When I moved house I told myself I would stop buying books because I already have so many on my shelf and lots of them are unread. Who was I kidding? I've probably bought more books in the past year than ever before... woops!
I'm so glad this one came into my life at just the right moment though! I've been feeling a bit creatively confused, unsure what style I should be working in, what materials I should be using and what the hell I should even be making! Post Blogtacular I've been thinking I need to get back into the habit of creating for the sake of it and just seeing where it takes me. Make it Yours by Christine Schmidt (AKA Yellow Owl Workshop) is the perfect book for this, teaching you not only the craft techniques you need to create exciting (and professional looking) things for your home, but also inspirational tips for getting creative.Christine encourages you to try a morning exercise - giving yourself 5, 10 or 20 minutes each day to make something quickly with whatever you have to hand. I would describe myself as a creative, and yet I'm not sure that I really am creating something every day. It's so easy to get bogged down with admin and all the other bits that come with being self-employed that sometimes I forget to leave time to just create.
There's a Grace Bonney quote on the back of the book that sums it up perfectly for me:
Christine Schmidt is my crafting idol. She makes me want to stop what I'm doing, pick up a set of tools, and make something creative. Make it Yours is a gateway to a world of fun and easy-to-follow projects that let you create (and decorate) the home of your dreams.
And I did stop what I was doing and pick up a set of tools! I was inspired to get my lino printing set out (that I probably haven't used since I left university) and give something a go. It didn't work out how I wanted, and do you know what? That's fine. I didn't mind one bit. I got creative and I made a mess and that's what it's all about isn't it? A bit of trial and error goes a long way and I'm really excited to get messy once again.
There are so many DIYs I want to try in this, there are a couple of sneak peeks in the images below. What I really love about this book is that you're encouraged to go off track a bit and experiment on your own terms - Christine gives you an outline of a skill or a technique but encourages you to "remix" it and create something in your own way and your own style. Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more DIY projects from me in future!
You can buy your own copy of Make it Yours, published by Clarkson Potter for £18.99.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review by GMC Publications. All views and opinions are my own.