Hello my lovely blog buddies! How was you Easter break? Mine was filled with sunshine, good company and lots and lots of chocolate of course! The last of the sugary bunny was devoured yesterday and now I'm back to savouring little squares of delicious darkness and walking a little further than usual to combat said sugaryness!
Anyhow, today I am super excited to be rounding off a wonderful blog hop
celebrating the launch of this adorable new craft book...
My Rag Doll
is the second book by author Corinne Crasbercu and is currently a #1 bestseller in Amazon UK's soft toy section even though the official release date isn't until next month, May 14th! And there's a mighty fine reason why this book is already doing so well - it is absolutely beautiful! Although I haven't got my hands on an actual copy yet the ebook has me completely smitten. I know. I know. Ebooks aren't my favourite but I'm thinking of it as a preview to the actual copy I can hold in my own two hands. And when the preview is this good you can't help but fall in love with it!
My Rag Doll
is a beautifully presented craft book celebrating Corinne's childhood passion of creating her own dolls and stitching entire wardrobes for them, something that inspired her career in dressmaking for film and TV. Although the idea isn't new Corinne takes the basic rag doll concept and updates it so beautifully in this book. It is divided into three main sections - the first guides you through creating the basic rag doll, with six different ideas for hair colours and faces, the second consists of thirteen different outfits with full written instructions and all the templates you will need can be found in the last section.
The presentation throughout it's pages is fresh, light and airy and the doll designs are pretty but not too girly - alongside the bride and ballerina is the doll in dungarees (pictured on the cover) and the doll in a raincoat. The beautiful photography, styling and page layout match this not to girly approach and are what grabbed my attention most of all. It is simple and unfussy with great attention to detail, I mean how gorgeous is that tall skinny font!? I love it! Below is a peek of a few pages from one of my favourite doll designs, the doll in a raincoat. Each design includes a title page with hand drawn pencil sketch and cute illustrations (see those tiny clouds below!) as well as a mood board of materials - I totally swooned over that one too!
And the colours? Well all that white space totally gets my vote and while there is a lot of pink in there it is perfectly balanced with denim blues, orange and red. Corinne's fabric choices throughout the doll designs are spot on too - stars and stripes with tiny florals and a sprinkling of Liberty loveliness. All in all an absolutely perfect combination making a very beautiful book. This is exactly the kind of book I wish I had had when I was a wee girl. Although I wasn't a huge fan of dolls and never really played with them I did love to knit and crochet clothes for them and I think I would have loved this book and spent many happy hours stitching. And now as an adult I so can't wait to have an actual copy in my hands!
Hopefully by now you are excited as I am about owning your own copy too? Well here's the really great bit - a giveaway! As part of this blog hop I have one copy of the book to give away to one of my very lucky readers, yay! This giveaway is open internationally and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is share the picture below then come back here and leave a wee note in the comments telling me about your favourite doll as a child. You'll also need to include a way for me to contact you, by email preferably but no Twitter handles since I'm not on there yet, and that's it! I shall close the giveaway on May 3rd 2014 and will announce a winner soon after. Good luck everyone!
For more reviews and giveaways of this beautiful craft book check out the previous blog hop participants - Kestrel Makes
, Dolls and Daydreams
, Follow the White Bunny
, A Spoonful of Sugar
, Feeling Stitchy
, House of Pinheiro
, A Stitching Odyssey
, iCandy Handmade
, Heather Bailey
My Rag Doll is available for pre-order at Stitch Craft Create here
or through my Amazon book shop here