It’s Thursday again – it comes around so quickly doesn’t it? As always, please do click on some of the links and leave a comment 😉
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Wow. I mean, well, WOW! The Simply Crochet team have surpassed themselves. There are oodles of beautiful lacy patterns for you to get your hooks into this month including doilies, shawls/wraps/stoles and ribbons. There is also a geometric cushion, if lace isn’t your thing, and Jane Crowfoot’s Notebook is as inspirational as ever. I subscribe to SC so I got my issue early, which means that you have plenty of time to head down to your local newsagent to get your own copy (I think it hits the shelves today in the UK) – but don’t leave it too long! I have already finished three of the doilies!
Nail Art by Helena Biggs
I first became interested in nail art about twelve years ago, and this book shows the sort of thing I wanted to do. I have several books on nail art, but most of them focus on acrylics and air brushing. I did a manicure course (one must hold a manicure certificate before enrolling in an acrylics course) but couldn’t cope with the smell of acrylics and so decided to just leave it at that. I have never actually had a job in this field, and I am entirely self-taught when it comes to nail art. I must say that I am very pleased (not to mention a bit overwhelmed) with all the products currently available on the market for the average person to create nail art at home without the need for a technician. While this book also features some very beautiful acrylic nails, it also teaches several methods of nail art that don’t involve acrylics or air brushing. I can’t wait to start introducing some of these designs into my repertoire of techniques, but my nails have been in particularly poor condition this year so I am limited in how much I will actually be able to do. That and the fact that I can no longer sit at the table for four hours doing my nails as there are other priorities and, to be quite frank, pain. While these factors are limiting, I still have every intention of teaching myself these new ideas from the book and inspired by the book. If you are interested in nail art (at home or in the salon) then you should definitely buy this book. Clicking on the photo of it above will take you to Amazon where you can buy it. I was lucky enough to find my copy in The Works for a mere £3.99.
Home Crafts bookazine
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As soon as I saw this I just new I had to get it. It is full of wonderful projects for the home, which is interesting since it is published by the same company as Creative Home Crafts. There are pot holders, table decorations, placemats and coasters and many, many more things for you to get your creative hands into. It would have been nice to see a little more crochet in there, but I really am not complaining. It is £9.99 and you should be able to find it in W H Smiths.
Click on over to Homemade Obsessions for a free bunny sewing pattern
That’s all for this week. I hope to be back again next week with some more thoughts for inspiration – I do hope you’ll join me!
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