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Ornaments: Fast and Fabulous Projects (Instant Gratification) [Paperback]

Genevieve Sterbenz , Julie Toy
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16 Aug 2001 Instant Gratification
At no other time of year are people so interested in making things by hand. Trimming the tree with handmade ornaments is a time-honored tradition. Spread the joy and magic of the season with beautifully handmade ornaments for the tree...It's easy. The Instant Gratification series is designed specifically for the inexperienced crafter and has a refreshingly straightforward approach to the world of "making it yourself." Each project comes with a beautiful photograph that features the finished results. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions, plus helpful templates and diagrams help readers achieve elegant results in an afternoon. Whether you are starting entirely from scratch to make a simple Miniature Velvet Stocking, or adorning a plain store-bought ornament to make a Frosted Glass Ball, you'll find every project to accessible and appealing. With 40 projects, Instant Gratification Ornaments is your ultimate tree-trimming guide, year after year.

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (16 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811830233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811830232
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,541,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holiday ornaments make pretty and memorable gifts, and this slim volume provides some creative ideas for making your own. The allure is magnified by the color photographs by Julie Toy. Citris slice ornaments look yummy. A music-paper bell appeals. Among the charming possibilities are a frosted ball ornament and a gilded apple. The book is designed so that directions face the photographs, a big help once you're in the middle of a project. A glossary of materials and tools, a source list and patterns round out the book. These are elegant ideas for an adult crafter. -Chicago TribuneYou've got to know your audience, and Ms. Sterbenz certainly does in the "Instant Gratification" craft-book series. The books offer projects that are easy and fast for people who have little time for such endeavors. Children can help with some projects.In "Instant Gratification Ornaments", Ms. Sterbenz teaches you how to make 40 lights, ornaments, and garlands.An ornament you might want to try for the musician in your life is the bell made with old sheet music. Ms. Sterbenz also demonstrates a gingerbread house from mat board and beads. A project sure to have your mantel aglow calls for running a string of miniature lights through a sleeve of organdy. The book includes patterns, sources, and a glossary of materials and tools. Each project includes a list of materials and equipment. The author issues safty warnings; for example, use spray adhesives in a well-ventilated room. -The Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Carol Endler Sterbenz is a syndicated columnist, founder of Handcraft Illustrated, and author of more than 25 books. She lives in New York. Genevieve A. Sterbenz is a Manhattan-based stylist and writer whose books include Holiday Decorations and The Home Spa. Julie Toy is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the cover is the most interesting project 16 Mar 2006
I bought it because I had expected that the rest of the book would be as interesting as the cover.Well,It wasn't!To begin with,each page shows just one picture and you get the directions on the next page.Most of the projects are variables of the one appearing on the cover.Rather poor in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I llike 24 Mar 2012
By Emlabs
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Very basic ornaments and projects, easy cheese. You hardy have to change or add many things to the basic "item". Children could do some of them. Not bad
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2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more ideas and less complicated ones! 14 Oct 2002
By "napraforgo" - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book last year when it was published so there were no customer reviews thenm, and i wish there were.
I bought the book based on the title, i expected easy and fast projects which give creative and lovely results. While the book is wonderful to browse because of its excellent photography, the projects are FAR from being easy and "instant gratification".
Most of the projects have a long list of needed supplies, and the ideas weren't the "ah, why didn't I think of that" kind either. I was particularly annoyed by the large number of projects that do not CREATE anything, but rather decorate a glass ornament. I can think of ways to spice up a glass ball, thank you very much.
I do NOT recommend this book only as a viewbook for getting in christmas mood, but there are better books out there for that. I give it two stars for the photography and design, but for contents it doesn't deserve it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At least the photography is beautiful 3 Feb 2002
By J. B. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little disappointed with this book but that was because I was expecting a little more sophisticated ornaments. My fault, actually, because the title is 'Instant Gratification'. The projects aren't very complicated, and many can be done by children.
My biggest complaint is that the print is so small, it is very difficult for me to read the supply list and instructions.
However, the photography is fabulous! It really shows off how elegent these simple projects can be.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not really instant 28 Nov 2001
By J. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
There were some good ideas in this nook, but the majority are a bit more involved than the title implies. Plus there were several projects that were for light strand bulb covers, not really ornaments. There were about 5 that were quite simple, the rest were of varying degrees of difficulty. Some due to the supplies needed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Lovely Ideas! 29 Jan 2013
By J. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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The ideas in this book are simple, lovely, and made me wonder, "Now why didn't I think of that?" I'm really looking forward to trying some of these projects and hanging them on my next tree! I just love Christmas! :o)
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