Cute Stuff Book Review

One of the things I really enjoy about a good craft book is getting a lot of good info in a small space, and therefore a lot of bang for your crafting buck.

I also like to be able to learn a lot just by flipping through the pictures. I’m a visual person, and I know that lots of you crafters out there are too.  Cute Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo satisfies on both counts. The colorful and clever images, and simple but cute craft ideas (and lots of ’em I might add) will keep you busy on many an afternoon.

To find out a little more about this wonderful book, please keep reading after the jump.

Front cover

Back cover

As you can see, this book is very up front about exactly what you’ll find inside. You get a really quick introduction to the projects inside just by scanning the front and back covers.

But luckily, there’s even more cool stuff to be found inside.

Aranzi Aronzo, to my understanding, is actually the pseudonym for/the alter egos of two Japanese women who have opened stores by the same name in Japan. You can see their website here. The Aranzi Aronzo franchise also publishes a series of comic books, featuring the same characters as those found in their series of crafting books.

Aranzi Aronzo has a good number of other, similarly adorable craft books besides “Cute Stuff.” These include, but are not limited to, “The Cute Book,” “Baby Stuff,” and “Cute Dolls.” I would venture to say that these books should be found in just about any major bookstore. And they are most definitely on Amazon.

The cute little characters developed by Aranzi Aronzo are found, not only in the projects in “Cute Stuff,” but they are also featured as little helpful guides in the instructional sections of the book (see below). They also sometimes function as “models” for some of the projects, as you can see in the photo above. “Bear” (that is his actual name) is shown here reading a book which “bears” a book jacket (one of the projects in this book) with his own likeness on it. Clever huh?

Another thing I like about this book is the ability to mix and match the projects. For instance, the authors teach you how to make a series of appliqués in one project, and then they show you a series of other projects in which to use any appliqué of your choosing.

So if you like a project that features the “Bad Guy” in the example, but you actually would prefer to make a version with the Black Sheep character, you can pretty much go ahead and do it.

So, in conclusion, if you like cute stuff, this is the book for you. Happy sewing all!

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