review: Rad Women Worldwide

Rad Women Worldwide

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

This follow-up to Rad American Women A-Z includes short biographical sketches of about forty women who have achieved in a wide variety of areas: science, sports, art, social justice, music, politics, and lots more. I was pleased to see women from many cultures and backgrounds included – there are still plenty of white women here, but not as uneven a balance as most of the history books I’ve seen. This book is written at about a middle school level but the design is appealing to this adult and the papercut illustrations work very effectively at conveying a timeless feel while not seeming dated (so many books that try to “make history cool!” are designed to current trends and seem outdated almost immediately). It definitely has a bit of a zine-y feel, which I am admittedly predisposed to. Each of the entries is only a page or two long and it’s easy to dip in and out or read straight through, whichever suits you.

full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books


polka dots!

One of my favorite things to do on Saturday morning while I have breakfast is read the Two Bossy Dames newsletter. It arrives in my inbox every Friday afternoon like a treat that I can unwrap on a morning off. If you’re not subscribed, do it now! You will 100% not regret it. You will probably even want to come back here and thank me! It’s that good.

Anyway, this week Dame S. recommended this article detailing the history of polka dots, which I found fascinating and inspiring. I was going to pick out some highlights for you but everything is so darn interesting that I can’t choose! Just go read it.

Reading this had me heading up to CraftyTown to peruse my stash for polka dot fabrics. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a lot of them! Tiny polka dots, medium polka dots, on cotton and on garment fabric – what to choose?

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

I went for tone-on-tone in white cotton. It seems so classy and also fitting with the holiday season. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have as many clothes for Maude, my Middie, as I’d like, so she was my first choice to sew for. This also provided an opportunity to try using a Neo-pattern-at-75% that someone recommended online, and it worked very well! I only actually used the bodice pattern. I eyeballed the skirt and its pleats, and it worked fine. I also added a sweet little bow to the front in the same color. Simple but effective!

Maude in tone-on-tone polka dot dress

Have I mentioned that I sort of aspire to Maude’s hair? It’s been ages since I tried bangs and don’t feel any ants in the pants to go down that road again anytime soon, but I just love her ‘do.



Realityland I read a review of Realityland: True Life Adventures at Walt Disney World by David Koenig somewhere online (can’t recall where now) and since we just went to WDW last fall, I was curious to read more about it. Koenig offers a history of WDW from when it was just an idea Walt Disney was thinking about to the present. I was really surprised to find out that there were so many problems with the parks as they were created, especially the fact that Disney (the company) went so ridiculously overbudget on virtually every major project and in many other ways, let things spiral so far out of control. I was also not aware of just how many people have been injured or died while at Disney (it’s still a minute percentage of the people who go there, but still). Koenig strikes a nice balance between intense interest and respect for what Disney does and a healthy skepticism about the perfection of the show. Recommended.