I’ve started getting together with a friend for “Crafternoons” where we work on projects –everything from painting to sewing to decorating with silver leaf. While we work on our projects we’ll talk and laugh, but also just sit in comfortable silence. We tend to do a lot of daydreaming as well…owning our own farm on Whidbey, opening a grocery store near Mt. Rainier, and marrying our own lumberjack brainiacs (in our heads they exist).  But really just getting together to be inspired by one another and encouraged is the best part of the experience.

Click here to view The Bust DIY Guide to Life in the SPL catalogClick here to view Handmade Nation in the SPL catalogClick here to view Design*Sponge at Home in the SPL catalogClick here to view Young House Love in the SPL catalog

Here are a few items in our collection to use as inspiration for your own “Crafternoons”:

The Bust DIY: Guide to Life by Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller (author of the Stitch & Bitch Series)

This book covers everything imaginable from candle making to how to unclog a drain all in wonderful and adorable ways! Find recipes, cocktails, and money saving tips…this book goes beyond the usual DIY.

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine

This book is the rise of a new generation of crafters working with non-traditional and traditional media all across the nation. It’s wonderful to be inspired by those who think outside the cross-stitch!

Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonnie

I’ve been following the Design Sponge blog for years so you can bet I was excited when I found out this infamous blogger was going to come out with a book! Her take on the modern home is fun and feisty.

Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love by Sherry and John Petersik

Never has decorating and remodeling your home been so simple and budget friendly. This book is also bloggers turned authors and I’m very thankful for it!

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