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Funky cushions, mid-century ceramics, quirky prints… oh yes! Notes to a Further Excuse has all of my favourite things covered. Blogger Diane also ‘daylights’ as a book editor so she knows what’s hot in publishing. Consider your summer reading list sorted!  – Alicia

Hello lovely Atypical Type A readers! This is Diane here from Notes to a Further Excuse, guest posting while Alicia is off on her travels. Today I’m going to be sharing some of the top new release craft and decorating books with you.

In my day job I work as a freelance book editor, and the end of the year is always a busy time for publishers trying to vie for attention with their big releases before Christmas. It can be a crowded market, so I’ve tried to make things easier by rounding up the best of the bunch. Here are my top ten picks (organised alphabetically) from the latest round of new release craft and decorating books to add to your reading list.

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The Art of Handmade Living: Crafting a Beautiful Home by Willow Crossley

This is the first book from journalist turned designer Willow Crossley. In The Art of Handmade Living Willow shares her ideas for turning basic objects into beautiful items for the home. Willow has spent time living in the south of France, and as a result many of her projects have a decidedly rustic feel. The book is organised into different sections including To Decorate, To Hang, To Nest, To Wear and To Use, and there are a range of simple projects on offer, from vintage fabric bunting to grain sack cushions and fabric-twisted bracelets.

Bowerbird: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Collect by Sibella Court

This is the latest release from Australian stylist and author Sibella Court. In Bowerbird (named after Sibella’s obsession with collecting and arranging, just like the bird itself), Sibella reveals her personal approach to collecting and collections, showing how to procure the elements of a collection, how to organise and store them and how to display them in creative and ever-changing ways.

Decorate Workshop: A Creative 8 Step Process for Transforming Your Home by Holly Becker

This is the second book from decor8’s Holly Becker, and comes as a follow up to her successful first release, Decorate. In this book Holly offers a personal approach to home decorating, drawing on inspiration from her own home in Germany as well as from stylish homes from around the world. The book is a guide to finding and filtering design information and offers practical information to readers on refining their style and tackling a decorating project, be it big or small.

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Find & Keep: 26 Projects to Spark Your Imagination by Beci Orpin

This is the first book from Melbourne-based designer and illustrator Beci Orpin, and it’s a great first release. Find & Keep is an inspirational craft book, but it also offers a unique insight into Beci’s colourful world and her creative processes. The book is neatly organised into three main sections: Studio, Home and Out & About, and each section begins with an overview of Beci’s life and work around these three themes, followed by relevant crafty projects. There’s certainly plenty to spark the imagination here.

Granny Chic: Crafty Recipes & Inspiration for the Handmade Home by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel

This is a collaborative book from bloggers and crafters Tif Fussell of Dotty Angel and Rachelle Blondel of Ted & Agnes. Granny Chic offers inspiration to crafters wanting to breathe new life into vintage fabrics and second-hand objects. The book includes twenty projects in total, each with a granny chic theme, and also offers advice and tips on living the granny chic lifestyle.

Recycled Home: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials by Rebecca Proctor

Recycled Home features fifty craft projects for the home, each using discarded or repurposed materials. There are step-by-step tutorials and every chapter covers a different room in the house and garden. Because there are so many projects on offer, there’s sure to be something to suit different tastes, budgets and skill levels.

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Sew Over It: Sew It, Wear It, Love It by Lisa Comfort

This is the first book from British sewing extraordinaire and crafter Lisa Comfort. Here, Lisa shares her passion for sewing and guides readers through the basics of sewing by hand and machine, as well as the skills needed to follow her simple but stylish projects. The book features twenty-five fully illustrated step-by-step sewing projects, as well as advice on customising and altering clothes. Perfect for those who want to start sewing or improve on their skills.

Stitched Gifts: 25 Sweet and Simple Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion by Jessica Marquez

From the founder of the popular Etsy shop Miniature Rhino, Stitched Gifts offers twenty-five embroidery projects for different occasions including weddings, holidays, baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries. Each project is simple enough to complete in a weekend and can be easily customised using the templates and alphabets provided. The book also features an illustrated stitch glossary and twenty-five perforated reusable template pages.

Supermarket Sarah’s Wonder Walls: A Guide to Displaying Your Stuff by Sarah Bagner

If you’re looking for creative ways to display items in your home, then this book is for you. This book comes from the creative lady behind the popular site Supermarket Sarah, and is packed with ideas for displaying your treasures. Sarah visits homes and studios of designers and collectors from around the world, explores the ideas and thoughts behind objects and collections and offers useful advice on how to look at your own collections in a new light.

Things I Love by Megan Morton

This is the second book from Australian interiors stylist Megan Morton (after Home Love, first released in 2010). In it, Megan shares her enthusiasm for homes, people and design via a range of visual examples, but the book also has a practical slant via decorating advice and tips.

So there you have it – plenty of fantastic new books to keep you inspired in the craft and decorating department. Happy reading!

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About the guest poster:

Diane is a Melbourne-based freelance editor, proofreader and project manager working in non-fiction illustrated book publishing. She has a passion for all things design and writes a design blog called Notes to a Further Excuse. She also loves taking photographs, crafting, drinking coffee and obsessing over mid-century homewares.


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