Book Rave: The Crafty Minx at Home

I’m quite the fan of Kelly Doust and her Crafty Minx books.  They all have a lovely DIY element to them, but what I adore the most is the way she inspires the reader in such a unique way.

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Doust has been crafting and revamping vintage finds since she was a girl and her latest book, “The Crafty Minx at Home” abounds with DIY projects and vintage inspiration for each room of the home. Continue reading

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On my reading list at the moment is “The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin and “The Crochet Stitch Bible” by Betty Barnden.

“Handmade Marketplace” is great if you’re making things and wanting to sell them either at markets or online. There are lots of handy hints and Chapin has called in a great host of experts to offer their perspective on a wide variety of topics.

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In the latest issue of Hazed, I wrote a review (page 29) for “Handmade to Sell” by Kelly Rand. This is another fabulous book on selling your handmade items and I highly recommend that one too, if making and selling is your niche. I especially loved her tutorial on making a light box for taking great photos. Continue reading

Book Rave: ‘Whole Larder Love’

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Winning something is always exciting. But winning something you eagerly wanted, is extra thrilling.

The last issue of ‘Extra Curricular‘ was right up my alley. Self-sufficiency. Not that we live that lifestyle as yet, but there’s much to aspire to. Supporting locally made, living simply and loving the people around you.

As a part of this, ‘Whole Larder Love‘ by Rohan Anderson made a feature in the magazine, complete with a copy of his book to giveaway. Continue reading

Upcycle: T-Shirt to Baby Hat

There is something about a baby in a hat with ears that makes me just melt.  I don’t consider myself a “clucky” kind of person, but this gets me everytime.  I mean, really, how can you not smile at that?

She may berate me for it in years to come, but I don’t really care.  I think she’s gorgeous.  Although I do wish I had used a better setting on the camera for the photo.  Ah, we live and learn.

Simply made using an old T-Shirt, some scrap fabric and a touch of ribbon.  It’s fantastically quick to sew up, yet looks like you’ve spent a lot of time and effort on it (my favourite type of project!). Continue reading