recycled home.

October 9, 2012

recycled home

recycled home | windowbox

recycled home | patchworkblanket

Last week, a little package wended its way to my mailbox*, which included Rebecca Proctor’s Recycled Home. The sturdy kraft paper volume reminds me of a grown-up version of the kid’s craft books I pored over as a child, except instead of including instructions for making wrinkly-faced apple people, I got instructions for making my own window box.  Proctor’s book includes lovely images and written instructions for fifty different DIY projects that repurpose and reuse existing materials. I was especially taken by the book’s patchwork project. At my mom and dad’s house there is a patchwork tweed blanket that my great-grandfather made in his own New York apartment sometime at the beginning of the last century. I like to think that one day I might endeavor to take on the same task. The book is certainly worth a look, though I imagine if you’re not an experienced crafter, some of the supplies and instructions might need some additional explanation.

*This post was not sponsored by Laurence King Publishing Ltd., but they were kind enough to send a press copy of Recycled Home for my review.

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  • Reply Camilla Salem October 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh this is going on my wish list immediately! I love this.

  • Reply Niken October 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    oh, i want that book!

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} October 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Love this! would be so good to have on my shelf for those days when DIY projects are in order.

  • Reply p e b b z October 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    ooh that wooden window box looks adorable! =) xo

    Gina | pebbz notebook

  • Reply Caroline October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Come visit Boston. We can sew patchwork blankets together! I just happen to have an extra machine these days.

  • Reply Amielle October 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    That sounds like a very lovely magazine. The cover is gorgeous!

  • Reply Rhianna Nelson October 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Oh man I want a copy of this book so badly!! This looks so perfect!

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