Getting Crafty

I am the excited owner of two recently released craft books – both very different to each other. I finally visited Borders over the weekend to buy Meet Me at Mike’s: 26 Fun and Crafty Projects, and my copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts arrived in the mail last week from the Book Depository. (Thanks to Belinda for the tip about the Book Depository which has free international shipping. Yippee!)

The Meet Me at Mike’s book is full of contemporary craft projects (mostly sewing) by Australian designer/makers, and the book itself is sooo gorgeously designed by Simone Elder of Ortolan. There are lots of things I can’t wait to make. Pip from Mike’s has created a flickr group where you can see projects people have made from her book.

As you would expect, Martha’s book is a fantastic resource for techniques and ideas for a huge range of different crafts. Very elegant. Very Martha!

Have a look here for an etsy interview with Marcie McGoldrick of Martha Stewart craft dept about the book and her immensely covetable job.

I have already organised myself with some linen and embroidery thread for our next Brown Owls meeting, so unless I miraculously end up with some spare time I’ll have to be content with leafing through my new books until I can try out some of the projects I’ve bookmarked. Do you have either of these books? Have you made anything from them?


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Schmooks: Sweet Illustrations

Australian designer, Illustrator and new mum Claire Verrell creates these lovely digital illustrations under the name Schmooks. How cute is the little girl losing her knickers?! You can pick up a print in her Etsy shop.

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Inspiration: Kristin Perers

I always love it when the postman arrives with a magazine I subscribe to. On Friday he brought me the latest issue of Vogue Living, and that’s where I came across beautiful painterly photography of Kristin Perers. The images above have such richness and intensity they stopped me in my tracks.

Kristin comes from a background of fashion, design and painting, all of which are evident in her styling and photography.

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Monday Blogday: Part 2 Hello Sandwich

The lovely Ebony Bizys started her blog Hello Sandwich only last month, and straight out of the gate it’s been fun, colourful and totally wonderful. Ebony has an obsession with Japan (gotta love that!) and blogs about cute, very quirky and fantastic finds. I can’t get enough of Hello Sandwich, it never fails to inspire and to make me smile.

Image Source: All images via Hello Sandwich

Ebony has recently added a couple of animations of herself in the sidebar of Hello Sandwich. So cute and quirky… just like her and her blog!

If you want to know more about the talented Ms Bizys who is a designer and artist, take a look at this great interview on the Design Files and she was also featured in the most recent issue of the fabulous Design for Mankind magazine.

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Monday Blogday: Part 1 Smaller

The gorgeous online children’s magazine small has a (very) new blog. It’s called smaller… how clever and sweet is that?! I love the mag, so I’m sure their blog will be just as wonderful.

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