“For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.”
~Jose Ortega y Gasset
Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Friends (Quirk Books)
Take a regular item, make it smaller, and what do you get? Something that’s just plain adorable! Miniatures have always been popular for their “cute-factor” and this book is BIG on cute. Prepare yourself for the dilemma of deciding which of the twenty-five unique and completely different projects you will want to make first. Will it be the scrumptious looking candy charms, the adorable little spool dolls, or perhaps the itty-bitty houseplants and terrariums? Whatever you choose to make, you will have something to decorate your dollhouse, give as a gift, wear as jewelry, or simply add some charm to a darling little shelf. Each project comes with simple, easy-to-follow directions as well as diagrams and illustrations that will make craft-time a joy. The photographs are lovely, and the overall feel of the book a blend of sophisticated whimsy. You will want your own copy of Microcrafts to turn to again-and-again– if for nothing more than to get your daily-dose of cute! We want to extend a big thank you to Quirk Books for sharing the “Book” and “Deer Head” projects from Microcrafts with us for this issue. Go ahead, give them a try, and don’t be surprised if you start dreaming up your own microcraft ideas!
(This review was first published in the Christmas issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas. The publisher, Quirk Books, was generous enough to share two amazing projects from the book with readers of the magazine. The images below come from the magazine, not the actual book. Hop on over to Amy’s site to check them out, and then grab yourself a copy of the book to see all of the other amazing projects!)