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Granny Chic: Crafty recipes & inspiration for the handmade home from dottie angel and ted & agnes [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Tif Fussell , Rachelle Blondel
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Book Description

25 Oct 2012
More than just a 'how-to' guide, Granny Chic offers inspiration to keen crafters hoping to breathe new life into vintage fabrics and second-hand objects. From handmade notebooks to lace lampshades and pinnies made from tea towels, each of the craft 'recipes' brings the granny chic look to life while allowing you to give them your own personal twist. This selection of 20 projects includes spruced-up coat hangers, a 'dingle dangle' door screen, a 'patched and pieced' lampshade and a crocheted tea cosy. In addition to the projects, Granny Chic offers advice on the granny chic lifestyle, from befriending your local fabric shop to creating a handmade home. Packed full of ideas, it will have you rustling in your vintage fabric to find your inner granny chic crafting soul.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Books (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857831550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857831552
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author, stitcher, mother, dabbler, Rachelle Blondel is the creative force behind Ted & Agnes, a mish mash of the going's on in her ramshackle farmhouse.
In 2012 she wrote the book 'granny chic' with her crafty buddy, Tif Fussell after forging a friendship across the pond but never actually meeting....an inspirational tale indeed and at the moment is penning her first & second solo books due to be published in the autumn 2014 & spring 2015.
By day she is a mum to 3 children and a herder of pigs, chickens, a wayward Jack Russell, a few thousand bees, several cats and various other critters that often just turn up and find a place to call home.

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'Lock up the minimalist furniture and chuck on the chintz - it's now all about living like a grandma.' Grazia

'A feast of crafty ideas from granny-chic aficionados Rachelle Blondel and Tif Fussell.' YOU magazine, Mail on Sunday

'Queens of Granny Chic. Blogging on opposite sides of the Atlantic, these two stars of homemade craft were brought together to create their first book, grandma style...'
Mollie Makes

'We love this tribute to 'the ways of handmade and secondhand living inspired by grannies in days gone by'.'
The Simple Things

'The ultimate in home-crafting and how to fill your home with second-hand fabulousness.' ----Good Homes

About the Author

Tif Fussell (dottie angel) moved to Seattle from the UK in 2000. She is the author of dottie angel and has featured in Mollie Makes, 91 Magazine and Little Thing Magazine. Rachelle Blondel (ted & agnes) lives in North Yorkshire, where she creates 'handmade accessories and vintage whatnot'. Her work has appeared in Living etc and Prima Magazine. Although they had not met in person when they began this book, they have nurtured a lively friendship across the pond, using modern technology to share their love of the past.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice piccies, awful text 18 Jan 2013
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Although this book is packed to bursting with lovely photographs the text is appalling! Another reviewer has remarked on the constantly repetitive ( and very, very boring ) use of descriptive nouns and expressions like 'peachy' and 'handy-dandy' and I must concur with their observations. As a helpful guide it is a mere puff of wind, insubstantial, trite, and a bit of a con. Well, a LOT of a con actually. A real let-down. Nice for a Christmas or birthday gift for someone with a passing interest in shabby chic and upcycling but nothing to write home about. Especially to Granny! Very, very disappointing.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Jan 2013
Although this is a pretty book to flick through I didn't find one 'recipe' that I wanted to follow. Found it all a bit twee and the words babyish. Also didn't think the instructions were all that informative - get a teacup, put a wick in it and fill with wax! What about temperature to melt the wax, size/ type of wick, correct type of wax. Just not enough useful info for my liking.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money! 4 Dec 2012
I flicked through this in a shop and thought the pictures looked nice, and they do; very pretty indeed. However, there isn't much in the way of inspiration for projects; there are about 9 pages left intentionally blank for you to jot your OWN ideas down; and if I read the words 'handy dandy' or 'peachy' once more, I shan't be held responsible for my actions! I realise every writer has their own style, but what might seem cutesy and cool on a blog is irritating in the extreme in print.

Also, the projects aren't anything you couldn't have thought of yourself. One of them is painted wooden hangers- 'get your hangers; paint them'. And they're called recipes, not projects... All in all, only buy this if you have a very high tolerance for cutesy, twee, coquettish middle-class girlishness. I haven't, and I will probably give this book away to anyone who'll have it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the blog, so I bought the book 10 Feb 2013
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I really like Tifs blog. I love the pictures and her use of language. This is more a coffee table book than an inspirational project book. The photos are tasteful, it's selling a lifestyle. I wouldn't really make any of the things in this book as I already own them. I really wanted meatier projects-Granny Chic dresses (not hangers) Bit too basic for me; but a lovely idea.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very inspiring 21 Nov 2012
I really wanted to like this book... I'm sure the two writers are brilliant artists and inspirational people but I there isn't loads of variety in this book and it failed to inspire me. Lots of use of dollies, 3 ideas on sanding down furniture and repainting, 30% of ideas were crocheting.... Of none of those ideas are your thing then its slim-pickings. Also 4-6 pages were left intentionally blank for the reader to jot down ideas, I don't know about other crafters but i have my own book for ideas and sketches so I felt this was a bit naughty really. Really pretty book, well written and with some lovely pictures but overall when it comes to actual craftiness it's a bit of a 'fur coat and no knickers' situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book! 30 Jan 2014
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Some great ideas that I can't wait to try. Would certainly recommend this to a friend. Great pictures and interesting editorial.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a cheek! 23 Nov 2012
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I read about this in a magazine and decided to treat myself, expecting it to be full of instructions for making things. What a joke! Of the around 162 pges, 93 are pictures and there are NINE pages of lined paper for your own notes.I don't think it's "peachy" or "handy dandy." I don't have a tatty old caravan I want to 'decorate' so to have pages of caravan pics instead of "recipes" is a waste of time for most readers.
I was really disappointed in the "recipes" - eg, get some wooden hangers and paint them. Well, I really need a book to tell me that!
My copy arrived from Amazon last week, price 11.25 and I saw a pile in Bargain Books yesterday at 5.99 each. Even that is too dear in my opinion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of Inspiration 2 Nov 2012
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a lovely book with gorgeous photography by Catherine Gratwicke, great crafty makes and a wonderful design.
Well worth buying if you love vintage florals, handmade craft ideas, I'm going to have a go at making the make-do dishcloths!
Thanks Tif & Rachelle for creating such a fab book X
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
I had a flick through this yesterday, and can honestly say it was very disappointing, the "recipes" are so simple any inexperienced crafter could manage them without... Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars All things vintage
My daughter is an Art Student and loves all these types of books she loved this as the styles were just up her street.
Published 3 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Granny Chic
Lovely ideas and well set out. Inspiring to makers and art students. A good book for browsing and making ideas.
Published 4 months ago by Alfiebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I brought this book (sssh in the works for half this price) uhum... And I think it's amazing. If you love vintage, doilies, shabby chic and just drooling through your craft books... Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Rafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & Attractively Produced
A lovely read with some tempting techniques for interested sewers. For anyone working with recycled fabrics, hand-me-down trims etc. this is a good read.
Published 5 months ago by Y. K. Autie
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational not educational.
This book is packed with beautiful inspirational pictures, and while the instructions for makes are not overly detailed surely the point of this kind of style is not to slavishly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wraggle Taggle
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, pretty, pretty....
I recently became a grandmother so when I saw the word "granny" I just had to buy it. This book is beautifully bound and eye candy to see.

What else can I say? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donna Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars a keeper
Such a lovely book..it is a book to keep forever and look through again and again, such beautiful cover too.
Published 10 months ago by L. Warnock
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book
Beautiful book full of great ideas !! It's inspired me to make 2 cushions already !!
Love it love it love it

Michele Cooper A knitting nutter !!
Published 12 months ago by M. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Granny Chic
This is written by a friend of mine and er life is just amazing and full of beautiful fabrics and colours. A very good book for shabby chic and vintage styles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ms. C. A. Short
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