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A collection of 25 creative projects to craft your way to mindfulness
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Craft Your Own Happy is a collection of mindful craft projects to make you smile! Perfect for those moments when you need a bit of self-care and relaxation time.
Do you ever feel like you spend too much of your day staring at screens, feeling anxious or stressed out? If the answer is yes - then you need this book! The cute colourful projects have all been designed with the feel-good-factor in mind. Crafting can help to take you away from the worries and pressures of your daily life, and give you back those moments of slowness and focus which can help to reduce anxiety.
Unlike other craft books, this is a book that you can dip into and find projects based upon how you are feeling. So you can craft to suit your mood! There are 25 beginner friendly projects to choose from including cross stitching, embroidery, paper craft and more… Why worry when you can craft happy!
Featured in the October 2021 issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine.Crafts Beautiful Magazine, October 2021
Very cute little book.NetGalley, Elizabeth Cabus
Very easy to follow.
I have my eye on a few of the crafts to do for my home. If your looking for easy to follow positive crafts to do this is for you.
Perfect for beginners and keen crafters alike.Townswoman magazine
As featured in article, 'Crochet saved my life: One in four people in the UK experiences a mental health problem of some kind each year. Take a Break Makes looks at how crafting can help you cope’Take A Break, Makes
Listed in the ‘Inspiring Books’ featureSimply Crochet, March 2021
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Natalie Liddle
If you are crafty and you’re looking for a fun, happy new project this is the book for you,
I loved it and have recommended to less crafty friends who loves it just as much so I think it’s a real all-rounder
Get crafty !
As featured bySussex Local Magazine (Chichester), February 2021
I loved this book. Great instructions.NetGalley, Karen Ashley
Really good, up close pictures that let you see exactly what has been done and how to do it.
Colourful projects that lift the sprits. Also lots of ‘cheap’ projects that don’t cost a fortune with materials that can be found in your garden or countryside near you.
Loved the use of ‘ natural’ things eg flowers, stones etc.
There are so many projects to chose from I’m spoilt for choice which to choose first.
I also really like the photos used of the author Becci Mai Ford. She has a lovely sunny face that makes you smile. I will definitely be looking for other books of hers and at Elbie co which she foundered.
Another superb book which will inspire you to delve into the various worlds of crafting as we enter lockdown. Everyone needs a hobby, not everyone knows just what to do, but this wonderful book will set you on your way!Books Monthly
Cushion project from book as featured byThe Simple Things, January 2021
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Sophia Gray
A lovely, joyful book filled with fantastic ideas and craft alongside gorgeous images and sage advice. I loved it.
The projects are diverse, which means there must be something that will appeal to just about everyone (she says bravely). There is embroidery, resin necklaces, clay bowls, macrame and more. The Peg Prompts on page 90 is a particular favourite that I must do.Blackberry Garden
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I just love the concept of this book. The author encourages you to craft mindfully by choosing crafts to suit your current mood. I seem to be on such a rollercoaster at the moment that this really appeals and chapters give suggestions for those days you just feel like hibernating, when you are trying to tidy and organise, when you need to get outside and more.Amazon Customer, Jayne
I am going to adopt the daily ritual embroidery as a reminder to be calm and take time for myself and I want to perfect the origami lucky stars to give jars of affirmations to my family and friends for Christmas.
Not only has this book inspired me to do many of the projects contained within it, but it’s made me think of other things in the mindful categories that I can do for myself. Love, love this book and have already followed the author on Facebook. Would make a superb present – Wow.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Leyla Johnson
Unfortunately we do live in stressful times, 2020 as been extremely trying for all of us, whilst this book will not make it all go away, it will take one to a more peaceful, creative space where one can leave the turmoil behind for a short time.
All the project in this book are easy, small and have enough degree of difficulty in them to take one away from the problems of everyday life - for a little while.
Some projects for everyone from stitch, felting, paper, macramé, clay/cement and outdoor inspired work. I love the iphone cover using resin and flowers from the garden. Also the painted rocks can be very satisfying - using the shape to create a picture.
I love this book, I love the fact that it is easy to use and that has enough distraction time involved in the project to give one breathing space.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Penny Henry
These activities would be fun for anyone. But, especially for someone suffering chronic anxiety. I would recommend this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, April Gray
This is a lovely,well put together book filled with fun crafts that encourage mindfulness and help reduce stress. The projects are divided into moods and types- there are crafts to reduce anxiety, crafts to express gratitude, etc. Throughout, the author offers tips and advice based on her own struggles with anxiety, which adds a more personal touch. There's a pretty broad variety of crafts to choose from here, utilizing many different materials and techniques, so there's sure to be something for everyone, with a lot of room for customization. Each project has clear, easy to follow instructions accompanied by lots of helpful photos, and there's a cheerful vibe to all the crafts in the book. It's obvious Ford put a lot of thought and heart into creating this book, and it would make a perfect gift to give yourself- self care is important, after all!
Featured inMy Weekly Special, July 2020
Cute book of 25 craft projects to improve your mood and give you something to focus on. Seeing the finished projects is also cheerful. I liked the variety of project types and materials. The project guides went step by step with full color photos and are helpful. I think this book could be good for teens and older.NetGalley, Amanda Donovan
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Dawn Lewis
"Craft Your Own Happy" is full of quirky, simple, and fun projects to help you relax and forget (for a while) how completely crappy life can be. I'm not sure I would actually make any of the projects, but it has given me ideas for my own! The most important thing I've learned from this is that crafting is about the process and not so much the end result. As long as you enjoy yourself and are happy with what you make, then it's no one else's business! Might I suggest a follow-up book called "Just Craft It"?!
2020 has been a year of change, upheaval and isolation for many. More time spent at home means that families are spending more time together. This book is ideal for generating fun projects that can be achieved at home. It! will also help unlock the creative potential of anyone using it. Go on Craft Yourself Happy!NetGalley, Colette Brennan
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Olga Nunez Miret
In sum, this is a book for people who like crafting, or who’d like to try it but don’t feel confident enough, for those looking for something different to keep their minds occupied, and it would make a great gift to people who might benefit from these kinds of activities, even if they have never given it a thought. No degree of expertise is required, and I found it inspiring and full of positive energy as well. Although I read it in e-book format, due to the nature of the projectd and to the section of templates, I recommend getting a paperback copy if possible. Don’t forget to visit the author’s website for more information and to check some other projects.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Jun Lee
Who doesn't need a little art therapy these days? I like that this book keeps it simple--25 projects with clear instructions and results. That way you don't have the added stress of how to design your project or what to do if you mess up. The author doesn't assume that you have a crafty background--there are photos of how to put cloth in an embroidery hoop, for example. If you're feeling anxious, depressed, or unmotivated, you might get some peace and satisfaction from working on one of these items. The designs tend to skew a little younger, so teens or tweens might like them more than older crafters, but since this is more about the journey, it's a worthwhile book to add to your shelf.
This was a fun, colourful and thoughful book filled with great and creative ideas that I can't wait to try out. There is a wide variety crafts types for all skill levels so there is sure to be something for everyone.NetGalley, Olivia Cormier
Craft Your Own Happy is the type of book you can dip in and out of depending on your mood.NetGalley, Samantha Stroud
This book is divided into eight chapters after the introduction:
- Anxiety makes
- Get outside
- Happy Home
- Gratitude Makes
- Tidy Mind Makes
- Self-care crafting
The book has projects on crafts such as embroidery, flower walls, keyrings using needle felting, clay, using resin and more. There are lots to choose from, though it does means lots of different equipment depending on your mood. Some projects only take a few hours, others take longer as they may need to dry or weeks as it's a long term make.
The instructions are quite detailed and also come with step by step colour photography too. The rear of the book provides templates for some of the makes.
This is a fun collection of cute craft projects across a variety of craft formats so there's a little something for everyone!NetGalley, Karen Ellsworth
Although the author's focus is on the solitary crafter - emphasizing mindfulness in the creative process to alleviate anxiety, stress, and other negative feelings, it would also be a great selection for a makers group, library crafting group (when we're allowed to assemble again), studio library, classroom or other formal instruction, or home studio. A lot of these projects would also be great for younger crafters (some might require some adult help).NetGalley, Annie Buchanan
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Nicole Henke
This is a fun book with easy peasy projects, and most of them give immediate results, so you can get your happy very quickly. Most of the projects can be completed in a few hours, and the otehr ones are perfect for working on a few hours at a time, each night. Simple embroidery is great for letting your mind wander away from troubles, Teens will also love the simple crafts and minimum requirements for each project! Give yourself, or your kids, some easy stress relief with this fun book!
Delightful! I found it to be a whimsical, fun book for craft ideas. The book emphasizes the 'process' of crafting to help with anxiety, mindfulness and other holistic methods of self care.NetGalley, Janne Boswell
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Eve Witherington
This book is full of cute ideas my favourite being the mini flower wall Instagram style in miniature as well as the embroidery hoop art as I love doing those already as well as cross stitch which she also included crafts for.
Using a rainbow of colour this book will help use your creative time to try and help mental health as Becci talks of her own anxiety struggle previously I too agree craft can be a fabulous distraction and makes you produce something beautiful with all the time not spent worrying instead!
There's indoor and outdoor inspiration and ways to get children involved and helping out too the book is great for families not just individuals.
Craft your own happy is a beautiful, quirky craft book with some fantastic, doable projects to help with mindfullnes especially if you suffer with anxiety or depression.NetGalley, Natalie Horman
This is a quick book to read but has some fantastic ideas, great guidance and fabulous photographs of pieces being made. If you love crafting or want to give sprucing up your home a go I'd definitely give this book a read.
I enjoyed reading the tidbits of wisdom from "Craft Your Own Happy" by Becci Mai Ford. The book is bright and colorful, the photographs and projects bring a smile to my face as they are so cheerful. You can feel the positivity exude from the intros to every chapter with such topics like conquering anxiety, the importance of getting outside, bringing happiness to your home, practicing gratitude, being tidy, taking care of yourself and enjoy being cozy at home and recharging. I enjoy crafting at home and had not realized the strong connection to mindfulness and wellbeing with crafting. The craft projects are very diverse from origami, sewing, embroidery, cross-stitching, needle felting, pom pom making, epoxy resin, clay, cement, etc. There are gradual steps with explanations and photos, but I found that the materials list and some of the steps needed more details. So, it would be beneficial if you have prior knowledge of the craft medium for that particular project. The book includes templates at the back of the book for various projects. The author also has a website where you can purchase some craft kits, but it doesn't include all the projects from the book. She's also located in the UK, so it's something to keep in mind to where you reside with the exchange rate and shipping. Overall, the projects have sparked some creativity in me and I feel a little better for reading the wellbeing intros from each chapter.NetGalley, Rita Chang
I’m always wary when I get a new digital craft book, wondering if it’s going to be another book full of useless projects that I would never make.. I didn’t need to worry with Craft Your Own Happy. It’s filled with great project ideas, step by step instructions and beautiful, well styled photos. I love how the author has also incorporated mindfulness & mental health in to the book.NetGalley, Michelle Lyons
There are some projects included which I can’t wait to make, including- the pressed flower phone case, the yarn wall hanging and the embroidery patch.
If you’re a crafty person, a person looking to find a new hobby or just a fan of cute, colourful projects then this is the book for you.
I love a good craft book! Flipping through the pages of possibilities, gazing at projects, imagining the gifts I could create for family and friends or even myself...what a pleasurable way to pass a quiet morning. Craft Your Own Happy mixes all that hopeful possibility with mindfulness and suggests crafts that are both process oriented as well as finished product purposes. A recent trip to an island gave me the perfect chance to try out the painted rock craft. The beaches are bountiful with all sizes of rocks, so we collected and then designed and painted during some down time. It was a perfect transitional activity, a reminder of friendships and special time together, and a soul soothing activity while we talked about our day. Kids and adults were content! Part craft guide, part mindfulness book, with colorful illustrations and clear directions make Craft Your Own Happy by Becca Mai Ford worth adding to your collection.NetGalley, Meredith Charest
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Michlynn Mo
This was a great craft book, which helps you craft your way through stress and anxiety.
The instructions for each of the 25 crafts are easy to understand and uses items that are easy to find. The crafts are simply yet able to engage your mind. They allow you to move your focus from anxiety to mindfulness and relaxation.
The crafts range from embroidery to nature to painting and use of yarn. There are items for every crafting level. They range from super cute to more adult ones.
This is a great book for a reluctant crafter and people who need to slow down and reduce their anxiety and stress and looking for new outlets.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Emma Ward
This is the kind of craft book that I love – it’s colourful, cheery and most importantly, it made me want to craft something.
I love a craft book that covers a variety of different craft topics and this book has that. There’s cross stitch, embroidery, paper crafts, needle felting, resin crafts and more. What I like about the craft selection is that they’re different but often have overlapping materials meaning you don’t have to get a crazy amount of supplies to give a good few of the crafts a go.
I also liked how the crafts were divided up into sections such as anxiety makes (crafts with repetitive actions to get you into a mindful flow) or organisation makes (things to help you tidy up your space) and so on.
The book is generally aimed at adults who want to try crafts but actually, I would say a good chunk of the crafts (anything except the concrete and resin ones) are are fairly child friendly like painting rocks and making pom poms so if you’re a parent looking for a craft book that you can enjoy with your kids, this is a good one to check out.
Craft Your Own Happy by Becci Mai Ford is a collection of 25 creative projects to craft your way to mindfulness and happiness. This books not only helps readers to make DIYs but how to make crafts that improve anxiety, self-care, and gratitude.NetGalley, Jane Massman
Some of the crafts I'm most excited to attempt are the phone case, macramé jewelry organizers, pom pom footstool, and a clay leaf ring dish.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Brianna Marek
As a self proclaimed craftaholic, I absolutely loved the concept of this book and read it cover to cover in one sitting!
This book guides you through the making of a handful of projects while reminding you to stay present during the crafting experience to ease your mind of your day to day worries and anxieties. I have personally struggled with anxiety and depression for years and use crafting as a sort of therapy and grounding technique. It wasn’t until reading this book that I became more mindful of this and began shifting my perspective from seeing my crafts as a distraction to a way of self care.
Not only were the crafts themselves reminders of self love/ self care but the wording throughout helped to remind me that like in life, it’s okay to make mistakes, mess up, or even start again!
I would absolutely recommend this book to crafters of all levels and can’t wait to get started on a few of these projects (using the templates provided) myself!
This book has tons of adorable craft ideas with step-by-step instructions for all of them. She teaches a little bit of everything in ways that turn out to be adorable decor for your home.NetGalley, Kelli Ponce
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Naomi Clarke
This book is absolutely phenomenal! With stunning photos, clear and easy-to-follow instructions and inspiration aplenty, this book expertly guides you through a range of craft activities and projects that you can choose depending on where your mind is (anxious, needing gratitude makes, self-care and more). A really innovative and inspirational book.
Craft Your Own Happy is a fun and inspirational book filled with cute craft ideas to help you relax. The book starts with some crafting basics for beginners, and then goes on to lots and lots of fun projects, accompanied by gorgeous colorful photos of both the instructions and the finished projects.NetGalley, Maartje Witteveen
The projects include tons of different crafts, so there is something for everyone! Some of my personal favorites? The needle felted unicorn keyring, the pressed flower phone case and the kawaii concrete planter.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Angela Smith
A beautiful book illustrated with step-by-step instructions and photos on how to do projects. I've always loved crafts and creativity, but never though I was good enough. This book is inspiring in that it helps us realize we don't have to be perfect with our craft projects and we can always learn new things. She makes it fun and has inspired me to do something I've always wanted to do: devote more time to crafts! I also love how she puts a bit of her story in the book along with her projects.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lizzie Hyde
I own a vast variety of craft books, and so was a bit worried that I would have already seen at least some of these ideas before. I was so wrong! The ideas in this book were fresh, unique and absolutely adorable! I can't wait to try all of them out! Usually I can choose a few favourites, but in this instance they are all so beautiful, and so much thought has clearly gone into the construction of this book and the ideas in it.
What I didn't realise would be a part of this book were the chapter headings and parts about mindfulness and how to find calmness even in the tumult of everyday life. These were so heartfelt, and so personal, I really appreciate the author adding these bits to the book, as I think they make a big difference. Having these parts, set out in small, catchy and relatable segments, adds an additional dimension to the book that I absolutely adored!!
Overall, this book is a wonderful mix of so many good ideas and positive sentiments. The author is very relatable, clearly willing to share their story to help others, and try to make people's worlds a little brighter when it gets dark. I cannot rate this book highly enough!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Shraddha Sen
Since childhood, craft projects has always been my escape. Whenever I felt bored or I was not allowed to watch TV or play games, I used to indulge myself in some craft projects.
This book came at the right time when I am totally bored and am spending too much time on screen.
With so many step wise illustrated DIY projects, it has made the craft works very easy and interesting. I loved how the author has written some little valuable notes related to every project, which actually made me smile.
Whether you are an amateur or you love doing DIY projects, it will be very helpful for you.
Do you ever feel like you spend too much of your day staring at screens, feeling anxious or stressed out? If the answer is yes – then you need this book! The cute colourful projects have all been designed with the feel-good-factor in mind. Crafting can help to take you away from the worries and pressures of your daily life, and give you back those moments of slowness and focus which can help to reduce anxiety.NetGalley, Jenny Kearney
Unlike other craft books, this is a book that you can dip into and find projects based upon how you are feeling. So you can craft to suit your mood! There are 25 beginner friendly projects to choose from including cross stitching, embroidery, paper craft and more. Why worry when you can craft happy!
This is a fun and colourful craft book packed with ideas. Split into sections such as Gratitude Makes, Anxiety Makes and Self-Care Crafting it will appeal to anyone who finds making and creating essential to their mental well-being. If you love crafting then you might not find many new-to-you ideas but there are some crafts I can’t wait to try, including the kawaii concrete planter and the origami stars. It’s a fun craft book and the projects will certainly soothe your mind and keep your hands busy.
Lots of different creative ideas on how to change your home into a more colourful place - very descriptive and easy to understand all the instructions in a very colourful book.NetGalley, Lesley Elder
It's always a little special to realize you're very similar to the author (lists - yes!). Craft Your Own Happy drew my attention for sure ('crafting is the perfect distraction for a busy mind') and spoke to me. It took literal decades for me to get on the scrapbooking wagon, but once I was convinced (thanks mom and sis), I was hooked. And reading Craft Your Own Happy explained exactly why in my case -- it's something calm, and soothing among a chaotic life ('the world can be a pressurized and fast paced place which isn't always the best thing for our mental health'). Learning about the 'flow state' for crafting just makes sense. The photos, projects, instructions are wonderful and simply laid out. While they aren't all projects I'd enjoy working on, there are some that I'm excited to try.NetGalley, roxi Net
The book offers 25 beginner friendly crafting projects that you can dip into depending on your mood. That's exactly what you get. The projects range from working with self-hardening clay to embroidery, each designed to offer creative fun, mindfulness and a finished project that you'll like to show.NetGalley, Julia Guttzeit
Craft Your Own Happy by Becci Mai Ford, is a cute craft book with a side of mindfulness. I like that it features quite a few different crafts; ones that would appeal to both novice and experienced crafters. Ford interjects mindfulness practices (taking time for oneself) along with patterns, instructions, and inspiration. She takes the expectation of difficultness out of the crafting process.NetGalley, Linda Boschert
This book looks so sweet, which what drew me in. The premise, of matching your craft to your emotional state, and using time to make as time for self care, is appealing. I can imagine needle felting being great for anxiety, and There is a whole range of crafts, from the very simple to the more complex.NetGalley, Pauline McGough
There is enough detail clearly laid out to allow the reader to get stuck in and try a craft, but not enough to become expert in any one thing - if that's what you want it's not the book for you.
The materials for most projects are easily come by and relatively inexpensive, and some are child-friendly (like the painted gratitude stones or the clay dish moulded on a leaf). Templates at the back are clear and instructions are easy to follow.
The author's personal aesthetic is strong and the book packs a visual punch.
Each chapter comes with musings on how to be more mindful and look after yourself in the every day.
I can imagine this book being a lovely gift for someone who wants to practice mindfulness in an active way and switch off from their moods for a while.
It was a nice book. The ideas were all good. Gave nice and new ideas on decorating the home. It can easily followed by almost everyone. Would recommend this book for people who are beginners.NetGalley, Manju P
I enjoyed the focus on crafting as a mindfulness activity in this book. The author sharing their motivation behind the book and their business was also useful for me, someone toying around with the idea of starting a small business. The author sticks to this idea of mindfulness and the crafts do match with the assigned emotional states. The crafts do range in ability and accessibility of materials - there are some crafts that are cheaper material wise while others require more substantial materials (and skills to use them). The steps are illustrated and well written. There is minimal front introductory materials for embroidery which is an activity used throughout the chapters. You could easily crank up or down the cuteness on these crafts as well - if you want it to be a geometric planter without a cute face, you can do it. The cute toast face - you could tweak it into something different.NetGalley, Sarah Metts
Overall a fun crafting book that is good for all crafters and a good way to create a conversation with people of all ages about mindfulness and anxiety.
This guide has engaging, full color photos and easy to follow instructions.NetGalley, Emily Myhren
This is a sweet and fun book that combines craft projects with self care, with a goal of helping with depression and anxiety through crafting. The projects are broken down into chapters like get outside (using materials you gathered outside since nature is so helpful), anxiety makes (where you use practices like intricate embroidery in all different colors and stitches to calm anxiety), gratitude makes and hibernate crafts that are things like eye masks and hand warmers, among other themes.NetGalley, Alicia Bayer
The projects are all very colorful and happy. Note that there's an aesthetic to most of these that is rather cute, so if you're more of a minimalist or into more adult looking crafts then these might not be a great fit. Some are able to be more personalized like the resin phone case where you put natural items like pressed flowers in it, while others are from patterns that tend towards colorful and somewhat young.
The crafts cover a wide range of types and most are easy to do from any skill level, such as simple sewing, making pom poms for a footstool, embroidery, resin pouring and working with air dry clay. Full color illustrations show every step for every craft. There are also full-color patterns provided for the projects at the end of the book. Along the way, the author talks about ways to boost happiness and reduce anxiety and depression through a variety of means and shares personal anecdotes of her own. There is a real uplifting, sweet vibe to the whole book.
I really enjoyed this book, it was fast and had some really cute crafts that people could do with plenty of steps and photos along the way.NetGalley, Stephanie Cross
This a visually appealing book full of crafts for all interests and skill levels. From the Daily Ritual Embroidery to the Hand Sewn Eye Mask, there is a fun craft for everyone. The instructions are clearly written and illustrated. The projects are all done with materials that are easy to obtain, this really is an accessible set of crafts. Mixing in anecdotes about mindfulness adds a nice dimension to each project. I can't wait to try a few of these with the Yarn Wall Hanging looking like a soothing way to use up my rainbow of yarn ends from other knitting ventures.NetGalley, Alexis Turner
I really liked this book of crafts. In the current climate it was just what was needed. It made me happy & I loved trying out new things; from painting rocks to trying embroidery. Thank you for making me smile & appreciating a little bit of mindfulness!NetGalley, Sarah luxton
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Hazel Thomson
Craft Your Own Happy was a super book. Its full of great projects that you can do at home that will definately make you happy.
I really enjoyed reading this book and have come away with lots of new creative ideas to get making. The instructions were easy to follow and the photography is excellent as well.
A great little craft book. None of the projects are overly hard, and there is a good variety throughout.NetGalley, Elizabeth Pearl
This book serves as a great introduction for those who want to incorporate crafting into their self-care/mindfulness practices. Time commitment and needed materials for each project are clearly listed. Each project is broken down into multiple, easy to follow steps, and there are plenty of pictures to aid in clarity.
While this book may not be for a more experienced all around crafter, it does serve as a good jumping off point for those who are new to the craft world, or those who want to pick up a new skill. I can definitely see this on my library's shelves.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Erin Childs
My favorite thing about this book is that there is a craft in here for everyone. Whether you're an experienced crafter or you haven't made anything since those macaroni necklaces in preschool, you'll find an idea (or five) here to match your skill level, from cross-stitch to origami. With an emphasis on crafting as a method to improve mental health, Becci Mai Ford's ideas are fun and colorful, with thorough details and suggestions.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Rachel Campbell
"Crafting is the perfect distraction for a busy mind"
This book is beautiful!
I love the combination of mental health and crafting was lovely and so well thought out. there is something for everyone in this book. The author includes personal stories and information that has helped her though bad moods and anxiety. The photos are stunning and so vibrant, you can't help but smile when you look at them .
I can't wait to get stuck into crafting some of these beautiful patterns, especially that pom pom footstool.
An interesting take on crafting and self help. Pictures and narration is on point. Not everyone can craft or has the skill for it. This book makes it easy for them... All in all a good addition to any crafty library.NetGalley, Aysha Imran
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Richelle Rodarte
I sincerely absolutely love this book! The ideas and projects are not just fun they are inspirational and the range is amazing. There is a little bit of everything in here and I will be honest.... That pom pom footstool is happening for my granddaughter who will love it!!! This book is very thorough and the pictures are vivid and well done. There are plenty of stress relievers as well as really beautiful creations. I love the resin beach necklace.
I really highly recommend this book for any art lover!
A beautifully illustrated book with lots of lovely projects.NetGalley, Pauline Sim
I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to making some of the items starting with the Honeycomb Quilted Cushions.
Craft Your Own Happy is a colorful book full of cute little handmade stuff. The activities takes time and attention so it's great when you need a break and want to relax creating something.NetGalley, Laiza Hill
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Denise Murray
Crafting can help calm minds and hands, but it can also cause anxiety because there's so much and what if you do it wrong and what if and what if? Craft Your Own Happy tackles the problems of what to do and how to do it with colorful--but not saccharine--pictures and clear instructions. There's a variety of crafts so even seasoned crafters will find new projects. People who haven't crafted since grade school will be greeted with lots of ideas and instructions that guide and encourage.
As someone with anxiety, I found the breakdown of crafts by the kind of makes rather than type of craft to be very helpful. Sometimes you know how you're feeling but not what you need to do. I love that there's no judgement about skills or time spent making. The instructions are gentle and no pressure. Crafts like resin casting that can be intimidating are handled in a way that makes them seem about as easy as making a pompom. It's very soothing and encouraging.
Craft Your Own Happy is not only a unique DIY book, but the author also dives into mental health and well-being. The 25 projects she has chosen for this book are all designed to help assist in practising mindfulness and ease an anxious mind. Throughout the book, the author also provides notes on what has helped her with her anxiety and journey to being mindful.NetGalley, Ivy Brooks
In terms of the projects themselves, they are all quirky and cute! I was specifically drawn to the daily ritual embroidery, pressed flower phone case and the kawaii concrete planter! The directions are all simple to follow with lots of pictures, and some have a template you can use that is provided in the back of the book.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful DIY book that did an excellent job of tying mental health in it in a way where it was helpful and insightful.
Craft Your Own Happy is a delightful resource full of great ideas for greater mindfulness and happiness. I can’t wait to try some of the projects.NetGalley, Jessica Murdock
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Kirsty White
I really loved this little book. I love to craft anyway and practise mindfulness so a book that combines the two is always going to be a winner for me. There are lots of crafts to dip in and out of and all give step by step instructions which is really helpful especially for ones that you may have not done before. I've been toying with the idea of doing some resin work and so the crafts here I think are great for me to have a go at it. The embroidery crafts look on the surface like they may get me over my fear of stitching without a colour by numbers kit. I'm reading from a netgalley ARC but have already got the book sat in my basket for release date so I can have the templates and give some of the crafts a go.
There are also a few helpful hints and tips about self care, mindfulness and getting out and about in nature. All in all a wonderful craft book and I'm looking forward to the having the book in my hands.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Eleanor Small
Craft your own happy is a wonderfully cute book, Becci has set out to do something important, to help everyone take time for mindfulness, and with inspired projects and tidbits on mental health and well being she has achieved this.
The book includes detailed step by step instructions, and pictures, that means even an absolute beginner can feel confident tackling the more difficult crafts. The book gives you all the information you need to customise your projects and the book even encourages you to do so.
Included are a range of craft types, some with easily accessible materials and some with slightly more expensive ones.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to doing some mindful crafting.
Craft Your Own Happy by Becci Mai Ford. Clear and detailed instructions, materials lists, and templates are provided. Different DIY crafts that can ease daily stress and invoke your creative spirit. Intrigued by the inspirational mini origami stars and being a cat lover, the kitty hand warmer is of great interest. These two will most likely be the first two projects I will try to make.NetGalley, Irene McIntosh
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Helen Carr
This is a great book combining mindfulness and crafting. A few things seemed advanced for me or what I thought a beginner would know without some knowledge of the materials. However the instructions are clear and there's plenty of templates to help you on your way. A great book to create some fantastic and wonderful things.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Heather Hitchcock
This is a really sweet book that combines mindfulness and crafting. The projects are adorable, the instructions are clear, and the author's intention of sharing happy crafts to help manage stress is just lovely.
Craft Your Own Happy includes 25 very different DYI projects to help you feel better. The author has added notes on what has helped her with bad mood and anxiety, which makes reading the book feel like getting wanted advice from a friend.NetGalley, Oxana Tomova
I liked some projects more than others, but they are all colourful and look fun to make. The instructions are easy to follow and I really appreciate how neatly all needed materials for each project are listed.
And if you don't feel creative enough to try a project for the first time with a fully original idea? The author has covered that as well by adding templates at the end of the book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Paula Smith
I love a book that crosses talking about mental health and well-being with practical ways of caring for them. This is more than just a craft book, although the crafts are gorgeous and quirky there is also reasoning behind the makes and how they assist in practicing “Mindfulness”. The introduction gives a brief description of how the projects can help calm an anxious mind. The projects themselves are of varying difficulty levels- I especially enjoyed the look of the cross stitches (even though I have never done one before! Shock horror) , the pressed flower phone case and the Pom Pom foot stool (currently browsing Amazon for a Pom Pom maker). After beginning to make the Yarn Wall Hanging I can say that the directions are simple and easy to follow and I loved the pictures throughout the book.
I cannot wait to buy this book for a wonderful friend who I think will love it (and really benefit from it ) too.
This is a great fun colourful book for all craft lovers. There is something for everybody and crafts of all shapes and sizes ! My favourite was the pompom cover, as it was amazing how something so simple could be so effective. Trying resin projects is also something I would love to have a go at. The instructions are clear and detailed enough and all templates are included. The photographs are enticing and inspiring and it is just a lovely book to dip into. It would also make a lovely gift bookNetGalley, jc Cross
Thank you for the advanced copy of this craft book. Loved the introductions to each chapter and the suggestions for the crafts. Everything was explained clearly so first timers of these crafts would succeed.NetGalley, Bethany Lyons
This inspirational book features 14 colourful contemporary patchwork tutorials. Each project is broken down into easy-to-follow steps accompanied by detailed illustrations, advice on fabric choices and expert hints and tips to get you started. The cushion and mini projects are perfect for complete beginners, offering small-scale options that can be completed within a day. Once you’ve developed your skills, you’ll be ready to tackle the six tutorials showing you how to create vibrant large-scale bed quilts, lap quilts, and a picnic blanket.By Paula Steel
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