Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review - Witch Craft

Today I am reviewing Witch Craft a book of Halloween crafts compiled by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar and published by Quirk.

I was so excited by all the cute crafts in this book. I have a growing list of the ones I want to do. Some are inspired by my kids. Today I made a bat for CW. I used glow-in-the-dark thread on the wings, and I know he's going to love it.

During Ivan's homevisit, I bought all the stuff to let them make potions. They loved it, and oddly enough the glitter bonded with the oil I used and CW made a wicked looking green and black. Ivan had the pretty purple and white sparkles. They loved that craft, and I did too. However, kids with glass jars is a REALLY bad idea. :D Oddly enough the older one is the one who broke the bottle on the carpet.

I really wanted to make the crocheted bone, and this is where I first noticed what is missing. There aren't very clear directions and it is really lacking in assembly photos. The crochet bone is really hard, and I had to restart it 4 times. I'm by no means an expert, but I know my way around a hook. But I'm not giving up, I'll keep at it.

There is a crocheted witch on my list too. Ok, I could go over them all, but I must end it somewhere. There are over 25 crafts, some are sewing, some are cooking and some are knit and crochet. In fact my next projects are some cross-stitch patterns that you can use to make earrings or buttons...I think I may frame them. It's really loaded with a great variety of projects for halloween.

The layout is very nice, there is a title page with a picture of the finished project. Next there is an easy to read list of supplies and then step-by-step directions. At the end of the book they list the creators of every craft along with contact info (such as an Etsy store) and a little blurb written by said creator.

It does have a minor let down in how fast it moves, because personally I would like them to slow down on the directions and show more pictures to see how it goes. But all in all, I say if you are crafty at all, or even ready to be crafty, get this book right away. Halloween is almost here!

3 comments:

  1. Sadly I am not very crafty but this review makes me want to give it a try. :)

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  2. sounds like a great book worth the buy :-) Love the bat I bet it's pretty sweet with glow in the dark thread! The potion bottles are very snazzy too I want to make a set to put out during Halloween!

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  3. You are so talented! The book sounds fun. I've seen another one that's like that, maybe I'll have to send it your way and see what you can come up with.

    LOVE the new look of the blog!!

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