Saturday, December 25, 2010

Interesting Discovery

I see that Zinio is now offering subscriptions to Burda. Can the instructions be downloaded in English? I find this all very intriguing.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mina Perhonen

I am always blown away when I visit the Mina Perhonen website. I never did finish the Mina Perhonen knock-off purse that I blogged about here.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Version of Hardware Chic

Really, I'm not trying to be chic. More like flip. Remember the giant-ass piece of glass?

Taken earlier in the day when there was available light.

And after a trip to Home Depot for supplies to make the Five Minute Desk Lamp from Home from the Hardware Store.

Home from the Hardware Store

I've been out of control when it comes to books lately. Crafter's Choice has been sending me daily deals that are too good to pass up. I'm still trying to figure out how they make any money when they practically give books away. The free shipping offers slay me. So it was with just a tad bit of guilt that I slipped Home from the Hardware Store into my cart. This was part of a two-for-$22 with free shipping offer. The other part of the order consist of Elizabeth Hartman's The Practical Guide to Patchwork. The Practical Guide to Patchwork might finally demystify quilting for me, but that's for another review. On to Home from the Hardware Store.

At first glance I was rather let down by the book's 9" x 7 1/2" size. Also, it's a paperback. I'm not one to snub paperbacks, but I guess I prefer my paperback craft and design books to be larger. Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect. I googled co-author of the book, Stephen Antonson, when I was researching my options and became very intrigued by what I saw on his website. Upon receipt, it took little time for me to arrive at the conclusion that this book rocks! I have decided to not give too much away in the photos that I'm posting because that would be a spoiler. Let's just say that I'm already planning on tackling one or two of the lighting projects.

The book has projects ranging from furniture and accent pieces to kid's stuff. None of the projects look impossible to execute, although some may be more involved than others. That's a round about way of saying that there's something for everyone in this book. The ubiquitous pipe shelving is included, but there is so much more. And it's not just about the projects, it's about being inspired to find beauty in, and alternative uses for, hardware. The book is not hurting for great styling and photography either. These projects look good.

I wouldn't mind having a Royal Robot Floor Lamp of my own.

In a separate section of the book instructions can be found for each project. The instructions are sufficiently detailed and well written.

I'm a sucker for a good DIY project, and there's no shortage of DIY inspiration in Home from the Hardware Store.