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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's get down and domestic: The Gentle Art of Domesticity

It used to be that domestic arts were a no-no. It was far too frumpy to think of hanging about at home to make cookies or, god forbid, embroider or knit.

But now everyone is jumping on the craft bandwagon. Most of us feel a crazy tug in the direction of one form or another- yarn quickly took over my life a number of years ago, and only now am I thinking about sewing again.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity is for the indecisive crafter. Not sure if you want to cook, sew, knit, quilt or bake? Here, you experience a little taste of every option, complete with beautiful photographs and idyllic craft-laden scenes. Jane Brocket knows how to woo with pretty colors and lush materials.

You might have never known you wanted to make your own curtains and lay on the couch knitting away on a blanket. But this book makes it look so appealing you can't help springing into action.

As one who enjoys crafting time to a distracting degree, I have been so happy to see the boom in creative activities. Nothing says love like a handmade gift. If you are looking to make them or be on the receiving end of them, I think this would be a worthy investment.

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