Welcome to Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today’s Great Finds are three new craft books that have me so excited for holiday gift-giving. They’re all filled with inspired, creative designs that my friends and family members will enjoy and use. I’m also excited because I get to give these books away to 12 lucky Crafts ‘n things blog readers just in time for holiday crafting!
All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers by Ann Martin, Tuttle Press, ISBN: 9780804843669, $16.95. Step inside the studios of paper artists around the world inside All Things Paper. From home décor designs like the Phone Book Letter Holder to the Citrus Slice Coasters, techniques are varied and intriguing. I think my favorite project in this chapter is the Sticky Notes Notepad Holder, which features a hand-stitched, beaded cover; no more boring yellow pads for me. Fashion accessories include a lush Tiger Lily Fascinator, those chic-and-tiny hats worn by the royals, and an eco-chic Everyday Tote Bag made from brown paper grocery bag handles. Jewelry designs include an assortment of beautiful pendant designs you won’t believe are crafted from paper, as well as an excellent quilling tutorial and a necklace crocheted from paper yarn. Who knew?! Cards and a lovely journal finish out the correspondence section.
The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina’s Fashion Jewelry and Accessories by Tarina Tarantino, Running Press, ISBN: 9780762446896, $23.00. One-time model and makeup artist Tarina Tarantino is better known for her famous global jewelry, accessory, and cosmetic brand of the same name. In her new book, she shares the design secrets behind 20 of her most coveted pieces including statement earrings, cocktail rings, hair jewelry, stretch cuff bracelets, and more. As she tells her personal story, she also shares her tips and advice on everything from finding inspiration and materials, to freeing your inner designer, wearing jewelry, and displaying it in your home. Tarantino’s pieces have been worn by top Hollywood stars and featured in top women’s magazines. The Paris Apartment Cocktail Ring is one of my favorite designs for two reasons, simplicity and sparkle. Artist Tarantino describes her inspiration: “Taking a simple ball of clay and turning it into a couture fashion cocktail ring in minutes is instant fashion gratification at its best! The secret of this project is the swirling of the clay colors to create beautiful patterns and designs. No two rings are ever the same!” With just a few supplies, you can create custom baubles for all the women on your gift list.
Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt, Kodansha USA, ISBN: 9781568365220, $25.95. From delicate, intricate snowflakes to bold, colorful sunbursts and unique stars, readers will discover countless ways to use the core techniques of origami, kirigami, and quilling to create pieces that make perfect home accents, holiday decorations, package toppers, and other personal, paper-crafted gifts. Fully illustrated in vivid color, the book provides experienced and new paper crafter alike the information, tools, and basics they need to get started, beginning with a gallery of 75 designs. Each section is ordered by level of difficulty, so you can build your skills with each new project. I am creating snowflake garlands for my living room windows now, so I’ll be ready for winter when it shows its frosty face. There’s nothing more beautiful than pretty paper snowflakes hanging in a warm, cozy room.
For a chance to WIN one of these wonderful craft books, leave a comment on this blog post before November 22nd. Tell me your favorite thing about the upcoming winter holidays. Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post then.
Good luck and happy crafting!
Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Online Editor (www.craftsnthings.com)