Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Home Made Simple by Joanna Gosling - Book Review

I don't read very much.

This comment may be a little bit of an understatement. I rarely read anymore if I am honest. If I get free time it tends to be taken up doing housework or catching up on the latest TV show...*cough* Big Brother *cough*! 

However I do love a good tutorial book. As a kid I would always have those 'How to draw...' books and as I got older I would go to the library and take out baking or decorating books. 

It is no surprise then that I was very excited to be sent a great new DIY book from The Works full to the brim with tutorials, recipe's and how to guides! 

Home Made Simple by Joanna Gosling is a gloriously creative book full or practical makes for the home as well as lots of handmade gifts and recipe's. 

The photography in the book is fantastic too and has a really lovely colour scheme of muted greys and calm neutral shades. I found myself daydreaming of shabby chic interiors for hours after reading this. 

Most of the DIY projects are really simple but very effective, I particularly like this light canvas created by threading fairy lights into holes in a canvas. I have an unused canvas somewhere that may be getting a makeover very soon. 

The book features a few recipe's for festive occasions from different cultures, this lace pattern is a fab idea for a simple elegant cake.

There is also a section of templates at the back of the book which is a great idea and I think I may use the envelope one quite often! 

I love Home Made Simple and there really is nothing better than snuggling up with a cup of tea and a book and being totally inspired! I am now on the hunt for some crates to make myself a shelf unit! 

The Works currently have a 20% off sale on top of their everyday low prices so this book is only £6.99 (RRP £18.99)

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*I was sent this book to read and give my honest review. All opinions are my own


  1. I dislike reading but I think that tutorial books are brilliant :-) great review !!!

    1. I love a good tutorial :) May have to start doing more on the blog!

  2. Oooo I love the look of this, I have started making more homemade gifts etc over the past couple of years but it is hard to come up with good ideas!! Thanks so much for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have tweeted and pinned this post x

    1. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely doing some of the makes from this for Christmas presents :) xx

  3. This book looks fab :)

  4. This sounds like my type of book, even though my craftiness seems to be taking a back seat at the moment. Emma @purplemulberrys.

  5. You are so much more creative than I will ever be! x

    1. I try, just wish I had more time to do my crafting :)


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