Monday, 10 September 2012

Review: Simply Homemade Issue 21

Sooo, this issue actually hit the shops on Thursday, but I have had too many other things to post about just recently, so many apologies that this is a little late, but I think that it is worth the wait - there are loads of great projects, news pieces and giveaways  this issue.

This is the first issue to contain Christmassy items, but there are also some non-Chritmassy projects too, but shall we start with the giveaways?  In this issue you could win:
  • a copy of The Lavender Lover's Handbook from Timber Press
  • some fat quarter bundles from Vintage Modern
  • some Vilene & Hemline sets
  • Gutermann Rayon 40 thread sets
  • a Sizzix Big Short starter kit
  • Black Sparkle yarn from Hooplayarn
  • paper doll craft kits from Cupcakes for Clara
  • Tibetian Silver Christmas charm sets from B for Beads
  • Teddy Bear needle felt kits from ArtFelt
  • a copy of The Complete Machine Quilting Manual from Search Press
  • vintage-style kitchen scales from dotcomgiftshop
  • Tiger Lily Makes vouchers and
  • a Paermania wheelable craft tote full of goodies.
I'm not entirely sure that there is a project in this issue that I don't like/am not sure about, and I don't think I can pick a favourite either.  I do really like the snowflake patterned bootees, mittens and hat set in 'Let It Snow'. but my knitting isn't up to scratch yet for such a project.  A bit more practice and once I can make these they could be my favourites.  I might have to also make them in big people's size, rather than little people's size.

Among the things I could make and really like is the mini-stocking advent calendar in 'Festive Felt'.  This looks pretty simple to make, apart from the applique bit, but the magazine does have a solution for that.  I like the fact that they are adaptable and reusable.  This project feature also has some cute felt tree decorations that look as though the kids could get involved in making, and a simple Christmas card.

One of the other projects I love, but which looks a bit more difficult, is the Christmas Heart in 'Simply Stitching', which is a pretty embroidered tree (or other) decoration.  I even think I have everything I need to make this, so may have to have a go next time I have some spare time to actually attempt something for me - not that I'm complaining about being busy - I just wish I had more hours in my day.  This project also has a lovely little fabric covered notebook, and if you subscribe to Simply Homemade this issue, you will receive a set containing all you need to make these projects.

I am also liking the projects in 'Home For The Holidays', which includes a candle holder, card, box, key hooks and decorations, all with a winter wonderland house theme.  My favourites are the Deck The Halls decorations, which I intend to have a go at myself when some spare time presents itself, and a card.  However, the card I make will be a little bit different to the one in the magazine, as at first glance I thought that what I now know to be the box was the card and I shall be adapting my design to make that the card.

Also in this issue, all of which I like and want to make are 
  • an advent calendar using the free papers that came with this issue (along with some free Christmas rubber stamps)
  • how to make dorset buttons
  • travel games
  • vanilla slices
  • wood carving
  • beaded snowflake tress decorations
  • Christmas stockings
  • cushions
  • gift boxes and
  • Christmas cards.
There really is something for everyone, and I recommend that this is one issue you buy, and at £4.99, it is pretty bargainous and will keep you occupied until Christmas.

Happy Crafting!


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