Book Review and Giveawy: Make Hey! While the Sun Shines by Pip Lincolne

I jumped at the chance of reviewing Pip Lincolne’s new book, Make Hey While the Sun Shines, because I’m a huge fan of her blog Meet me at Mike’s. I love it because it’s a bright and friendly place, full of  inspirational projects, enormous crafty enthusiasm and great, great photographs. This is all totally carried across to Make Hey…, which is full of fun ideas and quirky photos, and is written in Pip’s endearing style.

Make Hey While the Sun Shines
Look at that really useful spiral binding - always vital in a craft project book!

The book has a summer holiday themed (it’s just out in Australia too!) – but don’t let that put you off buying it at this time of year – it’s a blast of lovely colour, humour, fun and inspiration just when you most need it. The projects all look great (more of them later) – but what really makes this a stand-out crafting book is the wonderful styling, which really conveys the personality of the author.

Don't you just love all the vintage bits and pieces and the super photography?!
Super cute nick-nacks and crafting kit

My favourite projects are the Chatty Tote (learn how to use your PC to make prints to transfer onto fabric), the gorgeous Piggy-Back Pocket Monkey (a brilliant softie-with-a-difference sewing project) and, of course, this super-cute crochet Very Fun Party Bunting. We have a special double birthday at our house next week so I broke out the crochet hook straight away…

The crochet instructions are lovely and clear - all the projects in the book look to be really clearly written.

There’s lots here that’s achievable for new crafters, and lots that present more of a challenge or opportunities to learn something new. There’s sewing, crochet, knitting, papercraft and printing projects – with clear step-by-step instructions and also more general information if you are a total beginner (there’s a glossary of sewing stitches and a ‘How to’ for knitting and crochet).

There’s also a few things, besides the ace photographs, that take this book beyond your bog-standard beginners’ craft book. There are recipe cards – (grilled figs with brown sugar yogurt? Yes please!), a list of recommended TV to watch whilst crafting, a summer sunshine playlist, and my most favourite of all, a holiday reading list. I occupied several happy minutes establishing that I’d read 29 of the 90 listed books… and then thinking about what I’d include on my own essential list. Yes I am a book geek… Glad to know that Pip Lincolne is too!

Piles of lovely books all ready to read!

The very kind people of Hardie Grant have given me a copy of Make Hey… to give away to one of you lucky people. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment telling me either your favourite holiday read, your favourite crafting TV viewing, or both. Almost impossible to answer I know… personally I think I’d choose some Dickens (Our Mutual Friend maybe) to read  on holiday, and a lovely Austen adaptation (Persuasion is my favourite..), or maybe a bit of Green Wing or Life on Mars to watch on TV. You have until Monday 14 Nov to sign up to win a copy of this lovely book!  Good luck….


34 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveawy: Make Hey! While the Sun Shines by Pip Lincolne

  1. I can’t remember when I last read a book (except for ones to children!). we didn’t have a holiday this year so I missed out on holiday reading. BUT I would choose In the Skin of the Lion by Michael Ondaatje – it’s fantastic. Would love to win a copy of Pips book – thanks for the chance

  2. I recently read One Day by David Nicholls, definitely a ‘can’t put it down’ good book. I don’t watch much TV, but a good film you’ve seen before is always a winner when crafting.

  3. My favourite show to watch when I’m in a crafty mood is Scrubs, but I have to be careful not to laugh too energetically so I don’t prick my finger or suffer another craft-related injury. A good holiday read for me might be something by Nick Hornby or an issue of Oh Comely magazine. Lovely giveaway x

  4. I read “The Beach House” by Lucy Diamond over summer and it was a perfect easy read – plus I could picture my fav. beach cafe as the place the story was set…..which cafe…..SunSetSurf Cafe at Gwithian….wish I was there now!

  5. Crafting t.v no, but crafting radio absolutely, 4 extra mostly apart from 2-3pm, the archers and play on radio 4! Book, lately its anything by Daphne du Maurier, took Scapegoat on Holiday and loved it, I’m now working my way thorough her catologue…

  6. Hmmm – I most read light but readable fiction (not chick lit though!) nowadays on holiday as work and running around after 3 children doesn’t leave me much concentration power .I have started sharing a lot of fantasty novels with my nearly 12 year old voracious reader (it is touch and go as to who reads them first – if it is on the Kindle then I have to, to make sure they’re age appropriate *looks saintly*) I’m currently going through a (machine) sewing phase in my crafting, so watching TV is pretty much out! Think I need to dig out the radio.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. I love Alan Bennett and managed to read his latest book Smut recently while on a short break, although I did need an extension from the library which the lovely librabrian arranged AND she didn’t fine me when I brought it back a day late and half read! TV – QI is a good background programme to craft too. Thanks for introducing me to Pip’s blog, it’s lovely!

  8. I don’t usually watch and knit, I listen and knit – Radio 4 and old episodes of The Goons are favourites – but one programme you’ll always find me knitting through is QI … it’s not very visual so I can look at what’s in my hands if needed and not lose track of the programme. Holiday reading … the latest Terry Pratchett novel, always!

  9. I love the idea of crocheted bunting. On monday I knitted to the fabulous Gareth Malone as he encouraged military wives to sing. Luckily I was making dolly clothes (dollies are very forgiving of dropped stitches) because I sobbed through much of it.

    Backlane Notebook

  10. Ok im going to let you into my dirty little secret…….. I LOVE big brother so i always have that on whilst im sewing and pottering about folding my fabrics (as you do) Now you also know im a night time worker!! I do have a 2 yr old running through the house with oven gloves on her feet throughout the day so its best to keep the 4inch doll needle tooked away 😉

    Kirsty, Hattie Willow xx

  11. I always like reading crime novels or thrillers on holiday – something by Michael Connelly normally. As for crafting tv – anything, as long as it’s not too complicated otherwise I miss too much looking away from the tv! Looks like a fab book (great review) so fingers crossed I win!

  12. This book looks great and I especially like the crochet bunting. Just started crochet classes last week, and have been practising all week. To be honest, any TV for me is crafting TV as I can’t just sit and watch a programme without either reading or crafting. As for books, I know this doesn’t count, but I am a magazineaholic and have a pile at the side of the sofa that is slowly growing in size, anything from Good Food magazine to Mollie makes with Sew Hip in between and much more besides. For some reason I can start a book, but don’t manage to finish – why??? May be because I’m thinking about crafting xxxxxx

  13. Hi
    Thank you for this giveaway
    I’d love to win this book
    I’m a handicrafter and Informatic engineer too
    Best holidays to all,

  14. The books I’ve most enjoyed reading on holiday are Chocolat by Joanne Harris and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Co-incidentally, I was thinking only the other day that I really should read some Dickens and was wondering which would be the best to start with – so that would be my next holiday choice. I don’t tend to craft when watching programmes I’m really intersested in (except perhaps a bit of straighforward knitting) so it could be any programme that’s mildly interesting.
    Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book!
    Teresa x

  15. Favorite read is Pride and Prejudice and or a Wilbur smith book depending on what my mood is though either will always puts me in a better mood! and current favorite TV to embroider to is Downton abbey 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks amazing.

  16. A Kerry Greenwood book always gets me holiday mode, and I like to knit to Cuban dance hits of the 60’s and 70’s.

  17. I can’t believe I am entering yet another competition to win THIS book…but since the question was aimed at holiday reading, I thought I would put my two cents in…It has to be old, it has to be thick and it has to be tragic in some way…So my top 3 are: The Mysteries of Udolpho (Ann Radcliffe), follwed by a bit of Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) and finished of with a bit of Tom Jones: a foundling (Henry Fielding)…All patiently collecting dust on my bedside table…So many books, so little time!

  18. I like to use a holiday to read a ‘sitting up’ book by the fire or on the beach, rather than a ‘lying down’ bedtime book – so it can be a heavyweight in size or literariness! In the Crimbo/New Year holiday I like a classic, and/or a ghost/spooky story so this year it will be Middlemarch and the new Stephen King 11.22.63

  19. I don’t want to WIN! But I do want to say THANK YOU for such a lovely feature on my book! I am super lucky to be surrounded by nice people like YOU! Thank you a whole big heap! xxx

  20. Oh no! I haven’t read a proper book for ages and I don’t watch much TV! Maybe that’s why I should win the book so that it motivates me to watch Kirsty and gives me something to browse on holiday!?

  21. I like to listen to/watch Pride and Prejudice when I craft. It’s a great story and I’ve seen it lots of time so I can craft and look up for my favorite bits. For music I like to listen to Jack Johnson when I craft. It’s just fun, mellow music.

  22. It has to be something on TV that I don’t really need to concentrate on such as Neighbours and Home & Away!! And holiday reading, well a whole variety of things really, my only ‘tradition’ with this is choosing a book at the airport as it is a little holiday indulgence and marks the start of my trip 🙂

  23. I have to admit I don’t have much concentration for reading anything other than a magazine at the moment! However I love sewing whilst watching terrible reality tv shows such as TOWIE or Made In Chelsea – my guilty pleasures!

  24. Hmm I love reading! Esp historical novels- This ‘holiday’ (kids half term) I read Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’- that was good! TV wise, I just like something on I can listen to but don’t need to see. The Big Performance with Gareth Malone on BBCiplayer works for me 🙂

  25. I’m not sure it would be my one and only choice, but at the moment Kitchen Nightmares USA is my crafting TV – keeps dh entertained while my attention is on the knitting. Needs to be something not too distracting otherwise I start dropping stitches 🙂 As for a favourite holiday read, too tricky! I’ve just got into Kate Atkinson and have a few left over so that would probaly be my official choice, but Jill Mansell or Fiona Walker are my guilty secrets…

  26. Hm, I don’t have a book I reread at the holidays. I like watching reality tv while I’m sewing… if I watch better shows, I slow down because I want to see what’s going on! 😀

  27. I’d choose a Christopher Lloyd book ( I love them all!) and I’d watch Strictly or the Antiques Roadshow!!
    Thanks! This looks a great book!

  28. Favourite holiday read would have to be anything by Sarah Walters, though for sheer happy feeling reading I would go for one of the number one Ladies detective agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. Crafting t.v? I like to watch Q I, you don’t really have to watch it, just listen.

  29. Weeds is the best TV for knitting, watch and watch again (I have to rewatch cos I still knit looking at my fingers!); but of course radio 4 (and extra) is always the best for any knitting or sewing. Holiday reading? i’m becoming addicted to older kids fiction- it’s great and holds my attention far better than the adult stuff- lastest love Brandon Sanderson and his hero Alcatraz; and couldn’t wrench myself away from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Really would very much like that book xxxxxxxx

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