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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760338183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760338186
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Heartfelt + handmade = the perfect gift. In Simple Gifts, Jennifer Worick offers step-by-step instructions for creating fifty easy and inspired handmade gifts for everyone on your list. Learn how to do the following and more:

 

·        Stitch a wine bag

·        Felt a ring

  • Bind a handmade journal
  • Embroider a handkerchief

·        Roast coffee beans

·        Hand-dye yarn

·        Whip up a body cream

  • Build a tool box

·        Sew pajama pants

  • Bake dog treats
  • Weave a grapevine wreath
  • Pour a rose-petal candle 

 

 

From a sweet knitted apron to a wood-burned frame, personalized note cards to soothing natural lip balm, a quilted baby blanket to delectable homemade caramels, these heartfelt, handmade gifts are certain to wow and touch your loved ones.

About the Author

Jennifer Worick is the best-selling author of more than twenty books on crafts, dating, and pop culture, including The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, Bust, and Woman’s Day, and she has been a regular contributor to CraftStylish.com. Jennifer lives in Seattle, where she enjoys knitting, making jewelry, and frequenting coffee shops with free Wi-Fi.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Belladatura on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Some craft books have only one or two projects that you would even contemplate tackling. Some craft books make you feel uncool. Some craft books are way too fuddy duddy. Simple Gifts, however, is just right. This is a great book to have in your arsenal because it is full of fun and practical crafts for all types of crafters. It has gobs of easy-peasy gifts that will please everyone on your gift list - from hipsters to grandmas (even hipster grandmas)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry C on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I do not think of myself as a particularly crafty person, but this book changed my mind. The projects are hip and unique, the photos are beautiful, and the inviting writing style made me want to try every single thing. Particular faves right now are the awesome photo-strip garlands and the easy(non-knitted)baby blanket, both of which I'm giving as gifts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tranquility474 on July 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a serious fan of Jennifer Worick's books and have loved her fresh, irreverent writing voice for years. Simple Gifts is the perfect treat for oneself or a friend because the projects are fun, original, and Jennifer's writing makes them absolutely accessible and nonintimidating.
Simple Gifts is organized beautifully by craft materials (fiber, paper, wood, etc.) which is a special touch.
Also valuable is the extensive discussion of how to select the perfect gift, complete with checklists and the perfect questions to ask well in advance of the occasion. Jennifer offers many clever gift presentation ideas also.
The event ticket garland is fabulous, along with the classic framed silouhette, baby blanket, pajama pants, slipers, and market tote. And for foodies on your list, the suagared edible flowers and sumptuous caramels will make you a hit with just about anyone.
I have found myself carrying this book with me in my purse everywhere I go (yes, even to the spa!!) because it is so inspirational to flip through over and over again to glean ideas and inspiration, motivation, and even energy.
Highly recommended and a blessing to the world! I've read thousands of books in my life (literally hundreds in just the past few years), and can honestly say that I am highly critical and impatient with authors that don't break new ground or offer something unique, new or innovative. Jennifer Worick meets all those requirements; all of her ideas are interesting, original, yet perfectly on trend. Buying this book will guarantee you a wealth of fun projects and inspirational perspective. Enjoy! (I know you will! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on October 24, 2010
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I found all the introductions to each project entertaining to read. The instructions are easily understood. I have tried only four things so far, but they are great. I made the magnets and baked Grammy's Cherry Cookies, the Kringles, and made the salted caramels. All the projects were easy and turned out well. I am not normally a "crafty" person, but the author makes it seem easy.
I have also purchased several for gifts because I like the book so much.
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This book is surprisingly lovely and useful. I say that because the cover is kind of cheesy looking, a bit old fashioned, and as a modern 30-something, I wondered how useful/relevant I'd really find it, or if this was better suited to an older generation. I was pleasantly surprised by the content, which is pretty much the opposite of the cover -- contemporary and refreshing. So the old adage holds true in this case about not judging a book by its cover!

Super talented people who can sew, knit, felt, cook, craft, and even work with wood will find this book most useful. For the rest of us, while we may not be able to do all the projects in the book, there are still a number of them that are accessible to just about anyone. And it certainly inspired me to want to learn the others!

My favorite chapter is the third, "Lotions and Potions." I love the idea of creating my own customized lip balm, headache potion, bath tea and foot soak. I also love the opening pages that describe different creative ways to think about packaging and reusing everyday materials. Toward the end there's even a recipe for some delicious-looking salted caramels!

Where the book falls a bit short is in guiding the reader in how to customize the various projects further. Rather than a straight how-to, I'd love to know more about the basics, so as to understand how different properties work with one another, and extrapolate how to successfully make the recipes our "own." Even some additional tips on how to change something up a bit, or what acceptable substitutions could be made (particularly in the "Lotions and Potions" chapter; the sewing chapter seemed to have more of this) would have been really helpful.
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More About the Author

I write. That's rather obvious. Mostly I write about things that blow my skirt up. Humor is a big--huge--part of everything I do. But then there's that soft, squishy sentimental part of me that can't help but rear its heartfelt head. And since I like to tell people what to do every chance I get, I write a lot of how-to books, blogs, and articles.

Humorous. Heartfelt. How-to. Three great tastes that taste great together, at least in my cereal bowl.

So let's get down to it. I know you don't have all day to ogle my bio, as much as a girl can dream. Here's what you should know off the bat: I'm the New York Times best-selling author of more than 25 books and, per Reader's Digest, one of the four funniest bloggers in the US. Pretty cool, eh?

I've written on everything under the sun for national magazines and websites like the Huffington Post, Allure, and Salon, and I currently write a books column for today.com. In addition to bookshelves, newsstands, and your favorite websites, you can also find me online at Things I Want to Punch in the Face (thingsiwanttopunchintheface.blogspot.com).

Along with fellow author and publishing pro Kerry Colburn, I deliver publishing talks, workshops, and webinars to help burgeoning authors get published through The Business of Books (bizofbooks.com). You can also catch me in university auditoriums, where I offer up side-splitting but informative slide-show presentations based on my popular books.

Originally from Southwestern Michigan, I currently live in Seattle, where I eschew fleece while eating more fish and chips than is good for me.

www.jenniferworick.com