The Crafty Minx: Creative Recycling and Handmade Treasures

The Crafty Minx: Creative Recycling and Handmade Treasures

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By (author) Kelly Doust

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  • Publisher: MURDOCH BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 246mm x 26mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Millers Point
  • ISBN 10: 1741964954
  • ISBN 13: 9781741964950
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 13,566

Product description

The Crafty Minx is about making gorgeous things from preloved, remnant and vintage items. It is written especially for non-crafters who are desperate to be more creative but don't know how, and shares the delicious rewards of living with and giving away beautiful handmade objects. Kelly Doust shares her practical tips to help make your own delectable crafts from discarded materials, and a positive impact on the environment in the process. Including over 75 projects which give traditional crafts a modern makeover - from brightly patterned summer beach bags and cotton apron tops to cosy lambs' wool throws and cashmere-covered hot water bottles, or a soft toy for a friend's new baby - this book is broken down into the four seasons of the year for easy inspiration, and to carry you through the year creatively. Bringing you stories about great vintage finds and new ways of looking at the treasures within our own homes, thrift stores and local flea markets, it reflects the huge cultural shift taking place right now towards recycling and buying locally. No matter where you live or what your circumstances, discover just how easy it is to be a crafty minx.

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Author information

Kelly Doust has been scouring flea markets and charity stores for vintage fashion, fabrics and homewares from her early teens, and making and reinventing things in her own trial-and-error way since she was a girl. Her favourite things, in no particular order, are tea, clothes, friends, home, crafternoons, and her husband and daughter. Previously Kelly worked in book publishing and public relations in Sydney, Hong Kong and London, and as a freelance writer. She currently writes for Australian Women's Weekly and Vogue. For favourite suppliers, further crafting projects and workshop information, please visit Kelly's website and blog at www.thecraftyminx.com.au.

Customer reviews

By Koby Campbell 22 Apr 2012 5

This book is a fantastic craft book to add to the collection! Some books I own do not have many craft ideas that are actually 'do-able' on a cheap budget.
This book however is fantastic! soo many different ideas and varying for different age-groups. There are beautiful doorstops to soft toys for children.
Everything is beautifully presented and i love the fact that most of the DIY's are using recycled objects.
Very very happy :)

By Georgie 09 Mar 2011 5

For someone starting out in crafts, this book is really inspiring. It's the first book I've actually made lots of projects from and felt encouraged to do so. Kelly's style is bright and colourful and fun, and i loved the mix of fabrics she uses. My favourites are the doorstops, hot water bottle covers made from old jumpers and the spring peg bag. Her blog and second book, The Crafty Kid, are great also!