Kelly Wrote a Book!

14th October 2011

This is my awesome friend Kelly Wilkinson. You may remember her from such adventures as Help Me Jump My Stupid Car and I’m Thirsty!

Most friends call to see if you want to grab a beer. Wilkes usually suggests a picnic on a film set:

Or an ill-fated smokey eye class:

In other words, she’s fun. Not enough of that going around these days.

I’m telling you all this because Kelly has been working on a book forever, and it’s finally here! It’s called Weekend Handmade, and it’s about craft projects you can finish in an afternoon.

As part of her online book tour, she’s writing up her favorite things to do for each day of the week. You can see them all right here, but Kelly has a particular talent for lazy weekend entertaining. It’s so nice to hang out with her and her husband Mike because it never feels like anyone is rushing around frantically. Here’s how she manages a perfect Saturday evening with friends:

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be here with Maggie as part of my blog tour for Weekend Handmade. Who doesn’t want to spend Saturday night with Maggie? Let’s all go to her place this weekend.

My ideal Saturday is some time outside, and then company and cocktails in the evening. We like to host casual dinner parties — no reservations or cabs, and you control the guest list.

Over the years, my husband Mike and I have scaled back our ambition on the food offerings. Especially in the fall and winter, a simple, slow-cooked pork shoulder or stew is just the ticket because you can shove it in early in the day, ignore it, and then, presto-chango, it’s ready that night and your whole house smells rich and warm.

During the week, our dining room table usually hosts my mess of craft supplies and projects, so I like to treat it right on the night of a dinner party, with a runner and placemats I made, and our collection of mismatched plates. Add food, candles, friends and cocktails, and nothing can go wrong. Or if it does, who cares? Pour another glass of wine.

Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson offers more than 40 projects and ideas for inspired crafting. Photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy. Find the complete blog tour at Kelly’s blog Make Grow Gather, or STC Craft’s site.

4 thoughts on “Kelly Wrote a Book!

  1. Tawny

    I am definitely buying this book. I told my husband the other day that I wanted to start craft projects and this looks right up my alley. Also her advice about entertaining has put my pitter pat heart at ease. I am hosting a huge house party in November and my anxiety has been getting the best of me.

  2. Dottie

    Ahh! I’ve been seeing this book all of the blogosphere–and this postie just made me buy the book. Sweet! Can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it!

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