Monday, 9 May 2011

Book Review: Home-Made Vintage by Christina Strutt


Aaah, hello again, honey pops.
Welcome back to
Book Monday.

Today's book is
completely scrumdiddlyumptious.
Home-Made Vintage
Hmm, that's right.

I warned you it'd be scrumptious, didn't I?.
Yet, you *chose* to carry on reading.
I can definitely not be blamed for any consequences.
{Click here to buy your very own copy.}

The subtitle is 'Over 40 Quick And Easy Sewing Projects'.
And I'd happily make 38 of them.
That's an impressive score for a craft book.

It's separated into two parts.
Projects: theme by theme, and Instructions.

Each page has absolutely deliciously styled photos to
lure you into having a go at each of the projects.

The projects are divided into chapters:
Living Room, Bedroom and Bathroom,
Clothes and Accessories, and Gifts.

The writing can only be
described as juicily seductive.

Heaven, if it came in book-form,
might look something like this.

With the to-die-for combo of
juicy writing and delicious styling,
you'll be whipping out
your sewing kit in a flash.

The instructions at the back are clear,
although I'd possibly have preferred
larger drawings for each step.

In order to demonstrate just how irresistible these projects are, I've picked out a couple of the ones that most acted as honey traps...
and I've been a busy little industrious bee.

Shall I show you now?
Er, no.
Because you didn't laugh with enough enthusiasm at my honey trap and bee joke.
I'm sensitive like that. Ha!

Let's try again on Wednesday, shall we?

{Oh, and if you enjoyed last week's
fashion foray, there'll be more of that
a-comin' your way
...and if you didn't enjoy it
speak now or forever hold your peace...}

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Cindy said...

What a great looking book, I would be trapped faster than you can say "honey bee"!!! I would love to make a few of those luscious creations!
Hugs, Cindy

Our Country Bungalow said...

I laughed at the honey traps joke!
As for the book, here I am trying to develop some self-control over my book-buying habits and now you go showing me this delightful little temptation...

Holly said...

That looks like a good one! I'll see if my library has it.
And look at you, styling your photos...I think you might need to look into a new career as a photographer!

High Street Cottage said...

Oh I want that book! I'll have to take some time out for myself and do a little "Book Shop, Coffee Hop" this week. I deserve it, Thanks for sharing Sarah, I love love love all the fabrics in there. xxx

Tricia said...

Oh that looks like a wonderful book. Just what I need another book for my growing collection :)


Val said...

I need this book in my life =)

Anonymous said...

One can never have too many books. This looks like one that I would truly enjoy. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve.
Honey trap... now that's funny! You're a doll, Sarah!
I had such a wonderful weekend so it's hard to gel with Monday :) Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day!
:) ~Michelle

Anonymous said...

I want to go live in one of those books!

{northern cottage} said...

yum! these projects looks've trapped us, is right!

michele said...

but did you enjoy the book? you're always so cryptic so i'm never quite sure. (we're like sistas now so i know i can tease, yes?)

looks seriously fabulous, and i can't wait to see how the ideas inspire your new projects!!!

your blog is always a ray of sunshine, lovely.


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Did I enjoy it? Yes, yes, YES!! I'll say it explicitly next time just for you!! Sorry to sound vague! It wasn't intentional - I did buy the book with my own pennies, after all!


Unknown said...

Ooooh sewing projects! Yes please!

And yes please to the fashion foray as long as you are modeling them with that cutiepatootie (did I spell that right?) figure of yours ;)

It's me said...

What a great book.....happy new week

chris said...

What a fun book! I can see why it would need to live in your library.
Hoping you have a fantastic week. :)

the fishermans cottage said...

This is a very lovely book I had it out on loan at my library but they made me give it back :/... its on my Christmas list though... looking forward to seeing what you make :) x

GoldenValley50 said...

Am loving the look of that gorgeous little "gardener's" apron!
Has got my name all over it. ;)Sharyne

michelle said...

What a beautiful book and I can't wait to see what you have been up to you clever busy little bee you! :)
Have a wonderful day!!

Stitchfork said...

Sweet honey of a book!
xo Cathy

Anonymous said...


Blondie's Journal said...

The book looks fabulous!! I'm looking forward to seeing your projects!!


G said...

I can't do crafty books just yet, they make me feel so inadequate... when I have more time... perhaps 20 years from now. My hand's up for more fashion... meant to comment on YOUR look (lovely jubbly) but time ran out... it does that a lot. gxo

Anonymous said...

Anything by Christine is sure to be beautiful. Just looking at you post makes me want to get sewing. Definitely love reading your posts about home decor - the Belgian series has been my favourite so far, and I love looking at projects people complete. A bit of fashion thrown in for good measure is a good thing too. But I'm really looking forward to more decorating style posts.



This book is so beautiful, just like you in your last post. And from behind . . . adorable, Miss Sarah. (Sorry for some reason I couldn't comment on that post, silly computer.)

I wanted to tell you that Shelly Wildman and I have met again for the second time and we are having so much fun getting to know each other. Over lunch, we talked about you and how much we like you . . . would you join us next time? (Just pop over the hedge.) Please.

Keep up the great posts.


Unknown said...

This book looks so interesting and beautiful
Have a nice day

pamq said...

That book looks pretty cool!

Saw a couple things I'd like to make {if I ever sewed...} such as that metal basket liner.

I would probably need life-size drawings though.

And maybe someone to come help me.

Catherine said...

Nice!! You know day you are going to have to take me shopping!! I just thought I would throw this out the look of this book (will now hunt to see if I can get it here)...and, I just realised too late, but where did you get your belt (in the last post!) I have belt AND Book envy!!! :-D


♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

This book looks too beautiful to me to call by this morning have tempted me!...
Have a great day..
Susan x

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Temptress is definitely part of my blogging job description!!! ;-)

Cath, the belt was from the Country Living Fair in London from March. I bought it from a man who makes belts. I can't even remember his name. Sorry to be so unhelpful.


Travel With Lulu said...

Ooh, such an enticing book! I've been meaning to stop by her store for ages :) Can't wait to see what you've been 'cooking up' from this book XOL

Unknown said...

Oh dear me another lovely book for my booklist Ive barely finished reading Kirstys Homemade home, I need a little more time to sit & chill with some of this wonderful books over a cinammon latte in costa (oh I need more hours in the day Sarah) xx

Cornflakes and Honey said...

Looks like a lovely book but then it is Cabbages and Roses!! :)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I laughed at your joke too. But then I'm always laughing at your jokes, you funny lady you. Can't wait to see what you made. xx

lisaroy said...

It looks like a delicious book, just oozing prettiness! Another one to add to my ever-growing collection! xo

One Shabby Old House said...

That was an enticing post. Now I want the book and I will be back to see just what you made.
Thanks for stopping by.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Can't wait to see your creations and that book look fabulous. I think it is a must have. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

OK, now I'm a follower and I have added you to my blog list. Are you happy? And I'm going to Amazon and buy this new book. You should really be happy now. Do you get commission? Well, you should. I love it!

Unknown said...

what a great review! looks wonderful- she did the foreword for Chez Fifi's book- go to get it- thanks...


Unknown said...

what a great review! looks wonderful- she did the foreword for Chez Fifi's book- go to get it- thanks...

Karen said...

Oh that looks like my kind of read. Looking forward to your next fashion show :)

Privet and Holly said...

Yay for you!
I'd say they
picked just the
right gal for the of my
favorite English
xx Suzanne

Jacalyn @ said...

Oh it looks so beautiful I just so wish I could sew! I am now following!


Kate at Dream To Life said...

These are Gorgeous!!!! my fingers can hardly resist clicking over to "order here"....

Deb said...

Looks like a wonderful book Sarah! I just love that french ticking basket liner...I think I need one of those! ~Deb~

Meera @ firstsense said...

You always get me giggling, you are so witty :-)

Looks like a gorgeous book and I'm looking forward to seeing your inspired projects!

Love to you my lovely!

Meera xx

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Hi Sarah, yes this book is "Heaven, can't wait to see it,

Kath said...

what a neat book! I'm a huge vintage fan. I'm glad I found your blog. saw you on tea rose home.

I'm a new follower,

Anonymous said...

Love your book reviews, I am in the process of making a wishlist on Chapters/Indigo (here in Canada). Love design and food books, look forward to your reviews, keep them coming

abeachcottage said...

Looks like a great read. Definitely need to add it to must-haves book list. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Sachiko said...

This is such a great book! Thank you for sharing!

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Mary said...

I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

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