September 18, 2014 • Cookbook: Desserts, Crafting
Did you know that today is Read an eBook Day? It is! True story! Just check out this website!
Over the past few years, Quirk has released a handful of free eBooks, featuring tons of stuff from our books. Recipes, crafts, excerpts, essays... you name it, we've tossed in a lot of free stuff into these beautifully designed (great work Andie!) free eBooks.
There are some links to download them below. Go ahead, they're free. Happy Read an eBook Day!
September 9, 2014 • Crafting
Books: they're bigger on the inside! Sometimes literally. Book safes are cool-looking and very handy for hiding away your ~secret things~, but they're a bit of a pain to make (all that cutting and gluing!) Fortunately, some clever Etsy crafters have you covered. Click for our favorite picks!
August 12, 2014 • Crafting
Hoop-ing up embroidery pieces is a great way to quickly and cheaply DIY wall art. There are so many directions to take hoop art, from the bold to the serene, that there's no way to go wrong. Here at Quirk we love words & books, so we took our inspiration from hand lettering to make our take on hoop art, but you can go with whatever floats your boat!Supplies- Fabric. For this particular project, you'll want a solid color or a small pattern.- Backing fabric. Plain white linen should do the job.- Embroidery needle- Embroidery thread- Scissors- Embroidery hoop (or two)- Quilting marker (optional)- Pencil and Paper (optional)- Pins (optional)Directions1. Decide on a quote- I went with a favorite from A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler): "Never trust anyone who has not brought a good book with them."
July 8, 2014 • Star Wars, Crafting
Do you have trouble misplacing bookmarks?
Ever yearn for old-fashioned hardcover books with a ribbon or thread bookmark built right into the spine?
With this DIY you can add your own luxurious handmade bookmark to any hardcover book – even library books – without fearing the wrath of an angry librarian!
March 18, 2014 • Crafting
Not too long ago, baby and bridal showers were a somewhat simple event. Guests would snack on finger foods such as sandwiches, dips, and the occasional spoonful of mysterious ambrosia. Dessert was either a chocolate or vanilla cake with a congratulatory message written in icing across the top. The venue decor would consist of balloons, streamers, flowers, and the occasional umbrella or wishing well. And, inevitably, someone would make a hat out of ribbons and bows from unwrapped presents, place the hat on the Guest of Honor’s head, and snap a picture.
Weddings had a similar sameness to them: the same flowers, colors, attire, decorations, music, food, and traditions. For a while—a very long while—showers and weddings felt dull.
And then Pinterest happened. Thanks to the multitude of creative and talented Pinterest pinners, showers and weddings will never again be the trite or mediocre occasions that they once were.
Pinterest is an invaluable resource for the expecting or engaged book lover because book-themed baby shower pins, bridal shower pins, and wedding pins are popping up all over users’ boards. The following are Pinterest-inspired ideas on how to create your own book-themed shower or wedding.