Booktopia Craft Buzz
December 2009 | Edition Three
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HOLIDAY HANDICRAFTS
Dear creative readers,

Here it is: the best bargains of 2009 to keep your hands and minds busy! Everything in this newsletter is IN STOCK at the Booktopia warehouse now and up to 70% off the RRP! However, make sure to place your orders quick, as stock is walking out the door and we cannot guarantee that these books will still be available for long!

Topping the list, we have crafty Christmas ideas for both you and the kids to decorate the house with, followed closely by great greeting card projects. Get ready for those guests by trimming your home with a range of techniques from textiles, painting, woodwork, tiling and DIY projects or just pick up those gifts for the artistically inclined of your friends and family in handy histories of 19th Century French Art, Renaissance Art and the beautiful anthology of Australia's top creatives in Desig Nation.

Don't forget to make sure you get your orders in by December 13th, to give us the best chance of delivering them by Christmas. Until next year dear readers, have a happy and safe holiday season, and enjoy your books!

Karen Coleman
Editor Craft Buzz
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CRAFTY CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS DECORATING

Carolyn Bell

The sumptuous images in this book remind me of David Jones' window display, wreaths of holly and fairy lights elegantly dangling from street lamps: the kinds of decorations that make you really feel that the season of giving has come alive and magical things are about to happen! Bell has figured out some ingenious ways to use leftovers from the garden, kitchen and household textiles to create magnificent centrepieces, wreaths, baubles, mantelpiece stands, crackers, stockings, tablecloths and gift-wrapping. The colours and little details of elegance in this book will burst out of your home and into your guests imagination: not to mention giving you hours of pleasure as you take pride in preparing your home's many gorgeous details.

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KIDS AT CHRISTMAS
FUN AT CHRISTMAS: 50 FANTASTIC PROJECTS FOR KIDS TO MAKE THEMSELVES
 FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS: CHRISTMAS IN FLOWERTOT GARDEN
Petra Boase

The perfect solution for whiling away those hours waiting for Santa to come down the chimney... This spiral bound book will get your kids making their own Christmas cottage (to fill with fudge or cookies), greeting cards, wrapping paper, advent calendar, tree decorations (including angel), Christmas crackers, snowman mug, personalised picture frame, festive pet bowl... need I go on? There are, no surprises, 50 of these fantastic ideas to keep them amused and none of them will require more than the usual kiddie arts and craft supplies found at the local newsagent.

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 I am the biggest sucker for this kind of book: it is the kind of sparkly thing that makes me want to either be a little girl again or have one in my life just so I can buy it! The highlights are two pages of silver-glittering Christmas shapes stickers and four tear-out, make-your-own Christmas cards: these Flowertots will delight many little girls. The book is also jam packed with mazes, colouring activities, cut-out flowertot dolls, recipes and word games among other things. Plenty to keep little fingers on the go.

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MY CHRISTMAS JIGSAW BOOK
Brenda Apsley and Julie Clough

Perfect for ages 2 to 4, this book gets your little one's fingers playing as they read through the story of Santa, Tom and Lucy's adventures at Christmas time. Each of the five colourful pages is actually a large-piece jigsaw, depicting the story as it happens. There are also a number of other activities, such as making chain decorations, a snowflake and singing carols. Sure to get the whole family in the the Christmas spirit!

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GREETING CARDS
GREETING CARDS GALORE

Mickey Baskett and Marci Donley

Not only a card, but - thank goodness - a template for every occasion. Each project begins with a list of supplies and includes detailed assembly instructions, but more importantly for the drawing-handicapped among us, a full-size traceable template. A particular favourite is the melted snow man  with 'some assembly required'. Full details on adhesives, embossing, embellishing, lettering, collaging and working with photographs is also included.

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GREETING CARDS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Vanessa-Ann

Now that we have reached the digital age, what could be more personal, more intimiate, more loving, than a handmade christmas card? Vanessa-Ann takes you through every stage of the process, from selecting papers, through different types of folds and embellishments, and onto adding multi-dimensions. One of my favourites is the accordion card, complete with many hands which clap in applause of the recipent's job well done. Vanessa-Ann also shows you how to incorporate pockets, pressed flowers and photographs into your card designs. As the book continues, so does the the skill and difficulty level of the designs, so your cards will get better with each try!

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PAPER PROJECTS
DECORATIVE PAPER

Andrea Maflin and Carl Warner

With six pages of templates this book takes paper decoration to a new level. Stationary, vases, clocks, lampshades, frames and mirrors can all be intricately patterned, embellished and appliqu├ęd. Each of the projects includes materials needed and instructions with accompanying step-by-step photography.

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CREATIVE PAPER PROJECTS

Sandi Reinke

Owner of the Loose Ends company, Reinke launches her imagination into books, sharing a wealth of information about different papers, incorporating found images and a range of techniques. More than 50 projects are developed, divided into themes such as Fiesta and Beach Party.

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SCRAPBOOKING

SCRAPBOOKING YOUR VACATIONS: 200 PAGE DESIGNS SCRAPBOOKING TECHNIQUES: INKING
Susan Ure

A wealth of inspirations, this book presents 200 pages of ideas for your next holiday album. Featuring everything from left-over ticket stubs, dried leaves found by the road, and photos to souvenir beads and gift tags - Ure's elegantly presented travels will make you think differently about that old box of photos on the shelf...

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 Carol Heppner

Inking is a way of colouring your scrapbook papers in a variety of tones, textures and patterns to adapt to any album. Heppner begins by introducing the basic techniques, then demonstrating their use in simple projects, before moving onto increasingly complex patterns, such as the wild brumbies dancing across your page and ivy crawling up it.

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HOLIDAYS WITH KIDS
ECO CRAFT SET OF FOUR LITTLE MISS BIRTHDAY MAGIC
Rebecca Craig

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TRIMMING YOUR HOME
RIBBONS AND TRIMS:
100 Ideas Personalising Your Home


Annabel Lewis, photographed by Clare Richardson

Prepare your home for welcoming that gaggle of guests with this is seriously spectacular guide to interior decorating. Cushions, curtains, tablecloths, bed linen, rugs, placemats - you name it, it can be added to or created from scratch using entirely ribbons, cords and fringes. There are even some more complicated projects creating or decorating whole tables, laundry hampers and flower baskets - all in spectacular colour and striking style. This is the book for those who like their home to burst with personality.

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DECORATING

Vinny Lee and Ray Main

Practical yet chic, this book will take you step-by-step through the journey of creating your home's sense of style. It begins with a thorough introduction to decorating techniques, such as mood boards, seasonal living, colour & texture before launching into the DIY practicalities of these concepts: how to paint, repair plasterboard, choose wallpaper, tiles or flooring. Photographs of each of these techniques in action guide you through the process. The remainder of the book analyses each room of the house in detail, from planning through furnishing, storage, lighting and accessories: living, bed, dining & bathrooms - not to mention the kitchen, work, play & connecting areas - are all covered.

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ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS
19TH CENTURY FRENCH ART, 1848-1905
 RENAISSANCE ART
Nicole Tuffelli

Discover the age of Salons, development of Modernity and emergence of photography in this elegantly concise volume. Featuring all the stars of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Eclecticism and Art Nouveau you will not only feast your eyes on the works of Cezanne, Monet and Courbet but also contemporaneous architectural wonders such as the Statue of Liberty and Gaudi's fantasmagorical buildings.

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 Gerard Legrand

Informative and dazzling, this collection of images and information on the classics of European art begins in the 13th Century and takes you all the way through to the 1600s in an epic journey back to the origins of Western modernism. Featuring all our favourites including Raphael, Michelangelo, da Vinci, van Eyck and the schools in and around Florence this book also explains importance concepts such as the development of perspective and influence of technological advancements.

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PAINTING AND DRAWING
THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PAINT RECIPES, PAINT EFFECTS & SPECIAL FINISHES: The Ultimate Source Book for Creating Beautiful, Easy-to-achieve Interiors

Sacha Cohen

This is, as it says, the ultimate guide to furnishing your home with paint and lacqured effects. Whether your taste is for a Mexican hallway, Provencal kitchen, Scandinavian bedroom or Indian bedhead (or perhaps them all? Would that be taking multi-culturalism too far?), this book will be able to teach you the technique imitating marble, aged bronze, bamboo, wrought iron, lapis lazuli, pine - endless possibilities. Decorate the walls, furniture, mirrors, awnings, skirting boards and cornices - even the kids or your partner if they sit still long enough!

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DRAWING A FUNDAMENTAL AND PRACTICAL GUIDE

Janet Cheeseman and Ashling McNamara

With chapters on still life, landscape and scenery, portraits, the figure, life drawing and animals, this is a great introduction for those who want to build some confidence in their art. It covers many of the basics such as structure, perspective, light and shade.

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WOODWORK & DIY
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO WOODWORK
 THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED WOODWORKING COURSE
 BUILT LIKE A WOMAN
Chris Simpson

Simpson describes all the different varieties of wood, tools and techniques, how to make varieties of joints, using abrasives and finishing. He then launches into 29 projects for home DIY woodwork projects, interspersed with the history of furniture, arts and crafts around the world. His instructions, including measurements, are detailed and meticulous. Each of the projects is rated from beginners (such as animal shapes) to advanced (such as a garden bench).

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 Nick Gibbs

This woodworking guide is laid out as a complete teacher-in-a-book. In the first few pages it launches into your first project: the Birdhouse, after having completed the lessons learned are summarised to build skills and advance onto more complex projects. The final third of the book is aimed it making you 'self-sufficient', ie teaching you all the skills you will need to not rely on the book anymore!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Basic Techniques and Skill-Building Projects


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 Sandra Broman

Better Homes and Gardens' DIY Mum of the year here presents all her hottest tips and techniques in a very tongue-in-cheek 1950s layout. Including how to handle all the essentials such as 'Kids on Site', 'Money' and 'Dealing with Tradespeople' Broman details every task the modern woman will face. She also rates a number of tasks with a level of one to five hammers in difficulty: one being easy to tackle yourself and five being tradespeople only.

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DESIGNERS' INSPIRATION
DESIG NATION
 CRAFTING CREATIVITY
Jennifer Clark, Tim Clark and Jana Liebenstein

Australia's highest achievers in the creative arts finally have their work showcased in this one gorgeous volume. Flipping through this collection of the finest photographers, jewellers, animators, artists, sculptors and designers working in the country today, we can be very proud. The images are augmented by a written piece from each of the creatives in question, allowing an insight into the mind of their development, potential and work's expression. Featured are: Adam Elliot - of Harvie Krumpet fame - Tim Craw, Ethos Design and Hugh Peachey, among many others.

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 52 Brilliant Ideas for Awakening the Artistic Genius Within

Colin Salter

If you are already a regular crafter/artist/creator and have the occasional drought of imaginative juices - this is the book you have been looking for. The 52 ideas here are not didactic, they are rather exercises in provoking your mind, unblocking any dams that may have built up in the nerve endings of your brain, and (to continue the water metaphor) allowing the flow to burst forth in as many directions as possible. The projects are as diverse as creating an inspirational feature wall in your own home, to designing a 'figureless' self-portrait (ie one containing objects and symbols that represent your character rather than your appearance). Each project inspires a range of alternatives, each with the motivational and emotional impact of the original. Highly recommended for anyone who has recently found themselves in a creative rut.

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KNITTING IN NO TIME
Melody Griffiths

The scarves, hats, gloves, leg-warmers, wraps, jackets and bags laid out in this book are timeless. The instructions are clear (especially for knitting patterns) and feature extra tips and advice such as 'estimated time to complete' on each. The final chapter also includes techniques and stitches with diagrams.

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EMBROIDERY

This is one of the most useful beginners guides to embroidery I have seen on our shelves in a long time. The opening chapters are a comprehensive and diagrammatic explanation of fabrics, threads, needles, stitches,  designs and how best to use them in conjunction. Each of the twenty-three projects is accompanied by a short introduction on the history and use of the object, materials and tools needed and range of variations. The patterns and step-by-step instructions are augmented by photographs at various stages of creation - preventing the beginner from going too far astray from the plan! It is a genuine no-fuss approach to creating your own textile home wares and wardrobe accessories.


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ESSENTIAL CROCHET: 30 IRRESISTIBLE PROJECTS FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME

The details on types of stitches at the beginning of this book are brief but well illustrated and clear. The real highlight however, is the assortment of projects which include a variety of materials other than wool, such as a leather tote bag and satin lingerie case. All the usual wraps, baby booties and table runners are also included in this classic collection.

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MATERIAL OBSESSION TWO: SHARED INSPIRATION

Kathy Doughty, Sarah Fielke

The first Material Obsession book generated such a storm in quilting and textile circles, and its sequel was even more eagerly anticipated. The authors own a textiles store in Gladesville, Sydney, and have gained a cult following for their unique designs based on traditional techniques. In this second edition, the authors work in tandem, sharing single ideas or moments of inspiration to create two, separate, non-identical twins.  Each design is designed to be appropriated for a range of skill levels, using bold colours and dazzling patterns to appeal to quilters of all levels. Patterns, instructions and a  comprehensive basics sections are accompanied by glorious photographs, making this book a wonderful source of inspiration.

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MARVELLOUS MOSAICS FOR HOME AND GARDEN


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THE TILE BOOK

Marion Elliot

Elliot's delightful approach to this combination of art and interior design is revealed in the first 35 pages of this book. Here she takes us on a global historical tour of tiles and their decorative uses & purposes, from the Hispano-Moresque tradition to Islamic, onto Dutch and into 20th Century mechanised techniques. The purpose of keeping us so well informed (apart from showing off some true wonders of the world) is to demonstrate how each of these can inspire Elliot's own projects for us: Spanish border tiles, Medieval floor tiles, Persian Carnation tiles. Each project comes with a list of required materials and numbered, illustrated instructions.

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