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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2011
I ordered this book based on the reviews as I love vintage style. It it has ideas for recyling and using vintage items found at markets and junk shops and the layout and photos are beautiful, I love her ideas of displaying vintage items.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
Oh dear. On first coming into contact with this book, you're easily taken in by the wonderful photography and excellent design and layout. Top marks. However, I didn't find anything in this book to actually make! Everything seems to be buy this, get one of those, buy some ribbon and spend 3 minutes assembling them all together. To me, that isn't being creative or producing something homemade....its cheating!
Some of the things are impossible to come by - you either have an old knackered 1950's suitcase or you dont. There are no patterns in the book (probably because there isn't actually anything to make.) I actually snorted out loud when the author suggests buying some shop bought jam, cut out a circle of fabric, put it over the lid and tie a luggage label round it then 'pretend you made it'! You would have to have a seriously low craft IQ to pull such a dirty trick!
If you're the sort of person who buys pre folded card, press out printed decals and gold sticky labels saying 'happy birthday', and who likes to claim you have made your own cards, you may like this book. However, if you have any shred of creative integrity, give it a miss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2011
This book is full of lovely projects for those who love vintage fabrics and items. There are some fantastic ideas for presents in here for all ages and tastes. My only little niggle that stops this being a 5* is the pattern templates. Whilst it is good to see something different we found the patterned style of them made it difficult to trace them easily. Of course this can be solved by photocopying the pattern but it is more expensive and less convenient than getting out the tracing paper!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2011
This well prepared book is a real treat especially in the period coming up to Christmas. Brilliant ideas for making gifts and really useful items at home using vintage materials. Well done sarah! Strongly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2015
I found this book recently in a local charity shop and snapped up what I though was a bargain for a couple of quid. Well, it wasn't worth the effort of carrying it home.
While the book is beautifully produced with clear typeface and gorgeous photographs, the actual content is utterly dire. Much of it is pure fakery, involving you lying through your teeth, the purchased jam and soap being examples. This isn't home'made', it's home'faked' and blatantly dishonest.
Other 'craft' suggestions require you to have the attics and stables of a country house packed with the junk of generations to rootle through for your supplies, and still others are just plain daft. Bone-china plates *glued* to a strip of ribbon and hing up? I didn't see any suggestions for keeping a first-aid kit handy for when they drop on your head, though.
Project instructions, such as they are, appear sparse, and inspration, if that's what it's supposed to be, is equally thin on the ground.
If I'd leafed through this book in the cafe while waiting for my bus home, it would've gone straight back to the shop and the £2 it cost me written off as a donation to the charity concerned.
One reluctant star for an endeavour that only served to kill trees.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2011
I have just bought this book as a present and whilst I never normally write these reviews felt compelled to do so as it is such a lovely book. Infact so great that I will be buying a number of them as presents for this christmas.

The instructions are clear, the photography beautiful and the end products are really lovely. I will definitely be trying my hand at making some of these as they would make really great presents for Christmas.

Watch out Kirsty Allsopp here comes Sarah Moore!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2011
I bought this for my sister in law who is great at making beautiful new things out of something old and I thought this would give her a few new ideas. Of course I had to have a peek before giving it away and completely fell in love with it. The design is gorgeous and it's packed with brilliant ideas which even I (with zero experience) can do. I have already made a batch of individually wrapped soaps ready to give way over Christmas and am halfway through a lavender bunny! I completely love this book and would recommend it to anyone who fancies trying their hand at something new or is looking for inspiration to make presents for friends (or themselves!) In fact the only issue I have with this book is that it has made me ever so slightly bitter and twisted about all the old jumpers I have discarded or given away over the years grrrrrrr!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2012
OK, no bones about it, this is a beautifully photographed book but that is as far as it goes.

The instructions are woeful... fill your teacups with eggs but no instructions on how to colour or paint the eggs, let alone how to blow them through. The comment about covering a jar of shop bought jam with a remnant of fabric and claiming you had made it... priceless. My absolute fave is sticking china plates to ribbon and hanging them on the wall... even I know that in a fight between glue and gravity, gravity will be the winner and your bone china plate the loser.

In all honesty, this is a pretty coffee table book to look at some well executed pics but this is not a craft book and frankly should not be in the craft section.

Deeply, deeply disappointing... not even worth reserving at the library :(
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2012
Sorry, but as a long time crafter I found this book a rip off. Yes, if you don't do craft you might find the ideas entertaining but in general, too much equipment and materials needed for items that are quirky, dust gatheres and if given as a gift will probably end up in a charity shop.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2013
-I'm going to be completely honest here. I wasn't massively impressed by this book. (oh gosh she said it) The book itself can't be doubted visually. Its layout and photographs are really beautiful and it feels like a very tactile and well designed book.
-The information is good, but a little too wordy for me. If being instructed on how to use a sewing machine images would be more useful than a tiny quite vague paragraph of text. To be honest compared to other books I have, the techniques section of this book was all a bit lack lustre.
-The instructions don't cover all points, miss out some quite key steps, and often assume you know exactly what to do next. This pared with the lack of diagrams or "step by step" images just makes this book frustrating.
-Overall a good visual book, but one that annoys rather inspires. Great projects with substandard instructions leave me feeling.. "what is the point?" if you like to actually make things you see in books like this then this isn't for you
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