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Country Living Crafting Vintage Style: Charming Projects for Home and Garden Paperback – March 1, 2005

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"Gee, I wish I would have thought of that" is the kind of response that British stylist-textile firm owner Strutt evokes with her simple, ingenuous approach to creating decorative accessories from, virtually, nothing. Few directions litter the path to finishing the 30 projects showcased; instead, the author relies on a combination of illustrations and photographs, with a few sentences, to depict the how-tos. Don't expect either templates or precise lists of materials; this is strictly for the thrifty, using up scraps and handy household items. So scalloped shelf edging must redeploy leftover wallpaper with colored duct tape. And a two-dimensional plaid teddy bear is close to a naive portrait of this childhood favorite. Easy, quick, memorable items for house and garden. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Series: Country Living
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588164284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588164285
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,284,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A few pretty pictures and little substance. I purchased this book and her "Decorating Vintage Style". Very few ideas in either book - pretty cover, a few pictures, very little text. Neither are worth the purchase price. If you are looking for a vintage decorating or craft book, any other than these would be a better investment. For example, in the craft book, she shows, with very limited instructions and a picture or two, how to make a duvet cover. Then you use the exact same technique to make a pillow cover. For your next craft, you use the exact same technique to make an herbal slumber pillow. At 92 pages and just a few "crafts", you really are loosing when she spends a quarter of the book "teaching" (very loose definition here) you to use the same technique over and over. I think she was just using filler to get a book out. I was extremely disappointed in both of her books.
You are also given "instructions" on how to make a celebration skirt. Later in the book you find the exact same instructions on how to make a summer skirt. She did the same thing with a few blankets, too. You will not glean any new ideas from this book, I'm quite sure. And if you are a complete beginner at sewing, her instructions are not sufficient. If you are an experienced sewist or crafts person, you've probably already made everything in the book.
The book contains "30 stunning projects that will make a room loving and warm".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bonni on November 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I do a lot of crafting so don't need a lot of directions, just incredible thought provoking, inspiring, make you feel like you are there breathing the country air, romantic. So... this is one of those books I sift through over and over again, love the book covers with the ties, love the fabrics and the country prints and the sigh...pillows! Absolutely adore this book, so glad I purchased in spite of the reviews. It is trully one of my very favorites what to sew, make with fabric books. Don't be fooled by the 'crafting vintage style, charming projects for home and garden' title, this is all fabric projects, not beeswax candles or other neat ones, but all dreamy blue flowers on white linen, pin stripe, country fabrics that dreams are made of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Musician on August 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has some really nice pictures, and I do love the fabrics she uses throughout.(Cabbages & Roses, out of England.)The book could have been more creative with it's project ideas, and DEFINATELY could have used better "instructions". All that said, I LOVED the ideas for covering sturdy boxes with pretty fabric and for covering books with pretty fabric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This item arrived exactly as described in the advertisement. I purchased it after taking a copy out of my local public library; I was not sorry I did. The book itself is loaded with terrific projects that look wonderfully crafted and artistically designed. I think the vintage-look projects in this book are a perfect compliment to our modern lifestyle. I say this because because the finished projects are made with well-chosen fabrics in colors and patterns that 'wow' you right from the first pages. My book arrived in like new condition, I doubt that it was ever opened before I received it. The cost was minimal and the quality was excellent. The merchant is worthy of praise!
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By Red Jim's Girl on November 21, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love to reduce, reuse, recycle - this book gives many ideas for doing something fun and useful with the garage sale, thrift shop, flea market items that find their way into our homes.
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