Young House Love Book


Last week it finally arrived, three months late, my copy of Young House Love, the book!

About a year ago Sherry got in touch to ask if I would like to contribute a project to the book and of course I said yes. I submitted my project and we kept in touch via e-mail to sort out little details and as the book was getting ready to be launched back in October (the release date was early November) hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States and caused havoc and my copy was held up somewhere/with someone until it finally arrived last week.



The project I contributed with (no.241) was my big front of house project and it’s great to see it in print because it’s one of my favorite projects in this house as it made such a huge impact.



As for the rest of the book, I love it!. It’s just the type of book I’d love to have written if my book/literary agent thing hadn’t gone sour on me a few years ago. This book is funny, informative and has tons of (well at least 243) great projects. Some easy quick ones and some that require a bit more work.



One of my favorite ones is no.140, make decal art. Can definitely see me trying this out sometime in the future.




I also love no.10, reusing Lack tables in three ways. Totally my brainstorm way of thinking.

All in all a great book and a major accomplishment for Sherry and John.

Thank you so much guys for having me in it!

366 Printed


I always feel it’s best to finish projects off as quickly as possible or they tend not to get done at all so as soon as 2012 was over I had my 366 project printed.



I again used Blurb. Not because I was 100% happy with the results last time (I wasn’t) but because I wanted the books to match in size and I couldn’t find another service that had the exact same size. I know silly me. Anyway, last time around I felt the images were a little dark. This time around the were on the light side. Some spreads even felt a little washed out. I’m ok with it though. This is not the kind of book you want to browse through the month after you finished it, it’s a book that will be awesome to look through in ten years time and at that point I’ll probably be super happy about the book and the project regardless of the quality.



I again went for a super simple cover with basically just the year because how do you find one image that sums up 366 days?



Oh and, last time around I chose premium paper. This time I tried out the standard paper. Check out the difference in thickness of the books! Standard seemed fine but now it got me thinking that maybe the standard paper contributed to the slightly washed out look. Hm, maybe I’ll go premium again next time.

Anyway, I’m happy that project’s all wrapped up now and I’ve popped it in the bookcase for the future. If you want to you can check out the whole book here or here. The 2010 book can be viewed here and here.

Handmade Holiday Crafts


It turns out that aside from the honor of being on the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept. blog roll it has other perks as well! As you may know I’ve been a HUGE fan of Martha’s since the late 80’s and I have every single issue of Martha Stewart Living since it was launched in 1990. Anyway a week or so ago I got an e-mail from Lauren at the Martha Stewart Living offices asking if I would like a preview copy of the latest book Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts. Umm, YES, PLEASE!

The copy made it’s way to me at super hero speed and I love this new addition to my book case!



This book features some of the best holiday crafts from the pages of the magazine. I love this Valentine’s one, catnip hearts for the felines of your family. Mini and Bonus would love these! I may have to learn how to knit properly so I can make some.




Here’s another favorite. This is a father’s day gift idea, turning socks into accessory holders. I’m so making me some of these!




This is an all time favorite one, home made snow globes! When this was first published in the magazine ages ago I made a dozen or so to give as Christmas gifts to family members. I remember one in particular that I had a blast making, a tiny plastic figurine that looked EXACTLY like my (now ex) mother in law jumping into the sea off a cliff in a demure bathing suit. I remember my late father in law loving it :). The cool thing with these is that you can basically put anything in these “globes” and it will look like art. I think I may have to make some new ones this Christmas!

If you are in crafting mode or in a crafting mood, check out this book! It’s out today and I just added it to my Amazon Store. Swedish buyers can get it here. Happy crafting!