Practical as well as pretty, these simple, stylish projects really will inspire you to make your life a little easier and a little brighter. Like many working mothers, Joanna knows that life is busy and finding time to be creative often ends up at the bottom of the priority list. That's why her motto is 'minimum effort, maximum return'. Making things for yourself and others means they can be more personal, unique, thoughtful and satisfying - and usually a fraction of the cost of buying something similar. The book is divided into three chapters: * Home - including stylish hanging bookshelves, simple curtains, magnetic spice jar storage and an oilcloth shopping bag. * Giving - including lace-printed clay tea-light covers, simple candles, a knitted Kindle cover, a charm bracelet and chocolate honeycomb. * Celebrations - including a golden chocolate egg for Easter, hanging firefly lanterns for Diwali, fabric-covered lanterns for Chinese New Year, salt-dough star garlands for Christmas. Some projects can be done in minutes, others take a bit longer to craft, but all are very simple. Live, give and celebrate in style.
Joanna is a journalist, broadcaster and mother of three daughters. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for twenty years. She is a well-known face on BBC Television News, as the main evening anchor on the BBC's News Channel and occasional presenter on BBC1. This is Joanna's first book. She wrote it after deciding she'd spent too long feeling like her head was full and it was time to get a strategy for coping with a busy life to allow her time to indulge in her passion for creativity and making. Her mantra is 'Minimum effort, maximum return.'