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1.0 out of 5 stars What a cheek!, 23 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Granny Chic: Crafty recipes & inspiration for the handmade home from dottie angel and ted & agnes (Flexibound)
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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Initial post: 26 Nov 2012 19:43:42 GMT
I couldn't agree more. I had a flick through this book in The Works a few days ago where it was also being sold for £5.99 and no wonder! Lots of pretty pictures, if 70's kitsch/retro is your thing but mostly style over substance. I also object to the title...what is 'granny chic' anyway?Iit all looks too much of a mish-mash to me. They may call it eclectic, I say it looks a mess! Like a lot of craft type books today it promises much but delivers little. I also could paint coat hangers in my sleep and cover old jam jars in bits of fabric without lining the pockets of these two ladies. There is nothing here you can't find on the internet for free and without all that 'peachy' nonsense which frankly, wears thin very quickly.

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 16:08:32 GMT
Anda says:
Agree. If I come across "peachy" or "handy dandy" one more time I'm throwing the book out the window! As to the "recipes", so disappointing. Some of the photos are nice though, but not enough for a book. If they'd collaborated with a few more bloggers it would have been far better.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 20:35:31 GMT
B. Scott says:
Totally agree, ladies! What a con!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2013 16:37:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2013 16:39:22 GMT
Peasant says:
Thank you Annabanana for saving me my meagre and hard-earned dosh!
The best way to approach the "vintage vibe" is through vintage books; there are just so many out there because post-War, money was tight and people were used to making stuff themselves. Some of the stuff is far too naff to use unmodified, but it doesn't take much imagination to tweak an essentially good design. Among the ones I've seen are Gifts You Can Make Yourself and the famous and widely available "Polkinghorne", News Chronicle Needlework and Crafts: Evert Woman's Book of the Arts of Plain Sewing, Embroidery, Dressmaking, and Home Crafts (Illustrated With Plates). Neither of these is expensive, and if you want actual instructions rather than windowdressing they certainly fit the bill! If anyone knows other good vintage handbooks do share them! After all, it's "upcycling" to use an old book rather than cutting down new trees!!!
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