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Quirk Books D.I.Y. Gift Guide: Curated by Quirk D.I.Y. Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00AECHQBK
- Publisher : Quirk Books (November 27, 2012)
- Publication date : November 27, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4885 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 93 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,701 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Might be good to spark an idea or two, has a pretty wide variety of craft/gift types among the 18 recipes, the price is worth it (hahaha - currently set to free, so...) ;)
CONS AT A GLANCE:
The recipes/instructions are very basic and may not be enough guidance for some people, especially beginners. The ideas are mostly very basic as well, so anyone who is experienced in crafting will probably be kind of ho-hum about these.
The photos are nice, but the organization and instructions leave a lot to be desired. I feel like most of these ideas are so basic, they would only probably appeal to someone who is very new to crafitng and doign DIY gifts, but the instructions given are often a bit too vague or unclear for someone who isn't familiar or experienced with most crafting basics. I really wanted to like this book, but tend to find more useful collections that give just as much direction randomly on Facebook, by Googling ideas, by visiting Instructables, etc. I'm glad the book is currently priced as free; you might enjoy giving it a brief look, but I imagine most people would be highly disappointed if they bought this for even a few dollars, especially since it's just a Kindle book so they're not even getting a printed product. If it stays free, it's worth a look. Otherwise, I'd personally pass.
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, and that is what I am providing. I have NOT been paid for this review, and in most cases, the discount is nominal. I will never shy away from listing negatives about products just because I received a discount; usually, I choose products that I am interested in trying already, and check out the reviews ahead of time to ensure it's something I will probably like, so many of my reviews are positive as a result of careful selection upfront, not because my positive reviews have been "bought" in any way. If there are negatives I notice about a product, you better bet I will list them! If there are any questions I haven't addressed, or if there's more information I could provide in the meantime, please feel free to comment and I'll update as soon as I can!
I love to give handmade and homemade gifts, but there have been times when I've felt discouraged because whatever I felt I was ABLE to make that was nice enough for a gift wasn't a good fit for the person who was supposed to be getting the gift. This book has two great strengths:
First, it categorizes the gifts *by the recipient.* In other words, the sections are titled according to the interests of who would be receiving the gift. There are gifts for book loves, for animal lovers, for geeks... you get the idea.The categories are clear enough to zero in on a gift the person you have in mind would like, but also open enough to address the interests of a wide range of people.
Second, although the gifts are really clever and (when appropriate!) cute, they are very doable by even novice crafters. I am *not* a novice crafter... which also means that I have learned that there are certain types of craft projects that do *not* come easily to me. However, in this book, I see projects that are very, very accessible. It's the creativity the author shows in both the ideas for the projects AND the simple (and impressive) ways to construct them that makes the difference.
I was offered a copy of this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review. However, I had already purchased it two years eariler. I think it's a great book (as you can probably tell by my review), so I decided to go ahead and review it anyway. Any opinion expressed is mine alone.
I note that, at the time I'm posting this review, the book is free. Snatch it up -- it's a good one.
This book has no real author. Being a sampler, all 18 DIY ideas come from other books (sourced, of course). The books they come from have cohesive things. I suppose they're all books that the publisher wants you to purchase.
How can you have so many real baking recipes that are NOT for the beginner baker in a book that doesn't allude to baking in the title?
How can you go from a "guide" on cutting out the most simplistic, child-like construction paper flowers to a professional baking recipe?
Why are there TWO different ideas on.... felting with shed cat fur? For a book with only a few non-baking ideas, two cat fur projects is too many.
This book really is a mess. Maybe the books that the projects came from aren't so bad, but I wouldn't know - this is a terrible and misguided introduction to those books.
I got this for the purpose of reviewing it, at a time when it was (and currently still is) available free to everyone.
I have noticed that some projects need further detail for me to properly understand so I will have to do some further research in order to be able to complete those projects that I might be interested. Anyway, I do like this book as it can give me further experience on crafting. I have read some reviews saying that a few of the projects included on this book can be found around the internet and that can be true as it is quite understandable that some crafting projects have been done by many people in the past and other have been improved by the creativity that each one of us has.
Still, I recommend this book for any beginner, just like me. You can always find some good projects on this book as in many other crafting project books.