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Crafty Book Reviews & Giveaways!

I love books!  Fact, fiction, crafts...they're all good!  Today I'm going to share with you some great new books that I was sent to review. Rest your mind at ease, when I get review books I read them and if I don't like them I don't review them...so these ones passed! :)  I'm so glad they did too because the publishers were nice enough to allow me to give a copy away to my readers and also some of the finished projects! (see the giveaway details below)


Cute Crochet World, A Little Dictionary of Crochet Critters, Folks, Food & More by Suzanne Thompson


This paperback book is chalked full of little crochet projects. 144 pages worth! It's divided into six sections:

  • Critters
  • Food
  • Growing Things
  • Seasons
  • Toys, Tools, Transportation
  • Home

Make sure you read the "read me first" section of the book to make sure you know what supplies you may need as well as helpful techniques and tips.  Each project will tell you the normal information you'll need: the skill level, materials & tools, pattern notes, abbreviations, and most importantly, the instructions.  A lot of the patterns also have note on how you can use your finished piece.

Here's a few of my favorite projects from the book:

Cute Crochet World - Donut
Cute Crochet World - Donut
Cute Crochet World - Donut

About the author: Suzanne Thompson has crocheted and knitted since childhood. In junior high, she earned a fortune (of several hundred dollars) by crocheting and selling granny-square handbags. However, she later chose writing and designing over mass production. The author of Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden, Suzann also teaches and writes about crochet, knitting, and polymer clay. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dublin, TX.



Sew Quick Sew CuteSew Quick Sew Cute by Fiona Goble

Who loves simple and speedy projects? -This girl! And good news too, because there are some cute ones in this paperback book! All the projects in the book are designed to take anywhere from an hour to a weekend so you can actually get them done instead of adding them to the "work in progress" bin!

Some of my favorite projects are:


Each project lists the approximate time it takes to make it, supplies and templates, step by step instructions with photos. With 142 pages of projects you'll be sure to find a fun one to work on!

About the author: Fiona Goble is an accomplished knitter and the author of many craft books and articles. She also owns a small business making woolen bags and home accessories. She lives in England.



5 lucky blog readers will randomly win a prize of either one of the books or a finished project from the book!  Enter below by commenting and then hitting the +1.  There are additional entries as well, see all the details below.

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Excerpts reprinted with permission from Cute Crochet World © 2014 by Suzann Thompson, Lark Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Lark Books.

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Sew Quick, Sew Cute by Fiona Goble. Copyright © 2014 Ivy Press. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. 

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In Bloom Crochet Hat

So I mentioned the other day that I love to knit and crochet once the weather changes. I'm currently working on an afghan blanket and a few little projects, like this warm hat that I made in a nice charcoal gray (to go with everything).


Erin Bassett - In Bloom Baret Hat Cap Crochet with Buttons
Yarn used: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Dark Grey Heather...it took less then one skein

It was super quick to work up...get the directions HERE for both the one I made and a beret version. I think I may have to try the beret directions next time too since I love how the cap turned out!




Crocheted Slouchy Hat

I made this awhile ago, and am just now getting around to sharing it with you...I've been really bad like that lately! 

Crochet Hat1My Mom had actually been creating a hat from this pattern when she ran into an issue, so I grabbed this awesome yarn, picked up my hook & got going so I could trouble shoot it.  I was planning on just frogging it (ripping it out) after I was done, but I really like how it turned out so it's now a keeper!

Starlight- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn

You probably can't tell from the photo of the finished hat, but I used the "Starlight" Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn for this...LOVE it! It has just the perfect amount of shimmery gold strands running through it's creamy softness.


Here's some other angled shots I took with my cell phone when I was trying to decide if I would frog it or not.

Crochet Hat2
Sponsor: Lion Brand



Fabric Painting & Crochet Headbands

While I may not be posting a lot right now, it doesn't mean I haven't been creating a lot. I've been working on a lot of surface designs for my Altered Art Attire online workshop (aka: using mixed media on fabric to make accessories & other fun stuff) and also I've been crocheting up a storm at night when I can.

If you're curious about my workshop (or the rest of my life) you can follow me on Instagram for a peeks at some of what I'm up to like this piece of fabric I started creating...

Fabric art


So here are some quick headbands I made using the Jenna Headband pattern.  


Jenna Headband - Violet1
Yarn used: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice "Purple Mist"

Jenna Headband - Violet1
Yarn used: Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn "Grass"

Jenna Headband - Violet1


I love that there's room for a button at the end...in fact, on the green one I ended up making it a wee bit too long because I was too lazy to get up and grab a ruler and so I added two buttons, and now it's adjustable!

Jenna Headband