Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale...
That author's name you see on the book pictured above--JoAnn Moser?--that's me. Yup, I wrote a book. An honest to goodness, available-at-Amazon-and-local-retailers-near-you, book. It all started back in December of 2014 when Mark Johanson from Cool Springs Press contacted me regarding an idea he had about a
Design books are great for design inspiration and guidance, but they also are pretty fun pieces to style your home. The books that are best for you are the ones that fit your style aesthetic. When you find the book that fits you, it can be your go to source for how to bring your space all together. Here are ten of my favorite design books that fit a wide range of different type of design aesthetics with some that even help diagnose your style.
Becky Lamb gets it: no matter what some people may say, crafting stuff out of wood pallets will continue to be popular. Her love of the humble shipping staple started a long time ago with a DIY shelf. Her love affair has culminated into a complete book packed with 25+ rustic projects using them, and they just might be the inspiration you need to finally start making stuff out of those pallets you've been collecting...
A few years ago, designer/maker Christopher Stuart hit the ground running with his book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide. I reviewed it for Curbly, giving it a glowing shout-out. When Christopher's followup book appeared in my mailbox last week, my first thought was, "more of the same?" The answer to that
To be honest, when the prospect of reviewing Lauren Elise Donaldson's new book MASON JAR CRAFTS from Ulysses Press was presented to me, my first thought was, "What could possibly be in the book that I haven't seen before on the Internet?" Turns out the answer to that question is a lot. More than 30 projects in fact.
Lauren breaks down the book into
When John Murphy wrote his first book Stupid Sock Creatures, little did he know he would start a sock creature revolution. People everywhere were so inspired by the eight creatures contained within, they began making sock creatures of their own. John then invited these loyal readers to become guest designers for his latest work, Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures (Lark Crafts, October 2012, 132 pages).
The book is divided into two parts. The first breaks down
The new title from Better Homes and Gardens, DIY Ideas, Projects and Tips for Every Room (Wiley, 264 pages) is so jam-packed with amazing photos, tips and projects, I’m not sure where to begin. Seriously. When I first opened the book I immediately suffered from inspiration overload. My problem was trying to take it all in at once. Not good. Better would have been to approach this incredible wealth of information
From blankets to bowls to wallpaper to teepees (yes, teepees), Rebecca Proctor's new book single-handily revises "make do and mend" to "make do and recycle." Entitled, RECYCLED HOME, Transforming Your Home Using Salvaged Materials, the book has something for every skill level who has a penchant for re-use. Divided into seven sections (Living, Sleeping, Bathing Dining Utility, Kids and Outdoors), the 50 featured projects are complete with concise directions and full-color pictures. Here's a project that caught my, an Upcycled Chair Seat, as I have a chair that is in need of a new woven seat (plus, I love the dangly bits):
Although the chair seat is on my to-do list, there was one project that we had to make and immediately. That is the Scrap-Wood Bathtub Caddy. The arrival of Rebecca's books was serendipitous as I had been looking for bathtub caddies just the day before. (No kidding!) The chrome versions clock in at around 100 to 150 bucks, a price that put me off the idea. Then came the book. I knew exactly what scrap wood we were going to use too. Some leftover ipe from a prior Curbly project. Here's what Rebecca's Scrap-Wood Bathtub Caddy looks like, but to see mine (which we made for a standard tub) and to get the instructions on HOW TO BUILD ONE YOURSELF check back in a few hours (the post is coming!):
Ms. Proctor's book, RECYCLED HOME, Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials, will be available in September 2012 and can be pre-ordered at Laurence King for $19.95 or at Amazon for $13.97, where it's currently available for free super saver shipping.
As soon as I spotting this bird feeder in Fern Richardson's beautiful, new book Small-Space Container Gardens, I immediately had to ask her publisher, Timber Press, if I could share it with my fellow Curbliers. Okay, yeah, it's a bird feeder and Fern's book is about small space gardening, but she does devote an entire chapter on attracting birds, bees and butterflies to tiny gardens. So there. Now, on to the tutorial!"The simple, clean lines of this square bird feeder make a classy contrast to all the vibrant, wildlife-friendly plants. A paint job inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s black and primary color palette would add another level to the minimalist theme. Regardless of how pleasing the end results are to the human eye, remember that birds will only show their enthusiasm when the feeder is stocked with delectable seed."
- 4 (1-foot) lengths 1 x 2 wood
- 4 (1-1/2-inch) galvanized screws
- Linseed oil
- Multi-surface heavy duty glue, such as Gorilla Glue
- Small ceramic pot without a drainage hole
- 1 hook bolt
1. Screw the 4 pieces of 1 x 2 wood together to make a square frame.
2. Seal the wood with linseed oil.
3. Run a bead of glue around the bottom inner edge of the ceramic pot. Place the pot in the center of the bottom of the frame and wiggle gently to make sure there is good contact between the glue, the pot, and the wood frame. Allow the glue to completely harden before proceeding.
4. Screw the hook bolt into the top of the frame, directly above the pot. Add birdseed to the ceramic pot and hang the feeder outside. Enjoy watching birds discover your feeder!
No garden? No problem. Fern Richardson of Life of the Balcony fame shows us how to have an enviable garden without the acreage in her title Small-Space Container Gardens from Timber Press. Organized into 9 tidy sections, we cover everything from flowers to herbs, from shady patios to sunny decks and everything in between.
Don't let the title of Marie Iannotti's new title from Timber Press fool you. Her guide for growing all that is heirloom is perfect for the beginner and the experienced gardener alike. However, if you are a beginner to this variety of vegetables, you might wonder just what an heirloom vegetable is. According to Ms. Iannotti, there are three requirements that must be fulfilled
Lorene Edwards Forkner’s book Handmade Garden Projects is filled with step-by-step instructions for over two dozen projects that will keep you busy for this growing season and beyond. Featherweight planters (made of peat and cement), vinyl wall flowers (made of LPs), a vintage-y outdoor chandelier (made of wire edging), a pergola (made of plumbing pipes) and much more, there’s something for every garden and every DIYer. You can snag it right now at Amazon for about $14.
With the permission of Ms. Forkner’s publisher, Timber Press, we’re pleased as punch to share two original projects from Handmade Garden Projects. The first is this Gabion-Style Cocktail Table.
Don't let the unassuming title or cover of industrial designer and artist Christopher Stuart's new book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide fool you. The work is filled with some of the most interesting DIY furniture I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot. Chris collected 30 projects from the best designer-makers out there and put them into the collection that includes projects for every room in your home, and they're all constructed of supplies...