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Make It Yours!

I am always, always looking out for cool ways to repurpose old things and spruce up items I’ve been using. This book is one of those true inspiration-filled guides a crafty person needs!

The publisher’s blurb:

Transform everyday objects into handcrafted pieces to wear, share, and display.

In Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours, you’ll learn techniques for bringing personal touches to objects all around your home. Upgrade your plain scarf with a colorful abstract design. Turn a dresser into an eye-catching art deco showpiece. Whip up a desert-inspired quilt to enliven your living room. Expert printer and Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, shares her trade secrets for creating gorgeous projects using unexpected materials, from gold leaf to cake fondant. What’s best: the included Yellow Owl Workshop templates and techniques can be mixed and matched to create countless more projects! Featuring inventive ideas for every room, skill level, and time constraint, Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours will teach you to print, stamp, stencil, and dye your way to a personalized life.
Projects include:

• Monogram Leather Clutch
• Roll Stamp Table Linens
• Fruit Shoji Blinds
• Shibori Dyed Bed Linens
• Plaid Tote
• Upholstered Chair with Hand-Printed Fabric
• DIY Delftware

What I thought of it:

A spring and summer full of neat projects! Seriously, this is one of those project books that really gets me excited to try things out. Some really good beginner projects all the way through advanced skill levels. The directions are very easy to follow, and the full-color photographs are a real boon to the directions. There’s a “before you begin” section, and an explanation of the tools you will need to get started.

Wearables, accessories, curtains, shades, and other household textiles are given new life through paint, applique, stamps, so many things. Spruce up your house and wardrobe, and then maybe try your hand at creating things for the next church bazaar or school fair. Maybe even sell items at the local farmers’ market this summer. Seriously, this is one book that is a must-have for anyone who enjoys working with paints and textiles, and putting more life into old items.



**I was sent this copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**



Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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