We’re pulling this one off our shelves to share with you!
By Maggie Bonanomi, Kansas City Star Books
A beautiful stone farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, a stand of buttonwood trees casting shade, a little retreat from the fast pace of everyday life…who wouldn’t be inspired?
Maggie Bonanomi’s great uncle owned this exact house, one he built outside of Philadelphia in the 1800s as a respite from the hospital where he was a doctor. It was this house that pushed Maggie into write this lovely book, filled with primitive projects for your home, be it stone farmhouse or not.
Ticking pillows add the perfect touch of farmhouse, plus, they’re a cinch to sew up, and they can be made in any color ticking you like. Needle keeps and pincushions can be made from virtually anything; Maggie was inspired by vintage wooden boxes and antique velvet pen wipes.
And for adorable factor alone, the stuffed strawberries, made from dyed velvet, win hands-down. Pile them in an antique glass jar or wooden bowl for a burst of summer year-round.
Instructions are written for pros and novices alike, and color photos and patterns (hand-drawn by Maggie herself) are included.
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