I'm sure, like me, you get all sorts of e-mail spam
and most of it I delete out of hand without even reading
but for some reason one of them caught my eye the other week.
It was from a book publishing firm asking if I would be interested
in reviewing a craft book that is being issued in the UK this month.
Well I'm always up for a challenge and this is something I have never
done before so I thought why not.
A few days later a package arrived with my copy of
A CRAFT- A- DAY
“ Make something new every day of the year.” States the introduction on the back of this colourfully bound craft book which immediately got my interest. “365 simple projects”
and thats exactly what you get--365 very simple but fun projects.
The book, which is very nicely produced with clear and bright photos,
is divided into 52 weeks each with a different theme.
You have subjects such as Owl week or Cloud Week
and every day has a project based on that weeks theme.
So Cloud week( April 9-15) has a pin cushion,
a mobile and a decorated t-shirt amongst other things during the week.
My personal favourite week is people week as you can mix and match
heads and bodies to make different people.
The first page of every week has a page of templates to trace
and use in that weeks projects.
Then you are given the list of supplies,
written directions and a photo of the finished article on a page by day basis.
None of the materials used are expensive and
no real skill is needed to make any of the projects.
The projects are easy to do which would be ideal for
someone who is a beginner at crafts or maybe for use
For an experienced crafter it is a little basic but the motifs
could provide inspiration for other projects.
However I found it quite repetitive with alot of the crafts
being repeated several times
through the book with the only difference between them being the motif used
and no development of the crafts skill level.
The supplies page and how to section are at the rear of the book
and I would have placed at the beginning because the introduction
states that there is how-to photos but they were not immediately apparent
when flicking through the book.
However the photos are clear and easy to follow.
I had great fun looking through this book and will pass
my copy on to a family member who teaches 6/7 year olds.
It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a simple craft book and would be a useful resource for entertaining the Grandchildren, a young Mum to use in the holidays or for a primary school with the templates being a great source of inspiration in other projects.
It is produced by Quirk Books and is priced at £16.99 in the UK and $24.95 in the States.