Friday, 8 February 2013

An Excuse for a Party

Oh, I do love a reason to host a gathering! It's LittleTreasure's birthday soon and I was rather thrilled to finally be able to send out the Belle and Boo party invitations I bought last summer (because I saw them, loved them and couldn't resist them!) She's too small to really understand parties on a grand scale, so we're just having a family birthday tea. Needless to say, I'm still excited about planning it all for her and making our house look pretty (with balloons and the like) for the occasion. Now, if she was older I think I might have been tempted to throw myself whole-heartedly into the idea of a themed party...and these books would have been my inspiration...

I must admit, I still harbour a small fear about 'The Wizard of Oz' from childhood. It was the Judy Garland film that did it, with those flying monkeys and that very creepy-looking Wicked Witch. I can't watch the film even now! But I'm a sucker for craft and pretty things and I think this book might help cure my fear of all things Wizard of Oz.

The styling of this book is fabulous. It's a delight from cover to cover. There's a wonderful mix of great photos and illustrations. I loved the introduction too. Not only does it give you a brief history of Oz, there's also a little behind the scenes bit about how the book came into being.


There are 50 projects in this book, all with great step-by-step instructions and photos to help you on your way to crafty and baking happiness. I think you'll have a job deciding which one to start with. Among my favourites are the woollen Toto cushion, bluebird wreath, squashed witch cupcakes and this Dorothy doll.



This book gives you a great excuse to fully immerse yourself in all things Oz. There's even a whole section dedicated to the Emerald City, complete with green lemonade, pistachio popcorn and glow-in-the-dark jelly!


Absolute genius - cyclone cupcakes!


These munchkin egg cosies made me grin from ear-to-ear. The thought of one of these lovelies gracing the top of my boiled egg is a wonderful thing! The photography in this book is just fabulous...every project has been brilliantly styled with all sorts of little details.

I think the instructions for the projects are well written and not too daunting. When I found myself sometimes pondering over something, there was often a photo to guide me on my way, which I found really helpful. There's nothing nicer than having some step-by-step images to follow as well as written instructions. To make life easier, all of the templates for the projects are in the back of the book (some of which need to be enlarged).


Now, I'm not a dog person but even I thought this decorated dog house was rather brilliant! Do you think it would be suitable for cats?!

I loved this book. It's the sort that you can pick up and enjoy flicking through with a cup of tea while you think about what to make...and then spend many happy hours using to create everything that a Wizard of Oz fan might want for a fabulous soiree.

All the details:
Everything Oz: The Wizard Book of Makes and Bakes
by Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey
Published in 2012 by Quadrille Publishing Ltd


Now, if you liked the look of 'Everything Oz', you'll love 'Everything Alice'! By the same authors, this is the first book that they created together. The papercut design on the front cover is a hint to the wonderful craftiness inside. The book is dotted throughout with these great papercut illustrations, which only adds to the magic of the Alice theme.

Another great introduction, this time with a whole page dedicated to Hannah and Christine's trip to Oxford in search of all things Alice. I really enjoyed reading it.


The book is bursting with 50 makes...everything from a dandy white rabbit toy, Wonderland mobile, giant rose lights and Tweedledum and Tweedledee shoebags, to playing card bunting, March Hare's house tea cosy, Drink Me cordials and Cheshire Cat sandwiches. I love these embroidered designs...I want to grab my sewing things and start stitching every time I see them!

 
There's lots of Alice-related fun and trivia throughout the book. Now, where's my crown?!


As with 'Everything Oz', 'Everything Alice' is the perfect companion to a comfy chair and cup of tea. I've spent ages just looking through this book, there's so much to see and absorb. It's an absolute delight!

 
So many projects to choose from, it's tricky knowing where to start...

 

 







I absolutely love macaroons...it all started with a trip to Laduree in Paris last year! These rosewater and crushed lavender ones look divine.


All the templates you'll need for the projects are in the back of the book. What with that and well-written instructions, what else could you need to get started creating your very own Alice-themed wonderland?!

All the details:
Everything Alice: The Wonderland Book of Makes
by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech
Published in 2011 by Quadrille Publishing Ltd

5 comments:

Carole said...

Hi there, the February edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved February Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this post? Have a great week.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh Katie - what a wonderful post and it takes me right back to when my children were small.

Your daughters birthday will be so special!
But I'm imagining the ones in years to come with all the inspiration you’re getting from these wonderful books!

Funny isn't it because The Wizaed of Oz was my daughters favourite movie ever! I can understand your fear of that horrible witch and I still have a scary picture of her riding through the sky..

My son on the other hand was terrified of clowns - I had to take him home from a 3yr olds party that had a clown!!!

So much inspiration here!
have a lovely weekend Katie.
hugs
Shane ♥

Primroses Attic said...

Hi Katie. My daughter is now 24 and this was her favourite movie. We have watched it so many times ... Thank you for this post, I'am now going to search for these books. It will make a perfect present for her, she is into crafting now. Hope you daughter has a wonderful party.
Rosezeeta.

AnniD said...

Alice...now you're talking! Love this. I'm wondering why no one has thought of this before.

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