17 Jan

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting blogger Kelly Wilkinson of Make Grow Gather on a super fun & crafty blogger’s weekend graciously hosted by Michaels. I sat next to Kelly at dinner the first night and remember the excitement in her voice as she talked about a book she’d been working on for quite a while that would be published soon… so I’m very excited to share the news of that {genuinely fabulous!} book with you now!

Even at first glance, it’s obvious that Weekend Handmade was a labor of love – the photography and styling is beautiful, and the projects are incredibly creative and well thought out. Here are a few examples that are especially fitting for party lovers… ;)

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

In staying true to it’s title, each project in Weekend Handmade can be accomplished over the course of just one evening or weekend, and the book is divided into 3 sections: MAKE offers projects to wear or decorate with; GROW presents projects inspired by gardens, fields, and farmer’s markets; and GATHER spotlights projects that enrich casual get-togethers.

Here are a few more personal favorites from the different craft projects… I’m especially loving the flower luminaries!

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

For more info on Weekend Handmade straight from the author herself, check out the short trailer below:


Praise for Weekend Handmade:

“Kelly Wilkinson always felt like her crafty side was at odds with her job as a journalist, but now she has a book that incorporates both. Weekend Handmade provides instructions for quirky crafts that virtually anyone can do. All these crafts have a quirky feel—think hipster Martha Stewart—and they’re pretty simple, too.”
NPR Weekend Edition

“Think you can’t make anything—or, more importantly, that you don’t have the time to? Wilkinson’s undowdy projects—luminarias, table decorations—are all designed to be completed in a couple of hours.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Everyone’s a crafter these days, including your mom (quilts with Jon Stewart’s face stitched on them) and your cubicle mate (carved fruit statues he sells on Etsy). But Weekend Handmade presents simple projects for the glue-gun and table saw–impaired.”
Washington Post Express


Photography credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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Chrystina SAYS:

That mobile over the center of the picnic table is awesome!!

Reply January 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Chef Jenny SAYS:

One of 2012 promises, no more books or magazines until iv read and organized the millions I have. Might have to make an exception for this. I have fat girl Sunday the one day the diet isn’t so strict maybe I should have a book Monday where at least I can dream of great books? Good luck!

Reply January 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

This girl has has the style that is right after my own heart. Relaxed and earthy, yet colorful and modern. Definitely would love to flip through it’s pages with a cup of tea and a sit by the fire!

Reply January 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

patricia annemcgoldrick SAYS:

Like the 3-themed approach!

Reply January 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Kelly SAYS:

Hi all! I never properly thanked you because this posted while I was in the big awesome, happy black hole that is Alt Design Summit. Thanks so much for this write-up Jenn!

Reply January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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