Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade. 101 Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects You Can Make at Home by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson

I received this book as a gift recently. As an avid and long-time crafter and craft instructor, I was delighted with this present. Although I haven't had the chance to make any of the projects from it yet; I am thoroughly impressed by what this book offers.

To begin with, the presentation of this book is outstanding. Page after page of full-size color photos and detailed, easy-to-understand instructions for each project. And when it comes to projects, this book stands out for the variety of items featured.

Unlike a lot of craft books that have a certain theme or offer a limited number/types of crafts to make; Homemade has something for everyone and for every part of your home too.

A sampling of the 100 + projects included in Homemade:

* Citrus Pomander
*Knitted Angel
*Victorian Sand Pincushion
*Summer Salad Trough
*Summer Bunting
*Restoring a Garden Table
Pumpkin Lanterns
*Elderflower Cordial
*Patchwork Wall
*Razor Shell Candleholders

and many, many more....

I love the fact that the authors have run the gamut of all things Homemade, in the very best sense of the word. Many with a nostalgic and/or heirloom touch as well.

Gifts (for yourself or others) from the kitchen stove, sewing projects, garden ideas for indoors and out, home decor items, clothing...all with an emphasis on keeping costs and waste down and using up the many items that accumulate in our homes. Transforming the mundane into something marvelous!

I am really looking forward to making several of these projects in the coming year. I am a firm believer that crafts should be all about reusing materials and not going out and buying a bunch of things at a craft store and putting them together. Rather like comparing a painting done from an empty canvas as opposed to a paint-by-number kit LOL. Obviously, there is no comparison. In results and in the satisfaction of making something that took imagination, a bit of work and very little cash spent!

Homemade is a great place to start, to get those creative ideas flowing!

I would recommend this book for people of all ages and skill levels.  There are projects that could be easily adapted for children and some that would require a bit of supervision and assistance. This would be a great resource for teachers too.

From the publisher's website: Chock full of practical, thoughtful advice from seasoned crafters, Homemade contains over one hundred craft projects that require you to look no further than your very own home. As economic and environmental factors start to play a greater role in consumer decision-making, Ron Badger and Elspeth Thompson suggest an alternative to buying. Taking everyday objects from around their homes, they transform these objects into beautiful works of art, which reflect the love and care they put into their projects. Divided into seasons, Homemade provides a years worth of activities to improve your home. It gives sound advice on how to restore a garden table, make a patchwork wall, cook delicious pumpkin soup, and more. It also includes a section on homemade basics, which details how to sew, knit, and crochet using a variety of patterns! Homemade is the perfect gift for a friend interested in crafting, or a delightful treat for you and your family. With advice from Badger and Thompson, little additions to your homelike summer troughs full of flowers and natural cleaning products will make all the difference. Your home and your family will thank you.

You can check out more about this book, the authors and several ordering options at the publisher's website: Skyhorse Publishing.

Overall rating for this book: Excellent. 5 out of 5.


  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review of Homemade. You are very kind. Elspeth has sadly passed away but I can speak for us both when I say thank you.

  2. sounds like a good book but I kind of suck at following instructions but it's always good to try to make something. that 'Knitted Angel' sounds something I might like to make. I do like to recycle things and turn them into something else. recently, I turn an old mousepads into coasters just by cutting them.

  3. Great review. This book does have a lot of interesting projects in it. I plan to make some myself. There is something for everyone in this book. Nicely presented too.

  4. Geraldine,
    This books sounds lovely!
    I think homemade gifts are always meaningful, and touch the heart.
    As well it sounds like many interesting projects, to enjoy!

  5. Fantastic, gosh the people who coud get inspired, you are such a gift of references ;)

  6. Hi Roz, I am so glad you enjoyed the review. It's very sad that your co-author Elspeth has passed on but her beautiful work and yours will be enjoyed for a very long time. You did a beautiful job with this book.

    Hi Lissa, My kinds of crafts! Reusing is always the way to go. And such a good thing to teach children too. Let me know if you give the angel project a try. It's such a cutie!

    Hi Joe, It really does have something for everyone, I agree. And so many unique ideas too.

    Hi Brenda, I thought of you and your kids at school, when I wrote this review. You might want to check this out if you are in need of some new project ideas. I think you'd really enjoy this book.

    Hi Lorraine, That's what I hope to do, here at MRLR. The visits to my archives each week seem to indicate that as well. :<) Very encouraging!

    Thanks so much for your visits and comments; always appreciated, G

  7. this looks like a really cool book and we are always trying to come up with new ideas for srafts and things around the house...


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