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P.S. – I Made This: A DIY Book Review (with videos)

Do you judge a book by its cover? When books come my way to be reviewed, it is the cover design that grabs me first. So, even before I cracked open P.S.-I Made This…I See It. I Like It. I Make It. by Erica Domesek, I was intrigued by the cover. The white cover displays a fashionista-clad model. That’s not so odd since the book is about fashion and DIY. But, what I love about the cover is that the font looks handmade and there are arrows to six DIY projects on the model. When I stopped ogling the cover and dove in, I found not just the cover had style, the whole book was designed minimally, with clear and concise step-by-step instructions for projects that are backed up by visually appealing fashion montages.

It is immediately evident that author, Erica Domesek really likes to make things. When she sees something she likes, she figures out how it’s created and she goes for it. Domesek claims, “I like to think I was born with DIY in my DNA.” This girl knows what she likes and she wears it well. “I live for fashion…In a world where trends are expensive and pass quickly, wouldn’t you like to say, “P.S-I Made This…?” Sounds good to me.

I’m going to say three more things about the book and then let these two DIY videos tell the rest of the story. P.S.-I Made This is a call to action to reimagine, reuse and reinvent. Domesek introduces the book and the directions for making a striped shirt here:

In this video tutorial with Design Sponge’s, Grace Bonney they show you how to marbelize paper and create a lampshade.

What more can I say about the book? Well, my favorite project from the book is…Recycled Cork Earrings. If the price of owning quality clothes and stylishly designed fashion accessories seems staggering to you, or you like to create fashionable gifts and you’ve got the DIY ethos, this book will let you say, “P.S.-I Made This…”

Also, check out Erica Domesek’s site, P.S.-I Made This for more inspiration.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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12:21PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

GREAT! I think learning to make things and sewing is the key to having what you want without going into debt!

6:37AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

thanks.

12:42PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

This is an awesome project to make. I use to make journal books and make the covers this way!! There are so many ways to make fun projects with this project!!!

When you have a Raimy day and can't do out, THIS IS THE PROJECT TO DO!!!!! BUT, It's addicting, so be careful. You just might marblize EVERYTHING you have!!!

11:10PM PST on Dec 28, 2010

I love making things myself it gives you a real sence of achievement, there are lots of good ideas here thankyou.

5:49AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

Great shared information.

7:31PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Shannon, I think a few of the DIY projects are sophisticated, but most of the projects are great for teenagers and up.

4:28PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

would u recommend it to people of all ages??

4:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

cool thx for adding this

5:09AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Hi Everyone, Thanks for your comments about PS-I Made This. If you would like a copy of this book, I am giving one away over on my econesting blog. Here's the link: http://www.econesting.com/2010/10/19/a-book-giveaway/
Good luck!

11:58AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Cute! Definitely want to take a look at this book!
Thanks

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