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Oh hello!

Look what landed on my doorstep! It’s Beci’s new book! Argh! (You can order this cute book here!)

I am a big fan of Beci and Beci’s work too.  This beautiful book is another perfectly, joy-filled refection of the clever things she does and the ace gang of people she does them with!  Make & Do is jam-packed, full-to-the-brim with exiting, fun, adorable things to DIY by yourself or with the people YOU love the most.

I really love the excellent sprinkling of pompoms, the papier mache taxidermy, the amazing latch hook rug, the My Favourite Lyrics project, the wall sprinkles and the cameos by all sorts of cute Melbourne types! Just to name a few things! I think you are going to SUPER LOVE THOSE THINGS AND MORE TOO!

I am TOTALLY buying a copy of this to keep for ME, but I always like to share the FREE things with YOU GUYS!  So… if you’d like to win this great, graphic crafty volume of aceness, then comment below and tell me…

What do YOU like to make or do the most?! And who with?!

The best answer will win this book! (I will post it anywhere in the world, but I need to be able to contact you, so add your email address to the form thingy when you comment!) Giveaway closes on 10th November at midnight Melbourne time.  I hope you win!  Good job Beci (and friends!) It’s a corker!

xx Pip

PS: Also… it has STICKERS! COOL!!!!! It’s out via Hardie Grant, BTW.
PPS: Also YAY to Michelle Mackintosh who helped Beci make this book!
PPPS: I moderate comments on my blog, so your comment might take a little while to show up, but it will show up!


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    Francine Schokker
    October 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I love making silly creatures out of fabric, felt and embroidery… They’re all utterly loveable and unique with their own quirky characters. I love it best when I’m sewing with my nephew, who just turned 8 yesterday! He saw me sewing a big forest bear and was mesmerized by sewing from there on in… He’s made some awesome creatures of his own now too. He reckons he’s a natural at it and would love to make it his job when he gets older 🙂

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    October 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I LOVE to make…. lots of things! I love to crochet, sew (hand and machine), upcycling items, and just “prettifying” things as I go along! I love to do these things with my daughter by my side, helping me, or with my husband sitting next to me, and we chat and share cups of tea. Both are bliss!

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    Sarah from Creating Contentment
    October 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    I see crafting as me time, so i like making all by myself. I love slowly deliberating on colours or where to add something. I love making everything I cannot buy myself! I love making things of beauty that make me smile, both because of the beauty but also cause of my pride that I made that and the fun I had doing it.

    At the moment, I’m creating a juju hat. We plucked four of our roosters and I’ve washed all of their beautiful white feathers, and now I am slowly hot glueing them in place. I cannot wait to see it up on my wall! It is something of such beauty, that I’ve lusted over for years. Cannot believe I’m making one all by myself! xS

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    Sarah Fuller
    October 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I love to make everything with everyone 🙂 all things are better home made, cake, clothes, good times, songs, haircuts, vegetables, gifts, hot water bottle covers, happiness, christmas trees, laughter…

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    October 28, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Oh I love to make and do so many things! But I don’t stick with anything for too long, I dip in and out of projects constantly (so they take a while to finish but I usually get there!) I love to draw, sew, stitch, knit, patchwork, glue, stick, write, make Christmas decorations, make garden beds but MOST of all I love to make sugar free cakes. I bake every chance I get 🙂

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    October 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    My latest fave thing to make is cushions. I NEVER KNEW HOW TO USE A SEWING MACHINE UNTIL LAST WEEKEND, can you believe this? I was always frightened, but now that I know how, it’s not even that difficult! My modus operandi is to knit a big square out of cotton (this takes time) and then use op shop fabric to sew the whole thing up into an awesomely comfy cushion. As to who with, my Mum taught me how to use the machine on Saturday, but the time-consuming knitting part I honestly prefer to do on my own! Knitting back and forth while watching West Wing/Please Like Me/Cold Feet/listening to Serial is one of the greatest ways to relax that I can think of

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    Ervina Ng
    October 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I just picked up crocheting so it’s yarn madness in my craft room and dining table in my home at the moment. I’m loving crocheting earrings, necklaces and brooches now. And my crafting companion is my dog Missy who would simply sit (or lay her head sometimes) by my side while I’m crocheting away! I can’t ask for any better company!

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    Sally Smith
    October 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I won’t enter BUT I would like to share… Cutting, glueing, painting, splash, drip, splodge, laugh, squeal, cook, eat… and NEVER staying in the lines is the best creative time I have with Miss Madison Zappara my granddaughter x.

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      Sally Cooper
      October 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I love doing pretty much anything creative but I like it most when I work on collaborations of art or craft with my 7 year old, Toby!
      Don’t you just LOVE how kids creativity knows no bounds?! That is contagious!! Yaay!!

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    October 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I’d make a bunch of animal head sculptures for the wall and also go crazy with the stickers <3

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    October 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I love to stitch, especially with the women in my family. Cross stitch, tapestry, sewing, embroidery, quilting -anything involving a needle and thread. When I was a little girl, my Grandma encouraged me by buying me little kits. For my 13th birthday I asked her for an enormous cross stitch kit pattern, which it took me five years or so to complete but I was determined!

    When I was about 16 my Grandma was very ill with cancer. Her sister taught all the sisters, aunts, cousins, daughters and granddaughters how to make hand pieced quilt squares and about five years later, when she was in remission, we were able to present her with a beautiful king sized quilt that is now on her bed. My cross stitch hangs above it.

    I’m 32 now, and I am so blessed to still have my Grandma alive today. I have two lovely little girls of my own who I hope develop a passion for crafting of their own. They love sew little toys on their Grandma’s lap while their Great Grandma looks on.

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    October 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I absolutely LOVE to make a mess, anything from attempting a Japanese crochet pattern to making cool stationary works of art WITH the ever important glass of red at my side!!

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    October 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I love making with my daughter in the studio. I like the way she can see potential in materials to find new possibilities. Recently we draped shoelaces and ribbon on an indoor plant.

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    October 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    I’m pretty tight with the girls in my office so when one got pregnant after lots of trying we all made squares for a blanket. We got to go to the hospital a couple of days ago and wrap baby Hugo in the blanket which was pretty smashing.

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    Erika de Vos
    October 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    My favorite thing to make is crazy animal sculptures using found objects and acrylic paint. I love using scrap pieces of wood which I find from stairwell banisters and relics I find at op shops from different countries. Once I have glued the pieces all together and sanded them down, I then paint them in all different colours and patterns. My sculpture making sidekick is my lovely little cat who enjoys figuring out which part should go where. (This book looks so fab! Beci is such a wonderful creative soul!)

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    Hannah Webb
    October 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    I like to cook a feast with my Ma. The whole shebang..finding a recipe, tweaking it to suit us/what’s in the cupboard, and laughing along the way…bliss!

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    Lauren Dent
    October 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I love to knit and crochet while my rabbit Phoebe chases the wool!! Xx

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    Marta Belo
    October 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I like to laugh, laugh a lot, with my dog!

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    Anna Walker
    October 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I love to make my own greeting cards – Eric Carle style – by painting some paper and then cutting them up into lovely little collages. This is something anyone can make and do.

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    October 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Oh I love the look of this book! I am going to buy a copy for Elsa’s birthday. It’s just her style. And you’re never too old for stickers. Right?

    PS Your butter chicken table makes a marvellous book background!

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    Lynn wood
    October 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Making paperchain people with my two smalls. I’d forgotten about them until recently, despite them fascinating me as a kiddie….now we just can’t stop. Long ones, tall ones, fat ones, weird ones. The possibilities are endless. They’re always in awe of ‘what’s it gonna look like??!!’ and it reminds me of being five again!

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