How To: Make a Concrete Mason Jar Lid

Concrete Mason Jar Lid Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Once again, I’m super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the “Crafts” section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale. Continue Reading

My Road to Publication: Mason Jar Nation

Mason Jar Nation cover
Photo: Cool Springs Press


That author’s name you see on the book pictured above–JoAnn Moser?–that’s me. Yup, I wrote a book. An honest to goodness, available-at-Amazon-and-local-retailers-near-you, book. It all started back in December of 2014 when Mark Johanson from Cool Springs Press contacted me regarding an idea he had about a  project that would include an engaging history of Mason jars and 50 clever ways to use them today. I’d met Mark a few years ago when I’d done some technical editing for one of Cool Springs’ titles, so when this opportunity came up, he thought of me and asked if I’d be willing to write it. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 10 Must Have Design Books for Every Taste and Style

10 Favorite Design Books

Design books are great for design inspiration and guidance, but they also are pretty fun pieces to style your home. The books that are best for you are the ones that fit your style aesthetic. When you find the book that fits you, it can be your go to source for how to bring your space all together. Here are ten of my favorite design books that fit a wide range of different type of design aesthetics with some that even help diagnose your style.       Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: Crafting with Wood Pallets

Crafting with Wood Pallets cover shot
Photo: Ulysess Press

Becky Lamb gets it: no matter what some people may say, crafting stuff out of wood pallets will continue to be popular. Her love of the humble shipping staple started a long time ago with a DIY shelf. Her love affair has culminated into a complete book packed with 25+ rustic projects using them, and they just might be the inspiration you need to finally start making stuff out of those pallets you’ve been collecting. Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture 2: A Step-by-Step Guide

A few years ago, designer/maker Christopher Stuart hit the ground running with his book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide. I reviewed it for Curbly, giving it a glowing shout-out. When Christopher’s followup book appeared in my mailbox last week, my first thought was, “more of the same?” The answer to that  question is yes.

Yes, like its predecessor, DIY Furniture 2: A Step-by-Step Guide is packed 30 projects from some of the best designer/makers out there.  Continue Reading

Awesome New eBook: “Make Your Day: DIY All Day Long”

I recently received a crafty surprise in my mailbox: a DIY “face planter” kit from Chelsey Andrews (The Paper Mama) and Chelsea Costa (Lovely Indeed) to celebrate the launch of their first eBook, Make Your Day. Well, it certainly did and, after taking a peek at the book, I’m pretty confident that the project ideas will make just about anyone’s day a bit brighter!

Make Your Day is chock-full of easy, fun, and totally clever DIY projects, templates, printables, and inspiration — all the things we love here at Curbly. Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: Mason Jar Crafts

To be honest, when the prospect of reviewing Lauren Elise Donaldson’s new book MASON  JAR CRAFTS from Ulysses Press was presented to me, my first thought was, “What could possibly be in the book that I haven’t seen before on the Internet?” Turns out the answer to that question is a lot. More than 30 projects in fact. 

Lauren breaks down the book into  six sections starting with an introduction and then goes on to project collections titled, Home Decor, Parties and Presents, Holidays, Kids and Weddings, which just might be my favorite part of them all. Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: Return of the STUPID SOCK Creatures

created at: 10/24/2012

When John Murphy wrote his first book Stupid Sock Creatures, little did he know he would start a sock creature revolution. People everywhere were so inspired by the eight creatures contained within, they began making sock creatures of their own. John then invited these loyal readers to become guest designers for his latest work, Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures (Lark Crafts, October 2012, 132 pages). 

The book is divided into two parts. The first breaks down the basic instructions for creating sock monsters. Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: DIY Ideas, Projects and Tips for Every Room


The new title from Better Homes and Gardens, DIY Ideas, Projects and Tips for Every Room (Wiley, 264 pages) is so jam-packed with amazing photos, tips and projects, I’m not sure where to begin. Seriously. When I first opened the book I immediately suffered from inspiration overload. My problem was trying to take it all in at once. Not good. Better would have been to approach this incredible wealth of information 

starting at the table of contents and then proceeding slowly. Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: “Recycled Home” by Rebecca Proctor

created at: 08/27/2012

From blankets to bowls to wallpaper to teepees (yes, teepees), Rebecca Proctor’s new book single-handily revises “make do and mend”  to “make do and recycle.” Entitled, RECYCLED HOME, Transforming Your Home Using Salvaged Materials, the book has something for every skill level who has a penchant for re-use. Divided into seven sections (Living, Sleeping, Bathing Dining Utility, Kids and Outdoors), the 50 featured projects are complete with concise directions and full-color pictures. Here’s a project that caught my, an Upcycled Chair Seat, as I have a chair that is in need of a new woven seat (plus, I love the dangly bits):

created at: 08/27/2012

Although the chair seat is on my to-do list, there was one project that we had to make and immediately. Continue Reading