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Book Review – Granny Chic

November 15, 2012

Doilies, heavy vintage florals, mismatched china, pinnies and oodles of rustic charm. Its all here in this fabulous celebration of nana glamour. This great book written by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel of the blogs Dottie Angel and Ted and Agnes is a real delight.

What it says on the back….

“From handmade notebooks to lace lampshades and pinnies made from tea towels, granny chic brethes new life into second-hand objects. The 20 recipes from Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel, crafting bloggers dotty angel and ted &agnes, include spruced-up coat hangers, a ‘dingle dangle’ door screen, a ‘happy heart’ cushion, decaled suitcases and an ‘everything and anything’ croched string bag. Jammy packed with ideas, it will have you reaching for your rose coloured specs and rustling in yor vintage fabric stash to find your inner granny chic crafting soul”

The granny chic look is all about buying all the vintage fabric and  vintage china you can get your hands on and throwing it together with upcycled furniture to create a warm homely environment, being able to crochet is also a must!

I was delighted to be sent this book to review, as you may have gathered from reading this blog I am a bit of a floral-aholic and the book is absolutely jam packed with ideas and floral goodness! The book is printed on lovely thick paper and the photos inside are absolutely gorgeous. There are loads of great instructions to make your own granny chic projects, most are very easy and achievable. The instructions are set out like recipes and there is even a little list of ingredients!

All the projects are shown within a real home setting in the pictures so you can really get a sence of how they would fit in your home. You can use this book to help you create an all out granny chic paradise or just for a few scatterings here and there which would work really well for me as I like a simple look with a few bold retro touches.

I am definitely going to be trying a few of the projects from the book starting with this rather fantasic round cushion, I’ve been squirelling away lot’s of fabric recently which would be perfect for this.

If a granny chic home isn’t really your thing I’d still recomend giving this book a read purely for the beautiful pictures, the book is delightful and many of the projects could be made using more subtle fabrics and materials. It’s a good craft book filled with British charm and it would make a brilliant christmas gift for a thrifty friend.

So grab your hand crocheted bag and head on down to your local charity shops and carboots and get some granny chic into your fabric stash.

Granny Chic is published by Kyle Books

You can buy your own copy on Amazon here

  • Reply
    MsBittyKnacks
    November 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Great review!! I got my copy this week and love it!

    • Reply
      vintagefrills
      November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks for the comment! It’s such a fun book. Are you planning on making any of the projects in it?

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    Happy Blogiversary to me!!! | vintagefrills
    March 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    […] Book Review – Granny Chic – As I blog about both vintage and books I get sent lots of great books to review. One of my absolute favourites was Granny Chic, the book is just so beautiful and full of fabulous ideas. I love floral prints, and unique homes filled with lovely found treasures and this book is one I always seem to come back to when I’m looking for ideas. […]

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