Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Are You Crafty?

Do you consider yourself a crafty person?  I've done a few things over the years including ceramics, tole painting, knitting, and I like to change the colour of decor items with a can of spray paint.
The book "Instacraft" by Alison Caporimo is an inspiration to look for common things around the home to craft with.
Her mother loved to play chess and so pieces were spray painted and glued on to the lid of a large jar the same colour to make the perfect place for yummy treats.
Continuing the theme of new found knobs, plastic animal toys can be painted and glued on for the handle of say, a butter dish.
Spray painting items as I found out can give something new life, or a new purpose.  Caporimo spray painted a cutting board with blackboard paint and with a stick of chalk, a cheese board with the cheese names written on it was born.  She goes on to illustrate how stickers on a surface before spray painting and removed afterwards can create a unique pattern.
A pretty winter scarf can be framed and hung on the wall for the summer or tuck a glittery garland from the holidays behind the glass to keep some shimmer in the house.  Have some old rusty cookie cutters?  Use them for framing photos of members of the family.
And the ideas go on and on; in fact there are 50 super cute and surprisingly easy DIY projects in the book.  They use simple elements found around the home and you'll be wondering why you didn't think of them yourself.  See what you have in the way of safety pins, bobby pins, paperclips, clothes pegs, string, old paint and used take out containers.  The possibilities are endless.
The skill level is easy to moderate making the book a good gift for a crafty young person or a woman who likes to create adorable gifts.
Whimsical illustrations and colour photos are by Meera Lee Patel and add to the ease of each project.


19 comments:

  1. What fantastic ideas Judith.
    I have a lamp that I like but it needs a little something.
    I'm thinking using this kind of technique to transform it would be perfect.
    Thanks for the idea ;D
    Have a great day

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  2. This sounds like a fun book. Using what I have is sort of my focus these days. Got to whittle down the stash!

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  3. I'm not very crafty, but I think I could do a few of these things. Looks like fun.

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  4. Coolest idea with the chess piece, love it! I once found some beautifully shaped lamps, all classical urns with fruit garlands. They were spray painted with that horrible black and white fleckstone and I sprayed them dark brown and then used my oil paints to simulate rusty iron. I still have them and love them to pieces. :)

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  5. I guess my crafty skills have mostly been in the needlework realm: crochet, then cross-stitch, knitting, needlepoint, tatting, and now quilting. This sounds like a neat book, and seeing the chess piece gave me the idea of using a miniature teapot (from a miniature tea set) as a handle on something one day!

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  6. Good ideas! I'm not so crafty these days but do enjoy repurposing items.

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  7. This book looks like one my granddaughters would especially love. With the new paints making it easier to craft & create the possibilities seem unlimited. Hmmm, small plastic toys as handles, I think I foresee some plastic sheep being used for a decorating theme.

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  8. My crafting days will start up soon...I have a bunch of things on "the work bench"...:)JP

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  9. Looks like a fun crafting book, with some great ideas. Thanks for the review.

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  10. Some wonderful tips, Judith! I'm afraid I'm not too crafty though. I like the cookie cutter idea!

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  11. I haven't been crafty these past years as I've devoted a lot of time to photography. This book sounds interesting though and I do love spray painting things in the warmer months.

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  12. Great ideas...and I think spray paint is the best thing since sliced bread! I was looking around my house just the other day and taking mental notes of everything I had that had been spray painted...there were SO many things.

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  13. Sounds like an easy book to follow. Fun ideas!

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  14. The book sounds like it would provide some good inspiration. I am sure there are few treasures around here waiting to be discovered and re-purposed. Take care!

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  15. opps! I posted from the wrong account, sorry!

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  16. I like your book review! Sounds like lots of great projects!
    Hugs, Beth

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  17. Hello, Judith,
    The book looks good with lots of ideas.
    I am not a crafty woman, though I really love to enjoy beautiful crafts. I am always impressed by your inspiration.

    I returned home from my home town this week. My spring break will be over soon.

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  18. Looks like fun! I'm not really crafty, but I did take tole painting and I can do embroidery. I am going to be starting an embroidery project anytime now, because I have a great-niece on the way! Going to make a little 'Sweet Dreams' thing for her bedroom. ;)

    Diane

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  19. No, I am not crafty, but I enjoy doing crafts with others sometimes.

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