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Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Love It!

    I just LOVE this book! I just can't speak highly enough of it. I love her blog and her first book, so this is no surprise. But I do love this book! =)

    If you are at all interesting in making more things for around your home, I highly recommend it. If you just love reading about people who make beautiful things, you will love this book. If you like looking at gorgeous pictures, you will love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Off-beat, but a good buy

    I can't help but like this book. It's beautifully photographed and the projects are explained well. Some of the projects...well, they're kind of "out there" (ie "Women's Cloth", REALLY: a pattern to make your own pads). The book has smatterings of family stories in it (many of the patterns are geared around children), which is nice; it gives the book some balance between the "eco-nazi" overtones and simply being thrify, nostalgic, and practical.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Sewing Machine is "Essential"

    I discovered this book through a Mother Earth News e-mail. There was a link to an excerpt from the book--"Maddie's Rag Rug." The materials listed were fabric, lacing cord, hand-quilting thread, a heavy-duty needle and a darning needle. I was excited about the project and looked up the book on-line. I saw something about antique handkerchief curtains, and was intrigued by that as well, since I have many beautiful handkerchiefs from my grandmothers. I was so enthusiastic I ordered a copy of the book on-line for pick-up at the Barnes & Noble in my neighborhood. As soon as I got it, I started flipping through it. On page 20, under the heading, "Tools You Need," the author wrote: "However, each project assumes you have the following essentials: A sewing machine and all the essential tools needed for maintaining and running it. (See Finding Vintage and Thrifted Materials on page 10 for tips on purchasing your own.)

    What a disappointment! I don't have a sewing machine, and, as I live in a studio apartment with limited space, I don't really have room for one. So--what to do with the book? Donate it to a used book store? The rebel in me is tempted to defy the "essential tools" rule and try a few projects--such as the rag rug or the silky eye pillow--despite not having a sewing machine. Several years ago I pieced some quilts and I did that all by hand. And I could probably make the "Art and Hooks Rack" on page 109, since no sewing machine seems to be needed for that particular project. Although, as a single person, I do not have access to charming children's artwork, I assume that other artwork could be used.

    A few other comments--all based on an initial examination of the book. I have not tried to do any of the projects. But while reading through the instructions for making the rag rug, I was a little confused by the instructions for the lacing--it would have been nice to have had an illustration of the technique.

    I do think the book is beautifully produced--I love the look of it, and the photographs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    This book is really cool!

    Are you the type of person that saves all your wine corks in hopes of making a corkboard one day? Or do you save old clothes because you think you might one day for some reason wear it again? Then this book is for you! Get inspired to create something for your home, start with a potholder.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Lovely Again

    Amanda has presented a lovely book with many projects that are practical and charming. Handmade Home is filled with easy to follow projects and practical advice for thrifting and repurposing materials already on hand or easily available.

    Amanda has followed and participated in the return to a family, handmade, and repurposed lifestyle which is reflected beautifully in Handmade Home; it's like stepping into her day.

    Overall lovely and useful - a wonderful addition to any handmade family's bookshelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    not impressed

    the tutorials were short with limited direction. Also, the projects were not anything special. it's more of the authors story about reusing fabrics. I actually tried to return it but failed and am now stuck with a book I don't ever plan on using:(

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