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A Year of Creativity: A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create

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Do something creative every day! In A Year of Creativity, learn how to throw the perfect creative party with your friends—with organizing tips, 25 project ideas, and even recipes for snacks.

A "craft date" is a fun get-together with a handful of creative friends in which you surprise each other with craft and DIY projects using cool materials, inspire each other, and make beautiful things together. At each date, a group of participant
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Quarry Books
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Literary Soirée
I am not crafty whatsoever, but if I were and had a lot of crafty friends, I would scoop up this delightful book in a heartbeat, featuring such gorgeous photos and design. It offers 25 fab ideas for creative parties with project ideas and even snack recipes. Invite your friends to make infinity scarves, knit garlands, haberdashery bags, colorful aprons, and more — all while enjoying delicious party dishes. There’s an online instagram community where you can post photos of your creations using ha ...more
Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
This isn't usually my type of thing, but I had the chance to get a copy from the publisher, and I have so much craft stuff lying around the house, I figured, "Why not?"
Alicia Bayer
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This one was quite a disappointment for me. It looked beautiful (and is) and sounded perfect. I love being creative, and as a mom of five artists and crafters I am always looking for more inspiration for fun crafts for our family to do together. Unfortunately, the title is somewhat misleading. It really should have been something along the lines of "How to Organize Fancy Craft Dates for Your Rich, Uber-Skilled Crafting Friends."

The four authors are friends who live in the Netherlands
Kari Marie
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am always looking for some new ideas. I like some craft ideas. While some of these ideas are really pretty these are for advanced crafters with money and time. A lot of these are either time consuming or expensive. I did like the food ideas and will try a coupe of the recipes but I personally would never pick up this book. If you are an avid crocheter, knitter or sewer this may be a book you enjoy.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A wonderfully inspirational book for creativity, well laid out, bright and appealing, wonderful ideas for the family or alone time crafting. wonderful

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely book of creativity. So much inspiration and set out beautifully. Great idea for getting together with friends and crafting away.
Laurie Garrison
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what happened when this book downloaded for me but for some reason my copy was totally messed up, I couldn’t see the majority of the images, list of supplies or the steps, but from what I did get to see I can say this book is great to inspire you and some friends to get together and either pick a project from this book or find a new project and craft together.

Each project you’ll find a supply list along with, step by step instructions with images and has images. There is also a sec
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
“A craft date with friends” was too appealing to pass by this avid hostess of girls night craft parties. A Year of Creativity is a quick flip through with about 25 projects, including a few recipes, to host a craft night. Just make sure that your friends have crochet, knit or sewing skills first, as the projects are not for beginners. The projects in this book would not work for my circle of crafting friends but I can see it being used by groups that meet up in yarn shops, etc. Many thanks to Qu ...more
Create With Joy
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the concept behind this book (get together with your friends for a craft night) -
Love the beautiful photography throughout -
Appreciate the information, recipes, techniques and projects provided =
Why host a girl's night out when you can host a girl's night in?
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

A Year of Creativity is a planner with crafting prompts created by a group of four artists from the Netherlands. Originally published in Dutch in 2018, the English translation was released 23rd July 2019 by Quarry on their Quarto imprint. It's 144 pages and available in paperback format.

This is a beautifully appealing book. The photography is so calm and coordinated and the concept of a craft date, where everyone brings supplies for all the attendees to co
Jen Layton
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
I have been really enjoying this book. The general idea is to create craft dates. They can be day long, surprise, weekend, etc. All you need are a handful of crafty friends. If you have a community center, pass this fun idea along to like minded crafters & see where it takes you! It's a great way to get to know people & maybe even make a few friends. In a time where people get together so they can all stare at their smart phones, isn't it time to get together with crochet hooks & a c ...more
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, nonfiction, crafts
The subtitle of this book states that it is a “craft date planner.” I believe the authors misspoke. When I think of a planner, I think of something that I can write in as I strategize something, whether it's my day or a project. This is really more of a book that introduces the concept of a craft date if you aren't familiar with it and gives some ideas for projects for the group.

The idea of a craft date is to get together with like-minded friends and craft together. Sometimes, the gr
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The basis of this book is about friends getting together to have a Craft Date. It has lots of details of how this can be organized. Everything from recipes for food to serve to how to package your craft projects for each person participating that day. The object of this Craft Date is to have everyone working on the same project for that session. There are a total of 25 projects: 12 short projects, 5 cooperative or weekend projects, 8 longer projects. Each project shows all 4
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
Let your creativity flow
"A Year of Creativity. A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create" compiled by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, and Bregje Konings and published by Quarto Publishing - Quarry is a book that wants to bring friends together to recreate a project prepared by one of the participants. This approach is different than a workshop where one might know or might not know the other participants. The goal of those craft dates is to meet, share, and create.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have never been a very social person, but I like the idea that this book encourages. It is something that was born out of the very idea that it talks about so it is tried and tested. 

It is an odd collection of crochet ideas, food, and other craft ideas to keep the rest of the ideas in order. It gives an approximate method of how (once you have a group of like-minded individuals who are willing to set time aside to help each other sustain the good habits of crochet or the like) to w
Jason Muckley
"A Year of Creativity" by crafters Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, Bregje Konings presents the ideas of "craft dates," getting together with a group of close friends to do something creative with friends and treats. These dates are filled with lots of laughter, deeper connection and everyone gets a lovely creation they made out of it.

The book is chock full of projects, more than 20 different ideas to follow, requiring varying amounts of time with relative degrees of diff
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley.

What an interesting book! The general idea is that a group of like-minded people plan regular craft get-togethers. That's not really a new idea, but the authors have taken it up a notch by adding custom-made craft kits for each participant. They suggest that each time, one person is in charge of making kits for all the others, with everything each person will need to complete the craft project. To me, this is one step too far, but it
Lyndsey Asgard
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*

The title instantly made me interested in this book, and where I feel the creativity was more limited to the thread-and-needle type of stuff instead of the broad creativity as a whole as I was expecting, it was still a very enjoyable book for me.

It read very much like multiple blog posts to me. I'm not sure if that's where the book is entirely from, but it would make a lot of sense. From the layouts, to the anecdotes, to*I
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A craft date planner, to meet, share and create"

This beautiful, colourful book contains so many projects and tips for harnessing your creativity, whether you are new to creating, or just want some new ideas or a refresher, focussing on "craft dates", explaining what they are and how to go about setting them up.

With contributions from four seasoned creative experts, you will find inspiration for projects large and small, short and long term and collaborative projects. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Year of Creativity: A Craft Planner to Meet, Share and Create by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, Bregje Konings

I was given an advanced reader copy of this by Quarry Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love the whole idea behind this book and I loved how it was executed. There is a great variety of projects in different craft types including: crochet, sewing, inspiration boards, recipes, knitting, painting, inspiration books, em
April Gray
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun look at how to create craft play dates to enjoy with friends. The book first describes how the four women who wrote it got started in crafting, and how their craft dates first got going. Then we have suggestions for wrapping the materials for the projects, and lots of fun project ideas. Keep in mind, this isn't really a how-to book; you'll need to bring your own knowledge of basic skills with you, or be prepared to research how to do them. The projects included are a place to start, but th ...more
Marvy Herrera
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from Quarto Publishing Group- Quarry via NetGalley, this review is my personal opinion.

I must say when I first heard about craft date I was intrigued, I like crafts and this book represents an opportunity on sharing and bonding with loved ones. With a colorful picture and fullied with different types of projects this books has a bit for everyone. This four authors did a great job, and in the introduction, they explain how they are not just present
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this crafting idea book, but it is adorable- a series of suggestions of projects and ideas to turn crafternoon (or any small crafting group) into a more fun and formalized plan. The projects mainly look doable for moderately experienced crafters, and the hints of foods to serve and ways to package the materials are well considered and precious. I’m not sure my crafting friends are up for the ideas, but I’d love to try! I think the oilskin project bag or the same ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about A Year of Creativity! A beautifully photographed book full of crafting ideas to do with your friends on craft dates, it comes complete with supply lists, detailed and easy to understand instructions, packaging ideas and even recipes to make when it's your turn to host!

What can be better than being with your friends, creating something unique and beautiful? If you're a crafter of any sort, you will enjoy this book!

Many thanks to NetGalley and to Qua
Leyla Johnson
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a nice idea these four ladies have come up with. I belong to a fibre group and each meeting we bring our own individual projects, but this idea is that everyone one makes or contributes to one same item, either for themselves or as a group project. There are kits to make up to swap around, done up as beautiful gifts, ready for each recipient. Lunch is share whilst making the one of a kind project.
The patterns and ideas in this book are really beautiful, useful and varied and include,
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great craft book filled with a wide variety of two to three hour crafts, along with suggestion on how to hold a craft date with friends. Filled with little gems of suggestions, from recipes to how to decorate for the date. The crafts are modern and look like fun. In particular I liked the slow stitch hoop and the craft planner book. Some of the ingredients/supplies are specific to Europe, but I think American crafters can easily find substitutes.

Advance digital copy from #netgalley but all opin
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance digital copy of this book from the author, publisher and Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

A Year of Creativity is a good resource book for anyone who has a basic knowledge of different craft techniques and wants new projects to make with friends. #craftdates have been trending on Instagram for awhile now and here is your launch pad to craft with friends. Clear instructions and b
Nicolet Groen
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-bookshelf
The crafting is all related to knitting, crocheting, and sewing. There are some other projects, but even those are aimed towards these crafts. The title is somewhat misleading; In my opinion, crafting is much more diverse and the book is certainly not filled with projects for a year as I expected. The book contains about 20 project ideas for craft parties: Crafting with friends.

The book is certainly not for beginners! Techniques are not explained in detail. If you don't know how to knit or croc
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of great ideas for getting together with crafty friends. Along with crafts, the authors have included several recipes. The crafts are mostly on the simpler side, making; perfect for sharing with those less experienced in that craft. Overall, a nice collection of creative ideas for spending time with friends.

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a bit of an off mish-mash of mainly crochet, but also knitted, sewn and paper projects and patterns with some food recipes thrown in. As with any book like this - some look good and worth doing, and some a little bit naff! However, the layout of this book is beautifully done and the pictures are detailed, clear and bright, One where it's worth having a skim through in your local bookshop to check it's for you, rather than buying blind.
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