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review: witch craft book

review: witch craft book

I wanted to let you know about this exciting new book from Quirk books called: Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!   The book is authored by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar.  It takes crafters and bloggers from all over and puts them into one place for you to see their inventive creations.   There are many crafts in this book; from authors as well as Etsy shop owners, and other experts. It is such a treat to be able to not only see the adorable creations they made, but in this book, they even teach you how to make them yourself! In Quirk’s fun style, they also have little Halloween illustrations throughout the book, which make it extra visually entertaining. 

They have a wonderful selection of crafting ideas from adorable Halloween Mary Jane shoes to poison apple plushies.  There is also a vampire bite necklace for all you Twi lovers; as well as decorations and food fun!  Projects range from the uber simple (tangerine jack o’lanterns) to the more advanced (the cutest little crocheted witch you’ve ever seen!).   There are fun bios about each crafter at the end of the book.  If you want to make your Halloween extra special, this book is a great way to help you do so.  Your children and guests will always remember those extra special touches you put into the holidays that show how much you care about them. 

(Below are questions I asked Alicia Kachmar – co-author of “Witch Craft”):

I love your adorable Etsy shop, when did you start crocheting, and how has Etsy worked out for you?

I started crocheting about 5 years ago–it was one of the few crafting skills I hadn’t yet mastered, having tried to unsuccessfully learn a few years before. Oddly enough, it took getting diagnosed with a serious chronic disease at the age of 23 to lead me to discovering crochet. Every day was a “sick day,” and I started seeing all these cute little crochet creatures on Etsy, which was a brand new site at the time. So I taught myself how to crochet and launched my Etsy shop, pretty much from my bed! Etsy has worked out amazingly for me. As someone who had to completely switch “career gears” due to ongoing health issues (I was a teacher at the time), it has helped me make some kind of living, though it’s only one piece of that of course, as I am also a freelance writer, blogger and a myriad of other random job titles. It’s through Etsy that I have gotten a lot of other opportunities like being contacted about custom requests as well as getting asked to contribute to and then eventually co-edit this book, Witch Craft. It has been an amazing domino effect that started from those early days on Etsy.

What would you like to tell us about your experience working on “Witch Craft”?

At the risk of sounding trite, working on Witch Craft was a dream come true! Halloween has always been my favorite holiday and my birthday is November 2, so I grew up frequently having Halloween birthday parties and generally being on cloud nine all of October. I hadn’t worked in publishing previously, so it has been a fun learning process. Tracking down Halloween crafts and their makers for this book involved browsing on Etsy and tapping into my network of crafty people, which you can imagine is quite fun to do. Not to say that it wasn’t a lot of hard work! There were many nights where I thought my eyes would fall out from proofreading the knitting patterns or trying to polish up the bios. I got to “meet” a lot of creative people in the process, including the wonderful staff at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, took part in the book photo shoot and am now, as we speak, actively involved in promoting the book and planning events around it.

From Quirk Books:
Witch Craft is compiled by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar, the book contains a plethora of fun projects from creepy-cute crafting experts from around the world, including: Jacki Gallagher of Plush Off, Lindsay Gibson of Em & Sprout, and Maki Ogawa of Cute Obento, to name a few! You can learn about the rest of them here!

There are more than 25 dark arts and crafts, presented with step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs. With Witch Craft, you’ll learn all about:

• Transforming old glass jars into sparkling crystal balls, spell jars, and snow globes
• Stitching yards of tulle and lace into a truly bewitching tutu
• Twisting wire and beads into wicked spider earrings
• Turning yarn, stuffing, and button eyes into creepy crocheted bones
• Using candy, cookies, and tinted frostings to make spooky graveyard cupcakes
• Concocting shimmery love potions to capture your beloved’s heart

Our passionate crafters started a Facebook group to promote the book, where they regularly post links to other fun projects. Check it out!

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Congratulations and a very happy Halloween to Sheri, the winner of a free copy of “Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!”

Thanks to Quirk Books, and everyone who entered! Visit again soon for future giveaways!