|Cover photograph used with kind permission from Kyle Books Ltd.|
I like to keep my Christmas as handmade & original as possible when it comes to gifts. I love reading through blogs, magazines and books for ideas and was very excited when I heard about a new book 'Homemade Gifts Vintage Style' by Sarah Moore (published by Kyle Books Ltd.)
Combining everything I *love* - vintage, handmade, unique & personalised, this is a very inspiring book for anyone who prefers to ditch the high street and put a little more thought and time into creating something wonderful for friends and family.
'Homemade Gifts Vintage Style' has 50 projects for making your own new-to-old crafts. The author, Sarah Moore starts off with a brilliant intro to collecting vintage items to upcycle, what to look out for & what to avoid (including precious antiques best left alone!) and other useful info that I hadn't considered before, such as being aware of vintage items that may contain harmful lead paint.
There's great advice on how where to find the best items at the best prices, keeping things thrifty with the focus on the hand-making, not the cost of each project. There's also great advice for sewing newbies on using & buying a sewing machine, hand-sewing and the basic craft kit required. There's plenty of easy & quick projects for non-sewing gift makers too, as well as 'labour of love' type projects to work over a few weeks.
My favourites include vintage paper mobiles, patchwork noticeboard, teapot planters, and the collection of corsages for use on clothes, hats, hairbands and shoes (I will be making lots of these!)
The book itself is just beautiful - not only is it full of fantastic present ideas, it would make a perfect gift itself for someone creative. It is jam-packed full of gorgeous colour photographs of each project, each one presented imaginatively, with lots of inspiration not only for the projects but lovely ideas for displaying vintage treasures around the home too. If you're like me and tend to hold onto or buy vintage & old bits and pieces without a specific idea in mind, this book provides lots of ideas for things to do & make with your hoard, all packaged up with lots of gorgeous vintage eye candy!
Rachel @ Arbee Cards x