If you like building furniture or it’s on your “to do” list PlyDesign: 73 Distinctive DIY Projects in Plywood (and other sheet goods)  is an awesome resource! The designs are modern and stylish and the tutorials with great patterns make …

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I don’t know about you but Halloween crafting has got to be some of the best! And the new book Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects is just the ticket to get your scissors and glue gun in action! It …

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Just the cover of the book Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World and the name makes me smile. But you can judge a book by the cover as that is just what the projects included in Mod Podge Rocks! make …

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Did you grow up getting some kind of book or magazine monthly? I did and I just L.O.V.E.D it! It was so exciting when you knew it was about the time of the month when it would arrive. Now I …

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Sweat Shop Paris: Lessons from a Sewing Cafe by
Martena Dusss and Sissi Holleis is a really fun and inspiring book. It most definitely has the “Paris” look. Which I totally loved as someone who craves other culture’s creative spirit! …

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My oh my! This issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts 2010 from Interweave has it all! Super projects in virtually all mediums that generally include at least one element that’s recycled. I think my favorite section was on all the …

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Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination
by
David Edgar and Robin A. Edgar

Let me start by saying my background is Industrial Design so I know about how much effort goes into designing manufactured packaging. It …

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I love this book! As someone who can look at virtually any bit of this or that and find value (or at least an attribute that would make it a good crafting material) Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling

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First can I say I just giggle because I still get a thrill out of meeting someone I first get to know through a book that is written about their personal experiences and then get to meet in person. I …

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The creative and talented people of Stampington & Company have done it again! Their magazines (which I think are the quality of a book really) are just beautiful and so inspiring. Green Craft is no exception! Would you like to …

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Hand Me-Ups: Recrafting Kid’s Clothes with Easy Techniques and Fun Designs

By Lorine Mason
What I liked about this book was the use of really good sewing techniques to make very nice looking projects. Often times when you are working …
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Playing with books

Playing with Books:

Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book

By Jason Thompson

I was so “torn” when I first read this book, I couldn’t decide whether savor each page slowly and absorb all the details or keep furiously flipping each …

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Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic

By

Tracie Lampe

This book should be called the “Encyclopedia of plastic bag recycling” it is packed full of techniques using recycled plastic bags and then once you have tried all the cool …

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OK you may be asking yourself why is this book review of Steampunkery in the Recycled Crafts section? I’ll tell you. One of the cool aspects of the Steampunk  style is the reuse and recycling of old elements in new …

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Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags

By
Faith Blakeney and Justina Blakeney

We all carry bags so why shouldn’t they be as unique and creative as we are. The way to make them that way is to make them …

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