Willow Crossley believes that everything in the home, however mundane, can be beautiful. This book shows her ideas for turning the most basic objects into original life enhancers.
Willow casts her crafting style all around the house and beyond, making things you will want to keep for yourself, or reluctantly give away as presents. The first chapter, “To Decorate”, includes floral napkin rings, seasonal wreaths, Christmas decorations, and vintage fabric bunting. “To Hang” shows how to fill printers’ trays with your own treasures, make pictures from buttons, and create your own message board with fabulous ribbons. “To Nest” includes ideas for grainsack pillows, block print napkins, and heart-shaped lavender bags. In “To Wear”, there are fabric-twisted bracelets, silk-trimmed straw hats, and simple linen aprons. “To Use” is a visual feast of candles made in vintage teacups, fabric-covered books, bath salts infused with lavender, and coat hangers decoupaged with fabric scraps. Having lived in France, Willow is greatly inspired by their vintage textiles, as well as their way of making life's necessities, such as a straw hat or bicycle basket, so effortlessly decorative. None of her ideas are difficult to make or demand serious sewing or crafting skills. The only requirements needed are patience, and the desire to find those raw materials that work their magic.
Willow Crossley has a background in design. After a degree in fashion journalism at the London University of the Arts, she worked on magazines before moving to the south of France. From here she began her online business Willow Rose Boutique, selling her word art designs, fabric-covered books and bespoke jewellery. Her first book was 'The Art of Handmade Living', followed by 'Inspire: the Art of Living with Nature' (both CICO Books). Her popular blog is www.willowroseboutique.blogspot.co.uk The author is based in Oxfordshire, UK.