Synopses & Reviews
Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her homeand yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.
Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror framesperfect for a teenagers roomplus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of mens shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.
"Stocker, a blogger who had a career in apparel and textile design before staying home to raise children, offers 60 projects in four seasonal chapters, with holiday nods going out from May Day (sheet music and paper bag floral cones) to Halloween (naked zombie Barbies, painted delightfully white). Most undertakings require only an open mind as a skill set, though a bit of sewing (patchwork jeans from thrift store shirts or the picnic blanket fashioned from men's apparel) or crochet (glass fishing bobbers as casual dÃ©cor or tree ornaments) skills will help. Even the most gifted repurposer should find inspiration in the woven chair back, crafted from yarn and a lucky side-of-the-road find (a set of mid-century modern dining chairs). 'Sometimes,' says Stocker, 'what seems blah at first glance just needs an open mind and a little love to be completely transformed.' A keeper for thrift-store divas and dumpster divers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A keeper for thrift-store divas and dumpster divers.”
Based on the popular blog of the same name, Wise Craft is a unique craft book about looking at ones belongings with new eyes and giving old items a fresh life. It is about hand-making unique and beautiful products without emptying the pockets, and it places an emphasis on recycling and transforming, all with the family home in mind. Divided into chapters to emphasize the passing seasons, Wise Craft celebrates making the home a more comfortable, handmade place. Projects include May Day Cones and Recycled Floral Frames, Summer Pillow Jackets and Sherbet Picnic Blankets, Sweater Lamps and Halloween Dishes, and Advent Calendars and Recycled Gift Jars. About 150 full-color photos complete this book.
About the Author
Blair Stocker has been a modern crafter and prolific "creative" her whole life. After a career in apparel and textile design, she began Wise Craft in 2005 as a way to stay connected to her own creative passion while raising two small children. Putting her skills to work on thrift store pieces, inventive DIY projects, and clever handmade items for her home, Blair formed a loyal online following. Her original work and her home have been featured on Apartment Therapy, Design Mom, Café Mom / The Stir, and Design Sponge. Her work has been featured in Parents Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, and more. Blair lives with her husband, two children, and fat kitty in Seattle, Washington.