My apologies — with this book review I’m afraid this is no longer a G rated blog — but it’s a great book, so I couldn’t resist.

You may recognize the name Mark Montano from HGTV’s While You Were Out.

The projects are mostly home dec, but not all. There are some stationary making projects, a couple of jewelryish ones.

So far my daughter and I have made the stationary using soap bubbles — really! That was fun and produced surprisingly good results.

I mostly limit myself to jewelry making — metalsmithing, Precious Metal Clay — and I do felting and Print Gocco — in order to get good at jewelry making I’ve found I have to focus and not dabble in everything.

But sometimes it’s a good creativity boost to do something different, fun and no pressure.

I use Artist Trading Cards that way, and this book has lots of fun, easy, managable projects.

So whether your space needs some a decorating freshening up, or you need to get out of a creativity rut, try the Big Ass Book of Crafts.

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