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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (19 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416937854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416937852
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chantelle Charnley on 26 Aug. 2009
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I didn't get as much out of this book as I would have liked- many of the projects were very DIY type projects, where I was hoping for more textile crafts. If you enjoy building things then this will be great for you, but perhaps not so good if you were hoping for something a bit less Bob the Builder! There is a section about health and beauty products, but to be honest none of the recipes were anything I haven't already seen on various websites. However, the tapped tin photo frames are beautiful and I am definitely going to have a go at them! Bit of a mixed bag really...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sefika on 10 Mar. 2010
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Its not totally what I expected but I'm really pleased with this book and have loved just flicking through it and picking up ideas and inspiration. I love modern kitsch so I loved the vibrant colours and use of patterns in these projects, if you are looking for elegant, understated crafts for your home though this probably isn't the book for you.

Some of the ideas and techniques are a little repetitive but there is enough variety to make it worthwhile.

My only real problem came when I decided to try one of the projects. I found that most of the projects use things which the author obviously feels are readily available in the US but some of the materials are somewhat harder to find in the UK.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Flynn on 15 Feb. 2008
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This book is awesome! Lavishly illustrated and full of projects that are innovative and creative, very well explained, and best of all, that you would really want to make and use - or make and give as presents. Using a wide range of easily available materials you can learn how to make candelabra out of shelf brackets, bowls and baskets out of old magazines, vases out of coloured pencils and plates with all sorts of fabulous designs. I'm off to make some feathers out of craft paper - what better way to spend an evening?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Jo on 6 Jan. 2011
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This was quite disappointing. The graphics made it look like it was going to be rammed full of really edgy and innovative contemporary craft ideas but some of the projects are unspeakably naff. For example, the plastic bottle lightshade and a weird love of making things out of lollipop sticks- just how many lollies did the author have to eat to source all of these?! Also, like one of the other reviewers mentioned, it isn't clear to a non-US reader just what some of the materials are so you'll probably have to do a bit of research after you get the book. It's not all bad though- there are some good ideas and the book does look great. I'm looking forward to having a go at putting transfers onto ceramics in particular, the examples look really kitschy and would make an unusual present. I like the sense of the author's enthusiasm. Overall, it's probably more inspiring than instructive.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean OToole on 10 Oct. 2009
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Containing more than 150 crafts, this book is bound to have some crafts that the reader will enjoy, but on the flip side will contain some crafts that they hate, or at least don't try. The book is quite obviously American, from the light hearted tone, amusing introductions and abundance of popsicle stick crafts.

The book contains a wide variety of crafts, including but not limited to: mirrors, magazines, frames, lights, window dressings, papier mache and even body crafts.

As a whole, doing every craft in the book would take up a considerable amount of time and be well worth the investment, though the book has varying usability depending on how many of the areas you are personally interested in. Definitely a good buy for someone wanting to try a bit of everything.
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By Troila on 29 Feb. 2012
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It's a nice book, with some projects that I would like to make, some projects that gives me new ideas for other stuff, and some projects that I would never dream of making. Probably a treasure chest for the beginner in crafts, but a lot of too simple and "fare out" projects for the experienced crafter, though. Would absolutely recommend for the beginner, and I guess also for the more experienced to keep as a tool for inspiration and maybe some different thinking. Well written, so you feel like you're getting in touch with the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brooks fan on 14 Mar. 2014
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Bought this book for a friends birthday, She loves it .
She cant stop making things. I am now her new best friend
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Absolutely wonderful. There's nothing worse than buying a book with a view to make pretty things and then having to spend lots of time and money searching for supplies. . . .
This book is not like that at all. Everything is easy and uses ordinary objects with amazing results.
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