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Craft book alert: The BUST DIY Guide to Life

There’s been a slew of contemporary craft books popping up recently, such as Jazz Domino Holly’s Queen of Crafts and Lauren O’Farrell’s Stitch London. But the one I really can’t wait to get my hands on has to be this: The BUST DIY Guide to Life.

If you a) have a vagina and b) have never managed to pour your eyes over a copy of BUST magazine, then I implore you to hunt one down as if your life depends on it. This piece of amazing American ingenuity is quite possibly the coolest, smartest women’s magazine you’ll ever read. It’s one of those titles that irritating journalists refer to as ‘sassy’ or ‘full of attitude’.

It is also credited – usually by those same irritating journalists – as having ‘spearheaded the craft revival’. Co-founder Debbie Stoller wrote the Stitch’n’Bitch books, and the magazine has featured craft projects since its early days.

This new book, consisting of 250 projects collated from the mag, seeks to set forth the notion that DIY is a way of life, not just a hobby. So it’s not just about crocheting pretty birds and baking cupcakes (although those are both pretty fun), it’s also about fixing your bike, growing your own vegetables or even starting up your own craft business.

Thanks to its scarcity in the UK my collection of BUST back issues is far from complete, so I can’t wait to get my hands of this amazing-sounding collection of projects. And if you’re in the US, the authors are launching a book tour later this month – a must-not-miss!

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