Book Review: Make It Your Own

1 November 2013 0


I wish I were a DIY talent. I really wish. Ever more since I got hold of Anna Alicia’s book ‘Make it your own’ with 25 wonderful DIY ideas for the home a few weeks ago (published by Hardie Grant Books). However, this book is not only for the absolute crafty pro – a few very simple ideas are feasible even for untalented chaps like myself.  But if you do have a crafty side, you will definitely enjoy this book with great step-by-step guides for lovely handmade home project. Let me show you my favorite four projects.

Idea One: You sewing people out there – will anybody please make this super cute pompom blanket for me? I am totally smitten by this blanket with an ethnic vibe and brightly coloured pompoms.  

Idea Two: This idea seems a lot more feasible for me – handmade wooden bookends. I love bookends as they are one of those objects that have a very smart function as well as nice decorative touch. 

Idea Three: Textile wall hangings are currently trending – I am pretty sure you noticed that on many blogs and Pinterest boards. This book offers a few simple ideas how to create your very own, customized wall hanging. I love this one with a graphic print.

Idea Four: Truth be told, this is the simplest DIY idea in this book and the most realistic one for me. I might actually do this sooner or later for the monthly blog series ‘Urban Jungle Bloggers’. I better read carefully what Anna Alicia suggests for this project.

Are you a DIY person? If so, what was your favorite DIY project? I am curious!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Filipek 70 1 November 2013 at 22:37

    oh I wish I were :))))) I ‘m going to try and make lampshade with coffee filters right now ….for my sister as christmas present πŸ™‚ keep your fingers crossed :)))greetings

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 1 November 2013 at 22:56

      Great idea!! I wish you good luck, I am so not talented!! Happy weekend!

  • Reply Ligia Seabra 1 November 2013 at 23:39

    Lovely ideas. I love the pompom blanket, and the painted pot holders. I made a few things, but now I ‘ve been a bit lazy, I have to start again.

    Happy weekend!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 November 2013 at 11:14

      I have to paint some plant pots soon, I’ve planned it for so long but never found the time! Happy weekend!

  • Reply Chi Feasey 2 November 2013 at 08:23

    Oh, I love DIY books! My favourite of the four ideas you’ve featured is the pom pom blanket. Everything’s better with pom poms! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the review and have a great weekend, Igor!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 November 2013 at 11:13

      I’m so with you, Chi! Pompoms make me smile – they inherit a certain kind of decor magic:-) Happy weekend!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving 2 November 2013 at 11:48

    This makes me laugh. In the 80’s I used to make scarves with trimmings… yes many Pompoms.

    I also painted pots….
    Maybe I’ve outgrown this now, which show my age!
    Happy weekend Igor:-)

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 November 2013 at 16:18

      I actually think it’s not a question of age. At least not directly. I think the older we get, the busier our lives, the less time we have for DIY projects. At least this accounts for me. This and my total incapability of executing something properly. LOL

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine 2 November 2013 at 12:12

    This looks like a fun book, although I’m totally DIY-incompetent. But it’s always nice to get inspired and then let others execute it for you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emma 2 November 2013 at 12:20

    Also wir haben pompom decken und Handtücher für die Kids bei Zara Home gekauft…Weile her kommt aber immer mal wieder πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 2 November 2013 at 16:19

      Die hab ich da auch schonmal gesehen, sind mir aber dann doch einen Ticken zu kindlich. Ich hätte da dann bitte gerne eine erwachsene Version von:-)

  • Reply Kasia Pohl 3 November 2013 at 15:20

    Ich mag DIY:) Ich werde nächste Woche gleich zu Dussmann gehen und mir das Buch anschauen:)
    Ich habe bisher zwei Sachen so verändert, dass man es DIY nennen kann;) und finde sie können sich sehen lassen. Es sind zwei runde Spiegel vom Flohmarkt, eins in schwarz und eins in weiß. Im Baumarkt habe ich ein dünnes Kettchen aus Metall gekauft, durchgeschnitten und jeweils an beiden Spiegeln mit Reiszwecken befestigt. Jetzt hängt der weiße Spiegel über dem Vertiko und der schwarze Spiegel über eine Kommode. Ich verändere viele von den Sachen, die ich vom Flohmarkt mitbringe oder ich streiche die Möbel in den Farben an, die in mein Wohnkonzept passen:)
    Ich fürchte allerdings ich bin eher grob motorisch veranlagt und würde die Pompoms auch nicht hinbekommen;))

    Liebe Grüße

  • Reply Raina @A Stylist's Life 4 November 2013 at 23:21

    What a great looking book, thanks for sharing Igor. Is it available in the US?

  • Reply Igor Josifovic 4 November 2013 at 23:24

    Yes Raina, it’s available through Amazon, see here

  • Reply Holly 10 November 2013 at 22:19

    Looks like a nice book!

    I like the patterned textile wall hanging idea.

    I’m not a DIY person, but part of me wishes I was. Which is why I collect and admire clever projects. Maybe one day…


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