Blog by Melissa Mason
Tired of being stuck at home with nothing to do? Time to try out a new hobby! Here are some books featuring some unique hobbies to get help get those creative juices flowing.
Create a fantastic world of delight with these 35 inspiring projects–all made from old books!
Follow Clare Youngs’ simple step-by-step projects to make a huge variety of creative book art projects. In the first chapter, Folding Books, get folding and make a beautiful bird, a sailor’s knot, and a shining star. They look impressive but are deceptively simple to make. In Chapter 2, Making Scenes, you will learn how to cut and glue splendid scenes such as tiny paper mushrooms and ferns under a glass bell jar, a fairytale castle, and a tiger in the jungle, all of which would make great gifts, or just keep and display them all yourself! Chapter 3, Refashioned Pages, has ideas for transforming the pages cut from books–make greeting cards, a botanical print lampshade, and hanging birds. All the projects have helpful step-by-step instructions and illustrations so all you need are a few old books and you are ready to start
Full of handmade goodness meant to be chewed, rummaged in, chased around, and worn proudly, DIY for Your Dog is a treasury of delightful DIY projects to make for your furry companions. Suitable for all breeds, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, these sweet and easy projects are presented in four sections–“Eat,” “Nest,” “Play,” and “Wear”–and include everything from a cozy traveling dog bed, a knitted blanket, and a throw-and-catch bone to an adorable neckerchief, a colorful crocheted leash cover, and a made-to-measure coat for gray days.
There are even recipes for wholesome and easy-to-make treats like Doggie Pops, Bite-Size Biscuits, and the ultimate Doggie Birthday Cake. Fun, practical, and irresistibly cute, DIY for Your Dog will inspire dog lovers everywhere to replace standard pet items and pamper their pups with handcrafted treasures.
Sometimes it’s good to be a little…improper. Profane, funny, and smart, Haley Pierson-Cox’s The Improper Cross-stitch invites the modern crafter to bring personality and humor to their cross stitch projects. From a fully designed “Damn it feels good to be a crafter” to the beautiful Art Deco inspired “fuck,” Haley’s patterns are fresh, lively and just what the crafter ordered. In this book, she’ll introduce readers to the joys of stitching the naughty, the profane, the irreverent, and the just plain awesome. First, she starts with a basic lesson in cross-stitch technique, no previous experience required, and then moves on to the designs–35 in total. Her easy to follow instructions and colorful designs can make a cross stitcher out of anyone. In all her years of crafting,
Haley has learned many things, but this simple fact remains one of the most important: There is absolutely nothing in this world quite so satisfying as enshrining something deeply inappropriate within the delicate stitches of a cross-stitch sampler. It’s truly one of life’s great delights!
Carve modernizes a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Choose from a dozen projects with bespoke details, all are designed to be useful at home or while camping. And because these objects are small, they require only a few hours and a tool or two to complete. You’ll also learn how to choose the right knife and wood, helpful information on techniques and safety, and tips for refining, personalizing and maintaining your piece.
Whether you’re headed to the woods or just to the porch, this pocket-sized guide will have you carving your own unique designs in no time.
In Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options) with instructions for making, rolling, and baking them, as well as detailed descriptions for ingredients, methods, and tricks for making fillings. Organized by type of fruit, style of pie, and sweet versus savory, recipes range from apple to banana rum caramel coconut, raspberry rhubarb to chicken potpie. Along with luscious photography, McDermott makes it very easy to become an accomplished pie maker. This is the only PIE cookbook you need.
Extraordinary Hand Lettering opens your eyes to the endless possibilities in the world of creative lettering, showing you how to work with types of surfaces, such as wood, glass and acrylic, chalk, and even mirrors.
First, learn the simple tools and tricks of hand lettering essentials–cursive and basic typefaces, creating balance and composition, and how to draw letters, as well as secret tips on what words you should choose to spotlight or shadow.
Then, discover the lettering potentials of everyday items by transforming household objects or discarded items, such as old vintage mirrors, jewelry, and furniture, into a customized gift, unique decoration, quirky art piece, or stunning signage–all with the right lettering and choice of pen, pencil, or marker. For all DIY art-and-crafters, homemakers, and small business entrepreneurs, lettering is a versatile and necessary skill that can repurpose the old into something that is new, beautiful, and functional.
Combine the art of lettering and upcycling crafts to bring beauty into your everyday lifestyle.
Remember to check out Creativebug in our Digital Library on CPL’s website. Creativebug offers a wide selection of online tutorials that teach skills such as painting, knitting, quilting and more!