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.
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.
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…
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!
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….