Preserve the delicate beauty of flowers and leaves by pressing them--picked at their peak and pressed using this simple kit, they become gorgeous and lasting embellishments for home decorating and craft projects of all kinds. With this simple wooden flower press, complete with corrugated ventilators and blotter paper, all readers need to do is choose the flowers and leaves to be preserved, place them between the cardboard and blotter paper, tighten the Velcro straps, and wait a couple weeks--the result will be spectacularly preserved botanicals. Included in the kit are two pieces of cardstock that can be used to make note or greeting cards, and a beautifully photographed instructional book walks readers through the simple process step-by-step--and provides instructions for a dozen delightful projects, including: vintage-style flower ring autumn lead place mat summer garden journal spring blooms notecardGabriela Delworth is a designer of products and tutorials for leading arts-and-crafts manufacturers. She also writes and photographs articles for national and international publications in print and online, and her projects are often featured on national television segments in Canada. Gabriela teaches a variety of classes and workshops in Canada and abroad. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her website at www.gabrieladelworth.com.
Napkin folding is the perfect way to enliven a table in almost no time and at no cost. With just a little effort (and coordination) you can create an elegant, charming, whimsical, or dramatic fold. You can choose to have your napkin work overtime by holding a place card, silverware, flower, or gift. An added plus: your table will be environmentally sound as well as super stylish.
With step-by-step instructions for more than 20 different napkin folds, plus suggestions for party themes to pair them with, The Best Napkin Folding Book Ever is the only book on the subject you'll ever actually want.
John and Stephanie Stislow are the owners of Stislow Design+Illustration, a Brooklyn-based design firm founded by this husband and wife team. When they're not designing identities, brochures, books, or websites for clients, they're creating projects to please themselves. Combining their unique messages and creative talents into greeting cards, posters, wrapping paper, and found-paper journals, their products offer a fresh perspective on life.
Tina Barseghian is the Editor-in-Chief of CRAFT magazine. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Design for Living, and CondÃ© Nast Traveler and was a contributing editor at ReadyMade magazine.