10 FREE Craft and DIY eGuides: Photography, Drawing Animals, Cake Decorating + More (reg. $4.99 each)

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10 free craft eguides

We love trying out new craft and DIY projects! If you do too, then be sure to snag these terrific FREE eGuides courtesy of Craftsy. Each one is a free downloadable PDF regularly priced at $4.99 each. It doesn’t say how long the free promo will last, so be sure to head on over using the links below and get your free eguide now:

FREE Craft, DIY and Hobby eGuides [PDF]

eGuide: Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
>Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
>Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
eGuide: Beginners Guide to Wirework for Beautiful Jewelry
>Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners
eGuide: How to Draw a Dog and Cat

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Ready for more? Craftsy offers full-length interactive online video classes with top instructors. Read the review of the Craftsy Knitting Class I took using my iPad! Then visit Craftsy.com to check out all their offerings, including some free online mini-classes.


50% OFF Online Craft, DIY, Food and Photography Classes

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Want to learn or improve a new skill, craft, hobby or technique? Don’t miss this chance to save up to 50% on Craftsy classes  for a limited time only. Online classes include knitting, cake decorating, photography, creating food gifts, pasta making, creative die cutting with your Cricut, dog photography, how to paint pet portraits and lots more here!

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I love Craftsy classes, and how well designed and produced they are. You can take them on your own schedule using your tablet, iPad, PC, laptop or other device, and repeat the lessons as often as you want.

dog photo class

They offer a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee within 30 days, so there’s nothing to lose by trying one or more. Feel free to read about my experience taking a Craftsy knitting class online, then check out all the classes on sale now!

Hurry, offer expires August 11th at 11:59pm MT. Shop the Craftsy Dog Days of Summer SALE. And be sure to click below to check out all their FREE mini classes for a sample of what to expect!

Giveaway: WIN a $60 Online Photography Class from Craftsy!

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photo class giveaway

We’ve got a VERY special giveaway for all our fans and readers! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about photography and take better family & pet photos, then keep reading! One lucky winner is going to be randomly selected to receive a full Online Photography Class courtesy of Craftsy, the leading online learning platform and community of over 1.5 million users. Craftsy offers more than 350 online classes in quilting, sewing, cake decorating, food and photography plus lots more!

As with all Craftsy classes, you’ll be able to take this Photography Class on your own schedule, and repeat it as often as you wish. Once you own a Craftsy class, it’s yours to keep and watch on just about any web-enabled device you wish, including iPad, Laptop, Smartphone or Computer. I took their Knitting 101 class and love how easy they make it to follow along!

The Prize:

Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

Gain the confidence and skills you need to turn spontaneous moments into unforgettable photos! Learn expert strategies for indoor and outdoor family shoots guided by professional photographer Kirk Tuck, and discover how to think like a storyteller for compelling photos that capture your subject’s personality. Explore the key settings behind blur-free action shots, and unlock the secret for shooting successfully in harsh sunlight. Use bounce flash for flattering indoor portraits, and dive into Adobe Lightroom with essential presets and advanced techniques for professional images that will bring out the best in everyone. Plus, learn how to size, format and export photos for personalized greeting cards that showcase your family and your photography skills!

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Enter by March 16, 2014:

Follow the link below and either create a new Craftsy account or login to your existing account if you are already a member. It’s totally free to join and you’ll get access to some FREE mini craft classes, too!

To be automatically entered into the giveaway, just make sure to use the link below to be eligible.  One winner will be randomly selected and will receive the Family Photography Online Class from Craftsy ($59.99 ARV)!  Giveaway ends 11:59pm ET on 3/16/14. Good Luck everybody!!!

Click Here–>> Enter to win a Family Photography Craftsy class!

Chaser, The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words #Chaser1000 Book Review

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If you’re anything like me and most pet parents, you probably think your fur kid is pretty doggone smart. We all know from personal experience that dogs are way smarter than the average person gives them credit for…but wait until you meet Chaser! Thanks to our sponsor, BlogPaws, I was able to get my paws on an advance review copy of the soon to be released book, Chaser — Unlocking The Genius Of The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words by John W. Pilley.

chaser dog book

It’s possible you’ve already heard about Chaser the Border Collie in the news or on TV and YouTube. She’s famous for understanding more words than any other dog on record. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than 1,000 toys (Daisy is pretty envious of a dog with THAT many!) and can retrieve any of them on command.

Based on that learning, she and her owner John Pilley, have moved on even further, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation. Her owner, the author of this new book, is a retired psychology professor from Wofford College in South Carolina and does an excellent job throughout the book of explaining much of the science and psychology behind such successful dog training, using fun and interesting stories involving both Chaser and his previous dog, the much beloved Yasha.

In addition to his academic knowledge, Pilley incorporates the stories and wisdom of farmers, shepherds and Border collie trainers, giving the reader great insight into how the best trainers use the power of instinct to foster a dog’s creative problem solving ability. It’s a cool way to think about dog training and draws the distinction between teaching a skill or trick versus “creative teaching”. I love the quote he shares about this from Arthur Allen who wrote Border Collies in America,  “Try to make it a fifty-fifty proposition of you trying to understand your dog while your dog is trying to understand you.”

In addition to really getting to know Chaser, the author, his wife Sally and the rest of their family, there’s also lots of storytelling in this book, which I loved.  A few of my favorites are the story of how Chaser got her name, how Chaser became a media sensation and “went viral” and “Chaser Goes To Washington”.

The book is both entertaining and informative, and though most of us won’t have the amount of time or patience Pilley did to spend working with Chaser, and not every dog is as smart or interested in learning as Chaser, any dog lover will find something in this book that helps them gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for their own dog.

You can learn more and buy the book here. You can follow Chaser the Border Collie on Facebook and on Twitter.

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