It's a huge honor for me to review the book Rosette Art. You see, it's written by my friend Cathe Holden, author of the fabulous blog Just Something I Made. This review might be a little biased because she's one of my idols, but I promise you that I wouldn't do it if I really didn't love the book. And I do love it.
Part of the deal is that I really, really love rosettes. I call them “state fair ribbons,” but that's a less sophisticated name for what they really are. And that is exactly what Cathe does in her book, actually – she embraces the beautiful and elegant side of rosettes with 14 step-by-step projects. But that is pretty much Cathe's style – she makes everything beautiful, and that is why her blog is so popular. I wouldn't expect this book to be any different. As I do for every book review on this blog, here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. The format is super cool. This “book” is actually in an interesting folio (not sure if that is the right word?) with a booklet and papers included – and I love it. You get all of the same stuff you'd get with any other craft book, except with some extras. Which brings me to #2.
2. You get twenty papers designed by Cathe. Okay, this could be my absolute favorite part of Cathe's book. She's a graphic designer, and you see a lot of that on her blog with various freebies and printables. True to form, she's given us twenty papers that we can use in creating our own rosettes. And half of them are already scored for easy folding. What more could you ask for?
3. A wide variety of ideas are included. One of the things holding me back from making tons of rosettes is that I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I've only ever been able to come up with decorating gift packages. This book encourages you to think outside the box and incorporate rosettes into a lot more including fashion and home decor. I love that. Instant conversation piece!
4. Anyone can create beautiful rosettes. I personally think that rosettes look intimidating, and honestly, that it what I love about them. Because then my friends and family will say “you MADE that??” With the careful instructions and supply lists provide by Cathe, you can make drool-worthy projects too, but they aren't impossible. In fact, you don't need a ton of craft skills to get started because Cathe has taken such time and care with the front of the book. Everything you need to know is provided so that you can make the projects without craftfail.
5. The photos are amazingly inspirational. I look at a lot of craft blogs, books and designs all the time. It's part of what I do for a living now. And I have to say, sometimes it feels like I see the same stuff over and over. But with Rosette Art, I didn't feel that way. Each project image got the wheels turning, about materials that I could use and ways that I could make the project my own. To me, that is the mark of a great craft book.
Rosette Art is a great craft book and I highly recommend it for yourself or for a gift. My mother's birthday is coming up and I think this might be perfect for her! I hope she isn't reading this . . .