A Spoonful of Sugar

04-spoonfulI’ve been a longtime reader of Lisa Cox’s blog, A Spoonful of Sugar, so I was thrilled to find out that she had released a book under the same title as her blog, A Spoonful of Sugar!…. to make it even better, it’s all about Zakka Style.

For those that aren’t familiar with Zakka, this is a Japanese design style that focuses on handmade projects for the home and fashion accessories. The lines are simple so that the embellishments and fabrics are the focal point of the item. Many times you’ll see patchwork, applique, and quilt-like piecing (and lots of hexies) in the projects…. and sometimes all 3 in one!

04-zakkaIn Lisa’s book, she uses the Zakka style to create 20 gorgeous projects that are simple to make, but pack a design punch. Each section of the book has items for each room of the house: retro pillows and a kitchy paris doorstop for any room of the house; sachets and jewelry wraps for the bedroom; cafe aprons and pot holders for the kitchen; and gift baskets and beautiful pincushions for your craft room. There’s even something to make for the kids including an adorable ladybug beanbag game, a fun panda purse, and boutique style baby bibs.

All the templates are included on a CD in the back of the book – so you only print what you need (yay, no copying or tracing patterns!). I found that the directions were easy to follow and well written. There aren’t illustrations for each step, but there are plenty of pictures to help you through the parts that may need more description. I had hoped to have a finished project from the book (the entire Craft Room section of the book is calling me) to show you, unfortunately this dreaded stomach bug has kept me from my machine. However, you can expect to see me make something from A Spoonful of Sugar soon as I really can’t resist Zakka style anything!

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