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Ho ho ho! Come by Central Library to check out an all-new Blind Date with a Book display. Browse through the personal ads and check out one that catches your eye. You won't know the author or title, so it will be a sweet surprise when you get home and unwrap your "date." If you don't like it, simply return it to the library with no hard feelings! If you love it, well maybe you've just made a connection with a new author that could turn into a long-term relationship.
You will also have the option to "Rate Your Date" and tell us how your date went. Those that participate in "Rate Your Date" will be added into a drawing for fun prizes!
The whole month of December we will have books wrapped up like gifts to browse through, so stop by Central Library to find the reading match for you. You may just find something new to love this holiday season.
ALIF THE UNSEEN. By G. Willow Wilson. (Grove, $25.) A young
hacker on the run in the Mideast is the protagonist of this imaginative first
ALMOST NEVER. By Daniel Sada. Translated by Katherine
Silver. (Graywolf, paper, $16.) In this glorious satire of machismo, a Mexican
agronomist simultaneously pursues a prostitute and an upright woman.
AN AMERICAN SPY. By Olen Steinhauer. (Minotaur, $25.99.) In
a novel vividly evoking the multilayered world of espionage, Steinhauer’s hero
fights back when his C.I.A. unit is nearly destroyed.
ARCADIA. By Lauren Groff. (Voice/Hyperion, $25.99.)Groff’s
lush and visual second novel begins at a rural commune, and links that Utopian
past to a dystopian, post-global-warming future.
AT LAST. By Edward St. Aubyn. (Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, $25.) The final and most meditative of St. Aubyn’s brilliant Patrick
Melrose novels is full of precise observations and glistening turns of phrase.
Gillian Flynn’s third novel, the chilling and compellingly
readable Gone Girl, is told from two perspectives, husband and wife Nick Dunne
and Amy Elliot Dunne. We are first introduced to Nick Dunne, a man whose wife
has just gone missing on a hot July day, a day which also happens to be their
fifth wedding anniversary. Nick returns from the bar he owns to find the house
in disarray and no Amy. Eerily enough, there is the first clue to her annual
anniversary treasure hunt. He calls the police and begins the bizarre chain of
events that will change his life and the lives of those around him.
In the next chapter we meet Amy, the happy, full-of-love
Amy, the Amy from five years ago. We see Amy and Nick meet and fall in love,
kissing for the first time in a cloud of powdered sugar outside of a bakery. As
the viewpoint flips back and forth between Nick and Amy and between timelines, a
marriage is born and a marriage begins to disintegrate.
Flynn throws in twists and manipulations, zigs and zags.
Masks are torn off and true colors emerge. Loyalties falter, and the reader will find their sympathies turning. Did Nick
do it? The police seem to think so. If not Nick, who wanted Amy dead? The clues
to her treasure hunt are wrapped in mystery. Nick tries to unravel the clues as
his own life quickly unravels, with the people around him beginning to suspect
him of the unthinkable.
Flynn’s descriptive prose paints flawed, believable
characters in unbelievable situations, and her tight pacing will keep one
flipping the pages to the final brutal conclusion. Gone Girl is an intense psychological thriller
that is hard to put down.
Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift
I caught the last few minutes of the Charlie Rose television show which featured an interview of former Yankees baseball pitcher, Ron Guidry, and former Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra. Their discussion about this book made me want to read it. The love between these two baseball players was evident, and this book defines that relationship. The devoted care Guidry provided for the elderly Berra during Berra's visits to the Yankees' Spring Training in Florida was appreciated by the Hall of Famer. Many baseball stories are told, and some will cause chuckles. The not-so-funny relationship between the New York Yankees Baseball Team owner, George Steinbrenner, and Berra is presented, along with their reconciliation. Some of Yogi's mentoring accomplishments and Guidry's achievements are acknowledged without a lot of baseball statistics. Of course, the Louisiana connections with Guidry's frog legs dish and his family members bring pride to Louisiana readers knowing that Berra could not have had a better companion during Yankees Spring Training.
When the sting of a wasp sends Elner Shimfissle falling out of her fig tree, she is suddenly whisked away to a heaven where squirrels are polka dotted, her deceased sister is annoyed that they had her hair and makeup done wrong for her funeral, and God is willing to answer a few questions she has been wanting the answer to forever. (By the way, the chicken came first.) Believing she has passed on, Elner's family and friends back home each reminisce about their dear friend and the impact she's had on their lives as they prepare for her funeral. But Elner's time is not up and she is sent back to Elmwood Springs, MO to tell everyone that heaven is your life; in the friends you have and the people you love.
For someone who grew up in a small town, Fannie Flagg's novels always feel a bit like coming home. Though her small town may be a little more idyllic than the one you remember. Through each character, Flagg is showing the reader the qualities she values most in a community. Flagg can't even stand to leave the characters with less desirable traits alone, having most of them turn their life around due to some contact with the force of nature Elner Shimfissle. Recommended to those needing a change of pace in their reading to something that feels homey.
Did you miss the Library’s “Community Read Panel Discussion” on Sunday the 9th? The community gathered together to discuss the importance of community, civility and compassion in an effort to find common ground. Don’t worry, you can watch it here!
In Julianne Donaldson's charming debut novel, Marianne Daventry is
living with her elderly grandmother after her mother's death and her
father's subsequent removal to France. Her elegant, adventurous twin
sister Cecily is in London enjoying the Season, while Marianne is slowly
languishing in Bath. When Cecily extends an invitation for Marianne to
visit her at Edenbrooke, a country estate, Marianne eagerly accepts.
During the carriage ride to Edenbrooke, Marianne and her maid are accosted by a
highwayman and thus begins Marianne's tumultuous, life-changing visit.
She meets a mysterious stranger who may or may not be a gentleman, is
pursued by a fortune hunter, learns about love letters, and falls into a
Humorous, romantic, and lighthearted, Donaldson's
Regency novel is easy to devour. There are shades of Jane Austen and
Georgette Heyer in it, though the characters' speech is less formal and
the plot moves along much quicker. It's also very clean, for those
readers who are squeamish about explicit love scenes.
you like romances, this one will leave you laughing and smiling. Big
doses of wittiness, romance, and lively intrigue make this book a fast
and satisfying read.
Title: My Life in France Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
This book was my favorite choice from "Blind Date with a Book" which was part of the CPPL Adult Summer Reading Program. Child's autobiography with the help of her husband's grandnephew is a delightful account of her life with her beloved husband, Paul. He worked for the United States Information Service which landed them in France in the beginning of their marriage. Julia's descriptions of acquiring her culinary skills which began in Paris and of living in different countries are filled with humor. She doesn't hold back in her descriptions of people in her life, of the tasks of writing cookbooks and of demonstrating her cooking skills on television, or of her husband's trials in working for the government. Paul's interrogation by Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigators is addressed. Julia's love of life is evident. This is not a cookbook, but it does give one the background to the writing of the best French cookbooks for Americans. If you didn't get a chance to choose a book during this summer's "Blind Date with a Book" program, make a choice the next time the program is available because you will probably enjoy all your choices as I did. Bonne lecture!
Look Me in the Eye: My life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison
Look Me in the Eye chronicles John Elder Robison's experience growing up with Asperger's Syndrome in a time before anyone knew there was such a condition. As anyone who's read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs could tell you, John Elder's home life could only exacerbate his status as misfit even more. His father was frequently abusive and his not-all-there mother was increasingly slipping into the control of the dubious psychiatrist Dr. Finch. Despite being labeled as a misfit and future criminal in his youth, John Elder learns to design and construct sound equipment which eventually leads him to building special effects guitars for KISS. Later on he helps design early electronic games for Milton Bradley. Then, realizing he works better on his own, starts a business repairing expensive cars.
Though the events of the book are not told in strict chronological order, John Elder's highly logical way of thinking is evident throughout the retelling. Look Me in the Eye is a great book for anyone curious about what Asperger's Syndrome is and how a person with Asperger's learns to adapt to society.
Once the sky was bursting with superheroes and villains. Each day some plot to destroy the earth was foiled by one of the good guys. Sometimes a villain or a hero dies, but they always come back and the game continues. One day Penultimate, sidekick of Ultimate, decides to leave the game. There are enough superheroes around to keep on saving people. One person gone won't make that much of a difference. Then The Blue, a dangerous force of energy, threatens the planet. There is a way to stop The Blue, but it requires all the superheroes to give up their power and give it to one man, for it will take all their power to close the portal to The Blue. But when the world almost ends every other day, how are you to know that this time is for real?
Now all the villains are dead and the superheroes are powerless. Their power sacrificed, along with Ultimate, to close The Blue. All except Penultimate, Pen. Now each hero must wrestle with their place in the world and their reason for being. And Pen must live with the guilt of not showing up, even though there are always whispers saying "we always come back."
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to every comic book fan, as the narration can sometimes be hard to follow and the action isn't as straightforward as a typical comic book story. However King does bring up some interesting points in his story that I think any comic book scholar will have a good time debating. Recommended to those who are interested in seeing what happens to superheroes when their reason for being is taken from them.
the author that wrote the side-splittingly hilarious memoir, Sh*t My
Dad Says, comes a new, equally hilarious book, I Suck At Girls. This
time the book focuses on the author’s awkward, endlessly amusing
interludes with the opposite sex, rather than his frank, rather profane
father. However, if you enjoyed his father’s straight-shooting,
entertaining interjections and advice from the first book, never
fear—he’s featured prominently in this memoir as well.
humorous lens, you’ll follow Justin as he draws a terrible,
inappropriate portrait of his first crush and makes her cry, steals a
hobo’s most precious collection, and stumbles into adult relationships
as a dishwasher at Hooters. Though the book’s purpose is primarily to
make the reader laugh, there’s a certain amount of honest sweetness in
these pages. Besides savoring his embarrassments, we also get to see him
grow as a person and fall in love for the first time.
tells him, "You are good at sitting," in one chapter and the good news
is that he's also good at storytelling. If you're looking for a
laugh-out-loud, feel-good book, this is perfect! It's a quick read and
will leave you looking forward to his next installment.
incredibly moving debut novel is set in the 1980s and centers on
fourteen-year-old June Elbus, who has just lost her favorite person in the
world, her uncle Finn. Finn was a celebrated painter and died of a shameful
illness that can only be talked about in hushed whispers; to June he was the
person who understood her best.
After he dies, June finds out more and more
about her uncle’s private life, including a life partner she knew nothing
about. An unlikely friendship develops between June and this mysterious man,
each finding in the other pieces of the man they both loved deeply.
novel touches on themes of coming-of-age, love, loss, shame, and healing. Though events
are taking place in the 1980s, the book feels topical with the current
political climate focused on gay marriage and civil rights. This book was sweet
and heartbreaking at the same time, and I cried more times than I can remember.
Pick this up for an unforgettable read! Reviewed by Jayme.
(Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofAll Over but the Shoutin')
The author's mother's father, Charlie Bundrum, was the husband of Ava, Bragg's grandmother. The unfolding of Charlie's life with Ava and their children gives an informative view of life in Georgia/Alabama during the Great Depression. Though he could not read, Charlie had many skills and a work ethic which provided for his family; but his talent of making moonshine and his tendency to drink in excess did cause hardships for all. Those hardships did not lessen the love and admiration of him by his family and others. When anyone had a problem, Charlie could "stop the storm" and ease the pain. His care of his fellow-man is evident by his "shadow". The author's family is fortunate to have such a thorough family history which includes this man of great character from the Appalachian foothills.
Glee, everyone’s favorite
guilty pleasure TV show, has produced dozens of fun, singable songs from the
past and present over three seasons. Homage has been paid to Madonna, Britney
Spears, Lady Gaga, and Whitney Houston, with whole episodes dedicated to just
their music. Glee’s also done tributes
to Rocky Horror Picture Show and Saturday Night Fever, and Christmas episodes devoted
to jazzed up holiday classics.
newest release from Glee is The
Graduation Album. This bittersweet senior year record includes the Glee cast’s version of fun’s “We Are
Young”, Green Day’s “Good Riddance
(Time of Your Life)”,and Madonna’s “I’ll
you like the pop music, rock music, or musical theater numbers, there’s
something here for everyone. You may have a favorite episode, a favorite
character, or a favorite song. Whatever your favorite is, the Calcasieu Parish
Public Library owns the Glee albums
and you can check them out or download the songs!
Unbroken is a biography of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and World War II POW. Hillenbrand begins the tale with Louis' childhood and his knack for getting into and out of trouble. She tells how his brother and running gave him a purpose and gives us fascinating details of his trip to the 1936 Berlin Olympics where Louis briefly spoke to the Fuhrur himself. She then moves on to the focus of this biography, Louis' experience during World War II. On a search and rescue mission Louis' plane malfunctions, killing all but three of the occupants. Louis then spends over 40 days drifting in the Pacific with his two crewmates, surviving on what fish and birds they could catch and depending on rain for food. Compounding the misery of slow dehydration and starvation, the sun blistered their skin and the sharks constantly ran their fins along the bottom of the raft. After losing one crew member, Louis and is crew mate Phil finally find land, only to be captured by a Japanese patrol while still in the water. What follows is a tale that is horrifying and heartbreaking as we learn what it really means to be a prisoner of war.
Not only is this a fascinating tale from Louis' life, Hillenbrand uses other POW accounts and documented WWII events to really immerse the reader into this dark period in our history. Recommended for those who enjoy reading WWII narratives, survival stories, and stories of the human spirit conquering trauma.
It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler
The title, It's Only a Movie..., was what moviegoers sometimes had to remind themselves as they watched Alfred Hitchcock's films, and Hitchcock also spoke these words to his workers. The author tells about Hitchcock's astounding film techniques, his life with his beloved wife and daughter, and the recollections of many of the professionals who were involved in his works. Many of the fantasy stories are presented which can bring back movie/TV-watching memories for the reader. Hitchcock's work ethic, film skills, imagination, and pranks are told in a manner which allows the reader to better understand the genius who provided such unique, noteworthy films. Eleven pages of index, a complete filmography, and over ten black-and-white photos add to the enjoyment of this insightful biography.
King, Kaiser, Tsar : Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World To War By: Catrine Clay
For anyone interested in the psychological analysis of three rulers in World War I, King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World To War is a must-read. Queen Elizabeth II released to the public letters and diaries containing information about George V of England, Wilhelm II of Germany, and Nicholas II of Russia. The author used those resources to provide a chronological insight into the lives of the three world-changing cousins. Unless the reader can't get enough of war strategy and such, the reader can flip through those few pages. The remaining pages examine the family dynamics of the three royals which is sometimes mind-boggling. The author presenting the reality of the cousins' lives adds another dimension to the causes of WWI. The sixteen pages of photographs, the index of twenty-two pages, and the outline of the family tree are useful additions.
by Hannah Read-Baldrey & Christine Leech
This whimsical book has crafts and recipes that revolve around an Alice in Wonderland theme, sure to please crafty children and adults that like tea parties and all things Alice. The book starts off with information about the authors and a bit of history about Lewis Carroll, but quickly dives into the crafts, recipes, paper dolls, and games.
Time for Tea Jewelry shows the reader how to make a charming bracelet, earrings, and necklace set using a dollhouse tea set, while the Mad Hatter Hats sections gives step-by-step instructions on how to make five fun hats. There are paper dolls of Alice and the white rabbit to print and dress up. Other highlights include tea set invitations, playing card bunting, and giant rose lights. Some crafts do require sewing skills, but there are plenty here that do not. Instructions along with lovely photographs, templates, and a resource guide are all included. Note: a child would need the help of an adult to accomplish most of the activities.
Verdict: creative, fun, fanciful book that will please any Alice in Wonderland fan.
A generational tale set in east Texas, Roses tells of the stubborn obsession with family land that plagues members of the Tolliver family and their loved ones. Upon young Mary Tolliver's father's death, she inherits Somerset, a large cotton plantation, instead of her mother and older brother. Unwilling to sell it to make amends to her mother and brother, she is determined to honor her father's wishes to bring the plantation out of debt. This is the first of many decisions in which Mary chooses the land over loved ones, to her great regret at the end of her life. When finally making her own will, Mary makes the decision to sell the plantation, now a very large business, and leave the proceeds and not the land to her heir, her great niece Rachel. Thus saving her from making the same mistakes she herself made.
Romance, affairs, war, depression, fraud, and familial struggles abound and are woven in such a way to keep the reader turning the page. Recommended to readers who liked Gone with the Wind, and tales set in the South.
The 2012 Summer Reading Programs have begun! Our challenge to you this year? Read 5 books and log them on our Adult Reading Program Page. Those who complete the challenge will receive a certificate, coupons and a "Library Champion Lives Here" yard sign!
Also don't miss any of our exciting programs for Adults this summer; including great programs like Bottle Cap Art, Relaxing Yoga, and Watercolors! Check out our Calendar of Events for even more creative programs.
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Born to a deaf woman who spent her days in a belfry, Moses grew up hearing not his mother's voice, but the tones and vibrations of the great bells she loved to ring. This upbringing gives him a singular ear for sound that inspires his voice to reach great heights. This extraordinary talent is so valued by the choir master who discovers him that he does the unforgivable in order to preserve Moses' voice. In a letter written to his son, Moses divulges all that he endured in his upbringing and unravels the riddle of how a musico could possibly have fathered a son.
Even though this book is read with the eyes, it is a treat for the ears. Moses hears the world in a way that is both supernatural and beautiful, which in turn causes the reader to pay more mind to the everyday sounds we are accustomed to ignoring. A tragic love story you will not wish to miss.
Queen of chick lit
Sophie Kinsella (penname of author Madeleine Wickham) returns with a lighthearted,
laugh-out-loud romantic tale, I’ve Got
Your Number. Poppy Wyatt is engaged to
be married to Magnus Tavish, her academic, oh-so-smart fiancé in just a few
days when disaster strikes—she misplaces the family heirloom engagement ring
Magnus has given her. As if that isn’t bad enough, as she’s frantically
searching for the ring, someone steals her cell phone. Poppy spots a cell phone
in a trash can and commandeers it in her time of need, much to the chagrin of
the phone’s true owner, Sam Roxton.
In a modern take on
love letters, Poppy and Sam get to know each other through texts and emails. Poppy helpfully meddles in Sam’s affairs when
she thinks he isn’t responding to emails fast enough or with enough enthusiasm,
while Sam tries to persuade her to relinquish the phone. Poppy is a delightful,
endearing character and Kinsella’s use of witty footnotes adds humor to the
already amusing story. I’ve Got Your
Number is a fun, silly romp and the perfect summer read.
The library has so
much more than just books! We have an extensive music collection, with three
different ways to get music: check out CDs from the branches, download up to
ten free songs weekly from Freegal, or borrow songs from our digital library,
OverDrive. If you haven’t taken advantage of our music collection before, here
are some staff picks to get you inspired!
Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars. This male-female duo won two Grammys for their outstanding indie folk record, Barton Hollow. Standout tracks include the lovely slow songs
“20 Years,” “Poison & Wine,” "My Father's Father," and the more up-tempo song “Barton Hollow.”
Kora’s Pick: New Life by Monica. R&B artist Monica returns to the
music scene this year with a new studio album, New Life. On the album she collaborates
with some of the leading names in the business, including Brandy and Missy
Angela’s Pick: Now
That’s What I Call Classic Rock Hits. This blast from the past collection of hits
includes some of the biggest classic rock songs of the 70s.
Making Mirrors by Gotye. Gotye is a Belgian-born
Australian artist whose alt-rock album, Making Mirrors, is that rare release
that is a breakout success as well as an album of beautiful, original music. Making
Mirrors includes the international hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring
Sheryl’s Pick: Smash soundtrack by the Smash Cast. Guilty pleasure television show, Smash, has a
catchy, sing-able soundtrack available to download on Freegal. Standout tracks
include “Let Me Be Your Star” and “Let’s Be Bad.”
This April the Central Library Book Club discussed The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. This novel is set around the turn of the 19th century and follows a young irish girl named Lavinia. Lavinia lost both of her parents on the voyage to America and is separated from her brother when she is purchased as an indentured servant by Captain James Pyke. She is raised in the kitchen house of the Captain's plantation and quickly bonds with the slaves who raise and love her, despite their different skin colors and situations. Through many years and tragedies, Lavinia finds her life turned inside out after she marries the son of the Captain, who takes over the plantation when he comes of age. Suddenly cut off from having the freedom to show affection to her childhood family, Lavinia must find the strength to protect her family in the face of ignorance, hatred, and secrets that shape entire lives.
I LOVED this book, and if you have a chance to listen to it on audio it’s a real treat! This young adult novel is told from the perspective of its two main characters: Sean, a champion horse racer and horse whisperer and Puck, who becomes the first girl ever to race in the annual Scorpio Races. There’s a twist to what normally would be a traditional horse tale, and it is that these horses are a mythological breed of man-eating water horses called the capaill uisce. A beautiful story with poetically descriptive words & memorable characters….this is one that all ages will enjoy & remember for years to come. And watch for a possible movie – Warner Brothers purchased the film rights for this book!
Marriage, military and mahem. What a mixture! Jolene Zarkades was a loner who joined the military right out of high school. She finally found happiness in marriage and children until she had to fulfill her military duty in Iraq. Her family did not want her to go, but duty calls. She sugar coats Iraq duties for her family until her helicopter goes down and her whole crew is injured. This book makes you realize what life is really like for those who serve and those who give their lives for our country.
Lady Julia Raines had her reasons for living under an assumed name, Mrs. Bancroft, and acting as the village midwife. It had been years since she had run away, faked her death, and assumed a new identity--enough years that she was feeling quite safe in her village by the sea. Then three men knocked at her door and dragged her away to face the consequences of her past.
Major Alexander Randall was content with his solitary soldier’s life when he found himself in the sticky situation of becoming his much-despised uncle’s heir. On his way to begrudgingly accept his uncle’s mandate, Alex happens upon the lovely Julia in her desperate plight. After rescuing her from her attackers, Alex concludes that to truly protect Julia he must marry her.
Putney’s well-developed characters and use of humor keep this book entertaining and fresh. Alex and Julia must both deal with dark issues from their past and learn how to trust. The villains of the story, Julia’s first husband and Alex’s uncle, are more than just one-dimensional “evil” characters, and Alex himself is more than just an alpha male hero. The love story is sweet and tender and readers will find themselves cheering for Julia and Alex.
*This book is the second in the Lost Lords series, but a reader can enjoy it without having read the first. The first book is Loving a Lost Lord.
We recently did a "Pretty Pots & Planters" craft program at Central Library where we jazzed up plain terra cotta pots with paint and also decoupaged some with fun fabrics. This tutorial will show you how to add fabric to your pots for a splash of color in your home or garden.
For supplies you will need scissors, a foam brush, a terra cotta pot, Mod Podge, fabric, and a sealant of some sort. I used polyurethane, but I don't have any to show you. Oops! Seal the inside of your pot so that when you water your plant, the moisture won't seep through the clay and ruin your hard work. I used regular Mod Podge because my pot will be for an indoor plant. If you are thinking about using your pot outdoors, you may want to try Outdoor Mod Podge to extend the life of your pretty pot.
Let's get started! Using your pot as a guide, roll it along the length of your fabric to figure out how much you need. You need the fabric to wrap around the pot just once, and make sure to leave extra inches above and below the pot so you can cover the top and bottom completely.
I found it easier to begin adhering the fabric to the pot with the pot in the middle of the fabric, rather than starting at an edge of the fabric. Add a layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric, smoothing it down to secure it. Work in sections, smoothing it down as you go. Your fingers will get sticky and messy with Mod Podge, so don't do this right after you've had a pretty manicure. I learned that the hard way! I peeled off my pretty fingernail polish along with dried Mod Podge. :(
Once you've worked your way to an edge of the fabric, smooth it down. Cut off any excess fabric from the other side of the fabric, leaving just enough to overlap the smoothed-down edge.
Once you're done covering your the "body" of your pot, snip off any excess fabric from the top. Leave about an inch of fabric.
Snip slits in the fabric, down to just above the collar of the pot. This will prevent the fabric from bunching up when you fold it down into the pot.
Use Mod Podge and glue your fabric down on the rim of the pot. It's ok if it's not uniform and straight--you will put a plant and soil in the pot and no one will know! It'll be our little secret.
Flip your pot over and trim any excess fabric. Mod Podge your fabric down, being sure to tuck it into the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot rather than sealing over it. You want your plant to have proper drainage and not drown! You can still see some Mod Podge on the bottom of my pot that hasn't dried. It will dry clear. Eventually. And ta da! Look at our pretty pots, one big and one small. Also one has a chip in it. But never mind about that. Please leave any questions in the comments and I'll try my best to answer them. Happy crafting, everybody!