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Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures Paperback – August 11, 2009
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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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected. The projects aren't very interesting, and most aren't things I even need help with.Published 8 months ago by lemonmelonnn
Neat little book with alot of ideas! Can expand with your own ideas. If you like making gifts for other, this would be a great help. Instructions are good. Have Fun!Published 18 months ago by Katharine Duncan
Amanda Blake Soule is great, love her blog, enjoy her magazine too; but this book was a little disappointing. I guess I was hoping for more... Read morePublished 19 months ago by KR77
Just what I was looking for. Very helpful for a beginner. Would recommend to anyone for simple project, Shipped very fastPublished on December 16, 2013 by Sarah
I liked this book, and have read Ms Soule's other books as well. Others have mentioned that this book doesn't have anything "new" in it, in terms of the handmade items, I... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by claudiaudia