I have a confession to make: I am a wanna-be crafter.
Wanna-be because a lot of the time I can't seem to get around to doing everything I want to do. Sometimes I manage to actually make something out of these books; a lot of times I want to mostly just look at the pictures and pretend like I'm going to make it. This, however, doesn't stop me from piling up DIY books to dangerous heights both at home and at work. It's sad, a little pathetic, but true.
It has made me a craft book expert though and there are some amazing ones, ranging from zombie felties to homemade bling to an Obi-Wan Kenobe cloak. Let me share the magic and the sparkly beads with you:
The latest trend in crafts? Genre crafting! Horror fans rejoice for now you can make your own zombie awesome-ness. Zombie Felties by Nicola Tedman shows you how to make adorable but horrifying stuffed zombies while Zombie Cupcakes by Zilly Rosen will up any party's creep factor. If Steampunk is your thing, Steampunk Softies by Sarah Skeate has instructions for some wicked awesome felties for your soft side.
Like SPARKLE? The Big Ass Book of Bling by Mark Montano is amazing. Everything sparkles and there are TIARAS! Also, a pendant made out of a baby doll head. Kathy Cano-Murillo is a top craft writer but of all her books, Crafty Chica's Art De La Soul is my fave; there's glitter in everything. I'm not joking.
If yarn is your thing, why not get in on the adorableness of amigurumi? Yummi 'Gurumi by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala can get you started with some great tiny foods. (If you went to Manga Mania!! last year you may recognize those little sushi on the cover.) Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurumi Toybox is another great one with some super cute animals (hello unicorn!) and even a kawaii tree.
There are even more awesome craft books floating around, so many that I can't list them here. I also have a number of fave's that don't quite fit into the title "craft" so they'll get their own special post later. Check out library programs too! A number of library's have craft programs making all sorts of things of awesome things so take a look at the calendar listings for you branch.