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Friday
May092014

Heather Ross Hits the Road with the How to Catch a Frog Book Tour!



Illustration © Heather Ross

 

Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her eccentric upbringing in the 1970s in a family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont, an environment defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. In How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY, Ross retraces her path from bohemian childhood to adult life as an artist, entrepreneur, mother, and wife.

For the next couple of weeks Ross will be traveling the country to spread the word about her new book. Catch Heather for a reading and signing at a stop near you--and support your local bookstore! Every one who purchases a book at a book tour stop will also receive a special-edition print (see above right) from Heather. Plus, Heather will be previewing her new fabric line with Windham.

Heather's Schedule

May 10 @ 1PM: Corte Madera, CA - Book Passage in the SF Ferry Building (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.) 

May 12 @ 7:30PM: Portland, OR - Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St.)

May 13 @ 7:30PM: Denver, CO - Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave.) 

May 14 @ 7PM: Austin, TX - Book People (603 North Lamar)

May 15 @ 7PM: Wayzata, MN - The Bookcase (824 East Lake St.)

May 17 @ 2PM: Chicago, IL - Book Cellar, hosted at the Sulzer Library (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.)

May 22 @ 7PM: Brooklyn, NY - Powerhouse Arena, NYC (37 Main St.)

Early praise for How to Catch a Frog:

These brave and beautiful stories reveal the essence of Heather's singular creative gift--her talent for turning chaos into something magical and unexpected, with resourcefulness, wit, and wisdom.

Denyse Schmidt, designer and artist 

You will be instantly smitten by this intoxicating memoir filled with truths, mystery, and magic. What a treasure to peek into the makings of this beautiful dreamer! 

Amy Butler, artist and author

Can't make the tour? Enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book via Goodreads!

Tuesday
May062014

This Mother's Day, Give the Gift of Creativity

If you're still searching for the perfect gift for the moms in your life, may we suggest one of the books in our gift guide below or from our catalogue here.

For the crafty bibliophile mom, there's BiblioCraft from NYPL librarian Jessica Pigza, with over 20 projects inspired by the library and lots of invaluable guidance for mining library collections for inspiration.
Textile-minded moms will love Cassandra Ellis's Cloth, an inspirational guide to the beauty, history, and utitlity of natural textiles, with over 30 sewing projects for the home made out of linen, cotton, silk, wool, and hide.
For the mom with a green thumb, check out Handmade for the Garden from Susan Guagliumi, with over 75 ingenious ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, supoorts, embellishments, and more.
Moms with less of a green thumb will love Livia Cetti's The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, where they'll find step-by-step nstructions for creating 27 realistic blooms—no weeding required!
For moms looking for a little inspiration to write, paint, or otherwise create, consider Natalie Goldberg's Living Color, one part creativity guide, one part memoir from the bestselling author of Writing Down the Bones.
Moms with an affinity for great storytelling will love fabric designer and illustrator Heather Ross's captivating tales about her unconventional upbringing in her memoir How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY
Knit-savvy moms will savor the all-encompassing Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary from Wendy Bernard, featuring over 150 stitch patterns to work top down, bottom up, back and forth, or in the round. 

 

Looking for more ideas? Try Made by Hand, The Knitted Slipper Book, and The Yarn Whisperer

Whatever you gift the moms in your life this year, we here at STC Craft are wishing you a lovely day spent with people who inspire you to create beautiful things.

Tuesday
Apr082014

Today's Bloom: The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers

Though it's a rainy Tuesday here in New York, a little burst of spring has arrived, with Livia Cetti's The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms, in stores today!

 

 

The country’s premiere paper-flower artist, author Livia Cetti is known for her high-style, gorgeous tissue and crepe-paper flowers—which are often mistaken for real flowers.

 

In The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, for the first time Cetti shares her techniques for hand crafting popular blooms, including peonies, poppies, roses, and hibiscus, and for combining them to create garlands, centerpieces, wreaths, corsages, and boutonnieres.

 

 

Whether your goal is to decorate for a spring wedding or shower, celebrate a birthday or graduation, or just add a bit of color to your home, you'll find endless inspiration in the pages of this step-by-step guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View our image gallery for more stunning photos from this book, plus a cherry blossom tutorial from a recent issue of InStyle! We know what we'll be doing on this rainy afternoon....

Thursday
Mar202014

Spring Refresh with CLOTH by Cassandra Ellis!

There's something wonderful about changing our homes to reflect the change in seasons. When cold winter winds begin to blow in, we nuzzle in to wooly accessories; spring's arrival speaks of light cotton pieces; and linen's cool touch and open weave makes it ideal for the summer months.

For those of us who mark the passing of time in precious pieces and scraps of fabric, Cloth: 30+ Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Hide by Cassandra Ellis is just the inspiration we need for swapping out those woolens for a little spring refresh!

For a chance to win a copy of the book, as well as a bundle of five silk fat quarters, head on over to Spoonflower to enter! And of course, check out the CLOTH gallery for more décor inspiration, and make sure you get your hands on a copy of this beautiful book, available now everywhere books are sold.

Tuesday
Mar182014

Spring Has Sprung: Handmade for the Garden Has Arrived!

Despite what the weather report says, Spring has sprung here at STC Craft with the arrival of Handmade for the Garden by Susan Guagliumi! Get your green thumbs ready to tackle over 75 projects sure to get you (and your garden!) in a spring state of mind, ranging from planters and embellished pots to trellises, mosaic walls, and more.

For those of you who have been hungrily browsing seed catalogs all winter (or those of us who are starting small with a windowbox of herbs), one quick peek at this gallery will be sure to get you ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

 


Handmade for the Garden is available today everywhere books are sold.