March 3, 2014

Wise Craft {Giveaway}

In an act of serendipity, I was contacted to review a new book from a blog that I had only just stumbled upon the day before.  Have you ever visited Blair Stocker's blog, wise craft?  It's a remarkable site, filled with crafts, quilts, upcycling and repurposing, and general inspiration for creative types (or would-be creative types).  Actually, it's very much what I'd like to see my blog turn into, someday, when little hands and bodies aren't always in my face.  But I digress...

Blair Stocker's new book, out this month from Running Press, is called Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love, and it's full of inspiring projects to transform things you already have into beautiful and useful craft objects.
Arranged by season, the projects incorporate a variety of materials from paper, fabric, leather and found objects.  There are so many clever projects in this book, from Zombie Barbies (!!!)
to cross stitched pegboard Christmas trees
and even a reimagination of an old standby like a crocheted placemat.
This book is filled with so many creative and more importantly, DO-able projects.  Flipping through the book, I was already noting which projects I had the materials for in my stash, like these book pot holders/trivets.
At $20, this is a reasonably-priced paperback craft book, especially with 60 projects included.  For me, I love that the ideas in this book are a jumping point for coming up with ways to upcycle items from around my home or that I see in a thrift store. 

Wise Craft is And thanks to the author for including this cute little bunting made from fabrics used throughout the book.  It brightens up my living room!
This book trailer does a better job than me at showing you what's inside the book

(I'm so jealous of her studio space! )

You can learn more about Wise Craft via Blair's blog or by looking through the book on Amazon.com.
WIN IT!
One lucky reader will win a copy of Wise Craft.  Leave a comment on this post telling me something you've made this winter.  Get another entry by sharing the giveaway on Twitter and leave a separate comment. Contest ends March 12, 11:59pm EST. I'll contact the winner by email.  Good luck!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

20 comments:

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  2. It's so good to hear from you! This books sounds like quite an enjoyable read, especially for us crafters and vintage lovers out there :) I know this is something my mom has always wanted to do; re-purpose things and give them new life!

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  3. We made a Christmas Tree out of cardboard and decorated it with beads and a necklace made of lights.

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  4. Geez, the only thing I've made this winter is a mess. I obviously need to try harder!

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  5. It has been so cold that I made myself several pairs of fingerless gloves--very simple knit pattern.

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  6. I have to do a circus themed table for a charity tea--I've been working on the centerpiece for a while.

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  7. I love getting my craft supplies at resale stores...saves so much money and is better for the environment. I have made several furniture pieces this winter from goodwill finds...most recently I refinished a small desk for my son to do his homework at. Thanks for the chance, justicecw at hotmail dot com

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  9. This looks like fun. I love the pegboard tree! The hot plates look cool, too.

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  10. There are a couple of things that I have made in the past few months. The one that I'm proudest of are my felt gingerbread houses that I made for Christmas decorations. Then my son has been obsessed with fire trucks and I wanted something that he could pretend putting fires out. So I made a few houses out of small boxes and duck tape. Wise Craft looks like it has some great ideas in it!

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  11. I made a lampshade out of a sweater that shrunk when I washed it. I also covered a mason jar with some of the sweater material to use as a vase in the same room.

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  12. I've made personalized bird houses for my friends
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  13. I made clay Christmas ornaments.

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  14. I made my granddaughter some doll clothing.

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  15. I made mini aprons to put on soap dispensers

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  16. I haven't really made anything but I did reprint some old yard sale furniture
    Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  17. I knit, so I made socks.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  18. i made a scarf for my mom this winter.

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  19. My son took an old mouse pad and painted it with oil based paints, to make a scene from South Park. Very creative.

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