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Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them Paperback – March 5, 2013
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in many parts of the world. I enjoyed learning those historical elements. Azzarito shares some signature elements of each style. What got me to
buy the book, however, are the nifty Do It Yourself projects that are included that make modern day nods to the historical motifs. They were
clever, affordable, practical and charming. One of my favorites was on page 49, the Grotto Jewelry Box...which featured sea shells and bugs
sprayed gold, covering the top and inside of a lunch box. Its much prettier than it sounds!
There are quality templates provided and easy to follow instructions so you can make your own version of the various items. Its a step above ordinary crafting, and anyone who enjoys touring museums, formal gardens, places like that, should find this book inspiring. I think I'd have given it 5 stars if more of the projects were slightly more spectacular...but its a very solid 4.
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This book is half good, half bad. The history essays are well-written & interesting, but the crafts are not very interesting (some even ugly).Published on January 7, 2014 by Sarah Berger