I'm so proud to share the most beautiful craft book by my friend, Abbey Hendrickson. I've been following her Flickr feed and blog for the last four years and have enjoyed watching their kids grow (similar ages to ours), chatting on twitter about preschool woes, oohing and ahhing over their beautiful farm renovations, and generally feeling inspired every time I see something she's touched. From birthday parties to Halloween costumes, this artist-mama knows how to make it all special. Her first book (I say that with full confidence that it's not her last!) did not disappoint.
One of the projects I loved and knew I could turn into an afternoon project with Ruby was the felt pennant. I'd picked up a few rolls of fancy felt at a local fabric store and cut some strips for Ruby to play with. She started laying them in strips so I used her pattern to make the bigger banner and cut out her name and a star to lay on top of it.
Then I gave her her own pennant and let her play with scraps. She surprised me with how well she was using the glue (when I had my back turned) so I let her continue.
Ruby's is my favorite. I love a 3-D banner.
The best part is that this book has projects that are not only pretty but smart and well-designed. It's full of things you'd be proud to give as gifts to your best friends this Christmas or keep in your own home. Abbey's book gets two glittery thumbs up from me.
Since it's a book I think everyone should have a chance to stick in their home library I'm offering one as a giveaway! I got a complimentary copy from Abbey but had one pre-ordered already (I was that excited about this book!) so I'm sharing. All you have to do is leave a comment below sharing your favorite fall tradition and a way to get in touch with you (links are great but if you don't have one, leave your e-mail or blog address). A winner will be chosen by Sunday, October 14th.
Now go make something.