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Having read all your wonderful entries for my ‘Win a Book’ comp I have chosen Julie and Karen to be the winners as both their comments sounded just like something I have done (and still do!). Karen started a Fairy Cross stitch project for her daughters nursery, apparently her daughter is now 26 and it still isn’t finished! and Julie made an applique cushion which she then proceeded to sew up the wrong way round so all her hard work was hidden inside… this is something I do on a pretty regular basis.

Lots of you seem to enjoy crochet and knitting, these are two things I really can’t get my head around, but since working on Hook, Line & Crochet (a new title in the Simple Makes series out August) I have picked up the basics and can just about double crochet now. Abs’ crochet poncho sounds like a very ‘fashion forward’ piece and Lesley 1202 even had a crochet pattern published in Inside Crochet. Suan Watts has just picked up her knitting needles after 30 years and has knitted a coat for her grandson and good luck to MissMelvis who has just learnt to knit (there’s a Simple Makes knitting book out in 2014 which is going to have some lovely projects in!)

There’s been embroidery with a broken wrist (Hannah Whitling), Sarah’s Dairy Free Birthday Cake experimentations, an amazing sounding Escape Proof Ferret House (ooh Hannah Whitling again!), Sian Hallewell’s Tooth Fairy Teds sound super cute and I really want to see Jayne B’s Boy George Doll complete with dreds.

There seems to be more disasters than achievements But like Tammy Tudor and Harders 59 say: There are no mistakes, just new innovations and you can get away with a lot if you just style it out!

As a little thank you to you all for entering I will be posting a project from one of the books on Friday.

P.S. Julie and Karen  email me your addresses and if you’d like Little Sew and Sew or Felt Sew Good and i’ll get the books out to you quick smart

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The other half of the dynamic crafting duo that is Hannah and Christine (ie: not me) has been so very hard at work writing her first solo book Girls Night In, Crafts, Cakes and Cocktails for the Ultimate Party. It’s full of inspiration for different sorts of parties with delicious recipes, gorgeous crafts, hair and make up tutorials and cute games perfect for any soiree from a quite night in with the girls to a full on blow out.

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And the brilliance of Hannah means not only has she created the book but also made a website to support it, here you will find more info on the book, playlists and video tutorials AND as today is launch day there’s even a competition to win a luxury hamper worth over £200. Click the picture below to find out more …

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Tonight is Launch Party Night. I should probably start getting ready now!

I can’t believe it’s practically been a whole year since I held my first proper published book Everything Alice The Wonderland Book of Makes. That was such an amazing moment when Hannah and I opened up our brown jiffy bags simultaneously so neither of us would see the book before the other and we saw the result of all our hard work. Well, now our sequel Everything Oz The Wizard book of Makes and Bakes is available to pre-order from Amazon. It has over 50 craft projects and recipes all inspired by the children’s classic The Wizard of Oz. Here is a little sneak peak of what went into making the book…

We had fun times making this book; shooting in a studio on one of the hottest days of the year thinking the air conditioning was broken as It Just Kept Getting Hotter and being told on the last day that we had it set to heat not cool, then though it had not rained for two months when we went to shoot on a farm it rained solidly for two days making our trip down the Yellow Brick Road decidedly soggy and see the picture of me bottom right? Well I’d just been rung up and told I’d been made redundant from my ‘proper’ job, so this shot for me was a complete blur as I lost all ability to concentrate properly from that point on. Ugh.

The book has some beautiful craft projects in it. From Giant Paper Poppies to the obligatory Ruby Slippers. There’s possibly the dandiest Cowardly Lion Glove Puppet you ever did see and the Emerald City Sweet Cart has a feast of treats and goodies everyone will love.

Our inspiration for the look and feel of the book came from L. Frank Baum’s love of traveling theaters, sideshows and the spectacle of early movie making. Hannah has done some amazing print and papercut illustrations (I love her cover illustration, it’s so bright and engaging) and for the design I looked at many of the sideshow and circus posters of the period and of course the original book illustrations by W.W.Denslow were lovely to work with.

So if you love the Wizard of Oz, love crafting and love bargains head over to Amazon and order your copy now!

Here is a thing of amazingness. A beautifully shot and designed free (yup free) online magazine from Paul Lowe aka sweet paul, a food and prop stylist and crafter who lives in New York. He is a prolific blogger and every season he puts together a magazine full of recipes, craft projects and interiors to create, pour over and ‘pin’.

You can view it online here and buy a print version here. Online the images are beautifully backlit and look even more lush.

Apparently it’s been going for ages but I only stumbled upon it the other day. I’ve found it now though, so while I wait avidly for the next issue I have 5 back issues to look through and hurrah for that.