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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. Continue reading ‘Cute Stuff Book Review’

Bead Fantasizing (and a sorta/kinda book review)

Beading was one of my first genuine craft obsessions.

Like many other kids, I made a pile of giant plastic bead bracelets back in the day. But I think that the real manic bead nuttiness started on a day trip to New York City when I was a pre-teen.

On that trip, I saw some very simply constructed seed bead necklaces being sold in a high-priced boutique for absolutely ridiculous prices. The cheap-o in me was already clearly established by about the age of 10, so this situation horrified me. I vowed – on principle – to go home and make the necklaces myself, for a reasonable, and vastly cheaper sum.

And so it began. I remade the New York necklace in every color, then I changed up the design. I started to buy book after book with beading patterns and tips, and I became hopelessly hooked. God help me now if I ever end up in the vicinity of a bead show. As cheap as I am, I think I understand a percentage of what substance abusers or uncontrollable gamblers must feel in the presence of their chosen vice. Me at a bead show is a little like Gollum in a store full of “precious” rings.

But, like many other insatiable crafters, I frequently buy obscene amounts of craft supplies, hoard them forever and ever, and forget the original thing I had in mind when I bought them.

So, in revolt against my hoarding-but-not-doing tendencies, I dug out one of my old beading books this weekend. I finally got to put some of that obsessive craft energy to use. To find out more about the project above, please read on after the break. Continue reading ‘Bead Fantasizing (and a sorta/kinda book review)’

Big-Ass Book of Crafts Book Review

Hi guys!

I’m still trying to get the hang of this “posting at regular intervals” thing…I seem to be suffering from long-time-no-post syndrome. Please bear with me though, because I’m really enjoying this blogging thing!

Anyway, I have been working on a project that I really hope to post here soon, but…it’s not finished yet. In the meantime, I’d love for you guys to see another HIGHLY recommended book from my collection.

The above silhouette plate is just one of the projects I have made from Mark Montano’s FABULOUS “Big-Ass Book of Crafts.” I really can’t say quite enough about how AWESOME this book is, but, I sure will try. Continue reading ‘Big-Ass Book of Crafts Book Review’

Softies Book Review

Hi everyone!

I thought I’d make a little series out of this book review thing, since I have amassed SO MANY craft books over the years. And, you can tell a little bit about someone by what they read (and what they make), so I hope that this will help you get to know me a bit better.

Today, I am going to review a book called “Softies.” This book will help you to make little plush characters of your very own, either by hand or using a sewing machine.  The happy little tree above, otherwise known as “Treeling,” was made from a pattern in this book. Continue reading ‘Softies Book Review’

Tiny Yarn Animals Book Review

Hi guys!

I think it’s just about time I came clean. I……am a craft addict. I collect craft books and craft hobbies like it’s going out of style. The thing is, I am sure that many of you guys do too. I think it’s just what we do as crafters. We get inspired when someone else gets inspired. So, I wanted to spread the joy and let you know about a few great books in my collection. The first book in the list today is Tamie Snow’s “Tiny Yarn Animals: Amigurumi Friends to Make and Enjoy.” It was the first book I ever bought on the subject of amigurumi, and I think it was a great step into a really rewarding craft. Please read more of my review at:  Continue reading ‘Tiny Yarn Animals Book Review’

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