Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Christmas Books : Kirstie's Homemade Home

New Christmas books on my desk - Kirstie's Homemade Home is a favourite. It had mixed reviews on Amazon, but I've enjoyed reading it.

I love that yellow Cornishware milk jug on the back cover.

The book starts off by describing her approach to decorating of individual rooms. Here is a picture of someone's dresser in their kitchen. Look at that woolly bunting! I'd like a dresser in my kitchen but my kitchen is the smallest in the world, so I have a little shelving unit instead.

And here is a picture of her very individual Sittingroom in her Cornish house. I was a bit disappointed to read elsewhere that this is not really a family home: she rents it out, but otherwise it is very nice.

The book then goes on to give an overview and easy examples of various crafts. Here are some little lavendar bags:

And here is an introduction to Mosaic tiling - this is Kaffe Fassett's front door - that mosaic is fantastic.
The crochet pages are not very inspiring - practical, but dull colours. She makes a little storage box, but she makes it flat and then sews it all up which is not the easiest way to do this. Also, she says to use hessian string, which is not really a beginner's yarn - it is extremely tiring on the hands to crochet with.

All in all though, her speaking voice comes through in the book, and it is an easy read, with at least a few good ideas for everyone.


  1. Oooh, thank you for this, Primrose. I was interested to know how the tv show would translate to a book.

  2. Hello Primrose .. i have her book too and echo your thoughts i live not to far from her home and i think her home is lovely.. but for most of us her style of.. Make do and mend.. is essential..and for me has always been a way of life taught well by my Mum .. and i love it .. i do have a good imagination though!! .. Kirsty,s Christmas was repeated this Christmas and enjoyed it just as much second time around ....Kieren

  3. good morning, primrose, I picked up the link to your blog from down to earth this morning and I love what you do. I especially love the heading of your blog with the picture of the bedroom, I am a lover of strong colour and I just think that bedroom is fabulous. Did you put that room together - if so, very well done. I am also a fan of Kirsty's Handmade Home and didn't know that there was a book of her projects. Will have to have a look for it in our book stores.
    Will be reading your blog regularly....Patricia Margaret

  4. Hi Primrose, Patricia Margaret above is my sister. She told me to come here and look at your blog. I love it too, we didn't know about Kirstie's book, thank you. I'll be back.

  5. Your Kirsties homemade home collections are very nice.I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.

  6. It is very nice collection for home improvement about Kirsties homemade home.Thanks for shearing this blog.