I've been gazing at this book, fascinated, ever since I received it from Amazon. That, and Beci Orpin's other book HOME, which I bought in the same order. Even though I've been flipping through the pages at the alluring eye candy of photography and layout, both books more or less blend in together for me.
I love Beci Orpin's style, aesthetics, and even the personality that comes through her writing. That is why I'm keeping the books. But as other reviewers have noticed, the projects are completely ho-hum. One does not need a $25 list price book to make pom-poms! The level of mediocrity is not only disappointing, but a little insulting. For that, I'd give the book one or two stars.
I'd give it five stars, if it were a big, color, coffee-table book with more photos of Beci's HOUSE. This is the real charm of both Find & Keep and Home. I can stare at a photo of Beci's bookshelf for an hour. I want to see how she organizes her kitchen. I want to see a close-up of her nightstand. I'd pay to see inside her bathroom cabinet (I know!). She has that sort of amazingly artistic, inspiring way of curating everyday, normal items that is fascinating.
It reminds me a little how I felt upon looking at Mary Engelbreit's first Home Companion book (yes, I know that was a long, long time ago). I could pour over the pages of HC, and loved how Engelbreit decorated with humble thrift store items, well-loved toys from childhood, and handcrafted items. I felt excited when I saw something I already had and could use in a new way, or inspired to make something to brighten my own home. Beci Orpin's books might do that for me, in an updated way. Except Orpin's style is so quirky and particular, that if I decorated my home with kids' drawings, old buttons and doll heads my family would send me to the loony bin.
If Beci puts out more books, I will probably buy them. But next time, I hope she aims higher, and gives us either better crafts, or more style shots of her quirky home.
Still love ya, Beci.