Before Juna was born, I had a custom board book made called “Juna’s family,” with a photo of each member of our immediate family on each page.
I left the last spread blank so that we could tape in photos of Juna, and switch them out occasionally. It’s one of our favorite books to read together!
Coincidentally, Joanna Goddard has been doing the same thing for her kids and posted about it on A Cup of Jo this week. I love the spiral bound versions she made from Pinhole Press (a great gift idea, just as she says!). They also have a custom memory game set, which I will definitely be making for Juna when she’s old enough to play.
I can’t get this wiggle worm to stay still long enough to get a photo of her in full costume! But here she is dressed in the important parts. My little lobster. Happy Halloween!
Ellen Luckett Baker, blogger and author of 1, 2, 3 Sew has a new book out called 1, 2, 3 Quilt. The 24 projects in the book are organized by shape — rectangles, flowers, hexagons, etc. and the projects range from simple to more difficult. I liked how this book has more basic and quick projects for those interested in quilting but intimidated by a big project (like, say, a quilt!). The coasters, tote bags, and aprons are right up my alley.
If you’ve got a little bit of quilting experience, or a fair bit of sewing experience, you might be able to dive right in. But, true beginners like me will probably need to combine the book with an in-person quilting lesson or two, or maybe a host of youtube videos.
Final verdict? I’m stumped! If you are interested in quilting and willing to get the basics down first, then definitely buy it. The book is full of adorable projects and my hands are itching to dive into my fabric scrap drawer. Those with little sewing experience may want to borrow it first to see if inspiration strikes.
Fans of designer and textile guru Amy Butler will rejoice over her new book Amy Butler Stencils. This beautifully designed 14 stencil collection comes with an instructional booklet with tips on preparing your surface, layering designs and painting.
The scale of the stencils (many are 8-10″) make this collection best for larger textile and home furnishing applications… my white Ikea curtains could benefit from a few of her flourishes. The accompanying booklet is also full of design inspirations, with bright and clean photo styling.
Final verdict? Buy it. The possibilities of patterns and designs with the 14 stencils provided is endless, and the tips are helpful. But, you will have to keep the large size of the stencils in mind, because they may not be ideal for smaller projects like pillows or place mats.
—Melissa P. and Ellie
Thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a review copy.
When Fall comes around I always feel like it’s a fresh start. Time to hunker down, do projects that I was too busy to start in the summertime, make the house feel cozy. These three DIYs are on my project wishlist.
I had my eye on these yellow baskets from West Elm as a laundry basket in Juna’s room. The DIY version would be much cheaper and looks like fun, too. I’ve found some inexpensive baskets at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx that would be perfect for this project.
We need a couple nightstands for our guest room, and the hardest part about these DIY tables is the staining — the legs were purchased online and Home Depot can cut down the wood if you don’t have a saw. Can’t go wrong at $80 in materials for the pair.
Lastly, start with inexpensive mini blinds to make these no-sew roman shades. Perfect for our sun room! Another example of this project right here.