Books for Creatives

October 21st, 2013

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent part of it at a bookstore alone with a cup of java (one of my most favorite things to do evah) in the Home & Craft section and purchased two new texts to add to my growing stash. I’ve been enjoying a few others that I purchased online in the past few months, I find myself drawn more and more to these kinds of books written by skilled creatives and DIYers. 

I have such respect for those who fine tune their craft and then publish their expertise in a beautiful text. I love all the freebie how tos we find on the internet and amen for Pinterest but a really nice reference book on crafting, sewing, or creating is always a worthy investment to me. Today I thought I’d share a few recently discovered favorites.

books for creatives


paper to petalThe first is Paper to Petal by husband and wife team Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell. The book is a collection of 75 paper flower projects crafts from poppies and peonies to other creative blooms and bouquets. 

The botanicals are beautiful and the photographs are amazing! I’m left inspired by the beauty you can create with crepe and tissue papers. There are detailed tutorials plus a list of materials and templates you can use.


paper flowers on cake

paper botanicals

spruce upholstery

I’ve followed Spruce Upholstery for years and was so excited to get my hands on the book by founder Amanda Brown who followed her dream and creative instincts and taught herself to upholster furniture. Now she teaches students in Austin, Texas and shares her expertise in this excellent and much anticipated book Spruce: A Step by Step Guide to Upholstery.

Inside you’ll discover how to do it all yourself and it addresses everything from coil springs to webbing, determining yardage, stapling, sewing, padding and tufting. Plus there’s an extensive list that includes the tools you’ll need to get the job done. How wonderful to have such valuable information all in one place!


webbing spruce

tufting spruce


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Weekend Reading

October 18th, 2013

Hello and happy weekend! I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on something special and can’t wait to share it with you in November! Meanwhile, this living room makeover by Emily Henderson caught my eye this week, she is so talented at pulling a room together, I love the layers and cozy textiles, read about the transformation here.

curbly living room emily henderson


A few other links I enjoyed this week:

10 common practices of super achievers 

Insider tips for buying IKEA kitchen cabinets.

Edie’s thoughts on living more passionately.

Voices behind the great Disney characters. Also really looking forward to this.

Mr. Autumn Man (made me laugh)


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens:

decorate with bold pattern

overnight guests

Decorate with Bold Pattern

Ready Your Home for Overnight Guests


And if you have a minute to vote for this blog, I’d appreciate it! It is up for a Best DIY Blog award over at the Lamps Plus Facebook page, voting enters you for a chance to win a $500 gift card.

lamps plus sweepstakes


Have a fabulous weekend!