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Celebrate the culture of upcycling with Wise Craft

Courtesy of Running Press

Craft blogger, maker and all-around creative, Blair Stocker started her Seattle-based blog Wise Craft in 2005 as a way to foster her own creativity while raising two small children.

Nine years later, Blair has combined her love of art, modern craft and the culture of upcycling in her new book, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love (Running Press, 2014).

We asked her a few questions about the book, her kids, and her advice to new crafters:


SC: Tell us a bit about the book. What is different about Wise Craft compared to other crafting books on the market?

Stocker: Wise Craft is for those of us who want to make something beautiful and like instant gratification projects.


There are so many wonderful projects in the book. Which projects are your favorite for younger kids?

Painted Journals and the game pieces for the Handmade Checkers!


What about for the older kids?

The bead-bombed tote, leather-covered rocks, and recycled flowers.


As a mother, I'm sure you have a lot of experience with crafting with kids. What types of activities do you do with your own children? Did your kids inherit your love of craft?

These days they do their own type of crafting, and usually only involve me when they have questions. I love that they've figured out their own styles!


Do you have any advice for newcomers to craft who want to get their kids involved?

Keep it simple. A piece of fabric and some acrylic paints could make for a fun afternoon, then you have "art" for my painted journal covers.


Are any of the projects in the book special to you?

I love all the quilts in the book, the leather-covered rocks, the crocheted projects. OK, I love them all!

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