One of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a good craft book. Whether it’s on the couch with a cup of tea in the winter, or on a chaise out in the yard with a glass of lemonade in the summer, there is not much better than whiling away an afternoon drooling over some eye candy of crafty how-to’s and projects. So, when I was asked to part in the blog tour for Anna Maria Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings, I thought of the wonderful afternoon I would spend reviewing it out on my deck and said yes.
Now, as you would expect from a book entitled Handmade Beginnings, a lot of the focus is on projects for welcoming baby into the world, but the book is actually more inclusive than that. It’s broken into 4 sections: Mama Sewing, Baby Sewing, Family Sewing, Nest Sewing and actually has a lot of projects that folks without little ones would be interested in as well. The Thank You Notebook, a fabric portfolio for storing correspondence supplies; the Here We Go Bag, a roomy wide strapped diaper bag that minus the changing pad is the prefect tote; and the Dad Bag, a messenger-style shoulder bag, are all projects that would work for those with kids and those sans kids.
But for those with kids (or those gift-giving aunties of the world) this book is chocked full of fun projects for the smallest peeps among us. And never fear, each section includes projects ranging from those that are suitable for novices on up to those for experienced sewers. As a very, very novice sewer, I found the projects to be clear & easy to understand and I even loved looking at and reading the more advanced projects.
My favorite projects included: Here We Go Bag, Four Corners Blouse, Patchwork Sleeping Sack, Center of Attention Quilt, Scrappy Nap Pillow, Daydreams Mobile, Henny Penny plush and Writing on the Wall. There’s even a sample project & pattern available for you to test out.
And here’s some more Handmade Beginnings fun:
- Enter to win a copy of Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. Just leave a comment on this post with why you would love to win a copy and I will pick a random commenter to win a copy. This giveaway will end Friday, May 15th at 11:59 pm EST. One entry per person, please.
- Enter to win a Singer Sewing Machine and a signed copy of Handmade Beginnings, sponsored by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
- Finally, make sure to follow the Blog Tour for the book. Most blogs will be doing giveaways of Handmade Beginnings, so you can increase your chances of winning a copy by visiting all the blogs. Here’s a schedule of the tour:
|May 3 Craft
May 4 – Indie Fixx
May 5 – Sew Mama Sew
May 6 – Pink Chalk Studio
May 10 – Wise Craft
May 14 – House on Hill Road
May 16 – The Purl Bee
May 18 – All Buttoned Up
May 19 – Alabama Chanin Journal
|May 20 Homemade by Jill
May 21 – True Up
May 22 – Oh, Fransson!
May 23 – Prudent Baby
May 24 – Sew Liberated
May 25 – Handmade by Alissa
May 26 – Hazelnuts
May 27 – Petite Purls