Get Crafty

Get Crafty

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This is not your mother's home ec! When Jean Railla was in her twenties, she thought being a bohemian meant smoking in cafes and going home to a crummy, dusty walk-up apartment. But then she had a shocking thought--would vacuuming really get her booted from the riot grrls club? So she began to cook, and then to knit, and then she took up sewing. Soon she had launched getcrafty.com, the webzine for radical craftiness. "Get Crafty" is about realizing that domesticity matters--that an apartment with handmade pillows or a bathroom with an Elvis theme is more life-affirming than the same old Ikea couch. Jean inspires readers to start making creative choices throughout their lives--in the way they shop, cook, dress, decorate, and, of course, craft. You will learn to consciously create your space, experience the joy of making things by hand, find the zen in cleaning, stock your pantry, and find treasure in the trash. It's Home Ec, only hip. You will: Discover the joy of making it yourself, with instructions for a knit bikini, DIY cards, floral soap, and homemade peppermint lip gloss Create your own space and make simple home improvements Take a quiz: Which craft is right for you? Learn to thrift like an expert Take up Craftivism: 20 crafty causes that make a difference Organize crafty girl groups, and host a Naked Lady party "Get Crafty" is more than craft projects; it's a new way of thinking and living, a way of finding happiness by expressing yourself creatively in every aspect of your life.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 182.9 x 231.1 x 12.7mm | 317.52g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 LINE DRAWINGS
  • 0767917200
  • 9780767917209
  • 1,797,250

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This is not your mother's home ec! When Jean Railla was in her twenties, she thought being a bohemian meant smoking in cafes and going home to a crummy, dusty walk-up apartment. But then she had a shocking thought--would vacuuming really get her booted from the riot grrls club? So she began to cook, and then to knit, and then she took up sewing. Soon she had launched getcrafty.com, the webzine for radical craftiness. "Get Crafty is about realizing that domesticity matters--that an apartment with handmade pillows or a bathroom with an Elvis theme is more life-affirming than the same old Ikea couch. Jean inspires readers to start making creative choices throughout their lives--in the way they shop, cook, dress, decorate, and, of course, craft. You will learn to consciously create your space, experience the joy of making things by hand, find the zen in cleaning, stock your pantry, and find treasure in the trash. It's Home Ec, only hip. You will: Discover the joy of making it yourself, with instructions for a knit bikini, DIY cards, floral soap, and homemade peppermint lip gloss Create your own space and make simple home improvements Take a quiz: Which craft is right for you? Learn to thrift like an expert Take up Craftivism: 20 crafty causes that make a difference Organize crafty girl groups, and host a Naked Lady party "Get Crafty is more than craft projects; it's a new way of thinking and living, a way of finding happiness by expressing yourself creatively in every aspect of your life.show more

Review quote

"Sewing circles aren't extinct--they're online.... A pioneer of the cybercraft movement is Get Crafty." --"Time Out New York ""Martha Stewart meets Patti Smith in this essential homemaking manual for the modern-day gal (and guy). With projects ranging from the straightforward (how to paint your room) to the sublime (Jean's grandmother's Madeleine recipe) as well as a keen sense of both the political and spiritual reasons for why young people are embracing the "New Domesticity," "Get Crafty" is the best proof yet that crafting is the new rock n' roll." --Debbie Stoller, author of "Stitch n' Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook" and Editor-in-Chief of BUST Magazineshow more

About Jean Railla

JEAN RAILLA is the founder and editor of getcrafty.com and a regular contributor to "Bust""Magazine." She lives in Manhattan's Greenwich Village with her husband and son.show more

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