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I needed a happy little book, and this was it. Truthfully I'm not Pinterest-y enough to do most of the projects in this book, but there are some I wrote down to try! I loved the author's fun approach to creative living and her line "there's almost always an opportunity to add a little whimsy to your life"
I've been reading joy's blog for a long time now and enjoy her craft ideas and hearing about her family and their life in la. This blog to book doesn't translate especially well. There are nice photos but little engaging content in my opinion.
Cute book and very colorful and whimsical, if you are into that kind of thing. Love her blog, just didn't translate well into a book. Directions were kind of sparse on each of the projects, so it's likely that more inexperienced crafters will have trouble (Pinterest Fail). I checked this book out for one particular project, but the directions didn't really make how to do the project any more clear. Many of the crafts are pretty cheesy and basic; not really any groundbreaking methods or ideas ...more
I really liked the whimsy and creativity of this book, but I felt it was a little skimpy on content. A large chunk of the book is used for templates -- you're supposed to run copies of the printed art/stencils/etc. Besides the fact that copies of color images aren't very nice, you want me to run copies of a thick, hard-bound book? Just give me a permalink, please. But, if you take out the templates, et al, the book is nearly half as thick. I really like the content; it's adorable, fun and full ...more
Oh Joy! looks so cute and pretty, but it could have been better on the inside. I really like some of the ideas - candy cords, blooming background, pop up wrap, and party puffs - but others were either too boring/obvious or too hard to figure out. I liked the idea of the ombre cake, but it took me 3 passes to figure out that you were supposed to use freeze-dried fruit because it only says it in the bottom corner in tiny white letters on a grey background, NOT in the actual directions. I am hoping ...more