1. I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

    I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!


    "DIY: Recycled Book Planters

    This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?
    1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.
    2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.
    3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)
    4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.
    5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird 1 (by Sew Technicolor)

    I’m re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird at the moment, it’s pretty much my favourite book and pulls at my heart strings every time.  So of course, I’m looking through Etsy and Flickr for anything TKaM themed!  This stitched piece is stunning.

    "I chose Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird" as my embroidered cover.

    I read the novel for the first time earlier this year, and it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I loved its message and simplicity. For a book on such a serious issue, I was surprised by how funny and charming it was in so many parts!

    I’m a nerd for book covers, and this is my favorite cover for “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I love silhouettes, anyway, but this little girl is a perfect Scout. And I just love how striking the design is, even though it only uses three basic colors.

    My embroidery is stitched on grey broadcloth with a white cotton moon stitched on. I used a split stitch for all of the outlining and then went back and filled it in with (an adaptation of) long and short stitch. I didn’t want to use a satin stitch (except on the bird), because I wanted the “tree bark” to look rough instead of smooth.

    My piece is based on this cover, illustrated by Sarah Coleman.”

  3. If I didn’t rent my place, these shelves would be alllll over!

  4. Beautiful book art by Guy Laramee.

  5. Lovely work by Su Blackwell at the Manchester Art Gallery until 27th.

  6. Cute handmade book idea.

  7. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from Kirstie’s Vintage Home (Context for non British followers: Kirstie Allsopp has been running series about handmade things for the last few years, her new series is helping people make their messy homes well designed with vintage and upcycled inspiration) is that gold leaf is actually pretty cheap, REALLY hardwaring and looks fabulous.  So I’ve been looking at gold leaf crafts, and this one from Curbly is lovely!

  8. How to make this amazing book bag with Country Living.

  9. How to make a stab bound journal with How Did You Make This?

  10. I need to do this.  Amazing tutorial electrical spool upcycling tutorial from Pink Stitches!