Friday, December 5, 2014

Artful Christmas- a review and giveaway!!

I have a treat for us today! Artful Christmas (published by Lark Crafts) is the brand new book by Susan Wasinger. I've loved all of her books. She's a creative whirlwind of ideas that combine clever techniques with easy (and often eco) materials. All of which wouldn't impress me as much if I didn't also love her aesthetic- a compliment I don't hand out liberally. And she's prolific- check out her books here. My love for the winter holidays and resourceful decorating is no secret… so Susan has just published one of my new favorite books. I'm pretty certain that you'll love it too.
 Some of her projects are not new, but the easy instructions and little twists she uses makes each one fresh and more enticing than ever. I've always wanted to make a doily bowl… now I actually will.  Can you imagine a holiday table with a smattering of different sized "snowflake" bowls holding votives?! Lovely!
 Stocking Inspiration is always welcome. I might even make the three of us a new set this year. Time for fresh starts on old traditions. And what to do with those old decks missing a few cards? Love these ornaments.
 Needle-felted wool on linen with raw edges! Need I say more? 
 And then there's the advent calendar… Susan shares some brilliant ways to create different designs on the front with stencils and stamps. Stencils and stamps may be two of my favorite words!

With 30 craft projects for Christmas making, all are quite elegant even if the materials are very humble. I envision pulling this out each year- excited to try something new. I think it would make a perfect present waiting under the tree for all of the crafty folks out there… and worth checking out right now to add some making magic to this festive month.

And here comes the giveaway! Thank you to Susan and Lark Crafts, who would love to offer one of you (in the US or Canada) a copy. Please leave a comment below by Monday 12/9 at 9pm. Perhaps share one of your favorite things about this time of year: a smell, a craft, a treat, or an activity. I'll announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday!  Good luck!
Now I'm off to paper punch some more playing cards for some weekend fun!

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And the winner is…

Now I know what I can do with all those playing cards floating around here! Every year I look forward to getting out my grandmother's "Christmas is Coming" craft books from the 80's. I really need to update my collection!! 

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30 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful book.
    One of my favorite things is to walk with my family around our land looking for and then cutting down our Christmas tree. We take the tree back to the house, decorate it while sipping hot cider and munching on cookies.

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  2. Right now I am making carmelized pear and spiced pecan ice cream. I'm hoping it will turn into a favorite treat around here. The high is in the 70's here in NM so no fear of it being too cold for Ice cream (if there even is such a thing). This book looks lovely. Maybe it would help me make it feel more Christmassy.

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  3. I love making English Toffee and cutting down the tree with the kids. I love the simple elegant ideas in the book, I'm adding it to my wish list!

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  4. One of my favorites things is the brightness of Christmas morning

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  5. I know it's not very original, but I love singing christmas carols!

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  6. I love the anticipation of the season.

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  7. My favorite thing to do this time of year is bake cookies. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Christmas and making crafts are our two favorite things I love all of our traditions from bringing out the pile of Christmas books to read from every night to going on a sleigh ride with my parents on the years we get to join them it is truly fabulous! Thanks for the chance on such a lovely book

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  9. I love to make as many gifts as possible. I also go into a baking frenzy at the first lowered temp in the fall, which lasts thru the New Year. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. Wow! Those crafts look great -- gorgeous book. Much as holidays are exciting, my favorite aspect is always that quiet week between Christmas and New Years. Time to think, evaluate, craft, and purge like crazy. nancywalters44@hotmail.com

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  11. Now I know what I can do with all those playing cards floating around here! Every year I look forward to getting out my grandmother's "Christmas is Coming" craft books from the 80's. I really need to update my collection!! midtownarttherapy@gmail.com

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  12. The doily bowls are beautiful! I surely don't have time for this holiday season, but I would love to try crocheting my own doilies and making a few votive holders.

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win. I love Christmas music.

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  14. Now that we have a daughter I love setting aside time to plan special little activities for her. I made a goal of having all gifts made by the end of November so we could really just focus on our family when December came. She has a favorite story where they visit a chocolate factory and so next weekend we have one planned for ourselves and I can't wait to see her excitement.

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  15. Such lovely eye candy. The book sounds inspiring indeed. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  16. So simple and so beautiful. Would love to add this inspiration to my Noel pile. Thank you for sharing

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  17. I love the wool felted on linen.

    My favourite part of this time of year is the focus on friends and family along with all the peppermint!

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  18. Oh I'll definitely be checking that book up, I love everything! Thanks for recommending it Maya!
    Happy Holidays!
    ~ joey ~

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  19. We love to read our special Christmas books at bedtime. This mama would enjoy some time with this special craft book!

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  20. This book looks lovely. I am looking forward to using the fruit we dried this summer to make fruit cake.
    Traci

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  21. I want to make a doily bowl, too!

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  22. Oh how lovely! All of it. I'm looking to add some more grown up crafts here and there to our very kid-rich ensemble (!)

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  23. It does look like a good book indeed! I can imagine sitting by the woodstove, having a good look through. These past few years, the children have been big enough to decorate the tree themselves. We put on the lights and garland, and they go for it. They take such ownership of it and love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Beautiful book - I love your photos! I am looking forward to being tucked in at home - quiet and not quiet times and hopefully some snow! Thanks for the chance! xo

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  25. I love the smell that wafts up from my stove when I make my mother's delicious cranberry relish. And eating it of course!

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  26. The book looks lovely! One of favorite things at this time of year is the many parties and get-togethers. It's wonderful to have a chance to see so many friends and loved ones.

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  27. I like to bake with my kids. I also love making my kids a new ornament every year (with the year on it) -- So they each have their own box of ornaments. They love taking them out and remembering "christmas' past"! Thanks for the chance to win Susan's new book -- I love all of her previous ones!

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