I’m always on the lookout for craft books that emphasize reusing and recycling unique materials, so when Jennifer Perkins, not only the writer of Craft Artist Life here at Craft Gossip, but also owner of the Naughty Secretary Club shop, told the world that she’d written a book, I couldn’t wait for it to come out. I have to say, I was overwhelmed with how good it is!

From cover to cover, this book has not only great supply lists and directions on jewelry-making, it’s chock-full of ideas for re-purposing great everyday finds. Some of my favorite projects include using vintage neckties for both headbands and pins … I’ve got a huge obsession for vintage ties!

While Jennifer’s jewelry style is much bigger than mine (literally. I tend to wear teenie tiny pieces), the book has quickly taken up a prominent spot on my bookshelf because her jewelry-making instructions are some of the best I’ve read. She clearly and simply explains how to use found items in your baubles, making your accessories completely unique and easy to make!

And because I love it so much, I wanted to give you all a chance to love it to! So from now until September 10th at 5pm (CST), leave a comment here and I’ll randomly pick one person to win a copy of the Naught Secretary Club Book! Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!

By robyn charles


53 Comments so far

  1. Jillian on August 26, 2008 11:42 am

    What a cool idea!!! I love to make my own jewelery, but I’ve never gotten into the recycled materials. I want to though!

    (Jillian, jilliannmclaughlin@gmail.com )

  2. Elizabeth Holcombe on August 26, 2008 12:07 pm

    I totally love the idea of that book! If I don’t win a copy, I’m buying me one! Thanks for the give-away!~~~XXOO, Beth

  3. milkcan on August 26, 2008 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I just subscribed to your blog!

  4. Natasha on August 26, 2008 12:54 pm

    That looks like a very cool book..I will have to look into that if I don’t win it ;)

  5. Natasha on August 26, 2008 12:57 pm

    oh, I just reread the entry details….do you need me to put my email in the message, or is it cool it if is just in the form? :D

  6. Rebecca on August 26, 2008 12:59 pm

    Oh oh oh. Pick me! Pick me!

  7. Angela on August 26, 2008 1:17 pm

    OK, leaving my comment. Does being first give me better odds at winning? ;)

    I would really love to get my hands on this book, thank you for running the contest.

  8. thordora on August 26, 2008 1:47 pm

    ooh! I’ve been wanting to learn how to make jewelry. Lord knows I don’t blow enough money on other crafts. :)

  9. Ellie on August 26, 2008 1:55 pm

    Fun!!! Much cooler then using excess paper, discarded misc.

  10. Ellen on August 26, 2008 2:38 pm

    This book looks amazing, I’ve been getting really into repurposing vintage jewelry and other items into new jewelry lately and I love the one-of-a-kind look!

  11. Senora Muertos on August 26, 2008 3:21 pm

    I am so excited about this book. I just branched out from my normal paper mache’ kick to try my hand at jewelry. I am also a member of the St. Louis Craft Mafia so I am excited to see a fellow Craft Mafia person succeed and share their knowledge too. Yay for Jennifer!

  12. Anjuli Fry on August 26, 2008 4:15 pm

    Wow looks like a great book. I am really want to learn how to make jewlery.

  13. Sydni on August 26, 2008 5:19 pm

    I have been reading about this book all over the blogosphere. I would love to win a copy.

  14. bunny on August 26, 2008 6:59 pm

    Sounds fun! I’d love to win this! Thanks!

  15. Kim Taylor on August 26, 2008 10:05 pm

    I love getting your blog through my RSS reader and I love Jennifer Perkins. What a nice surprise to see these two loves combined. Please put me in line for a chance to win the book. Thanks!

  16. jennifer | themakelounge on August 27, 2008 12:01 am

    Would love to win, thanks! Great blog, by the way.

  17. Anke on August 27, 2008 12:13 am

    …I have seen the book cover and was wondering about it!! Looks like this has to go on my want list…;-))) Or maybe I am lucky and will be picked…???

  18. Elizabeth M. on August 27, 2008 1:08 am

    This sounds like so much fun! With the kids going back to school, I’ll have all kinds of time on my hands to play!

  19. Becky on August 27, 2008 5:49 am

    That book looks so fun! I’ve loved making jewelry for years, but repurposed materials are pretty new to me so I’d love to take a look at it!

  20. Judith Rachmani on August 27, 2008 6:47 am

    It sounds like a great book.

  21. Mindi on August 27, 2008 7:26 am

    I just *adore* big, bold jewelery pieces, and would love-love-love a copy of this book!

  22. emmms on August 27, 2008 7:44 am

    What a great contest! I love Naughty Secretary Club — the jewelry is just amazing.

  23. natalie on August 27, 2008 8:17 am

    sounds amazing I make my own jewlerly and love new ideas. My sister and I would love that book. we are always on the lookout for more cool ideas. I love the cover it so retro(my sister and love that style)

  24. amy lounsberry on August 27, 2008 8:36 am

    cute book – can’t wait to check it out

  25. Charlene Anderson on August 27, 2008 8:45 am

    This book look like a kick in the pants…totally fun!

  26. robin on August 27, 2008 9:56 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the op to do so.
    Oh, and love your site! I’m going to go lookie loo around some more. :)

  27. Kam A on August 27, 2008 10:57 am

    Sounds like a great book!

  28. Ma Val on August 27, 2008 12:36 pm

    This book sounds wonderful! I’m always looking for new ideas on how to reuse things in different ways. Thanks for this giveaway!

  29. Nancy Mc on August 27, 2008 2:34 pm

    Love the cover, would love to see the inside!

  30. crystal on August 27, 2008 6:39 pm

    I have been so into this kind of craft recently. Especially going green, i love the idea of making jewelry with unordinary materials. I have been getting craft books from the library and buying the ones that i am sad to give back:)
    This book sounds like one of those!!!

  31. Condo Blues on August 28, 2008 6:19 pm

    The very few times I’ve tried to make jewlery, I’ve gotten overwhelmed with all of the fabulous choices for beads, embellishments, findings, etc. and can’t seem to make them work as well as others. A book with some ideas on how to put it all together would be a great shove in the right direction for my jewlery making efforts!

  32. Heather on August 29, 2008 7:21 am

    Id love to be in the draw to win this book – but as I am in Australia I am unsure if I am ok to join.

    Either way thankyou for the offer :)

  33. Leigh Anne on August 29, 2008 10:45 am

    The library I work for bought not one, but two copies of this book for our patrons! Crafting is super-popular here, and reusing materials doubly so.

  34. Tina on August 29, 2008 10:47 am

    I’d love to get my hands on this book. Now that my boys are getting older, I’d like to get back into jewelry making.

  35. Annie on August 29, 2008 8:33 pm

    Making things from other things rocks!

  36. Amanda on September 1, 2008 8:11 pm

    So cool. Pick me!

  37. Carolyn Sharkas on September 2, 2008 5:28 am

    wow, what a great sounding book. I have problems with instructions that are hard to understand and end up giving up on the project. If this book is as good as you say, I will finally finish something, LOL. I love reusing old items, too. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Jen on September 2, 2008 5:37 am

    The book looks so fun!

  39. Kami on September 2, 2008 8:46 am

    I just found you from Tip Junkie…sounds like an awesome book!

  40. Charlotte on September 2, 2008 9:34 am

    I would love to start making jewelry, so this book looks great!

  41. Haylee Mollerup on September 2, 2008 12:32 pm

    YES PLEASE! I would LOVE to learn to make jewlery. I’ve heard about this book. Count me in on the drawing! THANKS!!!

  42. Melinda on September 2, 2008 2:58 pm

    Looks like so much fun, I’d love to take a look!

  43. Courtney on September 3, 2008 10:54 am

    Her work is amazing!! I’ve heard great things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Geri on September 3, 2008 5:24 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of big, fun jewelry. Whenever I wear the gold and silver, it looks nice; but always get the most comments on the fun stuff. My favorite is one made from old cracker jack toys. I didn’t make it, but get many great comments on it, and would love to be able to make something like that.
    Thanks for offering this book. Would like to see what gets made from whomever wins it.

  45. amy on September 3, 2008 7:38 pm

    oooh, I would love to win a copy of this book!!! Please count me in…

  46. mommymae on September 4, 2008 5:05 am

    this is such a great looking book!!

  47. Amy on September 5, 2008 8:53 am

    What a great book! I have been toying with the idea of learning to make my own jewelry {I am craft challanged} so I am way excited to see this book! If I don’t win, I will have to check it out of the library or even buy it! Thanks for introducing me to it.

  48. Carolsue on September 5, 2008 8:16 pm

    I need a lot of help with my new endeavor–jewelry making–and this looks like a super book for it!

  49. joye on September 6, 2008 9:44 pm

    I need this book!!!

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  51. Debbie Peysen on April 9, 2009 4:34 pm

    I love the author. She had a TV show on the DIY that was great.

    Thanks for the chance to win

    debbie peysen

  52. tyler dudley on June 26, 2009 11:09 am

    I am really excited for this book, I went and looked at it at Borders and I am dying to get it!!!

  53. Cindy on July 28, 2009 4:37 pm

    I am always looking for new ideas….I know this book would give a slew of new GREAT ideas!

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