Friday, August 22, 2014


Sometimes a little ME time is just what the hustle and bustle of our busy days demands. Clear your mind with some terrific new craft and do-it-yourself books on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library.
What makes The Flower Recipe Book so appealing is that author Alethea Harampolis offers easy and unique ways to show off plants, either from your garden or the market, without buying expensive containers. Grab an old vase, bowl or tin from your closet (you don’t need a hole in the bottom) and add soil and your plants. The results are stunning and your greenery won’t die if your follow the author’s special tricks.

Love books? Put that love into action with Bibliocraft by rare book librarian Jessica Pigza. Suggesting that libraries are a great source of inspiration and resources, the author shares paper, textile and needlework crafts that have that vintage look. Ideas include using copies of heraldic crests to create coasters and making an embroidered table runner using animal cut outs copied from books. Her how-to instructions are easy to follow and the results are elegant. 

Giving a party and want more than food recipes? Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe is divided into morning, brunch, noon and night sections and offers ideas on what to serve and how to style the meals with simple crafts. The vintage photo napkins (transfer your photos onto cloth), clothespin trivet and coffee filter flowers are both fanciful and functional.

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