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It may not be the best weather for flowers to thrive in at this time of year, but these Pom Pom Flowers and bright and beautiful all year round.

Check out the how-to from Domestifluff.

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Jennifer Perkins has to be the queen of jewelry, and her new book, The Naught Secretary Club: The Working Girl's Guide To Handmade Jewelry is filled with dozens of kitschy projects to try out at your desk. By re-purposing and reusing common office equipment and materials, you can make some gorgeous jewelry and accessories.

Filled with over 50 projects, it's time to raid the stationary cupboard and make yourself a Paper Clip Necklace, some Shredded Junk Mail jewelry, a classy Tie Down Brooch (made from an unfashionable necktie), or an All-Access Pass Badge Holder. This is a really fun book and all of the projects are bright, colourful and funky.

So make 9 to 5 a little more sexy and sassy with jewelry that any secretary would adore.

You can pick up a copy of the book from FW Publications or Amazon now.

Member offer: you can save 30% off the price of the book, and any others, by purchasing from MyCraftivityShop.com and entering the code CUTOUT30 at the checkout. The promotion runs through January 31, 2009.

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Christmas has come to Cut Out + Keep and we have over 70 (increasing daily) crafty projects to help you decorate, prepare and celebrate.

Check them all out now >>

Our top how-to picks: Felt Christmas Snowman, Candy Cane Cupcakes, Festive Door Knocker, Kellogg's Xmas Tree, Flower Christmas Wreath, and a Beautiful Paper Snowflake.

If you're an aspiring Vivienne Westwood or Coco Chanel, then sketching your designs is an important part of your work. The Big Book Of Fashion Illustration by Martin Dawber is a gigantic book, filled with hundreds of examples of how designers present their ideas.

Claiming that fashion illustration is "as rare as a snow leopard" these days, this book brings the dieing art alive, with a wide range of work from contemporary designers the world over. From minimalistic to incredibly detailed, the sketches are pieces of fine art in themselves. Covering womenswear and menswear, right through to accessories and beauty, the work is a mixture of illustrations, paintings, computer design and photography. It's surprising just how varied the styles can get.

This is a very inspiring and insightful browse, which I'm sure would inspire any fashion designed.

Published by Batsford. Order a copy for only £18.00 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1096.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Anova now.

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Laughing Daises have posted this awesome solution for keeping your jewelry in check. Turn a cutlery tidy in to necklace organizer.

Check out the how-to here.

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If you've ever wanted to add a bit of sparkle to your knitting then 25 Beaded Knits by Debbie Abrahams is right up your street. Featuring 25 unique designs, for knitters of all skill level, there's sure to be a project perfect for everyone.

Filled with all the techniques you need to know, as well as projects for your kids to wear, or for you to wear during the day and at evening events, this book is sure to add a bit of glitz to every occasion. Snuggle up with a pair of Aladdin Slippers, accessories with a Glitzy Sequined Purse, show off with a Superstar Belt, or carry around your stuff in style, with a very colourful Bubbly Knit Bag. There are even some more complex pieces for the talented knitter, including a Bolero Jacket and a Sweetheart Vest.

Claiming to be simple to do, this is a great way to embellish your work. So add a bit of glam to your needles and make your knits even more special.

Published by Collins & Brown. Order a copy for only £16.00 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1095.

Pick up a copy of the book from Anova now.

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Check out our latest Crafty Superstar Kate Shirazi, author of the book Cupcake Magic. She's posted 5 delicious recipes for cupcakes that you can try out at home. Yummy!

Check her out now >>

If you've got someone you'd like to nominate to be our next Crafty Superstar, send us a message.

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The other day we brought you Beautiful Knits and today we bring you Beautiful Crochet, for heads, hands & toes by Melody Griffiths.

The book includes all the basic crochet techniques you will need, along with 23 patterns to try out at home. Divided by colour, you can pick from cream, grey, natural or blue themed knits. Create a very unique Rolled Rose Ripple Brim Hat or Checked Scarf, a gorgeous Skinny Sleeves Wrap, an elegant Silver Evening Bag, or a fabulous Corset Belt. There's even a great little tutorial for making adorable Crochet Flowers, which you can use in your own projects or wear as embellishments.

I liked this book a lot, there are some really interesting projects, making this title stand out from other crochet books. I also loved the layout and illustrations.

You can purchase this title for £12.99 with free postage and packaging, by calling 01476 541080 and quoting the title of the book, the ISBN (9781847732873) and the offer code NHKNITSB.

The offer will be available until the 31st of January 2009 You can pick up a copy of the book from New Holland Publishers now.

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If you're keen to discover what might be in style over the coming year, then Trends 2009/10 from Central Saint Martins by Kevil Tallon may give you a very good idea of what to expect.

By exploring the most initiative in emerging art and design, from the "early adopters", they aim to uncover upcoming trends for 2009 onwards. Filled with predictions for future styles, this photography book contains some clever, unusual and very interesting ideas. Including a sewing stereo machine, where the stitches are controlled by sound waves, and a shredder that feeds in to a hamster cage, where the unwanted paper is turned in to bedding. 

I particularly liked the Normadic Solutions section, with ideas like quirky and off-balanced bookcases, and the Eccentric Escapism category, with a 1 tonne hanging ceiling lamp. The Affordable Beauty category aims to give new life to old objects, with designs such as crate box chairs and a chandelier made from banana packaging. This book combines the world of fashion, architecture, product design and fine art, to create an inspiring and informative read.

Published by Batsford. Order a copy for only £12.00 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1094. You can pick up a copy of the book from Anova now.

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Hip Girlie have posted a tutorial for making this very adorable case for your iPod or MP3 player.

The perfect way to keep it safe and cute!

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