Yes. Yes I do. I judge books by the cover. Literally. When I was invited to review PRETTY BIRDS and join the blog tour, I clicked the link to see the book. Look at it!
How could I say no? I wanted to take a peek inside the minute I saw the cover. PRETTY BIRDS by Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake blog did not disappoint.
I received my book in the mail and promptly set out to try one of the projects. This grand little peacock went together easily. The pattern templates were accurate and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. Some knowledge of softie sewing is helpful but not mandatory.
As stated in the introduction to the books: The projects in this book range from quick and easy to moderately challenging but all are created to be fun and satisfying. From cute and trendy to classic and elegant, the 18 projects in this book should satisfy every crafty mood you are feeling. If you are an avid bird lover or simply someone looking to make some sweet sewing projects, this is the sewing book for you. True. True. And true.
I like projects that have room to add your own stamp and style. As you can see, my peacock doesn't look exactly like the one in the book. I opted for a different hair style, some wire legs and feet, and I used some embellishments I had in my stash of good things. It was certainly a treat to have a well thought out pattern to follow to create this indie fellow.
Up next for me will be the seagull. I love the sea and sea birds. The seagull's antics never disappoint. It would be fun to have a little gull sitting on my desk reminding me of the sound of the beach and the feel of sand between my toes. Can't wait to give it a try.
PRETTY BIRDS should be on the shelves of your favorite book store March 2015.
This is the first stop in the PRETTY BIRDS blog tour. Other tour stops and dates are listed below:
By Virginia Lindsay
Blog Tour Schedule
2/25 You Go Girl!
2/26 Erica B. DIY Style
2/28 Recycled Crafts
3/1 Sew Mama Sew
3/2 Lorelei’s Blog
3/4 S is for Sewing
3/5 Lori Greenberg
3/10 Sweet KM
3/13 Girl Like the Sea
3/15 Cut Out + Keep