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Book Review + Giveaway: P.S. I Made This…

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P.S. – I Made This… by Erica Domesek is the new book featuring tons of DIY fashion and accessories projects that will literally give your wardrobe an instant boost. Taking inspiration from the fashion runways, pop culture, photography, and design – all the projects are presented visually with simple directions just like Erica has been doing on her very popular P.S. – I Made This web site. This prop stylist brings her styling know-how to all her projects. My favorite is her signature mood board images that is shown before each project. It just great eye candy and ties together the theme. Each project has simple step-by-step photos with arrows and handwritten notes that tell you what to do. Some of the projects are so simple and stylish you could make them in less than an hour and be off on your way all dressed up! Thank you Erica for bringing your amazing taste and style to the DIY world. P.S. Crafters – Get this book!
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Pictured above are two projects from the book: Sailor’s Shirt and the Big Ball Necklace.

Maker Faire in NY
Erica will be at World Maker Faire in NY on Saturday, September 25th at 3pm at the CRAFT booth (outdoors). She’ll be giving a demo on how to make her Sailor’s Shirt and will be signing copies of her book which will be available for purchase at the Maker Shed store while at Maker Faire. Don’t miss the fun!
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The Martha Stewart Show
Erica Domesek will take a visit to The Martha Stewart Show tomorrow (Thursday, September 16th) at 10am on the Hallmark Channel. Erica and Martha will craft together and make her Big Ball Necklace (shown below), a fabulous statement necklace. Set your DVR!
Book Giveaway Time!
Two lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, P.S. – I Made This… Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Friday, September 17, 2010. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed.

Watch this video of Erica talk about her new book and how to make the Sailor’s Shirt project.

136 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: P.S. I Made This…

  1. Nessa says:

    I am always telling people I made it. I love to make my own things and I really would like this book so I can make more stuff to tell people I made this too.

  2. KizzyMama says:

    I love the idea of making my own accessories and clothing. I have made a few things over the years. I’m just beginning to sew now also and I hope to make all my own stuff eventually. This book would help.

  3. Sav O'G says:

    I love when people tell me they like something….and my fav part is responding that I MADE IT! What a fun book:) I am always looking for more things to make–perfect book for me;) THANKS for the chance to win!

  4. flowerelena says:

    I tend to make really dorky crafts and accessories, and it is time for me to grow-up and make something cool. Thanks.

  5. Angie says:

    My pre-teen and teen daughters love making new things to wear. We have so much fun working together to create original pieces.

  6. Sheri says:

    I have been knitting and crocheting for a few years and making my own accessories, and starting making jewelry several months ago. I am just beginning to learn how to sew, and have a felting tote for the fall/winter months. I love making stuff and the sky is the limit as I can knit wrap worn at least five different ways, sew a wrap dress, or make a flower necklace. Anything that I can put my personal style and truly call it my own, and inspiration can from anywhere and everywhere.

  7. Summer says:

    I would love this book so that I could utilize my crafty skills and tools in order to enjoy fashion. Especially since I can’t really afford to buy clothes/accessories while I’m still in school.

  8. jsahawkwiz says:

    Any time I can re-purpose something into something even more wonderful, it makes me smile. Creativity is the BEST!

  9. caraann says:

    I want to win this book because I love to be able to look cute and tell people “i made this!”. I work full time as a home care aide for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries and i also go to nursing school full time. Money doesn’t really factor into my life at this point, so looking cute on a dime is what i’m all about. i browsed through this book at urban outfitters and instantly fell in-love.

  10. Beaweezil says:

    I would love this book. I need some inspiration to spiff up my wardrobe, badly.

  11. deederann says:

    Having this book would be wonderful! I love re-purposing and recycling things into fun, crafty, and stylish accessories and clothes! In the past year or so, I’ve been making my own jewelry and hair accessories and the teacher’s at my school love seeing me wear them so much that they buy them or give me random things to re-purpose for them. I love having books around to get new ideas.

  12. Abecedario says:

    I would love this book because I now wear about just 10% of my wardrobe and really need some pieces to freshen it up and inspire me!

  13. The8thChild says:

    I love the ball necklace and want to make a bunch for my friends.

  14. angelamwallace says:

    I’m a big fan of the blog, so would love to own a copy of the book! She has such great ideas!

  15. jalphaiv says:

    I’ve been trying to get into making clothes for myself but struggling. This would give me a great boost!

  16. leah says:

    I love it!! I go into stores all the time and leave with nothing purchased because I always say “I can make that, why would I buy it”…with this book I can stop saying “I can make that” and actually make it!!

  17. kellyknu says:

    I love the sailor shirt! I would love to have it so i could make fun presents for all my friends!

  18. kellyknu says:

    i love the sailor shirt! i would love to make stuff for all my friends!

  19. Meghan Thimjon says:

    Love this website I would totally enjoy going through this book! Looks like a good one!!!

  20. selysia_1 says:

    In addition to learning new jewelry design ideas (I love making my own jewelry!), it also seems like the perfect opportunity to learn new ways to modify clothing… I’ve been loosing weight and have a closet full of clothes that swim on me – they’re just waiting to be re-imagined into something that both fits and looks good (like that ruffled one-shoulder T on her blog!)

  21. sy says:

    the book looks like it has interesting patterns, would like to win it. thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  22. Jess says:

    I’d LOVE to get my hot little hands on this book because I’m just oozing with inspiration these days and don’t know how to channel all of it! This would be chock full of great ideas to bring creativity into every aspect of everyday life.

  23. MissMae says:

    I’m a big fan of her blog and her style! She has brilliant ideas and such simple ways of creating projects, I would love to have this book!

  24. Amanda says:

    I would love this book because being a broke college student has taken a toll on my wardrobe! I love DIY and think this book would help out!

  25. luna says:

    I’d like to use this book so I can stop consuming and make something of my own! I’d be totally lending out this book to all those around me so others can catch the “I made this!” bug.

  26. Lauren says:

    I read her blog all the time!

  27. Lisa says:

    I’m addicted to crafting and repurposing. My interests range from fibers, papers/resin/inks, beads/wire work/metals to woodworking and general DIY. I love to make something special out of every day objects and help others to do they same.
    A friend of mine let me page through PS. I made this and I have to have it. It’s not available locally and I really try hard to support brick and mortar stores as much as possible. I’ve been repurposing t-shirts for years and have a t-shirt scarf so I’m dying to try the one in the book. I just love, love, love this book and want to learn more. For me, it will be a “page completer”

  28. Peg Grady says:

    Love the blog but being an old broad I’m used to getting my inspiration from books that I can read in bed rather than from the computer screen so I’d love a copy of the book. It will end up dog eared and marked up and well loved/used I’m certain.

  29. kmstoc3 says:

    Having just moved out means a tight budget and also means I am working crazy hours so I don’t have time to think. This book would give me inspiration to get crafting again.

  30. ceklinedesign says:

    I would love this book as I spend a lot of time working abroad as a photographer, but in my down time find myself being creative at the sewing machine. Having the opportunity to be inspired by Erica’s work and keeping abreast of fashion would be amazing!

  31. pattyri says:

    Finally! Someone who GETS it and comes up with DIY projects that people want to make. These all look amazing – can you also give away more free-time to do all of these fabulous projects?

  32. Tracy hanson says:

    Your Creativity is such Inspiration to me. I would love to
    create the Sailer top in a mini version for my Grand-babys!

  33. CHOCOSHION says:

    As a high student who wish to become a fashion designer, I would really love to have this book as my ‘guide’ and I believe that this book can give me lots of inspiration for my designs :)
    Thank you!

  34. Jenny says:

    I really love PS I made this so I would love to have this book! I always want to try out the ideas!

  35. susan says:

    My thinking exactly. I see it, I love it, I make it! HOWEVER I make myself crazy! Sometimes it’s cheaper to just buy it but NOOOOOOOOOOOO, so I RUN not walk to the craft store and buy everything I may or may not need and then make it!! Would love to see your ideas and the book looks like a lot of fun!!!

  36. KaleyK says:

    I’ve been following the ‘P.S. I made this’ website for some time now, and the site has taught me to be incorporate many things I already own into my wardrobe and to be inspired by everything around me.
    As a college student on a budget, I would absolutely love this book! It would be a wonderful way for me to create unique pieces for less. I would also love to be able to tell people that I MADE the treasure I’m wearing!

  37. Amy says:

    I have been following her blog for awhile now. It is perfect inspiration for a student who is married to another student…no money…you can still look trendy and put together on a tight budget with tricks like hers.

  38. carbrn says:

    I need “I made it”. No money, can’t buy stuff, can’t dress, can’t accessorize. “I made it” turns me around.

  39. melindasr5 says:

    My wardrobe is stale and I don’t know how to freshen it up. This book sounds perfect.

  40. lazergir1 says:

    This is an excellent way to get the creative juices flowing, crafting up fun ways to make your wardrobe better! Plus, it’s always a nice zing to say ‘I made it!’

  41. teejiepuff says:

    I’d love some fresh ideas on how to liven up my wardrobe, d.i.y. style!

  42. Beth Walker says:

    I have always loved her blog and would love to have access to her projects any time. I think it takes a special kind of creativity to make things like bouncy balls fashionable. Totally inspirational.

  43. Marissa says:

    What a great book! DIY clothes are so much fun! I would love to win this book!

  44. FashionistaNot says:

    Its funny because I was on her site last nite and was like I need this book, and I really do! I love her site its really original and it easy, all of her stuff takes less than 10 steps and most of it is stuff around the house, I already plan on doing some of the stuff on the site but I would love to do the stuff in this book, so please let me win!

  45. KayDee says:

    Always looking for new ideas for accessories. Much more fun making them than buying them!

  46. KayDee says:

    Always looking for new ideas for accessories. Much more fun making them than buying them!

  47. Kim O says:

    I have this horrible affliction called “bored-with-wardrobe” syndrome that hits once every couple of months. Unfortunately my health insurance doesn’t cover the costs of treatment (shopping spree…), so I really think this book would be the cure-all!!

  48. punk apple says:

    I would love to explore some wild styles further, and I think the best (and most economical, and environmental too) would be via things found in Goodwill and other charity stores and then hacking them. But to do that properly one needs good inspiration and some howtos, both of which problems that book seems to resolve comfortably. :)

  49. vfa427 says:

    I would love to have this book because I love Erica’s blog and her projects are easy to make, which is good for a beginning crafter like myself. I love her creative view of the world and how she takes everyday objects and makes such fun pieces! It makes me feel like I can do it too!

  50. Kaleigh Williams says:

    I am planning my DIY wedding and would love this book to help with my projects that are already started and inspire some new ones.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. fofie says:

    If I win this book, I promise to willingly commit myself to being open to all easy crafts. Not all crafts have to be hard and drab. With this tool I will utilize my resources and be sustainable, maximize my potential as a crafty girl, and strive to be fashionably awesome on this day and days to follow!

  52. nahollin says:

    I randomly found Erica’s blog a year ago and have followed her non-stop! She started it all for me!

  53. chuy says:

    I would love this book so much, right now I’m working on recycling t-shirts I make string out of them and crochet with it, I make macrame bracelets, right now, I cut up a water bottle and am using this string to macrame around the plastic round and is comming out great. I would just have a ball with this book.

  54. peachyinthecity says:

    I would love to give this book as a birthday gift to my best friend. We spend our girl’s nights handcrafting all kinds of items. I would really like to give her a gift that she would love and find useful and I know this book is “it”!!!

  55. RaelynnJ says:

    I love Erica’s everyday stuff made into something I could wear, things you would never think of using for clothing, accessories, ect….she’s genius!

  56. michelle says:

    I am getting back into the job market and need cute, inexpensive ways to update and embellish my old wardrobe.

  57. says:

    I could use some inspiration…and more direction. I have some good ideas but not a clue how to make them a reality!

  58. sandra says:

    i would make every single item in this book, and blog all my version of each project! a la julie & julia!

  59. missDDT says:

    I love how Erica makes the coolest things from the simplest items – and they look cute! I will definitely use this book from cover to cover throughout years to come :D

  60. elaposata says:

    I love her website and follow it on my reader. It is a highlight to my day when she posts something. I love being creative and my goal this year has been handmade gifts… so far, I have succeeded. A book like this would only help!

  61. Helen Pierce says:

    I would love to receive this book since it would help to soothe my hands that itch to create anything. I just found your site today and loved her You Tube video. I’m always looking for inspirational ideas. I’m currently into quilling, especially enjoying participation with the North American Quilling Guild. dahelena

  62. Jessa says:

    I love her website and all of the cute things she makes! And most of it is stuff that I would have NEVER thought to use for jewelry or anything wearable. I would love this book because I always love making new things, but I always need inspiration. I think this book will provide inspiration AND instruction, two things that I could always use.

  63. julielesbonstuyaux says:

    Who would not want to get this book? I love the blog and has been so inspired by what she does! Being stylish on a budget is key and she makes it possible!
    Like I said, I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!!!!!

  64. andies2007 says:

    there isn’t much more that can be said about how awesome the blog, the book, and doing stuff yourself is. so i will just stick with… i want this book. i want it soo bad i could pee my pants.

  65. jillande says:

    I tried to look at the book on the publisher’s site but it’s *not found.* So I need to win this book to make up for that. :-)
    On a serious note, I’m so excited to be taking the time to make garments for myself, and so proud when I get to wear them and hear the shocked “you made that?!” responses from my co-workers. I can’t wait to discover more of Erica Domesek’s inspirational ideas and turn my ordinary sewing extraordinary.

  66. PenguinBot says:

    I’d love to win this! My post-maternity wardrobe *definitely* needs a boost.

  67. Rebekah Whittles says:

    I really hope to win this book because I have
    always been interested in DIY fashion. Make your own tie,
    cut you tee into a cool creation, make a bracelet from rubber bands; I’m interested in all that stuff!Any books I can find on DIY at my library I pick up.
    It looks like such a good book with such a great author!
    Thanks for this opportunity!

  68. Tamarahallock says:

    I love Erika’s website and have completed some of her projects. I love the neat and easy way she shows “HOW-TO”. I get to say “P.S., I Made This” about all of my own projects and my son is always saying, “Mama made it”. I really admire Erika, and I wanna be just like her.
    I am drooling over her book and if I don’t win I will have to scrounge the money up to get it.

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