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Handmade Home: Book Review

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When The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
came out in 2008, I was intrigued. I loved the photos. I loved the concept. But, it’s just Jason and I here in our home. So I took a pass. I was so happy when Amanda Blake Soule put her creative talents to work again and wrote Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.
This book is about one my passions: resourceful living. It’s all about living your life creatively and infusing your home with that wonderful, handmade touch.

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Look at these beautiful, little pot holders. Perfect for your leftover bits of fabric I must point out. :)

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(I just love this paper mache bowl.) In fact, that’s the theme of this book: using what’s on hand, making things from scratch, employing earth friendly methods. It even includes a pattern for making your own menstrual cycle panty liners.

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Check out that cute little pin cushion. This is a good place to mention that the photographs are absolutely stunning.

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This beautiful bath mat is made out of an old towel and some jazzy floral pattern.

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I’ve always wanted to make a braided rag rug. There is a wonderful how-to in the book. All the tutorials are absolutely wonderful. The author is a delight to read in general. I really enjoyed straight up reading this book cover to cover.

Have you read this book? What’s your favorite project? What do you like the most about it?

5 thoughts on “Handmade Home: Book Review

  1. Blast, I want to make a braided rug now and the rest of those projects too.

    Thanks for the review.

  2. [Looong Comment Part One :]
    OK, This is ridiculous… I am assembling tutorials from the net for the passed few weeks, working rigorously and thoroughly. I think that I covered all the old tuts and I am subscribed to about a bazillion blogs to get all the new ones that come out…

    And what is my point, you’d ask?

  3. [Looong Comment Part Two :]
    That other than the braided rug (that I took care to actually buy a specific book to study how to do those) and the pincushion (that I had already made) all the projects that you pointed to? are on my immediate to-do list!

    I am so talented. UGH.

  4. That was the longest possible way of saying that I love all the projects!!!
    And, Umm.. Hi, I’m Nitsan {wave}

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