Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book Review and a Give-away

This gorgeous book by crafter Jenny Ryan is a veritable treasure trove of crafty goodness. It is full to the brim with beautifully presented projects for dressing up your look, organising your crafty space and decorating your nest. The book contains a collection of 30 sweet and simple sewing patterns which are ideal for gifts, if you can bear to part with them.

Many of the projects are made with repurposed materials, all are fun and colourful. The photography captures this bright, fresh look perfectly. There are cute things to make for children from a pretty dolly quilt to monogrammed tees to the sweetest little bear.

There are great tips for personalising the projects as well as handy hints for achieving a seamless result. The front of the book has step by step instructions and a basic introduction to sewing techniques and tools, making this an ideal book for beginning sewers. There is also plenty to keep more experienced sewers interested too.

On my personal wish list are:
  • Patchwork Travel pillow
  • Crochet Hook Cosy
  • Checkerboard Table Runner
  • Recycled Coasters
    and that's just for starters!

Available now at all good book retailers, published in Australia by Penguin

And to celebrate all this cuteness I will be having a giveaway. I am itching to stitch the sweet little Square Bear (as pictured above) and so will be making one to give-away on my blog.
So leave a comment if you want to win. The competition will close on the 18/4 to give me time to make him!
I'll keep you updated on my progress!


  1. Cute Bear! great book! May have to borrow it

  2. that book looks so good and the bear is very cute- have fun making it :)

  3. Looks like a very cute book indeed.
    Have fun with the square bear. X

  4. Ooooo, I so much want that bear! So cute! :D

  5. What a sweet little bear ... :0)

    Shirl x

  6. I know 3 x girls who would love to fight me over that bear... Count us in!

  7. that bear is so cute, I'd love to win it!

  8. What a fabulous looking book...I am not crafty (I certainly rely on others) but when I see books and magazines like this, I get the URGE to SPLURGE on CRAFTY make things myself...
    Thanks for sharing and the opp to win.


  9. Congratulations Miss Muggins on becoming a book reviewer for

    Penguin Books

    Busy Beez

  10. such a cute bear and an adorable looking book too.

  11. I am fortunate enough to have just stumbled upon your blog. Love this book review, it looks like just my kind of thing. Will have to keep my eye out for it...

  12. Just discovered your blog. Square bear is very cute. Looking forward to seeing your square bear once he's finished. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. That bear is certainly 'sew darn cute'

  14. that is an adorable bear...the books looks highly desirable too!

  15. I like the look of that book and your bear is pretty fine too. I love bears, they have something special don't they? xo

  16. Oh ohhhhhh, awwww... so many sweet things in there! Oh please count me in. I have been cleaning my sewing room up so I can make lots of lovely things and I could start with that bear, or perhaps the bunting, or maybe the cot quilt? Hmm...


  17. What a 'beary' cute little bear!(*groan* but someone's already taken the 'sew cute' pun!. The book's cover looks so enticing, can't wait to see what's inside!

  18. What a fantastic book. Looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  19. very cute little bear....I am sure she would love to live in my 4 yr old's bedroom...
    x PJ x

  20. This bear is absolutely,Marvelous..And so adorable..I would love to have the chance to win him or her,she would love her other friends, at my home, I have adopted..Sincerely, kaitlin

  21. very cute bear....if we don't win, where can we get the book? Fishpond, amazon I'm guessing???
    thanks for the giveaway op.


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