Hope you had a happy holiday! Did Santa bring you any crafting goodies? :) I’ve been poring over two great books I received as Christmas gifts and I knew I had to share them here.
If you are a bride-to-be and planning to create any DIY projects for your wedding, be sure to check out Handmade Weddings brought to you by the Hello!Lucky girls and a former Martha Stewart Weddings editor. (Need I say more? The creative authors speak for themselves.) There are so many great ideas – from favors to cake toppers to paper flower wreaths – complete with easy-to-follow instructions, even step-by-step diagrams. The projects are organized by type of wedding style (I’m partial to the “Girly Romantic” and “Modern Classic” chapters…) but if you like an idea and aren’t feeling the style, there are suggestions on how to adapt it to your theme (like making a girly ruffle purse more “organic” by using linen instead of satin). I love that the projects in here look magazine-worthy but are totally do-able. If you’re not planning a wedding, the items could still be used for many other occasions and celebrations, and this book is worth a peek!
The other book I received was Design*Sponge at Home by blogger extraordinaire Grace Bonney. This brings you the best of the blog and more: lovely living spaces, and home projects that had me thinking “why didn’t I think of that?!” (like gorgeous inkjet transfer photo placemats… definitely making those sometime!). The basic tutorials make this a reference book that I’ll be keeping around for awhile: how to reupholster a chair cushion, properly paint furniture, make floral arrangements, etc. Like her blog, the tone is relaxed and as you flip through the pages you feel like a friend is letting you in on all these cool design tips and tricks.
Do you have these books? Any other great crafting/design/DIY books you recommend? Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions!