Even needlephobes can whip up the snuggly, ballet-style cotton slippers featured in Heather Ross's vividly illustrated Weekend Sewing (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Customize your creations using the retro fabrics ('50s poodles! mod '60s swirls!) available at reprodepot.com.
Not crafty? Try another treat for the feet: Hydra Heart's custom-made, shockingly affordable Mary Janes and ballet flats are 100 percent vegan and totally adorable (starting at $30; buildanest.com).
Next: Crafty stationery
The word wallpaper may conjure up the kitschy prints in a 1970s kitchen—until you see the craft ideas in Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith's Wallpaper Projects (Chronicle). Create beautiful stationery using the dreamy designs available through Hygge & West ($5 per 8??" x 11" sample; hyggeandwestshop.com ).
Not crafty? Rifle Design's vibrant, folk-art-inspired stationery is sure to put anyone in the letter-writing mood (starting at $4; riflepaperco.com).
Next: Artistic housewares
Elevate a plain-Jane glass vase, serving bowl, or mirror from your local thrift shop with the projects in Sonia Lucano's Glass Engraving (Potter Craft). All you'll need is a stencil (or an artistic hand and, instead of an engraving tool, try glass-etching cream ($8.50 for three ounces; etchworld.com).
Not crafty? Artisan Nina Invorm updates vintage ceramics with whimsical illustrations—say, a peacock superimposed over floral china (pieces start at $18; ninainvorm.etsy.com).
Next: Beautiful appliqué
Learn how to transform a simple wool throw with a scattering of splashy appliquéd flowers in Cath Kidston's Make! (St. Martin's). Britain's queen of bright, cheery fabrics, Kidston shows readers how to punch up existing items (clothes, bedding, a humdrum handbag) with minimal effort and big results.
Not crafty? Kidston's U.K.–based Web site ships worldwide, offering everything from delicate handkerchiefs (about $9) to polka-dot hair clips ($11) to a rose-festooned blanket ($140; cathkidston.co.uk).
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