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Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Sarah Goldschadt
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012
Make something new every day of the year! "Craft-a-Day" is your guide to simple fun handmade projects. It offers daily inspiration, along with fun weekly themes to kick-start your imagination. January brings Snowflake Week, February features Groundhog Week, and March offers Hexagon Week - there's truly something for everyone. Author Sarah Goldschadt provides whimsical ideas for basic crafts that require no advanced skills or crazy crafting tools; these projects are as fun and easy to make as they are to admire. Complete with handy patterns and more than 400 photographs, "Craft-a-Day" challenges you to make something special, each and every day.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594745951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745959
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 23.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a cute book to inspire you on a daily basis! I know some people would find a craft a day a little daunting (how do I keep up?!), but this book has a clever idea you get a craft DESIGN per week, which then is adapted on a daily basis e.g. you may get a cute bear softie design and you can use the same bear one day to make a card, the next to make a Christmas tree ornament and the next as a cupcake decorate. Making it all rather do-able! Alternatively, you could take one week and use it for your party planning e.g. the rainbow week again, with great cards (party invites), straw decoration (at the party) or cupcake topper. As all of it is in clean simple design, it will appeal to both you and the kids some crafts focussing on children, others on adults (love the Moustache ideas! Or e.g. there are also little pin cushion ideas). A lovely book. I think this also would make for a great gift! --Lifeatthezoo, August, 2012

Looking back on my childhood the most useful skill I acquired was that of making things. I was the daughter of a man who made a greenhouse out of a derelict bus, so it was inevitable that something would rub off on me. Well over half a century later it still stands me in good stead: I can see how to make things, how to solve problems and my imagination was fired up at an early stage. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a bus-to-greenhouse converter in-house, but the best start is being encouraged to make things regularly and learning that you don't always have to buy everything you need. A drum roll, please for Sarah Goldschadt's Craft-A-Day. The projects are simple, with something there for even the most ham-fisted of children to excel at. They're linked to the seasons and time of year, so you get snowflakes in winter and strawberries in summer. There's no overt connections to religious festivals, although there are bunnies and eggs around Easter and stockings in late December. It's a wise move - no child is going to feel alienated by a religious festival with which they don't connect. Some of the projects are repetitive - cupcake toppers appear regularly. The designs change, but the principle is the same. It does, however, ensure the child a regular supply of cupcakes... Cards appear regularly, as do gift tags and ornaments, but the fun is in the making, in acquiring the skills rather than in producing a range of goods. The book will appeal more to girls, although there is absolutely no reason why boys shouldn't wear hair ornaments, you know! Instructions are clear and simple. Where they go beyond the basic, as in making a pattern, transferring a pattern onto felt or printing on fabric with a stencil there are more detailed instructions at the back of the book. Templates are supplied to ensure a better finish and it will be possible to use these in other projects. The book is beautifully presented and - miracle of miracles - actually stays open at the page you're using without needing two pairs of hands. Adult supervision will be needed for some projects - at least to begin with - but I spotted nothing which I would regard as a dangerous activity. It's a great way of getting the imagination working. --The Bookbag, October, 2012

packed with (365!) simple whimsical makes that require very little in the way of materials, time or specific skills, in fact many of the projects are suitable for making with even young children. This is a big hardcover book with lots of lovely photographs and clear instructions. The projects are organised into themed weeks (eg Snowflake Week, Pumpkin Week, People Week) and each week you'll find a number of different projects using the same templates, all based on the theme. There are lots of house/party decorations, cake toppers, gift tags, finger puppets, mobiles, garlands, cards, some plush animals, t-shirt embellishments and much more. --Kidaroundbiz, October, 2012

this book is a godsend, it just provides that tiny bit of inspiration you need to keep the kids productively occupied for a little while. What I like about the crafts here is that they are so simple, as long as you have cut out your template you a 2 year old can do many of them- literally. It's also a lovely book to sit and read and draw inspiration from. For example, January is snowflake week in the book and so it will be in our house! --Beingamummy, Jan, 2013

offers daily inspiration, along with fun weekly themes to kick-start your imagination --Kidaroundbiz, October, 2012

About the Author

Sarah (pronounced SAH-RAH) Goldschadt is a Danish-American freelance graphic designer and crafter who loves to make things, travel, and take pictures. She was bornand spent all her childhood summers in Copenhagen, Denmark; grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. During her 10-year career in magazines, she's worked for Food Network Magazine, Do It Yourself, Kids' Rooms, and has freelanced for Oprah, Better Homes and Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living. Sarah currently calls New York City home. She keeps a blog at sah-rah.com

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 7 ideas, 52 times... 23 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book is fun, funky, and about 358 ideas too long.

It contains 52 themed weeks, each using one design idea and almost always doing the same basic ideas:
Day 1: Cut the shape out of card and make - a card!
Day 2: Cut the same shape out and stick it on - a little cake!
Day 3: Cut the same shape out and stick it on - a big cake!
...and so on.

The weekly themes vary from foxes, racoons and bunnies to squares, circles, trangles and hexagons, and you can't help feel that the ideas have been stretched and spread far more thinly that they can cope with.

Flick this is a bookshop, borrow it from the library, but think twice about buying it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We will never be bored! 9 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is perfect for the younger set. My 7 year old loves the crafts, they are simple and lovely to create. Great for school holidays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Craft a day - targat audience? 28 April 2013
By emhjl
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not so sure who this is directed at. I'd say best suited to teens, or some one very unsure of their crafting abilities.
There's more repetition than I expected from the 'look inside'. Basically, I think if they gave a couple of 'full' examples, they could show one page of pics for 'cupcake labels', one for 'cards' etc, without having to do a great step-by step for everything. In some cases, your 'craft for the day' is something like: draw two cats-or dogs, or whales, or foxes- (so they can sit back to back), about 2 cm high, and glue them together, with the top of a cocktail stick between... stick the lower half of the cocktail stick into you cupcake and voila! Could be good as a spring board to other ideas of your own, or for doing themed party bits and pieces for kids - or adults who like the themed creature or item.
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