Crayon Art, LEGO Christmas, Crochet To Calm, Home Decor | Crafts & DIY Reviews, October 15, 2016


Novelty-seeking adult readers of every artistic skill level will appreciate The Art of Crayon; LEGO building provides numerous options for creative fun; Schlosser’s expertise successfully combines with the uncommon focus on professional-quality home decor projects

Encaustic Art, Bead Sparkle, Leathercraft, Kid’s Play, Lingerie Design, Vern Yip | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2016


Aristides guides readers through centuries-old methods of painting realistic images; attractive designs that explore the possibilities of leatherwork; adventurous knitters will be drawn to Jurgrau’s exquisite lace designs; Powell provides a wealth of information for home sewists

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2016


From beginning photography to Creative Cut Cards, fan favorites Neil Gaiman and the Ramones at 40, plus best memoirs, spies and espionage, with Gooley, Pilkey & Co., and Schwartz on water scarcity issues

Sharpie Style, DIY Garden Projects, “Crazy Crochet,” & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 15, 2016


Brehm offers Drawing Perspective with dynamic layouts and simple structure, there’s a lot of diversity in Brandal & Myhrer’s cheerful compilation, debuter Wood’s accessories will find an audience with confident beginners

DIY Temporary Tattoos by Pepper Baldwin | LJ Review


Baldwin, a designer and retailer of temporary tattoos, offers an alternative to people who aren’t ready to commit to a permanent tattoo.

Flower Power | Wyatt’s World


Flower books float in and out of the publishing cycle. These offerings are hot once again. Here are five current and forthcoming titles to consider.

Optical Illusions, Cardmaking, Floral Arrangements, & More | Craft & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2016


A user-friendly Photographer’s iPad; mixed-media artists will appreciate Cardmaking‘s image-based tutorials; Chezar’s loose, natural arrangements are fabulous; Hammersen’s knits are exquisite

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015


Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015


Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts

Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

art before breakfast

By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Gregory helps readers take back a little time for art-making in their lives by offering ample short […]