One of the best things about Michigan is its long summer days. These give us a feeling that we have more time to do many things! If you’re feeling crafty, but never have time to create during the winter, we have some new craft books that will inspire you to make some beautiful items.
When I first saw the title Pretty Little Cozies, I thought, just how many tea cozies can there be? But this is not just about tea cozies. This lovely book has ideas for protecting many of our belongings - like an iPod cover, credit card holder, laptop cover, Wii control protectors, as well as the typical coffee cup holders, casserole covers and many more cute and clever projects.
If you are an environmentalist as well as a crafter, check out Eco-Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle. The author says that the book "…is an homage to the idea that there is a secret life in even the lowliest garbage…." Her projects for finding these secret lives use items such as those awful plastic clamshell packages, recycled yellow pages, knitted strips of shrunken wook sweaters, six-pack beverage holders, and even woven strips of inner tube. The results are fun and not like many of the ugly recycled crafts from back in the ‘70’s.
And if during these long summer nights you still feel as if you don’t have much time, try a book that uses only one ball of yarn for projects. We have One Ball Knits: Purses and One Ball Knits: Accessories:20 stylish designs made with a single ball skein, hank, or spool as well as One Skein Wonders and others.
For quick scrapbooking projects, look at Outstanding Mini Albums: 50 ideas for Creating Mini Scrapbooks. These would be perfect for capturing some of your favorite moments from summer 2009. Enjoy!