Congratulations to "Cloud 9": you won the book!
What it is:
Chic on a Shoestring is a craft book with more than 40 fun projects. It was released in the US yesterday, May 1st and in honor of its release, I get to give a free copy of the book to one lucky reader! (see bottom of the post for entry instructions)
Who wrote it:
Mary Jane Baxter, a BBC correspondent turned milliner who blogs here.
Chic on a Shoestring is the type of book I'd intentionally leave out to impress friends when they come over-it has pretty pictures, clear instructions, and fun ideas. I liked it right away.
There are so many great ideas in this book that I'm pretty sure pretty much any woman could find a project she was capable of making and would enjoy wearing. My favorite projects from this book are the pom-pom-less earrings and the slouchy top. I made a pair of the earrings, but I'm still on the look-out for a pair of pretty scarves to use to make the slouchy top! Her instructions were easy to follow and the pictures were cute. The only downside I saw was that some of the projects were definitely too trendy to wear around here-although I can think of a few artsy friends who live in a bigger city who'd probably wear them in public and rock them. There were also several projects that I thought would be awesome girl scout projects (or any group of pre-teen or older girls-they would be fun hall functions for college girls too!), like the flip-flops adorned with flowers made from plastic shopping bags. Some of the projects require sewing.
The Bottom Line:
Chic on a Shoestring is a creative DIY book I definitely recommend for anyone who loves vintagey accessories.
You can buy Chic on a Shoestring directly from Penguin or at any major bookseller (and many local ones!)
To win your own copy, leave a comment telling me what your favorite accessory is. For me, it'd probably be a super cool pair of white gold earrings my husband got me. Leave your comment by midnight on May 25th. I'll use random.org to pick a winner, e-mail them, and if I don't hear back in 48 hrs, I'll pick a new winner.
For extra entries, do any of the following and leave a seperate comment for each you do:
- Subscribe to Mary Jane's blog
- Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect (there should be a box on the sidebar to the right of this post)
- Follow Mary Jane on Twitter as @MaryJaneBaxter
- Follow me on Twitter as @CrunchyConMom
- Like Chic on a Shoestring on Facebook
Check out Sew Mama, Sew for hundreds of other amazing sewing related giveaways going on from May 21st-25th!!