This week I was delighted to receive a book to review for the Popular Crafts Magazine.
With the lovely weather we've been having, it seemed totally surreal to be sunbathing whilst reading a book on Christmas crafts from cover to cover. Whilst the review will be in the December issue of the magazine, I'm told I can share it with you in advance. This way, I get to show you some lovely photo's of the makes too!
After reading this post, why not pop over to the Popular Crafts website. It's a great site, with lots of features, a crafting forum and a book club. It's free to join, plus, if you join the book club where this and many other books are reviewed each month - you get the opportunity to purchase at a specially discounted rate. Got to be worth a couple of minutes tapping away!
Christmas Crafting In No Time
by Clare Youngs
50 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas.
If you would like to enjoy a home-made Christmas this year, then this could be a handy book to add to your collection.
Christmas Crafting In No Time is a delightful and eclectic mix of paper-craft, cookery, sewing, and other crafts based on designs from around the world. In amidst the old-fashioned charm, there is a heavy hint of Scandinavian style evident, as well as Russian dolls and Mexican horses! Though a Christmas book, many of the makes are suitable for throughout the year, as they are not things we would normally associate with the festive season.
The book is a pleasure to read. Well laid out, with lots of glorious photography and well-written instructions for each of the 50 projects. All the projects are fairly simple, (a few almost astonishingly so) and require a minimum of materials to complete. The paper-crafts include an angel for the tree, Scandinavian horses, a curled heart for the window, and garlands. Many of these only need plain white paper and though very simple, look very elegant. There are tree decorations to make; these include papier-mâché baubles, with hanging fish and owls to sew. You may like to bake the snowflake cookies to hang on the branches.
|Folksy heart - made from air-dry clay|
|A charming advent calendar to sew|
|A selection of little owls to hang|
|Not sure what these mice have to do with Christmas - but aren't they lovely?|
|I really love these tin horses - can be made using thick foil roasting tins|
|Extremely simple - but nonetheless adorable wrapping suggestions|
|I can so remember the excitement of buying a sugar mouse as a child!|
|One of the simple festive recipes|
|My favourite - I'm loving this snowflake throw|
I do hope you find this review useful. Don't you think these projects are simply charming? As I mentioned before, why not pop over to the Popular Crafts website and become a member. It's quick and free to join, and if you sign up to the book club, you can benefit from the following offer:-
Christmas Crafting in No Time by Clare Youngs is published by CICO Books at £14.99, pb, and available from all good bookshops or call 01256-302699 quoting GLR6DJ to purchase a copy at the special price of £12.99 including free p&p*. Visit www.cicobooks.co.uk
*This offer is for members of the Popular Crafts magazine Book Club only.