I think I would love -
A Righ-tailed Lemur!!!!!! I love Lemurs!

Thank you so much Netgalley and "Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers" for sending me this great e-book to review! 

Get your copy from -
Amazon - HERE 


  1. Ooooooooooooo I want to see the house one and pass the knit one to my mother in law with a little hint hint. I love knit toys.

  2. that bat would be awesome for halloween. love the pics from the victorian house book. I love me some antique houses!

  3. I too love to knit anything a little different from the usual garments. This knitting book looks great and some unusual animals featured - and what an opportunity to get out the boxes of left over wools and see what can be used up!


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