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51-kBQtRRSL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Book Giveaway: Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love By Blair Stocker.

Leave a comment in today’s post by March 15th 2014 and you will be in the running for this awesome recycled craft book! (open to U.S. residents only please)

I loved it and I already was inspired to make something I needed.

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I got a new tea pot and if I leave it to boil until it whistles the handle get a bit hot. So as I was flipping through the new book Wise Craft I saw this page that featured a tutorial on how to make frying pan handle cozies with recycled sweaters so I thought I could do the same for my tea pot.


It was really simple.

I cut a rectangle the length of the handle and wide enough to wrap around with about a 1 inch overlap.

Then I simply sewed on the loop (rough part of a strip of Velcro) to the underside of one end of the recycled sweater. You don’t need the soft side as the recycled wool felted sweater is a great surface to “stick” to.

I bet you will have lots of fun making things for you, your house and gifts using the tutorials and projects in Wise Craft.

More about the book from the publisher Running Press:

Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren’t quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.

Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames—perfect for a teenager’s room—plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men’s shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.

By Stefanie Girard

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57 Comments so far

  1. Sarah Duehr on March 5, 2014 12:44 pm

    That book looks like a winner. I’ve been wanting to do some upcycling sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Kristie on March 5, 2014 12:52 pm

    I love upcycling and recycling. Wise Craft is the perfect book for our home. Thanks!

  3. Claire D. on March 5, 2014 1:34 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Patricia on March 5, 2014 3:17 pm

    This looks great! I love to reuse and recycle things that would otherwise get thrown away!

  5. SusanM on March 5, 2014 3:35 pm

    I so want to see the recycled floral mirrors -and the blanket made from men’s shirts sounds intriguing. Thank you for a chance to win!

  6. Robin C. on March 5, 2014 5:05 pm

    I hate to throw things away that I can use to make something else so this sounds perfect for me…thanks for the chance!

  7. Becky on March 5, 2014 7:31 pm

    I love the idea of upcycling/recycling anything from a thrift store! The entire act makes me feel less guilty about changing my style so often.

  8. nancy d on March 5, 2014 11:14 pm

    What a great book! I’m always looking for ideas to recycle. I will have to check out the blog too.

  9. Gina Edwards on March 6, 2014 4:50 am

    This book would be great! Thanks for the chance to win. I love to recycle and upcycle.

  10. Brenda morris on March 6, 2014 6:58 am

    Looks like a great “green ” project book.

  11. Shari Harniss on March 6, 2014 7:09 am

    Love to win this interesting book! Thanks for the chance!

  12. Denise on March 6, 2014 7:22 am

    This looks really cool and may finally justify my hoarding ‘er collecting habit. :)Thanks!

  13. christine k on March 6, 2014 7:42 am

    Looks like a book I would love!

  14. Margaret Starkey on March 6, 2014 7:49 am

    My friend bought Wisecraft and I’ve had the opportunity to peruse it; LOVE! Would love to win a copy for myself. Beautiful book.

  15. Robin on March 6, 2014 8:09 am

    Cool, love to recycle and thrift shops.

  16. Anne Marie on March 6, 2014 9:07 am

    Sounds like a book I would love!!

  17. joanne carpenter on March 6, 2014 9:19 am

    I love upcycling! I want to win the book!!

  18. Cheryl L. on March 6, 2014 9:32 am

    Have to check out the blog, and would love to win!

  19. Tina S on March 6, 2014 9:34 am

    This looks like a fun book! Love the idea for the tea kettle handle cozy! I am going to make one for our kettle. No more burned fingers! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  20. Rose S. on March 6, 2014 10:12 am

    I would love to win this book and turn all my trash (as my hubbie calls it) into treasures to be so proud of.

  21. Shannon Wynne on March 6, 2014 10:31 am

    Love ideas for using up those bits and pieces all of us hold onto sure that we will need them someday. This book seems to be filled with ideas so that someday can become now. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Natasha J on March 6, 2014 10:55 am

    i would love this book. thanx for the giveaway :)

  23. Mary Rok on March 6, 2014 11:18 am

    Well now, I will just have to wander around the house to see what I can work on.

  24. Dennis Mullins Sr on March 6, 2014 11:19 am

    Hi, what a fun book, I love to recycle when I can and I go to the thrift store all the time. I go so much that one of the owners saves stuff that she knows I will like, so I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great day.

  25. Callie on March 6, 2014 11:43 am

    This book looks amazing!! I want it now!! :-)

  26. Lyn Lewis on March 6, 2014 1:10 pm

    Gosh this sounds right up my ( recycling) street! : )

  27. Lorna on March 6, 2014 2:09 pm

    I would love this book in my life!! :)

  28. Julie K. on March 6, 2014 2:23 pm

    This book looks wonderful, I’d love to win a copy!

  29. Karey on March 6, 2014 3:19 pm

    I love this idea of recycling!!

  30. Patricia P. Hall on March 6, 2014 3:45 pm

    I love recycling and upcycling… sounds like this is the book for learning new ways to use everyday items.

  31. Cynthia on March 6, 2014 3:50 pm

    Cool book! I love the idea of using recycled materials in art.

  32. Stephanie on March 6, 2014 4:02 pm

    I am always looking for inspiration for crafty stuff- thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Dana on March 6, 2014 5:11 pm

    This book sounds wonderful! I love re-crafting thrift store and yard sale treasures so I’d be using this book a lot. It’s filled with inspiration!

  34. Theresa on March 6, 2014 5:42 pm

    I love recycling!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Smfsprout on March 6, 2014 8:17 pm

    This looks like a great book filled with fun projects..

  36. Karla M. on March 6, 2014 8:35 pm

    Can’t wait to check this book out. Not only are the projects useful but super easy!!!

  37. HawaiianLibrarian on March 7, 2014 12:16 am

    A new book to add to our public library “green” collection!

  38. Deb on March 7, 2014 4:55 am

    Looks like a great book. You kettle handle looks like it has been yarn bombed!

  39. Tina Goodall on March 7, 2014 5:05 am

    I love trolling the thrift stores for treasures to upcycle. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Alice Clark on March 7, 2014 6:19 am

    Recycling and upcycling are the best ways to craft. Hope to win this book for MORE ideas!

  41. Danielle Povey on March 7, 2014 6:26 am

    This book looks awesome – I’d love to have some new projects for my felted thrift-store sweaters! Thanks for posting about this book -

  42. Barbara on March 7, 2014 7:08 am

    This would be great for Girl Scout projects as well!

  43. jenn on March 7, 2014 7:56 am

    What a great book! I’d love to see all the ideas!

  44. Lisa King on March 7, 2014 11:17 am

    Let’s save the planet together! Looks like a great book.

  45. Sue S on March 7, 2014 1:57 pm

    I love shopping at thrift stores, so I think that this book would be just the kind of book for me! Thanks.

  46. CraftyHope on March 8, 2014 10:37 am

    Oh, how I want this book! I saw it being given away on someone else’s blog and I didn’t win it there. Here’s hoping I’m luckier here! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  47. Jenna B on March 8, 2014 2:58 pm

    What a fun looking book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Eden on March 8, 2014 4:30 pm

    I love thrift stores and this book would be awesome!

  49. kim on March 8, 2014 7:17 pm

    I love to recycle, and i love to have reasons to save everything on the chance I can find a project for it!

  50. Tanya on March 8, 2014 8:06 pm

    I love upcycling and in need of new ideas. I could use this book. Thanks for the chance.

  51. Susan on March 8, 2014 8:52 pm

    What a great sounding book absolutely something I would enjoy.

  52. AJ on March 9, 2014 12:53 pm

    Always looking for inspiration…

  53. Autumn on March 9, 2014 3:59 pm

    I’m a big fan of upcycling and recycling. I love teaching the principles of recycling to my nieces too.

  54. Mayla M on March 9, 2014 9:29 pm

    I love to get crafty! It looks like this book has some wonderful ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Elaine Bindler on March 11, 2014 7:47 am

    What a great earth-friendly idea. How cool is that!

  56. Carmen on March 11, 2014 11:28 am

    I love the idea of upcycling / recycling for crafts but I need more ideas. Thanks for the chance to win

  57. Kimberly on March 12, 2014 5:34 am

    I have a room of bits of this and parts of that and this book would be perfect to turn my stash into treasure. Thanks for the opportunity.

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