especially here where the doorbell is usually 'on the fritz'
Being relatively housebound does have it's advantages at times, not the least of which (or was before the bottom fell out of the dollar) is ordering stuff from overseas online and waiting patiently for the postie to deliver it to your door. This week saw these three new crafty books hit the bookshelves at hml headquarters..
This one turned out to be an absolute chestnut full of excellent and relatively easy project ideas for kids including quilts, clothes, bags and toys. the only concern we had was that apart from it coming from the stable of the uber popular American textile designer de jour Amy Butler it is full of children that are so ridiculously perfect looking that they can only have been made in a lab... look at the picture below and you'll see what we mean.
This one promised so much from the cover and the selected 'inside' views on Amazon but really turned out to be more miss than hit, although there is an excellent racoon to be made from the patterns within, and you know how much we love a mammal in a mask.
But the clear winner was this - a simple how to with clear instructions, stencil templates and completely tasteful and droolworthy project ideas... including this amazingly effective childrens chest of drawers makeover project below which had both of us squealing like teweenage american girls at a Jonas Brothers concert (and we're imaging that would be quite noisy)