craft book review: you are awesome

I've been mentioning for about a year that I'd like to start reviewing some craft books. I also made it a 2013 goal of mine to make at least one project a month from my craft books. Guess what this post does? Hint: it includes two birds and one stone.

When I saw the book You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy by Abbey Hendrickson reviewed on another blog, I knew I had to have it. You know that whole "don't judge a book by it's cover" thing? Well, I'm the book cover judging queen of the world when it comes to craft books. If the cover is ugly or poorly styled or has lame fonts I don't buy it. Most times I don't even look at it. I know it's probably not always wise or fair or whatever, but I do it. In the case of You Are Awesome, I saw it and wanted it based solely on my book judginess.

In this case, the inside matched the greatness of the cover. I really enjoyed thumbing through and looking at all of the projects. They are simple and beautiful and modern. None of the supplies are especially hard to find or expensive, which is nice. If you look at here at the Amazon page you can see a few projects from the book. There are even a couple of kid friendly crafts included.

I chose to do a geometric looking string art project. It reminds me of one of my favorite toys as a kid, the spirograph. You know you are a cool kid when the spirograph was your favorite toy. Whatever, I would still play with one now.

It was a simple project, required minimal supplies, and it is modern and not very “crafty” looking. Someday if I ever hang stuff on my walls, it will look great. Ha. I have a spot planned for it, but I’m terrible about actually hanging stuff. I have some great wall art piles propped up against walls if you ever want to see.

Craft books with lots of pretty projects are a good thing, but when a craft book can just inspire you to create even outside of the projects featured, that's really cool. I felt inspired and motivated after looking through all the lovely pictures and ideas. I'd definitely recommend grabbing this book if you can.

If you are interested in buying You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy, it would be totally, well, awesome if you’d buy it through my Amazon affiliate link (just click the link above or the link at the beginning of this post). You don’t pay any extra for the book, but I get a small portion of the book’s price for referring you. Full disclosure: Any money I earn will go towards improving site content (read: buying craft supplies/Diet Coke).



  1. I love this! I have wanted to make one of these for the longest time but never sit down to actually do it.

    I also would play with a spirograph today too

  2. So fun! I LOVED my spirograph. Do they even make those anymore? I know my son would think it is really cool! I will have to look into it. :)

  3. That book looks amazing and how does that spirograph look! I love the colors you used.

  4. Allison - hello! I discovered your blog via a Pinterest post, and I'm so glad I did! Love your style, both in crafting and writing (and being real and decorating and such & stuff...love it all!). Love to see a new take on retro crafts, too - Spirographs and bead looms and shrinky dinks...OH MY! Your new year's resolutions are inspring - one month o' crazy at a time, a great idea. Thank you for sharing your lovely gifts with us! :-) Kristen

  5. This book has been on my wishlist for a while now! Along with most other craft books.. I'm with you on the judging a book by it's cover, I'm the same way. Your string art turned out cute, great choice of colors.


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