Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Review; DIY Dammit by Joselyn Hughes

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Harper One, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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this new crafting book will be out in Novemeber, just in time for gift giving, but I wanted to give you a heads up now, so you could put it on your wish/must buy lists!

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Doing it yourself always seems so simple. Only 3 steps! Just 5 supplies! Less than 30 minutes! Yeah right.
The truth is, craftin’ ain’t easy. But it also doesn’t have to be an exasperating lesson in your own clumsiness.
Joselyn Hughes knows the struggle. She’s lived it. And now, with DIY, Dammit!, she offers up foolproof craftables that deliver maximum cute with minimal effort. There are easy-to-follow instructions and realistic shortcuts—because waiting for paint to dry is as boring as…well, you know.
With Joselyn by your side you’ll laugh, learn, and end up with handcrafted creations that will impress your friends, family, and strangers you accost on the street. She’s already made all the mistakes, so you don’t have to. What are you waiting for? DIY, Dammit!

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This book has some very cute projects, many of which I like to call 'starter craft' projects- they get you used to using different crafting tools and materials, before you move on to more complicated designs and projects. 

I had never read Joselyn's blog, or seen her videos, so her book was totally new to me. She offers some very sounds advice when it comes to crafting, as you can see by her mantras above and to the left.

The book has crafts for every level of ability- crafts to decorate your house with, the help get you organized, to give as gifts, for entertaining and unleash your inner diva! you will find crafts that might take you back to when you were a kid, but are updated for modern tastes, or crafts you hadn't realized you could make. 

The 'ingredient' list is kept simple, with nothing weird that you need to buy. You could, but Joselyn uses common items, available at craft, hardware and big box stores.The instructions are very simple and clear as well. She gives you a hammer for each level of difficulty, so you know what you are getting into! 

I loved her crafting scale of before and after Martha (if you have no idea who that is, you have no need to craft, LOL). the selection of projects is well rounded, to give newbies skills they didn't realize they could achieve, and also to give crafters with experience fun and practical projects too. 

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I went through the book and selected 4 crafts that would be perfect for Back to School projects and/or Teacher presents! 

The snack bag and tote bag require simple sewing, and do not take long to make at all.The adorable shirt uses a bleach pen (and you could make any design you wanted), and is so easy the kids can do it!

The cups are from the dollar store ,and are written on with a paint pen, and then baked. See? All easy peasy! In fact,I'm thinking about a couple for Christmas presents too!

This is a fun book and one that I would recommend to newcomers to crafting, as well as for giving as a gift with some crafting basics (like scissors, hole punch, glue gun, etc) in a basket! It would also make a fun present to a coed moving off into their first apartment! So remember to add it to your holiday gift list!

About the Author:

Joselyn Hughes is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She was recently named as one of "30 Under 35: Female Comedians to Watch" by, "25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know" by, "18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter" by the Huffington Post, and "30 Under 30: Comedians You Should Watch" by Splashlife and Funny or Die. 

Joselyn has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Tosh.0, MTV, VH1 and has written for Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, OWN, TBS and the Huffington Post.

Her web series DIY, Dammit! can be seen on the Nerdist Channel and her DIY, Dammit! QUICKIES are posted every week on her YouTube channel. And her first book, "DIY, Dammit! A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting" will be available everywhere November 2015.

To find out where you can see her, check out her schedule on and be sure to follow her on twitte

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