I have been reading Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule. No, I have been slowly savoring it. The pictures make me want to snuggle down in some cosy handmade quilts and the projects remind me of my two kiddo days, when crafting filled my yellow kitchen and laundry included two fewer girls. In all honestly, I didn’t go to the bookstore to buy this book. I’d actually never heard of it. It caught my eye because it had a party looking banner on the cover and as I flipped through it, I loved the variety of crafts. I was a bit surprised, however, when I got it home. I guess I should have looked closer to where it says, “includes 30 sewing projects.” But I do like small sewing challenges and I can’t find fault with patterns that start out by saying “use what you have.” And there is a definitely a theme woven throughout this book that is right up my alley: don’t throw it away, just re-purpose it. Though I don’t have the slow paced life pictured within the pages, and I no longer sew with a nine month old on my lap, it doesn’t mean I can’t escape for a moment and remember when I did. *If you want you can check out Amanda Blake Soule on her blog Soule Mama.


  1. Brittany, it’s so ironic that you did a book review on Handmade Home! I was in the book store this past weekend looking for some "Cliff Notes" on Algebra I and Earth Science (UGH) for my daughter this semester, so, naturally, I headed towards the Crafts section of the store! As you, the cover of this book caught my eye, as well! I picked it up and thumbed through it quickly, but didn’t purchase it this time around. I’d love to know if you make any of Amanda Blake Soule’s projects! Enjoy your day….

    Karen Wilson/lillybelle Designs    Thursday, September 3, 2009
  2. when were you going to tell me about this "other" blog. it is way beyond charming, i love it! why aren’t you in california? jack is turning one on the 12th. keep it up.

    sara    Thursday, September 3, 2009

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