Thursday, March 24, 2011

Craft Book Review: Crafting a Meaningful Home

Crafting a Meaningful Home:
27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage.
by Meg Mateo Ilasco

The title of this book got me right off. "Crafting a Meaningful Home" sounds like what we all dream of doing. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to take more pictures of my kids and to DO something with them. Most of them are either on Facebook or, if they do get printed, stuck in a drawer somewhere. What a shame!
I thought this book would help me!
And it has. It's full of inspiring ideas and projects to make crafting more meaningful. What does that mean?
Well, I craft for many reasons.
To make money.
To run a business that is profitable enough for me to one day work from home. To tap into the creative side of my sleep-deprived brain.
To make something pretty that makes my daughter happy.
Mostly because it makes me happy!

I don't feel my projects have "meaning" however.

The projects in this book have meaning. Lots of it.

What I liked:
The whole idea of making meaningful crafts really inspires me. To hang something on my wall that I made that also holds my family's memories is so appealing to me. All of the projects are pretty simple too. No hard sewing patterns or hard to follow directions.
I also really liked the bios of the crafters that each project was from. It's always fun to learn about other crafters and what inspires them.

What I didn't like:
Nothing really! Maybe a few more projects but otherwise it is great.

Projects I will try:
I have always wanted to try to make silhouettes of my kids. There's a great silhouettes on canvas project I may try.
I always really like the Button Garland project. I have a bunch of buttons I found in my Grandma's sewing stuff that would make a really nice garland. It's a pretty simple project that would make a great display and memento of my grandmother.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. I've picked up and put this book down a couple of times....I'll have to pick it up for good. I love the title of it and what it represents.