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If you love doilies, this is the book for you
on 25 August 2015
Having far too many craft books on my bookshelves already that I don't use for actual crafts, only to look through for pretty pictures, I borrowed this one from the library, liking its cute title and design. The pictures are indeed lovely, although I wouldn't want to live with some of the ideas, but the narrative came across as a bit cloying and repetitive - lots of things described as "handy dandy" and "peachy", which added nothing to the text except making it sound rather affected. There is also an awful lot of padding and relatively few actual projects, and the instructions are often very short. I felt that the authors enjoyed waxing lyrical about the notion of "granny chic" and showing off the way they're living that way, while not feeling very motivated to give actual solid advice or directions. A bit disappointing, though if, as I did, you just borrow it from the library rather than buying a copy, you won't feel short-changed. I'd also query their use of the term "granny chic", because I suspect most grannies these days don't spend their days wearing pinnies knitting tea-cosies and rearranging their doily collection (a must-have, according to this book).