We received a copy of "The Creative Family" at the store and I kept going to grab it off the shelf to secretly look through it every few days (on my breaks and such, of course...). I do not have children myself (I have a few children in my life but none birthed from my own body), but I rather want to BE one of Amanda Soule's children. The way that these kids are growing up is simply magical and charmed. I have been absolutely hooked by her blog, which is a glimpse into an enchanted lifestyle. Kudos on her amazing domestic photography. Seriously, this lady gives Martha Stewart and her empire a run for her (stolen) money.
From the pubbie: "Handmade Home offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials—from vintage feedsacks to old sheets and towels—and including some projects that children can help with, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. Amanda Soule does much more than simply present a collection of handmade items; she reveals crafting as a lifestyle based on the principles of consuming less and reusing more, appreciating the earth, and connecting to our families. This is a craft book that gives you the tools for creating a life—and a home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy. Projects include:
Papa’s Healing Cozy: This hot water bottle cover becomes a simple way to offer comfort to a sick child
Baby Sling: A simple pattern for an object that offers so much to a small child—refuge from the world and a place to lay their head next to a parent’ heart
Beach Blanket To-Go: Repurpose old sheets to create the perfect picnic blanket for special outdoor meals
Cozy Wall Pockets: A creative solution for storing a child's small treasures"
I will content myself with soulemama's blog archives until HH is available in August.