1.22.2009

for the love of craft books

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I’m a craft book junky. I blame it mostly on blog chatter but Powell’s cleverness of displaying the newest, most must-have-est craft books of the season right at their entrance gets me every time. So much potential behind those beckoning, high-gloss covers. So, so much cute stuff waiting to be made and given and had.

But alas, I confess…I’ve never completed one single project from my repository of craft books. Not one. I’ve gleaned ideas and earmarked and added many a project to many a list but have never actually sat down and followed a project from page to page.

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Shamey, I know. Because if I devoted the ginormous amount of time and love and patience that quite obviously goes into writing a craft book, I’d be pretty pissed (or hurt or bewildered) if the purchaser did not take the time to sew one stinkin thing out of it.

So…sew I shall! Once a month, in fact, out of my very own collection of craft books. Mostly ones I already own but I’m saving a few slots for some books that are due out this year (and that I’m already giddy with excitement to get my crafty little hands upon) OR that may be unearthed and rediscovered once we get our stuff out of storage. It’s all about justification here, people.

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Since January is more than halfway done I picked an easy-ish one to start off with: Heidi the Headband from Bend the Rules Sewing. It’s little, I know…but it’ll get my rusty, atrophied sewing muscles warmed up for some bigger tackles.

Headbands are most difficult to photograph, especially when sitting atop the head of the photo-grapher. I will try it again with a more willing subject, as I have a second one underway for Esme. So just trust me that it’s adorable and easy and if you have this book…go sew a headband (or ten) and see for yourself. Like now!

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Go!!!! (and, please join me in my crafty adventure if you’d like!)

11 comments:

Sarah B. said...

I'm a craft book junky, too! I have made stuff from Seams to Me and In Stitches. I highly recommend the apron from In Stitches, it was really fun and turned out great!

Tammie said...

gorgeous headband. i can't wait to see what else you make.

Jessica said...

I have the same weakness- I can't wait to see projects from these books. Of course, glowing recommendations of books and great projects will be dangerous for this junkie!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

My problem is more with the magazines . . . not so much of a commitment :) Love your headband! Can't wait to see Esme's

MoziEsmé said...

Great goal of yours! It sounds a little like me with recipe books - I love to look at them and own them, but seldom does a recipe get made...

kraftykash said...

Welcome back to blogging. :) The headband looks great. Im a sucker for books peirod. I think you came up with a great challenge!

Philigry said...

love it! it looks so great on you!

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

I am laughing, hard. You mean you are supposed to MAKE the crafts in craft books? I have many of the same books you have and I have rarely used them to make anything. I will take up your challenge and try my hand!

I love the first shot by the way. You have an adorable head!

Blue Yonder said...

Dude, I totally have that book and have not made one stinkin thing from it. Your headband is so cute though. I might be persuaded to get busy :')
Thanks for taking good care of our little chicken!

mary grace said...

can i snag your cute "crafty challenge" widget? it's fun... :) blogged about it here, so it's official -- i'm joining you in the challenge! :)

slugs on the refrigerator said...

I don't know you, but I love you. I have almost all of those craft books, and I never make anything...well not never, but not as often as I should. I do love your challenge for yourself. great idea!