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book review / decorate with flowers by holly becker & leslie shewring

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book review / decorate with flowers
today i’m reviewing decorate with flowers by holly beckerleslie shewring. i actually won this book a while ago, but it was one i had wanted to buy at some point anyway as i love flowers, ideas and books. the perfect match, don’t you think?

underneath the dustcover is a beautiful turquoise hardback, which, as a lover of turquoise i admire. also on the end-pages is a lovely watercolour pattern matching the one on the spine. i love little details like this!

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
the book is very well laid out, and well organised. it has chapters about different florals and scenarios they’d be best in, as well as little tips and DIYs for containers and ways to display. i love the moodboards throughout the book too, they really …well, create a mood and have a good sense of colour that may help you find flowers that will really compliment your decor.

it feels like a lot of thought (and hard work) has been put into the look of this book, but unlike some other books this one doesn’t fall on the content front! enough to keep you informed and inspired, but the kind of thing you can easily put down if you want to get started on one of the projects within.

book review / decorate with flowers
book review / decorate with flowers
whilst i feel decorate with flowers may appeal mostly to people who are into interiors and/or crafts, it’s definitely worth looking into for a little floral inspiration and information. a book for beginners as well as those a little more immersed in the world of decor or flowers. if nothing else, it’ll make you go into a little daydream about your perfect home and how you’d decorate it. or maybe that’s just me.

book review / pattern box by textile arts center

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pattern box - the box
pattern box - index cards
today i’m reviewing pattern box: 100 postcards by 10 contemporary pattern designers.

as a pattern lover and maker, i am instantly drawn to something like this. lots of pattern postcards arranged in a box? yes please. i seem to be a fan of the ‘postcards in a box’ format lately. i think it’s because i like that you could easily frame a couple pieces without having to cut up (or awkwardly scan) a page.

as may be obvious, you get 100 postcards in all, 10 from each designer. though i like most of what’s in here, i have to be honest and say that quite a few are not to my taste, but that’s to be expected i think. i knew and was a fan of quite a few of the artists beforehand though, so i generally knew what to expect.

pattern box - leah reena goren cats
pattern box - victoria garcia

pattern box - kindah khalidy ice creams
i would have loved if the index cards dividing each designer were a bit thicker. i find it hard sometimes to take select postcards out and i feel that thicker index cards would make selecting cards by a specific designer a bit easier.

other than that, i can’t really fault this box. the postcards are of good quality, the colour reproduction seems accurate and the general quality is great. you get an interesting array of cards for your money, and i definitely feel there’s something for everyone, but if you’re a fan of more minimal designs this probably (as a whole) isn’t for you.

pattern box - helen dealtry watercolour florals
pattern box - brittany keats cerullo red coral
i would most definitely recommend a purchase of pattern box: 100 postcards by 10 contemporary pattern designers ..and i would also recommend putting up a couple of these up on your wall or sending to a friend too!

i would love to see something like this from british designers and/or other designers from around the globe. i would certainly purchase it, and it’d be amazing to included in something like this, too. three cheers for patterns!

book review / find & keep by beci orpin

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book review // find & keep by beci orpin
today i’m reviewing find & keep by beci orpin. i got this for christmas last year, and it still feels like a christmas present, even in the depths of summer. as you can see from the front cover, it’s a book that has ’26 projects to spark your imagination’. as well as projects that inspire you, i bet the photographs will too.

the book has a hard cover, and is a really nice size, not too big and not too small. the overall quality is fantastic as well as the subject matter and photography. if i was ever to make a book of my own, i hope it can only be half as wonderful as this.

book review // find & keep by beci orpin
book review // find & keep by beci orpin
the book is arranged well into various project types and has quite a variety of projects involving many different items, most of which can be found around the average home. this book is basically a crafting treasure trove! the instructions for the projects are easy to understand and there’s nothing in the book that’s too difficult or overly complicated.

as much as i love the subject matter of crafting and being creative, i have to admit what i love most about this book is the photography and the layout/styling of objects. it just speaks to me, you know? i’m assuming many of the bits scattered are beci’s things, and that just adds so much personality and life.

book review // find & keep by beci orpin
book review // find & keep by beci orpin
book review // find & keep by beci orpin
as if the book wasn’t good enough already, in the back of the book is a page of stickers! i don’t want to use them as they’re so cute and i love how they’re arranged. maybe i should make a scan of it so i can preserve it, then use the stickers. i love me some stickers. as well as that, throughout the book there are some more personal photos, which once again just adds (even more) personality to this fantastic book.

i highly recommend find & keep for any crafters out there, as well as anyone looking for colour and photo inspiration. it’s one of my favourite books, and i’m sure it will be for many others too.