Congratulations Sarah!

October 13, 2010 - Filed under Books, Giveaways

Congrats Sarah, you are the winner of our Fall Book Review Giveaway!

#10 Sarah: “One book that I want but it isn’t out yet is Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger and also The Big Ass Book of Crafts.”

Thanks to everyone else who entered. Happy crafting, and thanks for reading!

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Crafty Books for Fall: A Giveaway!

October 1, 2010 - Filed under Books, Giveaways

To wrap up this week’s series on crafty books, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon! To enter simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite craft book, or one you’d like to buy if you win. I’ll randomly draw a winner next weekend.

Only one entry per person. No entries after midnight Pacific time, on Friday, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 4 – All-Round Craft Books

September 30, 2010 - Filed under Books

For those of you who like to dabble in it all, check out these great books for the all-round crafter.

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts &
Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
by Martha Stewart

No crafter’s library would be complete with out Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, and now her new book Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. Both of these books are full of lessons, tips, step-by-step projects and even downloadable templates and patterns.

Buy these books: Crafts, or Sewing Crafts

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Handmade Home
by Amanda Blake Soule

This book is full of ideas for the whole family, projects for you, projects for your children, and projects for you to do together.

Buy this book

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Make It! Hardware Store Decor
By Curbly

Available in both full color print as well as downloadable PDF, this book shows you how to make amazing interior decor pieces from stuff you can buy at any big box hardware store. Twelve budget-friendly makeover projects, with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Buy this book

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The Gentle Art of Domesticity
by Jane Brocket

This is not your typical craft book with how-to’s and patters, but rather, a collection of essays, that read like a letters from a good friend, detailing moments of creative inspiration found through family, books, movies, art, baking, traveling, gardening, fabric, and yarn.

Buy this book

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 3 – Felt Craft Books

September 29, 2010 - Filed under Books, Felt

Today’s books are all about crafting with felt. This versatile material is so easy to work with it’s no wonder there are so many great books about felt!

Zombie Felties
by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate

What could be better than a book full of adorable creatures of the undead? This book includes a full-color photograph of the each of the finished project,s as well as an illustrated, instructional overviews, pattern diagrams, and a convenient list of everything needed to complete the projects. These 16 sinister projects make great Halloween decorations, party favors, and wonderfully original, offbeat gifts.

Buy this book

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Fa la la la Felt
By Amanda Carestio

It’s never to early to start crafting for Christmas… and well this book is full of wonderful ideas for the holidays! With more than 45 Christmas projects, from festive ornaments and stockings to home decorations, you’d better get started soon as I’m sure you’ll want to make most of these.

Buy this book

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Hand Stitched Felt
by Kata Golda’s

A cute little book full of simple projects, most of which can be completed in under an hour, ranging from children’s finger puppets and a tooth-fairy pillow to photo, brag books, messenger bags, and curtains and blankets.

Buy this book

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Tomorrow… books for the all-round crafter!

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 2 – Knittng Books

September 28, 2010 - Filed under Books, Kniting

If yesterday’s sewing books aren’t quite your thing… how about some knitting? Curl up in front of the tv, or a nice roaring fire with one of these books and you’ll soon forget about the yucky weather outside!

Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock
by Veronik Avery

Designed for the busy knitter, this book is full of small, simple patterns that are easily stopped and started so you can knit any time you have an extra five minutes.

Buy this book

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Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability
By Joanne Seiff

Learn how to recycle fabrics and garments into usable yarns – and then what to make with them! This non-preachy book shares some fresh projects and patters as well as teaching you aout using recycled, sustainable or fair trade produced yarns. Also available in E-book.

Buy this book

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Knitting Mochimochi
by Anna Hrachovec

Can you say cute? This book contains 20 patterns for cute and quirky knitted toys and includes tutorials and tips for beginners and intermediate knitters, plus a section on how to design your own knitted toy!

Buy this book

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Coming tomorrow… Books on Felt Crafts!

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Crafty Books for Fall: Part 1 – Sewing Books

September 27, 2010 - Filed under Books

Now that school is back in full swing and it’s officially fall, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to some great craft books, full of wonderful projects, perfect for helping to pass the time, in the rainy days to come.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting some fabulous books sure to inspire, wether you’re a sewer, a knitter, or an all-round crafter, I’ve got something for you, so stay tuned all week.

Fist up Sewing Books:

Seams To Me
24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner

Full of beautiful photography, this book contains step-by-step instructions, patterns, basic terminology, and lots of great projects involving delicious color palettes and irresistible patterns.

Buy this book

Also from Anna Maria Horner: Handmade Beginnings – 24 sewing projects to welcome baby

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Sewing Clothes Kids Love
By Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn

A colorful book full of imaginative children’s clothing for both girls and boys. The book includes exclusive patterns, and step-by-step instructions, as well as tips for working with variety of fabric styles and decorative embellishment–including embroidery, patchwork, and trims.

Buy this book

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Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
By Hillary Lang

An adorable collection of lovable toys by popular blogger Hillary Lang. 24 beautiful designs, each with clear illustrations and pattern templates to ensure perfect results.

Buy this book

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Style Stitches
by Amy Butler

This new book from Amy Butler has 12 different handbag patterns that can be altered into over 26 different styles. Complete with instructions and patterns, not to mention beautiful photos, this book will definitely keep you busy for a while!

Buy this book

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Coming tomorrow… books for knitters!

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Lunch Bags!

August 18, 2010 - Filed under Books

From sandwich wraps, and baggies, to bicycle bags, and totes, this book is full of 25 fun, functional and reusable projects to help you ‘brown-bag-it’ in style.

Buy the book from C&T Publishing here

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Handmade Book Covers

August 17, 2010 - Filed under Books

These beautiful linen book covers are a great way to add a little handmade love to your brand new school supplies. Visit Christina’s Etsy Shop to get your own.

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Vote for my Underwater Photography Book!

October 23, 2009 - Filed under Books, Photography, Travel

Taking a little break from Pumpkin week to tell you about a book I made!

Underwater Photography Boo

I’ve finally gotten around to putting all of my underwater photography from our year in Southeast Asia into a book. Just in time for Blurb’s “Best Books Contest”. Finalists are based on the number of votes so this is where you come in. Please go here and vote for my book! You’ll need to register (so they can make sure people only vote once) but it’s quick and it would mean a lot to me.

Vote for my book here! (Click the blue ‘Vote’ button on the top left of the page)

You can even purchase it, if you want your very own copy (but don’t worry, it’s not required to vote).

Read More…

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Happy Earth Day: Sewing Green

April 22, 2009 - Filed under Books, Eco-friendly, Sewing

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials,

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d tell you all about this great book from Betz White, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Re-purposed & Organic Materials. In the book Betz talks about choosing organically produced fibers, and reusing things you already have such as cutting up unwanted garments, and saving packing materials. What better way to help make a positive impact on our planet, not to mention engage your creativity and save money!

The 25 cute projects are beautifully photographed and include full-sized pattern pieces, making them super easy to follow. But Sewing Green is not just a project book, it contains a lot of great tips on thrifting and how to avoid some of the pit falls as well as featuring other crafters who bring an eco-friendly approach to their work. Sewing Green hopes to inspire you to choose sustainable or recycled materials for your future projects.

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