Blair Stocker, and her Wise Craft blog, are well-known for innovative re-purposing and creativity. Somehow, I had no idea who she was. Duh! So, when I had the chance to review her book, Wise Craft: Turing Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love, I jumped at the opportunity!
What a cool book this is – really helped me to expand my view of how to use my gathered “stuff.” In fact, she had me from the introduction –here’s the quote that got me: “There is an innate desire to create items by hand, to build a more personal connection to our possessions and surroundings.” Wow – it so eloquently expresses how I feel about the handmade things in my home.
The book is divided into seasons; however, any of the ideas can pretty much work at any time. Some of my favorite projects:
– Use old books as a hot plate
– Conversation Tablecloth
– Zombie Barbies ( oh, yes, I said Zombie Barbies)
– There are even several quilt ideas – including a sweet summer version made from bright men’s shirts
The ideas are unique, and fun, and easy. I love that many of them can be done in front of the TV or on the sidelines of a soccer game – perfect for multi-taskers like me!
It’s a definite keeper – I dog-eared so many projects! Wise Craft also inspired me to try a new flower technique – I’ll share pics of them when I finish them.
Disclosure: Please note: I was NOT financially compensated for this post. I received a copy of Wise Craft for review purposes. As with all content on my blog, the above project and comments are completely my own, based on my own experience.