Synopses & Reviews
Sew simple, sew better, sew by the numbers! With these pure, pattern-free projects, thereand#39;s no need for photocopying, piecing, and taping. Itand#39;s as easy as 1,2,3: just measure and cut a few squares, a couple of rectangles, the odd triangle, and the occasional circleandmdash;and then start stitching them together. Even novices can quickly make sweet sundresses and girlsand#39; pinafores; messenger bags and backpacks; patchwork pillows and a mega-plaid quilt. This is the stress-free way to create exactly what you want!and#160;
“If you love making Halloween decorations I bet you will love Artful Halloween as much as I do. The projects are, as the title states, elegant but not too fussy or time-consuming, which is just the way I like my holiday crafts.” --Craft Gossip
"Offers a wide range of home dand#233;cor, costume, and party ideas that are faithful to the creepy, eerie Halloween mood without giving up elegance or sophistication...The book not only does a great job of getting you in the Halloween spirit, but also tells you exactly what you need to re-create the ideas and gives easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for the projects. Even if you don't consider yourself to be the most experienced craftista, this book will take your Halloween decorations, parties, and costumes to the next level! --Tori Spelling, actress, author, and host of Craft Wars
and#8220;If you love making Halloween decorations I bet you will love Artful Halloween as much as I do. The projects are, as the title states, elegant but not too fussy or time-consuming, which is just the way I like my holiday crafts.and#8221; --Craft Gossip
andldquo;Wasinger (Artful Halloween) loves Christmas, but she freely admits that it can be difficult to find time to create during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. To remedy this problem, the author developed this collection of easy craft projects that require little time, few specialized tools, and simple supplies, many of which can be found around the house. Trees, stars, wreaths, and ornaments abound, but Wasinger also includes ideas for Christmas cards, gift wrap, Advent calendars, and table settings. The overall style is elegant rather than homespunandmdash;you wonandrsquo;t find cutesy country crafts in this volume, which sets it apart from many of the other Christmas craft books on the market. The instructions are easy to follow and plenty of photos are included. VERDICT These easy-yet-elegant projects will appeal to holiday crafters with Neiman Marcus tastes and Target budgets.andrdquo; Library Journal
These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful--they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a and#8220;bloodand#8221;-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair!
When life's a beach . . . get crafty! Coastal Crafts carries you straight to the shore, with projects that incorporate seashells, ropes, fishing baskets, and nautical motifs. Learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood and sea glass, and cast with sand. These beautiful items-from hanging jars to model sailboats and shell-encrusted lanyards-celebrate summer all year long!
Celebrate the spookiest day of the year by having some crafty fun! The team behind the popular Fa La La La Felt and Heart-Felt Holidays brings you 40 BOO-tiful decorations and costumes for a festive Halloween. Requiring little or no stitching, these felted projects are 100% beginner-friendly, including pumpkin candy bags, a huggable vampire stuffy, a creepy crawly wreath, and plenty of ears, headbands, and other wearables for revelers young and old.
Celebrate a merry Christmas in an artfully decorated home! Crafters will feel the joy as they make 30 elegant yet incredibly easy projects out of the most affordable and accessible materials. Deck the halls with a lacy air-dried clay wreath, a stamped muslin bag Advent calendar, festive felt stockings, sparkling paper ornaments, a glittered garland, and other items beautiful and bright.and#160;
When lifeandrsquo;s a beach . . . get crafty! Coastal Crafts carries you straight to the shore, with projects that incorporate seashells, ropes, sea glass, and a range of nautical materials and motifs. Learn how to weather surfaces, make driftwood, and cast sand. With everything from wood frames and hanging jars to decorative sailboats and a knotted necklace with shells and pearls, these beautiful items celebrate summer all year long.
About the Author
Kathy Sheldon is the author of many books, including Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! and Making Shrink Plastic Jewelry (both Lark), and the coauthor of Fa La La La Felt, Heart-Felt Holidays, and Aimee Ray's Sweet and Simple Jewelry (all Lark). When Kathy is not writing or creating in the mountains of Asheville, NC, you can usually find her at her cottage in Maine.and#160;Amanda Carestio is the author of Wee Felt Worlds, Never Been Stitched, and other titles from Lark Crafts. She blogs online at digsandbean.blogspot.com. When she's not bent over her sewing machine (usually making something for her daughter), editing a craft book, or exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, Amanda enjoys spending quality time with her hubby, her sweet, sweet little girl, Miss Ruby, and her little brindle shadow, Violet.