Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today, I’d like to tell you about three craft books that are on my project table this summer. To me, summer is the perfect time to try a few new techniques, to explore new surfaces and materials, and to carve out some creative time for myself. No time limits, no pressure, just play time. For a chance to WIN one of these great books, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about summer by 11:59pm EST on July 18th. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on July 19th.
MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES: 25 Crafty Projects and Recipes by Pip Lincolne, Hardie Grant Books (distributed by Rizzoli New York), (www.hardiegrant.com.au), ISBN: 9781742701318, retail value $29.95.
You will adore this book! Every colorful, happy-inspired project inside is a “make it just because you want to” idea, but all are functional and gift-worthy, too. None of the projects require a huge investment in tools or materials, so they’re perfect for your summer “try something new” time. And MAKE HEY! WHILE THE SUN SHINES is as much fun to read as it is to flip through, as you explore the fabulous photographs. Here’s an excerpt from Pip Lincolne’s “Amazingly Cute Gift Bags” project on page 16: “You will not believe how easy it is to carve your very own stamp. It honestly is. You will think you are an incredible crafty marvel…Your friends will think you are the cleverest ever and will demand presents all the time. But don’t blame me for that!” Lincolne’s style is part crafty friend, part encouraging instructor and 100% playful in her approach to crafting. In addition to the projects, which cover loads of techniques, you’ll find recipes, a reading list, a suggested playlist, and a great basics chapter. Spend your summer making hey!
Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space by Lexi Barnes, Storey Publishing, (www.storey.com), ISBN: 9781603427975, retail value $19.95.
Dust off your sewing machine, take a critical look at which parts of your home need a little refreshing, and grab this how-to guide. Sew Up a Home Makeover includes 50 ways to elevate your home’s style and functionality with fabric and basic sewing skills. There are no complicated patterns or templates, and projects can be fully customized for your needs. As author Lexi Barnes explains, once you’ve lived in your home for awhile, things can begin to ”feel too familiar, or dated, or (gulp) boring.” Have you been there? I know I have. The first project I can’t wait to try is the Dreamy Duvet Cover shown on the book cover. Using a flat sheet, pretty fabric, buttons, and twill tape, I’m planning to transform the master bedroom from “final resting place of clean laundry” to peaceful oasis for Mom and Dad. Fabric is a little bit magic that way; it makes a big impact without too much effort or expense. Barnes also offers great design tips for budget-savvy crafters and would-be decorators, along with easy-to-follow project instructions.
Practical Origami: Folding Your Way to Everyday Accessories by the Editors of Shufu-no-Tomo, Vertical Inc., (www.vertical-inc.com), ISBN:9781935654407, retail value $19.95.
Presentation is everything when it comes to gifting and entertaining, and Practical Origami includes dozens of designs to entice your hands into the art of paper folding. Project categories include: Gorgeous Everyday Containers (including Sweets Box, Cookie Box, Deli Box, and more); Tabletop Decorations (including Chopsticks Envelope, Bunny Chopsticks Rest, Herb Pouch, and more); Gift Wrappings with a Japanese Twist (including various pouches and envelopes); Desktop Accessories (including book covers, CD Case, Pen Tray, and more); and Decorations for Every Season (including animals, flowers, and more). Decorate your own home or use your origami creations to house handmade gifts, creating two lovely gifts in one.
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Happy Summer Crafting!
Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff