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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; Original edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305959
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Amanda Blake Soule makes me want to run to my sewing basket and pull out needle and thread.”—Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog www.SouleMama.com. Amanda spends her days with her four young children—making things, thrifting, exploring and being inspired by their coastal Maine surroundings. Learn more about her and find her blog at www.amandasoule.com.

More About the Author

Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog www.SouleMama.com, where she writes about her adventures in craft and creativity, modern homemaking, and mindful parenting.

Amanda lives in Western Maine with her husband (and fellow author) Stephen, and their five children. On their family farm and in their days, they strive to live simply, close to the earth and to each other.

Learn more about her and find her blog at www.amandasoule.com.


Customer Reviews

There is a wide range of projects making it useful to the starter crafter or someone more experienced.
Jen Baton
This is a softly attractive book with colored pictures, practical information, step by step instructions and a delightful selection of sewing projects.
Amazon Customer
Amanda Soule's book brings many ideas that incorporate childrens' art - "Portrait Bookmarks" - or make use of fabric scraps - "One-Word Banner".
Rachel at EuphoriaBaby.com

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I find Amanda's blog interesting and her second book is full of gorgeous photos of projects I can make! The only disappointment was there is only plain text instructions. No diagrams or drawings or photos. When I buy a craft book I expect better details on how to make an item. As I bought this book as a pre-order I couldn't peruse it prior to buying it. I am not going to go turn on my computer and look something up. Her first book "The Creative Family" had a couple of drawings in it like the one for the felt colored pencil roll and the wool felt block and the bedtime bags for example. I wonder why this book didn't have any? I like Amy Karol's "Bend The Rules Sewing" book better since it is easier to understand.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JEgmont on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love Amanda's Blog and own her first book "Creative Family." Her words are inspiring and although the craft projects are less than inspiring or unique in her 2nd book, her voice is lovely to read. Her first book has a bit more of her in it as opposed "Handmade Home" which jumps from project to project. The recycled paper the book is printed on is a nice touch but it dulls the photos, and there could be a few more images added to readily inspire.

If you are new to crafts and recycling in your home you may love this book, but I would recommend "Creative Family" first. "Handmade Home" has similar info on recycling/thrifting and if that's a new concept to you the book is worth a look at a library or bookstore but not a great reference or a great read. I feel that in the book the author seems to be spending to obtain all these "thrifted items" whereas most folks have plenty og old sheets and towels around and wouldn't use any designer fabric to make cloth napkins...

The author is an inspiring mom, author and blogger, and for those who may never enter her world on her blog the book may help to stimulate creativity. But it's not original nor have any concepts been taken to the next level for perhaps her more interested fan base. Kudos that she has published 2 books with 4 kids and let's you take a peak into her world via her blog, but the book, unless you wish to support her efforts, doesn't jump off the shelf and seems to have been rushed by the publisher.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rachel at EuphoriaBaby.com on August 17, 2009
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I wasn't sure what I'd get in "Handmade Home", but now I can tell you! The first part of the book is a primer on the eco-friendly art of reusing old materials. It's filled with tips for getting the best finds at thrift stores, garage sales, etc. She shares what to look for, even with reminders to leave behind those great deals that one doesn't need for the next thrifter - it's "thrifting karma" says Amanda. Excellent advice! There's also brief ideas for setting up a sewing space in a small area.

The second part is a large collection of 30+ projects organized by categories: Nourish (as in kitchen items), Nurture (as in wellness), Play, Seek (as in adventure) and Retreat (as in decor). The categories are loose, but they do give you a peak into the scope of the projects. And they are not "the usual" projects. No patchwork quilts or aprons here. Those are useful patterns (and can be found in "Bend-the-Rules Sewing") that anyone might want, but not what you'll find in Handmade Home. Amanda Soule's book brings many ideas that incorporate childrens' art - "Portrait Bookmarks" - or make use of fabric scraps - "One-Word Banner". She includes several non-sewing projects, often using decoupage. There are useful, but "alternative" patterns for items like cloth diapers, rag bags and women's cloth. And then, there are memory-preserving projects like the "Memory Tree Quilt Art." Everything is beautiful! And, just as with her blog SouleMama, everything is presented along with inspiring photography. Along the way she shares "crafty tips" and "earthy tips" - both of which share ways to craft smart, making safe, eco-friendly choices.

I have only begun to absorb the goodness to be found in this little volume.
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94 of 129 people found the following review helpful By M. Klink on August 14, 2009
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I had pre-ordered this book months ago and was eagerly awaiting it's arrival what a huge disappointment. The book has artistic photo's but lacks any diagrams, or detailed instructions. The whole first chapter (21) pages are about getting started they are nothing more than a vanity photo shoot on the cleverness of the author, as if we are not smart enough to recycle our own old containers or put our grandmothers button jars to good use. Many of the projects look ratty, and are ill conceived. Lacking any diagrams or detailed instructions the author who claims to be writing simple ways to re purpose old materials assumes you are an experienced seamstress. What a waste of money. A simple way to repurpose your money would be to buy a plain composition book and use your own head. I have not found a single original idea in the whole book, nor any idea that was conceived from beginning to end with attention to details or easily followed instructions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rust and Roses on August 22, 2009
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This book is full of inspiration; not only are there plenty of projects that can be accomplished with and also for your family, as well as yourself, there is so much spiritual inspiration and insight into what it really means to put your heart into the work that your hands create. I love that the focus is on being truly creative in the most simple way - by repurposing. We all have plenty of things sitting on our shelves, in our closets, in our attics, just waiting to be reborn and given new life to become something newly treasured and loved. I also appreciate that so many of these projects can simply be a springboard for your own creative ideas...in my mind, I'm already crafting a table runner with my children's art work with a holiday theme, and I am supersizing the art and hook rack while finally knowing what to do to utilize a great piece of wood we have left over. And I won't be spending any money that we are currently lacking, anyhow. Thanks to this book, my family and I will be so full of creative projects for many moons to come, and I look forward to watching these ideas grow right along with us. This is a beautiful book, well worded, wonderful photographs, with lovely anecdotes. Keep in mind, it won't teach you much in the way of sewing, etc., but rather lays the groundwork for helping you to discover a way to craft with truly unique materials and ideas. I only wish it were longer!
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