I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Atria Books on September 10th 2013
Buy the Book • Goodreads
Dive into the world of DIY to craft amazing accessories, vivid decorative accents, and creative fashions that add a dose of fun, style, and beauty to everyday life!
Whether you're new to the do-it-yourself (DIY) scene, an experienced artist or designer, or a style maven simply trying to find ways to make life more beautiful and fun, Erica Domesek, founder of the DIY lifestyle brand P.S.- I Made This . . ., knows exactly what you need.P.S.-You're Invited . . . features more than forty awe-inspiring DIY projects that will give you cause for celebration. And in the words of the design and style expert herself, "Don't wait for a get-together to get it together!"
Get inspired to grab your friends and craft your way into a colorful Mexican fiesta, a modern girl's game night, a perfect picnic afternoon, or a Moroccan-styled tea party. Inside you'll find simple step-by-step instructions and a shopping guide outlining Erica's favorite resources, ranging from the best hardware and craft stores to the secret spots where she handpicks unique materials. Each chapter features video links with how-to details, tips, and tricks.
With its charming illustrations and bold, colorful layouts, P.S.-You're Invited . . . has all the ideas and inspiration you'll need for extraordinary fetes that are to DIY for.
DIY, or doing it yourself, has become even more popular over the last few years. With the advent of social media that surrounds it (how many of you have Pinterest? I mean, isn’t that a DIY dream come true?), and so many books, it’s hardly a surprise that it’s one of my favourite things. My close friends all know that I have a tendency to get a bit crafty. I’m not an artist by any means (I’ll leave that to my friend Raychel and my daughter, thank you very much), but I am a fervent crocheter, notepad-making, DIY fan. And this book is full of a bunch of fun DIY ideas that are all simple enough that even my 7-year-old son could do some of them. You know, if I was willing to let him in on the fun.
Some of my favourite items include the peplum tea (super easy to make, and only requires a few items, some of which you probably have!) and the cork clutch. Or how about the glitter coasters which only need a mere two items? You could make them up for each party! And yeah, a lot of these items are obviously DIY, but sometimes that’s the charm in doing it. It’s not professional, but it is personal, which is what makes DIY so much fun in the first place. I still have a list of projects I want to try from this book! Like the bookshelf inserts, to brighten up my dingy, old bookshelves. Or the crystal barrel necklace. And kids would get a kick out of the neon tube bracelets (which are easily good for both boys and girls depending on the colour you use!).
The niftiest part about this book, though, is that it’s a smart book. Which sounds confusing, right? This book is full of how-to videos for those people, like me, who sometimes need a bit of extra explanation than what the book generally provides. You can either use a smart phone with the app installed, or you can follow a link in the index to view the videos on Simon and Schuster’s webpage.
How many of you DIY things?