Quirk Books has been publishing unique reads since 2002 with a line-up includes books in the following categories - crafts, fiction, food & drink, games & sports, home & garden, humor, pets, pop culture, and more. I have previously reviewed the awesome book Craft-a-day by Sarah Goldschadt featuring 365 simple handmade projects. Now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review & give away two copies of Pom-Poms! by Sarah Goldschadt & Lexi Walters Wright featuring 25 awesomely fluffy projects!!!

I love the aesthetics of this book. It is so colorful & the size is very manageable (7.5"x8"). Many of us remember making pom-poms as a kid for various craft projects. Pom-Poms! provides a modern take on a simple craft that can make a bold statement. While the book does instruct the reader on how to create pom-poms with several different techniques, the meat of the book is composed of projects in which you can use pom-poms. The first section features projects that are for the home with the first project showing how to make a flower bouquet.

The additional sections feature projects you can wear, as well as projects perfect for parties followed by pom-pom 101, materials, wrappable methods, wrapping & trimming styles, and more. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it shows how to make pom-poms out of various materials, including yarn, coffee filters, tulle, fabric, felt, tinsel, cupcake liners, twine, and more. Obviously, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating fabulously funky pom-poms!!! Joe and I had tons of fun creating a pom-pom garland to go with our Christmas decor (pictured).

On the Quirk Books website, you will find exclusive content showing how to create a glitter pom-pom ornament using cupcake liners. The site also features affordable apps for the Craft-A-Day project (summer, spring, fall AND winter editions), and more! Odds are they also offer a book that's perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list. And the Pom-Poms! book is super affordable at just $14.95. It truly is a go-to resource for crafters, DIY fashionistas, party planners, parents and kids, and anyone who finds delight in these cool, colorful, and insanely cute balls of fluff.

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats to Jess & AmbreRose! ***

PRIZE: Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Pom-Poms!

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ENDS: Monday, December 16th at 6pm CST.

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade in NYC

WHEN: Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15th, 10am-5pm
WHERE: The Space, 50 N. 3rd St. (between Kent/Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn • Directions

The Handmade Cavalcade is a bi-annual craft fair in New York City organized by a group of local crafters & Etsy sellers. Joe and I were lucky enough to attend the holiday event in December 2010 & I can tell you first-hand that it is a top-notch event that showcases tons of talent! At the event, you will find everything from hand-crafted pet clothing by 46 South Designs to hand-knit necklaces by Yana Rodin. Don't forget to stock up on hand-illustrated greeting cards by Porcupine Hugs, as well! (pictured: Green Floral Denim Dog Coat by 46 South Designs)

The group is giving away a bag of goodies donated by participating vendors via the Etsy New York Facebook page. The giveaway features beautiful jewelry from Sarustar, Prairiefunk, and J. Topolski, art from Tamara Garvey, an infinity scarf from Bshorr Handmade, tea towels from Jenn Eng Studio, and more! Giveaway runs through the event on December 14th & 15th with the winner being announced on Monday, December 16th.

If you attend the event, please stop by & say hi to Lauren of Lolafalk Designs. She used to live in Texas & actually participated in our first Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth, Texas! Plus, she makes crazy cool leather handbags, satchels, travel bags & more! Definitely worth a look!!! (pictured: The Francis Wallet by Lolafalk Designs)