TUESDAY THREE: Crafty picks for Christmas

We're constantly looking out for bookish delights, and in the run-up to Christmas, we've definitely found some great additions for the festive wish-lists! This week we've been checking out some of the lovely lifestyle books that would be perfect as presents (or personal treats. Well c'mon, they ARE very tempting!) And If you're a fan of crafts, take a look at Aigua Media's craft blog, Crafty Crafty.

domestic-sluttery.pngDomestic Sluttery: Cheat Your Way to the Perfect Lifestyle by Sian Meades

Many women would love to have the domestic goddess thing nailed, to waft around vintage fairs and antique markets for collectable items to furnish their houses with, and to be able to spend all day preparing the ultimate dinner party. But quite frankly women are too busy working, going out and having fun to make their lives just so . But that doesn't mean that their homes aren't important; their homes are as precious as their time The Domestic Sluttery website was created to show women that it is possible to have a gorgeous home while unapologetically cutting a few corners. The book is a logical expansion from the blog, full of lifestyle tips and with a more in-depth look at home interiors (Hiding the Evidence, Design Porn etc.); food and drink (e.g., Veggie not Virtuous, Baking for Beginners); style and beauty (Fashion Lust, Crafty Clothes etc.); and living (e.g., Fabulous and Thrifty, Sluttery Travels). The word sluttery' is used deliberately. It goes back to the traditional use of the word 'slut being slovenly, a little messy which can be a very good thing; it's freeing. This isn t a lifestyle guide for Stepford Wives. those kind of aspirations aren't realistic any more. Instead, Domestic Sluttery offers an aspiration to live life to the full but with permission to make mistakes, to accept that you re not perfect. Instead of compromising on fun, Sian Meades and her domestic sluts will teach you the quick and easy ways to do domestication on the hop. And will reveal how to make a damn good cocktail!

queenofcrafts.jpgQueen of Crafts by Jazz Domino Holly

Feeling the itch to stitch and the urge to preserve? Well then, get your craft on with crafter-about-town Jazz Domino Holly. As the daughter of rock-royalty and founder of the Shoreditch Sisters Women's Institute, Jazz is the perfect guide.

Have fun and impress your friends and family with your crafting skills as you learn how to:

·Unravel the mystery of knits and purls and whip up a Girlie Bow Headband

·Fix your stitches and sew a string of Heart-Felt Bunting

·Feel the heat in the kitchen and bake a batch of Queen of Crafts Jam Tarts

·Preserve tradition and fill your empty jars with delicious Oh My Darling Clementine Marmalade

·Get green-fingered and plant a Herbal Tea Garden

·Become your own beauty expert and mix up a pot of Get Lippy Lip Balm

Jazz will show you how to make all these things and many, many more. You'll be hosting the perfect tea party, organising a bake-off and setting up your own knitting circle in no time (and having a lot of fun along the way).

vintageteaparty.jpgThe Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree

Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era, delivering everything from music, makeovers and - of course - a customised menu of tea party treats that elevate any function into a swanky soiree. "The Vintage Tea Party Book" embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home. With a unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and where to collect vintage china - "The Vintage Tea Party Book" has it all.

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